About Settle District u3a

Who we are?

Settle District u3a (Sdu3a) is a charity (number 1095635) affiliated to the National Third Age Trust. We are run by a committee of trustees and have more than 400 members who join on an annual basis as individual or joint members. sdu3a is a member of WestNet, a network of local u3as including Bradford and Ilkley. sdu3a members have reciprocal membership of these u3as. So, as a member of sdu3a you can register for a group in those u3as, where there is capacity, with no additional membership fee. Members of other non-WestNet u3as can join as associate members at a reduced fee. 

What is our aim?

To encourage, enable and facilitate 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, live!

What do we do?

We hold meetings on the second Thursday of each month with on a wide variety of subjects. These meetings are usually held at Settle Methodist Church ( St John’s) 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.

What Groups do we run?

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 does it cost?

The annual subscription is currently £15 for an individual or £29 joint membership for partners/spouses living at the same address. For new members only the fee reduces to £7.50 (individual) and £14.50 (joint) if joining in the period January to June. Members who pay tax may gift aid their subscription as this gives us an extra 25% from HMRC. We invite a £1 donation for the monthly speaker meeting at which visitors are welcome and invite a 50p donation 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 before the monthly meeting. It is mainly distributed by email.  A paper copy is available for members who are unable to receive emails.

Our Website


The website is a mine of information and is updated at least weekly as information is generated. The website provides information 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?

All committee members are happy to help with enquiries. Their 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 sdu3a.groupcoordinator@gmail.com (07590 073151)

Or contact our membership secretary sdu3a.membership@gmail.com

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 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 do members do for Sdu3a?

As an educational cooperative there is an understanding that members will seek opportunities to share their skill, interests and expertise with other members.

You can;

  • Make suggestions to any committee member for improvements to the organisation.
  • Volunteer to help with u3a activities and events.
  • Stand for the committee.
  • Offer to facilitate a new or existing Group.


GroupLeader(s)Day(s) of     monthTimePlace
Armchair MembersRoy AndersonTBCTBCTBC
Art StudyTeresa Gordon1st & 3rd Thursdays11.00am -1pmSt John’s
Badminton  Barry White

Every Friday

Every Wednesday

10am – 11am

11am -12.30pm

Langcliffe Village Institute

St John’s

Ballroom Steph Phillip1st & 3rd Thursdays2pm- 3pmCatholic Church Hall
Basic FrenchJane BarnesWednesdaysmorningSettle Area Pool
Bird WatchingLes ChandlerMonthly, usually on Mondays 

Indoor meetings

2.00 – 3.30pm

Langcliffe Village Institute

Bird WatchingLes ChandlerMonthly, usually on Mondays 


Rugby Club car park

Book GroupJackie Allot3rd Mondays2.00pm – 3.30pmFriends Meeting House
BridgeBarbara Herring

Every Monday

10.15am On line      
Bridge Barbara HerringEvery Thursday10.15amRoyal Oak
Card MakingWendy Newby3rd Thursdays

10 am – 12 noon

1pm – 3.00pm

Leader’s home
Chair based ExerciseGillian WaltonEvery Monday10:30am – 11.30amCatholic Church Hall
CraftsCharlotte Treglown4th Friday1pm – 3pmSettle Pool
Creative WritingLiz Hampton2nd Thursdays2pm – 4pmMembers homes
Crime NovelsElaine Sargeson2nd Fridays2pm – 4pmThe Place
DanceJill CraigEvery Wednesday2pm – 3pmCatholic Church Hall
Family History

Eileen Bamford

Margaret Brenchley

4th Fridays10.30am – 12.30pmFriends Meeting House
Family History

Eileen Bamford

Margaret Brenchley

3rd Fridays10.30am – 12.30pmZoom
Family History

Eileen Bamford

Margaret Brenchley

2nd Fridays10.30am – 12.30pmThe Place
Film Appreciation

Annette Kuhn

3rd Friday2pm – 5pmThe Place
French (Continuing)Colin ColemanEvery Tuesday2pm -3.30pmSettle Area Pool
Garden Visiting GroupChris BennMonthlyTBAVarious outdoors
GeologyKeith WatersonSuspended2pm – 3.30pmCatholic Church Hall
German (Conversation)Sheila Goodall2nd & 4th Wednesdays10.00am – 11.30amCatholic Church Hall
Great Lives

John Jebson

John Parry

3rd Wednesdays11:00am -12.15pmCatholic Church Hall
Jazz Dance

Marjorie Walker

1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th Tuesdays2pm – 3pmNot meeting at present
Line Dancing

Eileen Bamford Janet Woods

Jill Craig

Every Thursday11.15am – 12.15pmCatholic Church Hall
Lunch GroupJoan Schofield3rd Fridays12.30pmVarious
Monthly meetingIan Gray2nd Thursday10.00am -12 noonSt John’s and zoom
Open MicKen Larkins3rd Tuesday7.30pmUnknown venue starting September 2024
PhilosophyKeith HydeThursdays2.00pm – 3.30pmCatholic Church Hall
Play ReadingJackie Allot3rd Tuesdays1.30pm – 3.30pmFriends Meeting House
Poetry AppreciationPippa Doran4th Thursdays2.00pm – 3.30pmFriends Meeting House
RummikubPaul Slegg1st and 3rd Tuesdays1pm -3pmSt John’s starting September 2024
ScrabbleBrenda Pearce2nd Mondays1.30pm – 3.30pmLimestone View
Settle SolosAnne Brennand2nd and 4th Wednesdays1.30pm – 3pmCafes
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 Mondays10am – 11.30pmSt John’s
Spanish (Intermediate)Tamsin Candeland2nd & 4th Tuesdays10am – 11.30amFriends Meeting House
SportIan Gray and Les Chandler2nd & 4th Mondays4pm – 5.30pmSettle Social Club
 Walking CricketIan Gray and Les Chandler2nd & 4th Mondays Settle Cricket Club
Table TennisKath HamflettEvery Friday11.00am – 12 noonLanglciffe Village Institute
UkuleleElizabeth Bland2nd & 4th Tuesdays2.00pm – 3.45pmFriends Meeting House
Short walks (approx 5 miles)

Annette Linsdell

Gillian Rawlings

2nd & 4th Tuesdays9.30amOutdoors
Walking (approx 6-10 miles)

Annette Linsdell

1st & 3rd Thursdays9.30amOutdoors
Walking Netball

Diane Lalor

Wednesday morningsTBCSt John’s
Weekender GroupChris BennVarious activities monthly on Saturday or Sunday arranged by the Group.11.30am – 13.00pmVarious
Wine Appreciation GroupLed by members3rd Wednesday7.00pm – 9.30pmMembers homes
YogaElaine Sargeson Every Wednesday 11am – 12noon Settle Area  Pool

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