Welcome to the Matlock Area U3A

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    The Matlock Mole  

 Uncovering group activities

 Keeping in touch with our groups.

With the easing of lock down restrictions many of our groups are meeting again in small groups – both outside and inside. 

Creative Writing Group

Explore your creativity and meet with

like-minded people once a month, in a positive and friendly atmosphere, to share your work and develop your skills. 

Keith leads the Local History Group on a tour of Darley Dale, their first face-to-face meeting since February 2020

Experience wine in the heart of Matlock with the Wine Tasting Group.

Recommencing from the 21st September

Trekking around Matlock!

The Geography Group have resumed their Outdoor field trips, the next one is Friday October 29th

New members welcome!

New members always welcome in all our activity groups

Book Group 3

Book of the Year!

Spotlight       Spotlight.

Highlighting interesting features.

Happy Snapper in and around Matlock

An old signpost directing travellers to Alfreton and Winster, but can you find your way to other ‘Odd Buildings’?


Your favourite pantomime is:



Oh yes it is!


Classic Novels….new group.

Classic novels – “to achieve true classic status a novel must achieve a level of excellence or enduring cultural relevance…...have recognised artistic merit, quality and often ground breaking nature.”

A new study and discussion group is proposed, with a flexible approach to meeting times.

Please email Peter Hale, if you are interested thehales1991@aol.com

Join the Derwent Dawdlers and view things differently

A welcome addition to the walking groups – ‘even shorter short-walks’ for those members who like it flat with no stiles. Take a look at their inside page for more details.


To welcome all members back to the Matlock Area u3a after a turbulent year (or so!) a Picnic-in-the-Park event was held in September at the Whitworth Centre. The sun shone, the drink flowed and the chatter intensified. Thank you to all members who attended and made it such a lovely picnic!

On Wednesday 2nd June 2021. Matlock Area u3a joined in with the National initiative to celebrate what we do. See how it went….

Happy Snapper – Why not try our “Six of a Sort” photo challenge?  Just send us six pictures on any theme of your choice.  Follow the link to find out how you can join in. 


A haiku is a Japanese verse form most often composed, in English versions, of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. The nuthatch featured in the first set of Will’s Haikus. Here are six more for you to decipher.




Next Coffee Morning

Please note the February coffee morning has been cancelled due to the current Covid situation. Hopefully they will resume on March 7th.

See the latest newsletter for details of the garden group talk which has been opened to all members.



Covid-19 update. Lifting of restrictions.

Matlock Area u3a are providing the following guidance for Group Coordinators and individual members as restrictions are now being lifted.

‘Hands, face, space and fresh air’ is still relevant

1. Group Coordinators must complete an appropriate Risk Assessment for your group activity and submit this to the Groups Liaison Officer

2. Group Coordinators must share this Risk Assessment with their members so they know what to expect when attending a group activity

3. Members should consider their own circumstances before undertaking to join any activity

4. MAu3a Committee will not mandate that all members must be fully vaccinated to attend MAu3a activities. We would anticipate that any unvaccinated members take regular Lateral Flow Tests before attending any activities


Keeping in touch 

 Looking for a new activity or something to keep you occupied during lockdown then check out  the National U3A On line Events.

Latest news from the East Midlands Regional Trustee, Jean Hogg