The Lane Theatre has been our home for our monthly General Meeting for several years.

You will be welcome to come along from 10.30am, when there is an opportunity to chat over a cup of tea/coffee (50p charge) before the meeting starts at 11am. Car parking is available, and there are bus services from Newquay town centre to just beyond the Kings Head pub, where you then cross the road and take the first turning right (signposted) 100yds to the theatre.

We welcome prospective members to our monthly general meetings as a visitor, when there is a nominal donation of £1.50. You are also welcome to try a free 'taster' session with any of our Interest Groups.

For anyone interested in joining the Newquay U3A the annual subscription runs from April to April and is currently £15. If you join mid-year a half-yearly subscription becomes due.

If you are a speaker who would like to speak at one of our monthly meetings, please email the Programme Secretary.


Speakers may be subject to change nearer the dates.

10/04/2018Len SheppardOld Cornwall Society
08/05/2018No SpeakerAnnual General Meeting
12/06/2018Mike BearcroftVariety has been the Spice of My Life
10/07/2018Ian BarclayA History of Cartoons
14/08/2018No MeetingHolidays
11/09/2018Group LeadersInterest Groups Update
09/10/2018Rosie WoodmanCornwall Refuge Trust
13/11/2018Clint HoskingGeevor Tin Mine
11/12/2018No SpeakerChristmas Social Gathering
08/01/2019Adam PearsonHypnotherapist "Use Your Brain"
12/02/2019A Speaker fromBlood Bikes Charitable Organisation
12/03/2019Des ProuseGoonhilly
09/04/2019Peter AugerExperiences of a Head Gardener
07/05/2019No SpeakerAnnual General Meeting
11/06/2019A speaker fromGweek Seal Sanctuary
09/07/2019A speaker fromNewquay Community Orchard
13/08/2019 No MeetingHolidays
10/09/2019Group LeadersInterest Groups Update
08/10/2019Brian FreelandGeorge Bernard Shaw “Playing the Clown”
12/11/2019Richard PierceLions, Elephants, Sharks Conservationist
10/12/2019No SpeakerChristmas Social Gathering

Notes from the General Meeting at The Lane Theatre

on Tuesday 12th June at 11.00 am



Mike Bearcroft Jun 2018 Born in Sheffield the day Mussolini died in 1945, Mike Bearcroft gave us an amusing talk about his very varied life, starting as a junior footballer for Sheffield United, progressing through his career in sales and marketing until taking a change in direction. Wanting to join the acting profession, he started as an extra and eventually, having earned his Equity Card, he got small speaking parts in “The Bill”, and other TV programmes. Always looking for new ideas, he then founded a Murder Mystery company and a couple of other companies in the entertainment business. Mike never lost his passion for football though, and he went on to write his thriller novel “Dangerous Score” based on his in depth knowledge of what happens in a football club.

Mike seemed to be well received by our U3A audience, judging by the laughter at some of his anecdotes. He had threatened to talk for five hours, but on advice from our committee members he actually kept his talk to 45 minutes. Mike arrived early, set up his stage with the help of the staff of the Lane Theatre and then enjoyed chatting with us members of U3A. After his talk he stayed to autograph his books which were on sale after the meeting.


Notes from the General Meeting at The Lane Theatre

on Tuesday 10th July at 11.00 am



The Ian Barclay Jul 2018 award winning lecturer and retired Professor, Ian Barclay, gave us a talk on the “History of Cartoons” ranging from Ancient Egyptian days, right through until modern times. His talk covered Hogarth’s “Gin Lane” cartoon, James Gilroy’s “Gout” cartoon, Punch cartoons, Russian Lubok art, and even cartoon strips based on “Pauline and the Matches.”

Then he brought back some memories of children’s comics such as “Boys’ Own Paper”, “Dandy”, “Beano”, “Eagle” and “Bunty”. He took us through the transformation of Disney’s “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit” who gradually morphed into “Mickey Mouse” and showed us the X-rated “Fritz the Cat”. Even Shakespeare got a mention. The talk progressed to the war years and the usefulness of cartoons getting our lads to join up and our women to do men’s work while our lads were at war. Of course, saucy seaside postcards had to get a mention too.

He told us how, in our modern society, the cartoon artwork has changed somewhat. Hundreds of cartoon artists have been replaced by hundreds of computer programmers, and he demonstrated how that was done.

Ian wound up his talk showing a few cartoons for which we had to guess the punch lines. We didn’t do very well. They seemed so obvious when we were given the answers though!

Ian was well received by our U3A audience. It was a very interesting talk.


Notes from the General Meeting at the Lane Theatre

on Tuesday 9th October 2018

Speaker: Rosie Woodman from the CORNWALL REFUGE TRUST

Rosie, a full-time paid member of CRT staff, gave us an enlightening and interesting talk about the very worthy work done by the CRT to help vulnerable male, female and transgender victims of all aspects of domestic abuse, by both male and female abusers. She explained what was entailed protecting these victims from being found by their abusive partners. After this she showed the audience three different case studies, and engaged the audience by asking whether the victims were male or female. There were lots of questions asked by the audience, who obviously found the talk interesting. For people who missed it, there is a link to the CRT Presentation on the Links page.


Notes from the General Meeting at The Lane Theatre

on Tuesday 13th November at 11.00 am

Speaker: Clint Hosking from GEEVOR TIN MINE MUSEUM

A very personable Clint Hosking, Education Manager at Geevor Tin Mine Museum, gave us an extremely interesting talk entitled “From Rock to Tin.” Clint told us all about the origins of tin mining, which had been the main industry in Cornwall for centuries. He gave us a good insight into what it was like to be a hard working tin miner until the mine closed in 1990, due to the Tin Price Crash of 1985, after which 380 miners were put out of work. Prior to that tin mining had been very much part of the community. Women and children even as young as three used to be involved in various tasks above ground. Items of interest were passed around the audience including a very small child’s shoe and a protective bonnet worn by the women workers to protect their eyes.