Dunston & District


Welcome to the website of Dunston and District U3A.

Dunston is situated on the south bank of the River Tyne, in the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead. It is divided by the A1 Motorway and the Metrocentre, the largest shopping and leisure complex in Europe, lies to one side of the motorway.

Prior to the construction of the Metrocentre, Dunston was particularly known for wooden coal staiths, first opened in 1893 as a structure for loading coal from the North Durham coalfield onto ships. In the 1920s 140,000 tons of coal per week were loaded from the staiths, and this continued until the 1970s.

Today the staiths is reputed to be the largest wooden structure in Europe, is protected as a Listed Building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and the surrounding area has been re-vitalised by a development of riverside apartments and houses designed by Wayne Hemingway.

Footballer Paul Gascoigne and the former lead singer of AC/DC, Brian Johnson, spent their formative years in Dunston, and champion rower Harry Clasper was born here.

Our U3A was formed in November 2012. We are a very friendly group of like minded people which is still growing and new members are always welcome.

Our meetings are held once a month in the church hall at Dunston Hill Methodist Church (corner of Ellison Road and Shrewsbury Road) on the first Wednesday of each month at 2pm. At the meetings we have a speaker followed by an update on activities and a chat over a cup of tea and a biscuit. You can find our schedule of speakers listed on the Events page.

There are also separate interest group meetings and organised events, more details of which you can find on the Groups page.

Our annual membership fee for 2023/24 is £15.00 (a membership form is attached by a link on the right of this page). An additional £4.00 is required if members want to subscribe to the Third Age Matters (TAM) magazine which is published 5 times each year.

If you want to find out more pop along to one of our meetings or send a message using our contact form (button at the top of this page).