Hale & District



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Welcome to the Hale & District U3A. We now have over 900 members and more than 90 subject groups up and running, covering everything from Scrabble to Current Affairs. If you want to keep an active mind, there should be something here to interest you.


U3A (the University of the Third Age) is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment, providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. It consists of local U3As all over the UK, which are charities in their own right and are run entirely by volunteers. Local U3As are learning cooperatives which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership. The teachers learn and the learners teach. The word “university” is used in its original sense of people coming together to share and pursue learning in all its forms.

The U3A approach to learning is – learning for pleasure. There is no accreditation or validation and there are no assessments or qualifications to be gained. U3As offer learning activities which reflect members’ wishes and which aim to satisfy the widest possible range of interests: educational, cultural, recreational, physical and social.


U3As are funded in the main by the subscriptions of their members. The current annual subscription is £15 and membership runs for 12 months from the month you join. In addition, there is sometimes a small contribution towards the costs of meetings, especially if rooms have to be hired – but these are decided by the members of the groups.

Gift Aid: Are you a UK tax payer? If so, you can authorise Hale & District U3A to claim from the tax man an additional 25p for every pound of your annual subscription. Currently that raises an additional £2.50 on every Gift Aided membership and helps us to keep down costs to our members.

Gift Aid Declaration forms can be picked up at our Monthly Meetings or you can print off a digital version by clicking on the link at the top right-hand side of this page labelled: CHARITY GIFT AID APPLICATION. When completed please either bring it to a meeting or send with your completed Membership Application Form (click on link at the top right-hand side of this page) to the Membership Secretary, at the address shown on the form.


There is a monthly public meeting where members come together to share the experiences of their groups, find out about events and activities and listen to a presentation on a topic of general interest. These meetings are held at 2:00pm on the first Thursday of each month at the Bowdon Rooms (home of The Cinnamon Club) in The Firs, Bowdon, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 2TQ. There is a £1 admission charge for these Monthly Meetings, to cover room hire costs. For further information about future Monthly Meetings, other events and activities please click on the Events button at the top of this page.

The subject groups may meet weekly, fortnightly or monthly, as agreed by their members, either at members’ homes or at hired venues – details can be found on the Groups page of the website. Further information can be seen about groups and social events via the link at the top RH of this page: “Information on Groups and Social Events”.

For a helpful summary of what is happening in Hale & District U3A click on the “NewsFlash” link at the top RH of this page. NewsFlash is the quarterly newsletter sent to all members.


To become a member of Hale & District U3A, please send us a message via the form on the Contact page (click on the word Contact at the top of this page). Alternatively please complete the membership application form which you can open and print from the link on this page or call Gill Homan on 0161 980 2657. To join one of the subject groups, complete the form on the Contact page or get in touch with the Groups Coordinator via the email address shown on the Contact page.


In line with recent GDPR legislation, details of our policies can be found by clicking on the links at the top of this page.


Members of Photography 2 travelled to Chester in December 2019. The full story can be viewed via the link at the top RH of this page.


Hale & District U3A is a Registered Charity, No: 1159698