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A number of members have suggested that as no activities are taking place the annual membership fee of £9 should be used to cover a longer period than the normal 12 months. Effectively this would either mean extending the membership year by changing the renewal date or reducing the subscription for next year on a pro rata basis.

The bulk of the membership fees are spent on payments to National U3A for membership, insurance, Third age Trust newsletter and database services. In addition they also cover the costs of publication and distribution of our annual yearbook. Details of these Costs can be seen in the historic accounts on the website and in the current years accounts which will be published shortly. No extension is being granted by the National body, we do not have unlimited reserves and we are required by the Charities Commission to behave in a financially prudent manner.

Consequently the committee have decided that we are unable to agree to any extension to the period covered by the membership fee under the present circumstances. We hope that members will understand the reasons for this and support all our efforts to survive this unprecedented  crisis and recover our normal activities as soon as possible.

Posted on 8 April 2020


In a normal year any new member joining SLU3A after the end of March would pay a reduced rate to cover the period between then and the renewal date of 1st September.

At the moment normal SLU3A activities are suspended until the current Coronavirus crisis is resolved. The committee have therefore decided that it would be unreasonable to accept new members until the start of the new period in September so until we can resume our normal activities membership is effectively closed to new entrants.

Posted on 8 April 2020


During these unprecedented times, the Third Age Trust has been looking at different ways to support our amazing U3A community. We wanted to enable and support U3As, members and Interest Group leaders, to stay active and connected with each other.

To this end, from today, Monday 6 April 2020, we have launched three online discussion forums so that you can share ideas and support each other. Thanks to the Beacon users, we are doing this by extending the existing (and successful) Beacon User Forum to all U3As, regardless of whether or not you are using the Beacon management system at your U3A yet.

It is easy to get started. All you need to do is visit the forum website at, click the ‘register’ button and fill in your details.
From there you will be able to explore the forums and get involved in the discussion.

If you are not familiar with online forums, we have prepared a how-to guide to help you get started. We welcome your feedback on the guide.   Your feedback will help us develop our guide which will be available on the national website in the next few days.

There will be three forums that you can join:

Learning – discussions around subjects and all forms of interest and learning
Our U3A Community – discussions arounds how we support each other
Beacon – discussions around using Beacon, the U3A management system

This is just an outline of what the forums are about because it will be led and developed by you when you join and the conversations that are happening.

A volunteer team will moderate the site and support you to use the forums in a safe, positive and productive way.

Posted on 8 April 2020


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Posted on 30 March 2020


Kendal Self Isolation Support is a  group of volunteers offering help to the isolated and vulnerable.  They are very active and have nearly 3000 members.  Details on their Facebook Page 

Lakes Medics, the Kendal-based first-aid specialist, is offering a free telephone service to vulnerable adults and the elderly during the coronavirus crisis, to promote the well-being of people needing to isolate and to alleviate the effects of loneliness. It is being run partly by volunteers. If you are interested in learning more check the Lakes Medics web site or call 01539 232999.

Posted on 30 March 2020


SLU3A Committee meetings have been suspended for obvious reasons; we have already held more than the minimum number (four) of quorate meetings required of us. However, we intend to hold virtual meetings using email and to produce a summary of our deliberations in lieu of minutes until such time as we are able to get together again. Members who wish to raise issues with the Committee should be able to continue to use the contact details published with the yearbook and on the web site.
Our open monthly meetings at Castle Street have been cancelled until further notice. Mark Miller, our organiser, is hoping that the speakers involved can be rebooked for 2021.
The third Wednesday in May is the traditional date for our AGM and, as we need to give at least 21 days formal notice of this, we would require an ‘all clear’ in April which now seems extremely unlikely. Given that more than 10% of our membership do not use a computer, a high-tech solution is unacceptable.
To try to avoid uncertainty and confusion, the Committee has agreed to postpone the AGM by three months to 19 August (to be confirmed). This date is just within the 15 month period between AGMs allowed by the Charity Commission (although it is difficult to believe that the Commissioners can insist on this). In an attempt to adhere to the spirit, if not the letter, of our constitution the financial statement and chairman’s report will be posted on the SLU3A web site in May.
Some groups are getting together online so that their activities can continue in some form. As always, the web site is the best source of up-to-date news and information on SLU3A generally and on group activities.
In short, we are trying to keep the show on the road and hope to resume normal activities as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.

Bob Wells - Chairman

Posted on 27 March 2020


Long-standing member Tom Thompson, for many years coordinator of SLU3A’s Poetry and Prose group, has died recently. Tom was a delightful person, warm, kind and very likeable. He loved poetry and read a poem every day. His two favourite poems were The darkling thrush by Thomas Hardy and The road not taken by Robert Frost.

He could often be found in Waterstones book shop choosing literature for his family for special occasions. He was involved with Levens Church and Levens School, often taking assemblies.


He was a very able chairman of South Lakes U3A from 2010 to 2012, and will be sadly missed.

Posted on 24 March 2020

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