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Men in Pubs - an invitation.

Bristol University are thinking about men and loneliness in older age, and have hit on the bright idea of looking at the role which pubs can play in providing community and social opportunities. They are running a free workshop on the subject at the White Harte pub, Park Row, on Thursday 12th April and would be pleased if U3A members joined them.

If you'd like to go, please register by 3rd April for the event at this address:


Important Note to PAGE EDITORS
If you edit your group page on the website, you'll need a new password to get access now. An email has been sent to all group conveners to explain - please look out for it, and respond if you're a Page Editor.


Attention - New Groups!

Do remember to check for new groups which may have started since you last looked. Click to GO THERE NOW! New ones get established quite regularly.


Free History Seminars at M-Shed

The Regional History Centre (which is based at UWE) organises a series of seminars on aspects of regional and local history. The seminars are held on the third Thursday of each month, at 6pm, at M-Shed and are free to attend: just turn up. You can see more about the seminar series by looking at their website.

Forthcoming seminars

19/04/2018 - Brandon Hill to Ham Green: survival, loss and innovation

17/05/2018 - The people's music: from street ballads to music hall in nineteenth century Bristol

Their website also has information about seminars in past years, some of which have been recorded.


Purton Hulks Walk

A guided walk took place on Saturday 7th April, around The Purton Hulks. Paul Barnett, the guide, wants to say a big thank you to all who attended. You raised £287.50 which went towards the upkeep of the both the village church and the hulks


Zumba Toning in Bedminster

Some of you will know Marie Clifford (who is a U3A member) who teaches amazing Zumba exercise classes, including Zumba Gold specially geared for older people.

Marie is now offering Zumba Toning which combines dance with weight training.

This is NOT a U3A group. But U3A members may be interested in joining Marie's classes, which take place at the United reform Church Hall, West Street, Bedminster BS3 3PG, from 10.30 am on Thursdays, costing £5/4 each session.

For more information contact Marie on 0117 963 4104


A reminder to look at the website of Bristol's Festival of Ideas - what's on pages. Please click on Festival of Ideas. To keep up-dated, click to join their mailing list.
Their newsletter features some of the free events coming up - it's a varied range, in the past it's included Geoffrey Swain on the Russian Revolution, Sayeeda Warsi on the meaning of ‘British values’ and Mervyn King on money, banking and the future of the global economy.


Bristol U3A Archives

Bristol U3A began in the summer of 1983, and we have an almost complete set of records dating from the start. These have been deposited in Bristol Archives (formerly Bristol Record Office) in B Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, Hotwells, and can be viewed by anyone interested in the history of our organisation.


IT and other Equipment

Bristol U3A owns a number of laptop computers and digital projectors, plus some sound equipment, which has been acquired in recent years for use by our groups. A recent audit has identified where everything is. There are a couple of rather elderly laptops currently not in use, so if your group could make use of one, please let us know. Contact Helen on 0117 963 1032 or by e-mail to


For events outside Bristol, please go to the National website - You can also sign-in to their website and get access to a wealth of information. This is where you can order your U3A diary.


More things to do.

Please look at the Members' Info page for other notices and the Links page for useful websites. To request new items to be added to any of these pages, please click on the link in the top right corner of this page.


Volunteering opportunities.

If you've offered what you feel you can to U3A and still have spare time, or are looking for something else, don't forget there are many, many reputable organisations looking for help.
Here are a couple who've specifically asked:-

~ Bristol Citizens Advice are seeking volunteers with good communication skills to train as advice workers. If you are potentially interested and would like to find out more please call Andy Steward on 0117 9268801 or e-mail to `

~ Oxfam Bookshop Cotham Hill could do with some willing, constant and reliable volunteers. If you are able to volunteer 4 hours either morning or afternoon; enjoy an infinite variety of books, donors and customers; please contact Simon Baines, Manager @ the bookshop on 01179 467 443.

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