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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


At a time when trees have never been under such threat from climate change, disease, pollution we celebrate the County's biggest and most magnificent living plants!

We are gathering precious stories about trees to highlight their historical, biological and cultural significance and celebrate local voices that may never have been heard before!
These will form an archive for future generations.

More information at their website
Go to the Gallery there, for Top 50 trees nominated by Cumbrian folk and vote for your favourite. 

Awards Ceremony - Thursday 15th June, at 'Talkin Tarn' near Brampton 

Posted on 7 April 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


Please find attached the 44th Regional newsletter and a flyer for the NW Summer School 2017

Posted on 15 January 2017

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