Leigh & District


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

Afternoon Tea - Friday 19th July 2019
We will be holding an Afternoon Tea again this year on Friday 19th July. There will be a choice of sandwiches, scones and a variety of cakes. Vegetarian & gluten-free options will be available but please let us know beforehand if you require either of these so we can cater accordingly.

Entrance is by ticket only. On the day, doors will open at 12:45pm. We anticipate the bar to be open from 1:00pm - 2:00pm and we hope that the Ukelele & Musical Instruments groups will entertain us.

U3A National Conference & AGM
"Together we will be sharing our views, ideas and experience in this year's conference "Sharing Inspiring Learning". With workshops focusing on lifelong learning, managing new educational resources, finance for charities, and supporting the growth and development of U3As, there will opportunity to discuss, debate and enjoy the views of colleagues across the movement. There will also be some free time to share interests such as singing, ukulele playing, walking and many other choices." Please click on the link above for more details.

Newsletter, Summer 2019
Our Summer newsletter is now available from the link above or on the right. The latest U3A National Newsletter is also available from a link on the right.

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)

Please also remember to fill out the emergency contact details on the back of your membership card.

In My Own Write
U3A In My Own Write showcases fiction and non fiction books that have been written by members of UK based U3A's.

Age UK Community Reporters/Storytellers Project
Age UK Wigan Borough are starting a new project in conjunction with a company called Yellow Jigsaw. They are looking for people aged 50 and over to become ‘Community Reporters’ and ‘Storytellers’ and are keen to see if any of our members are interested in getting involved.

Please see the flyers below for some more information. They are particularly looking for people who have overcome social isolation in some way, such as retirement, bereavement, moving house, change in financial circumstances etc and are now living a life where they are active and social, or people who have a ‘defiant’ attitude towards ageing and challenge stereotypes and attitudes.

If you want to have a chat about it, you can ring Liz Blagburn at Age UK Wigan for more information, her number is 01942 615895. She works Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or you can ring Grace at Yellow Jigsaw who is leading on the project, she is on 07859 177499 and works Monday - Friday.

Get Creative Festival
This is a big opportunity to publicise the whole movement coming together to take part in a UK wide Festival of the Creative Arts from 11th to 19th May 2019.
Please click on the link above for more information.

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

Reciprocal Agreements
We have reciprocal agreements with both Wigan and Ashton-in-Makerfield U3As, which means our Leigh & District members can attend Ashton & Wigan activities without having to join either of those U3As (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 and Wigan web sites for more details about their activities.

Data Protection
On 25 May 2018 the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect across all member states (which still includes us right now). Basically it's creating a single set of rules to modernise data privacy laws across Europe.

We've always taken the security of member data very seriously so we've given our Privacy Policy a refresh to reflect this.

If you haven't already done so, please complete and submit our short Contact Preferences form to let us know your preferences with regard to receiving the Third Age Trust magazines. Without your consent, you will no longer receive these magazines. Alternatively, you can download and complete a printable version of the form - Contact Preferences (PDF).

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.

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.