Minehead & District

Events – Regular and Occasional

We hold these on the third Thursday and you can find information about the talks below under the heading 'Meetings'. Tea/coffee and biscuits are served from 10.15 to 10.45; the speaker or speakers start at 11 and we usually finish around 12 noon. There is no charge for attendance and we welcome visitors.

The venue is the Baptist Church, The Parks, Minehead TA4 8BS. Please see the link (top right) for details about this venue for our coffee mornings. Anyone unable to walk from the Co-op car park to the Baptist Church, and wanting a lift there and back, should contact Jan Lowy on 01643 709127. It's a slightly shorter walk from Clanville Car Park – but a bit of a climb back up.

Our Annual General Meeting is in May, meaning an earlier start to proceedings, so that we can fit in either a speaker or other form of entertainment as well as the 'business'. There are no coffee mornings in August and December.

In some years we hold a Special Interest Day, which may be a whole-day meeting or include an outing. Our last Special Interest Day was in March 2018. Next year, 2019, is the 20th anniversary of our joining National U3A, so we'll have a special celebration – with cake – at our March coffee morning.

----- We arrange occasional coach outings. We aim for variety and, where possible, a combination of venues, within a reasonable radius so that we don't spend all day on the coach. Some outings for 2017 and 2018 have included a visit to Highgrove House Gardens and to the BBC in Bristol, and to Hinkley Point. Watch this space for more information and use the Contact page to register your interest or suggest your own ideas for possible outings.

Our most recent coach trip was on Wednesday 26 September 2018, when we visited the Aerospace Museum in Bristol. There's a report on the very successful day in our October newsletter and on this website too.

The next coach trip planned is to Exeter Christmas Market on Wednesday 28 November 2018. More details in the Dates for your diary section below and also from Alan Smithers, the committee member who's organising the outing. There's a booking form with our October newsletter, but if you'd like to come on the trip and you've lost your booking form, contact Alan via the Contact page or you can find his phone number and email address in the newsletter.

Don't forget that some of our interest groups arrange visits and outings too! Sometimes it's possible for members who don't belong to the group organising the trips to go along, so it can be worth simply asking the convenor if you see in the newsletter information about an outing that you'd like to take part in.

Dates for your Diary
Thu Nov 15th Coffee Morning with guest speaker Stephen Moss
10.15–1045 Coffee served – come along, meet friends and mingle with other U3A members.
11.00 Illustrated talk, Around the World with the BBC Natural History Unit, from Stephen Moss – naturalist, writer, broadcaster, President of the Somerset Wildlife Trust
Thu Jan 17th Members' Day: a coffee morning with a difference! There will, of course, still be coffee but for this coffee morning we're looking for four or five members each to give a short talk (10 minutes maximum) about an activity or project they have time to enjoy during their retirement. If you might like to do that, please talk to any committee member (no need to commit yourself until you hear more about what's involved!) as soon as possible.
Thu Feb 21st Coffee morning
Coffee served from 10.15 am – talk from Jane Knowles about the Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (we all know that at our age we must keep moving!)
Thu Mar 21st Special anniversary coffee morning – no biscuits, but let them eat cake!
Twenty years after the formal setting up of our U3A we're celebrating with a special presentation from Aardman Animations! – so put the date in your 2019 diary now!
Wed Nov 28th Coach trip to Exeter Christmas Market Use the booking form accompanying the October newsletter to reserve your seat on the coach or use the Contact page or contact details in newsletter to contact Alan Smithers about any aspect of the day.
Wed Mar 20th Coach trip to Swindon A chance to visit STEAM, the GWR museum, and/or the MacArthGlen Designer Outlet. More details in the newsletter. Please tell Alan if you'd like to go, as he will need to know approximate numbers before deciding if he can go ahead and book the coach.