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To participate in any of our group activities you need to be a member of West Pennine Villages u3a.

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  • Natural History

    Natural History

    A group for everyone interested in any aspect of the natural world. You don’t need any knowledge just a lively curiosity and fascination about the world around us. The group will be focused mainly on our local area taking short walks exploring and recording our findings. Indoor meetings to discuss and examine many topics eg… read more

  • Hedgerow Weaving

    Hedgerow Weaving

    Throughout the world people have made basketry structures from plants growing in their vicinity. This group aims to explore flexible plant materials, gleaned from our gardens and hedgerows, to make something useful and/or decorative. This is a seasonal activity as both the gathering and weaving hedgerow materials is best done when the leaves have fallen… read more

  • Gardening


    The Gardening Group meets about once a month to share the trials and tribulations, successes and setbacks of gardening in this beautiful but rather damp part of Lancashire. Whether you have a large garden, a yard or window box we can all learn from one another, perhaps swap seeds, cuttings and plants and discuss all… read more

  • Social Group

    Social Group

    The Social Group is intended for members who would like to get together to participate in a wide range of activities. We want to have fun, learn and get to know existing and new members. In the past, members have enjoyed lunches, afternoon tea, live music (classical and contemporary), guided tours of local and regional… read more

  • Cycling


    Our group will be for those who enjoy a social ride, fresh air and some of the best of Lancashire’s beautiful countryside. Rides will be approximately 15-25 miles in length at an average speed of 10 -12 mph on the flat and will use quiet roads and cycle paths and cover a variety of terrains… read more

  • Beginners Guitar

    Beginners Guitar

    New sessions are about to begin so if you’re thinking that this group may be for you, now is the time to start!! So please, if you want to learn, just send me a message, I’ll get back to you with further details and we can begin! You may be a beginner or someone who… read more

  • Canasta and Bridge

    Canasta and Bridge

    As the Indoor Games group evolved and grew it became apparent the main interest was in playing cards, primarily Canasta, Bridge, Continental Rummy and occasionally Cribbage, usually the fall back game if we don’t have enough players to make up a table of four. We have both experienced and new players in the group, it’s… read more

  • Rusty Rackets WalkingTennis

    Rusty Rackets WalkingTennis

    THURSDAYS 11.30 – 12.30 Withnell Fold Sports and Social Club No takers at the moment so this group is temporarily suspended. However should there be sufficient interest we can easily restart – just send a message on the form below if you would like to play! Read below to whet your appetite! We will use… read more

  • STEM


    For the uninitiated, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths or perhaps a better description would be ‘How the World Works’.  You don’t need a technical background or a love of equations to enjoy the meetings – just an interest in ‘stuff’.  And the ‘stuff’ in question can cover Black Holes to Biology, Vaccines… read more

  • Croquet


    Croquet group meet Monday afternoon where we explore this tactical fun game . No previous experience at playing required. Sense of humour helps. Equipment supplied read more

  • Classic Vehicle Appreciation

    Classic Vehicle Appreciation

    You do not need to actually own a classic vehicle to join this group; simply to have an interest in all forms of historic transport. The group will enjoy learning about a wide range of classic vehicles, not just cars. During the autumn and winter months the group will hold indoor meetings now and then… read more

  • Drawing


    This group will aim to develop drawing skills and confidence using a variety of materials. The group usually meets fortnightly. Each session will usually include some of the following, although, of course the content and shape of the sessions will be decided by the members. More than anything else we shall just be absorbed and… read more

  • Table Tennis

    Table Tennis

    WEDNESDAYS 13.30 – 15.30 . Withnell Fold Sports and Social Club Come along and join in the fun! We have bats and balls for you if needed, and 3 tables to play on! We play singles or doubles depending on numbers attending! Friendly competition All abilities welcome. Tea and Coffee etc available. If you would… read more

  • Ukulele


    Tuesdays 2.30 – 3.30 at Withnell Fold Sports and Social Club (except 2nd Tuesday in the month) Bring along your ukulele if you have one but don’t worry if not as we have a couple of spares to get you started before you commit to buying your own. The group is open to all –… read more

  • Badminton


    We play badminton doubles once a week at All Seasons Leisure Centre, Water Street, Chorley PR7 1EX, every Tuesday between 2pm and 3pm. The emphasis is on having fun. We share the cost of hiring court or courts between those present. Whenever we need to buy new shuttlecocks we share the cost between all of… read more

  • Poetry


    Once a month this group shares and celebrates poetry of all kinds over a cup of something refreshing. We read poems, listen to poems , share our favourites, explore new poems and chat about what we think of them. Sometimes we just relax and listen to the music of someone’s favourite verses, ones that make… read more

  • Book Share

    Book Share

    The thinking behind this group is for people to come together once a month and bring a book to share with other members. It maybe a book you have enjoyed or not but whichever it gives others a choice to borrow it. Book share differs from the traditional Book Club format in many ways: Group… read more

  • Sitters in Situ

    Sitters in Situ

    The initial aim is to explore making artwork about people without focussing primarily on facial features – however the group may want to change this! It will rely on the ethos of the U3A in sharing knowledge, skills, interests and experiences – and establishing a WhatsApp group. Any member of the group then volunteers to… read more

  • Power of the Mind

    Power of the Mind

    Power of the Mind is all about understanding the amazing way the human mind works and how it influences our behaviours. How does language develop, how do we make decisions, how good is our memory, can we believe what we see and hear? These are just a few of the questions we looked at last… read more

