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Join Wetherby U3A Facebook Group   This is a closed group – only open to members of Wetherby and District U3A.   It’s a way to keep in touch and share information with other U3A members. 

Take a look at our volunteering page where there are currently many opportunities to lend a hand. 

8th June via Zoom 

U3A Quiz click on this link to join in the quiz

25th May u3a Open Meeting

Click on this link to join the open meeting at 2:30pm on 30th March.

18th May at 12:30 u3a Annual. Lunch at The Bridge Inn in Walshford.   Guest speaker Dr Paul Whittaker

Trip to Holland May 2022

We are planning a trip to Holland in May this year. Please click on this link to find out more.

Places are limited – especially for those requesting single accommodation – so please let Barry Atkinson have your completed booking forms and deposit cheques as quickly as possible. The Floriade is held every ten years and for plant or flower lovers it is a wonderful opportunity to see what is happening with the much-loved and the newly-cultured plants.

Beste wensen (that’s Dutch for “Best wishes” so at least you’ll know some of the language before setting sail!

Glasgow Holiday October 2022

Our Trip to Glasgow in October this year is nearly fully booked and there is no single accommodation left.

WiSE, Wetherby in Support of the Elderly are a long established local charity. Due to a long standing trustee moving from the area, they are keen to recruit a new trustee with an interest in reducing isolation in the elderly which in turn helps to improve mental health and independence.
Anyone who would like more information should contact the Chair of Trustees, via the email address
Details of the charity’s objects are available on the Charity Commission website and WiSE has its own website including activities and services available to people in the Wetherby area.

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.

Shine Magazine

A new publication supported by Leeds City Council, the Shine magazine, has been created in response to the Coronavirus crisis.  It shares the stories of older people in Leeds and is available both online and offline. The first three issues can be downloaded from the Shine magazine website – and all future issues will be uploaded to that site.  The idea of the magazine is to help older people feel connected and offer them space for their stories. Shine comprises a mixture of features that offer different opinions, memories of Leeds past, life-stories, health tips and information. The magazine is on the look-out for stories, handy tips, jokes, artwork, poetry, memories….and more. If you want to send a story or get more information, please contact: Leeds Older People’s Forum, Joseph’s Well, Suite 24C, Leeds LS3 1AB. Tele 0113 244 1697.

Click Here for the latest issue of Shie Magazine

News Letter from YAHR covering COVID-19 guidance and two interesting creative opportunities

YAHR Summer School 2022 Derek Barker is running a four day course on “Archaeology of Britain since the Romans”. Please click this link for more information. If you’re interested in attending please download and complete the form at this link to book your place 

Are you interested in joining the Wetherby Performance Ensemble?

You do not have to be an actor! There are folks in the Ensemble who have never set foot on a stage! It is about providing a platform for older people in Leeds to talk about themselves, tell their stories. Past projects can be viewed on the website. There are opportunities for movement (including Tai Chi), voice, writing and most importantly, making friends and feeling worthy as an ‘older’ person. 
At the moment, they ‘meet’ weekly on Zoom and hopefully,  will once again meet in person at the Leeds Playhouse to move forward with the latest project. 
One of our members is Roger Harington. There is a video of him presenting his own work in the most recent edition of ‘Shine’.