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.
Helen from Citizens Advice in Dorset spoke at the December First Monday meeting. She wants to get names for a Focus Group on finding care in Dorset, something which is of interest to many of our members. She has a survey which she would like members to complete which is at the link here. There will also be paper copies at this meeting. The first Focus Group is planned for Friday 7th December 1.45 - 2.45 in Dorchester. Helen is keen to hear the views of Dorset residents who are currently receiving social care support, have thought about the help that they might need in the future or are carers.
The Timetable for January through to April may now be viewed under the Programme menu above.
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.
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.
Hobbies Table: Tea Caddies
February 4th "Weymouth Harbour Story" by Keith Howorth, Harbour Master.
Hobbies Table: Chess & Board Games
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.
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.
Some Group Activities
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