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 Lyme Regis U3A

 Welcome to U3A     About the U3A
The  Lyme Regis U3A was founded in November 2005 and currently has a membership of approximately 600 from Lyme Regis and the surrounding area.

Members receive two newsletters and two updates each year, plus five editions of the U3A national publication 'Third Age Matters' and two editions of the magazine 'Sources', all for an annual fee of £12 Individual or £22 Joint (see Application Form for full details).


U3As are self-help, self managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full-time work, providing opportunities for members to share learning experiences in a wide range of groups and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for fun. 
There are more than 915 U3A's in the UK with a membership of about 320,000. 

For more information about the U3A organisation visit the National website at u3a.org.uk or contact our membership secretary on 01297 561569

Any other enquiries please email Lyme Regis U3A Chair:  rachaelpope1@outlook.com

 Coffee and Talks  
The  Lyme Regis U3A hold regular monthly Coffee Social Mornings, come along to meet old and new friends.  Coffee is usually followed by a talk given by an invited speaker covering a diverse range of subjects.  Non-members are welcomed for which there is a small admission charge.  See the Forthcoming Events below for further details  
 Join Now  
To join or learn more about the Lyme Regis U3A please email: membership@lymeregisu3a.org or telephone 01297 561569 or use this link to download and print an Application Form or take a look at our latest newsletter Lyme Regis U3A Newsletter and News update

 Lyme Regis U3A Forthcoming Events 2020

Monthly meetings are held at the Woodmead Hall, Hill Road, Lyme Regis
unless otherwise stated

U3A Social - Last Thursday in the month. 
 Informal drop-in at the Pilot Boat, Lyme Regis at 10-00 am. 
Tea and coffee £1-50 a cup.  Rachael Pope (445575) and Ann Fleet (442651)
NEW  Board Games Group is meeting next Thursday 9th January, 10am at Abbeyfield, Silver St Lyme Regis.  There is parking at Abbeyfield. We hope to finish around 12-15 ish, games don't always recognise time limits!  Please contact Wendy Alexander on 01295 445152 all will be very welcome.

FRIDAY 10th January

Post war New Towns  
Matthew Denney - valuer and auctioneer with special interest in late 19th century and 20th century design and architecture.  10.00am - 10.40am - coffee/tea and biscuits. 11.00am - talk.  Lyme Regis U3A, Woodmead Halls, Hill Road

Friday 17th Jan

Solar Eclipses
Our first talk of the new decade is by Bob Speer - Solar Eclipses (with demos).
A Total Solar Eclipse is one of Nature's most awe inspiring events.
All life on this planet depends on the Sun...and so we take a look at why they so excite professional astronomers.
Some demonstrations are arranged and then, if time, we may take a look at future eclipse predictions for Lyme Regis.
U3A SciTec Group Small Woodmead Hall, , 10:00 - 12:00. Please bring a 50p contribution to our costs. All Lyme U3A members are welcome.

Friday 14th February

Lyme Regis U3A Social Morning
Come and meet the Activity Group Leaders at our Social Coffee morning and maybe join a group? Learn, Laugh and Live. Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Free entry - bring a friend! From 10:00 am until 12:00

Friday, March 13th at Woodmead Halls
Professor Jim Rose will talk on The Ice Age in west Dorset and east Devon

This lecture attempts to explain how the landscape around Lyme Regis formed in the last 2.5 million years of what we know as ‘The Ice Age’.  It will demonstrate that permafrost and melting permafrost was the most important process and that erosion of the valleys caused the land to be uplifted by about 170 metres. Evidence will also be presented to show that there is evidence for early humans in the area during short periods of temperate climate.

Coffee will be served from 10.00 - 10.40 and the lecture begins at 11:00



Lyme Regis, Bridport and Crewkerne U3A members: 

From John Bartholomew “Travel Company” 

TRIPS SUMMARY:  Lyme Regis, Bridport and Crewkerne U3A`s. 2020: January update:

London Trip: April 21-23 inclusive. Places still available.

I have two spare tickets for The Marriage of Figaro in Cardiff on February 23rd.  

John at jdbart45@gmail.com 

            CURRENT OFFERS: November 2020


A return to The South Bank. A repeat of our trip this year which proved very popular:

Premier Inn County Hall – 20 rooms booked: April 21/22/23 @£139 (£158 inc breakfast) per room per night.  Sharing, of course, halves this.  We have been known to arrange introductions!

Travel by coach - £50  Pick-ups in Lyme, Charmouth, Bridport and Crewkerne.

