Leyburn & District

Welcome to the Leyburn and District U3A

Meet people, learn new skills and have fun, 'Learn, Laugh and Live'!

If you are no longer in full-time employment now's the time to make the most of your life.

The U3A gives you the chance to explore the activities you have always wanted to do and to make new friends.

(U3A) is a nationwide organisation based on local groups providing opportunities for retired and semi-retired people to come together and develop their interests.

Anyone in the Third Age can join U3A and this includes people who are working part time. No qualifications are required, and none are given. There is no lower age limit for membership. Join an exciting self-help learning organisation!

The Third Age Trust. Link on first page

The Trust is the national representative body for the U3A movement in the UK (Reg Charity No 288007) providing a wide range of support services to the individual U3A branches and members, for example: insurance, copyright licensing, legal advice, resources for group activities, on-line tutored courses. Their website is worth a visit: www.u3a.org.uk.

We are not a university in the traditional sense. We don't study for qualifications. We just enjoy taking part and meeting people.

It's all voluntary - members share their knowledge and experience with others in interest groups, running informal activity sessions covering a wide range of subjects and activities.

There are learning opportunities, outdoor pursuits, social events and outings on offer. Leyburn and District U3a was formed in October 2015 following many months,indeed years of discussion and planning.

At the 1st AGM more than 120 members signed up, many of whom live in the villages around Leyburn, and upwards of 24 interest groups are up and running.

Membership fees are set at £16 per annum.

Contact membership Secretary for more details of joint membership and associate membership.

For details on meetings and events please click on Events

For information on our many Interest Groups please click on Groups

Leyburn is a busy Market town set in the heart of Wensleydale,at present the U3A branch is meeting at the OldSchoolhouse [Leyburn Arts and Community Centre] in Leyburn with onsite parking

Owing to the current situation with Corona Virus all meetings have been suspended, however you will find a report from our November meeting below, which gives a flavour of what happens each month.

November’s Monthly Meeting
Members and guests enjoyed an entertaining talk by Martin Fish entitled ‘Simply Gardening: My Gardening Life So Far’ which hardly mentioned plans at all. He began by hoping that his audience were not confused and expecting Michael Fish, the weather man from the TV which had happened to him previously and most definitely put him at a disadvantage when trying to give an interesting and informative talk! He began by describing his ‘roots’ - his early life in Nottinghamshire, & his apprenticeship aged 16 into horticulture with the local council Parks Department. His career has been varied and has led to many TV, radio and writing credits and judging for the RHS. Colleague’s names were dropped into the talk eg, Geoff Hamilton, Alan Titchmarsh and Thelma Barlow. His experience was demonstrated by his time as North Yorkshire Show Director for the Harrogate Flower show & he currently broadcasts for BBC Radios York and Nottingham. He & his wife, Jill Fish, also give joint talks, Gardening on the Menu about how to get the best from your vegetables plot and how to make the most of your harvest in the kitchen. Martin lives near Ripon and he & Jill provide tours of their garden followed by tea and homemade cake. The Gardening Group have a visit booked for June 2020 (contact Mary Sadler if interested) At the end of the talk questions were invited and did include the inevitable gardening queries!