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Any alterations from or additions to the normal pattern of meetings will appear below.

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS: Many groups are suspended or unable to accept new members during the pandemic. If in doubt, contact the convener.

Crossways Travel

Crossways Travel organise a series of day trips which are often of interest to Bridport u3a members and are discounted for our members. Sybil Godden is our events organiser so please click here to Email Sybil for futher information or to express an interest.

The list of trips planned for 2021 is available on our Downloads page or can be viewed by clicking HERE

During the time of the Pandemic our regular Meetings which are on the fourth Tuesday of the month, in the Bridport United Church Hall in East Street starting at 2pm have had to be cancelled. However some of the booked speakers have agreed to give their talk on line.

The following is a list of On Line Talks for the rest of this month and the following months. Details of how to access these talks will be included in the reminder email sent a few days before the event.



January 2021

Date Time Event
Tue 262.00pm"Wildflower Grasslands in West Dorset" by Nick Gray. He is a very knowledgeable conservation officer from  Dorset Wildlife Trust


February 2021

Date Time Event
Tue 232.00pm"The Making of the West Bay Discovery Centre" by John West. It concerns the transformation of the West Bay Methodist Chapel into a heritage and natural history museum.


March 2021

Date Time Event
Tue 232.00pmTalk by  Debbie Birtwhistle of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Service "What we do as a charity, with details of our helicopter, clinicians and services"


April 2021

Date Time Event
Tue 272.00pm "Life Behind the Sideshows", Kay Townsend takes us back to the 50s and 60s, the freak shows, Wall of Death and the Flea Circus.


May 2021

Date Time Event
Tue 252.00pmGerald Seaman speaking via Zoom  on "My Musical Life in Russia, how I met Shostakovich and How I nearly Became James Bond". Professor Seaman is an international authority on Russian music. His talk describes his adventures  as a member of an Arctic Expedition, life in the Royal Navy where he studied the Russian language, his life at Oxford University and his year in Russia as a research student , where he met many leading Russian composers


June 2021

Date Time Event
Tue 222.00pm Brian Lane-Smith via Zoom on "Hunting the Hunter". The subject is the airfield at Dunkeswell and the story of its construction, the occupation of 479th USAAF Anti-Submarine group and the US Navy Anti-Submarine facility during WW2. Brian is a passionate military historian, and together with others, created the Heritage Centre at Dunkeswell which opened in Sept 2016.


July 2021

Date Time Event
Tue272.00pmJohn Hope via Zoom on ""Time Through the Ages"."A Journey Through Time" tells the developent and improvement of time telling devices from sundial and water clocks through the introduction of mechanical clocks, railway time, domination of the pendulum devices, to the atomic clock. John Hope has had a varied career in the RAF and in the commercial sector including much travel.


August 2021

Date Time Event
Tue 242.00pmIan Keable via Zoom on "The Century of Deception; The Birth of the Hoax in the Eighteenth Century." The 1700s was a period when the people of England seemed to be especially gullible. In this entertaining talk Ian demonstrates how 18th century hoaxes are memorable not only for their imaginative nature but also because of the differing motives of the tricksters. Ian Keable got a degree from Oxford University and then later bacame a professional magician 


September 2021

Date Time Event
Tue 282.00pmPhilip St. John Bowen via Zoom on " The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy and Stately Home." The talk begins in the 1870s and chronicles the changes in economics, politics and society and the impactof 2 world wars that fatally undermined our Aristocracy and Stately Homes. Philip was a Deputy Headmaster for 26years at a large independent  boarding school and now guides at Worcester Cathedral. 


October 2021

Date Time Event
Tue 262.00pmThis will be the postponed talk by Colin Varndell "A Year in the Country". this will be presented in person in the Bridport United Church Hall.This will cover all aspects of natural history, shot mostly in Dorset. Colin Varndell is a professional photographer , specialising in British natural history.