West Cumbria U3A

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                    Important  Information

The Science Group visit is almost at capacity but you can leave your name with me - 0194661226. The visit is on Friday June 14th and will visit the Solway Air Museum and the new stobbart Carlisle airport. This year we will take packed lunches.We have to pay for both visits and so the price will be £22 in advance.

Rob Anderson


The price for the fortnighty monthly meetings remains at £2 including tea/coffee at the Cricket club.There is no car parking except for speakers next to the hall. However there is parking in and around Morrisons from which the club is easily accessible via a gate at the lower left corner.


The next U3A session at the Cricket club will be on 15th May.   Grainne Jakobson  will inform us about the National Garden Scheme and about gardens in general.



The next Science group talk will be on May  20th   at the Chase Hotel, Whitehaven 10am.  The title is     An Astronomical Pace Maker by retired OU Professor Chris Wilson who runs thriving, well supported U3A courses in Geology at Keswick. His talk has 2  parts

•the first being how glaciation became accepted in the UK in the 19th Century.

•The second part is how changes in the earth’s, orbit, tilt etc can trigger ice ages and warm intervals.



Dates for lunches  

Summer  Lunch  -   Wednesday, 19th June, 2019 12 for 12.30pm - Lyzzick Hall Hotel.


Sunday Lunches -  June 30th - Summergrove  Halls.


                             - July 28th - Briery Hotel, Stainburn, Workington


                             - August 18th -  Melbreak Hotel, Winscales.


All for 12 for 12.30pm



For info the next main talks are:

•May  1st      Tony Calvin will tell us all about Whitehaven pottery.

•15th May.   Grainne Jakobson  will inform us about the National Garden Scheme and about gardens in general

•May 29th.  Bill Myres will talk about the history of Cumbrian  Co-Ops

•June 12th     David Fellows whisks us along the length of the Trans-Siberian Railway.

•26th June.   The Cockermouth U3a Ukulele ensemble will send us of on our break in cheerful spirits.



West Cumbria U3A committee Members  2019


Kevan Baker                  01946 62635 kevanbaker@btopenworld.com


Lyn Baker  01946 62635   lynbaker@btopenworld.com


Jennifer Hocking   01946 695682     shersh00@btinternet.com


Gerry Dunleavy    01946 67545           gerrydunleavy93@hotmail.co.uk


John Fisher    01946 692185    fisherplatt@gmail.com


Cath Blinco01946  Catherine.Blinco@sky.com


Linda Dunleavy01946 67545           gerrydunleavy93@hotmail.co.uk    




The Art Appreciation Group arranged for spring will not now take place due to late complications concerning dates and venue.

It is hoped that this is only a hiccup and can be rearranged for a later date. Margaret Hildrop


Susan Edwards has asked for interest in a chess group


A quilting group has been formed with meetings in Maryport . For more details speak to Jennifer Hocking 01946695682


The Lakes College Active Zone (Lillyhall) have set aside Wednesday mornings from 10.00 to 12.00 for members of our U3A. The sessions are popular and run throughout the year and cost £2.00.   For more information please ring Susan Edwards






What is the U3A?

  The University of the Third Age (U3A) movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides, through its U3As, life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery!

Many people ask how it has what, to the British, is quite a peculiar name.  

In the UK the local groups are not linked to universities as they were originally in France where the organistion originated. In addition Third Age has little meaning in the UK, although it has a real meaning to the French to define social groups. However, if we can get over this hurdle we have access to a flourishing social and learning organisation open to all.


Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them.


It's never too late to learn! Join the 361,078 members in 1000 U3As throughout the UK today