Kingsbridge Estuary


The 2019 AGM will be held at the May 24th monthly meeting starting at 10.30am in Malborough Village Hall.
The Agenda is available by clicking the link (right).
Minutes of the 2018 meeting with chairman's and treasurer's reports are still here for reference: see link (right).

The Singing for Pleasure group are now planning the annual U3A Entertainments Evening to be held on Friday, 14th June 2019 at 7.00 pm at the West Charleton Village Hall. They are now looking for individual amusing and joyful acts to include. Peter Bolt looks forward to hearing from you.

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.

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 be to 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 Jun 28th 10.30am at the Village Hall, Malborough
Billy ‘Scratch’ Hitchen – ‘Scratch’ A Salcombe Boy
Aged just fourteen, in 1963, he played hooky from school after the Easter holiday and ran away to sea. Illiterate and innumerate, by the age of nineteen, he had sailed around the world five times and mastered the 3Rs along the way. When he eventually came home to Salcombe in 1973, he had used up many of his nine lives. Undaunted, he started a new career in the fishing industry, one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. After a rapid rise to skipper, he went on to fish for the next three decades in every sea area from Dover to Rockall.
Surviving storms and groundings, collisions and near fatal accidents, he finally 'swallowed the anchor' and came ashore more than forty years after running away to sea. He then started two businesses which he has run successfully for the last twelve years, one a live shellfish export business to the Far East and a boatyard sailing business. Both are still running today
Fri Jul 26th 10.30am at the Village Hall, Malborough
The Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe DSG
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.