Welcome to Whitworth U3A

Whitworth and District U3A

Welcome to the web site of Whitworth U3A. Please browse through our site to find out about interest groups, outings and members meetings. Our quarterly newsletters are available under the Newsletters tab.

The Whitworth U3A welcomes members from Whitworth and surrounding areas. U3A stands for the University of the Third Age. It is for people who are no longer in full time employment - people who are retired or semi-retired. It isn't about getting a qualification but provides an opportunity for members to share interests, knowledge and experiences. Members have the opportunity to pursue creative, leisure or educational activities with like-minded people. All groups are run by members for members.

Whitworth U3A had it's initial meeting in April 2017 and the Inaugural Meeting was held in June when 35 people joined and within 2 months we had grown to 45 members. We currently meet on the 1st Wednesday of every month at The Riverside, Market St, Whitworth OL12 8DP 1.00pm - 3.00pm with over 95 members.

Why join the Whitworth U3A?

Membership of U3A has many benefits:

  • Access to Whitworth U3A interest groups and activities
  • Ability to register as a member on the national U3A web site with access to online courses and resource centre
  • Newsletters

Our annual membership fee is only £15 per year, why not complete our New Members Application Form and bring to the next meeting.


Whitworth is a small but popular town situated in the Rossendale Valley in the North West of England at the foot of the Pennines. It is situated in Lancashire with the towns of Bacup to the North and Rochdale to the South. Whitworth covers around 7 square miles and consists of Healey, Broadley, Whitworth, Facit and Shawforth. The 2011 census showing a population of 7,500. The town is twinned with Kandel in Germany.

To the south of the valley there is a disused 1800's railway line which is now a local nature reserve - Healey Dell. Healey Dell has many features of the industrial past. There are footpaths, bridleways, a cycle route and Fairies Chapel. The railway viaduct stands at 150 feet over the River Spodden.