Kingsbridge Estuary




The AGM will take place on Friday 24th July using internet/email/post. All the necessary information will be sent out in June, with the next newsletter.

Details of the planned June to November 2020 meetings are shown below, but obviously will be dependent on the ongoing Covid-19 situation.

Members of Kingsbridge Estuary U3A usually meet on the morning of the 4th Friday of each month (apart from August and December). However, due to occasional availability problems with the various venues, please check the date and location for each meeting below.
We hold our monthly meetings in Malborough Village Hall. Times are 10.30am to 12.30pm to fit in with the 606 Bus service from Kingsbridge Quay leaving at 10.05am and arriving at Malborough Garage at 10.16am. The return journey is at 12.45pm arriving back in Kingsbridge at 12.55pm.
In the first 30 minutes we have brief announcements from members of your Committee and our Group Leaders, followed by a Q&A session during which you are encouraged to make suggestions as to how you want the KEU3A to work for you.
Then we break for tea/coffee and biscuits - served by our volunteer tea teams - giving you time to chat, ask more questions of individual Committee members and Group Leaders, and to read the notice boards. After 1hr we welcome our guest speaker and the meeting closes after 2hrs. See list below.
If you think the U3A might be for you, please come along as a guest to one of our meetings before committing to joining KEU3A. You will be sure of a very warm welcome.

Tony arranges group visits for us to places of interest around the South West with travel sometimes by coach but otherwise by private car. Unless another contact is given in an event under Outings below, please contact Tony on 531562 or click Outings Manager to email.
To see what we have already done click the link to Past Outings (top right).

If you have any other ideas please let me know.


Dates for your Diary
Fri Oct 23rd Anthony Poulton-Smith - 'Origins of place-names'
Anthony Poulton-Smith is a freelance journalist and author. He has currently had 77 books published and many articles, crosswords, puzzles and quizzes - together with some 1,500 articles and almost two hundred books as a ghost-writer. His own books have mostly been on the subject of the ‘origins of place-names’ on which he will talk to KEU3A. Anthony has been interviewed several times on the radio and has been privileged to be the guest speaker at many events. His talks not only cover the origins of towns and villages but also hills, streams, districts, fields, streets, and even public houses.
Fri Nov 27th Dr James Taylor FRSA - ‘The Forgotten Art of the Picture Postcard’
This promises to be an entertaining and informative talk on the subject of artist-drawn comic postcards. Artist-drawn postcards were the most popular art form from the Edwardian era to the outbreak of World War II. They entertained, inspired, instructed, motivated, persuaded and lifted up the spirits. We will be looking at the popular themes and styles by the masters of the medium such as Mabel Lucie Attwell, Donald McGill and Fred Spurgin; and the reasons why their popularity waned with the British public.
Fri Jan 29th 2021 Professor Peter Edwards - 'The Death of Venice'
Postponed from March 2020, we welcome Professor Peter Edwards, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy who retired from his post at Bournemouth University in 2007. Since retirement he has given talks and presentations on various aspects of Italian life and culture. His talk to us is entitled ‘ The Death of Venice’ and his illustrated presentation will outline the major problems which lead to Venice’s flooding, showing some of the major effects on its architecture and population. It will also offer some solutions that have been implemented already and some possible solutions that have been proposed.
Fri Feb 26th 2021 Adam Hart-Davis - 'Toilets and History'
Welcome return of Adam Hart-Davis who I am sure needs no introduction will talk to us, by request from our retiring Chair, on ‘Toilets and History’. (Hope he manages to find a pair of matching socks this time!!) This will surely be as entertaining as always.
Fri Mar 26th 2021 Martin Lloyd - ‘Passports, Assasins, Traitors and Spies’
Martin Lloyd is the media’s choice when passports are being discussed. He is an engaging storyteller and author with titles published in travel-humour, romance, thriller, history and current affairs. His talk will give us a dramatic account of how a group of assassins brought about a change in the passport regulations; how the unmasking of a spy caused a modification in passport design and how, for one man, the passport itself turned into a killer.
Fri Apr 23rd 2021 Dr Francis Burroughes BEM - 'A Victorian Head Gardener'
Another of our postponed talks from April 2020 Dr Francis Burroughes BEM, a Lecturer and after-Dinner Speaker, who was honoured in the New Year's Honours list for his work in the Local Community and for Charities, talks of life on a Victorian Country estate, which has now entirely vanished. During his talk entitled ‘ A Victorian Head Gardener’ we will learn how to mow a lawn properly with a horse-drawn mower, how to grow grapes, and why William Robinson’s butler served his master a pear on a silver tray plus why the Ministry for War issued thousands of stirrup pumps in the Second World War.
Fri May 28th 2021 Alice Henderson - ‘Adventure in Namibia with Elephants’
This lady was recommended to speak to us by one of our members. He has heard her talk on her adventure into the Antartic on a tall ship and thought other members would enjoy hearing of her adventures.
Fri Nov 26th 2021 Sally Sedgman - 'Chaos at Christmas’
So disappointed at not being able to visit us in 2020 because of THE VIRUS, Sally thought our members would particularly enjoy this talk as much as she enjoys sharing it as she ‘considers it rather fun’. Something to look forward to!!
Mon Sep 14th
→Thu Sep 17th
ISLE OF WIGHT (details are not finalised) but the trip will be done in conjunction with -
'Great Days Holidays'. We will be travelling by COACH. CONTACT TONY 531562 or JUDY 842217

This event may be affected by the ongoing Covid-19 situation.