Kingsbridge Estuary


Members of Kingsbridge Estuary U3A meet on the morning of the 4th Friday of each month (apart from August and December). Entrance for members and guests is just £1 and includes refreshments.

Note that the next meeting (September 2019) has been rescheduled to the 3rd Friday in September - see details below.

We used to meet at the Methodist Church Hall on Fore Street, Kingsbridge, from 10am to 12 noon. Now, following the 2018 AGM at which it was the vote of the majority of members attending that we should hold our meetings in Malborough Village Hall, for the next 12 months at least, our Meetings will be held there (see more at Venue Change). Times will now be 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.

At our January 2017 meeting genealogist Tessa Spencer explained how to research your family tree. She is happy to help our members with their efforts in this. Please contact her at the link (above right).

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.

Tony says "after advertising a proposed residential 5 day trip to Newquay at the March 2019 monthly meeting, the only positive response came from singles who did not wish to share.
I conclude that in order to attract people who wish to share a bedroom we need to give more notice.
I think the idea of a trip to the West of Cornwall in the spring to be a good one covering different activities from several groups so I propose that we try again in the Autumn and fit the visit around those groups.
I was being led in the direction of using a coach but previous residentials have been using cars to give us flexibility and, as it is less than 2 hours travel, we ought to stay with the same format".

This year we have 2 possible visits to Europe (France and Spain). See details below.

To see what we have already done click the link to Past Outings (top right).
Outings including those in 2018 are listed there.

If you have any other ideas please let me know.


Dates for your Diary
Fri Oct 25th 10.30am at the Village Hall, Malborough

Our speaker for October is a born and bred Kingsbridge lady, ANITA EDGAR-COLE, who 24 years ago started the El Shaddai Charitable Trust Limited. The Trust rescues street children and children at risk in India. She spends the winter months in India and the remainder of the year giving interesting talks backed with amazing slides promoting the Trust.
Fri Nov 22nd 10.30am at the Village Hall, Malborough

The final speaker for the year is ADAM HART-DAVIS. Educated at Eton College, Alan is an English scientist, author, photographer, historian and broadcaster. He spent seventeen years making programs with Yorkshire TV and has travelled widely. His list of discussion topics is extensive so we will have to wait and see if the choice was right!
Mon Oct 7th
→Fri Oct 11th

History of Art trip to Barcelona
Julie Hadley of Dart Valley U3A offers us the chance of joining a possible trip to Barcelona by coach and air. She says "I have just been sent details of a possible trip by greatdays. If there is enough interest I am prepared to go along with it although I don’t want to pay £150 booking fee which is non-refundable if we don’t get 20 people! Last time I asked you all to send me deposits together with names as on passport, e-mail addresses and rooming requirements and I propose to do this again. Once booked you then pay your balances direct to them. So if interested send cheques for £300pp made payable to 'greatdays' to me at Stonesettle, Frogmore, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 2NR together with your details and requests. I will not send off monies until 20 of us have agreed to go.
Have a look at Barcelona Trip and all the inclusions.....pick up along A379.....transfers in Spain, art card, 4* central Hotel, guides and trips....... all good and of course I will be there to help you. Once booked Peter and I will do a trip to Barcelona to make sure we have the best itinerary.
Looking forward to hearing from you."
Phone Julie on 531240 or click on Julie Hadley to send an email to her.

Tue Nov 5th Visit to - NORMAN LOCKYER OBSERVATORY, SIDMOUTH. This is an afternoon visit preceded by
Lunch at 'The Donkey Sanctuary' travel by coach. Contact Tony 531 562

We will leave kingsbridge Quay Bus Station at 0831am and arrive at the observatory at about 10.30am. I have booked a guided tour and talk about the various telescopes and equipment including the planetarium that are used by the amateur astronomers. I have been before at night twice but both times it was cloudy and was an anticlimax.

We will then go to the Donkey Sanctuary nearby for lunch and a visit, arriving back in K/B by 5.30pm

The cost for the coach and entry to the observatory will be £23 and the visit to the donkey sanctuary is free

If you wish to come please see me this Friday 20th September at the open meeting or send a cheque payable to Kingsbridge Estuary U3A Activities to

Tony Westlake
Post Labore
West Charleton
Mon May 11th 2020
→Wed May 13th 2020
Cornwall residential visit, staying at BEDRUTHAN STEPS HOTEL, visiting gardens, Crantock Church, etc.
There is a waiting list for this trip, please contact TONY 531 562 or Judy 842217
Mon Sep 14th 2020
→Thu Sep 17th 2020
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
Social Events
Fri Dec 13th The annual Christmas Lunch will be held at the Dartmouth Golf and Country Club at 12:00 noon.