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Important Note to PAGE EDITORS
If you edit your group page on the website, you 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!

We have several new groups which started last autumn and this New Year, and also some interesting new suggestions listed on the Groups Page, with conveners ready to start. Click to GO THERE NOW! Also, lots of new groups starting or being planned for Fishponds.


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

15/03/2018 - 'The World Runnes on Wheeles': travel by water and road in seventeenth century

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.


Opportunity to walk among the Purton Hulks

Paul Barnett recently gave an exceptionally interesting talk to our members at the monthly meeting in Broadmead Baptist Church. He has offered to lead us on a walk to see the beached vessels along the edge of the River Severn. There are over 70 ships remaining and Paul knows the stories behind each one.

The walk will take place in the new year, on a weekend, probably a Saturday. It will cost about £4.50 per person, excluding transport. It will be about 3 miles in length and I am guessing suitable walking shoes/boots are essential. Purton is a very small village, so we may have to hire a coach. At the moment we are simply trying to gauge interest. So if this appeals to you, then please email Judy at There is absolutely no obligation, this is just to see if organising a trip is viable.


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.

The best way of making new friends - send your name, phone number and email to me, so I can add you to the rota for meeting new members at the monthly meetings. Click here on General enquiry


Invitation to join a Mixed Media Arts for Well Being course

Bristol U3A members have been invited by The North Bristol Community Project to join this course on Thursday mornings at 10am. It takes place at the project headquarters which is at 160 Gloucester Rd Bishopston. BS7 8NT. Admittance is free but a donation of £5 is requested towards the cost of materials. Please contact for more information and before attending.


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.


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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