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 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.
The Poetry Appreciation Group is full. If people are interested in joining they should contact the Group Leader, Liz Baume - details in the Newsletter - to go on a waiting list.
We currently have two reading groups, Reading For Pleasure and Booktalk, both of which are now fully subscribed. It is hoped to start another group but to do so a Group Leader or Contact Person will be required. Tricia Virgo, the Contact for Booktalk, is happy to provide assistance in setting up the group and explain how they currently operate.
If you are interested in establishing a new group, please contact Peter Scaife, Group Liaison. His telephone number appears on page 4 of the current newsletter.
WiFi Password Change
Will group leaders and members who want to use internet access at Holy Trinity Parish Centre please note that the password has changed this new year. If you want the new password please contact the Equipment Officer Ian Blaby or Leader of the Computer Group Doug Lazenby.
The Summer Timetable is now available under the Programme menu above.
Group leaders are invited to check that their entries are correct and if not, submit their amendments to Mike Neely.
T-Loop induction amplifiers
The T-Loop system has been updated and is much improved. Please tell us what you think.
Monthly Monday Meetings
"Life in an Indian Village/ Life in an English Village" by Raj Adgopul
The Gardening Group will be having their Annual Plant Sale at this meeting.
"From Corscombe to New Zealand" by Bonny Sartin (ex – Yettie)
"History of Great Exhibitions" by Matthew Denney, Author
Anniversary Summer Tea Party
This will be held on 20th June 2019 at Came Down Golf Club. Tickets are £5 and are on sale now from Jane Huff whose details are in the Newsletter.
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.
Training In The Use Of Equipment
Ian Blaby will run an U3A equipment workshop on Tuesday 30th April at 2pm and 4pm in HTC downstairs classroom. Participants will connect laptops and DVD to projectors and sound systems. Documentation will be provided. This is open to group leaders and anyone who helps them with presentations or sounds at group meetings. If groups have a particular requirement, eg their own laptop, tablet, or Apple system please tell Ian Blaby then bring it to the workshop. He will give it special attention. If you are interested please contact Ian Blaby on 753566 to book a place at one of the two sessions 2pm or 4pm on 30th April.
U3A National News
For information about the National U3A please click here.
U3A National Summer Schools
For dates and venues of 2019 courses click here
Weymouth U3A is having an African Drumming Session on Saturday 16th May at St Aldhelms Church Centre Spa Road, Weymouth between 1 and 3 pm. The cost will be between £4 and £6 depending how many attend. If anyone is interested in attending please contact Peter Scaife, Group Liaison (his contact is in our Newsletter) and he will put you in touch with the organiser.
General Data Protection Regulations
Reserving projection and audio equipment
An online system is being trialled to enable groups to reserve projection and audio equipment. Clicking here takes you to the website page where you can check what equipment is booked for the next few months. If you wish to reserve items of equipment then notify Geoff Kirby whose details are in the Newsletter and he will put your requirements on the appropriate page.
IMPORTANT! The cupboard and key safe must be kept locked whilst groups are in progress to keep our equipment safe.
Some Group Activities
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