Return leaves London on April 24th at 16.00

Royal Opera House tickets should be available for Swan Lake and Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci if wanted.  Otherwise:  The Globe; The National Theatre; The Royal Festival Hall; The Tate Modern and many other South Bank attractions on the doorstep.

In all cases reply to John Bartholomew: jdbart45@gmail.com

STOP PRESS: We have 24 names so far.  There is no commitment in just expressing interest.



I will be going myself, probably August 17-21; I do not plan to run a trip in the usual way but I am happy to advise on arrangements from flights to hotel to bookings for shows if you would like me to.

Note that:

EasyJet bookings for August are already open!

The Hub by Premier Inn a `streamlined` hotel is currently offering double rooms at

£88 per night. Conventional Premier Inns and Travelodges more like £150.

  • `9 TO 5`. The Dolly Parton Musical.  June 25th 2020 matinee. Mayflower Southampton
  • Return to SIDMOUTH FOLK FESTIVAL – August 2020
  • NEW: THE COMMITMENTS – 20 soul classics – Mayflower Southampton February 2021 (!!!)

Expressions of interest welcomed: jdbart45@gmail.com

 Guidelines for customers using the service provided by John Bartholomew and his extensive professional team:

  • ideas for trips are sourced by the team and suggestions from members
  • if judged to be feasible then trips are broadly costed and then advertised in all three U3A`s
  • interest can then be expressed by email to jdbart45@gmail.com
  • if interest is sufficient then those who have expressed interest are asked to commit by email
  • committing means taking responsibility for the entire cost of a place on the trip whether you eventually travel or not because at this stage tickets are purchased and coaches booked
  • all customers will receive an email, prior to the trip, with final arrangements and indicating the cost although no payment will be required until the day of the trip; this email will always contain the word `final` and customers are advised to note the date carefully; all trips are costed precisely on the total price of tickets, travel and small gratuity for the driver; we do not take out any insurance; nor do we have any funds to cover those eventually unable to attend who will, sadly, be invoiced for the full cost of the trip.


The  Lyme Regis U3A currently has approximately 45 active groups covering a wide variety of subjects.  There are a number of study groups including Geology, Current Affairs, Opera Appreciation.  Whilst others help maintain and improve fitness, such as Tennis, the Walking Groups and more.  Other groups offer an opportunity to have a go at a new craft, whilst languages are ever popular and along with Bridge, Creative Writing all help keep the brain alert.  For a full list of groups and when they meet see the Groups Schedule alongside.   

Groups need not be large

Even as few as two or three people may meet in participants homes and the leaders are voluntary, thereby keeping costs to a minimum.  Studies are all undertaken at the group’s own agreed speed and there are no exams to take.  Members are encouraged to see the value and take pleasure in learning for its own sake.


How to Join a group or become a Group Leader

It’s thanks to the Group Leaders who help make U3A such a success by giving their time voluntarily to provide members with such a variety of learning opportunities.  If you’re interested in joining a group contact the Group Leader, even if there’s a waiting list don’t be put off as it may lead to further groups being formed.   Groups need not be large anything from two or three people may meet regularly in  member’s homes.  Whilst larger groups use local community facilities for which a small charge may apply.   Members are encouraged to see the value and take pleasure in participating for its own sake.

If you’ve got any ideas for additional subjects or able to volunteer as a group leader, contact the Groups’ Co-ordinator.



From the Group Co-ordinator, Penny Rose


MEMOIR WRITING 2 – If you are interested or have renewed interest in joining this proposed group, Jackie Lloyd is willing to start a 2nd Group. Please contact her on 01297 443516  or ladylloyd@msn.com

BOARD GAMES GROUP - If you are interested in joining this proposed new group, please contact Wendy Alexander 01297 445152

FAMILY HISTORY GROUP - If you are interested in joining this proposed new group, please contact Pam Melhuish 01297 446007 or pammelhuish@gmail.com

BOOK GROUP 3 - Is anybody willing to join and  co-ordinate a 3rd Book group? The existing groups have members on their waiting lists. It is not an arduous task and Dawn Armstrong  01297 678932, who runs Book Group 2,   is very willing to help set it up.

PAINTING GROUP – There have been some repeated requests for a Painting group but we need a leader who is experienced enough to guide members who may be  beginners. If there are offers, please contact Penny Rose on 01297 561076 or pennyrose2009@gmail.com

BOULES GROUP – Several members would like to start a Boules Group. If you are interested in joining them please contact  Joan Pitt on 01297 631363 or joan.pitt1@icloud.com

NEEDLES AND STITCHES GROUP. Sadly, this group which produced the wonderful tapestries displayed in the Woodmeads Hall  has finished due to lack of members. We thanks Janet Moyes and Ann Fudger for all their work in keeping this group together for so long.

