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|
|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.
|Wed Aug 7th||Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club|
Midshires Search & Rescue by Elaine Murphy
Midshires Search and Rescue (MSAR) is the lowland search and rescue organisation for the counties of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. It is an organisation of trained volunteers who can be called out by the Police to search for missing and vulnerable people.
|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.
|Tue Jul 2nd||Bedford Community Boat cruise - FULL. See Travel Club page for more information.|
|Wed Jul 10th||Capel Manor Gardens|
See Travel Club page for more information.
|Mon Jul 15th||Ipswich & Cruise on River Orwell. Travel Club page for more information.|
|Thu Jul 18th||Captain Corelli’s Mandolin at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London|
See Travel Club page for more details. Deadline 24 June.
Cancelled due to low interest.
|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 - FULL. 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.|
|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!|