How To Join Burnley and District U3A

Who can Join?

Everyone who is no longer in full-time employment can join U3A.  In practice this means most are over 50 but there are no age restrictions.

If you are interested in joining you are welcome to attend any two of our monthly “Open” meetings as a guest before you decide.  There is a small charge of £2 per meeting. See the Open Meetings page for more details and an up-to-date programme.  You can also attend one meeting of as many of our interest groups as you wish as a taster session to find out what they do.  There is usually a small charge to cover room hire.  See the Groups page for a full list of all our groups.

After this, if you wish to continue to attend either monthly or group meetings you must become a member.

Download our Introductory Brochure.

Membership Fee

The annual membership fee (2020-21) which is due on the 1st April is-:
£14 April to March or £9.50 from October to March for a single person.
£26 April to March or £17 from October to March for couples living at the same address.
£6 per person from January to March.

Joining Procedure

Come along at 2:00pm (meeting commences at 2:30pm) to one of our monthly meetings which are held at Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Padiham, Lancs BB12 8JH (see location).

You will be welcomed by a committee member who will explain the procedure for joining. You will need to complete an application form and pay the appropriate membership subscription and you will receive a copy of our newsletter.  If this is your first visit to an Open Meeting one of our Greeters will be on hand to show you around and answer any questions or queries you may have.  If you wish, the Greeter will stay with you throughout the meeting.

If you can not attend a monthly meeting you can download an application form and submit it by post along with your remittance. Details are on the application form.

What Do You Get?

Once you join you will be able to attend our monthly open meetings free.  You can also join as many or as few of our Special Interest Groups as you like (or none if you don’t want!).

As a member you would be able to start a new Interest Group if there is a subject or activity we don’t already cater for.

We produce a monthly newsletter with information about all Special Interest Group activities with the dates and venues for their next meetings .  It is distributed at monthly meetings, by email and by mail to those without access to email.

You will receive also a copy of the national magazine, “Third Age Matters”, published 5 times per year, which has news from around the country and details of online and residential courses.


We have a flourishing Outings Group who arrange a wide variety of outings to stately homes, museums, theatres, art galleries, concerts and other places of general interest. The visits are open to all members. Specialist Interest Groups also organise their own outings.

Further Information

You can get further information on Burnley and District U3A by exploring this site or by using our main contact form if you have general questions  or queries.  Each Specialist Interest Group has it’s own page and contact form for specific questions and queries for that group.



Coronovirus – all meetings and activities suspended until further notice.

Take care and observe recommendations to stay safe.


Until further notice no newsletters will be published.  You will, however, be contacted by email in due course.