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.


John Walker is the Events Organiser and, working with his Committee 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 John Walker 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 John know. Contact him on 01308 458655 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:

• `MANON` - English National Ballet. Music by Jules Massenet. Mayflower Theatre Southampton: Matinee November 3rd. Stalls tickets £41.50 reduced from £45. All-in price likely to be £55

• `MATILDA` - Bristol Hippodrome. Matinee May 8th 2019. Stalls seats £55 reduced from £60. All-in might be £75 but this is another very popular London show.

• Edinburgh Festival 2018: we have flights and hotel rooms booked for 34 customers. If there is further interest we can offer advice but will ask you to undertake the booking yourself

• `THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG`. Wednesday July 18th. 2018. Matinee at 2.30pm. Bristol Hippodrome. 36 stalls tickets at £24.50. Coach, again, around £10. Arrive in time for lunch. Home by around 7.00pm. Pick-ups in Lyme and Crewkerne.
Do read online reviews for this. It is, genuinely, the funniest thing that any of us in the office have seen in years!

• `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.

• Possible Welsh National Opera: `La Traviata` and/or `Un Ballo in Maschera` in either Bristol or Southampton. But no matinees so late return.

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.

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 or phoning 01308 898264.

Dates for your Diary
Tue Jul 24th Raj Adgopul is going to give a talk entitled 'India and England, village life compared'
Tue Aug 28th Dr. Yvonne Varley, retired GP, talks about the Spy from Tisbury and reveals the identity of a well known childrens’ author who became a spy in the 1st world war
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
Sun Aug 5th

Country File Live at Blenheim Place on Sunday 5th August: This takes the form of a large county show, with livestock, food and drink, rural activities etc. all on show together with the chance of seeing the highly popular BBC Country File programme being made about this grand and highly enjoyable event in the beautiful location that is the grounds of Blenheim Palace. (£50 per person).
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Tue Sep 18th

Kennet and Avon Horse-Drawn Canal Cruise on Tuesday 18th September: A gentle barge trip on the well-known canal dependent, literally, on horse-power. It should provide an enjoyable experience of this major means of travel in days gone by. (£38 per person).

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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 Sep 14th Coffee morning, any time from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon in the WI Hall in North St, Bridport
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