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.

For 2019, she is proposing visits to:-

Thursday 24th January 2019 Mystery drive with fish n chips. £33
Suitable stops and fabulous food in Shepton Mallet

Wednesday 30th January 2019 Motown the Musical at Bristol Hippodrome £58.50
Matinee performance of the Hit West End musical, featuring 50 classic hits such as My Girl

Monday 25th February 2019 Guided tour of snowdrop at Chawton House £38
First stop at Winchester with time for lunch etc, then on to the beautiful Elizabethan Chawton House

Sunday 10th March 2019 Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens £45
Kew Gardens first Orchid Festival, a Columbian theme, which has over 4000 species.

Friday 29th March 2019 Marmalade 60s evening & 2 Course Meal £45
We leave late afternoon stopping on the way for pub dinner. DJ David ‘Diddy’ Hamilton.

Sunday 14th April 2019 Aerospace Bristol Step Aboard last Concord £36
From earliest powered flight more than a century of aviation achievements to Concord.
or Bristol Shopper £25
Sightseeing or in the Bristol Shopping Quarter

Tuesday 24th April 2019 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.

If you are even remotely interested in any of the above, please contact Sybil by 15 September

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 2018, 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:

• Welsh National Opera : `LA TRAVIATA`. Mayflower Theatre Southampton, Nov 23rd 2018. 7.30 £42 in the stalls. All-in around £60.

• 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.

• `MANON` - English National Ballet. Music by Jules Massenet. Mayflower Theatre Southampton: Matinee November 3rd. Will now run. Final advice will go out early October.

• `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.

• `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.

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

Details will follow once we have sufficient interest.

• 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

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.

First Aid Courses

The Red Cross are offering to run short First Aid Courses specifically aimed at the over 65's. These would be free to attend and offer simple, interactive and non-technical first aid that should allow us to help one another should the need arise.

They will be held in the training room at Bridport Community Hospital, (where parking is a bit limited so you might want to car share, park nearby, walk . . .).

Numbers are limited to 15 per 3 hour course but, several sessions could be arranged. They will take place initially in May and June, but if needed we should be able to arrange more courses.

If you are interested in taking part in these courses please let Pat Grafton know by e-mailing chairbridportu3a@gmail.com or phoning 01308 898264.


Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Tue Sep 25th Ian Barclay will present a talk about The Great Exhibition of 1851: gems, content and legacies
Tue Oct 23rd Steve Burman talks about Exploring the ice age art of the Vezere valley, France. Known as the cradle of mankind
Tue Nov 27th Dr Ben Kane presents a talk – Mud, Sweat and Tears – walking Hadrians wall in full Roman armour.
Tue Dec 18th Christmas Quiz with tea/coffee and seasonal refreshments
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 Ron Morley of the Bridport Lions Club gives a talk about – Who we are and what we do# especially in the Bridport community
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
Outings
Mon Oct 15th Postal Museum, London, and trip on the ‘Mail Rail’ (£46.00): The postal service has been going for more than 500 years, since Henry VIII established a national postal network to serve his Court. . The first actual museum of the postal service and its activities was opened by HM the Queen in 1969. In 2004 the collections were transferred to a newly formed charity, the Postal Heritage Trust, which looks after them and is tasked with growing the collections and making them available to the public, its exhibits range from a rare intact sheet of invaluable Penny Black stamps to a nineteenth century mail coach. There is a Museum shop, which has been highly praised, a café, and among the activities you may even design your own postage stamp. Under the Trust the Postal Museum was opened only last year, together with its accompanying Mail Rail attraction. The battery-powered train is 65 feet long, five feet high and tootles through tunnels on a 2 foot-wide track for 20 minutes, deep underground… taking visitors through part of a system that ran from 1927 to 2003 and at its peak carried four million letters daily beneath London’s main sorting offices”. (For anyone who feels it all sounds too claustrophobic, it is possible to stay in the Museum and watch a video of the whole train trip).
Tue Dec 18th

Longleat Festival of Light on Tuesday 18th December: This annual event has become extremely popular. There will be a coach drive through the famous safari park and access to the well-known stately home and its extensive grounds. In the evening when the sun has gone down, there is a truly spectacular display of illuminations and Chinese lanterns. It has been highly praised over the past few years. But a word of warning from a previous visitor – bring warm clothing: a late December evening in Wiltshire can be pretty nippy! (£41 per person).
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Social Events
Fri Nov 9th Coffee morning, any time from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon in the WI Hall in North St, Bridport
Other Events
Sun Oct 14th Open Afternoon at St Mary’s Church Hall, South Street
3.00 – 5.00 pm