Bournemouth U3A

Keep up to date with the latest news and updates.

Our membership management system is called 'Beacon' - the u3a movement’s integrated membership, groups, finance and mailing system. 

You can amend the information we hold for you on-line via Beacon and keep your contact details up to date by being able to view and change your own membership record.  Keeping your information up to date is important so that Group Leaders can contact you, we can send you our U3A Newsletter and you can be kept informed of events organised by our u3a. 

 To access Beacon, please click below:-


Members Portal

 If you experience any difficulty, please refer to the Guidance Notes below. 


To log into your personal account you will need to provide the following information to identify yourself: membership number, forename, surname, postcode and email address. If any of these does not conform exactly to the data held in our database you will not be able to log on.

Guidance Notes for Beacon Login

Please note you should use a leading capital for your Forename and Surname (and the rest of the names lower case) when logging into Beacon. The postcode should be in capitals, with only one space between the two halves of the postcode. Your email address should normally be all lower case.

​If you have a problem logging into Beacon, it is likely that something you are entering does not correspond exactly with the data that was originally entered into the database from your paper membership form by our volunteers.

 If you having difficulty accessing Beacon please send an email tThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and membership number so we can investigate and respond to you by email






and below a copy of the PDF version of the Booking Form for the Garden Visit:-                                             



                                                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............... 


chair@This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Stephanie Gardiner)

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. (office open 10-12 weekdays)



We URGENTLY need more “TEAM PLAYERS” to join us, not only on Committee but also behind the scenes. The people who do volunteer enjoy their roles and feel a part of something very worthwhile – Bournemouth u3a!

Please consider putting your name forward. We would be happy to talk to you in a relaxed setting. I’m sure you’ll find it very rewarding! 

For further information please contact Stephanie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All members of our Fun Photography group have had fun photographing a variety of themes over the Bournemouth u3a year.   We meet in our usual room at Friends Meeting House as well as meeting at various places for outdoor ‘photo field trip’ sessions  based on a theme  along with a  project for each term. 

In Autumn our project theme was ‘Strange Structures’.  This idea provided a wide variety of photographs which  you can see here:   Click link and then click a photo to enlarge them.

In Spring 23 an ‘on-the-day’ theme was ‘Scintillating Street Art’.   This resulted in some very colourful shots of the amazing street art and murals around Boscombe.  Some of them are hidden gems!  You can see them here:

Also in Spring our Project Theme was ‘Night Time Photography’ which again resulted in some interesting photos.  Here they are:

Finally the summer term project theme led us to ‘The Colour Red!’.   You can see these photographs here along with some of us voting for our favourite photos and u3a Chair Maggie Brown presenting an award to an overall winner, Steve Allen at the u3a Gala Party in June 23:

We hope you enjoy reading our Spring 2024 Newsletter, please click the image below to view.  



Term dates 2024


Spring Term                     Monday 8 January 2024 - Friday 15 March 2024

Summer Term                  Monday Monday 22 April 2024 - Monday 24 June 2024

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 250 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

                                                                                                                                        Mavis Jackson