Is anybody interested in forming a new group with a slightly different slant - maybe a Craft group which could incorporate all sorts? If so, please contact Penny Rose - pennyrose2009@gmail.com 01297 561076

SEAFRONT GARDENS. A new group, called Seafront Gardens, has been formed to plant and care for three of the beds in Lyme’s seafront gardens. The three beds are to either side of the central “gazebo” at the top of the gardens and to the left of the path by the garden entrance to the Alexandra Hotel. The group is led by Merry Bolton (merrylymeregis@gmail.com). Following one final tidying session this year the group will be restarting their efforts in spring next year. E-mail Merry if you are interested in joining this group.

Suggestions for new Groups -  Cryptic Crossword Group or “Isn’t that interesting” Group [ which could cover almost anything for alert minds!!]  Is anybody interested in Co-ordinating either of these suggestions.



POSSIBLE 2ND BADMINTON GROUP. There has been some interest in starting a Wednesday badminton group, at a time to be decided. This would be at the Hub in Lyme Regis, but for it to go ahead we need more players. A great way to keep fit and form new friendships! 
The current Tuesday players had not picked up their rackets in years so if that sounds like you, come and give it a go! Please give Susan Gale a call if you’re interested - 01297 444260


The COMPUTER LEARNING  GROUP  From September there will be vacancies for 2 members at a time to meet once a week on Wednesdays for a couple hours for up to eight sessions in learners homes. The informal course aims to give members more confidence in using the computer, I-pad or such. Often people discover about things they had never thought about. The beauty is that there is no pressure and the atmosphere is very relaxed so that everyone learns something - often myself included. Try it and be pleasantly surprised. It’s free!  Please contact  Klaus Wagner - 01297 792978


SCOTTISH DANCING  -  Scottish Dancing restarts at Woodbury Community Hall on 16 September.  This class is for Complete Beginners and Returners and runs from 10.00 to 12.00 on Monday mornings.  Gentle exercise for mind and body.  Contact David on 01460 65981 or just turn up.

Geology Course  



Please will all members note the following:

If you are emailing members of groups, whether group leaders or not, do check that they wish their e-mail addresses to be seen by all. It is best to use the BCC [Blind Carbon Copy] for ALL multiple messages if you are uncertain. This means that any given recipient will only see their own e-mail address and the sender’s. Failure to do this means that the name and e-mail address are shared with all other recipients without their prior consent.  This would be in breach of the GDPR requirement established in 2018


The Lym Valley Croquet Club

Croquet: This is not a U3A Group but training is offered to U3A members  free, but there is  a once only fee to cover equipment use. Membership  of the Lym Valley Croquet Club is offered to U3A members.  Please contact Richard Godfrey 01297 445709

This is not a U3A Group, but Bowls will commence at Charmouth Bowls Club, Barrs Lane, Charmouth DT6 6PS  Informal games are played every Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sunday throughout the summer from 2.00 pm to 4.30pm. U3A members are very welcome to join in these informal games. There is no dress code other than flat shoes. All equipment is provided. No experience is needed. The first two sessions are free to U3A members and subsequent sessions are £3.00. Please contact Lester Bentley on 01297 560989.


Many of our groups would like more men  to join:  get in touch with the relevant  Group Leader or Groups Co-ordinator  pennnyrose2009@gmail.com

U3A Monthly talks: 
For some time our talks have been arranged to start at 11.00 am.  We know that we will never find a perfect time for everyone but we would welcome feedback to Dr Kate Pitts if you have anything you wish to say about timings or, indeed, any suggestions about topics and speakers. Respond please to kate.pitts@btinternet.com


Liz Jones Memorial Walks

A selection of 12 walks around Lyme Regis area  to do at your leisure see bottom left or
Click here for details/maps


the basis on which these trips are organised: 

We are aiming to manage all communication through email.  We will seek to book for shows which are suggested to us by members and/or which we think would attract enough to fill a coach.  We will always secure tickets, on a sale or return basis, in advance of payment to the theatre, to allow members time to firstly, express an interest and then commit to the event.  We will then only pay for tickets which have, effectively, been ordered.  At this point the cost of the trip, ticket and travel, becomes the responsibility of the individual member.  We can try to `sell-on` tickets but we cannot guarantee this. JB


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LYME REGIS U3A Groups Schedule

Every effort is made to ensure that the information listed is correct.

If you are interested in joining a group please contact the Group Leader, even if there is a Waiting List.


BEGINNERS ITALIAN  1st and 3rd Mondays of the month , 10am in members’ homes.

