give you more information about activities. If there isn’t a local Mah-Jong group
you would have an opportunity to start one yourself.
There are over 700 local U3A groups in the UK with a total of over 200,000 members.
It’s run entirely by volunteers who organise educational, creative and leisure opportunities.
The site gives you an easy way to find your local organisation, a contact telephone
number and (if present) its web site will
If you live outside of the UK this is a very useful list of U3A groups around the
It also includes links to institutes for “learning in retirement”, which are more
strictly associated with academic learning.
Members design their own programme of activities to suit their own interests. They
meet in a place convenient to them, such as a community centre, local library, museum,
church hall or even in somebody's house.
The first local example of the UK model was launched in Cape Town in February 2000.
Greater Cape Town currently has over 2,000 members, and the current national membership
of around 7,000 comprises fourteen independent local U3A's in Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal,
and Western, Southern and Eastern Cape. Courses range from Afrikaans to Yoga.
There are two British U3A organisation in Spain - Costa Brava and Costa Del Sol.
Both have Mah-Jong groups. The Costa Del Sol group uses BMJA rules.
University of the Third Age (U3A)
U3A membership is not related to a specific age but to a period in one’s life (the
third age) after the second age of full-time employment and parental responsibility. Anybody
in their third age can join the U3A and this includes people who are working part
time. There is no lower age for membership.
If you are retired (or semi-retired), one of the first places to look is your local
University of the Third Age organisation.
A Mah-Jong Question & Answer Bulletin Board run by the Mah-Jong expert, Tom Sloper,
is worth a look.
There are places on the Internet where you can discuss and find comments about Mah-Jong,
but the plethora of Mah-Jong rules may make this rather frustrating for someone who
is only experienced in one particular version of the game. Also, the comments are
not always very informative. It’s something to sample then decide on.
The NAMF was formed in October 2007 by MahjongTime in conjunction with World Mahjong
Organization (WMO) and European Mahjong Association (EMA).
The World Mahjong Organization
The WMO was founded in Beijing, China, in 2006 with the cooperation of the Japan
Mahjong Organizing Committee, the European Mahjong Association and others. It uses
“Chinese Official” rules and held its first World Championship in November 2007.
Recently founded in May 2010, the UKMA’smain aim is to promote Mahjong competitions
in the UK that conform to internationally recognised rules, though it also wants
to help all forms of the game in the UK.