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 Mar 6th||Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club|
Charles Dickens: Faith, Angels and the Poor by Keith Hooper
An insight into the life and work of our greatest ever author.
|Tue Mar 19th||Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre|
Foreign Travels of a Civil Engineer by John Upstone
One of our members tells his stories of working abroad as a civil engineer.
|Wed Apr 3rd||Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club|
The Life and Times of a Ship’s Pilot by Captain William Wells
A look behind the scenes of how a tramp steamer or a colossal cruise liner is handled.
|Tue Apr 16th||Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre|
Give Nothing away to Scammers
Michele D’Suza from NatWest Bank goes through the different type of scams out there and how to spot them as well as how to spot others who may be the victim of a scam.
|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.
|Wed Mar 20th||Norfolk Odyssey - See Travel Club page for more details. FULL|
|Wed Apr 10th||Trip to Stamford and Peterborough (Including Cathedral tour). See Travel Club page for more details.|
|Sat Apr 13th||Merry Widow at London Coliseum. Full. See Travel Club page for more details.|
|Wed May 22nd||Trip to Myddleton House and Lee Valley Cruise. 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||Cruise on River Orwell. The date has been changed. See 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. Note the date as it has been changed.|
|Wed Sep 18th||Angels Costumes Tour. See Travel Club page for more information.|
|Thu Nov 21st||Trip to Waddesdon Manor at Christmas. 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. See Travel Club page for more information. FULL|
|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.|
Mon Apr 1st
→Fri Apr 5th
|A Short Break in Weston-super-Mare. See Travel Club page for more details. FULL|
Wed May 1st
→Wed May 8th
|Fuengirola, Costa del Sol, Southern Spain. See Travel Club page for more details.|
|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!|