About Settle District u3a

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 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 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.


GroupLeader(s)Day(s) of     monthTimePlace
ArtTeresa Gordon1st & 3rd Wednesdays10.00am -12.00pmSt John’s
Badminton  David UrenEvery Friday10am – 11amLangcliffe Village Institute
Ballroom Steph PhillipSuspended2pm- 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 – noon

1pm – 3.00pm

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

Joan Hedley

suspended10.15 – 11.15amCatholic Church Hall
CraftCharlotte Treglown4th Friday1pm – 3pmSettle Pool
Creative WritingJean Stevens2nd Thursdays2pm – 4.00pmFriends Meeting House
Crime NovelsSue Bennedik1st Fridays3pm – 4.30pmThe Place
Dog WalkingMichael Lowesuspended10amOutdoor
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

Monthly Various
French (Continuing)Colin ColemanEvery Monday2pm -3.30pmSettle Area Pool
Garden Visiting GroupChris BennMonthlyTBAVarious outdoors
GeologyKeith Waterson3rd Tuesdays2pm – 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 – 3pmCatholic Church Hall
Line Dancing

Eileen Bamford Janet Woods

Jill Craig

Every Thursday10.30am – noonCatholic Church Hall
Lunch GroupJoan Schofield3rd Fridays12.30pmVarious
Monthly meetingIan Gray2nd Thursday10.00am -12.00pmSt John’s and zoom
PhilosophyKeith HydeThursdays2.00pm – 3.30pmCatholic Church Hall
Play ReadingJackie Allot3rd Tuesdays1.30pm – 3.30pmFriends Meeting House
Poetry AppreciationJean Stevens4th Thursdays2.00pm – 3.30pmFriends Meeting House
Rusty FrenchMargaret Gray2nd and 4th Monday10.15am – 11.45The Place
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 – 11.30pmThe Place
Spanish (Intermediate)Tamsin Candeland2nd & 4th Tuesdays10am – 11.30amFriends Meeting House
Sport AppreciationIan 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 – 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

Gillian Rawlings

1st & 3rd Thursdays9.30amOutdoors
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