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.


U3A Calendar for 2020

The 2020 U3A Calendar produced by our photography  group is now available and can be picked up at the monthly meeting. The price is at cost this year and represents great value at only £4.00. If you would like one and cannot get to the meetings call Stuart Thorn and we will get one to you or tell you where you can pick one up.

October Open Meeting

The October Open Meeting will be held at Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Padiham BB12 8JH on Thursday 24 October 2019 commencing at 2:30pm. The meeting will feature a talk on “Tudor origins of words we use today” by Lavinia Tod.

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

See Barbara Milne’s Penrith adventure

Submissions for OCTOBER & NOVEMBER Newsletters

Please note that all submissions for the October 2019 newsletter should have been e-mailed or telephoned to the newsletter editor by Friday 4 October
November – Wednesday 20 November
December – Wednesday 4 December
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).