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If any of these resolutions fit your plans, we can help you to get more from life.

Join a group!

There are lots of activities running and more planned for later in the year.
Why not look ahead to widen your interests and explore a new hobby or activity? ... Get more fun out of your life! .... Join us!
There's lots to choose from - both recreational and social activites (the walking groups are always popular) or perhaps try some more academic topics to keep the grey matter active.

Looking ahead: notes for your diary

Wednesday 19th December: Open meeting for members and guests.

Open Meeting for members and guests at Methodist Church Wetherby from 2.30 to 4.00 - Christmas Special “Sounds like Christmas” Come and enjoy a festive programme with a Christmas Quiz entitled “Sounds like Christmas” followed by seasonal refreshments and piano entertainment.

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30 January (Wednesday) - Open Meeting, The speaker for January will be David Winpenny "Eccentrics, Exotics and Erratics - buildings in gardens"

Historic Houses 2 Winter Talks for 2019
18 January Friday Maria Glot “Saltaire Part 3”
20 February Wednesday Pat Osborne “Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire”
20 March Wednesday Mike Bevington“ A Walk round Studley Deer Park” (with a few anecdotes about Prince Harry's wedding as Mike was a guest.)
All talks will be held in the St James Scout Hall on Church Street at 2 pm. There will be a charge of £3 to include refreshments. All welcome. Connie Fox 587176 bev.con@talktalk.net

No other news items at present. Normally we list new groups starting up and looking for new members - or metings which are open to all members.

Looking back to 2010 .......How we started out.......

The Official Launch took place on Wednesday 28th. April 2010 at The Methodist Church, Bank Street, Wetherby. There was a steady stream of people arriving from 2 o'clock onwards to explore what activities were on offer.

The various tables displayed details of the activities and courses and they remained busy throughout the afternoon. When the last visitors had left and the clearing up was completed, we were able to take stock of some numbers:

  • We enrolled 177 new members
  • There was sufficient interest to be able to start 20 different activity roups. A list of the current activities is shown on the ACTIVITIES page.
  • We took stock of the numbers for these groups and the group leaders subsequently brought together the members interested in their topic, for an informal get-together to plan the meeting days, the programme and so on.
  • Our sincere thanks go out to all the local organisations who helped publicise the launch by displaying our posters - and also to our friends at Wetherby's own radio station Tempo 107.4 for their support. Thank you all for helping to get us airborne.

April 2010. Publicity everywhere!

Posters, posters everywhere! Wetherby, Boston Spa, Tadcaster, Clifford, Bramham, Linton, Collingham, East Keswick, Spofforth and more!
Thank you to all the local shops, venues and others who helped publicise the U3A Wetherby & District. Thanks also to our friends at Tempo Radio 107.4 for your announcements.
Together, you helped get us off the ground. Thanks!

23rd. March 2010 at The Methodist Church, Bank Street

The pre launch meeting held in the Methodist Church in Bank Street saw a turnout of around 140 people and the enthusiam in the room was quite evident. Visitors came from Boston Spa, Tadcaster, Clifford, Bramham, Linton, East Keswick, Collingham and Spofforth as well many from Wetherby itself.
The room was full of expectant faces and their enthusiasm for the launch of a U3A in Wetherby was obvious for all to see.
Following an informal presentation, most of those present filled in our brief questionnaire to tell us what group topics and activities they wanted to see available. ( You can find more about the group topics and activities that resulted on the following page. ACTIVITIES )

As a result of all the support and interest, the formal decision was taken to go ahead and form a U3A for Wetherby and the surrounding villages.