This page lists forthcoming events and visits that may be of interest to all U3A members. Please contact the organiser of any event you wish to attend.

You can view a timetable of ALL group meetings by clicking the link on the right.

Dates for your Diary
December 2019
Mon Dec 16thJazz AppreciationThe Girls in the Band: a DVD about female jazz instrumentalists and their struggle for recognition through the years. Plus some Diana Krall in Rio!
Tue Dec 17thCyclingAfternoon Ride
Thu Dec 19thArt Appreciation

Justine HopkinsThe American Woodsman at large: John James Audubon and the making of "The Birds of America"
January 2020
Mon Jan 6thAstronomyDetails of the January 2020 meeting will be posted here as soon as they are available.
Tue Jan 7thArchitectureInside the Mind of an Architect - Doug Fowler
Wed Jan 8thPhotographyUnderstanding Colour
Fri Jan 10thMusicMezzo-soprano Anne Braley will join us for a programme of songs. She may well have a very local accompanist!
Fri Jan 10thTravel and TourismVietnam, Cambodia& Laos
Mon Jan 13thBird WatchingBird watching Purton
Thu Jan 16thArt Appreciation

Lynne GibsonFrom Encaustic to Acrylic: a Sticky Story of paint media
Mon Jan 20thJazz AppreciationNorman Granz - a key figure in jazz history, as agent, record producer and concert promoter
Thu Jan 23rdConcerts7:30 pm. Hoddinott Hall. BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Coach departs Aldi 5:00 pm.
Tue Jan 28thOpera Study GroupFalstaff - Verdi
February 2020
Mon Feb 3rdAstronomyDetails of the February 2020 meeting will be posted here as soon as they are available.
Tue Feb 4thArchitectureDendrochronology - Andy Moir
Wed Feb 5thHistoryThe Cavendish dynasty with John Smith
Mon Feb 10thBird WatchingVisit to Cotswold Water Park
Wed Feb 12thPhotographyResults of the "Tom Crowe Competition"
Fri Feb 14thMusicA visit from performers from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Watch this space to find out which performer or performers they will be sending!
Fri Feb 14thTravel and TourismAll over the Place
Thu Feb 20thArt Appreciation

Robert WaltersEntertainment
Tue Feb 25thOpera Study GroupThe Nose - Shostakovitch
Fri Feb 28thConcerts7:30 pm. Victoria Rooms. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Coach departs Aldi 5:45 pm.
March 2020
Tue Mar 3rdArchitectureAlternatives to Demolition - Steve Thomas
Wed Mar 4thHistory“From Choirboy to Dictator” the rise of Hitler with Anne Henley
Mon Mar 9thBird WatchingVisit to Forest of Dean
Wed Mar 11thPhotographyDepth of Field
Fri Mar 13thMusicThe Brandon Hill Quartet return with a programme including string quartets, details of the works to be played will be given nearer the time.
Fri Mar 13thTravel and TourismGalapagos islands
Thu Mar 19thArt Appreciation

David PlossVanessa Bell with her Bloomsbury friends and lovers.
Tue Mar 24thOpera Study GroupLa Donna del Largo - Rossini
Mon Mar 30thBird WatchingLittleton Brick Pits and the River Severn
Tue Mar 31stOpera Study GroupMacbeth - Verdi
April 2020
Wed Apr 1stHistoryPainters, actors and musicians in 18th Century Bath with Helen Roberts
Tue Apr 7thArchitectureTall Buildings of the World - Nick Howkins
Wed Apr 8thPhotographyScene Modes
Fri Apr 10thMusicProgramme change: Helen Hill (flute) and Keith Hyett (classical guitar), not Alison Dite and Philip Heyman.
Sun Apr 12thTravel and TourismNo Meeting (Good Friday)
Thu Apr 16thArt Appreciation

David SpeedimanStained Glass: An Ancient Art
Wed Apr 22ndBird WatchingGreat Bustards on Salisbury Plain. Prior Booking required
Tue Apr 28thOpera Study GroupFlying Dutchman - Wagner
May 2020
Fri May 1stConcerts7:30 pm. Victoria Rooms. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Coach departs Aldi 5:45 pm.
Tue May 5thArchitecturePost War Reconstruction - Helen Roberts
Wed May 6thHistoryMy Napoleonic Soldier with Janice Jackson
Fri May 8thMusicHelen Roberts will give a talk on Handel.”He was the master of us all. The greatest composer who ever lived” said Beethoven.
Fri May 8thTravel and TourismMadeira
Mon May 11thBird WatchingSnuff Mills and Eastville Park
Wed May 13thPhotographyCloseup and Macro Photography
Mon May 18thBird WatchingSand Point near Weston Super Mare
Thu May 21stArt Appreciation

Les HarperWalter Sickert:Post Impressionist or Jack the Ripper
Tue May 26thOpera Study GroupIl Pagliacci/Sister Angelica - Leoncavelli/Puccini
June 2020
Tue Jun 2ndArchitectureMakers of 18th century Bristol - Louise Ingsley
Wed Jun 3rdHistoryWriting wartime memories with Maureen Armstrong
Mon Jun 8thBird WatchingSwell Wood and Collard Hill
Wed Jun 10thPhotographyComposition
Fri Jun 12thMusicLocal conductor, organist, pianist and music teacher Nigel Davis will be Jos Gregson’s guest as he decides what records he would have with him on a Desert Island and we find out about his very musical life and how he would cope with the solitude of the island.
Fri Jun 12thMusicAnnual Lunch – venue to be advised.
Fri Jun 12thTravel and TourismEleven Caribbean Islands
Thu Jun 18thArt Appreciation

Stella LyonsFrom rowdy drunkenness to lonely hotel rooms: Everyday Life in Art.
Tue Jun 23rdOpera Study GroupPearl Fishers - Bizet
Tue Jun 30thOpera Study GroupParsival - Wagner
July 2020
Wed Jul 1stHistoryVisit – tba
Tue Jul 7thArchitectureCalatrava Post 2012 - Alan Heath
Wed Jul 8thPhotographyGroup trip to Birmingham
Fri Jul 10thTravel and Tourism41 Locks to Nuremburg
Mon Jul 13thBird WatchingChipping Sodbury Common and Wetmoor
August 2020
Mon Aug 10thBird WatchingChew Valley Lakes
Wed Aug 12thPhotographyNO MEETING
Fri Aug 14thTravel and TourismNo Meeting
September 2020
Tue Sep 1stArchitectureIndustrial Buildings - Lyn Haig
Mon Sep 7thBird WatchingNote First Monday in month for better tides
Wed Sep 9thPhotographyPictures from the trip to Birmingham
Fri Sep 11thTravel and TourismNorthumberland
October 2020
Tue Oct 6thArchitectureHerzog and de Meuron - Steve Thomas
Fri Oct 9thTravel and TourismCopenhagen & Prague
Mon Oct 12thBird WatchingUpton Warren
Wed Oct 14thPhotographyReview of images for the "Tom Crowe Competition"
November 2020
Tue Nov 3rdArchitectureRebuilding Gothic Cathedrals - Helen Roberts
Mon Nov 9thBird WatchingSomerset Levels
Wed Nov 11thPhotographyPractical - Christmas themed tabletop photography
Fri Nov 13thTravel and TourismChile
December 2020
Tue Dec 1stArchitectureXmas fun activities
Wed Dec 9thPhotographyReview of Christmas tabletop images
Fri Dec 11thTravel and TourismChristmas Celebrations
Mon Dec 14thBird WatchingSlimbridge