Leigh & District


Hello and welcome to the website of Leigh & District u3a - formed in 2013 and expanding all the time!

Elaine with Jo Platt MP The group is centred in Leigh, Lancashire (or Greater Manchester if you prefer) and includes Atherton, Tyldesley, Astley, Lowton, Golborne, Culcheth, Westhoughton and other areas. We provide Educational, Recreational and Leisure Activities for retired and semi-retired people or indeed anyone who is no longer in full time employment and we now have over 370 members. There are no age limits or obstacles to joining, no qualifications are needed and there are no exams.

Membership of Leigh & District u3a costs £15 a year and there's a £1.50 charge for attendance at group functions - this covers venue hire. Most of our meetings are held at Leigh Miners*.

What is u3a?

5th Birthday Cake Founded in 1982, u3a is a UK-wide collection of locally-run interest groups that provide a wide range of opportunities to come together to learn for fun. People enjoy exploring new ideas, skills and activities together. There are 1,057 u3as with over 450,000 members; membership is open to everyone who is no longer in full-time work.

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.Waiting for the quiz to start

Between them u3as offer the chance to study over 300 different subjects in such fields as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy, computing, crafts, exercise, photography and walking.

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. Coming up with the answers

What do I do next?

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*Leigh Miners Welfare Institute (affectionately known as Leigh Miners) is conveniently situated close to the centre of Leigh: it's in Kirby Road, off Twist Lane, with easy access to the Atherleigh Way by pass. The postcode is WN7 4EF.

Leigh & District u3a is a Registered Charity, No. 1158866