Oldham & District


Oldham, and the other towns of the district, sits at the foot of the Pennine Hills, its name deriving from the Old Norse, Aldehulme. In the late 19th century it was considered to be the centre of the world’s cotton spinning industry and is equally famous for its engineering innovation and production.

The U3A is a self-funded, self-managed organisation. Its continued aim is to promote educational, creative and leisure opportunities for anybody not in full time employment, the aim being that we learn together and teach each other. The U3A approach to learning is – learning for pleasure with an emphasis on informality. There are no assessments or qualifications to be gained. U3A activities offer a good opportunity to get out of the house and meet people.

Oldham & District U3A was launched in the autumn of 2009 and now has six hundred and ninety seven members and is still growing. The number of interest groups has increased to over 50. Groups sizes vary depending on subject matter. It only takes two people to form a group and group meetings can be held anywhere, at any time you choose, on any subject or interest you wish.

We meet together on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10.00am at the Chadderton Suite, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Civic Centre, West St, Oldham OL1 1UT. New members will be able to talk to the committee and be introduced to others. The monthly meeting includes refreshments, a guest speaker and information on the various activities you may enjoy.

Oldham & District U3A is now a participating member of the Greater Manchester U3A network, which is a network of mutually supportive U3A groups from the Greater Manchester Region. For further information and event details please click on the website link on this page.

If you think the U3A might be for you come to one of our meetings and you will be sure of a warm welcome.

Please click on the Joining tab to find details of how to become a member of Oldham and District u3a.