Bedford

Events

Open Meetings

For all Bedford U3A members and anyone in their 'third age' who is interested in finding out more about Bedford U3A, an Open Meeting takes place twice a month: on the first Wednesday of each month at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club, Wentworth Drive, Bedford, MK41 8QA and on the third Tuesday of each month at Addison Centre, Addison Howard Park, Bedford Road, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8PN. Both meetings start at 10am.

Details of the talks and speakers are listed. Members pay £1 for each Open Meeting attended. In return they get a raffle ticket and a chance to win a prize. The raffle proceeds help with meeting the costs of speakers and running Bedford U3A.

If you have a recommendation for a speaker or have an idea for a talk or would like to be involved in booking speakers please speak to or contact our Speakers' Secretary Mark Haines.

Unforeseen circumstances may arise which make it necessary to change the speaker programme at short notice but we will always do our best to keep you informed - Mark Haines.

Trips and Holidays

We have an energetic group of members who do a splendid job in organising trips and holidays for members. Brief details of trips and holidays are given below but full details are given in the Travel Club page.

Groups

Details of groups' events are given in each group's page but occasional 'one off' events will be shown here as well.

Note

Events can be displayed in date order or listed under separate categories that can be viewed by clicking on the tab at the top right corner of the table below.


Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Wed May 1st Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club
Another Opening, Another Show by Simon Gilbert

Amusing and anecdotal accounts of his exciting career in opera and musical theatre.
Tue May 21st Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre
Rhymes with Reason by Steven Dimmer

The origins of nursery rhymes.
Wed Jun 5th Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club
Photography as Art by Karen Thurman

How photography has mirrored trends and movements in the art world.
Tue Jun 18th Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre
Engaging Communities through the BRCC by Paula Grayson

Paula is the chair of the Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC) which is a co-ordinator of local community activity to enable communities to do more for themselves. It also intercedes between public and private service providers and manages partnerships across public, private and voluntary sectors to achieve common objectives.
Wed Jul 3rd Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club
Surnames by Charlie Haylock

How and why surnames were introduced, how they evolved and their origins, derivations and meanings.
Tue Jul 16th Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre
Tax, Care and Toy Boys by David Pinder

David Pinder of Co-op Estate Planning talks about protecting your family's nest egg, Inheritance Tax, stopping sideways disinheritance and Lasting Powers of Attorney.
Outings
Wed May 22nd Trip to Myddleton House and Lee Valley Cruise - FULL - See Travel Club page for more details.
Thu Jun 13th Trip to Old Leigh and Southend. See Travel Club page for more details.
Tue Jul 2nd Bedford Community Boat cruise. See Travel Club page for more information.
Mon Jul 15th Ipswich & Cruise on River Orwell. Travel Club page for more information.
Sat Aug 3rd ‘Cats’ at Kilworth. See Travel Club page for details. FULL
Thu Aug 15th Trip to Holkham Hall and Wells. See Travel Club page for more details.
Wed Sep 18th Angels Costumes Tour. See Travel Club page for more information.
Tue Oct 1st Date to be announced - Trip to National Arboretum Memorial Museum. See Travel Club page for more details.
Thu Nov 21st Trip to Waddesdon Manor at Christmas. See Travel Club page for more details.
Thu Nov 28th White Christmas at Dominion Theatre. See Travel Club page for more details.
Sun Dec 1st Date to be advised. Trip to Wicksteed. See Travel Club page for more information.
Thu Jan 9th 2020 'Mary Poppins - The Musical' at the Prince Edward Theatre, London - FULL - See Travel Club page for more information.
Study Days
Wed May 15th 10.30am to 3.30pm - Aspects of Art at Woolmer Green Village Hall, SG3 6XA. See link Aspects of Art for more details and booking form.
Holidays
Wed May 1st
→Wed May 8th
Fuengirola, Costa del Sol, Southern Spain. See Travel Club page for more details.
Other Events
Sat Jul 20th Bedford U3A Harmony Choir - Summer Concert 3pm at St Mark's Church, Calder Rise, Brickhill, Bedford. Concert is free. Guests invited to donate to retiring collection. Refreshments available. Grand raffle. Show tunes singalong session to complete the fun!