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In 2015 the Third Age Trust’s National Executive Committee created an International Committee (IC) to assist U3A organisations set up contacts with their non-UK equivalents.  Requests come through the IC from overseas bodies wishing to form links with the UK and the IC can be used by any UK U3A wanting to establish international links. The IC may be able to provide useful contacts and advice to those who wish to develop international cultural or language links.

Cultural Links include:
Cultural Visits/Classical tours
Exchanges/Reciprocal visits
Language Links include:
Written Exchange - newsletters/emails
Verbal-Conversation - skype/social media
Language Skills - visits/exchanges
Study Day - Summer school 

If you are interested in developing links with overseas U3As
Identify the type of link from the list above and read Developing International Links  

U3A language subject advisors can be a useful source of information when developing international links. They can be contacted Here 

For further information Email your Committee ( and the International Committee (

Posted on 31 July 2017


For some time now I have been organising bookings for the different venues used by our U3A. Could you help with this please? I should like to pass on the responsibility for the bookings at Cancer Care Centre – Cribbage & Scrabble – and hopefully also Discussion Group and Artistic License at United Reformed Church premises. If you feel you would be able to take over these – either both or just one – please contact me as soon as possible please. Dates are currently being sorted out for at least the first part of 2018 so giving time to whoever is willing to help and I will be happy to advise on procedures. Thank You.

Kathy Webster or 01539 721197 

Posted on 24 July 2017


The time is fast approaching when you need to renew your membership of our U3A.The new membership year starts on 1 September. The form for your membership renewal is available Here or the Newsletter.

We take this opportunity to emphasise the following:

Posted on 20 July 2017


As we approach our new U3a year with our newly elected committee, I would like to thank the three members who completed their terms in May for their very good work and commitment for the past three years. These are Janet Galloway, Robert Boyd and Linda Wood. I am delighted to welcome Cath Sharpe, our new Membership Secretary, Ian Fishwick, Treasurer and Val Garvey, Assistant Secretary, to our team. Chris Needham is our new Secretary.

This year, we plan to mark our 25th anniversary at the Open Morning on September 6th at the Town Hall in celebratory mode with a cake and a song! This will occur at 11.00 a.m. and I hope that as many of you as possible will join us.

There is plenty to celebrate! Our membership continues to grow, year on year and now stands at 1245. We have 73 interest groups which, as reflected in this Newsletter, provide something for everyone. Over the years we facilitated the establishment of neighbouring groups at Ambleside and Grange over Sands. Based on the stories we have been told, the U3A experience opened a whole new world to many members when they needed it most.

It was noted at the AGM that the number of interest groups has slightly decreased and no new groups were established in the past year. Given our increasing membership this will inevitably put more pressure on existing groups. Members are encouraged, therefore, to consider establishing additional groups where there are waiting lists or new ones if you have a special interest or discipline you would like to share or develop. Many groups have two coordinators who share the role and this works well. Further guidance is available Here or contact Bob Wells, Vice Chair, if you are interested in starting a new group.

The key dates and events for this term are on this website and in the Newsletter - I hope to see many of you there.

With best wishes
Mary Choiseul

Posted on 20 July 2017


The U3A National Conference & AGM will be held on 29-31 August at East Midlands Conference Centre.

Full details and booking forms are available at the website

Posted on 23 May 2017


U3A Group visits to RHS gardens can have a reduction in entrance fees.   This can be obtained by contacting the garden directly.

Posted on 23 May 2017


The Treasurer has produced the Annual Accounts for 2016-17 and they have been approved by the Accounts Examiner.

They can be viewed Here

Posted on 13 May 2017


I am looking for people interested in playing a round of golf with other members in the region. 

This message is going to the U3A groups in Carlisle, Skiddaw, Penrith, Ambleside, Cockermouth and Whitehaven.  I have tried to identify clubs which are privately owned, not too busy and only 9 holes.  In this way, people who may not be quite as fit as they were, or not currently a member of a club can take part.  The courses under consideration, in alphabetical order, are Alston Moor, Beckside (between Windermere and Kendal), Brayton Park (near Aspatria), Distington (by Workington) and St Bees.  As I live near to Distington course I have spoken to the owner and for £5 we can play 9 holes and have a bucket of balls on the driving range for practice.  The most expensive green fee advertised is £10 so it won't be an expensive undertaking.

  I am looking at organising 1 outing per month at each of the courses, adjourning to a local hostelry afterwards.  Start date late June, and I am looking at Fridays, late morning (10:30 or 11) as start time.  If you are interested please send an email to  When you reply please vote for 4 of the 5 clubs and on a majority verdict I will pick the 4 most popular chosen courses for June, July, August and September.

Posted on 8 May 2017


Western Dales Bus are a volunteer group operating a community bus service out of Sedbergh. On Saturdays the S1 Kendal Shuttle departs Kendal Blackhall Road at 9:00 and allows for 6 hours in the Howgills or 5.5 hours in Dentdale.

It is possible to undertake a few reasonable walks using the bus -  here are some examples:

•       Dent Station – Sedbergh along the Dalesway: 10 miles
•       Cowgill to Sedbergh over Rise Hill 9 miles
•       Sedbergh to Burneside via Dalesway 14 miles
•       Sedbergh to Cautley Spout and the Calf 10 miles

In conjunction with a car it is possible to cover the northern end of the Howgills by taking the Friday bus from Sedbergh to Ravenstonedale and walking back.

The bus from Kendal to Dent tends to be less well used on the morning service and so there is usually plenty of capacity.

Full details at

Posted on 8 May 2017


Trip to THE ARBORETUM (Westonbirt, Glos.) - 12/13 October 2017

Cost = £110 per person (+ £25 for single room)

(includes coach travel + dinner, bed and & breakfast at Best Western Plus Hotel)

Day 1 - Meet coach at Kendal Leisure Centre. Those visiting Slimbridge will spend afternoon there. Others will go to Highgrove, home of Prince Charles. Lunch in the gardens. Dinner at the hotel in Chippenham (3 courses plus coffee).

Day 2 - The National Tree Collection (Arboretum) with 15,000 specimen trees.

This trip is available to all U3A members and friends and family.

Contact Donald Potter by phone or email: if you would like to go on this trip.

Posted on 19 March 2017


Some interesting events happening in the North West Region.
Full details on the website

Friday May 19th. Finance and Charity Law

Wednesday June 7th. North West Regional AGM and Conference

Wednesday June 21st. Learning in the Future

August 29th- September 1st. North West Regional Summer School. Newton RIgg Near Penrith.

Posted on 9 March 2017


Grange U3A have put a comprehensive list of interest groups in South Cumbria on their website.  It could be useful if you have an interest that is not catered for by our own groups.

You can find it Here

Posted on 24 February 2017

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