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 Nov 6th||Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club|
The Churches of Bedfordshire by David Longman
A pictorial trip around some of the beautiful churches in our county. This is a change from the original speaker who had to cancel.
|Tue Nov 19th||Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre |
The Panacea Society by Vicki Manners
A talk on the history and beliefs of the Panacea Society.
|Wed Dec 4th||Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club|
’Yule be Surprised’ by Steven Dimmer
A sideways look at the traditions of Christmas.
|Tue Dec 17th||Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre|
Milton Keynes to Mississippi by Saffron Summerfield
A lively and entertaining talk featuring different guitar styles.
|Wed Jan 8th 2020||Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club|
Dad's Army - The Making of a BBC Legend
Entertainer Mark Walsh gives a humorous talk on the making of the iconic sitcom ‘Dad's Army’ from the very beginning in 1968 to its enduring popularity today.
|Tue Jan 21st 2020||Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre|
The Rise and Fall of the Bedfordshire Brickworks by Richard Manning
Richard Manning worked for London Brickworks for over 40 years and was Managing Director until 1995.
|Wed Feb 5th 2020||Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club|
The Palace of Knightsbridge by Richard Furnival-Jones
Richard Furnival-Jones tells the history of Harrods Ltd and the (repeatable) tales of his 40 years working there.
|Tue Feb 18th 2020||Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre|
William The Butler by William French
William French was butler to the stars and the Royal Family.
|Wed Mar 4th 2020||Open Meeting - 10am at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club|
Daily Life in Tudor Times by Martin Sirot-Smith
Martin Sirot-Smith appears as the Lord of the Manor in full Tudor costume and tells of life in Tudor times.
|Tue Mar 17th 2020||Open Meeting - 10am at Addison Centre|
Making a Stand for Chelsea by Dr Tim Wregghitt
Dr. Tim Wregghitt gives a humorous talk about organising 10 years of educational displays at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
|Thu Nov 21st||Trip to Waddesdon Manor at Christmas - FULL. 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||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.|
|Tue Jan 14th 2020||Trip to Hindu Mandir, North London. See Travel Club page for more details.|
|Wed Feb 26th 2020||King and I at Milton Keynes Theatre - FULL. See Travel Club for more information.|
|Thu May 21st 2020||Hairspray at the Coliseum, London - FULL. See Travel Club for more details.|
|Mon Apr 20th 2020||Short Break April 20th to 24th 2020 - SOLD OUT. Staying in Meon Valley Hotel, Golf & Country Club, Southampton. See Travel Club page for more details.|