Settle District u3a
Encouraging, enabling and facilitating local people no longer in full time employment to keep their minds and bodies in good order through learning, exercise and enjoyment – to learn, laugh and live.
Who we are?
Settle District u3a (SDu3a) is a charity (number 1095635) with around 400 members. It is affiliated to the national Third Age Trust. People are invited to join on an annual basis for a modest fee. A committee of trustees elected at the AGM administers the charity.
SDu3a is a member of WestNet a network of local u3as – Bradford, Ilkley and Craven. Being a WestNet member effectively means that a member of Settle District u3a has reciprocal membership of the other branches. You can register for a group activity in those u3as with no additional u3a membership fee (although you may be asked to contribute to any costs associated with membership of a group). Members of other non Westnet u3as can join as associate members at a reduced rate.
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 St John’s in Settle where members can meet with other members over tea and coffee from 10.00am. These meetings are currently taking place in person and on zoom. Dates and details of speakers are on the website.
We have around 40 cultural, physical and fun interest groups. All groups are “self-help” and their number and variety depend on the willingness of members to contribute by facilitating, sharing and leading.
What it costs?
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 25% for each subscription. Members and non members are charged £1 for each monthly speaker meeting and 50p for each group meeting with some occasional extra charges. The membership year runs from 1st July.
How do 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 available for members who are unable receive emails or download it from the Settle District u3a website (www.settledistrictu3a.org). It can also be posted to members who provide SAE’s. The website is regularly updated and is a mine of information, particularly about groups, membership policies 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?
Committee members details are available on the website and they can be recognised by the name badges worn at monthly meetings.
For queries please email or ring Jeanne Hine our Group Coordinator email@example.com (07590 073151)
Or contact our membership secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
What premises does SDu3a use?
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 SDu3a?
- Make suggestions to any committee member for improvements to the organisation.
- Volunteer to help with u3a activities and events.
- Consider standing for the committee.
- Offer to facilitate a new or existing Group.
|Group||Leader(s)||Day(s) of month||Time||Place|
|Art||Teresa Gordon||1st & 3rd Wednesdays||10.00am -12.00pm||St John’s|
|Badminton||David Uren||Every Friday||10am – 11am||Langcliffe Village Institute|
|Ballroom||Steph Phillip||Most Thursdays||2pm- 3pm||Catholic Church Hall|
|Basic French||Jane Barnes||Wednesdays||morning||Settle Area Pool|
|Bird Watching||Les Chandler||Monthly, usually on Mondays|
2.00 – 3.30pm
Langcliffe Village Institute
|Bird Watching||Les Chandler||Monthly, usually on Mondays|
Rugby Club car park
|Book Group||Jackie Allot||3rd Mondays||2.00pm – 3.30pm||Friends Meeting House|
|Bridge||Barbara Herring||Every Thursday||10.15am||Royal Oak|
|Card Making||Wendy Newby||3rd Thursdays|
10 am – noon
1pm – 3.00pm
|Chair based Exercise||Gillian Walton||Every Monday||10:30am – 11.30am||Catholic Church Hall|
|2nd & 4th Fridays||10.15 – 11.15am||Catholic Church Hall|
|Creative Writing||Jean Stevens||2nd Thursdays||2pm – 4.00pm||Friends Meeting House|
|Crime Novels||Sue Bennedik||1st Fridays||3pm – 4.30pm||The Place|
|Dog Walking||Michael Lowe||2nd & 4th Thursdays||10am||Outdoor|
|4th Fridays||10.30am – 12.30pm||Friends Meeting House|
|3rd Fridays||10.30am – 12.30pm||Zoom|
|2nd Fridays||10.30am – 12.30pm||The Place|
|French (Continuing)||Colin Coleman||Every Monday||2pm -3.30pm||Settle Area Pool|
|Garden Visiting Group||Chris Benn||Monthly||TBA||Various outdoors|
|Geology||Keith Waterson||3rd Tuesdays||2pm – 3.30pm||Catholic Church Hall|
|German (Conversation)||Sheila Goodall||2nd & 4th Wednesdays||10.00am – 11.30am||Catholic Church Hall|
|3rd Wednesdays||11:00am -12.15pm||Catholic Church Hall|
|1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th Tuesdays||2pm – 3pm||Catholic Church Hall|
Eileen Bamford Janet Woods
|Every Thursday||10.30am – noon||Catholic Church Hall|
|Lunch Group||Joan Schofield||3rd Fridays||12.30pm||Various|
|Monthly meeting||Ian Gray||2nd Thursday||10.00am -12.00pm||St John’s and zoom|
|Philosophy||Keith Hyde||Thursdays||2.00pm – 3.30pm||Catholic Church Hall|
|Play Reading||Jackie Allot||3rd Tuesdays||1.30pm – 3.30pm||Friends Meeting House|
|Poetry Appreciation||Jean Stevens||4th Thursdays||2.00pm – 3.30pm||Friends Meeting House|
|Rusty French||Margaret Gray||2nd and 4th Monday||10.15am – 11.45||The Place|
|Scrabble||Brenda Pearce||2nd Mondays||1.30pm – 3.30pm||Limestone View|
|Singing for Pleasure|
|Every Tuesday||10.00am – 11.30am||Friends Meeting House|
|Sociology and Current Issues||Jennifer Warner||2nd & 4th Tuesdays||10.00am – 11.30am||Limestone View|
|Spanish (Conversation)||Ian Gray||1st & 3rd Mondays||10am – 11.30pm||The Place|
|Spanish (Intermediate)||Tamsin Candeland||2nd & 4th Tuesdays||10am – 11.30am||Friends Meeting House|
|Sport Appreciation||Ian Gray and Les Chandler||2nd & 4th Mondays||4pm – 5.30pm||Settle Social Club|
|Walking Cricket||Ian Gray and Les Chandler||2nd & 4th Mondays||Settle Cricket Club|
|Table Tennis||Kath Hamflett||Every Friday||11.00am – noon||Langlciffe Village Institute|
|Ukulele||Elizabeth Bland||2nd & 4th Tuesdays||2.00pm – 3.45pm||Friends Meeting House|
|Short walks (approx 5 miles)|
|2nd & 4th Tuesdays||9.30am||Outdoors|
|Walking (approx 6-10 miles)|
|1st & 3rd Thursdays||9.30am||Outdoors|
|Weekender Group||Chris Benn||Various activities monthly on Saturday or Sunday arranged by the Group.||11.30am – 13.00pm||Various|
|Wine Appreciation Group||Anne Webster||3rd Wednesday||7.00pm – 9.30pm||Members homes|