Monthly meetings are held on the 4th. Friday of the month at the Edgar Community Hall, Somerton.

We open at 10am for coffee (30p) and the chance for members to meet and chat.
The meeting will start at 10.30 and after announcements and any business will be followed by our guest speaker.

The meeting closes at 12 noon.

Please join us.
Members free. Non-members £1.50p

Dates for your Diary
Fri Jan 25th

'More Tales of Being a Bishop's Bagman'

(and what really happens behind the vestry!).

Speaker is Brian Pearson.

Brian is a very well known speaker to many of us and can be relied on to give us an amusing and informative insight into the 'clerical world' of Bishops and Archbishops.

Fri Feb 22nd

Tim Lewis.

'Round the World in 80 Days'.

This is Tim's latest musical based on Jules Verne's fantastic story.
Tim has enthralled us in the past with his charming and highly original musicals - 'Wind in the Willows', 'Flanders and Swan' etc.

Fri Mar 22nd

Matthew Denney is this month's speaker on the subject

'The Festival of Britain 1951'.

Matthew is an auctioneer, valuer, lecturer and writer working freelance and for Lawrences auctioneers in Crewkerne. He is a specialist in 20th century art and design and has written on the Arts & Crafts Movement and post war furniture. Matthew gives talks to many different groups having been a full time lecturer in higher education in Southampton.

The Festival of Britain, 1951, was a wonderful event held in London and across the country. With buildings, art and design by the best young designers and artists keen to express their enthusiasm for the new post war age the Festival was full of life, colour and modern design. The talk will consider the main events in London, particularly the exhibitions on the South Bank of the Thames and other less well remembered events from across the country. With many illustrations taken from photographs from 1951 this is always a popular talk with those who remember the post war period or have an interest in architecture and design from the period.

Fri Apr 26th

Villains Galore

Martin Lloyd.

Martin Lloyd is a writer, speaker and cyclist. He travels far and wide giving talks to all kinds of societies, business groups and professional organisations; he has written books on history, current affairs, travel, humour, art, romance and thriller fiction; and when he is not doing this he is either riding his bicycle or broadcasting on the radio and television.

Passports, Assassins, Traitors and Spies

Thrill to a dramatic account of how the actions of a group of assassins brought about a change in the passport regulations; how the unmasking of a spy caused a modification in passport design and how, for one man, the passport itself turned into a killer.

Fri May 24th


All members welcome.

Fri Jun 28th 'A Freezing Horror': The wreck of the Halsewell, 1786.
An illustrated talk by Mr. Philip Browne.

One of the most dramatic shipwreck disasters on an English shore will be the subject of our talk by Dorset writer, Philip Browne. Drawing on his recent prize-winning book he will describe the terrible events that shocked the nation when a huge East India Company ship was wrecked on the Purbeck coast. On board were the Captain's teenaged daughters, his nieces and several other young ladies, bound for India in search of rich husbands. Despite the dramatic rescue of some of the crew, Captain Peirce and all the young ladies were drowned. In 1786, the peculiar circumstances of this disaster caught the public imagination and filed the newspapers for weeks. More than two centuries later, the story of the Halswell still has the power to move us.

Our Speaker
Philip Browne was born and educated in Ireland, graduating from Trinity College, Dublin with a B.A. and a Higher Diploma in Education. He taught English in a Dublin secondary school before emigrating in 1973 to the U.K. Then followed nearly 40 years working in education, first as a teacher and subsequently as an education adviser with Dorset Education Authority. Since retiring in 2010, he has researched and written the historical biography, 'The Unfortunate Captain Peirce and the Wreck of the Halsewell East Indiaman, 1786', published in 2016 by Hobnob Press. It is his first book. Phillip is married with two sons. He continues to live in Dorset, an area that he loves.

Copies of the book will be on sale after the talk at the discount price of £10. In July, it won the Hall & Woodhouse Dorchester Literary Festival Writing Prize 2018.
Fri Jul 26th

The Genes of Isis

Why Ancient Egypt is known as the Mother and Father of All Things

Somerset author Dr. Justin Newland will give this lively, illustrated talk. He will discuss what this means and how it impacts our lives today.
Justin will also reveal how this period of history inspired his debut novel, 'The Genes of Isis', an epic fantasy and supernatural thriller set under Ancient Egyptian skies. The story is a weave of two threads: the Ancient Egyptian myth of Isis and Osiris and the story of the flood in the Book of Genesis.

Copies of Justin's book will be on sale after the talk.

Fri Aug 23rd

Enrolment Day

Open to members and non-members alike. A chance to sign up, re-enrol browse and chat to the Group Leaders as Somerton U3A showcases the 50+ Groups available to join.

Fri Sep 27th

The M.G.M. Musical Story

MGM and some of the musical films and stars from the great days of Hollywood

Speaker - Terry Merrett-Smith.

For Terry this will be a return visit to U3A. His interests have always been in nostalgia and record collecting of the early years. Terry presents a programme on Hospital radio and has also been a guest several times at BBC Radio Bristol and Somerset.

Fri Oct 25th

Kathleen McNally will tell us about

Spies and Espionage

Fri Nov 22nd

Blue Peter - Behind the Badge

Our speaker this month is Alex Ledger.