Isle of Man



The u3a Isle of Man meets on the third Thursday of every month at 2pm in St John's Mill. This is an opportunity to listen to a variety of speakers, meet fellow members, find out more about special interest groups, meet group co-ordinators and find out about new groups and events. You will find the dates and details of the speakers for 2022 in the list below. All the meetings are held at St John's Mill - just past the Tynwald Mills shops on the left. You can either park in the shops car park and walk or use the car park off the Poortown Road and walk from there. There is limited disabled car parking outside the Mill. There is a charge of £1 to attend.

If you are interested in the u3a but are not yet a member, attending a Network Meeting is the ideal introduction. The Groups Co-ordinator will be able to explain which groups are running and how to join them. Membership for the year ending 31st March 2023 is free - for this year only.

Network Meeting – the next meeting is on Thursday the 19th of May. After the AGM Christopher English will be giving us a talk about the history of No 10 Downing Street. We hope you can join us at this event as we’d love to see you and get back to ‘normal’.

Meeting Speakers and events - 2022/23

May 2022 - AGM + Christopher English - The history of No 10
June 2022 - Talk by Manx Bat Group
July - Charles Wilson - Oman
Sept - Sue King - Ballaragh, from Kings to Innkeepers.
Oct - Mike Southall - Manx Coins
Nov - Rosa Drown - Volunteering in Romania


At the January network meeting Jo Overty, the full-time employee of the IOM Government whose job is to promote the Biosphere IOM, gave us an illuminating talk about their aims, which are for the people and the rest of nature to work together for a sustainable future. She explained that to achieve this aim, we must also recognise that it is a balance, and compromises must be made by each party. Her talk led to a lively and interesting discussion.


The IOM Bat group have become the 300th organisation to become a UNESCO Biosphere partner. They are scheduled to talk to us at St John’s in June and a ‘Bat Walk’ has been discussed to follow up in the autumn! More to follow later.

Events/Visits 2020-22

We hope that the Dance Therapy Workshop will finally happen, sooner rather than later, after having had to be postponed several times already!

September 2021 talk

At our September network meeting we had a talk by Henry Teare entitled “Oil – Too Good to Burn”,
in which he compared the various types of sources of energy for (i) causes of deaths, (ii) greenhouse gas emissions, and (iii) cost. It was an interesting and emotive subject, which gave rise to a lively discussion and a little controversy.

October 2021 Talk

At the October network meeting we had an interesting talk entitled “Out of Africa” by Graham Harvey, telling us about volunteering for a charity in Africa.

November 2021

At the November network meeting Michael Hoy gave us a talk entitled A Manx Child in the Eighteenth Century, in which he entertained us with a comprehensive insight into the lives of children living in the Isle of Man some 300 years ago. In his research he learned that Manx children
in those times were more fortunate than their counterparts in England because they received a better education, following which they were encouraged to learn a trade through apprenticeships or go to Navigation School. A fascination talk.

December: Christmas Lunch – we don’t have a Network Meeting in December, but there is a great opportunity to get together at our Christmas Lunch, held on Thursday 9th December, at 12.00 for 12.30pm at the Douglas Golf Club.

Quiz – Don’t forget our monthly quiz Friday 18th March at the Highwayman in Peel from 2 – 4pm. Time to give the brain cells a bit of a workout! This month’s setter is Ian Yates.

Special Interest Groups – There has also been a proposal to start an Advanced German Conversation Group. If you are interested, please contact Tony Gurevitch on

Davy Notebook Project – We’ve had an interesting contact from Dr Andrew Lacey from Lancaster University. He is on the project team to transcribe the notebooks of Sir Humphrey Davy (70 in all), a leading chemist of the early 19th century, but also a poet. This is a public science project, and is genuine as I have been in and had a look. His books contain his notes on philosophy, medicine, geology, mathematics and astronomy. If you fancy having a go. The Zooniverse link is:-