Clitheroe U3A


For the latest news, links and events go to the "NEWS & VIEWS" page. See button above.

Important News 2 .......


The start of a new year saw yet another change in the ongoing story of the Covid Pandemic. Having begun meeting again face to face over the last few months, The Omicron varient and the fresh wave of cases meant we switched back to meeting on Zoom for a time.

However we now have to live with Covid, and are being flexible about meetings. We ask members to be sensible and to think of others, and to get tested if in doubt!

The 24th AGM, which was due on Tuesday 1st February, was postponed until Tuesday 12th April. This is because it would have had to be on zoom, and it would not be possible to ensure voting papers etc had reached all members in time(amongst other reasons). Meanwhile the Tues February main meeting continued as an ordinary meeting on Zoom, and Robin Taylor had more time to tell us about shoes! See the monthly NewsFlash for latest news on meetings.

Our interest groups are continuing, with some on Zoom, and some still face to face. The committee decided that it is up to Group Convenors, in consultation with their members, to decide whether to meet face to face. This will also depend on the current guidelines of the venues they meet in.

We will keep our membership informed of any developments.

Please take care.
Frank Taylor
U3A Clitheroe Webmaster.

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If you are a new visitor to this site then here is something about Clitheroe U3A:

Clitheroe U3A, with approximately 400 members, is one of over 1000 such branches in the UK and part of a national organization with over 300,000 members. The initials stand for “University of the Third Age” but, although one of its main aims is life-long learning for people of retirement age, it is also an opportunity to follow a variety of interests and social activities in a safe and friendly environment. The “Groups” page of this website lists all our special interest groups which range from learning languages to walking, singing to dining, geology to architecture, and many others.

As we recover from Covid19 there is a reduced membership fee for 2022 of £10. There are no membership forms this year, however you should let the membership secretary know any changes of details. There is more detail about renewal of memberships on the News and Views page.

If you are wanting to join as a new member, please contact the membership secretary directly. He is David Grimes, and his email is

Membership gives many benefits including

  • Monthly Meeting with invited speaker (St Mary's Centre, Church Street Clitheroe 2.00pm on the Second Tuesday of the month).
  • Access to almost 30 Special Interest Groups (free of charge except for incidentals such as room hire.
  • A variety of excursions run by various Groups to gardens, stately homes, galleries, theatres and other places of interest.
  • Our monthly NewsFlash (link on this page) and the national Magazine five times a year.
  • Social events eg Xmas Dinner, a summer event and bi-monthly Coffee Mornings.
  • Various Study Days and Residential Courses at local, regional and national level.
  • Free Legal Advice

If you are interested then come along for a chat at the coffee mornings or come to the next monthly meeting (£2.50, refundable on joining). Alternatively you could contact the Membership Secretary by email as above, or the Webmaster Frank Taylor. We will do our best to answer your questions.

The Committee recently agreed a Code of Conduct for members. This can be found in the links above right.

Following the AGM on the 12th April 2022 we will welcome the new Committee: some familiar faces and some new recruits. Photos of the current Committee are below, hover over these pictures for job titles. For a full list of Committee Members and hangers on and descriptions of their roles, please click the Committee Page (button above). The Minutes of the Committee (in date order) are also on the Committee Page.

Marjorie Taylor, ChairmanJanet Elliott, Vice ChairmanAlison Hoyle, previous chairmanEileen Narain, SecretaryPaul Fisher, Treasurer
David Grimes Membership SecretaryRobin Taylor Newsletter EditorRoy Gonsalves, Speakers Secretary
Mary-Ann Renton, Publicity OfficerLiz Wolstenholme, Committee Member
Jaqueline Melia, Committee MemberJulie Whitehead, committee memberFrank Taylor, Webmaster

The Chairman's Report for 2021 given at the 2022 AGM, from our retiring Chair Alison Hoyle is available from the News and Views page.

Go to the NEWS AND VIEWS page for the latest news about what's happening in our U3A: accounts and photographs of recent events and outings, information about new groups and courses plus lots more.

Information about individual Groups is on the GROUPS page and Monthly Main Meetings are listed on the EVENTS Page.

Our latest MONTHLY NEWSFLASH is always available via the link on the right of this page.The latest NW REGION NEWSLETTER is also available online. It has details of NW Regional events such as meetings and courses. Just subscribe for your own email copy monthly (free!!) For national events such as National Conferences and Summer Schools look on the "U3A" page of this website or the listings on our "Events" page.

OTHER LOCAL U3As We now have a formal agreement with neighbouring U3As (Burnley, Longridge, Hyndburn, Todmorden and West Pennine Villages) which allows us to share activities and meetings. Please see our new "LOCAL U3As" page by clicking the Tab at the top of this Page.

Frank Taylor, Webmaster I welcome any news items, photographs, views or comments for inclusion in our Website. Just e-mail me via the Contact Page. You can also send an email to any of the Committee or Group Leaders via the Contact Page and it will be forwarded promptly. (Frank Taylor, Webmaster)