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.
Details of groups' events are given in each group's page but occasional 'one off' events will be shown here as well.
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|
|Tue Aug 20th||Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre|
My Life in Crime by Simon Michael
Simon Michael practised at the Bar for over 40 years defending and prosecuting murderers, armed robbers, con artists and other assorted villains. He is now a full time novelist.
|Wed Sep 4th||Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club|
From Mild to Wild by Anthony Lewis
Anthony Lewis of Ant’s Chilli House talks about how a passion for growing and using the humble chilli developed into a new and unexpected career.
|Tue Sep 17th||Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre|
Laughter Yoga by Cheryl Green
Why laughter is good for you, origins and experience of laughter yoga, relaxation excercise.
|Wed Oct 2nd||Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club|
Quiz and Talk by John Huckle, Bedford Climate Change Forum
|Tue Oct 15th||Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre|
AGM and Mike Gee Entertains
|Wed Nov 6th||Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club|
The Social and Political Satire of Gilbert & Sullivan by Bernard Lockett
|Tue Nov 19th||Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre |
The Panacea Society by Vicki Manners
A talk on the history and beliefs of the Panacea Society.
|Wed Dec 4th||Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club|
’Yule be Surprised’ by Steven Dimmer
A sideways look at the traditions of Christmas.
|Tue Dec 17th||Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre|
Milton Keynes to Mississippi by Saffron Summerfield
A lively and entertaining talk featuring different guitar styles.
|Wed Sep 18th||Angels Costumes Tour - CLOSED. See Travel Club page for more information.|
|Tue Oct 1st||Trip to National Arboretum Memorial Museum and Lichfield. 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 - FULL. See Travel Club page for more details.|
|Sun Dec 1st||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.|
|Tue Jan 14th 2020||Trip to Hindu Mandir, North London. See Travel Club page for more details.|
|Wed Feb 26th 2020||King and I at Milton Keynes Theatre. FULL See Travel Club for more information.|
|Thu May 21st 2020||Hairspray at the Coliseum, London - FULL. See Travel Club for more details.|
|Mon Apr 20th 2020||Short Break April 20th to 24th 2020 staying in Meon Valley Hotel, Golf & Country Club, Southampton. See Travel Club page for more details.|