Latest News

We are pleased to announce that our programme of Friday socials restarted via Zoom on 20th November with a presentation by Sue Jeffries, horticulturalist and garden designer, on Christmas wreaths and table decorations. We had two of Sue’s creations to give away to random members of the audience.  Lynn Taylor and Sue Ralph were the lucky winners of a Christmas wreath for being the first members to arrive at our relaunched Social by Zoom. Brenda Rothwell was very happy to receive the beautiful table decoration (see photos below).  Both arrangements were made by our November speaker, Sue Jeffries 

Please contact u3a Secretary, Mary McBride, if you would like to attend the December Social meeting on Zoom and haven’t already registered your contact email address.

Our Committee and Convenors are available for any enquiries as we all negotiate these difficult times. Many of our Groups have remained active via Zoom and their pages will be updated shortly with their plans for 2021.


Diary Dates

Trips for 2020: all trips have now been postponed until next year,  members have been kept informed.

Full details for 2020 were announced at the AGM on 17th January 2020. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic some of these been cancelled/postponed.  More details will be available once things settle down.

Spring outing on 3rd April to Liverpool and the trip to Monet’s Garden, Giverny, and Versailles have been cancelled/postponed but future dates are being planned.  Arrangements for the autumn overnight outing 5-6th September to the North East for Bowes museum, Kynren open air spectacular show and Beamish museum are therefore awaiting confirmation. Further details on these social trips will be available from Ken Ball at

Walking Holiday, Sedbergh: this too has had to be postponed until next year.  It was to have been from 18-21 May 2020. Details from Ken McMahon

Annual Lunch 2020  This was held on Thursday 12th March, at Monton Sports Club, Welbeck Rd, Monton M30 9EH.

Long walk, short walkers!

Malhamdale walking holiday 2019 Thank you to both Kens for a great holiday. Other photos can be found  on this link:  Gallery – Malhamdale HF Holiday June 2019

Belfast trip 15-18th September 2019:  Photos illustrating this can be found on this link Gallery – Belfast 2019 , with views from Belfast, Titanic museum, Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Many thanks to Janet and Ken for all the organising.

General Notices

Friday Social meetings

Please note: Friday Morning Meetings are, until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, currently via Zoom and many Group Activities have had to be cancelled. 

These are normally held at Eccles Town Hall, opposite the Gateway centre, on the third Friday of the month, between 10am and 12noon.   For the full programme with speakers etc please look under 2020 events

Pictures of our 30 year celebrations in October 2016 are now under memories:

New Groups

Exploring Greater Manchester: This group meets on the second Tuesday of the month, usually at 10.30am and at various venues of interest. See web page: Exploring Greater Manchester.

Book Club 3: This new group has now started and is now convened by Lynda Pearson.  It is on the first Wednesday of every month at Walkden Gateway from 11am – noon.   Anyone interested should contact Lynda, by email  tel: 07979 913788.  The book clubs are popular so membership is on a first come first serve basis as 12 members for a book club is the ideal number we work with.

General Group News

Family History Group: This group  meets at Eccles Library, the second Wednesday of each month from 10.15 – 12.15.  The first meeting is on 10thOctober 2018.  If you are interested in joining this group please contact Frances Healey (group convenor) – 0161 790 7287, or Sylvia Young (group leader) – 0161 790 9594. See web page Family History

Backgammon Social Group: This group meets every other Thursday at Eccles Gateway. New members are welcome. The convenor is John Lambert tel: 0161 281 9265 – email: . Details are displayed on their web page.

Birdwatching Group: If you are interested in birds, why not join this group? More members would be very welcome, they meet alternate Mondays. Contact Gwyn Davies tel: 07545 770995 – email: 

Similarly the following groups are also looking for new members, so why not give these a try:   Painting and Sketch (Alternate Mondays) Paint and Sketch; Handicrafts (second Thursday of month) Handicraft ; Gardening (last Tuesday of month) Gardening; and Table Tennis (alternate Tuesdays)Table TennisGroups.  More information on each can be found using these links.