Bedford

Events

Open Meetings

Open Meetings are restarting on 1 iSeptember.

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 £1.50 for each Open Meeting attended. In return they get a a cup of tea or coffee, biscuit and a complimentary raffle ticket with a chance to win a prize. The 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 Feb 2nd Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club
The Topsy-Turvey World of Gilbert & Sullivan by John Stebbings

Performed throughout the world, Gilbert & Sullivan operas have been part of the fabric of British life for well over a century. This talk features the lives of these extraordinary men and that of Richard D’Oyly Carte who brought their operas to public attention.
Tue Feb 15th Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre
Serving on the front desk of a Police Station in the Met by Michael Long

Michael explains, with anecdotes, the day to day life of a station officer at a busy 24 hour Police Station.
Wed Mar 2nd Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club
A Journey through Time by John Hope

A journey through time telling over the centuries the development and improvement of time telling devices from the sundial and water clock through to the introduction of mechanical clocks, railway time, pendulum devices to the atomic clock.
Tue Mar 15th Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre
Memoirs of Tours by Brian Freeland

Memoirs of many tours usually with Britich Council drama and dance companies.
Wed Apr 6th Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club
To Be Advised
Tue Apr 19th Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre
To Be Advised
Wed May 4th Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club
Where Do Novelists Get Their Ideas From?

Published author Bobbie Derbyshire explains how the complex world of character, location, plot and sub-plot arrive in the author's mind.
Outings
Wed Feb 2nd Cinderella at Gillian Lynne Theatre, London - CANCELLED

See Travel Club Page for more information.
Wed Feb 23rd Royal Courts of Justice

See Travel Club page for more details.
Wed Mar 16th Trip to Cirencester in the Cotswolds

See Travel Club page for details.
Sun Mar 20th Thriplow Daffodil Weekend & Country Fair

See Travel Club page for more details.
Tue Mar 29th Trip to Auctioneers, WH Peacock

See Travel Club page for more details.
Tue Apr 12th Newmarket National Stud

See Travel Club page for more details.
Thu May 5th Brighton Pavilion

See Travel Club page for more details.
Sat Jun 4th Carousel - Kilworth House Theatre

See Travel Club page for more details.
Thu Jul 7th Bourton on the Water & visit to Cotswold Lavender Fields

See Travel Club page for more details.
Sat Jul 30th Half A Sixpence - Kilworth House Theatre.

See Travel Club page for more details.
Social Events
Fri Feb 18th Afternoon Tea at Woodlands Manor, Clapham

See Travel Club page for more information.