(see Events page for details and Dates for your Diary)


Harry Knowles, our publicity officer, has had some new Furness U3A leaflets designed and printed. And we’d like your help to get some distributed and displayed in suitable places where possible new members might see them, particularly in Barrow and Dalton and other places where we have much fewer members and need to raise our profile – i.e. outside Ulverston, where we’re already well known.

So if you know somewhere in those areas that might be suitable – e.g. a community hall or a doctor’s or dentist’s waiting room – then please come to the drop-in on Tuesday (30th April) or the May monthly meeting (Tuesday 14th) to collect some leaflets, and help us distribute them and so raise our profile in Barrow, Dalton, Askam, etc., where Furness U3A is much less well known. Thank you.


On Thursday June 20th we are holding the first of a series of Drop-ins outside Ulverston. We have booked the East Room at St Paul’s Church in Hawcoat Lane, Barrow from 10-11.30. We do hope as many members as possible support this new venture.


From April, there will be a Book Swap table at each ‘Drop-in’. This is in addition to the book swap which is at the back of the hall at the monthly meeting. Members can bring books, and take away books, at no cost. Books only, please - no magazines.
Joan Nicholson, Drop-In Organiser


Our membership year runs from April through to March, so it’s now getting late to renew your membership, if you’ve not already done so. You have to the end of May to get it done. We’ve emailed the renewal form to members and is also available on the Links page.
To renew simply print and complete the form. You can then either bring it with your membership subscription, in cash or cheque payable to Furness U3A, to the May monthly meeting (Tuesday 14th) or Drop-in (Tuesday May 28th). Or you can post it to our membership secretary, Jean Murphy, but in that case you must include your cheque AND a stamped self-addressed envelope, for Jean to post your new membership card back to you.

Now that we have reduced the cost of the monthly meeting to just £1, we would be grateful if members could have the right change when arriving at meetings. This is partly because finding change of a £20 note takes time and causes queues!



The Crafty Folk group was filmed by ITV on March 6th as part of a bid by the Trustees of Dalton Community Centre for cash to carry on improving the venue. We are only one user of the premises and we will appear on a group photo, followed by a few minutes of our craft activity on the day, which will form part of a video presentation. We will be displaying our banner showcasing the different interests on offer to U3A members. The Dalton bid has reached the shortlist and, during Granada Reports, the video will be shown and viewers are invited to vote for a winner. This is likely to be in the first two weeks of April. Please keep an eye open for this and support the bid by voting.


Ann Quintilla organises cultural trips on behalf of SLU3A to classical concerts, exhibitions, theatre, etc. and often has spare capacity on the coach. Contact Ann Quintilla for more information.


U3A NW Region Summer School 27th – 30th August at Newton Rigg College, Penrith

The annual summer school is happening again this year, organised by the U3A North West region at Newton Rigg college near Penrith. And Furness U3A members who’ve been on it in previous years have said it was very good, so well worth looking into. Full details and booking are now available – see the U3A North West Regional website Events page and their Summer School 2019 Overview and Course Synopsis – and there’s also a significant discount for booking before the end of May.

Message to All Members from the U3A Northwest Regional Trustee

Dear members,
following on from the last newsflash, here are the final details for the Big Sing and Committee Forum as well as a reminder about the Regional Conference and AGM.

Registration for the Conference and AGM are already available on the website.

Registration for the Big Sing and Committee Forum were slightly delayed but should be on the website by May 16th.




BBC Consultation on Free TV Licences for Over-75s
The free TV licence scheme for over-75s is currently government funded, but that ends in 2020 and it’s then up to the BBC to decide what to do. So, the BBC is currently in the middle of a consultation (ends 12th Feb) to decide what to do when that government funding ends and various options are on the table. Funding the scheme from the BBC’s own budget would be a big hit on what it could spend on making programmes. Whereas scrapping the scheme altogether would hit households with over-75s. So, they are also considering various in-between options, such as a reduced licence fee rather than free, or raising the age threshold, or means testing it. For details see TV Licences

Reduced railcard cost for people using hearing aids

If you use a hearing aid you are eligible to apply for a Disabled Persons Railcard, saving £10 on the cost of a Senior Railcard. Follow this link to find out details - Disabled Persons Railcard

Opportunities to join interest groups offered by Neighbouring U3As

Information about interest groups run by South Cumbria U3As can be found here: Groups run by South Cumbria U3A

N.B.Just a reminder that the U3A is an organisation run for the members by the members. If you would like to be part of a group which is not already offered, please consider starting one!

Setting up Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs)

This is a good idea for many people in their third age, so if you don't know much about them they're worth learning about. But if you already have already LPAs (or enduring powers of attorney - less common) and you registered them between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017 then you are probably eligible for a refund of part of the application fee that you paid. The reason for the refunds is that the cost of administering LPAs has reduced as more people have been registering them in recent years, so in April 2017 the registration fee was reduced accordingly, and they've decided to also backdate some reductions a further 4 years before that. It’s easy to claim and the amount available is well worth it - see refunds for details and how to claim. Don’t know what LPAs are? They are pre-registered authorisations that say who you're happy to take over managing your affairs if (and not before) you became unable to make your own decisions. This certainly isn't something any of us want to happen, but if it does, then without an LPA already in place it's much, much more difficult for the people you trust to help you by managing your affairs for you. See Power of Attorney

The Priority Services Register (PSR)

This is a free service provided by energy suppliers and network operators to customers in need. Click on this link for more information Priority Services Register

Dates for your Diary
Sat May 25th
→Mon May 27th
On May 25-27th, from 11.00am—5.00pm, Judith Sanderson will be opening her garden at Langholme Mill, Woodgate, Lowick Green LA12 8ES. It’s £3 for the garden visit, £5 with tea & cake. All proceeds to NGS & Crake Valley First Responders