How To Join Burnley and District U3A

Who can Join

Membership is open to anyone who is no longer in full time employment. This means that most members are over 50 years but there is no minimum age.

Anyone interested in joining can attend two monthly meetings as a guest for a fee of £2.00 per meeting or attend any Special Interest Group for one visit (a small fee to cover room hire costs), but must then become a U3A member to continue attending the group or monthly meetings.

Download our Introductory Brochure.

Membership Fee

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.

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 need to complete an application form and submit the correct remittance before being welcomed by a Greeter who will provide the latest newsletter, show you round and answer any questions or queries you may have.

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 are a member you are entitled to attend our monthly meetings which usually include interesting illustrated talks on a wide variety of topics by invited speakers.

You will also be entitled to receive the national magazine “Third Age Matters“, published 5 times per year which has news from around the country and details of on-line and residential courses.

A Newsletter is produced monthly with information about all Special Interest Groups activities; it is distributed at monthly meetings, by mail or email. You can also download an abridged copy from this site.

You may join as many or as few of the Special Interest Groups as you wish.


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.


First Aid Training Session

The First Aid Training Session will take place at the  Unitarian Chapel, Padiham on Wednesday January !5th 2020. It commences at 10 a.m. and runs until 12 noon.

Please note this is a one off session only and not the extended course advertised earlier.

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.

November Open Meeting

The November Open Meeting will be held at Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Padiham BB12 8JH on Thursday 28 November 2019 commencing at 2:30 pm. The meeting will feature a talk by Robert Macdonald entitled “Rose Tinted Specs and the Scottish Munros”.

A full list of our Open Meetings for 2019/2020 is available on our Schedule of Open Meetings Page.

Submissions for the NOVEMBER Newsletter

Please note that all submissions for the November 2019 newsletter be e-mailed or telephoned to the newsletter editor by

Wednesday 20 November  and then Wednesday 4 December and 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).