Bournemouth U3A

Keep up to date with the latest news and updates.

●  Following the latest official advice from the Government at the beginning of last week about the need for ‘epidemic suppression’, the National Office of the U3A movement has issued the following guidelines for local U3As.
“The current advice is to stop non-essential contact with others and adopt social distancing.  Those in ‘at-risk’ groups are to be shielded from social contact for 12 weeks.  People who should take particular care to minimise social contact are, among others, people over the age of 70.”
●  The decision of the Bournemouth U3A Committee is to implement this official advice which has been issued with our health and well-being in mind.
●  In addition, the trustees of St James Institute have similarly closed their property until further notice.  This means that our U3A Office is also closed.  If you wish to contact us please use the following email addresses and we will get back to you as soon as possible...............

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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

We meet every Tuesday morning at my home, which is an upstairs flat in Wentworth Avenue, at 10.30 - 12.30.

                                                                                                                                        Mavis Jackson

Ten years ago John Oram relaid superb foundations.  Jennie Pudney did a great job as Chair in her 5 years.  Both still beaver away in other roles.  Continuing success means passing on skills, knowledge and experience. Pressure points do arise.   Over subscribed groups, shortage of venues to match demand and ensuring a 'pipeline' of group leaders illustrate.  The jigsaw of members, groups, venues and leaders is an opportunity to think afresh, such as how to attract younger members, our future lifeblood. Join a Publicity Sub-Group, give it a go as a group leader, become an area ambassador to promote our U3A. All it takes is enthusiasm. Guidance, support and mentoring is provided.  Just contact Julie Williams, our Publicity Officer, or me, Stuart.

On 3 June 2020, we celebrate National U3A Day, another great opportunity.  A fantastic response for library volunteers in July shows that members do want to help.

We all can - if we Think of Others Too (TOOT).  Tell your group leader if pulling out.  This means a place for a very grateful person on the waiting list or, if away for a while, a taster session for others.  

First Friday each month, starting 3 January: Coffee & Chat at Westbourne Library from 10.15- 11.30  Enjoy the Westbourne Community spirit and chat to those unfamiliar with U3A, socially isolated or new to the area.  If this works just think of the potential, spawning other ideas too! Thanks for your help and contribution.

                                                                                                  Stuart Sherring

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This is a small group held in the leader's own home (Winton area).  It operates differently from our other groups and runs THROUGHOUT THE YEAR except Easter week, August & 2 weeks at Christmas. Commitment is essential.

Working from a book, the aim is to learn grammar, reading and writing to enable a good understanding of Spanish.

This was a beginners group but they are now halfway through this course, so Caroline is seeking members who have already done some basic Spanish.

 If you are interested or wish to know a little more about the level of knowledge required please contact the office (01202 420700) for Caroline Venn's phone number. 

Term Dates 2020/2021 are:


Summer Term    Monday 20th April 2020 - Monday 22nd June 2020 inclusive 

Autumn Term     Monday 28th September 2020 - Friday 4th December 2020

Spring Term       Monday 4th January 2021 - Friday 12th March 2021

Summer Term    Monday 19th April 2021 - Monday 21st June 2021


The summer term finishes on a Monday to help compensate for bank holidays lost.