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Registered Charity No 516502

Origins of the University of the Third Age

The French “Université du Troisième Age” began in 1972, and is still associated with the official education system. The first British group was formed in Cambridge in 1982, but as a voluntary self-help organisation. The movement is now widespread, both in Britain and abroad.

The Huddersfield and District U3A is not an academic institution, but a society of people sharing the similar aims of maintaining and improving the quality of life by keeping fulfilled and active in later life. It was founded in 1984 by Edith Bentley MBE MA, and has been given help and encouragement by Kirklees Council, Kirklees Cultural Services, the Huddersfield Examiner, Huddersfield Radio, several High Schools and numerous local people. It is a Registered Charity but receives no grants from the Local Authority. Huddersfield & District U3A is a registered charity that is financially self supporting.  There are now over 1400 active, subscribing members.

We are delighted that on 2 June 2005 our U3A was honoured by being one of the 92 groups in the UK selected to receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Membership and Class Enrolment

Our annual subscription of £15 covers membership from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020. Membership is open to all those over 50 years of age or who are registered disabled.  You can join or renew your membership here and enrol in classes here, at any time, or if you prefer, the Spring Newsletter 2020 will include a membership renewal form for 2020/2021 and a Summer Class 2020 enrolment form. Please remember that enrolments for 2020 Summer Classes can only be accepted once you have renewed your membership for 2020/2021. Use your current membership card until your new one is issued with your prospectus in June and if asked to show your membership card to enter any U3A activity.

Members are reminded that enrolment is on a strictly first come first served basis after receipt of the prospectus so are advised to apply for popular classes as soon as possible after the prospectus arrives.

Administration - Office Address

Aspin House, Block B, Station Road, Huddersfield HD2 1UT
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There are usually volunteers in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm to take calls and carry out administration. There may be volunteers in the office on other days, but this is likely to vary from week to week depending on individual availability. Members are reminded that if visiting the office it is advisable to telephone first to make sure there will be someone there to help you. When the office is closed, you can leave a message on the answer phone.

Methods of Payment for both subscriptions and class fees

   1. Cheque / postal order made out to "Huddersfield and District U3A"
   2. Online by bank transfer, directly into our account.

The procedure for making a payment is as follows:
Payment to: U3A
Sort code: 40-25-10
Account number: 34017021
Each payment must be made separately and given a distinct reference.

To pay your subscription the reference would be your surname and membership number.

To pay a class fee the reference would again be your surname and membership number followed by the number of the class you wish to join. A separate entry and payment must be made for each class.

Membership application forms are available by post from Aspin House, or via this link, or from the U3A desk in the Huddersfield library, which is open on Saturdays from 10 am to 12 noon, and on Mondays from 1 pm to 3 pm (except Bank Holidays).

Classes and Activities

All classes and activities are held during the daytime and courses, unless otherwise stated, will be for two terms. The fee for a 10 week one term class is normally £12.00 and for a class running over two terms or more is £24. The increasing cost of hiring the swimming pool and the wood carving venue means that enrolment fees for swimming, wood carving, and one guitar group have had to increase. These course fees are noted in the course description. Fees for short courses will also be included in the course descriptions.

All class fees should be sent to the office, not given to class tutors.

Click on the 'Classes' heading at the top of the page to see what is on offer.

Class Enrolment

Members are respectfully reminded that enrolment in the "learning" classes such as languages entails a commitment to a certain amount of home study. As places in these classes are limited, please only enrol if you are prepared to give such a commitment.

Term Dates

Autumn Term

Begins Monday                           23 September 2019
Half-term week begins Monday  28 October 2019
Term ends on Friday                   6 December 2019

Spring Term

Begins Monday                           13 January 2020
Half-term week begins Monday  17 February 2020
Term ends on Friday                   27 March 2020

Summer Term

The start date for most 2020 Summer activities will be the week beginning 20 April 2020. You will receive the Spring Newsletter confirming any special dates and an updated Summer Class list in February 2020. It will also contain your membership renewal form for 2020/21 and a Summer Class 2020 enrolment form.


If you decide to cancel a class please inform the venue as soon as possible as well as the office.

All our tutors, class co-ordinators, library and administration staff are volunteers. The continuing success of U3A depends on members offering to share their skills and/or knowledge. If you feel that you could become a tutor or the co-ordinator of a self-help group, please contact the U3A office,


If you know that you will not be able to attend a class, please would you contact your tutor directly rather than leaving a message with the office as by the time these messages are picked up, it is often too late to do anything about them.


The Autumn and Spring Newsletters will be sent to all members by post.

The Autumn issue will contain a notice convening the AGM as stipulated by our constitution.

The Spring issue will contain updated information about summer classes, event reports and articles by memnbers. It will also include a membership renewal form for the year starting on 1 April and an enrolment form for SUMMER CLASSES ONLY. Applications for autumn classes will only be accepted after the new prospectus is issued, normally in late June.

Annual subscriptions must be renewed before (or at the same time as) applications for classes are made but Autumn Class enrolments will not be entered until after the prospectus has gone out in late June. They will then be dealt with strictly on a first come first served basis. Please remember that renewing your subscription and is essential to gain access to all Pay as you Enter U3A events and Walking and Cycling groups.

All members are encouraged to submit items to include in our newsletters. Let us hear about:

  • A course that you have particularly enjoyed
  • A Monday Talk that was very stimulating
  • A visit that surprised you
  • A class about which you think more members should know
  • A programme that would enhance our portfolio if only we had a tutor
  • News of retired members

Please send your contributions to the U3A office by post or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The closing date for submissions:

  • for the Autumn Newsletter is 23 August 2019
  • for the Spring Newsletter 11 January 2020.

Contact Details

Aspin House
Block B
Station Road
Tel:  01484 308482