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Keep Fit

There will be no further meetings in December and no meetings in January. The next meeting will be on 1st February 2024.

Country Dancing

There will be no further meetings in December and no meetings in January. The next meeting will be on 6th February 2024.


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A lovely weekend away staying in a hotel on the seafront in Great Yarmouth (see group page for more photos)
Shorter Walks (2-3 miles) and a Pub Lunch

From January 2024, this group has a new leader: Roger May.

He will lead walks twice a month on the 2nd Tuesday and the 4th Friday.

See the Shorter Walks webpage for more details.

u3a 2023-4 Poetry Competition

Entry for this competition is now open until 12pm on Friday 26th January 2024.
Read more ...


A great day out at Martin Mere  (see group page for more photos)

Wreath Making Workshop
Monday 18th December, 2pm - 4pm

All u3a members are invited to join this workshop.


North West Region u3a
Formby u3a Recorder Day
Saturday 24th February 2024, 10am to 5pm
The Quaker Meeting House, Liverpool

Formby u3a Recorder group are hoping to host a recorder day for other recorder players in the North West Region. Please note, attendees do not need to be part of a recorder group but will need to be of intermediate standard or above.  Unfortunately this event will not be suitable for beginners.

Cost £20. Refreshments will be provided but members will need to bring their own lunch.
The day will be led by Andrew Collis who is well known nationally and recently conducted a very successful SRP day in Salford

As only a few descants are ever required, players of C instruments only should try to bring a descant AND a tenor as they use the same fingering.
Please indicate in your response which instruments you would bring - i.e. descant, treble, tenor, bass, other basses.

It will be very helpful if you can let Formby u3a know if you are interested before the end of November so that they can ensure the event is viable before finalising details. Further information will be available in due course.
Please email Helen Lewandowska, Formby Chair  –  helenlew1962@outlook.com


10 December 2023
All you can eat buffet £18 pp

If anyone is interested, please contact Carol on 07800-605259 or email carolinabbyb@aol.com

If you're on your own on a Sunday, why not join our Sunday Lunch Club which is usually first Sunday of the month. The cost involved would be normally £25/30 depending on where it is held.

T'ai Chi

The T'ai Chi groups now meet at new times on Thursdays, One and a half hours earlier than previously:
T'ai Chi group 1 meets at 10:30am
T'ai Chi group 2 meets at 11:45am

24 January 2024

Annual Outings Lunch



No list. £6 payment in cash when booking with membership number.

Because of the popularity of this event we can only offer places to those members who attend our outings.

Marple Bridge and Mellor u3a Open Gardening Group

All u3a members are invited to the monthly meetings of this group.
Read the 2024 programme.


An exceptional visit to RSPB Old Moor

click here to see Liz's report


Twentieth Anniversary

Next year, 2024, will be the twentieth anniversary of our u3a.

The committee are looking for ideas for a celebration.
If you have any suggestions, please email them to me, or give them to any committee member.

[Please note that a repetition of our very enjoyable tenth anniversary garden party will not be viable.]

Ann Apps (vicechair@newmillsu3a.org.uk)





Our thanks go to Eileen Gilligan and Jean Hutton who have kept the Garden Group well-tended and flourishing and now, with a new Group Leader, members are beginning to decide on the next schedule of activities.
In August we came together for an exploratory brain storming session when it was agreed we would continue to meet on the third Monday of the month but at a new time of 2:00pm-4:00pm. Future activities proposed included visits to members’ gardens, trips to nearby commercial outlets, park walks, plant swaps, themed quizzes, slide shows, demonstrations, talks. But watch this space. The first thing on the agenda will be planning for the Activity Groups’ Display in September. So, at our next meeting on 18th September, in the Library Lecture Room, we will be coordinating contributions for the event and spending any time remaining sharing advice on individual gardening problems and issues. In October we hope to visit a local nursery and in November hold a Christmas wreath-making workshop.
We are a cheerful group of enthusiasts and if you would like to join us please contact Jean Windsor groupscoordinator@newmillsu3a.org.uk And if you do not necessarily wish be a member of the Group but would be happy to attend one of our sessions to pass on your gardening expertise, skills and tips we would love to hear from you!


A new Spanish Group is starting shortly



We meet most Thursdays rain, snow or shine.

French Conversation

The French Conversation group now meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at New Mills Golf Club

u3a Online Events this month

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u3a Derbyshire Network Newsletter

Click here to read the September Newsletter.

This newsletter includes information about the Derbyshire Network Walking Week, 1st - 7th October, with walks in several Derdyshire locations.

North West Region u3a Newsletter

Click here to read the September Newsletter

Summer Newsletter

Click here to read the June 2023 Newsletter.

Thank You From u3a Office

The u3a movement relies on its volunteers, including Committee members, Newsletter Editors, Subject Advisors, Web Editors, Beacon administrators, Group Leaders, Trainers, Secretaries and many more. You are all contributing your time and energy to make sure members can get together to have fun and learn something new. Whatever your role and whatever you do, the u3a Office team wanted to say thank you. Read More ...

National u3a Radio Podcast

The u3a radio podcast has now launched on podcast platforms, including Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts. The episode can also still be listened to on our u3a YouTube channel, with captions. 

National u3a Newsletter

The u3a National Newsletter is filled with information, stories and advice from across the u3a movement. Details about how to sign up for this emailed newsletter are available on the national u3a website.

Do Something Brilliant Today

This is a new film about the u3a can be viewed on the u3a YouTube channel.

December 2023