  • Golf


    All welcome for social golf group at local 9 hole golf courses. All levels welcome.Own clubs required . We usually play at Highfield course Wheelton, either Thursday or Friday at 2.00pm. During winter we are visiting a driving range to improve our technique and hope to begin our games again in mid March. Details of… read more

  • Pilates


    MONDAYS: 2.00 – 2.45 or 3.00 – 3.45 (2 sessions depending on numbers attending each week) If 11 participants or fewer then the class operates at 3.00 – 4.00 AT WITHNELL FOLD SPORTS and SOCIAL CLUB The group runs on a ‘pay as you go’ basis for £6 per session (provided we get sufficient interest… read more

  • Grow Your Own

    Grow Your Own

    A group for anyone who enjoys growing fruit and vegetables be that on the home garden vegetable patch, kitchen garden, in containers and pots or on a more traditional allotment. Everyone from beginner to experienced fruit and vegetable growers is welcome. We meet monthly during April to September on an ad hoc basis at members’… read more

  • Crown Green Bowls

    Crown Green Bowls

    Friday Mornings 10.00 am at Astley Park – we play till about 11.15 (so there’s plenty of time for a coffee afterwards in the cafe there!) There are 2 greens at Astley Park so plenty of room for lots of bowlers. All abilities most welcome. Come and join in the fun and learn the game… read more

  • Family History

    Family History

    Do you wonder who your ancestors were, and how they lived, worked and died? If so, the Family History Group is for you, and it can get very addictive. There will be surprising revelations ahead. The sessions are coordinated by Audrey and Steve Perry: we aim to show you the different sources of information available… read more

  • Get by in Spanish

    Get by in Spanish

    MONDAYS 1.30 – 2.20 pm Hola! It’s useful to know a bit of the language when you are enjoying your Spanish holiday so lets get started in an informal atmosphere on Mondays 1.30 – 2.15 pm via Zoom and the occasional get together over tapas. No matter what your knowledge of the language you can… read more

  • Handchimes


    The group meets every Wednesday at Withnell Fold Sports and Social Club at 12.15 pm (after the ‘Drop in’ Session) for an hour. We would love to welcome you. We originally purchased a set of 20 Handbells in order to start this Handbell Group! We have now purchased a set of handchimes giving us much… read more

  • Talking about Art

    Talking about Art

    A group  for folk who like to look and discuss at art.   Group members take it in turns to choose a topic or a piece of art. It may be a work/s you want to know more about, something you really don’t like and want to find out what others think. Share a love and… read more

  • Craft and Chat

    Craft and Chat

    The Craft and Chat Group meet on the second Tuesday of the month unless holidays change this. Usually meet in the club but sometimes in members homes. Best to check but always welcome new members. Various crafts are explored and all members are encouraged to share their skills. We like members to join in the… read more

  • Pickleball


    Pickleball is a relatively new and rapidly growing racket or paddle game from the States. The game which can be played on either an indoor or outdoor courts is played on a doubles badminton court with a 3′ high net using solid Pickleball paddles and a solid ball. If you’re new to the game you’ll… read more

  • Saturday or Sunday Strollers

    Enjoy a stroll in company around our beautiful parks, country parks and canal towpaths. Hiking over hill and dale is not for everyone but walking in company is good for health and mental well-being.  Gentle walks  on a Saturday  or Sunday of 1 to 2  miles including a stop at a  cafe or take your own… read more

  • French Conversation

    French Conversation

    The group is aimed at people with a knowledge of French, even if rusty, who would like to practisespeaking and listening.Emphasis would be on communication rather than strict accuracy and hopefully a relaxed way toimprove skills together.Ideas for activities / subjects for discussion etc will be welcomed from participant and decided by thegroup. read more

  • Dancercise


    DANCERCISE. A LOW IMPACT DANCE BASED CLASS. MONDAYS 4.15. – 5.00 At Withnell Fold Sports and Social Club £5 per session The class will follow the Pilates class at Withnell Fold Sports and Social Club and is also run by Catherine This class involves learning short dance combinations of various styles eg a Fosse- style… read more

  • Theatre Trips

    Theatre Trips

    We try to support local small theatres in the area and usually plan to see a production about once a month – depending on what is showing. I send out an email to see who would like a ticket once a show has been chosen and then book the relevant number of tickets after the… read more

  • Tai Chi

    Tai Chi

    This group runs fortnightly from Thursday 11th January 2024 – 1.30 – 2.30 pm at Heapey and Wheelton Village Hall (PR6 8HJ) Steve Whiteley is our qualified instructor who teaches the Yang Style, comprising of ‘slow flowing motions that require circular movements of the body, arms and legs. Body and mind are brought together in… read more

  • Walking


    We hope you will find this a friendly, informal group and have lots of fun exploring the beautiful Lancashire countryside with us. We focus mainly on easy to moderate level walks ranging from 4-7 miles. Walks are generally led by walking group members, though it is not necessary to lead walks yourself in order to… read more

  • Members on their own

    Members on their own

    MOTO ( Members on their own ) group would be open to single, widowed or divorced members to enjoy together social gatherings. Other U3A groups with MOTO sub groups meet often monthly at a local pub to organise: Lunch or evening meals at a pub or restaurant Days out usually with afternoon tea Forming a… read more