Schedule of Open Meetings

As well as our groups’ meetings and activities we hold an open meeting, at which everyone is welcome, on the fourth Thursday of each month, except December, starting at 2:30 pm.  All meetings are held in the Unity Centre at Nazareth Unitarian Church, Knight Hill, Padiham,  BB12 8HJ.  You are advised to arrive around 2:00pm to allow time to sign in and find a seat.

There is always an interesting, informative and often illustrated talk by a guest speaker on a variety of subjects – see our latest program, below.

As a visitor and prospective member you will be welcomed by a committee member and one of our Greeters will be on hand to provide further help and information.  If you wish, the Greeter will stay with you throughout the meeting.  Committee members and a number of Group Leaders will be there too, to answer questions or provide details of forthcoming events. 

There is a small charge of £2 for visitors. (Free to members)

Refreshments are available at the end of the meeting.

Note: Parking at the Church is limited but there is a large car park opposite, behind the Hare and Hounds public house at the football club.


27th February- Rachel Pollit
From Peru to Padiham

26th March – Dennis Atherton
The Birds of Gambia  

23rd April
Burnley Civic Trust Heritage Collection

28th May
The Manchester Ship Canal

25th June – Harold Hogarth
Respectable Rebels

23rd July
Fool’s Gold

27th Aug – Maria Glot
How Saltaire came in to being

24th September –  Dr Graham Kemp
The Life of Sitting Bull

22nd October– Margaret Brown
Joan “Wilkie” Wilkinson

26th November – Tony Mitchell
A Train Journey



27 February Rachel Pollit – From Peru to Padiham

26 March Dennis Atherton – The Birds of Gambia

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).