Welcome to Dorchester and District U3A
The University of the Third Age: Where ‘university’ is used in its original sense – a place where people can come to learn and to enjoy the sharing of knowledge, interests and ideas. It is a worldwide learning organisation with over 300,000 members in the UK alone who are no longer in full-time employment and have reached their ‘third age’, a time to keep minds and bodies alert and active.The Dorchester and District U3A offers a programme of educational and leisure interests which are described in the pages of this website with information on the Groups, membership details, contacts and links to other websites of related interest such as the National U3A website - please click here.
We are located in Dorchester, the County Town of Dorset in the south of England. The town is surrounded by beautiful countryside close to the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Please use the tabs at the top of the page or click here to navigate around this website. Do let us know about features you like on this web site with any suggestions you have for its improvement.
Please click here to download a copy of the Membership Application Form and click here to download a copy of the Gift Aid Form.
French Improvers needs a Group Leader.
If you are interested in joining any of these groups, or Leading one, please contact Peter Scaife, Group Liaison.
Trips and Outings The list for the beginning of 2019 has been published. For more information please click here.
Theatre and Concert Trips can be seen here. New Theatre trips have been added.
If you are intending to use Riviera Travel for your next holiday, please mention your Dorchester U3A membership at the time of direct booking. Our U3A will receive 10% of the final cost of your trip and you will get a refund of your annual subscription.
U3A National News
For information about the National U3A please click here.
Please be aware that there may be a scam running which falsely uses a Dorchester U3A group leader's name. Members should ignore any suspicious and unexpected requests for money from Dorchester U3A members. Approach the member named directly to check the validity of any request.
Another of our members has received an email referring to our U3A Newsletter saying DO NOT OPEN in large yellow letters. It came from USA. Please delete without opening.
T-Loop induction amplifiers
We would like to know how many members benefit from T-Loop induction amplifiers at our meetings. If you have a hearing aid with T-Loop setting or feel you would benefit or attend more meetings when it is available please let us know. email or ring Ian Blaby or Janet Kennewell whose details are in the Newsletter.
Monthly Monday Meetings
November 5th. "With The End In Mind" - Brains Trust Discussion about preparation for end of life with Professor Sir David Haslam, who is Chair of NICE, Andrew Webb, who is a recently retired Consultant Geriatrician and Kate Woodhouse who is the Counselling and Bereavement Lead at Weldmar Hospice.
Hobby Table: Candles
December 3rd. "An Auctioneer's Ten Commandments", Richard May MA, Director, Lawrences Auctioneers, Crewkerne.
Hobby Table: Snowballs
January 7th 2019 This will be a Group Fayre where Group Leaders book a table to offer information about their groups to members and potential new members. The event will be publicised in the local media and is an opportunity for both existing and potential new members to find out more about Dorchester U3A and what the Interest Groups have to offer. The event will commence at 10 am and finish at approximately 11.30 am. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served. There will be no speaker on this occasion.
U3A Xmas Lunch Tuesday 4th December at The New Inn, West Knighton 12 for 12.30 p.m.
(See menu below)
1. Traditional roast TURKEY with all the trimmings
2. Herb-crusted SALMON fillet with hollandaise sauce
3. Roast PORK filled with apricot stuffing with cider gravy
4. 6oz sirloin STEAK with peppercorn and brandy sauce
5. Bean & vegetable CASSOULET with crumble topping (V)
Desserts A. Traditional CHRISTMAS PUDDING & brandy sauce
B. Apple and mincemeat TART, with vanilla ice cream
C.Salted caramel CHEESECAKE with honeycomb ice cream
D. Local CHEESE with biscuits & chutney
E. White chocolate & cranberry BREAD & BUTTER PUDDING
Followed by Mince pie and coffee/tea
Two courses £21 payable in advance (or reserve your place with a £10 deposit).
Contact Jane Huff to book (see Newsletter for contact details)
Some Group Activities
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