Whickham & District


Welcome to Whickham and District u3a

Registered Charity No. 1080264

Learn, laugh, live

Coronavirus. The Committee are very sorry to have to take this decision but following the Government's advice to cease any activities outside those essentially required and with regard to the age of a large proportion of our members we have had no option but to stop all main monthly meetings forthwith. Group Leaders/Convenors will be asked to decide whether they wish to continue with their Groups activities, so please contact your Group Leaders for further advice.
Please look out for those who live alone stay safe and well.

Sorry we have had to postpone our 25th Anniversary Celebrations that were to take place on 17th March 2020 but it will be rearranged when this crisis is over

Joining the u3a, you enter a stimulating organisation, fostering friendships and encouraging life long learning. Keeping active both mentally and physically, we know is a key to staying happy and healthy. The u3a offers excellent talks and discussions and a chance to participate in small groups that will widen your knowledge or perhaps cater for special interests you have already. All local u3as are self help groups in which members share with each other their own knowledge and experience.

In the Northumbria Regional u3a alone there are 52 groups with possibly more to follow and beyond that Third Age Trust, National and International movements flourish. The organisation holds many National and Regional events as well as local ones.

Click on the u3a Tab at the top of the page, which will take you to the National Site that details history of the organisation and much more information.

There is no age limit, membership is open to anyone no longer in full time employment.

Whickham u3a

Our local u3a organisation has nearly 200 members from the areas around Whickham, including Blaydon, Lobley Hill, Marley Hill, Sunniside, Winlaton, Winlaton Mill and Rowlands Gill.

Members meet all together on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 2pm in St. Mary's Centre, Church Chare, Whickham NE16 4SH. Sometimes there can be as many as 70-80 members that come along to this meeting. Talks are presented on a wide range of topics, given by speakers from the North East as well as u3a speakers from around the region. Occasionally there is a social event, for example the Christmas Party. At each meeting, besides the opportunity to meet existing friends and make new ones, you will be kept a breast of what's going on and enjoy coffee/tea and biscuits. Occasionally there is a free raffle.

Why not come along as a visitor at the monthly main meeting if you are interested in joining u3a...you will be very welcome.

Due to the extraordinary times monthly meetings are now being held via Zoom. The following talks have been arranged.

Zoom speakers organised until March 2021 at 2pm are as follows:

Wednesday 10th February 2021 ‘’Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’ by Anthea Lang

Wednesday 10th March 2021 ‘Medaille Trust’, combating modern slavery, by Marc Pearson.

Wednesday March 10th 2021 The Medaille Trust, combating modern slavery by Marc Pearson

Wednesday March 24th 2021 Three Heroines of the North East by Whickham & District u3a Looking into the Past Group

Wednesday 14th April 2021 TBC

Wednesday 28th April 2021 The Mitford Sisters by Whickham & District u3a Looking into the Past Group

Wednesday 12th May 2021 The Pitman Painters by Ian Crawford Whickham & District u3a

Please contact Cecilia 0191 4148535 if you would like to register for these events.

Several Groups are now holding their meetings via Zoom. For further details please contact Cecilia.

Our main activities centre on the Subject Groups. Some information about those which are currently running can be found on the Groups page. The Groups are run by leaders well informed in their chosen subject and in many groups, members are welcome to share their own knowledge and experiences. Groups cover indoor and outdoor interests, cultural and otherwise, while social events also feature on the calendar.

There are 20 groups at the present time and if a topic you would like to see is not covered, then our Committee can help you start a new group.

How can you join

Contact the Membership Secretary from the Contact Page

The annual subscription is £15 which covers all the groups you may wish to join. This is due on the 1st April each year.

A charge of £1 is made at the monthly meetings, which covers the cost of hall hire, refreshments and speakers fees.

The Subject Groups are self financing. Members of some groups may meet in member's houses, in which case a small fee is charged to pay for coffee/tea/biscuits. Members of groups requiring the use of a hall for their activities pay the appropriate amount to cover the cost of the hire of that hall and possibly other expenses.

You can contribute to the u3a at any level. Everyone is a volunteer. All help is welcome, whether helping with refreshments, putting out tables and chairs for the meetings, organising a group or standing for election as a Committee Member at the Annual General meeting.

We look forward to hearing from you.

A new Facebook Page has been organised. If you are able to access Facebook please visit
Whickham & District U3A and invite your friends to join. Also post what you've been getting up to within your u3a groups and share the experiences with your fellow members and their families. This is a private group and authorization from the Chair Arthur Coulson or the Group Coordinator
Caroline Davison.

National u3a Day

The very first National u3a Day celebrating the learning, activity and fun that happens every day in u3as across the country will take place in June 2021. It doesn’t matter which u3a you belong to this is about promoting u3a in its entirety.

Whickham and District u3a and Derwent Valley u3a are joining forces to celebrate this day. If you would like to be involved in the organization of this event please contact Arthur Coulson, Chair on 0191 4148535.
We hope this day will help all those in the community to learn about the contribution u3a makes to the quality of life for retired and semi-retired people.