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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

28 September (Thursday) Green Group Open Meeting Kirk Deighton Village Hall 2 pm Simon Bowens of Friends of the Earth “Air Quality” All welcome to join us.

5 October and throughout November (8 weeks) - meeting on Thursdays in Kirk Deighton Village Hall at 10 am. Calligraphy short course of 8 lessons - tutor led - cost £30, some materials provided. Limited to 8 people. DETAILS HERE

12 October CANCELLED ( Thursday) Current Affairs Open Meeting at St James Church Rooms 2.30 pm Alec Shelbrooke MP for Sherburn and Elmet - “My work as an MP” ( including his role with NATO.) SORRY! CANCELLED

13 October (Friday) to 22 October (Sunday). WETHERBY FESTIVAL - events throughout including literary lunches, talks , comedy shows, music (lots!), social events, photo exhibition, guided walks. Lots to do. Details from

13-14 October Boston Spa Arts Festival at Boston Spa Village Hall on Friday 13 October (10 - 5 pm) and Saturday 14 October
(10 - 4 pm). See

7 November (Tuesday) Memory Course - short course of four sessions on Tuesday mornings at Kirk Deighton Village Hall. Contact Jen Scott 01423 339504 Now booking places.

17 November ( Friday) New Member Meeting to welcome those who have recently joined and explain how to get the best from membersship..

CHRISTMAS CALENDAR Christmas is coming! The Digital Photography group will be selling their colourful 2018 calendar featuring Yorkshire views priced £5 in the link or at the start of the next few Open Meetings. Peter Guildford 574394

13 December (Wednesday) Christmas Showcase Event at The Engine Shed. Open from 1.30. Details to follow...

Looking back.......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 groups. 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.