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Welcome to Penrith and North Lakes u3a

  • Special Interest Groups with a leader or convenor
  • Bi-monthly Newsletter – a lifeline to keep all members informed about what is going on
  • Monthly meetings with a special speaker
  • Group visits inside and outside Cumbria

The Penrith and North Lakes u3a now has over 450 members.

What does u3a stand for?
stands for University
It all started in France in 1972 when some universities opened their doors to enable retired people the opportunity to continue learning. In 1982 the UK u3a movement started and it was decided not to use universities, preferring local amenities and local knowledge, but still enabling continued learning.

3a stands for 3rd. age.
1st. age. Childhood, school years and further education. Making friends and socialising.
2nd. age. Working, marriage and family. Still learning and making friends and socialising.
3rd. age. Retirement/semi-retirement. Still wanting to make new friends, socialise and learn new things educational, cultural and/or recreational, or return to previous pastimes.

Our activities include:

Special Interest Groups are led by volunteers and cater for a variety of educational, cultural and recreational interests. The Groups all have their own identity and operate in different ways, some meeting in members’ homes, others in hired rooms.

The Monthly Meetings give people the opportunity to get to know each other and discuss which special interest groups are running or planned.

There is an annual membership fee, currently £13, which is fixed at the Annual General Meeting. Members also receive the national magazine which is published quarterly.  

If you are interested in sharing knowledge and experiences, developing your own capabilities by learning with others then the u3a is for you.