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 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:

Les Chandler (Chair) sdu3a.chair@gmail.com (07802 543676)
Barbara Herring (Secretary) sdu3a.secretary@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 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.





Day(s) of     month



Art Appreciation

Sue Simpson

1st Tuesdays

2.00pm – 3.30pm


Badminton and


Peter Geddes

Every Friday

10.00am – 11.00am

Not Currently meeting

Bible Study

Jeff Taylor

To be advised

To be advised

To be advised

Bird Watching

Les Chandler

Monthly, usually on Mondays as arranged by the leader

Indoor meetings

2.00 – 3.30pm

Zooming & Outdoors

Book Group

Jackie Allot

3rd Mondays

2.00pm – 3.30pm


Bridge Group

Frank Rhodes

John Parry

Every Thursday

10.30am – noon

Zooming or Victoria Gardens

Card Making

Wendy Newby

3rd Thursdays

10 am – noon

1pm – 3.00pm

Leader’s home

Circle Dancing

Joan Hedley

Joan Myers

2nd & 4th Fridays

10.30 – 11.30am

Not currently running

Creative Writing

Jean Stevens

2nd Thursdays

2pm – 4.00pm


Crime Novel Book Group

Sue Bennedik

1st Fridays

3pm – 4.30pm



Marjorie Walker

3rd Mondays

2pm – 3.30pm

Not Currently meeting

Dance Exercise

Janet Rougvie

Each Wednesday

2pm – 3pm


Enjoy Baking Again

Felicity Hey 

Anne Webster

2nd Monday


Friends Meeting House Kitchen


Debi Burridge

Every Monday

10:30am – 11.30am

Not currently meeting

Family History

Eileen Bamford

Margaret Brenchley

4th Fridays

10.30am – 12.30pm


French (Continuing)

Colin Coleman

Every Monday

10.00am -11.30am


Garden Visit Group

Chris Benn



Various outdoors


Keith Waterson

3rd Tuesdays

2.30pm – 4.00pm


German (Conversation)

Sheila Goodall

2nd & 4th Wednesdays

10.00am – 11.30am


Great Lives

John Jebson

John Parry

3rd Wednesdays

11:00am -12.15pm


Line Dancing

Eileen Bamford Janet Woods

Jill Craig

1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Thursdays

10.30am – noon

Not currently meeting

Lunch Group

Joan Schofield

3rd Fridays

From 12.30pm



Ian Tennant

1st & 3rd Wednesdays

10.00am -12.00pm

Not currently meeting


Colin Scales

Keith Hyde

1st & 3rd Thursdays

2.00pm – 3.30pm


Play Reading

Jackie Allot

3rd Tuesdays

1.30pm – 3.30pm


Poetry Appreciation

Jean Stevens

4th Thursdays

2.00pm – 3.30pm


Recorders (Intermediate level)

Liz Cook

1st & 3rd Fridays

11.15am -12.00pm

1.30pm – 3.30pm

Not currently meeting


Brenda Pearce

2nd Mondays

1.30pm – 3.30pm

Not currently meeting

Singing for Pleasure

Catherine Holland

Pauline Langford

Every Tuesday

10.00am – 11.30am


Sociology and Current Issues

Jennifer Warner

2nd & 4th Tuesdays

10.00am – 11.30am


Spanish (Conversation)

Ian Gray

2nd & 4th Mondays

10.30am – 12.00pm

Friends meeting house

Spanish (Intermediate Conversation)

Tamsin Candeland

2nd & 4th Tuesdays




Kath Mason

Every Wednesday

9.45m – 11.30am

Not currently meeting

Table Tennis

Kath Hamflett  

Friday mornings

11.00am – noon

Langlciffe Village Institute


Helen Thwaite  Catherine Holland

2nd & 4th Tuesdays

2.00pm – 3.30pm

Not currently meeting

Walking (approx 5 miles)

Dave & Jean Hall

2nd & 4th Tuesdays



Walking (approx 6-10 miles)


1st & 3rd Thursdays



Weekender Group

Chris Benn

Various activities monthly on Saturday or Sunday arranged by the Group.

11.30am – 13.00pm


Wine Appreciation Group

Anne Webster

3rd Wednesday

7.00pm – 9.30pm