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The winter issue of the Regional Newsletter has just been issued.


Kendal Fire Service are offering a free short course at Castle Street Centre. It wil cover....

  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation - how to deliver CPR, correct use of a Defibrillator and what to do in an emergency situation.
  • Road Awareness (17-25 yrs and Over 55 Yrs) - the does and don'ts of safe driving with real life accounts and interactive engagement.
  • Fire Safety - Advice on how to stay safe within your home or work environment, from cooking safety advice, correct siting of detection systems, what to do in the event of a fire etc.

All training is delivered by fully trained Fire Service Personnel.

The courses will run...
Thursday 25th November 2021 – 1900-2100
Wednesday 1st December 2021 – 1500-1700
Wednesday 8th December 2021 - 1000-1200

If you are interested, please contact the Centre on 01539 739154 or email with the date which you would like to attend:


The Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee are asking you to join them in spreading the word.

There are opportunities for All members to take part in their 'Attitudes and Bias Presentation'. The two session will include the presentation plus breakout room discussions. The dates are 15 November and 9 December 2021 between 10am and 12 noon.
Places can be booked by emailing the D&I Committee at

These presentations are a good opportunity for members, group conveners, committees and networks to come together to discuss Diversity and Inclusion and how we can make our u3a movement fully inclusive


The Davy Notebooks Project ( is currently doing some exciting research, with the help of the public, that may be of interest you. We and an international community of over 1400 volunteer transcribers are currently transcribing, using the people-powered research platform Zooniverse, Sir Humphry Davy's (1778-1829) handwritten notebooks (around 70 in all), many of which have never been transcribed before.

Davy was the leading chemist of the early nineteenth century, but also a poet, moving in the same circles as Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Wordsworth. His notebooks contain not only chemical notes and poetry, but also material encompassing philosophy, medicine, geology, mathematics, astronomy, and more.

Anyone interested in any of these topics, or science or history more generally, will surely find the much of the material we're making freely available - in most cases for the first time - stimulating.
Our Zooniverse project page is Davy Notebooks Project


Liz Thackray, Chair of the Third Age Trust, has written an open letter to u3a members.
Read it at National Chairmans News


You can help shape the u3a Movement for the Future. Please participate in the National Survey


The last three months have been very busy; most groups are now open again or have a firm date to start and a number of new ones have had their first meetings or are in the planning stages. The Open Morning and Monthly Meeting in September were both successful and the printed Handbook has been distributed to all member households.
In addition the Direct Debit system is running smoothly and our new Website is operational.

Although conditions remain uncertain we can feel confident about the future providing that we do not face serious restrictions which would affect our ability to operate. All of this has been achieved by the efforts of lots of individuals in the groups, on the Committee or acting as one off volunteers at specific events.

We do face one difficult problem; the Committee is very short of members - we don’t have a Vice Chair, Assistant Treasurer or Assistant Secretary. All of this means extra work for those who are left. Whilst we have been able to
manage in the short term it is not possible to carry on like this indefinitely.

South Lakes u3a is a registered charity and must conform to the requirements of the Charities Commission. In addition, with 1,200 plus members there is inevitably administration that needs to be done. In short we urgently need some help.

If you feel that you are able to volunteer for one of these roles please contact me or one of the other Committee Members for an initial chat. See the Contact page

David Little - Chair, South Lakes u3a


The Computing group has been superseded by the Computer Help facility, which offers one-to-one assistance


This is a potential new group where the game will be taught by Cherie Chapman, a qualified and experienced Bridge teacher.
If you think you would be interested, please contact Cherie, using the link on the Beginners Bridge page


Having led this group for many years now, I feel it is time for me to take a break and hand over the reins to someone else.
If there is anyone out there with good French skills who may be interested in leading this small (about 8 people) group to help them improve their French, in an informal atmosphere, I would be very pleased to discuss what the task involves. I am happy to continue until Christmas, so there would be a New Year start.
Please email using the link on the French - Beginners page
Lynda Bond


The group is closing. A final message from the long-term coordinator - Barbara Mason.

"Due to age and disability after nearly 20 years I am having to stop running the group. I have checked with all my members and no one is prepared to take over the running of the group. I have therefore sadly had to close the group down."


Electric cycles have soared in popularity during the Covid-19 crisis. There is an interesting article in the Cycling Groups page,

E-cyclists are welcome in all 3 cycling groups