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The Monthly Meetings are open to all members, and are held at Broadmead Baptist Church on Union Street. Tea and coffee is served until from 9.45 - 10.15, the talk starts at 10.30.

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Dates for your Diary
August 2018
Tue Aug 21stMeetingNo meeting this month
September 2018
Tue Sep 18thMeetingMonthly Meeting for all members
The Speaker this month is our own U3A member Peter Loy-Hancocks. Peter spent his life working with wild life and the environment and he is going to talk very topically about "A Million Years of Climate Change"
October 2018
Tue Oct 16thMeetingMonthly meeting for all members
Speaker will be Christopher Massey who is going to talk about Neutrals at War. The talk examines some different aspects of the war and describes some neutral figures whose altruism was extraordinary and whose achievements were considerable but are in danger of being forgotten.
November 2018
Tue Nov 20thMeetingMonthly meeting for all members
Speaker is Alan Freke who is going to speak about Frenchay Hospital's Hidden History
December 2018
Tue Dec 18thMeetingNo monthly meeting this month
January 2019
Tue Jan 15thMeetingMonthly meeting for all members
Speaker John Gingell who is going to talk to us about chocolate. His talk is entitled From Bean to Bar.
This is likely to be one of the last opportunities to hear John speak as he is due to retire. He has a massive collection of chocolate memorabilia, which will be donated to a local museum in due course. He welcomes any memories or artifacts from the Fry/Cadbury days. There may be samples!
February 2019
Tue Feb 19thMeetingMonthly meeting for all members. The speaker is Mark Davies whose talk is entitled King of Balloons. Mark will tell us about the very first balloonist, James Sadler who first took to the skies in 1784. Particularly of interest to our members given Bristol's current love of hot air balloons.
April 2019
Tue Apr 16thMeetingMonthly meeting for all members. The speaker this month is Philip Caine. Philip has spoken to many U3A groups and is acknowledged to be a particularly interesting and inspirational speaker. Philip is going to speak about his experiences, working in many hazardous locations, such as Algeria, West Africa, Kazakhstan, Russia, Iraq and so on.
He has written several fictitious adventure thrillers, inspired by his 10 years in the Middle East.
May 2019
Tue May 21stMeetingMonthly Meeting for all members. The speaker is Dr Keith Hooper who is going to talk about Victorian Literature and in particular Charles Dickens. Dr Hooper was awarded a doctorate at Exeter University for his work on Dickens and has published a biography of this particular Victorian Author. Dr Hooper regularly speaks on Local radio and you can see his lectures on YouTube. He is an informative and engaging speaker
June 2019
Tue Jun 18thMeetingMonthly Meeting for all members. This is the AGM - all are welcome and encouraged to come along. There will be no speaker this month but this is your chance to meet the committee and to hear what has happened during the year. It is also your chance to air your views and vote for new office holders.
September 2019
Tue Sep 17thMeetingMonthly meeting for all members. The speaker is Jeff Bishop who is going to talk about Bristol Through Maps.
The oldest known town map dates from 1480 and just happens to be of Bristol. Jeff will tell us about various maps throughout the centuries, as well as maps of Bristol's future. In addition there will information about artist's maps, planners' maps and even pub maps. Well we all need one of those!
October 2019
Tue Oct 15thMeetingMonthly meeting for all members. The speaker this month is the very popular Paul Barnett, who spoke about Purton Hulks in 2017. Today's topic will be the Severn Bridge Disaster.Can you remember the accident in 1960 when two tanker barges collided with the Severn Railway Bridge, bringing a couple of spans down on to the ships, causing the cargo of petrol to ignite. The bridge was never repaired or replaced, changing the lives of those who lived either side of the bridge for ever.