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.


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 Oct 6th Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club
Only Fools and Horses by Steve Dimmer

Luvely Jubbley, a celebration of the country’s best loved sit-com. From 1981 until 2003, Del Boy Rodney, Grandad, Uncle Albert, Trigger, Boycie and the rest made us laugh uproariously as well as shed the occasional tear.
Tue Oct 19th Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre
AGM and 'Making a Stand for Chelsea' by Tim Wreghitt

A humorous talk about organising 10 years of educational displays at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the Royal College of Pathologists, themed around plants and pathological diagnosis in humans.
Wed Nov 3rd Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club
Bedfordshire Hero, Joseph Paxton, and the 1851 Exhibition by David Fowler

Bedford historian and u3a member David Fowler.
Tue Nov 16th Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre
British Humour and the Forgotten Art of the Picture Postcard by James Taylor

Artist drawn postcards were the most popular art form from the Edwardian era to the outbreak of World War 2. Why their popularity waned.
Wed Dec 1st Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club
The Dog in my Medicine Cabinet by Geoff Lambert

Geoff and his dog give us an explanation of the work undertaken by the Medical Detection Dogs charity to support people with long term health conditions and the pioneering work to train dogs to detect the early signs of cancer.
Tue Dec 21st Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre
Christmas Show - Music & Songs from Fools Gold

Steve & Carol Robson sing live acoustic songs and tell stories, histories romances and mysterious tragedies with a Christmas theme.
Wed Sep 29th Coach Trip to Southwold and Lowestoft

See Travel Club for details.
Thu Nov 11th Trip to Kensington Palace

See Travel Club page for more details.
Wed Feb 2nd 2022 Cinderella at Gillian Lynne Theatre, London
There may be some tickets left.
Contact Teresa Hills for details See Travel Club for her number.