Allan Swannell: 01297 443003


BOOK GROUP 1 The first Monday in the month at 3.00pm in members’ homes.

Jocelyn Marsh 01297 442830 jmwmarsh@gmail.com  Waiting List



 CREATIVE WRITING   Monthly, 2nd Monday of each month, 2:15pm in members’ homes. 

Philip  Peed – 01297 442808 


SCOTTISH DANCING  Weekly at Woodbury Hall, Axminster (Woodbury Community Hall is in the wee hamlet of Woodbury, between Axminster and the A35)  Tel David Acland  01460 65981


PLAY READING   Fortnightly in members’ homes.  Please contact Frances Barter 07986 794722 francesbarter@francesbarter.plus.com




Scrabble:  Fortnightly in Leader's home 2.30pm Brian Chambers 01297 443443


SPANISH LEARNERS and CONVERSATION Fortnightly at 10.00am in members’ homes.  Wendy Howard 01297 445195  Waiting List

Strollers Walking Group is a friendly group of people who walk once a week on Monday afternoons at 2.15.  A leisurely short walk with the terrain chosen to accommodate those who cannot manage steep hills and the like.  Do join us! 
  Walks organised by members.  Jan Robertson 01297 560450


WALKING 1  Fortnightly, 9.30am  meet Uplyme Village Hall car park. Walks of 4 to 6 miles organised by members on a rota basis.   Please note change of leader from the 1st June to Maurice Liddiard.  Please contact him on 01297 33783


WALKING 2  Fortnightly, alternating with Walking 1,  We walk for about 1½  hours covering a distance of approximately 3miles, . 10am Meet Uplyme Village Hall car park.’   Marion Richardson 01297 33824.
NB: includes hills




Badminton Group  Weekly 4.30pm at the Hub. Limited places please enquire Susan Gale - 01297 444260



3rd Tuesday  Members Homes 2pm  Dawn Armstrong 01297 678932  Waiting list

CHIGUNG (QIGONG)  Weekly, 5:30pm at St Michael's Church Hall,  Lyme Regis.  Dave Edwards – 01297 443696


CURRENT  AFFAIRS 1  Fortnightly 10:15am-12:30pm at Group Leader’s home.  Iain Paterson – 01297 631193. 


CURRENT  AFFAIRS 2  Fortnightly 10:15am-12:30pm, alternating with Current Affairs 1 at Group Leader’s home:  Iain Paterson 01297 631193 

 FRENCH CONVERSATION  Fortnightly, 10:00am in members’ homes.  Maggie Allison Tel: 01297 443983 or Keith Robson Tel: 01297 442183  Waiting List



FRENCH FOR FUN  Fortnightly 10.00am  in members’ homes.  Kay Luckraft 01297 599416  kay.luckraft@talktalk.net  Waiting List



ITALIAN INTERMEDIATE   Fortnightly, 10:00am at Chideock.  Allan Swannell - 01297 443003    Waiting list


MEDITATION  2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at Group leader’s home  10.30 -12.00  Jo Smith Oliver  info@josmitholiver.com    Waiting List


Fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons at the group leader's, home. For details please conta
ct Mark Gillams    mark.gillams@gmail.com or on 07754 309609


TENNIS  Weekly, 10:00am –12:00 Charmouth Tennis Club.  Joyce Beadle -  01297 442279     Waiting List




BEGINNER’S UNDERSTANDING OF THE ISRAELI PALESTINE CONFLICT  4 weeks, fortnightly, starting 2.30pm  1st May, Guildhall, Lyme Regis  Maureen D’Albertanson 01297 631025


COMPUTER LEARNERS   Weekly, for 8 sessions for two members at a time, in members’ homes. 

Klaus Wagner 01297 792978  No waiting list



Alternate weeks  10.00 am- 12 noon at members' homes.

Guy Barnes 01308 427430    valandguybarnes@gmail.com 



GERMAN CONVERSATION   1st and in 3rd  week the day is flexible - afternoons , 2.30pm-3.30pm   in Group Leader’s home.   Audrey Standhaft – 01297 442427




 Mornings at James Hargreaves Hall, Morecombelake.  Newcomers very welcome.  Sue Calder  01297 561302



Fortnightly at the Guildhall, Lyme Regis. Jackie Lloyd 01297 443516 or ladylloyd@msm.com



POETRY READING   First Wednesday in every month at 2.00pm.  Kevin Benfield email:  kevin@wordsonwords.co.uk or tel: 01297 446066



NEW  Board Games Group is meeting next Thursday 9th January, 10am at Abbeyfield, Silver St Lyme Regis.  There is parking at Abbeyfield. We hope to finish around 12-15 ish, games don't always recognise time limits!  Please contact Wendy Alexander on 01295 445152 all will be very welcome.


