South West U3A Region

Speaker Database

Sharing speakers information across the South West U3A Region Speakers Database Excel

The following U3A speakers information is included:- Ashburton, Saltash, Salisbury, Plymouth, Plymstock, North Somerset Association, Burnham, Cheddar Valley, Chew Valley, Shepton, Wells, Weston, Bristol, Devizes, Weymouth, Sturminster Newton, Blandford, Heritage Coast, St. Austell, Ivybridge, Exmouth, Plymstock, Plympton, Kingsbridge Estuary, Honiton, West Wilts, Dickon Povey talks, Cheddar.

For a long time now there have been requests for U3As in the South West to share their speaker information. We have listened, and there is now a new process for U3As to provide and share speakers information across the South West Region.

There will be two aspects to the database; acquiring data and using it.

Acquiring Data
The speaker secretary or other nominated committee member can download a template in either Excel or Word format. Details of the talks that the U3A has had since the last submission will be added and the result emailed to the Speaker Database Contact. The information will be added to the database and the updated database uploaded in PDF format to the website. Updates will thereafter take place at intervals, probably annually at the beginning of each year.

Using the Database
When the speaker secretary is preparing their programme for the coming year they will be able to download the database in PDF format. The downloaded version will not include the contact information or comments as these will not be accessible to everyone. If there are talks which look interesting then they will email the Speakers Database Contact who will send them full details from other U3As that have already had that talk.

In Summary, the most important point is that preferably the excel spreadsheet or as a last resort word template needs completing by each individual U3A, preferably the person who organises the monthly meeting speakers. They then send it back to the Speaker Database Contact to consolidate into a database. The North Somerset Association & West Dorset network were already collecting speaker information across their U3AS so one spreadsheet was sent on behalf 8 & 4 U3As respectively. It will then be posted on the website, but without any contact or comments information. It should only contain information about speakers who are known and members have heard.

Click for Speakers Template excel, or Speakers Template word, Speakers Information process diagram ppt and Speakers Information process diagram pdf, the flow diagrams have been very much simplified.

Select the Speakers Database button on the CONTACT page to send your message or query.

There is also a free searchable database called Speakezee containing in excess of 2000 expert speakers which has been recommended by U3A National Office covering expertise in areas which include the South West.

During these rather challenging times, I thought that you might be interested in the ability to run some great webinar talks straight into the homes of your U3A members.

Do take a look at the link here: - there are lots of great talks available including my own one about my skydiving ‘career’ Falling With Style. Please pass the information on to any other groups who normally meet regularly but whose members are currently at risk of increased loneliness and isolation.

Another Zoom Talk Link
Talks and Lectures on Contemporary History and Today’s World
I am an historian, an author, a retired Headmaster and an experienced and acclaimed cruise ship lecturer. I also speak to groups, organisations and societies around the country on a wide range of topics bearing upon the post-war world and contemporary issues. While I am always prepared to travel fair distances to speak, present circumstances have caused the suspension of meetings as we would all hope to have them.
A number of groups, however, have welcomed the opportunity to have lectures followed by Q&A via Zoom and I should be very happy to offer the same to any groups or combination of groups in your area. I could give you a full profile of lectures which I am currently offering were you to provide for me an email address. I hope that this may be of interest to you and extend my best wishes at this difficult time. Contact me at
I may also be found at I look forward to hearing from you.
Andrew J Baker

Army Flying Museum online
I am getting in touch as I work directly with the Army Flying Museum at Middle Wallop in Hampshire and wanted to let you know about a series of free ˜Lockdown lectures™ we are currently running online from our website. We currently have local U3A members viewing to ease the lockdown burden but thought you might like to share this information with your members too.

Now in its Second Season, these lectures have been viewed by over 5,000 people worldwide. The lectures have been available to watch via our website each Monday and via the latest webstream technology, the audience is able to attend a live Q&A with aviation historian and broadcaster, Paul Beaver. We are proud to be one of the only military Museums offering this technology to our audience. Viewing is very easy with no apps to download and viewing directly from our website.

Details of our next lecture can be found on our website

Hello . . .
I am an author & guest speaker. I have undertaken over 400 speaking engagements in the last five years most of which have been to U3A groups all over the UK.

With the current situation regarding mass meetings, many U3As are reverting to ON-LINE talks.
This communication is to advise I am happy to provide ON-LINE talks (via the Zoom platform) to any group in your region.
Thank you.

Like so many during this period of lockdown Hearing Dogs for Deaf People has been adapting to the ‘new normal’. Video meetings via services such as Zoom have certainly come to the fore and we’re writing to let you know that you can now book a ‘virtual’ volunteer speaker and dog to one of your meetings.
If you are currently organising Zoom meetings you can head straight to our Request a Speaker page make a booking in just a couple of clicks.
There is also a handy ‘How to’ guide on the same page for anyone who is just thinking about setting up video group meetings and would like to know more.
This new ‘virtual speaker’ service is offered in parallel to our regular face to face talks and presentations, so if video link presentations aren’t your thing then please use the same booking page to get us in the diary for later in the year and into 2021.
Having a live speaker present our work is a fantastic way to find out more about what we do and we look forward to receiving your booking soon.

I am a qualified Blue-badge guide of London; I have seven years of experience guiding visitors of all ages around the city, at historic sites and tourist attractions. Given the present situation, I am moving my activities online, and I was wondering if you may be interested in hosting me as a speaker, or in promoting me as a guest speaker among the local branches of your organisation.
I offer talks on a wide range of topics, from Roman London to street art, from the jewels of London's museum collections to British and international painting. My presentations are usually in webinar style and last for one hour plus 15 minutes of Q&A. I am open to presenting on the topics that are of most interest to your membership and to devise a pricing policy that is most convenient to your organisation. If you opt for a package you will be eligible for generous discounts.
You can learn more about myself as a guide on the Guide London website and you can read what clients say about me on TripAdvisor. I am looking forward to learning more about how we may be able to collaborate in the future, and I wish you a smooth return to normality.
Kind regards,

Annamaria Dallas Anese
Blue-badge guide of London
Qualified in English, Italian, French and Spanish.
Mob. 074 798 123 87 (better to email me if you can)