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South Lakes U3A was founded in 1992 and so we celebrated our 25th Annivesary at the Open Morrning in September.
You can see the photos HERE

Posted on 8 October 2017


Cumbria U3A Network are holding a Language groups Workshop on
Monday 30th October. 10.00 – 3.30 at Quaker Meeting House, Lancaster

It could be of interest for  anyone who coordinates or is a member of a language group

Further information can be found on the NW website at
or by contacting John Eakins: or 015395 59365

Posted on 6 October 2017


Cumbria U3A Network are holding an INCLUSIVENESS AWARENESS Day on
Tuesday 7th November 2017. 10.30am – 3.45pm at Gateway Centre Warrington

This could be useful for group co-ordinators and others who are interested in overcoming the problems of members with limitations in mobility, hearing and  vision.

Further information can be found on the NW website at
or by contacting Liz Wilson: or 07875 178 557

Posted on 6 October 2017


Cumbria U3A Network are holding a Music Makers Day for members of music groups on
Monday 11th December 2017. 10.30am – 4.00pm at Quaker Meeting House, School Lane, Liverpool

Further details are available on the Regional Website
or from Gill or 0151 633 2796

Posted on 6 October 2017


The time has now arrived when you need to renew your membership of our U3A. The new membership year started 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 13 September 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


The 25th International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival 2018, Royal Hall, Harrogate (8-27 August 2018)

In advance of the main Festival, National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company will present a week of performances at
Buxton Opera House from 30 July- 5 August 2018
Both locations offer the chance of a good feature short holiday destination for  U3A members as a Group or for individuals.

For more information:

Posted on 7 September 2017


Sue Pysden, who led the dancing, has had an operation and the group is now closed.
We send her best wishes for a speedy recovery.

The group may re-open sometime in 2018

Posted on 7 September 2017


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


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

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