Bridport & District



Our Regular Monthly Meetings are on the fourth Tuesday of the month, starting at 2pm in the Bridport United Church Hall in East Street when we have a speaker. See details below. It is also the chance to hear about new groups, meet friends and new members, and have a cup of tea or coffee.

(Very occasionally [once?] a speaker has had to cancel at very short notice. Do you have a talk ready to go that you could 'pop back home', collect and present? If so, please contact the Talks Organiser, Julian Rosbrook by clicking this Talks link and discuss it with him).


We hold (relatively) regular coffee mornings when members can simply turn up, put down the shopping and enjoy cake, coffee and a chat in exchange for a donation of around £1. All are welcome, including non-member friends.
See 'Social Events' below for details. Contact Gillian Summers on 01308 421966 for more information.


Sybil Godden is the Events Organiser and makes arrangements for a variety of one day trips, operated by Crossway Travel.

These trips won’t be exclusively for our members as Crossways currently provide this service for several neighbouring U3A's, but it’s likely that we will make up the majority of participants. These trips will be guaranteed to take place, as part of Crossways’ programme. Crossways prices for U3A per person are in brackets but, depending on numbers going on each outing, there may be a modest reduction in price for each participant. The more, the cheaper!

All Crossways excursions will pick up from Bridport Bus Station. See details of the outings further down the page.

Booking forms will be issued six weeks prior to the event taking place. Forms will also be available at the Monthly Meeting for those members not on e-mail.

It would help if those interested would let Sybil Godden know of your interest in a particular outing. (This does not guarantee a place, which can only be confirmed once you have filled in the application form and sent your cheque).

If anyone is interested in helping organise any of the above, and many other possible outings, please do let Sybil know. Contact her on 01308 428220 or use the Message link at the top of this page.

Theatre and other trips available by courtesy of other U3As etc.

Apart from U3A events that have been planned for the Bridport & District U3A in 2019, members also have the opportunity of participating in outings arranged outside our own U3A. These include trips arranged by John Bartholomew of the Heritage Coast (Lyme Regis) U3A. A summary of outings he is willing to arrange for his own branch, and for the Bridport and Crewkerne branches of the U3A follows:

• `MOTOWN THE MUSICAL` Bristol Hippodrome. Jan 23rd 2019. Matinee. I can now offer front stalls tickets (full price £60) at £35 for `seniors`. All-in cost likely to be £50.

• `THE MAGIC FLUTE ` - Cardiff – Sunday matinee – Feb 17th 2019. Upper Circle at £26.50 (they have lifts!). All-in around £40. Arrive at Cardiff Bay in time for lunch. Home by 9.00pm.

• Welsh National Opera: `UN BALLO IN MASCHERA` Theatre Royal Plymouth. April 3rd 2019 7.30. Excellent seats in the front of The Upper Circle: £31.50 reduced from £36. All-in around £45.

• THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY` from the same team that brought us `The Play That Goes Wrong.` Mayflower Theatre Southampton. £27.50 in the stalls. Total cost in the region of £40. April 3rd 2019. Matinee.

• A general purpose trip to London South Bank on 10-12 April 2019. Premier Inn double room about £135/night, coach fare about £40pp. See the London link above for more details

• `MATILDA` - Mayflower Theatre Southampton, June 27th 2019. Stalls seats £48.50 reduced from £60. All-in might be £65 but this is another very popular London show.

Details will follow once we have sufficient interest.

Anyone interested in any of these trips should contact John B directly; his e-address is If there appears to be sufficient interest to run a trip he will get back to everyone, individually, to seek confirmation. Only at this point does anyone become responsible for the cost of the trip.

Finally, Crossways Travel, whose coaches we use for our own outings, also run coach holidays both within the UK and in Continental Europe. Details of these tours can be found on their website ( or from their brochure – I have a few copies. If anyone wishes to book one of these holidays, then Crossways will discount the price by £15 for each U3A member as long as you give them your U3A membership number at the time of booking.

Dates for your Diary
Tue Jan 22nd Isabel Hooley, NHS Diabetes specialist, gives a talk entitled Diabetes – The Myths, the truth and what it means to you
Tue Feb 26th Julia Hammon from Dorset County Council will talk about 'Stepping into Nature.', a project to get older people, especially those with dementia, out into the countryside.
Tue Mar 26th Jan Diamond returns to present a talk entitled The age of Pyramids, The World’s first pyramid, the step pyramid of Saqqara
Tue Apr 23rd Martin Lloyd, writer, speaker and broadcaster gives a talk entitled – Passport stories from History – a dramatic talk
Mon Feb 25th Guided tour of snowdrops at Chawton House, £38 pp

First stop at Winchester with time for lunch etc, then on to the beautiful Elizabethan Chawton House and gardens. Visit the gardens to enjoy the snowdrops on the south lawn and in the wilderness, discover the walled garden and explore the grounds. Light lunches, tea, coffee and cakes will be available for purchase in the tea-room.
Sun Mar 10th Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens, £45 pp

Escape the dreary winter with Kew's annual festival of orchids. This year, they are celebrating Colombia: the world's most biodiverse country through a spectacular ensemble of orchid-laden displays along a curated route. This is a rare chance to go behind the scenes in our Tropical Nursery where thousands of rare and exotic plants from 25 climatic zones are cultivated and nurtured.
For more information, check the booking form above.
Wed Apr 24th Greenway House & Gardens £47.50
U3A exclusive; coach to Dartmouth then ferry to Agatha Christie’s house and the ‘loveliest place on earth’. A bit of a walk to house, but NT provide shuttle. Reduction for NT members. This may need to be booked & paid soon as it is likely to be popular.
Thu May 30th Bath & West Show
Sun Jun 16th Hampton Court Palace & Gardens
Thu Aug 1st Frogmore House
Sat Sep 21st Fishbourne Roman Palace
Sat Oct 12th Alexander Palace Stitch show
Thu Nov 7th Bristol Shopper
Mon Dec 16th Otter garden centre
Social Events
Tue Jan 29th A showing from The British Film Institute’s archives.

One of the programmes from their archive tour, Britain on Film:Railways is a major new collection of rare archive films charting the history of the UK’s railways and bringing home the romance and heady freedoms offered by train travel as it expanded across the country in the early 20th century.

Your chance to travel back to a time when travelling by rail was comfortable, punctual and maybe even glamorous!

It will be shown in the United Church Hall, East St. from 2.00 pm
Fri Feb 22nd New Members' Coffee Morning, 10.30 - 12.00 am at Bridport and West Dorset Golf Club.