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 the Clanville car park – but a bit of a climb back up.



At the coffee morning on 21 March we celebrated the 20th ANNIVERSARY OF OUR U3A! Look out for a full report of the occasion, which we'll feature both on this website and in next month's newsletter.

The speaker was Jim Parkyn from Aardman Animations, the company behind Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, who informed and entertained us with tales of what goes into making those animated films that we all love, whatever our age.


Our Annual General Meeting is in May, meaning an earlier start to proceedings, so that we can fit in a talk as well as the 'business' and coffee drinking. 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. we're hoping that our next trip will be towards the end of May to RHS Rosemoor with the option of a visit to Dartington Glass, which is a short drive from the gardens. Watch this space for more information and use the Contact page to register your interest or suggest your own ideas for possible outings.

In September 2018 we visited the Aerospace Museum in Bristol. There's a report on the very successful day in our October newsletter as well as on this website.

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 Apr 18th Coffee morning
Coffee served from 10.15 am – talk starting at 11 from U3A member Alan Radford, who'll be revealing some of what went on behind the scenes during his many years as a BA pilot
Thu May 16th Coffee morning
Coffee served slightly earlier than usual (exact time to be confirmed) – then our Annual General Meeting at 10.30: quite short, but essential! The AGM will be followed by a talk from Ruth Hyett, Chairman of the Exmoor Natural History Society.
Thu Jun 20th Coffee morning
Coffee served from 10.15 am – talk starting at 11 from Rob Wilson-North on the Knight family of Simonsbath