Monthly talk

It has become a tradition at Beccles U3A for the monthly meeting to be followed by a Guest Speaker. As you will see from the list below, the subjects are very varied. With topics ranging from a personal story of climbing Mount Everest to the incredible story of the 25-year strike at our local Burston School, they are not to be missed.

The monthly talk takes place immediately after the Monthly Meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10.30 at Beccles Public Hall.


Monthly Talk 20 June 2018: Doreen Reed Stories and Poetry

Doreen Reed proved to be the perfect antidote to the more serious business of the U3A Annual General Meeting in June. As an entertainer, she has enchanted many audiences throughout the UK with her homespun amusing poems & tales of everyday life. If you remember the 50’s and 60’s you appreciate her subtle humour.

An example of her poetry is:

‘Mean Dean’:

I went out with Dean, friends warned me he was mean. They said ‘He’d walk miles to get something for free.’
I remembered their advice when he said ‘The weather’s nice, let me take you for a nice cup of tea.’

I prepared for the worst and took my own purse in case he found a reason not to pay.
I said ‘You’re very kind. Do you have somewhere in mind?’ He said ‘Take my hand and let me show you the way.’

We went into a hall. I saw two beds by the wall. I said ‘This doesn’t look like a café to me. Who are the owners?’ He said ‘No-one. It’s Blood Donors. But you will get a nice cup of tea.

Doreen has produced books, e-books and CDs of her poems. For more information visit her website Doreen Reed


Wed 18th July 2018:- Andrew Sankey-Smith Gertrude Jekyll and her gardens
Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932), created some 400 gardens, many in association with English architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens. She was one of the first of her profession to take into account the colour, texture, and experience of gardens as aspects of her designs.

Wed 15th August 2018:- Pip Wright Suffolk Witches

Wed 19th September 2018:- Adrian Brown Conducting the music - Waveney Sinfonia

Wed 17th October 2018:- Cathy Small Protecting against Fraud

Wed 21 November 2018:- Richard Hughes from the Assembly House in Norwich - A Career in the Hospitality Industry

Wed 19 December 2018:- Christmas Meeting

Wed 16 January 2019:- Dr Stephen Ashworth Lasers - how they work

Wed 20 February 2019:- Graham Higgins Tales from the Bench - a magistrate reviews his work

Wed 20 March 2019:- Sally Dearman Women CAN fly - a female pilot talks of her experiences

Review Past Monthly Talks