Bridport & District


Here is the link for the Tues Talk for 24 Nov at 1400hrs:

Maria Forbes is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: My Meeting
Time: Nov 24, 2020 02:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 959 4369 9967
Passcode: tggh4u

The Stourhead Excursion

Friday 4th December. Cost per person - £43.50
Closing date - 4th November
Please note there is no pick-up in Bridport.
Tesco in Dorchester allow Crossways patrons to park all day, preferably right at the back.

For further information you can contact me at or by phone on 01308 428220.

Pilot Short Course

The first short course, which will be delivered via Zoom at 2 p.m. on Wednesday 21st October 2020
The talk is called "Everyone Has Roots" and is about getting started in the absorbing pastime of tracing you family history.
The presenter is Ian Waller, a genealogist and member of the Family History Federation. It is open to any of our U3A members who wish to participate.

The talk will last about 50 minutes followed by a Q and A session.


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. During this time of the Pandemic these meetings have had to be cancelled. However some of the booked speakers have agreed to give their talk on line. In order to participate in such an online presentation you will have to register your interest on the Mirthy Talks page. This is done by going to the following site where you will be able to register for the next on line talk.

The next Mirthy talk for Tuesday 22 Sept 20 at 1400hrs titled "Look into my eyes!

Alan Jones will unravel the history and mystery of hypnosis which dates back to the dawn of civilisation, and the modern day benefits of Hypnotherapy. And you can all sit back and relax because he promises that none of you will become a chicken!

Alan has been fortunate to enjoy a variety of careers, each bringing their own unique experiences and events. A trained nurse, hypnotherapist, BBC journalist and more, they now all provide a wealth of anecdote to fill his talks with fun, entertainment and discovery."


Sybil Godden is the Events Organiser and makes arrangements for a variety of one day trips, operated by Crossway Travel. The current list can be downloaded from the link above.

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:


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

• `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.
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:
STOP PRESS: We have 24 names so far. There is no commitment in just expressing interest.

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:

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.