At this time of the year, if you wish to continue with your classes, or try a new one, it is a good idea to book your place for the Spring term as classes do fill up.

For the Spring term, the following classes are full:

A013 - Painting and Drawing Workshop
HP10 - Napoleon Bonaparte
SP17 - Quigong for All
SP19 - Tai Chi for All
V016 - Life Skills

The list of classes not running remains the same as for the Autumn Term:

A011 - Art Workshop
A042 - Needlework Crafts
HP13 - Medieval History
L060 - Introductory Arabic
SP30 - Monday Snooker
V018 - Lively Minds

New Office Address

Somewhat to our surprise we were given three weeks’ notice to leave our administration office by 16 June 2017.  We have found new premises further along Leeds Road.  Our telephone and email address remain the same. Our new postal address is:

Aspin House, Block B, Station Road, Huddersfield, HD2 1UT


Changes to the Prospectus

There are a number of changes to the prospectus this year.  New sections on Science and Technology and Short Courses have been included and Philosophy has been added to the History section.  As a result, some classes have been moved from their previous sections into new ones.  Members will also note that course codes have changed or been slightly extended to accommodate these changes.

The main class movements are from the Varied Interests section:

To Science and Technology: Computing - C11 is now ST01, Evolution – V12 is now ST02, Landscape Interpretation – V18 is now ST03.

To History and Philosophy: Practical Philosophy – V22 is now HP22

New classes:

Section B: Continuing Bridge

Section L: Swahili

Section M: Exploring Musical Theatre, Ukulele Fun and Sing Along

Section P: Exploring Poetry

Section SC: First Aid and Use of Defibrillators

Section SP: Starting Tai Chi

Section ST: A Miscellany of Plants and Fungi

Section V: Lively Minds

Some tutors have retired and their classes will be taken by new volunteers.


Withdrawn classes:

Politics and Social Conditions 1918-39, Muck Majors, Chartists and Edwardians, Men’s Keep Fit, Easy American Line Dancing, A Touch of Magic, Self Help Introduction to Geology and Mindfulness and Buddhist Meditation.  As always, we are very grateful to the retiring/resting tutors for their hard work and hope that they will enjoy their freer diaries.

We are always on the lookout for new classes and tutors so please put those thinking caps on – a venue for badminton has been offered, are there any possible tutors out there?

Proposed Pilot Scheme with Huddersfield University

The university would like ten U3A volunteers for the Duke of York digital awareness scheme to further digital communication between generations. University staff would like to meet with volunteers urgently to discuss participation prior to a visit by the Duke of York in July. Ring Liz Robison on 01484 685270 if you cannot get through to the office because of the move.


Feedback from the Discussion at the Tutors’ Lunch

The main themes from the discussion concerned publicity, the development of our website, possible use of social media and the greater use of email.  It was generally felt that we should be concentrating on developing electronic publicity rather than printed leaflets and posters though clearly these have a place.  These ideas were discussed at the committee meeting in May and the decision was taken to create a new committee position of website manager.  We need a volunteer to develop the website not simply as a source of information about our courses but as an interactive tool to share news, views and comments.  Tutors also noted that this could be used to develop an archive of memories from our long time members.

It was noted that the National U3A Trust has been a great help in setting up new branches but becoming affiliated would not add great value to our branch and would cost an organisation of our size almost £5,000 adding an extra £3.50 per member to our current annual subscription.

Once we have coped with the office move, we will be experimenting with using email to contact members.  To facilitate this our records from the renewal forms recently sent in have been updated.  Please note that it is as important to notify a change in your email address as it is your postal address.

Venue Rents and Comparison with Class Fees Received

We have recently done an analysis of the above and it would be useful to have a committee member responsible for venue bookings to ensure that we are using our resources wisely. 

New Committee Members needed

Venue Organiser, Monday Talks Host

Our Spring Newsletter is now available to read and download here.

The Autumn Newsletter is now out. Click here to read or download it.

A date for your diary... the 2017 AGM is on Wednesday 25th October 2017 at Methodist Mission at 2.00pm.

Contact Details

Aspin House
Block B
Station Road
Tel:  01484 308482