Minehead & District

Events – Regular and Occasional

These are held on the (usually) 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!
The July coffee morning is held one week earlier than usual (this is due to availability in the Methodist Church Hall). 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 too.

In some years we hold a Special Interest Day, a whole day meeting or outing. The most recent such Day, in March 2017, had a focus on Maritime Minehead and featured the results of the Shared Learning Project members had engaged in, in partnership with Minehead Museum.

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 (24th August) and to the BBC in Bristol (date yet to be announced). 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
Tue Aug 29th
→Thu Aug 31st
Third Age Trust National Conference
see http://conference-2017.u3a.org.uk/ for the full programme and booking details or click on the link for U3A at the top of the screen
Wed Sep 27th Open Day
A chance to meet the group convenors and find out what all the interest groups are about!
Wed Oct 25th Coffee Morning : The Wild Coast, speaker David Boag
Wed Oct 25th Tessa Hadley will talk about writing and her new book, 'Bad dreams' a collection of short stories.
Tessa Hadley has written six novels and three collections of short stories. Her novel The Past, published in the UK in 2015, won the Hawthornden Prize; a collection of stories, Bad Dreams, was published in 2017. She publishes short stories regularly in the New Yorker, reviews for the Guardian and the London Review of Books, and is a Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. In 2016 she was awarded a Windham Campbell prize for Fiction.
Thu Aug 24th Stop Press
Coach trip now full. Please leave your name if interested in cancellations.

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
Wed Oct 11th Coach Trip to the BBC studios on Wednesday, 11 October 2017.
Come and be amazed when you visit BBC Bristol – the regional television centre for the West of England. We shall hear how television and radio programmes are made there, now and in the past, and have the chance to visit the interactive studio, where you can have a go at presenting the news and weather, and star in your own radio drama, complete with sound effects. Visitors also have a chance to see the Points West studio and Radio Bristol studios and you might also visit the rooftop garden outside studio from where the Points West forecast is sometimes broadcast. Well-informed and entertaining guides will give us an insight into the many programmes produced here, such as Antiques Roadshow, Countryfile, The Food Programme and Flog it! as well as the Natural History Unit’s programmes such as Springwatch. Many Radio 4 programmes are made at BBC Bristol and your guides will tell you about these too. BBC Bristol is a working building, so no two tours are the same, but they will always be informative, interesting and fun. Tours take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes and involve a certain amount of walking and standing. You will find more details and a booking form with August/September newsletter, and a booking form is also available from the link in top right hand of the page.

The tours, which last about an hour and three quarters, involve a certain amount of walking and standing. The cost per person, including coach fare and the tour, is £22. The coach will leave Minehead at 9.30 am and you’ll find more details on the booking form (link top right). Please note that security there is tight, so you will need to show photo ID such as passport or driving licence before being admitted to the BBC building. And there are no cloakroom facilities, so you’re asked not to bring large bags with you.
Summer Schools
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

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