Minehead & District

Events – Regular and Occasional

This January sees a new tool available to all Minehead U3A members – an electronic calendar showing all group meetings in an active view that can be seen on our website – Minehead calendar. And it is not limited to the website – we will be adding it to the Facebook presence, and if wanted, each member can add it to their tablet or smartphone as an app. More on this development soon!

MONTHLY COFFEE MORNINGS
We hold these on the third Thursday and you can find all the details on this page see below. Tea/coffee and biscuits are served from 10.15 to 10.45; the talk starts at 11 and we usually finish around 12 noon. There is no charge for attendance and we welcome visitors.

There are no coffee mornings in August and December.

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THEATRE TRIPS 2020
With next month’s newsletter (due out mid February) there’ll be details of a very different ballet experience, this time to a matinée performance on Thursday 14 May 2020 at Cardiff’s New Theatre. Geisha is a ballet by Kenneth Tindall, with music by Alexandra Harwood. It is based on an intriguing tale of friendship despite the culture clash between East and West. Or if dance really isn’t your thing, why not sign up anyway for the coach trip and enjoy an afternoon's shopping or a visit to Cardiff Castle?
Please visit the Theatre Trips page ( a link on this page) for booking forms.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS
Our next Annual General Meeting will be in May 2020 ( see Events below).

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OUTINGS FOR U3A MEMBERS
In addition to the theatre visits detailed above we arrange occasional coach outings for our members. 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 recent outings have included a visit to Highgrove House Gardens and to the BBC in Bristol, and to Hinkley Point C.

If you have a suggestion for a coach outing, please contact any member of the committee. If you'd be prepared to organise an outing, so much the better! The committee would love to hear from you.

Outings organised by interest groups

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
Meetings
Thu Mar 19th Coffee Morning 10.15–12, Baptist Church, The Parks, Minehead, TA24 8BS
The White Rajahs of Sarawak
John Page will tell the true story of the swashbuckling James Brooke, who lived for some years in Bath before becoming the first white Rajah of Sarawak (formerly Brunei). His adventures, those of the Somerset-born nephew who succeeded him and of his son and wife, the third and last Rajah, make a compelling story.
Thu Apr 16th Coffee Morning. The Baptist Church, The Parks, Minehead, TA24 8BS. Our speaker is Damian Boyd, author of the D.I Dixon crime novels. Among his best-selling books are 'As the crow flies' and 'Heads and tails'. Damien's background includes experience as a criminal law solicitor and working with the Crown Prosecution Service.
Thu May 21st Coffee Morning and AGM
Speaker Andrew Powell-Thomas on the little-known WW2 story of 'The Taunton Stop Line'
The AGM business will start at 10.30, with our speaker at 11.00 (approx).
Outings
Thu Apr 2nd Coach trip to Swan Lake, Theatre Royal Plymouth
Matinée performance by Birmingham Royal Ballet - contact Liz Murphy
Thu May 14th Cardiff New Theatre for Northern Ballet production of 'Geisha' - a new ballet by Kenneth Macmillan. Details and a booking form will come out with the FEBRUARY newsletter (i.e. the newsletter issued 3rd week of February).
Sat Jun 27th Semmelweiss Bristol Old Vic with Mark Rylance making his Old Vic debut in this world premiere production! He plays the role of Dr Semmelweis, pioneering methods to save new mothers from childbed fever and rocking the medical establishment, and is based on an original idea by Rylance himself . It will contain some distressing scenes, but what an opportunity to see this wonderful classic actor in a starring role. The date of the performance is 27th June, payment by 16th May, and the booking form will be sent out with the March newsletter.