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.
History of Art trip to Belgium October 2019. We have a few spare places on our trip to Bruges, Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp. If you are interested. please contact Mike Aylott or Kelvin Huff (details in Newsletter). You don't need to be a member of the History of Art group to join the trip.
Proposed "Get By in French" Group. It is proposed to start a new group entitled "Get By in French", aimed at members with little or no knowledge of the language and who wish to learn sufficient to help them get by on a visit to France. If anyone is interested in joining contact Peter Scaife (telephone number on page 2 of the newsletter under Group Coordinator). Peter will be most grateful if there is someone within the membership who might be prepared to become a Group Leader and teach the basics of the language.
Bernard Aaron has offered to start a Solo Whist group, easy to learn for anyone who has played whist with a partner and also suitable for newcomers to the game. Please contact Group Co-ordinator, Peter Scaife (telephone number on page 2 of the newsletter) if you are interested in joining. Once there are sufficient numbers to get the group started a meeting will be arranged to decide on dates and times for future group meetings.
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.
The Reading For Pleasure and Booktalk Groups are both fully subscribed so a new Reading For Pleasure Group 3 has been started. Meetings will be held on the third Thursday of each month at the Junction Hotel great Western Road at 11 am starting on 18th July. Our first book will be Dear Mrs Bird by A J Pearce. New Members will be very welcome as numbers are small at the moment. Contact Peter Scaife for further details. His telephone number appears on page 2 of the newsletter.
Welsh For Beginners A fluent Welsh Speaker is prepared to offer a few classes for those wishing to learn a little of the language. If interested in joining the group contact Peter Scaife Group Co-ordinator.
If you are interested in establishing a new group, please contact Peter Scaife, Group Liaison.
Internet Connection at Holy Trinity Centre
A new router has been installed at HTC and the password has changed. If you want the new password please contact the Equipment Officer Ian Blaby or Leader of the Computer Group Doug Lazenby. The laptops have been setup to automatically connect to the HTC router.
T-Loop induction amplifiers
The T-Loop system has been updated and is much improved. Please tell us what you think.
Monthly Monday Meetings
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.
Dorchester and District U3A AGM
The AGM was held on Monday 1st July 2019. For copy of the minutes click here.
Weymouth Reciprocal Arrangement
The arrangement we have with Weymouth for Members to join our groups and only pay an attendance fee will cease in September. This has been agreed with the Weymouth and Portland U3A. If any Weymouth members wish to use our groups after September then they will have to join Dorchester and District U3A, the same for Dorchester members with Weymouth. The subscription will be less the Capitation Fee if they remain a member of Weymouth as well.
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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