Weekly, 10:00-12:00noon in members’ homes.  Learning the language through French conversation, written materials, games, documentaries and films in French, etc  Wendy Howard  01297 445195. 


ITALIAN CONVERSATION   1st and 3rd Thursdays every month, at 2.30pm. At Kilmington   Allan Swannell - 01297 443003  Starting 4th October



 1st Thursday in the Month at the Lyme Regis Guildhall. 2.00pm  Guy Barnes 01308 427430



RELIGION & ETHICS  10-30am at 1A St Michael’s Business Centre, Lyme Regis  Ed Standhaft - 01297 442427

SHORT TENNIS  Weekly, 2:00pm at Musbury Village Hall.  Jill Menzies - 01297 444863     


STRINGED INSTRUMENT GROUP   New learners or refreshers.  Rosalind Tarry 01297 444476 or rmtarry@gmail.com


TABLE TENNIS  Weekly 2.00pm at Lyme Regis Baptist Hall.  Small charge for room. Brian Watson – 01297 32060




Last Friday in the month at 10am Please contact  Marjorie Waters  01297 445388


Charmouth Library Meeting Room, 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, 2.15pm until 4.15pm.  Valerie Penn 01297 560717


Rare Books Group  The Sanctuary Bookshop, rare books room, Broad Street 7.30pm monthly.  Bob Speer 01297 445815


RUSSIAN LANGUAGE GROUP   1st & 3rd Fridays 10.00am – 12.00am  meeting at Fernhill Hotel, Charmouth. On bus routes x53 and x51   Gerald Clark 01395 488605


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY  Monthly, usually 3rd Friday 10:00am – 12:00 noon at the Woodmead Hall,  Small charge   John Marriage Tel:  01297 443469 www.u3ascitec.weebly.com

Walking Group 3 Walks start 10am at Uplyme Village Hall.  If you are interested please contact Paul Butter paulndbutter@gmail.com



First Saturday in each month at 9.30 alternating venues Bellcliffe Cafe and Courtyard Cafe. Please contact Rachael Pope 01297 445575 for venue.



4th Sunday in a variety of Inns  Linda Green Tel 01460 220356


Visits to gardens throughout the Summer months.  Meetings to share plants and seeds and occasional  newsletter. 

Mary Bohane - 01297 444566


Geology 2019 – 2020 Understanding our landscape  2019-20 Geology Course: This is now fully booked but with no waiting list.  Anyone still interested could be top of a waiting list if someone has to drop out before the course starts on 15th October.  For more information contact Geoff Townson. There will be talks and field sessions. Geoff Towson at geofftownson@hotmail.com or 01297 561337

Jazz Appreciation - Live!   Meet for live concerts. Contact Heather Britton 07802 797427


TURKISH FOR BEGINNERS  Flexible, weekly, in Group Leader’s home.  Dennis Hebden - 01297 443615


Liz Jones Memorial Walks












Liz Jones loved walking and sourced over seventy circular walks in the area. For several years she and her husband David led the U3A Walking Group and after she died in April 2013 members of this group decided to make some of her walks available to a wider audience as a tribute.

The Group would like to thank David Jones for his leadership and all his support for this project - rewalking each route and checking our efforts. Our thanks also go to Susie Gamble for creating the model for the walk maps, Sue Wilson for her layouts and technical expertise and Maurice Liddiard for coordinating the project. 
Click the walk name to download PDF -  2 x A4 pages





Lyme Regis

A delightful walk including River Lim. Uplyme and great views from Ware Cliffs



A country and village walk featuring riverside, wildflower meadows and views


Catherston Leweston

Country walk with sea and country views and walk along the River Char



A country and village walk including the Peek Estate and the village of Combpyne





Battleford Hall

A varied country and village walk with good views and bluebells in season


Lamberts Castle

Longish walk around Iron Age fort Stunning views of countryside


Eype & Eype Down

Varied scenic walk including coast and country views Bluebells in season



Country views and charming village of Membury and hamlet of Rock



Country walk with outstanding views of Marshwood Vale to the sea



Country views woodland and interesting buildings. Bluebells in season


Barnes Surges

A countryside and woodland walk with good views and wild flowers


If you are interested in joining

or learning more about the Lyme Regis U3A please email: membership@lymeregisu3a.org or telephone 01297 561569 or print an Application Form

All other enquiries

Please e-mail The Chair rachaelpope1@outlook.com  Tel: 01297 01297 445575


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