About Settle District U3A



Along with many other organisations Settle District u3a is in a state of flux this year due to the implications of Covid 19. This document sets out our plans as we see them at the time of writing (August 2020). However these may be subject to change especially as regards meeting indoors. Please check our website – www.settledistrictu3a.org or contact a committee member if you have any questions.

Who we are?

Settle District u3a is a charity (number 1095635) with around 400 members. People are invited to join on an annual basis. A committee of trustees elected at the AGM administers the charity.

Settle District u3a is also a member of WestNet network of u3as. Being a WestNet member effectively means that a member of Settle District u3a has reciprocal ­­­­­­­­­membership of the other branches (namely Bradford, Craven, Ilkley & District). You can register for a group activity in those u3a”s with no additional u3a membership fee (although you may be asked to contribute to any costs associated with membership of a group).

Settle District u3a is affiliated to the Third Age Trust, an umbrella organisation bringing together all autonomous u3as from around the country so that Settle can gain from the experience of others.

What we do?

We hold meetings on the second Thursday of each month, during which outside speakers talk on a wide variety of subjects. Usually these are held at a local venue in Settle where members can meet with other members over tea and coffee from 10.00am. However these are currently taking place using Zoom teleconferencing until we can safely meet in person again. Dates and details of speakers are on the website.

We have over 30 cultural, physical and fun interest groups from walking to dancing and singing to geology. All groups are “self-help” and their number and variety depend on the willingness of members to contribute by facilitating, sharing and leading. While social distancing is still necessary and meeting accommodation is not available many of our groups are still active and are meeting by Zoom.

What it costs?

The committee has proposed that the existing 2019-20 members will have their membership renewed free of charge (this has to be agreed at an AGM to be held by Zoom on the 10th December 2020).

The annual subscription for new members will remain at £15 for a single person or £29 for joint membership. Members who pay tax may gift aid their payment as this gives us an extra 20% for each subscription. When meetings take place in a venue members are charged £1 for each monthly speaker meeting and 50p for each group meeting with exceptional extra charges. The membership year runs from 1 July.]

How we keep in touch?

We produce a monthly newsletter, which keeps members up to date with what is going on. It is mainly distributed by email.  A free paper copy is delivered to members who are unable receive emails or download it from the Settle District u3a website (www.settledistrictu3a.org). This is normally available and collected in person before the monthly meeting by those members not on line. It can also be posted to members who provide SAE’s. We have recently upgraded the website and it is a mine of information, particularly Group and historic information.

Third Age Matters is a journal produced by the Third Age Trust five times a year and is mailed to members unless they opt not to receive it.

How to contact us?

All committee members are happy to help in any way.
Committee members details are available on the website and they can be recognised by the name badges worn at monthly meetings.

Some people you may wish to contact are listed below:

Ian Gray (Chair) sdu3a.chair@gmail.com (07969876882)

Les Chandler (Secretary) sdu3a.secretary@gmail.com (07802 543676)

Barbara Herring (Treasurer) sdu3a.treasurer@gmail.com (07788 184174)
Chris Chandler (Membership) sdu3a.membership@gmail.com (07879 643878)

Jeanne Hine (Group Coordinator) sdu3a.groupcoordinator@gmail.com (07590 073151)

 What premises does Settle District u3a use?

In normal circumstances group activities are held at a variety of locations in and around Settle. Current information regarding how and where a group is currently meeting is in this leaflet, on the website or can be found by talking to the Group Leader or any committee member (any changes will be put on the website or communicated by the Group Leader or at the monthly meeting).

 What members can do for Settle u3a?

  • Make suggestions to any committee member for improvements to the organisation.
  • Volunteer to help with u3a activities and events.
  • Consider standing for the committee, or any office on the committee, at the AGM.
  • Offer to facilitate a new or existing Group.


