Three Brethren (Scottish Borders)

Monthly Meetings & Outings

Monthly Meetings - are currently held on the third Monday of each month, at the Galashiels Rugby Club, Nether Road, Galashiels at 2 pm. After U3A business has been transacted, there is usually a speaker and there will be time for socialising when tea, coffee and biscuits are served. There is parking in the public car park by the Borders College opposite. Occasionally a member of an interest group will give a short talk about their group's interests and activities. A £1 levy is made to defray operating costs.

We do not have monthly meetings in July or August. In the latter month we usually have a Summer tea party.

Please note that some of the speakers listed, may be provisional so do please check this website, nearer the date. I'd hate for you to be disappointed on the day!

If any members have suggestions for monthly meeting speakers please pass them to the committee, in particular to the Meetings Organiser. This can easily be done by using the Contact page.

Dates for your Diary
Mon Oct 21st Amanda of RBS Digital safeguarding - how to avoid bank scams.
Tue Oct 22nd The All Scotland Assembly and Special General Meeting on 22 October 2019 at Elgin Town Hall, Elgin.
Mon Nov 11th U3A Committee Meeting at Kingsknowes Hotel @ 10:30
Mon Nov 18th Kathleen MacFarlane Pole to pole, journeys by ship to the Antarctic peninsula & High Arctic, looking at animals, birds & landscapes of these 2 very different areas.
Mon Dec 9th U3A Committee Meeting at Kingsknowes Hotel @ 10:30
Mon Dec 16th Brian Barry Bottle Top recycling
Mon Jan 13th 2020 U3A Committee meeting at Kingsknowes Hotel @10:30
Mon Jan 20th 2020 OH NO NOT A BURNS SUPPER tickets available at £5 each
Mon Feb 17th 2020 Duncan Cameron The work of Street Pastors in Galashiels.
Mon Mar 16th 2020 Dr John Wilkinson - Beekeeping
Mon Mar 30th 2020 All Scotland Assembly to be held in St John's Hall, Wemyss Road, Peebles, Scottish Borders, hosted by Tweeddale U3A.
Mon Apr 20th 2020 Neil Fisher Highland Clearances
Mon May 18th 2020 AGM
Fiona McCall - Mindfulness - helping you to find a more balanced & healthy life.
Mon Jun 15th 2020 Ewen Fisher Energy Saving Trust
Thu Oct 24th


Doune Castle was built around 1400 by Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany, younger brother of the weak and feeble Robert III He was the effective ruler of the kingdom whilst the future king, James i, was held prisoner in England, and he is known to history as ‘Scotland’s uncrowned king’. The duke was 'a big spender', no expense spared on Doune Castle, and even in its ruined state "the castle inspires awe in visitors".

Dunblane Cathedral is one of the few remaining medieval churches in Scotland and occupies a site that has been sacred for more than a thousand years. Saint Blane first established Christianity in Dunblane between 600 and 700 AD. We will have a guide, for whom there is no charge, but donations of course gratefully received, which we are asked to give to the guide, in cash, upon arrival. Some of you may have preferred to give a donation after the tour but I will pass the bag around on the coach and leave whether to donate or not to your discretion. Please indicate on the Reply Slip if you would rather look around the Cathedral without the benefit of a guide.


07:55 dep Hawick, Common Haugh car park
08:15 dep Selkirk, by Hastings Legal on Market Street
08:30 dep Galashiels, Netherdale
10:00 - 10:45 coffee stop
11:30 arr Doune Castle
12:45 dep Doune Castle
13:00 - 14:15 lunch and free time in Dunblane
14:15 - 15:30 guided tour of Dunblane Cathedral
16:00 depart for home

Please reply by Thursday 17 October cheques payable to U3A The Three Brethren and send to
Isa Scott, 19 Blakehope Court, Tweedbank, Galashiels TD1 3RB

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