Bournemouth U3A

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Grand Photo Exhibition 2021-2022

Our Fun Photography group exhibition was held at Moordown Community Centre café in June.  In case you missed it, here’s an online version .  The following photographs are our winning photos, runners up and some highly commended for each theme from each term this year. You can see all of the photos at the following link.  Just click the links below:

Fun Photography Summer Exhibition 2022

Autumn Term Photos click here.  Themes are:  Relaxing Russell Coates!; To Auto or not Auto?;  Lower Garden Views; Lighting & Macro Photography;  Hotels Old & New!;  Monochrome Crockery Capers!; Angles and Curves.

Spring Term Photos click here. Themes are: My Favourite Food!;  Window shopping Wonders in Pokesdown!;  BNSS Museum Musing!; Photo Composition in Gardens and Pier Approach Boscombe;  Pinecliff Peeps;   Fun Portraits with Hats!

 Summer Term Photos click here. Themes are:  Mill Marvels at Throop; Bottle Bank Photography; Watery Wonders at Poole Park;  Arcades Old & New in Boscombe;  Ducking Delights and old town Christchurch;  Church Towers

All Photos from Autumn Spring and Summer terms click here.

Click on a photo to enlarge and view them.  You should also see the theme and photographer’s name.   An overall winning photo of the year and runner up of the year were chosen by our guest judge, Wendy, the manager of Moordown Community Centre.  See if you can spot them!

We have all very much enjoyed taking photos according to a set of different themes this year in a variety of places.  We hope you enjoy them.  In our friendly group the emphasis is on fun and photo composition rather than the technical side of things.  If you would like to join Fun Photo, just find us in the brochure for 22-23 and sign up!  We meet on Wednesdays at FMH or out and about on location!

David Cox and Gaye Barrett,  Joint Leaders, Fun Photography



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We hope you enjoy reading our Summer 2022 Newsletter, please click the image below to view.  


Fun Photography Group, Autumn and Spring Project Photos

The Fun Photography group resumed full activities in the U3A Autumn term with photographic projects both inside and outside ranging from Fun Portraits with Hats to the Bournemouth Natural Science Society museum (a big thanks to them) and macro photography.  


Our guest speakers have taken us on photographic presentations through Japan, wildlife photos in the local areaand abroad and a look at photo journalism from the 70s in Manchester.  


We have so enjoyed meeting face to face both indoors and outside after enforced lockdown and also our remote email/online photo projects but we decided to keep one topic per term online so that all can view them.  Below you can see our Autumn 2021 and Spring 2022 topics which we hope you all enjoy!

David Cox and Gaye Barrett

Fun Photography, Group Leaders


Spring 2022 Topic: MY FAVOURITE FOOD!  – 8th March 2022    


Autumn 2021 Topic:  ANGLES AND CURVES!  – 18th Nov 2021 

Term dates 2022-2023

Autumn Term   Monday 26 September 2022  -  Friday 2 December 2022

Spring Term     Monday 9 January 2023  -         Friday 17 March 2023

Summer Term  Monday 24 April 2023      -         Monday 26 June 2023 

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

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

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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