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.
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Please click here to download a copy of the Membership Application Form and click here to download a copy of the Gift Aid Form.
YOU THE JURY!
THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. A waiting list is operating and it is hoped that this event will be repeated.
Diane Janes, an expert on historical crime and author of four books on real life historical murders, has offered to undertake a one day course entitled “You The Jury”. Participants will consider the evidence in respect of two different real life cases of murder, or suspected murder, which occurred in England and Wales between 1900 and 1975.Participants are expected to listen to the evidence, making notes as they go, then discuss the case and attempt to reach a verdict. A pen, notebook and an open mind are all that is required, no advanced research is needed. Please click here for more details.
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.
Spanish Cultural Sessions: Spain is more than Tapas and Flamenco!
An interesting session that will enable you to experience the real Spain. Following on from the success of the 1st session, the 2nd Spanish Cultural session is on...…….
Monday 11 March 2019 - 2.00 to 4.30 p.m.
The geographical influences, the regions and the gastronomy.
What made Spain as it is today? A journey through the country’s rich history.Venue: Dorchester Community Church, Poundbury. Cost: £1 per session (Inc. coffee/tea). For more details Contact Angela Stacey (phone number in Newsletter).
T-Loop induction amplifiers
The T-Loop system has been updated and is much improved. Please tell us what you think.
Monthly Monday Meetings
The November Monthly Meeting had a "Brains Trust" answering questions on the topic "With the end in mind..." Please click here for links to websites that will be helpful on this topic.
March 4th. "70 years Of Horticulture At Kingston Maurward" by Nigel Hewish, Head Gardener, Kingston Maurward College.
Hobbies Table: Bird Photography.
April 1st "A 21st Century National Park For Dorset" by Sandra Brown, Coordinator Director.
Hobbies Table: Mementoes Of School Days.
"Life in an Indian Village/ Life in an English Village" by Raj Adgopul
"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. Please put this date in your diaries. More details will be available soon.
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.
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.
U3A National Summer Schools
For dates and Venues of 2019 courses click here
Some Group Activities
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