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If you have news to share with the members,  you can now send the information to our website team. You do not have to be a u3a member to do this.  This could be whether you want to add an article for our Newsletter, an item to be posted on a page in this Website, just passing on… Read More »

A year ago today….

Our brand new website went live on 1st December 2020.  Happy birthday, website!  Our website launched with a healthy count of over 6000 page ‘hits’ in December 2020 – the Advent Calendar proving anattractive ‘repeat business’ proposition.  Usage over the year has varied up and down, as one would expect, but there are signs that people are getting… Read More »

Kindertransport refugees : a conversation with Esther Rantzen (online)

U3A National Office online event. Thu, 2 December 2021 A presentation followed by conversations with Kindertransport refugees and their families, with Dame Esther Rantzen About this event This event will be held online via Zoom and is for u3a members only 10.30am Presentation with Q&A by Steve Williams of Arun East u3a 12pm Break 1pm Dame Esther Rantzen hears from our u3a… Read More »

From the Chair – November 2021

2021 has been another turbulent year of change and uncertainty.  And, as I said last month, things will never be quite the same as they were before the pandemic struck.  After spending some time considering our programmes for the rest of our u3a year, your committee has concluded that any plans we make must fit under the heading… Read More »

ZOOM recording : A landscape transformed, by Dr Leonard Baker

A landscape transformed: the reclamation of Exmoor forest during the 19th century, a talk by Dr Leonard Baker of the University of Exeter. A Zoom recording of the talk given to the Local History Group is now available (to logged-in website members). We are very pleased and grateful that not only did Dr Baker give us his valuable… Read More »

Orchestra of the West in Somerset

  The orchestra, led by their founder and Artistic Director Jackie Shave, a renowned violinist and Somerset resident, will be working with community groups and appearing in locations in and around Minehead, Yeovil and Taunton from November 30th to December 4th, culminating in an exciting performance at Minehead’s Regal Theatre. See more on their website – https://regaltheatre.co.uk/show/chamber-orchestra-of-west-somerset/

New Year – new pattern of meetings!

In the light of continued uncertainty over the wisdom of, and members possible unwillingness to participate in, ‘physical’ meetings which gather larger numbers together in a ‘real world’ venue, the Committee are proposing a new meeting pattern for the New Year.  There will continue to be what will now be termed ‘Speaker’s Mornings,’ taking place on a monthly… Read More »

Latest Newsletter is published!

The November/December issue of our Group’s Newsletter is now published and available for easy viewing within this website.  The Newsletter features information about plans for meetings – in real life! – in 2022.  There is also a download version in PDF format, if you wish to print out for a more leisurely read.  Click here to view it.

2022 kicks off with Ghosts at Hampton Court!

Sarah Slater has been confirmed as the Speaker for our Virtual meeting at 11am on Thursday 20th January 2022. She will talk about   ‘Working with the ghosts of Hampton Court Palace’ . Members may remember that Sarah gave a memorable talk during 2021, on Sex and Scandals! and is back by popular demand for a new presentation.   … Read More »

National Office – help with design of everyday objects

From u3a National Office:  As part of our work to challenge negative stereotypes around age and promote positive ageing, u3a has joined forces with This Age Thing and The Design Age Institute at the Royal College of Art to help identify those everyday items in our homes that we find most irritating. Poor design is making our lives… Read More »