PhilosophyKeith Hyde1st & 3rd Thursdays2.00pm – 3.30pmCatholic Church Hall

GroupLeader(s)Day(s) of     monthTimePlace
ArtTeresa Gordon1st & 3rd Wednesdays10.00am -12.00pmSt John’s
Art AppreciationSue Simpson1st Tuesdays2.00pm – 3.30pmFriends Meeting House
Badminton  David UrenEvery Friday10am – 11amLangcliffe Village Institute
Ballroom Steph PhillipEvery Thursday2pm- 3pmCatholic Church Hall
Beginners FrenchJane BarnesEvery Wednesday2pm – 3:30pmFriends Meeting House
Bird WatchingLes ChandlerMonthly, usually on Mondays as arranged by the leader

Indoor meetings

2.00 – 3.30pm


Langcliffe Village Institute

Rugby Club car park

Book GroupJackie Allot3rd Mondays2.00pm – 3.30pmFriends Meeting House
Bridge GroupJohn Parry

Every Monday

Every Thursday

10.15am .   10.15amOn line      Royal Oak
Card MakingWendy Newby3rd Thursdays

10 am – noon

1pm – 3.00pm

Leader’s home
Chair based ExerciseGillian WaltonEvery Monday10:30am – 11.30amCatholic Church Hall
Circle Dancing

Joan Hedley

Joan Myers

2nd & 4th Fridays10.15 – 11.15amCatholic Church Hall
Creative WritingJean Stevens2nd Thursdays2pm – 4.00pmFriends Meeting House
Crime Novel Book GroupSue Bennedik1st Fridays3pm – 4.30pmFriends Meeting House
DanceMarjorie WalkerEvery Monday2pm – 3.30pmDrill Hall
Dance ExerciseJanet RougvieEvery Wednesday2pm – 3pmCatholic Church Hall
Dog WalkingMichael Lowe2nd & 4th Thursdays10amOutdoor
Family History

Eileen Bamford

Margaret Brenchley

4th Fridays10.30am – 12.30pm 
French (Continuing)Colin ColemanEvery Monday10.00am -11.30amLangcliffe Village Institute
Garden Visit GroupChris BennMonthlyTBAVarious outdoors
GeologyKeith Waterson3rd Tuesdays2pm – 3.30pmCatholic Church Hall
German (Conversation)Sheila Goodall2nd & 4th Wednesdays10.00am – 11.30amFriends Meeting House
Great Lives

John Jebson

John Parry

3rd Wednesdays11:00am -12.15pmCatholic Church Hall
Line Dancing

Eileen Bamford Janet Woods

Jill Craig

1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Thursdays10.30am – noonCatholic Church Hall
Lunch GroupJoan Schofield3rd Fridays12.30pmVarious
Monthly meetingIan Gray2nd Thursday10.00am -12.00pmSt John’s
Play ReadingJackie Allot3rd Tuesdays1.30pm – 3.30pmFriends Meeting House
Poetry AppreciationJean Stevens4th Thursdays2.00pm – 3.30pmFriends Meeting House
Recorders (suspended)Lizz Cook1st & 3rd Fridays

11.15am -12.00pm

1.30pm – 3.30pm

Not currently meeting
Rusty FrenchJane BarnesEvery Wednesday3.45pm- 5.15pmFriends Meeting House
ScrabbleBrenda Pearce2nd Mondays1.30pm – 3.30pmLimestone View
Singing for Pleasure

Catherine Holland

Pauline Langford

Every Tuesday10.00am – 11.30amFriends Meeting House
Sociology and Current IssuesJennifer Warner2nd & 4th Tuesdays10.00am – 11.30amLimestone View
Spanish (Conversation)Ian Gray1st & 3rd Mondays11am – 12.30pmFriends Meeting house
Spanish (Intermediate)Tamsin Candeland2nd & 4th Tuesdays10am – 11.30amFriends Meeting House
Sport AppreciationIan Gray and Les Chandler2nd & 4th Mondays4pm – 5.30pmSettle Social Club
Swimming  (suspended)Kath MasonEvery Wednesday9.45m – 11.30amNot currently meeting
Table TennisKath HamflettEvery Friday11.00am – noonLanglciffe Village Institute
UkuleleTamsin Candeland2nd & 4th Tuesdays2.00pm – 3.45pmFriends Meeting House
Walking (approx 5 miles)Dave & Jean Hall2nd & 4th Tuesdays9.30amOutdoors
Walking (approx 6-10 miles)Dave and Jean Hall1st & 3rd Thursdays9.30amOutdoors
Weekender GroupChris BennVarious activities monthly on Saturday or Sunday arranged by the Group.11.30am – 13.00pmVarious
Wine Appreciation GroupAnne Webster3rd Wednesday7.00pm – 9.30pmMembers homes