Leigh & District


This is where we'll keep you up-to-date with all the latest news - even the occasional bit of gossip!

Newsletter, Spring 2018
The Spring newsletter is now available from the link above or on the right. The U3A National Newsletter for February is also available from the link on the right.

It's that time of year again when you can renew your membership for the next membership year.

The membership fee for this year is unchanged at £15.

You can renew online via our Renewals page, at the regular Friday Social events, via your Group Facilitator or by post to the Membership Secretary at the address below. We will issue you with a new membership card once you've renewed.

Gift Aid
Please think about Gift Aid too. You only need to have paid or expect to pay £2.50 in income tax or capital gains tax to be able to fill out a Gift Aid declaration. See www.gov.uk/donating-to-charity/gift-aid for more info. This will enable us to reclaim 25% of your membership fee from HMRC (which is actually treated as a donation).

A Gift Aid form is available on the links to the right. If you think you do qualify and haven't filled one out before, or your circumstances have changed, please download and print the form, fill it out and return it to a member of the committee, either at a Friday Social event or via a Group Facilitator. If you're computer savvy, then by all means scan it in and email it to membership@leighanddistrictu3a.org.uk. Alternatively you can pop it in the post and send to:

The Membership Secretary
Mr I East
41 Ennerdale Road

U3A Summer Schools 2018
The North West Region has published details of this years Summer Schools. Please use the link above or on the right for more details.

Wigan Council Shared Lives
This service works with people who need support due to age, disability or illness. To find out more please click on the link above or on the right hand side.

Wigan & Leigh Pensioners Link
Pensioners Link was established in 1988 and was the vision of two pensioners, Alan Taylor and Peter Kenny. An important element of their vision was to see organisations and people linked together so as to provide maximum benefit for older people. Their aims are to:

  • Maintain independence and well-being
  • Reduce isolation
  • Stimulate social interaction
  • Access information and services in the community

Elizabeth Gaskell House
Enjoy a bespoke tour of the beautifully restored historic home of Elizabeth Gaskell, the famous author of North & South, Cranford and Mary Barton. With its beautiful historic period rooms, Victorian-style garden and welcoming tea room it provides an excellent half-day tour for visiting groups of between 10 and 60 people. Welcoming and knowledgeable guides will provide a bespoke tour of the house, which is a short distance from central Manchester and Oxford Road.

  • Tours start from £10 per person which includes a tour, drink and cake
  • Coaches can drop off directly outside the house
  • Disabled parking available onsite (must be pre-booked)
  • Up to 3 hours free parking on the street outside
  • Fully accessible with lifts to all floors
  • Just five minutes from the Pankhurst Centre and The Whitworth Art Gallery
  • Pre-booked lunch and refreshments available from the tea room.

Tours are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, when the House is closed to the public. The house is open to the general public on Wednesdays, Thursday and Sundays 11-4.30pm where the usual admission charge is £4/£5 per person.

If you would like to arrange a tour for your group or would like more information please contact enquiries@elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk or call 0161 273 2215.

Gift Aid & Membership Details
Would members please note that we ask you to complete a membership form and a Gift Aid declaration only once, at the time of joining. However, we are aware that personal circumstances change and members may come out of or into a tax-paying situation. If your circumstances, in this respect, do change, we would be grateful if you would let us know and then the Gift Aid claims we make on your behalf are as honest and accurate as we are able to manage. Again, should other details change, e.g. address, telephone number, email address etc., please inform us accordingly and our records can be updated or even update them yourself using our Members Portal. All the information we hold in your respect is for admin purposes only, and is kept securely and maintained in accordance with Data Protection provisions.

Emergency Contact
If you haven't already provided them, please ensure we have your emergency contact details by sending the following to our Membership Secretary:

  • Your name & membership number
  • Emergency contact name
  • Relationship to you
  • Emergency contact phone number(s)

Reciprocal Agreement
We have come to a reciprocal agreement with Ashton-in-Makerfield U3A, which means our Leigh & District members can attend Ashton activities without having to join Ashton-in-Makerfield U3A (and vice-versa of course). You would still need to pay the relevant group session fees and any trip costs, but you should only need to prove you are a current member of Leigh & District U3A by showing your membership card.
Please see the Ashton-in-Makerfield web site for more details about their activities.

Message from our new NW Regional Trustee
Gill Russell is our new NW Regional Trustee for the U3A. Please take a minute to read her Regional Trustee Message.

Greater Manchester Network & North West Region
Please take a look at the latest news from the GM Network & North West Region, particularly the latest North West Newsletter No.50.

Research Projects
The National U3A are currently promoting research projects. If you would like to be involved, please take a look at the U3A Research Projects flyer as a starting point.

U3A Governance Consultation Survey
Please feel free to take a look at the Findings & Recommendations of the Working Group into the future structure of the Third Age Trust.