Brackley & District


Brackley U3A Monthly Speaker Meetings 2020 programme

Coronavirus (Posted 17/03/2020)
In view of the recommendations from the Government the Committee has decided to cancel all Monthly Speaker Meetings until further notice. This supersedes any information in the Calendar, Group and Events webpages.

Information about all our speakers for 2020 are detailed below.

Our monthly speaker meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday morning of each month starting at 10:00am.

All meetings will be at Brackley Methodist Church, High Street, Brackley starting at 10:00am with doors open around 09:30am. Each meeting commences with a welcome from the Chairman or other Committee members, and brief notices are given before the presentation by a speaker, which usually lasts around one hour including questions. We hope to provide an eclectic mix of speakers and topics which we trust will be of interest to most people.

A meetings room organiser and other volunteers set up the hall before 10:00am on the morning of a meeting. Members are checked in by the Membership Secretary. The £1.00 payment fee which has gone towards the room hire including a hot drink and biscuits has been waived, for members, for the 2019/20 season. Guests are welcome to attend twice for a payment of £2 each time and we hope they will thereafter decide to join us.

2020 Meeting Schedule

Jan 16thSally Dearman-CummingsWomen Can Fly (Seven Miles a Minute)Sally is a multitalented lady who was a BBC weather presenter, a Civil pilot, RAF Pilot, Parachutist …. Plus a mother of 3 children.
Feb 20thIan Jones40 Years Bomb Disposal (Still 10 Fingers)Ian Jones MBE, ex-Major in the Army and Metropolitan Police bomb disposal expert will enthral you all with his explosive talk.
March 19thGraham HarrisonVictorian Street LifeWe hear about the more colourful poorer characters of London who earned their living both by legal and not-so-legal means.
April 16thMike BrookMusings From the Amateur Stage – Part 1This talk includes anecdotes about some of the plays and shows Mike has been involved with during 30+ years with Amateur Drama Groups. V funny!
June 18thMark WalshInside Show BusinessYes, he’s back! One of our most popular speakers will be entertaining us with some stories and songs from inside the world of show business.
July 16thTricia ThompsonFunny LadiesTricia’s second visit to Brackley .. last time it was Cole Porter .. this time we’re going to hear about the lives and work of 2 of the funniest and most talented ladies, Victoria Wood and Julie Walters,
August 20thOPEN DAYOpen DayOpen Day
Sept 17thSaffron SummerfieldMilton Keynes to MississippiAnecdotes and stories from a career in music which started in a North Bucks village to performing live on John Peel’s BBC Radio shows, touring the world and playing blues with guitarists in a Mississippi cotton field.
Oct 15thAlan TumberRhyme Nor Reason 2By popular request Alan is returning with part 2 of his very entertaining insight into comic song and poetry.
Nov 19thU3ABrackley U3A Members SlotAn opportunity for one of our own members or groups to present to us.
Dec 17th****Christmas Social Meeting********

Previous Speaker:-

October 2019 Speaker .... Andy Smith.
For those of you who came along, thank you all for your support, it really is very much appreciated.

Just over 100 members enjoyed some wonderful anecdotes and songs from the brilliant and very talented Andy Smith.
When Andy finished with us in Brackley he had to dash off to a theatre in Malvern to put the finishing touches to a show he had written and produced. I'm told that the show was to run for two days and was completely 'sold out'.
He also works extremely hard for his chosen charities, a hospice in Rugby and 'Ovarian Cancer Research'.
Andy's wife died just last month from this terrible disease and although he and his whole family were obviously devastated he contacted me and said that he would still very much like to come along to entertain us.

What a truly inspirational man.

The September 2019 'Speaker' meeting
A huge 'thank you' to those of you who came along to our September meeting to hear our speaker, Alan Tumber.
Wasn't he good !
He could play the guitar, sing, tell some funny stories and recite some hilarious 'poems'.
Alan's last song, 'Only Remembered', from the show War Horse was so moving he brought tears to our eyes. He had yours truly in floods !
According to many of you Alan is one of the very best entertainers we've featured in Brackley.

For the time being, there is no fee for member's attendance at the monthly meetings.

For those of you who could not make the June 2019 meeting
The presenter was Graham Short a 'micro engraver' and an absolute genius at his art.
Graham, a colourful energetic speaker came all the way from the other side of Birmingham to see us.
What a character he was, with his yellow/black shoes and white jacket emblazoned with colourful flowers!
He shared some wonderful and very amusing anecdotes with us, including some lovely memories involving members of the Royal Family.
Graham has his own studio in The Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, but as he works mainly from midnight to sunrise you probably won't see him at his bench!
Have a look online, you'll be amazed at what he does!