News and Events

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Hot off the press!!

Wetherby U3A thought it would be a good idea to arrange a few meetings for people who are newly retired or those who have been retired for a while and find themselves at a loose end.  This would be a short series lasting two hours every week for five weeks.  The aim would be to stimulate some idea-provoking discussions about life after work and making the transition from the world of work the world of retirement.   Please have a look at this link for more details.   This is only a proposal at the moment but hopefully, enough people will be interested to make it viable.


Anniversary Lunch

Over 100 members and guests enjoyed the Wetherby and District U3A anniversary lunch at The Bridge Hotel on 17th April. A wonderful performance from Malcolm Parkinson, ably assisted by our own member Anne Hembry, full of music and humour made for a lovely event. A big ‘thank you’ to Margaret Grant for organising the lunch. 
For next year’s 10th anniversary we have booked The Bridge Hotel again, so make a note in your diary for Wednesday 22nd April 2020.
Here are some photos of the event:
Malcolm Parkinson in full flow
Panorama of the event


Dates for your Diary

  • Wed 26 June Annual General Meeting Methodist Church 2.30 pm

Click here to see the AGM Agenda


  • Thu 27 June Wellness and Fitness for Life Event at Scarthingwell Golf Course

Click here for more information about the Wellness Event

To obtain your tickets for this event click on this link.


  • Mon to Thu 5 – 8 August YAHR (Yorkshire and Humberside U3A) Summer School

Venue: The Hawkhills, Easingwold.  Here is a link to the Summer School course list and an application form.  This information is also on the YAHR website under the Events link.  Any queries can be sent to Samina Aslam 01142 351489 or email  


  • Thu 22nd August at Kirk Deighton Village Hall from 2pm to 4pm

The Mighty Quiz.   Raising money for research into Dementia.   Sponsored by the U3A memory course Group.  

Click here for more information about the Mighty Quiz


Committee Matters

Volunteers Needed

Groups Coordinator

Delia Wells is standing down from her role as Groups Co-ordinator.  Please contact Delia if you would like to assist by taking over all or part of this work.

Brian Taylor – Chair


Groups – Notable Changes and Corrections

  • Canasta Evenings Group – Venue change

The venue for the Canasta Evenings group has been changed to Wetherby Methodist Meeting rooms.  (Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday at 7pm)


The Friendly Communities project


At the Open Meeting on 24th April, Linda Glew, highlighted details of a new project led by Leeds Older People’s Forum, in partnership with Leeds City Council and other partners. The project aims to bring together Dementia Friendly and Age-Friendly initiatives to help make Leeds the ‘Best City to Grow Old In’.  It is part of the Time to Shine programme which aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness amongst older people.

Further information will be made available over the coming weeks, but brief details can be seen in the flyer here.


Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowships 2019

Open for applications

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was set up when Sir Winston died in 1965. It provides funding for up to 150 British citizens each year from all backgrounds to travel overseas to gain knowledge, experience and best practice to inspire positive change in their UK professions and communities and society as a whole. 

Churchill Fellows come from all over the UK and from many different backgrounds. No qualifications are required. Fellowships are available to all UK citizens resident in the UK over the age of 18. Applications are now open. The deadline for applications is 17th September 2019.

You can apply for any of these 2019 categories:

  • Arts for the built environment
  • Education
  • Emergency response
  • Enterprise & social impact
  • Environment/ conservation/sustainable living
  • Healthcare – innovations for the 21stcentury
  • Palliative and end of life care
  • Physical activity for healthier lives
  • Rural living – strengthening countryside communities
  • Science, technology and engineering
  • Suicide prevention
  • Open category – for any other projects


Further details can be found on the website:

This is a fantastic opportunity. Age is no barrier. U3A members might wish to consider applying, or perhaps encouraging family and friends to apply. If anyone requires any further information about the Trust or the application process, then I will be pleased to help.

Brian Taylor – Chair – 20 May 2019

For more information have a look at this flyer.