“RENEWALS DAY” AT THE MEMORIAL HALL 14th March 1 to 3 p.m.
Come and see what’s on offer from the various activity groups in Dereham U3A. If you are not,yet, a member but have been looking at this site and plucking up the courage to join us - then this is the ideal occasion. You will be made very welcome. If you are already a member then come along to pay up see what's on offer and have a bit of a mardle.
Membership for 2019/2020 ………………………………………................£10
Membership if you are a member of another U3A branch....£6.50
Subscription to “U3A Third Age Matters” magazine…………...…£3.00
If you can’t get along to the Memorial Hall there are Membership and Renewal forms linked to the Welcome page of the Dereham U3A web site.

There is a meeting every second Thursday in the Month at the Memorial Hall (opposite Morrison's car park in Norwich Street).
There is a speaker and time beforehand to meet friends and book outings etc. Afterwards enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee and more chat. If you are new or considering joining come along and make yourself known to a "Welcomer" and you will be well looked after and introduced to other newcomers. There is a charge of £1 for attendance to cover all the costs of the afternoon. Doors open 1.15pm - speaker 2.00pm.

FOR THE CURIOUS open to all members

In 2019 our talks will be a miscellany of interesting and engaging speakers on a range of diverse subjects.
We hold all of our talks in Trinity Methodist Church Hall in Theatre Street at 2.00pm. The talks last about an hour and there is a chance to chat afterwards over refreshments. The cost is £3.00.

Wednesday March 13th Anne May Sir Thomas Erpingham (1357-1428) Norfolk’s Hero … or thug
Wednesday May 22nd Mark Mitchels Oliver Cromwell
Thursday June 27th Rob Knee Thomas Higdon and the Burston School Strike

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Convenor of the Local History Group is Roland Terry and he has a deputy in Allan Stroulger. Contact Roland on his e-mail at Talks take place in the Baptist Church at 2.00 pm. (unless noted otherwise) and are open to all U3A members.
Most talks are illustrated

20th February -Roman Roads in Norfolk - Martial Rose
29th March - Taking Boats Uphill - Ivan Cane
17th April - a costumed Story of the creation of the Battleground Training Area - Lucilla Reeve.
15th May - Crabs,Cliffs and Coasters on the villages of the Norfolk Coastline - Phillip West
19th June - Swaffham Museum - visit - meet at 2p.m.
17th July - Binham Priory - visit - talk and tour by Maureen Frost - meet at 2.30pm. Include tea/coffee and cake.
No meeting in August
18th September - Guided walk in Norwich - Merchants and Markets of Norwich. Meet in Norwich 2pm. Limited to 20 people.
16th October - Life of a Norfolk Family (including Dereham.) - Christine Humphries
20th November - Dereham Past and Present with Gordon Olley


Don't forget that as a U3A member you can have a free coffee every 4th Thursday and meet your pals between 10.30 and midday. In addition there is Music.
28th February Guitar and Vocals with Paul and Diana
28th March Guitar and Vocals with Dave


Friday 18th October. Peterborough Crafting Live show. We will arrange a trip if enough members are interested !!!!!!!

Stephanie Weightman’s award winning Crafting Live show is coming to Peterborough and bringing a whole host of crafty celebrities. We are so excited to be packing up our crafting goodies and making our way back to Peterborough, giving you plenty of time to shop, craft, socialise and more.
The event will take place in the Exhibition Hall & Atrium of East of England Arena and will be held on Friday 18th October and is open 10am-5pm. .
Throughout Friday you can visit a vast range of exhibitors stocking stamps, dies, decoupage, fabric, wool, ribbon, beads and much more. You can stock up on all of your craft essentials, as well as finding inspiration from brand new products and watch on-stand demonstrations. There are also refreshment options and areas to have a much needed sit down after all that shopping!
Please click on u3a web link for more information.
Contact Barry or Jill to register your interest.


Day and overnight trips are open to all members and are organised by Barry and Jill Home.
They will be pleased to answer any questions and delighted to hear of any suggestions for future trips.
Tel : 01760 441259 e-mail :

By post; 18,Fairholme Close, Ashill, IP25 7BJ


Dereham U3A aims to provide day trips on a non-profit making basis. Tickets are non refundable unless the place is able to be resold to another member.
The Dereham U3A committee policy is that any admission price included in the cost of a day trip will not normally be refundable if a member does not wish to visit the venue. However in very exceptional circumstances the Outings Group organisers may authorise a refund.

DAY TRIP BOOKING PROCEDURE please go to the link page

OVERNIGHT TRIP BOOKING PROCEDURE (Just for Groups) - please go to the link page

OVERNIGHT TRIP INSURANCE - to see this document please go to the link page

CANCELATION CHARGES PROCEDURE ("Just for Groups" UK coach holidays). To see this document please go to the link page.

It is the responsibility of individual Dereham U3A members to ensure that group convenors
and outings or event organisers are informed of any special dietary requirements or food allergies they may have relevant to the event.

LOST PROPERTY. If any members are missing items please contact Barry or Jill Tel: 01760 441259.

