Talks at Monthly Meetings

The Monthly Meetings are open to all members as well as visitors. Coffee and biscuits are followed by a talk by an invited speaker. Please scroll down to see the varied programme of speakers for the next few months. This is an ideal opportunity to meet other members, the committee and many of the group convenors.

The meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month apart from August and December when there is no meeting. Doors open 9.45am. Coffee and tea served until 10.20am, the talk starts at 10.30am and the meeting finishes by noon.

The venue is upstairs in Broadmead Baptist Church at the bottom of Union Street BS1 3HY. It is behind Tesco and opposite Poundland and the nos. 3 and 4 bus stop. There is a lift in the building.

There is no charge, apart from 20p for refreshments. Please bring your membership card.

We would welcome occasional help with greeting new members.

If you need disabled parking, or for any other information, please click on the pigeon "send a message" link.

Dates for your Diary
December 2019
Tue Dec 17thMeetingBristol U3A Christmas Social Event - booking essential. Details have been published in the most recent newsletter.
January 2020
Tue Jan 21stMeetingElizabeth Rhodes: Life Before Tea Bags
Elizabeth was an Education Officer at Bristol Museum. She delivers many historical talks which are illustrated with slides and interesting artefacts. This particular talk is a ramble through social history between about 1890 and 1950. It was a time of tremendous change especially so for women and the working man.
February 2020
Tue Feb 18thMeetingDavid Carter: Borrowing and Rivalry - the English and French Language over 1000 years
David is a U3A member and has prepared this talk especially for us. English and French are the most widely used languages in the world. The most widely spoken, Chinese, is spoken by more people. Both English and French emerged in the early medieval period and David is going to tell us how the languages were used over the period and how French enjoyed enormous prestige for six centuries for both cultural and political reasons. Both languages borrowed from each other.
March 2020
Tue Mar 17thMeetingThe original speaker Ralph Jerram who was going to talk about Dessert Island Discs has sadly died.
Instead our speaker will be
Rebecca Pearce: Medical Dogs
Rebecca is a regional volunteer and fundraising coordinator for the Charity Medical Detection Dogs. This is a charity which trains dogs to detect the odour of human disease, including cancer, Parkinsons and malaria. In addition dogs are trained as companions to those suffering from life threatening conditions.
April 2020
Tue Apr 21stMeetingGraham Short, Miniaturist
Graham is considered to be one of the world’s leading exponents of micro art. He will talk to us about his work and explain how he has engraved on the sharp edge of a razor, how he has engraved The Lord’s Prayer on a pin head and how he managed his biggest challenge to date - to engrave Simon Armitage’s 51 word poem, dedicated to the fight against cancer, on to a 2cm x 1cm chemotherapy pill.
May 2020
Tue May 19thMeetingDr James Taylor: Postcards
This is a very entertaining and informative talk on the subject of British humour in the forgotten art of the picture postcard. One of the most gifted postcard artists was Frederick Lewin who was born in Bristol and was the son of a sea captain. Dr Taylor concentrates on the years between 1840 and 1950 and explains how some postcards entertained, uplifted, motivated and instructed their recipients.
June 2020
Tue Jun 16thMeetingAnnual General Meeting
All are more than welcome and this is an opportunity to raise issues you care about.
July 2020
Tue Jul 21stMeetingDudley Thomas: My Life of Crime
Dudley is a retired barrister and he will give us a very entertaining, light hearted talk about his career and some of the interesting characters he has met along the way. Dudley’s fee will go to an Ethiopian Charity.
September 2020
Tue Sep 15thMeetingRoger Browne: A Lifetime of Music
Roger is a renowned jazz pianist, playing for nearly 25 years with Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz. He will deliver a fascinating talk about his life in the world of music. Roger will bring his own piano and has a wealth of funny stories to share.
October 2020
Tue Oct 20thMeetingBrian Freeland: Around the World in 80 Plays
Brian has spent his whole career in the theatre. He has travelled extensively with British Council theatre companies and will tell us about his life , his travels, his adventures and the many different people he has met. This is the title of Brian’s first book.
November 2020
Tue Nov 17thMeetingJanet Diamond: Unearthing Egyptology
Janet has lived in Cairo and has made an in depth study of Egypt. She lectures on cruise ships as well as around the UK. Her presentation will look at the early settlers and the movement of these semi-nomadic people. She will tell us about the Egyptian fabulous wealth and the deep theology, going on to the beginning of the pharaonic rule which saw the building of the pyramids.

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