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Then you may be interested in taking part in a short course being piloted here this Autumn. You might have read about this course in TAM. It is based on the book ‘Retiring with Attitude’ by Caroline Lodge & Eileen Carnell.

The course entitled ‘Learning To Be Retired’ has been written by Julia South & Carole Ellis (Sheffield & Bromley U3A) It has been run a number of times in these branches, now the authors have kindly offered the full course to other U3As around the country.

This is completely different to the usual U3A groups. It is a self-contained five week course that requires participants to be available for all those sessions.  It is a professionally written, interesting & useful, participatory course. It covers many topics that are valuable to consider in retirement.  The aim is to give an opportunity for learning & reflection. So that we will know more about the retirement process, including its joys and challenges.

Each session runs for two and a half hours. They will take place on Friday mornings in Oct & Nov 2019, then again in January & February 2020. There will be a charge to cover the cost of room hire & handouts of about £3.00 per session. There will be twelve places on each course, allocated on a first come first served basis.

There will be two co-facilitators running each course.

If you think that you would like to pilot this course with us this is what you do:

Check your diary to confirm that you are available for all the five sessions then email:

Dates of pilot course:  Oct 11th & 18th, Nov 8th,15th & 22nd - 10.00 a.m. to 12.30p.m

Further details here

Please note: This course will NOT be about financial planning, pensions or investments.

Jan Smith (co-ordinator)

Posted on 26 July 2019


Spaces on our six First Aid Courses are selling out fast. For those who may be interested but who haven't yet committed, we have the following One Day Courses available. By Special arrangement between your Committee and 'The Red Cross' and 'Lakes Medics' they are offered to SLU3A Members and their friends at half the normal standard charges. We'll be sold out within the next few days so we hope you will agree with us that this is an opportunity too good to miss!

LAKES MEDICS BASIC FIRST AID COURSE for 14 Members at Abbot Hall Social Centre         (main room), Kendal, selected Tuesdays 10am-4pm. £23.

Tuesday 17 September.  1 place available.

Tuesday 29 October.      5 places available.  

RED CROSS BASIC FIRST AID COURSE for 15 Members at Stone Cross Manor Hotel, Kendal (includes light lunch and morning/afternoon coffee, etc). Selected Mondays 10am-4pm. £32.

Monday 28 October.            2 places available

Monday 18 November.         3 places available

We much regret that our other two Courses in October and November are already fully booked.

Contact Donald Potter to book your place: email or phone 015395 64268 (leave a message).

Full details.

Posted on 13 September 2019


Please note that the Garden Thursday group is closing.  The coordinator, Janet Galloway has sent her final message.....

I'm sorry for the late announcement but I am tendering my resignation of co-ordinator for my garden group. I've been in charge of it for 11 years and have tried on a number of occasions to get someone to take over the group, without any success.
I've enjoyed the job very much and we have had some good visits, talks and gardening experiences and I am sad to be giving up, but numbers have dwindled this year and we do tend to lose members to the walking groups so Thursday is not the best day.

Anybody wishing to resurrect Thursday Gardeners (or start any new group) should contact Hilary.

Posted on 28 August 2019



Members with email will have received a message from our enthusiastic new Editor - Paul Dinsdale. 

He explained that our three-times-year printed Newsletter is being replaced by a printed  annual Yearbook, supplemented by occasional email Newersletters.  The Yearbook is now on the website.


In addition to the new Yearbook, we now have an Events page.

Both Yearbook and Events page are accessable from the menu at the top of this site.

Posted on 1 August 2019


If you are new to South Lakes U3A, perhaps our 1500th member, then welcome aboard!  I trust you will find that there is much for you to enjoy amongst our wide range of activities for third agers.

When I wrote my previous Chairman’s Letter I had no idea that Ann Quintilla was about to resign as Newsletter editor. At the AGM, we noted our debt to her and wished her good health but our gratitude should also be recorded in the fine publication which she has produced for some eight years. Thank you Ann.

