Minehead & District

Events – Regular and Occasional

These are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the Methodist Church Hall, The Avenue, Minehead, and are listed below as 'Meetings'. Tea and coffee are served – along with biscuits – from 10.15 to 10.45; the speaker or speakers start at 11 and usually finish at around 12 noon. Members do not have to pay, but visitors are asked for a small donation.

Please note!
There are no coffee mornings in August and December. Our Annual General Meeting is in May, meaning an earlier start to proceedings, so that we can fit in either a speaker or other form of entertainment.

In some years we hold a Special Interest Day, a whole day meeting or outing. The most recent such Day, in October 2015, had a focus on Dunster Castle (see the Past events page for a report). In March 2017 our Special Interest Day topic will be 'Maritime Minehead'.

We arrange occasional coach outings. We aim for variety and, where possible, a combination of venues, within a reasonable radius so that we don't spend all day on the coach. Some outings for 2017 in planning include a visit to Highgrove House and to the BBC in Bristol. Watch this space for more information and use the Contact page to register your interest or suggest your own ideas for possible outings.

Dates for your Diary
Wed Apr 26th Susan Mew, Amnesty International Trainer and Local Amnesty Group Activist, will talk about campaigning for human rights: How Amnesty International (AI) began, and its growth into a worldwide movement, What AI does and how it works, What AI campaigns on and how it campaigns, Current issues and campaigns, including the activities of the local Minehead group. Does AI work? Some success stories!

As usual, coffee will be served from 10.15 am to 10.45 am.
Wed May 24th Annual General Meeting - followed by a photographic presentation by David Temple on Dunster Then and Now
Wed Jun 28th Coffee morning Speaker from Exmoor Search and Rescue (details to be announced)
Wed Jul 19th Coffee morning and presentation on Andrew Crosse of Fyne Court.
Thu Aug 24th Coach Trip to Highgrove Gardens, 24 August 2017

There will be 26 places and the coach will leave from Minehead at 8.30 am and collect at other points along the way. The anticipated return journey will start at 4 pm arriving back between 6 and 6.30 pm.

The cost per head for our guided walk around the gardens and return trip will be £37.00 per person. If you wish to participate, please complete the application form (see top right of page) and send to Tony Perrett at the address on the form. Highgrove is the private residence of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, near Tetbury in Gloucestershire. Since 1980 when the Prince of Wales first arrived at Highgrove, he has devoted much energy to transforming the gardens around the house, which are now renowned as some of the most inspiring and innovative in the United Kingdom. As part of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s private residence, The Royal Gardens at Highgrove are opened annually for visitors to share in their enjoyment of this much-loved inspirational setting. Created with imagination by the Prince over the last 35 years, the series of interlinked organic gardens reflect his deep commitment to sustainability, as well as a natural artistic ability. As an important haven for a rich variety of flora and fauna, the gardens have been developed not only to please the eye, but to sit in succinct harmony with nature.
From the classic order of the Cottage Garden to the pastoral beauty of the Wildflower Meadow, discover these unique spaces, along with hidden curios and horticultural innovation, on a tour that offers a personal perspective of this much-admired public figure.
‘One of my great joys is to see the pleasure that the garden can bring to many of the visitors and that everybody seems to find some part of it that is special to them.’ HRH The Prince of Wales
Social Events
Tue May 23rd Quiz night, 7.30 pm at the Minehead Social Club, North St.
Thu May 25th U3A Quiz Night A Fun Night Out General knowledge quiz

Thursday 25 May at 7.30 pm (doors open 7 pm)

Minehead Social Club, North Road, Minehead Bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks Prize for the winning team! Open to U3A members, their partners and friends No charge for entry Teams of four (we can match you to other people if you need to make up a team) Please contact Tony Perrett, Social Secretary, if you want to come ‒ it helps us to plan the quiz suetonyp@talktalk.net or 01984 634777
Summer Schools
Mon Jul 17th
→Thu Jul 20th
Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire
More information in the members' area on the U3A National website
Mon Aug 14th
→Thu Aug 17th
Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester
More information in the members' area of the U3A National website
Mon Sep 11th
→Thu Sep 14th
Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester
More information in the members' area of the U3A National website