Bournemouth U3A

Keep up to date with the latest news and updates.





  If you wish to contact us please email any of the following committee members and

we will get back to you as soon as possible...............


This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Pat Ley)

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Jennie Pudney)

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (John Oram)



You left work and looked forward to the freedom, but after the first holiday and catching up with all those jobs, did you then miss the friendship groups at work, using your skills and experience, achieving something you could be pleased with? Does this ring a bell? In which case, we might have the answer……….

We are looking for someone who would consider being our Shadow Treasurer, supporting the role of our Treasurer, Rod Jackson.

We also need a person with competent IT skills who can support and assist with the work of the Committee, as well as more volunteers to assist in our busy office.

If you think you have suitable skills for any of these positions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  We cannot run indefinitely without the necessary support!  If interested, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and an informal chat. 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Pat Ley

As part of the generation that pioneered the "on-line" way of life, some might prefer to read their u3a Newsletter online, via our website, rather than receive it in the post.

Additionally, this would give us a saving in terms of printing and postage and, of course, help the environment.  The Newsletter will be added to

our website every quarter, as it becomes available.  Be assured that there is no agenda to discontinue paper copies for those who still need or prefer them.

If you would like to go "paperless" you can opt-in by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Term dates 2021-2022

Autumn Term  - Monday 27 September - Friday 3 December

Spring Term  - Monday 10 January - Friday 18 March

Summer Term - Monday 25 April - Monday 27 June

There are no half term breaks, but u3a closes on Public Holidays





We hope you enjoy reading our Summer 2021 Newsletter, please click the image below to view.  

For members who are interested in using Zoom but would like a bit of help, why not try the Zoom guidance available from National Office.  Follow the appropriate link below to get started: once open,  in the search field enter "how to guidance".  Scroll down until you see Zoom (Phones and Tablets) - account registration and starting a meeting and

Zoom (Desktop)- account registration and starting a meeting and select the appropriate link. 




We have a lively Facebook page with over 100 members who enjoy sharing photo's, videos, links to live webcams and generally enjoying the online company of other members.  The site is managed by Mavis Jackson, who checks every application to ensure each person is a current Bournemouth U3A member, or has been invited to join by an existing member.  No political posts are allowed. Many have found the page a helpful way of passing the time, keeping in contact and even making friends with members they would not usually meet. All details remain private unless you choose to publicise them. Why not check it out for yourself, the link for the page is

In spite of all the restrictions to our daily lives and routines, postponement  of our classes, etc. imposed upon us since March 2020, the months have flashed by!

Members of the Fun Photography Group continue to rise to the sometimes challenging weekly themes thrust upon them and produce even more colourful, innovative and delightful photographs 

Viewing each other’s photos on line weekly and - from time to time - discussing via a Zoom meeting, strengthens the shared interest and friendly bond that has kept us together during this difficult period. 

Here are the programme of topics/themes and links to photos taken over the past few months, which we hope you will enjoy!

All good wishes

Pat Gibson & David Cox

Leaders,  Fun Photography!


Summer Holidays (Semi Lockdown).  Monthly Themes – JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2020

Topic 12.  HAPPY HOLIDAY SNAPS - 22nd July 2020


Topic 13.  SUMMER FLOWERS  -  27th Aug 2020


Topic 14.  BEACHCOMBING!  -  21ST Sep 2020


Autumn Term 2020 and Lockdown through the Lens Take 2

Topic 1.  BARKING UP THE RIGHT TREE!  -  7th Oct 2020


Topic 2.  MINI BEASTS!  - 14TH Oct 2020


Topic 3. BRASS AND/OR STEEL!  - 21st Oct 2020


Topic 4.   SHEEP OR SHORE  -  28 Oct 2020


Topic 5.  AUTUMN COLOURS  - 4 Nov 2020


Topic 6. STRIPEY SHOTS! – 11th Nov 2020


Topic 7.  TOOLS FOR THE JOB!  - 18th Nov 2020


Topic 8.  CUT AND DRIED!    -  25th Nov 2020


Topic 9.  THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOT  - 2nd Dec 2020


Topic 10.  CHRISTMAS!  -  9th Dec 2020


Spring Term 2021 and Lockdown through the Lens Take 3- Focus on the Future!

Topic 1. DRINKING IN THE NEW YEAR!  -  13th  Jan 2021


Topic 2.  CHOOSE YOUR CHIMNEY POTS!  -   20th Jan 2021


Topic 3.  SCOTTISH CONNECTIONS!  - 26th Jan 2021


Topic 3.  BLACK AND WHITE!   -  3rd Feb 2021


Topic 4.  SPRING SHOOTS!   -  10th Feb 2021


Topic 5.  COLD & FROSTY MORNING  /  COOL COLOURS    -  17th Feb 2021 



Fun Photography Group -  Leaders, Pat Gibson & David Cox

Within a week of the Spring term ending, self-isolating for our age group started and any plans for holidays, visitors etc. cancelled.  Panic buying began! Life as we knew it changed overnight.

It was soon obvious that our Summer term would be cancelled but we were determined our Fun Photography group would continue in some form!  Via telephone conferences, we devised our 'Lockdown Through the Lens' programme, whereby we would give members a weekly project, all do-able from home and strictly Sunday to Sunday.  Members submit their weekly photo to David electronically who would then forward the result to all the whole group online; also giving them the next challenge!

The results have been brilliant and everyone is enjoying keeping 'connected'  in this way.  All the photos are being stored both online and on a memory stick so that we can all enjoy a slide show when  'normal services are resumed' !

Here are some online links to the four topics so far, we hope you enjoy the photos:

Topic 1.  GOING GREEN      





Lockdown Through the Lens – The Continuation!

Following on from projects 1-4 (as above), the Fun Photography Group enthusiastically pursued weekly topics, 5-11, as listed and illustrated below, producing wide and wonderful  interpretations on a theme!


Now officially on the Summer break, it was agreed to continue with a monthly topic, which will hopefully be featured here in due course.  The weekly challenge will resume in the Autumn term.


When lockdown restrictions were eased, members were out and about with their cameras snapping extraordinary sights locally, notably the 50-60 BA aircraft at the Airport and the four cruise ships lined up in the bay for a few days. One of our guest speakers, Dr George Green, also took a photo of what we think may be an Airbus A340 flying masks/PPE into Bournemouth Airport!  It has a big thank you to the NHS on its side.  These have been added here to our lockdown library of photographs below


Topic 5. TRANSPORT – 10th May 2020  

Topic 6. STILL LIFE WITH (LOCKDOWN) FRUIT – 17th May 2020  

Topic 7.  Sunrise/Sunset  - 24th May 2020 

Topic 8 .  REFLECTIONS  -  31st May 2020   

Topic 9. TEATIME!  -  7th June 2020

Topic 10. THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS!  - 14th June 2020 

Topic 11. A SWEET PICTURE!  -  21st June 2020 

PLANES AND CRUISE LINERS!  In addition to the above topics, various members of the group sent in photos of the BA planes parked up at Bournemouth airport and the cruise liners moored in the bay off Bournemouth.  At one time there were four cruise ships in the bay seemingly with nowhere to go!


We have seven regular members of the song-writing group, and to my knowledge it remains the only song-writing group in the U3A in the UK. All the members, including the newest and the members that write lyrics only, have written songs that now have melodies and recorded demos.  Some members have over 30 songs in their repertoire and some of those had never written songs before joining the group. We have a lot of fun every week and write for a variety of genres and subjects.  New members, musicians, singers and/or writers will always receive a welcome.  If you would like to hear some of the songs that the group members have written, we have a website where it is free to listen to them

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