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 2022
Our Spring 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.

Membership Survey 2022
We thought it was about time we knew a bit more about our members so that we can provide a better u3a experience. So please try to find a couple of minutes to complete our Membership Survey.

New Interest Groups
New Line Dancing, French and Bridge groups started in February and there is also the likelihood of a new Amateur Dramatics group starting at the end of June. Watch this space for more details when we have them.

Facebook and Instagram
As well as having our Facebook page, which is now well established, we're now also publishing details on Instagram.

Leigh Film Society
Leigh Film Society have asked us to share details of their planned restart. Please click on the link above for more details.

Amazon Smile
We have signed up to Amazon Smile! If you always start your shopping at smile.amazon.co.uk Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) to the eligible charitable organisation of your choice, which now includes Leigh & District u3a.

u3a Discussion Forums
The Third Age Trust has been looking at different ways to support our amazing u3a community. They wanted to enable and support u3as, members and Interest Group leaders, to stay active and connected with each other.

To this end, they have launched three online discussion forums so that you can share ideas and support each other. Thanks to the Beacon users, they are doing this by extending the existing (and successful) Beacon User Forum to all u3as, regardless of whether or not you are using the Beacon management system at your u3a yet. It is easy to get started. All you need to do is visit the forum website at https://forum.u3abeacon.org.uk, click the ‘register’ button and fill in your details. From there you will be able to explore the forums and get involved in the discussion. If you are not familiar with online forums, there is a how-to guide to help you get started.

There will be three forums that you can join:

  • Learning – discussions around subjects and all forms of interest and learning
  • Our u3a Community – discussions arounds how we support each other
  • Beacon – discussions around using Beacon, the u3a management system

This is just an outline of what the forums are about because it will be led and developed by you when you join and the conversations that are happening.

A volunteer team will moderate the site and support you to use the forums in a safe, positive and productive way.

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.

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.

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.