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.


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).