Wirksworth & District


This page give details of events open to all members.
These maybe organised locally by individual groups opening an invitation to all,or nationally, regionally or via the U3A network.
For any events organised by individual groups for that group only, please visit the relevant interest group page.

We hold monthly coffee mornings where all are welcome. These are on the first Wednesday of each month in The Memorial Hall, Wirksworth.
They start at 10.15am and usually finish around 12.00 noon.
There is a charge of £1.00 to cover the cost of hiring the hall. A voluntary donation for a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit would be very welcome.

Do come along, meet friends, make new friends or take up a new interest by joining one of the many interest groups.
You may come along to 2 meetings before you decide whether or not to join the U3A.
Each month we invite a speaker who has been selected from a list of interests voted on by members, aiming to be locally based and outward looking.
Please see the link for future events.

We have had well received presentations so far, including working in Non-Governmental Organisations in areas hit by disaster, from Hannah Reed, a locally based Aid worker, a local community theatre group researching Suffragettes, Transition, talking about locally based response to global environmental issues, a speaker from the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust talking about their work in our area, and our local geology.

Presentations take place monthly at the General Meeting.
To see details of our past speakers please go to the "past events" page.

Future topics for presentations will be taken from the list suggested by members and dates and speakers will be added to the website and advertised as they are confirmed.

We are pleased to announce that we now have a voice amplification system to overcome some of the poor acoustics in the hall.

Watch this space
Future events in the planning process are a Wirksworth U3a's got Talent evening early 2020.
Gavin already has 6 performers willing to take part but would like a few more.
He is also looking for volunteers to help to set up the room on the night.
If you could contribute in any way, please contact Gavin.

A Barn Dance is also in the pipeline for early next year.

Dates for your Diary
February 2020
Sat Feb 1stSocialWirksworth & District u3a
The u3a's Got Talent

Sat. 1st Feb. 7-30pm Middleton by Wirksworth Village Hall

A variety show with music, poems, stories and skits. (Still some space if you want to be a performer!) Also, opportunity to dance at end.
Bring a plate of food and drink to share. (Can bring alcohol if you want). Tea and coffee provided.
Please bring your own plates and cutlery, (so we don't have masses of washing-up to do!)

Tickets £3
Available from Gavin 01629 823146 or Shelia 01629 824455 or at the u3a January coffee morning on Jan 8th.

Note - if you have anything you would like to donate to the raffle, please contact Nina 07927 445379
Wed Feb 5thMeetingEric Keeler will talk about his solo run diagonally North East to South West across N America.
This was to raise funds for the charity Spinal Research.
March 2020
Mon Mar 2ndMeetingBarry Joyce from the Civic Society. (More details to follow)
Sat Mar 28thSocialWirksworth U3A Barn Dance

Saturday 28th March at Middleton Village Hall, 7.30 until 12.00. Dancing to Whatapalava Band with caller.
Supper included, bring your own drinks, bottle raffle.
Tickets £8 available from February Coffee Morning on February 5th or by phoning Joy on 07748 982422.
Come and join us for a great night’s fun!
Whatapalava Ceilidh Band not just band!!
April 2020
Wed Apr 1stMeetingEric Boultbee, Director of WyvernRail plc,is giving a presentation on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. EVR - A remarkable story. A brief history of the line from when it was built, the closure, it's restoration and reopening and where it's going now. The efforts of financing and sheer hard work of rebuilding the railway.
July 2020
Wed Jul 1stMeetingStephen Chatow from the Manchester and East Midlands Rail Action Partnership will talk about a campaign to re-instate and revive the line from Matlock to Buxton/ Chinley.