Northumbria Region U3A

Members of Northumbria Region U3A

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Northumbria Region U3A is part of the national and international University of the Third Age (U3A).
Until the eighties, when the boundaries were changed, we could have said that “Northumbria U3A Region includes Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham and part of North Yorkshire.”

But now, Tyne and Wear does not exist, as long ago as 1986, it was replaced by five unitary authorities (Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland).
More importantly, that sentence completely ignores the four unitary authorities clustered around the Tees (Recar and Cleveland, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton).

So perhaps it is easier to say we have members in U3As as far north as Berwick and as far south as Bedale!
There are 51 U3As in the Northumbria Region involving over 8000 members.
The latest U3A to be formed is Cramlington and District, 13 April 2018.
Jesmond U3A is in the process of being formed and has had some very successful start-up meetings.

To see individual websites click the links in the table at the bottom of this page (two U3As shown as black text do not have their own website).

Please note that Wear-Tees U3A has changed its name to Bishop Auckland and District U3A (as of December 2018).

The geographical location of all U3As can be seen on the national U3A website by clicking here: National Map

Northumbria Region U3A: member U3As in alphabetical order

(relevant unitary authority in brackets after name of U3A;

see map on Welcome webpage)

Ashington and District(Northumberland)
Bedale and District(North Yorkshire)
Bede of Jarrow(South Tyneside)
Berwick upon Tweed(Northumberland)
Bishop Auckland and District(County Durham)
Boldon and District(South Tyneside)
Caer Urfa(South Tyneside)‘Caer Urfa’ was the Roman name for South Shields
Cestria(County Durham)‘Cestria’ was the Roman fort in Chester-le-Street
Consett and District(County Durham)
Cowtons and Countryside(North Yorkshire)
Cramlington and District(Northumberland)
Derwent Valley(Gateshead)
Derwentside(County Durham)
Dunelm(County Durham)‘Dunelm’, abbreviation of Dunelmensis meaning “of Durham”
Durham(County Durham)
Easington, District of(County Durham)
Guisborough(Redcar and Cleveland)
Hartlepool and Dsitrict(Hartlepool)
Morpeth and District(Northumberland)
Northallerton(North Yorkshire)
Prudhoe and District(Northumberland)
Richmond(North Yorkshire)
Ryton and District(Gateshead)
Saltburn and District(Redcar and Cleveland)
Seaham and District(County Durham)
Seaham Harbour(County Durham)
Sedgefield and District(County Durham)
South Durham(Darlington)
South Tyneside(South Tyneside)
Stokesley and District(North Yorkshire)
Teesdale(County Durham)
Washington Village(Sunderland)
Whickham and District(Gateshead)
Whitley Bay(North Tyneside)

Note: ‘and’ used throughout, although some U3As use ‘and’, some use ’&’



The Region communicates with the local U3As and with individual members using four email circulation lists. Please check that the information held by the region on your U3A is correct. When there are any changes (especially after your AGMs) please notify us of the changes at: or click here: Sign up for Regional Info. We need to know the following:

Please let us have the name and email address of your chairman, vice-chairman, treasurer, business secretary and membership secretary. Please also let us have the postal address of your treasurer as the regional treasurer will occasionally send out mail by post. When notifying us of any changes also please notify national office of any changes. If your U3A is a registered charity, you must notify the Charity Commission of any changes via the Charity Commission website as soon as possible after those changes.

Each U3A should appoint two delegates who will represent your U3A at regional meetings and, where a vote is taken, those delegates will vote on behalf of their U3A. This does not prevent any other members of your U3A attending meetings which are open to all, and all members are most welcome. More information can be found on the Meetings page.

Each U3A should appoint one member (and a reserve) to receive emailed communications from Northumbria Region U3A. Distributors are responsible for sending out all communications to all members.

Extras by Request
If you prefer to receive regional communications directly, rather than through your U3A's distributor, please email from your own email address. If you no longer want to receive communications directly, please let us know.