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Whilst restrictions nationally and locally are gradually being eased, it remains the case that infection rates are high. Consequently, any member who is feeling ill, displaying COVID-19 symptoms, has received a positive test result in the past 10 days or has been instructed to isolate must NOT participate in u3a meetings, trips and events. Any member who subsequently tests positive (within 7 days of attending) is asked to advise their group convenor(s) or meeting organisers so that all other attendees may be informed.

This month’s newsletter

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35th Birthday

It was on the 16th August 1986 that Salford u3a tentatively came into being and few would have dared hope that we would still be going strong some 35 years later. In fact, the u3a movement has gone from strength to strength and there are now few areas of the country that do not benefit from a local u3a. Over 450,000 members UK-wide enjoy the camaraderie and learning possibilities that come with our unique organisation.

To mark the occasion and in lieu of the Annual Lunch that would normally be held in March, we invited members to a special Anniversary Lunch on Thursday 23 September at the Elm Bank Banqueting & Conference Centre in Eccles. You can see a selection of photos from the day, plus a tribute to a very special Salford u3a member, on the Galleries page or by clicking here.

Interest Groups

For an overview of our interest groups, please see the Groups page.

A new group has been formed – Walking with Dogs. Beverley Robinson is leading this group and members who are interested should contact Beverley for more information.

The Bird Watching group have now established their programme for 2021 and early 2022, meeting on alternate Thursdays. Please contact Gwyn Davies if you are interested in attending.

Quiz 1 have announced that they will have their first meeting on Wednesday 20 October at St Paul’s Community Centre in Walkden, whilst Quiz 2 will meet at the Worsley Road United Reformed Church in Swinton on Tuesday 19 October.

The Scrabble Group has now resumed face-to-face meetings as has Mah Jong. The Bridge and Italian Beginners groups have also restarted and would welcome new members – if you are interested in joining, please contact Andy Scutt or Mary McBride respectively.

The Quilting group are raffling this beautiful quilt along with a hamper and several other prizes. Tickets will be on sale at monthly socials and the draw will take place at our Christmas meeting.

The Backgammon group will recommence their meetings in October at Eccles Gateway.

The Poetry group have restarted their sessions at Boothstown Community Centre.

The Play Reading group will recommence their meetings at Winton Library from 22 October.

Monthly Social Mornings

Constrained by pandemic restrictions, we had been meeting earlier this year by zoom but from August 2021 reinstated our in-person social mornings. As our normal venue of choice, Eccles Town Hall, is unavailable due to refurbishments taking place through to 4th quarter this year, our first face-to-face meeting took place at Buile Hill Park Hall on Friday 20 August. See the Events page for all information regarding social mornings and trips.


Our first face-to-face outing in a long while took place when we visited Liverpool for a day trip in July and this was followed by a weekend visit to the North-East in September. See the photo gallery for a selection of images from these trips.

Website updates

To coincide with Salford u3a’s 35th birthday, a number of enhancements have been carried out to this website including:


2021 memberships are now available for renewal. Please see the membership page for more information.