News and Events


New U3A Drama group starting soon contact
VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations in May: See the News & Events page.
Please have a look at the Age-Friendly Communities Project on the News & Events page
Sponsor the Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club. 29 Feb at Wetherby Social Club

26th February Open Meeting at Wetherby Methodist Church starting at 2:30 pm.   Guest Speaker Veronica Bird, “From Prison to Palace” – A career from Prison Officer to Governor, dealing with notorious prisoners such as Hindley, Bell, the Price sisters and Charles Bronson.

25th March Open Meeting at Wetherby Methodist Church starting at 2:30 pm.   Guest Speaker Sir Thomas Ingleby, “All in a Knight’s Work” – Life at Ripley Castle.

22nd April U3A Anniversary Lunch at the Bridge Hotel in Walshford.  

28th April  Table Games in Kirk Deighton Village Hall.

29th April Open Meeting at Wetherby Methodist Church starting at 2:30 pm.   Guest Speaker Sister Agatha Leach “Life is a Paradox” One of the most requested return visits; not to be missed.

27th May Open Meeting at Wetherby Methodist Church starting at 2:30 pm.   Guest Speaker Philip Solity “The amusing side of road traffic law” Humorous and educational experiences as a legal advisor in Leeds Magistrates Court.

29th May  Folk Dancing in Collingham Memorial Hall

3rd June U3A Day – Watch this space

5th June  BBC Any Questions programme in St James’ Church.

18th June  Showcase at Boston Spa Methodist Church.

29th July Open Meeting at Wetherby Methodist Church starting at 2:30 pm.   Guest Speaker Maggie Poppa “Retirement – what retirement?” Working as a journalist and broadcaster.

Book your places now for the annual U3A holiday in 2020.   This time we’re planning a trip to Scotland, taking in some fantastic scenery, lochs, castles and delicious food; visiting the Edinburgh Tattoo and a host of other fantastic places.   Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.   All the details including dates, schedules, costs and contacts can be found at this link.

Proposed New Group:  Drama

Please support our new drama group meeting on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 2 – 3:30 pm in Scarcroft Village Hall.   Click here for more information

Audio Visual Spanish

It’s been decided to repackage and relaunch the intermediate Spanish classes. Click here for more information.

The following groups are currently looking for new members – See the Monthly Memo for more details

  • Art Appreciation
  • Enjoying Musical Theatre

10thAnniversary celebrations
Various events are in the course of planning to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Wetherby & District U3A this year. 
Wednesday 22nd April Anniversary Lunch 
Tuesday, 28th April – Table Games afternoon. 
Friday, 29th May – Folk dancing. 
Friday, 5th June – BBC Any Questions 
Thursday, 18th June Display of group activities at Boston Spa Methodist Church  
Groups and individual members are asked to put forward ideas for the celebrations.  Please contact: 
John Pentith (Vice Chair) (01937) 574965

Here us a useful list of venues which can be hired by U3A groups in the Wetherby and District area:

Click here to see the list

Please come and see some Wetherby & Disctrict U3A member in the latest production of the Wetherby Musical Theatre Group production of Whistle down the Wind.   Performances start at 7:30 pm in Wetherby High School on the following dates:

18th February, 19th February, 20th February, 21st February

Ticket prices: Adults – £10.00.  Under 12s – £8.00.  Available from Wetherby Library or at a special coffee morning starting at 9:00 am on 1st February in the Town Hall.

Click on this link to see production’s poster.

Last Saturday of every month

Help to support the Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Clubs:














8th, 9th and 10th May

Wetherby Town Council is planning a weekend of events to celebrate the end of the war in Europe in May 1945. Events being considered include a Goodwood Revival event with vintage cars; concerts; exhibitions and a Last Night of the Proms musical evening. More details will follow.

Last year we received a presentation from Linda Glew highlighting a project led by Leeds Older People’s forum in partnership with Leeds City Council with the aim of building an more Age-Friendly Community.  Here are some of the ways you can get involved:

Age Friendly Ambassadors

An Age Friendly Ambassador is an adult of any age who will take action to help raise awareness and spread the Age Friendly message to others.
Age Friendly Ambassadors are individuals from organisations, businesses or communities who can help us to make the communities of Leeds Age Friendly places.
Ambassadors may promote Age Friendly Leeds within their workplace, sports team, place of worship, with family and friends or anywhere in their community.   You can find out more, watch our short film and sign up as an Age Friendly Ambassador here. 
Age Proud Leeds
Age Proud Leeds is a campaign to raise awareness of ageism and change negative attitudes about ageing and older people.
Visit to find out more about the campaign, download promotional resources and activity materials and sign up to hear the latest campaign news.
Age and Dementia Friendly Guide
Leeds Older People’s Forum are delighted to announce the launch of the new ‘How to become Age and Dementia Friendly’  guide aimed at encouraging organisations and businesses to sign up and take action.
The guide explains what we mean by ‘Age Friendly’ and ‘Dementia Friendly’ and why it’s so important in enabling people to fully participate in the life of our communities. It outlines the benefits of becoming Age and Dementia Friendly and includes some wonderful examples of real-life stories from organisations that have already taken action.
There are five sections to the guide, all of which can be downloaded from the Time to Shine website.

Alongside the guide, we have introduced a convenient online sign up for organisations to state what actions they intend to take and receive Age Friendly and Dementia Friendly stickers for their premises, free publicity, updates and support.


WETHERBY MAN WITH A PAN can help you to’UNLEASH YOUR INNER CHEF’ and learn the tips and tricks of catering with other like-minded individuals.

The course is FREE and designed for men over 50 who need to learn to cook for whatever reason.

It is held in The Parish Centre Wetherby
4-45 PM -7-30 PM  on Fridays for 6 consecutive sessions.

THE NEXT COURSE BEGINS ON FRI FEB 28TH 2020-FRI APRIL 3RD 2020. For further details
contact 01937 583074  or st.james.wetherby @gmail .com
Limited places ,apply today !
Sponsored by Leeds City Council ,Wetherby Town Council ,Sainsbury’s Trust and the Co-op
Community Fund .

For more information click here.

Information has been received about various Yorkshire and Humberside U3A events taking place this year.

  • Turner Study Day, Harrogate: Tuesday, March 10th
  • Captain Cook and Whitby Experience:  Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th June, with arrival on Tuesday, 23rd June and an optional stay until Friday, 26th June.
  • YAHR Summer School/Summer Break with Learning: Monday 27th – Thursday 30th July.

Please have a look at the following requests sent to us by local charities looking for volunteers to help run their organisations.

Here are some links to local services and other sources of local information.

Wetherby News

Wetherby Town Council

Wetherby Library and Tourist Information

Wetherby in Support of the Elderly

Wetherby Helping People in Crisis

The Better Wetherby Partnership

Here are some other nearby U3A organisations





Yorkshire and Humberside

Virtual U3A


Also have look at these other free learning sources

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses – they’re all free)

TED Talks (Online lectures – there are loads to choose from)