Such was the standard that Ann had set that I feared that a successor would be impossible to find. However, in the very best traditions of U3A, Paul Dinsdale has volunteered to take on this role and I hope he will receive your full support and plenty of good timely copy in the future. Ann had been contemplating electronic distribution and Paul is now very keen move things in that direction.

It would be mutually beneficial if all members who have email addresses could ensure that this is recorded by the membership team. Those that do not use a computer may be able to provide the email address of a family member or friend who would be prepared to forward occasional SLU3A messages to them.

I welcome anything which enhances interactions between our members as this helps us all benefit from our excellent team of group leaders and other volunteers.


Posted on 26 July 2019


The new membership year starts on 1 September, 2019. The annual subscriptions remain unchanged:

£9 standard
£5 for those on Pension Credit and full members of other U3As.

All members should receive a renewal reminder letter from the membership team.

SLU3A is part of an informal network with Ambleside, Furness, Grange over Sands and Lancaster U3As. Membership of these U3As is open to SLU3A members at reduced or no cost and they may provide activities that SLU3A is unable to offer.

Posted on 26 July 2019


Please note that from 1 September 2019, the charge for attendance at U3A meetings in hired premises has been raised. In most cases this means that there will now be a charge of £1.50 per meeting. A few groups need to charge a little more for the hire of equipment, and there may also be a small additional charge to cover refreshments.

It will make your group leader’s life much easier if members could provide the correct change.

There is no meeting charge where premises are not hired, but it is hoped that the walkers will use the increased fee as a guide if they make a donation to Kendal Mountain Rescue.

Posted on 26 July 2019


Mark Bailey, who featured on the cover of Newsletter 86, died in June. He had been a very active member of many groups including Cycling, Fellwanderers Plus and Philosophy. He is greatly missed by the many people who knew him.

In June the Singing for Fun group lost their friend Eric, who had been ill for a long time. Eric joined the group in 2010 and members remember him with fondness and respect.

Shirley Alker, a founder member of the Scrabble 2 group, died recently. The group will miss her stories and her zest for life.

Posted on 26 July 2019


The Wellbeing group has begun a major project to visit every GP surgery in the wider Kendal area to make sure that local doctors understand the potential that joining U3A has to transform the health and wellbeing of the older person. Initial discussions with medical professionals have highlighted the opportunities that U3A gives to the lonely and the less active. This early work has emphasised how much good work the organisation can do for the benefit of our community.

If you are prepared to discuss this project with your medical practice, please contact Donald Potter. He can give advice on how to go about this interesting and worthwhile endeavour - wellbeing in south lakeland

Posted on 26 July 2019


The next study day will be 'Tutankhamun, Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh'

It will be held at Wigan, on 4 December 2019.

Places are strictly limited due to room size so early booking is recommended. Details and booking

Posted on 23 July 2019


The June regional Newsleter is now out - it can be read Here

Posted on 27 June 2019


This group is intended for people with intermediate or advanced Russian. Approximately A-level or above. Activities include reading and translating a variety of texts, conversation and grammar revision. It is not a formal taught class. It meets in the Friends Meeting House in Lancaster (next to the railway station) on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month, 10am to 12 noon. Enquiies to Jenny Walmsley 01524 771299, email:

Posted on 24 June 2019




 at The Bridgewater Hall, Friday, 15 November, 7.30 p.m. performance

Approximate cost of tickets - £27.00 per person.

Travel will be by coach from Kendal. The cost of this is dependent on numbers.

The Sixteen Choir was established in 1979 and has achieved international acclaim, particularly for its interpretation of baroque music. It has close associations with the Bridgewater Hall.

Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers are a magnificent liturgical work that set a precedence for Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. This majestic, religious, masterpiece that has endured for over 400 years really must be worth hearing, especially when performed by such a prestigious choir and orchestra.

If you are not familiar with the music you can hear extracts on YouTube. Just type Monteverdi 1610 Vespers into your search engine.

If you would like to come on this trip please contact Ann Quintilla by email or telephone or use the Contact Form

Posted on 22 June 2019

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