Monthly Meetings

Monthly Meeting: 18 March 2020 - 9.30am
Doors Open 9.30am for refreshments
Venue: Beccles Public Hall
Talk: Toby Capwell from Wallace Collection in London Talking about Armour

This is your opportunity to meet with other U3A members and to find out more about any of our interest Groups; members of the committee will be available to assist with any queries.

Monthly meetings take place on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in The Public Hall in Smallgate, Beccles. Doors open at 9.45am and refreshments are served until 10.20am. The meeting is called to order at 10.30am when the Chairperson carries out any Business. This is followed by a Guest Speaker. For more information on the varied programme of talks please visit Monthly Talk

Monthly Meeting Report for December 2019

Beccles U3A December meeting

Once again Beccles U3A used its December meeting to put on a pantomime type event this year with a wide range of festive elements.

The Chair, Graham Jermyn, welcomed 180 members to the meeting in the Public Hall and reminded them to ensure they had exchanged their entry ticket for the raffle that had been arranged by Irene Squirrell. In addition to the purchases made, a few members donated gifts of their own and Ron French kindly donated 2 copies of his new book entitled Odessa 1919 The Red Terror which tells the story of his family during their time in Russia through the Russian revolution.

The Writing For Fun group members had written a number of short festive stories which were printed and left on each seat in the Hall for members to enjoy together with a seasonal mince pie, sausage roll and tea or coffee.

The “panto” was based on Carole Scrooge, Beccles U3A treasurer who was visited by 3 convenors, past, present and future to help her learn laugh and live!

The story was told with the help of the Madrigal Singers, the recorder Group and the singing for Fun group, leading the audience in renditions of Yesterday and When I’m 64 conducted by the present and past chairmen. We also had an inflated turkey being chased by Carole Scrooge to the reading of a turkey based (not basted) poem by Lacey Baxter.

Thanks need to go to Lacey for planning the event and involving so many people and groups, to Iris Emmerson for playing the role of Carole Scrooge and everyone else who played a part or joined in the singing. The refreshments team worked hard in serving the refreshments and clearing up afterwards

The meeting was rounded off by the John Ward Trio playing some of their own songs and one or two more well known ones for the audience to sing along to.

A few people didn’t collect their raffle prizes at the end so if you have one of the following numbers then please contact Irene on 01502 713622:

52; 83; 92; 94; 166.

Monthly Talks

Wed 18 March 2020 - Toby Capwell from Wallace Collection in London Talking about Armour
Wed 15 April 2020 - Emma Ratzer from Access Community Trust Working in the community and helping the socially isolated
Wed 20 May 2020 - David Murton Astronomy for Beginners
Wed 17 June 2020 - Sally Dearman Changing from flying fighters to helicopters
Wed 15 July 2020 - Jim Graver The Big Issue
Wed 19 August 2020 - Robert Tilney Antiques Roadshow
Wed 16 September 2020 - Joy Hawkins - Medieval ideas on Contraception and Conception
Wed 21 October 2020 - Wendy Smith - A Linesperson at Wimbledon
Wed 18 November 2020 - Stephen Ashworth - Kitchen Chemistry
Wed 9 December 2020 Christmas programme yet to be finalised