Bridport & District

Events

REGULAR MONTHLY MEETINGS

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).

COFFEE MORNINGS

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.

OUTINGS & EVENTS

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:

TRIPS SUMMARY:

I have two spare tickets for Verdi`s `Rigoletto` in Southampton on November 30th. Get back to me for details.

CURRENT OFFERS:
• `We Will Rock You`. Ben Elton play based on the music of `Queen`, Bristol Hippodrome March 18th 2020 matinee. All-in cost around £45. Some tickets left.
• `The Marriage of Figaro`. Mozart. Welsh National Opera. Our annual trip to Cardiff on Sunday Feb 23rd. 2020. All-in around £40. I have now secured 36 tickets at only £28 in the raised stalls. Arrive Cardiff Bay around midday. Lunch and explore. Show begins at 4.00pm. Home by 8.00pm.
• ROLL-UP; ROLL-UP! SOUTH BANK EXTRAVAGANZA
A return to The South Bank. A repeat of our trip this year which proved very popular:
Premier Inn City Hall – 20 rooms booked: April 21/22/23 @£139 (£158 inc breakfast) per room per night. Sharing, of course, halves this. We have been known to arrange introductions!
Travel by coach - £50 Pick-ups in Lyme, Charmouth, Bridport and Crewkerne.
Return leaves London on April 24th at 16.00
Royal Opera House tickets should be available for Swan Lake and Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci if wanted. Otherwise: The Globe; The National Theatre; The Royal Festival Hall; The Tate Modern and many other South Bank attractions on the doorstep.
In all cases reply to John Bartholomew: jdbart45@gmail.com
STOP PRESS: We have 24 names so far. There is no commitment in just expressing interest.

NEW ADVERTS:
• EDINBURGH FESTIVAL 2020
I will be going myself, probably August 17-21; I do not plan to run a trip in the usual way but I am happy to advise on arrangements from flights to hotel to bookings for shows if you would like me to.
Note that:
EasyJet bookings for August are already open!
The Hub by Premier Inn a `streamlined` hotel is currently offering double rooms at
£88 per night. Conventional Premier Inns and Travelodges more like £150.
• `9 TO 5`. The Dolly Parton Musical. June 25th 2020 matinee. Mayflower Southampton
• Return to SIDMOUTH FOLK FESTIVAL – August 2020
• NEW: THE COMMITMENTS – 20 soul classics – Mayflower Southampton February 2021 (!!!)

Expressions of interest welcomed: jdbart45@gmail.com

Anyone interested in any of these trips should contact John B directly; his e-address is jdbart45@gmail.com. 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 (www.crosswaystravel.co.uk) 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
Meetings
Tue Nov 26th Ian Williamson describes time “Trekking in Machu Picchu”
Tue Dec 17th Bring your brains and a pencil for The Christmas Quiz
Tue Jan 28th 2020 Dr. Keith Hooper presents a talk entitled - "Faith, Angels and the Poor“ from his biography of Charles Dickens
Tue Feb 25th 2020 Rejoin Raj Adgopul on a laugh littered “Journey as an immigrant to England”
Tue Mar 24th 2020 Rains, Mains and Drains. A talk by a Treatment Manager from Wessex Water
Tue Apr 28th 2020 Annual General Meeting followed by Matt Crocker telling us about The History of Crossways Travel
Outings
Thu Dec 19th Romsey Carol Service