Congleton & District U3A

Charity No. 1076203

Welcome to our U3A website

If you are a new visitor to this site you are very welcome to browse the website to see the group activities, monthly speaker meetings and outings that are organised for our members. If you wish to join our branch of the U3A then click the "Join the U3A" link on the left of the screen and provide the details requested, our membership secretary will contact you in due course.

If you are a member and new to this site you will have been sent your membership number together with a password that you can use to log in to the members facilities within the website. We advise that once you have logged in on this first occasion you should change your password to something memorable to you.

General Information, Dates and Events      

This page holds information which may be useful to Members and any visitors, as well as a full list (below) of all planned meetings and events.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
This recent development in "distance learning", already in use by many U3As, is a huge set of (mostly) free online courses aimed at large-scale interactive participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs help build an interactive community for the students, professors, and teaching assistants. Click to view a short presentation of what is on offer to all Members and Group Leaders, with links to some of the major providers.

A U3A Member is available at the Information Desk in St John Ambulance Headquarters, West Road to help new members with the enrolment process and to answer questions, on the first Monday of each month during term-time (October to May), between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon. See term dates listed below.

If you have forgotten your Membership Number and / or your password, the Member at the Information Desk will be able to assist you.

If you wish to contact a U3A member referred to in the Newsletter / Bulletin -
You can easily do this by simply "clicking" on the 'Newsletter' link in the U3A Menu on the left. and then click on the individual underlined, highlighted name. However, if you are a Member, please log-in to the U3A website first, before clicking on the relevant link in the Newsletter / Bulletin.
If you log-in first, then the e-mail form that opens when you click a link will already have your details filled in for you.
As well as saving you the effort of typing them in, it means that no spelling and typing errors can creep in.
So, log-in first, click the link in the Newsletter / Bulletin, and then type your message.
Click "OK" and away it goes. Simple !

If you wish to use the 'Contact a Member' page (when logged in) to contact another U3A member -
When you type the name or membership number of the intended recipient into the ‘Member to Contact’ box, and they appear in the displayed list of possible matches, you must click or tap on that name in the list, so that their full number and name is transferred to the ‘Member to Contact’ box. By doing so you confirm exactly which member is to receive the message, and allow the system to extract the correct e-mail address for that member from the membership database. If you do not do this, the system remains unsure of where to send the message, and is set up to forward the e-mail to the Information Desk where a S.A.M.P. member (or another volunteer) will have to try to send it on to the intended recipient.

Having problems finding what you want on the website ? -
When you are logged-in as a Member click on Help & FAQs in the U3A Menu to find general assistance and answers to some frequently-asked questions.

Updating your Membership details -
If your address, telephone number, or e-mail address changes, then please login to the website and click on My Information at the top of the U3A Menu on the left, and then on Check My Details. The information we hold about you will be displayed, and can be changed as required. In case of any difficulties, please notify the Membership Secretary, of the change(s) via the link here, or the U3A Contacts page. Please include your Membership Number in your message to ensure that the correct membership record is updated.

Volunteering to help in Congleton U3A -
U3A Congleton, as all other U3A's, is dependent on Volunteers. The Committee and Committee Support Group all give their time voluntarily. There are numerous opportunities to get involved, including Magazine Reporter, Back Room Workers, Assisting at Social Events, etc.
Interested ? - just get in touch by e-mailing Volunteer Management.

Page last updated : 07 October 2017

Term Dates - Session 2017-18

Date Event  
Monday 18th September 2017 Start of Autumn/Winter Term  
Friday 8th December 2017 End of Autumn/Winter Term  
Monday 8th January 2018 Start of Winter/Spring Term  
Friday 23rd March 2018 End of Winter/Spring Term  
Monday 9th April 2018 Start of Spring/Summer Term  
Friday 8th June 2018 End of Spring/Summer Term  

Meeting & Event Dates

24th October 2017Quiz Night - New Life Church at 6:30pm
26th October 2017U3A - North West Region
Health and Wellbeing Conference – Lancaster
All U3A members can come along and participate – for more information and to book a place go to -
11th November 2017Astbury Village Hall – a superb evening of 60’s and 70’s live music by “The Extractions”
See the Local Community page for details -
Local Community
25th November 2017Christmas Fair - Cancelled
New Life Church
10.00am to 1.00pm
20th December 2017Christmas Social - New Life Church
Times to be confirmed
3rd February 2018Barn Dance - Congleton Cricket Club, Booth Street
This is the first event in our celebration of 20 years of Congleton U3A. Details such as times, price and how to get hold of tickets will be published in due course -
Sue Stanmore

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