Preston & District


Preston & District U3A

Registered Charity No. 1141371

Chairman: Betty Stevens Telephone: 01772 313008


The Preston and District U3A started in June 2007 with fewer than 30 members and is proving an attraction to people in Preston and surrounding areas as is shown by rapid growth in both membership numbers and Interest Groups.

We aim to provide educational, social and leisure opportunities for retired people or those near retirement age.


Why not join us? You will be able attend our talks, participate in any number of our 59 Interest Groups, go on visits, attend our varied additional events programme. You can attend two meetings (either a monthly meeting or group meeting of your choice) before deciding whether to join us. (You will pay the normal £2.00 entry charge, which covers the cost of accommodation). You will be made most welcome.

All members can take advantage of our FREE CD and DVD libraries and borrow up to four items over a two month period.


If you wish to join us you can download an application form by clicking on “Application Form” (listed under links on the right-hand side of this page). Send the completed form with your cheque, made payable to Preston and District U3A, to the address at the bottom of the form. If you would like more details, please use the e-mail on the Contact Page and include your name and telephone number in the email content.

Membership of the Branch:683 (Dec, 2018)
No. of Interest Groups:58 (Dec, 2018)


Membership: £12.00 annual subscription from 1st April 2019
(Subscription includes six-monthly Preston U3A 'Good Times' magazine, and home delivery of U3A & Sources magazines).

All outdoor groups are free.
For most groups there is a charge of £2.00. Most indoor events (in the hall) are also £2.00 - which goes towards the cost of accommodation. While Keep-fit and Yoga are both £3 each to cover the cost of the instructor and hall hire.
Home Groups e.g. French Conversation and Spanish conversation are £0.50
Trips, Lunches and Larger Events as specified.

INTEREST GROUPS (December, 2018)

Archaeology; Art; Art Appreciation; Bird Watching & Natural History; Bowls (Crown Green); Bridge; Canasta; Cookery, Crafts (Embroidery, Knitting, Crochet, etc.); Creative Writing; Crosswords; Culture Live; Cycling; Discussion; Drama; Easy Walks; Everyday Philosophy; Family History & Genealogy; Flower Arranging; Folk Dancing; French Conversation; French (Basic); French (Intermediate);Gardening; German Conversation, German (Intermediate); Information Technology; Italian; Keep-Fit; Keyboard Playing; Latin (Beginners); Latin (Intermediate); Line Dancing; Local History 1 & 2;Mahjong; M.O.T.O.(Members On Their Own); Moving On (Bereavement Group); Music 1,2 & 3; Philosophy; Photography; Play Reading; Poetry Appreciation; Reading (two groups); Recorders; Scrabble & Chess; Snooker and Pool; Spanish, Spanish Conversation; Table Tennis; Tai Chi; Theatre Going; Walking; Easy Walks; Whist; Yoga.


If prospective members, guests of members or members of other U3As wish to attend the Monthly Meeting they will be made welcome. For Group Meetings, you should contact the relevant Group Leader (Click on Groups for contact details). This way we can be aware of numbers of people who may be at meetings and advise accordingly if there are problems.

Meeting addresses
St Cuthbert's Church Centre
Lytham Road, Fulwood
Preston PR2 3AR
(next to the narrow railway bridge)
Buses 22 and 23 stop about 50 yards from the venue.

However some meetings are held in annexes within a few minutes drive of St. Cuthbert's.

United Reform Church, Symonds Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 3DHKeep Fit/Aerobics, Reading Group 2 (afternoon) and Yoga
Fulwood Tennis Club, Highgate Avenue, Preston, PR2 8DYGardening, Cookery and Table Tennis
Galloway HALL, Brackenbury Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 3BSDrama, Recorders and Keyboard Playing
Salvation Army Community Centre, Harrington Street, Preston, PR1 7BNComputing for Absolute Beginners
Stephen Hendry Snooker Hall, Brook Street, Preston, PR1 7NHSnooker/Pool
St Martins Parish Hall, Broadway, Fulwood, PR2 9THTai Chi

In addition some, usually with fewer than ten members, meet in Members' Homes e.g. French Conversation and Spanish Conversation.


We have a different venue for the the Monthly General Meeting which is held at Fulwood Free Methodist Church, Lightfoot Lane, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 3LT. There are car park spaces for 100 and the No.4 bus stops right outside the church, although it may be easier to get the Lancaster bus (Stage coach 40/41),get off at Lightfoot Lane and walk the short distance to the venue.

The Monthly, General Meeting is held on the 3rd. Thursday of each month from 2.15-4.15 pm., except August when there is no meeting. Admission is £2.00

We have a speaker at the monthly general meeting and it is at this meeting that all members have an opportunity to meet and socialise together. Group leaders are generally present too - to field queries. The meeting starts at 2.15 pm – arrivals from no earlier than 1.45pm please.