Open Meetings

Unfortunately our Open Meetings will not be able to resume until Government regulations allow. We were getting close to 200 people at some of our Meetings and there is no way social distancing could take place at either the Ath or Addison with those numbers. You will be pleased to know that the Ath has been completely redecorated and the chairs re-upholstered for when we are able to return. Neither the Ath nor the Addison Centre have reopened yet.

Using Zoom has been used successfully by some groups but the committee have decided not to go down that path at the moment for Open Meetings. Many other U3As around the country are following a "wait and see" policy.

In 'normal' times: 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.


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
Other Events
Fri Oct 23rd 10am - Herts Network AGM on Zoom.
Fri Nov 20th 10am to 12noon
Herts Network Zoom Presentation
Writer and Broadcaster, Andrew Green, talking about Vaughan Williams' 'The Lark Ascending'.
See Herts Network page for more details. Registration required.