Schedule of Open Meetings

In addition to Group Meetings we hold Monthly meetings on the fourth Thursday of each month starting at 2.30 in the Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Padiham BB12 8HJ.

This is an open meeting at which committee members and group leaders are on hand to provide further details of forthcoming activities.

There is usually an interesting and informative illustrated talk on a diverse range of subjects by invited guests – please see below for our 2019 program.

Visitors and prospective members are welcome to attend and are charged £2.00

Refreshments are available at the conclusion of the monthly meetings.

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019

Venue: Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Padiham BB12 8JH

Details: Talk ”The Journeys of Lady Anne Clifford” by Sheila Gordon

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019

Venue: Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Padiham BB12 8JH

Details: Talk on 'Liverpool Cow Keepers' by Dave Joy

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019

Venue: Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Padiham BB12 8JH

Details: Talk on 'Tudor Origins of Words we use Today' by Lavinia Tod

Date: Thursday, November 28, 2019

Venue: Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Padiham BB12 8JH

Details: Talk on 'Rose Tinted Specs and The Scottish Munro’s' by Robert Macdonald


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

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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).