University of 3rd Age Huddersfield
The Huddersfield and District U3A was established in 1985 by a group of people sharing similar aims of maintaining and improving the quality of life for older people by keeping active and fulfilled both mentally and physically. It is a registered charity receiving no grants from the local authority.
In June 2005 it won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and as an organisation it continues to thrive and grow today.
University of 3rd Age Huddersfield
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. There are now over 2,000 active, subscribing members.
Membership and Class Enrolment
The annual subscription is £15 and membership is open to all those over 50 years of age or who are registered disabled. The spring newsletter includes a form incorporating both a membership renewal form and a class enrolment form for our summer classes only. It is very important to remember that enrolments for Summer Classes can only be accepted if you have renewed your annual subscription for 2017/2018. Please use the current membership card until you receive the new one. You may be asked to show your membership card in order to gain entrance to U3A activities.
You will find a class enrolment form for 2017/18 here.
Methods of Payment for both subscriptions and class fees
- Cheque /postal order made out to “Huddersfield and District U3A”.
- On-line by bank transfer, directly into our account.
The procedure for making a payment into our bank 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 a 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 Radcliffe House via a link from our website or from the U3A desk in the Huddersfield library which is open on Saturdays from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon and on Mondays from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm (except Bank Holidays).
Classes and Activities
All classes and activities are held during the daytime and all courses, unless otherwise stated, will be for two terms. The fee for a 10 week class is £12.00, for a 20 week £24.
Members are respectfully reminded that enrolment in the “learning” classes such as languages and computing 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.
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 Radcliffe House 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 on 01484 308482.
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 Management Committee would like to clarify the question of Insurance cover for U3A Members. All members are covered by our Third Party Public Liability Policy and there is no distinction with regard to age. We DO NOT have a Policy which gives our members personal accident cover as this would have to include allmembers and would be prohibitively expensive. All members are requested to provide their own personal accident cover if they think it necessary.
Every person taking part in U3A activities has a duty to keep themselves safe by co-operating with safety measures, not putting themselves or others in danger, and ensuring that appropriate clothes are worn depending on the activity undertaken.