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Welcome to Penrith and North Lakes University of the Third Age










The Penrith and North Lakes U3A was initiated in 1996 at the Ullswater Community College, and we now have over 550 members.


Our present activities include:


Special Interest Groups are led by volunteers and cater for a variety of educational, cultural and recreational interests. The Groups all have their own identity and operate in different ways, some meeting in members’ homes, others in hired rooms.


The Monthly Meetings give people the opportunity to get to know each other and discuss which special interest groups are running or planned.


There is an annual membership fee, currently £13, which is fixed at the Annual General Meeting. Members also receive the national magazine which is published quarterly.  


If you are interested in sharing knowledge and experiences, developing your own capabilities by learning with others then the U3A is for you.

  • Special Interest Groups with a leader or convenor

  • Bi-monthly Newsletter - a lifeline to keep all members informed about what is going on

  • Monthly meetings with a special speaker

  • Group visits inside and outside Cumbria.




For those who don't pay by direct debit the time has come to renew your membership. For the letter click here and the form click here....

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Alan Beale has agreed to act as convenor for a revived photography group.  The aim is to attract both beginners and those with some expertise and experience.  Mobile phones have ever more sophisticated cameras and are able to take good quality pictures, an advantage being that many people carry them everywhere.  For some however, serious photography means a digital single lens reflex camera.  Whatever the camera, Alan believes that subject matter is the point and that here in Cumbria we are spoilt for choice.  The activities of the group could cover learning, sharing and showing, with occasional guest speakers, although this would be guided by the feelings of the group.  Learning and sharing could include taking pictures and techniques for improving them afterwards using readily available software.  Anyone interested should ring Alan on 07414656268 or send an email to him on