Brackley & District


Brackley U3A Monthly Speaker Meetings 2018 programme

Our next meeting:

This is an entertaining hour's talk about the business with many humorous tales and anecdotes about the characters involved, whom to trust and why - and who and what to avoid.
Steven examines the costs of buying and selling at auction, how to choose the best auction house - and how to get the best bargains at auction.
He will also relate some of the humorous experiences he has had during his 50 years as an auctioneer and valuer working across the UK.

Steven illustrates his talk with items he has sold or is going to sell, along with an insight to what is selling well currently!'


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

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 until the next AGM. Guests are welcome to attend twice for a payment of £2 each time and we hope they will thereafter decide to join us.

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.

Please note special meetings:-

  • in August it is an Open Meeting
  • in December it is a Social Meeting.
Dates for your Diary
Thu Dec 20th Christmas Social Meeting
Thu Jan 17th Tricia Thompson - I've Got You Under My Skin
Life and times of Cole Porter. A complex character whose songs reflect the decadent 1930s lifestyle that he lived to the full.
Thu Feb 21st Steve Bacon - Grave Robber
Nehemiah Bacon, "Resurrectionist" explains the darker side of his profession.
Thu Mar 21st Graham Harrison - Poisons for Medicine
Open our Victorian Medicine Chest for a fun and sometimes shocking glimpse at the 19th century pharmacists and "quack" doctors
Thu Apr 18th Mark Walsh - My Life on the Stage
Mark Walsh, from BBC "Friday Night is Music Night", talks to us about his life in show business from the age of 13!
Thu May 16th AGM
Thu Jun 20th Graham Short - The Hands of Genius
A world-renowned micro engraver whose presentation will be thought-provoking, awe-inspiring and entertaning!
Thu Jul 18th Eve Bacon - The Fight for Suffrage
Hear about the fight for universal suffrage, which lasted an awful lot longer than is generally known.
Thu Aug 15th Open Day
Thu Sep 19th Alan Tumber - Rhyme Nor Reason
A collection of comic song and poetry with live music, pictures and film clips from a bygone age. Not to be missed!
Thu Oct 17th Andy Smith - Under the Influence
The very popular Andy Smith returns to play and sing for us. He will present some of his own music along with amusing stories that will be sure to make you smile.
Thu Nov 21st TBA
Thu Dec 19th Christmas Social Meeting