Lymington

Events

These are the regular events that we normally organise. The pandemic has forced us to adapt or, in some cases, suspend them.

Monthly Meetings

On the first Thursday afternoon of every month, except August, we normally have a meeting with a Speaker, who gives a 45-60 minute talk on a topic of general interest, followed by Questions and Answers.
During the pandemic, we have switched to holding Speaker meetings via Zoom, with log-in details sent out to members by e-mail. Details of forthcoming sessions are listed further down this page, and also in our latest Newsletter.

Special Talks and Workshops

Since last spring while have not been able to hold physical meetings, we have clubbed together with our neighbouring U3A at Milford-on-Sea to share our Monthly Talks with them, such that members of both can have access to each others' Zoom Talks programmes. More recently, we have added a couple of extra Zoom Talks and Workshops, typically delivered by U3A members with specialist knowledge of interest. Also listed further down this page.

Past Talks and Meetings

Some talks and Meetings are recorded. They can be seen by clicking on the appropriate link at the top right.

1 Talk delivered on March 18th:
Topic: Eco-Homes Workshop - Details of 2 Energy Efficient and Environmentally Sustainable Homes, one being a conversion in the Brecon Beacons and the other being a new house in Milford on Sea. Click on link ECO HOMES

2 Talk delivered on April 1st:
Topic: Mark Smith Talk - The Events that led to WW2. A fascinating insight from the famous antiques roadshow expert.
Click on the link EVENTS THAT LED TO WW2

TED Talks

“TED Talks” are a relatively recent innovation for Lymington U3A. After tea or coffee, a short (approximately 20-minute) video on a thought-provoking theme is shown, followed by informal discussions in small groups. The concept originated in the USA, where the talks initially focused on Technology, Entertainment and Design – hence the name “TED Talks” – but they now cover a huge range of diverse topics, from science to business to global issues. TED Talks are normally held on the third Monday of every month, between September and May only, but the pandemic has forced us to suspend them temporarily, as these convivial occasions do not lend themselves to social distancing or to Zoom.

Questors: Trips & Visits

Details of forthcoming outings are usually e-mailed to members each month, and paper copies are available at our regular Thursday meetings. Currently, all trips, have had to be cancelled because of the pandemic. However, if you have any suggestions for future outings once life is back to normal, the Questors group would be pleased to hear from you.

Walks Programme

Any member (and their dog(s)) can normally join a walk, which takes place at 10.30 a.m. on the first Monday of each month at the advertised venue. The walks are between 3 and 5 miles in length, and used to end with lunch at a local pub for those who wished to participate or, occasionally, a tea-room. Currently, when government rules permit walks to take place, we are notifying only regular Walking Group members of our programme, to avoid too many people turning up.

Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Tue Jun 1st 2.00pm Start
Monthly Meeting hosted by Milford-on-Sea U3A

Zoom Talk: THE 21ST CENTURY AMATEUR ASTRONOMER

Speaker: GRAHAM BRYANT

A look at the role of professional astronomers, and how amateur astronomers can make a real contribution to our knowledge of the heavens. Richly illustrated with beautiful images of the night sky taken by amateur astronomers.

Graham Bryant is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and President of the Hampshire Astronomical Group. An Honorary Fellow of the University of Portsmouth, he is currently Vice-President of the Federation of Astronomical Societies. Graham teaches astronomy courses at the Clanfield observatory and is also a Trustee of the South Downs Planetarium, an educational Charity based in Chichester.
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Thu Jun 3rd 2.30pm Start

Monthly Zoom Talk: THE MAKING OF CASABLANCA

Speaker: DAVID ALLEN

A behind the scenes look at one of the world’s most romantic films Sit back and enjoy the story of this back-lot B movie which became a classic from the golden age of Hollywood, forever remembered for its incredible cast of Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, and that song ……’As Time Goes By’!

The Zoom invitation will be sent out ahead of the Talk, and you are invited to join up to 10 minutes or so before the start time, when you can choose to enter the Lymington U3A Breakout Room to chat with friends.
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Thu Jul 1st 2.30pm Start

Monthly Talk: THE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL SATIRE OF GILBERT & SULLIVAN

Venue: To be Advised

Speaker: BERNARD LOCKETT

Bernard Lockett is a trustee of the international Gilbert and Sullivan Festival that takes place annually in Harrogate and also tours every autumn mainly within England. He has written two books about G&S and has broadcast on various programmes on BBC radio channels. His talk takes a look at the social comment within the works of their comic opera world, which not only reflects on Victorian society but has equal relevance to the 21st century as well eg:
‘The House of Lords do nothing in particular, yet they do it rather well.’
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