West Lothian


Everyone is welcome to attend one of our monthly Open Meetings to find out more and decide whether U3A is for them; they are held on the third Wednesday of each month (except July) from 2 - 4pm at:

Uphall Community Education Centre, Strathbrock Place, Uphall, West Lothian, EH52 6BN
Tel: 01506 854451

Dates for your Diary
Wed Mar 18th Margaret Macdonald: "From agoraphobia to academia....my life inside"

Margaret will talk about her learning journey from being housebound to becoming a university lecturer. She had to face her worst fears, but there were also moments of hilarity. Just when she was totally confident being outside, she found herself back “inside”, teaching in prisons and closed wards whilst supporting other Open University prison tutors
Wed Apr 15th Una Race from the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre in West Calder will give a talk about the work of the charity, that never puts down a healthy dog. West Calder looks after over 500 dogs a year and has up to 70 in its care at any one time.

Una should be accompanied by a friendly rescue dog.
Wed May 20th Joyce Murray will talk about Grace Chocolates.

Joyce is the Founder and Director of Positive Changes, a Community Interest Company that produces Grace Chocolates. The chocolates are handmade by women who have touched the Scottish criminal justice system and are choosing to make positive changes in their lives. Through making and selling their Belgian chocolates the women receive support, training, work experience and the opportunity to raise their self-esteem and resilience.

There will be an opportunity to buy some of these “exquisitely wrapped chocolates”.
Wed Jun 17th Rosslyn Chapel will provide a speaker to talk about one of Scotland’s most remarkable buildings.

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, Midlothian has been in the ownership of the same family since its foundation in 1446 and is still used today as a place of worship. This world famous chapel has many interesting and unique architectural features.
Wed Jul 15th No Open Meeting in July
Wed Aug 19th The David Livingstone Birthplace Project will provide a speaker to talk about the renovation of the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire. (The museum is closed until further notice, but the park and grounds remain open.)

The Birthplace Project plans to bring under-represented narratives into the museum, and to retell the story of Livingstone (1813 – 1873) for a 21st century audience. The Centre will become a key resource for learning about Livingstone’s heritage and his far reaching impact in science, health, exploration, faith and humanitarian endeavour.
Wed Sep 16th (To be confirmed)

Anthony Busuttil: "Academic Forensic Medicine in the Practice of Solving Crime"

The Regius Professor Emeritus of Forensic Medicine at the University of Edinburgh will talk about his former work as a forensic pathologist, helping to solve crimes in Scotland.

This talk was postponed from 2019.
Wed Oct 21st West Lothian U3A Annual General Meeting
Wed Nov 18th Dr Susan Stewart will give a talk on the History of Scent, based on her research for a forthcoming book.

This includes not only body perfume, but also scents such as odours used to fragrance the air in private and public places, scent for hygiene purposes and perfume to mask (and “cure”) diseases and bad smells. Scent is also used in religious observance, medical procedures, magic, tradition and ritual, and has associations with wealth, status, fashion, beauty and sexual attraction.

Dr Stewart is the Librarian at Broxburn Academy, and she has written a number of books and papers on the history of cosmetics.