About Burnley & District U3A

BURNLEY & DISTRICT U3A has members from Burnley and surrounding townships which include; Accrington, Nelson, Colne, Padiham and Rossendale Valley. It was formed in 2007 and now has over 260 Members and 30 Interest Groups. Anyone wishing to join may do so by coming along to our Monthly Meeting.

Monthly Meetings

A monthly meetings is held on the fourth Thursday of each month at:

Nazareth Unitarian Chapel
Knight Hill
Padiham Lancs BB12 8JH

(See a map of our location)

The Meeting starts at 2.30pm. There is no charge for Members and visitors are charged £2.00.

A talk is followed by refreshments. A monthly Newsletter is handed out to each member which contains information on the forthcoming events and Group activities.

In addition to the regular Interest Groups, a wide variety of Outings are organised to e.g. theatre, exhibitions, places of interest etc.

Members who are not present at the meeting receive their Newsletter later either by Post or by E-Mail.

Financial Year

The financial year runs from January.The annual membership fee which is due on the 1st April is:-
£14 April to March or £9.50 from October to March single person.
£26 April to March or £17 from October to March for husband and wife or partners living at the same address.
£6 per person from January to March.

Car Parking

Limited parking is available behind the Unitarian Chapel or an overflow car park is available behind the Hare and Hounds Pub across the road from the Chapel.

Joining Procedure

Please visit our How To Join Burnley and District U3A page for full details of how to join.

Never Stop Learning

The Burnley & District U3A is featured in the “Northern Life” magazine Spring 2013 edition. Written by Pat Ferguson, the piece highlights the history of the U3A and how the Burnley group came about in 2007. Pat also explores Burmley U3A today focussing on the many Groups and expertise of the members and what makes each one unique. From the forty people attending the original meeting to over two hundred to date, the last six years have seen the Burnley U3A grow and grow, helping people to never stop learning.


History – 5 Sept and Architecture 18 Sept

History Group are having a talk by Tony Mackie on Chinese History at the Unity Church Padiham 10-30 am to 12-00 noon on Thursday 5 September.

Architecture Group are having a visit to Darwen Heritage Centre arranged for 2.15 pm on Wednesday 18th September with first a tour of the centre then a tour of some of the lovely buildings in the town ending with refreshments at the centre. Meet at the Unitarian Church with a view to moving off at 1.30pm in our own cars (some car drivers offering lifts). It is essential to book a place with Rod Wilshaw or with David Smith.


This is an urgent apPEAL for new members for the Handbell Ringing Group? Our numbers have suddenly plummeted due to illness or other difficult circumstances and we desperately need new members. If anyone has been harbouring an inclination to try handbell ringing, now is definitely the time to come out and give it a go. No previous experience necessary, ability to read music not necessary but an ability to count to 4 is required! Come and find out why or ring Valerie Widdas for a chat about what we do. We need you!

Handbell Ringing is on Wednesdays, 4th and 18th September at St. Leonard’s Church, Padiham from 2.00pm – 3.30pm.


Book Group Meeting – change of date

The  next meeting is on September 16th at 10-00 to discuss Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates.  Contact David Venn.

August Open Meeting

The August Open Meeting will be held at Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Padiham BB12 8JH on Thursday 22 August 2019 commencing at 2:30pm. The meeting will feature a talk on “The journeys of Anne Clifford” by Sheila Gordon.

A full list of our Open Meetings for 2019 is available on our Schedule of Open Meetings Page.

Submissions for Newsletter

Please note that all submissions for the September 2019 newsletter should be e-mailed or telephoned to the newsletter editor by Wednesday 18 September.

October earlier date – Friday 4 October
November – Wednesday 20 November
December – tbc
January – Wednesday – 15 January

Get the latest newsletter here

Fancy Becoming A Member?

If you fancy joining Burnley and District U3A and attending one or more of our Special Interest Groups please visit our How To Join Burnley and District U3A page. Guests are welcome to attend up to two monthly meetings at a fee of £2.00 per meeting or to attend one Special Interest Group meeting as a taster session. If you have questions or just want to know more about the local U3A you will be welcome to chat with one of our Greeters at the monthly meeting from 2:00pm. The monthly meetings are held at Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Padiham Lancs BB12 8JH (see our location) and commence at 2:30pm on the fourth Thursday of each month. Download our Introductory Brochure (PDF).