Dates for your Diary
Thu Mar 14th Renewals day
Thu Apr 11th Andrew Brogan and his Exotic Garden. Alan Titchmarsh called it "a tropical rainforest".
Thu May 9th A.G.M. and then Kings Lynn Samaritans - Michael talks about what they are and what they do.
Thu Jun 13th Introducing Gemstones - Jason Middleton reveals the fascinating world of gemstones and how they are mined and cut.
Thu Jul 11th The Ukelele Sensation. Mark Walsh, speaker, musician and entertainer, gives a humourous talk of his stage career.
Thu Aug 8th Changing the Rules - Jenny Kelsey and her new book about how women sought to change marriage law in Victorian times.
Thu Sep 12th RAF Marham - WO Maurice Howard - the airfield's past, present and future.
Thu Oct 10th Sky Photography and Climate Change - Chris Bell shows us our Norfolk sky from thunder clouds to the Aurora Borialis.
Thu Nov 14th Passports, Assassins, Traitors and Spies - Martin Lloyd gives a dramatic account of how these malefactors have affected passport regulation.
Thu Dec 12th The Gressenhall Singers under their leader Jane Roberson entertain with songs and prose for Christmas
Tue Feb 19th Tuesday 19th February. Easton Walled Garden Day Trip. Snowdrop Week. Tuesday 19th February.
£25 pp including entry.

Easton Walled Gardens (Lincs) were abandoned from 1951 when Easton Hall was demolished. Renovation work on the 12 acres of gardens started in 2002. There is a Yew Tunnel, Cut Flower Garden, Cottage Garden, Turf Maze and two glasshouses. President Franklin Roosevelt described this garden as...'A dream of Nirvana..almost too good to be true.' The garden is as interesting for the planting as well as its long history. Hopefully plenty of Snowdrops !

RESERVATIONS FROM OCTOBER MEETING Please click on web link for more details.
Wed Mar 20th London Museums Extravaganza. Wednesday 20th March. Coach Only. £20 pp.

"SOLD OUT taking reserve names only"

Free Main Entry to the Museums (please see attachment)
Luxury Coach to Kensington. Three museums in very close proximity.
Science, Victoria and Albert and Natural History Museum, Take your pick !!!

Reservations from November meeting. Payment no later than January meeting.
Wed Apr 24th STANTA (Stanford Training Area). Wednesday 24th April. (pm) £15 pp
( Ticket price includes a donation to Military Charities )

SOLD OUT Taking reserve names only

STANTA is a 30,000 acre Battle Training Ground located at West Tofts near Thetford.
First established by the MOD in 1942 to prepare troops for the invasion of Europe.
One of its latest additions is a 12 acre "Afghan Village" costing £14 million to construct.

This is a 3 hour (approx) guided tour by the Military. Our coach will be used to move from location to location. NO ROUTE MARCH !!

Reservations from December meeting. Payment no later than February meeting.

Please click on STANTA web link for more information or contact Barry or Jill.
Wed May 15th
→Fri May 17th
3 Days (2 Nights) Gainsborough-Lincoln-Stamford. Wednesday 15th - Friday 17th May 2019.

Half Board. £239 pp (sharing). Limited single rooms with NO SUPPLEMENT !

Wednesday .Coach from Dereham to Gainsborough Old Hall in Lincolnshire. After visiting the Hall we travel to our modern 4 star hotel in Lincoln to settle in and enjoy our evening meal.

Thursday. After breakfast, Lincoln boat trip, then enjoy the rest of the day exploring the historic city of Lincoln at leisure.
Return to our hotel for evening meal

Friday. After breakfast leave our hotel for the pretty market town of Stamford and its weekly market. In the afternoon leave Stamford for Dereham.

Gainsborough Hall visit and Boat trip included in the price.

Please see Outings desk or web site for more details.
Thu May 30th SOUTHWOLD Day Trip. £15 pp

Enjoy a day trip to Southwold. Plenty to see and do. Thursday is Market Day.
Museums, Boat trips, Visit the Lighthouse and lots more.

Click on web link for more information.
Fri Jun 7th RAF LAKENHEATH - Base visit £15 pp

SOLD OUT Taking reserve names only

This is a 2 hour, approx, tour of the USAF Base (Fighter Wing) at RAF Lakenheath.
After the Base visit we will spend a couple of hours at the Elvedon Courtyard Farm/ Shops/ Restaurant Complex.
Not open to members who have visited previously. Security conditions apply. 40 members maximum.

Click on web link for more information.
Fri Sep 13th
→Mon Sep 16th
13th - 16th September £419 pp. Half Board. NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT on allocated places.

Day 1. Leave Dereham by coach to Redworth Hall Hotel , Newton Aycliffe, Durham. Stopping at Doncaster en-route.
Evening meal at our Hotel.

Day 2. After Breakfast leave for free time in Durham. In the afternoon leave Durham for our Hotel and late lunch / early dinner.
After our meal leave for the KYNREN evening spectacular.

Day 3. After Breakfast leave for the Beamish Open Air museum. Leave Beamish late pm for our Hotel and Evening meal.

Day 4. After Breakfast leave for Dereham stopping at Newark on Trent en route.

All Entry fees to Kynren (Gold tickets) and Beamish included. £50 (non refundable) deposit required in due course.

Reservations from December meeting. Deposit payment date to be advised, once minimum numbers reached.
Sat Nov 23rd BRICK LANE MUSIC HALL. Christmas Show with Christmas Afternoon Tea. £60 pp

This is a Five star rated Old Time Music Hall Christmas Show. 2pm Performance.
Price includes Luxury Coach from Dereham, Entry £39.50/ Afternoon Tea included.
Limited places. Please book early.

Click on web link for more information.