National U3A





U3A Explores Sciences at the Royal Institution - Mike and Stephie's visit

On 11 March, we  attended an afternoon of science lectures especially for U3A members at the Royal Institution in London.  We made a day of it, walked past several London landmarks to the Institution, and joined a very enthusiastic crowd of U3A members from all over the country, which filled the lecture theatre to capacity.  The lectures were hugely interesting, and we came away with some challenging questions to talk through.  We ended our day with a meal in nearby Chinatown, and travelled home mid-evening with our heads buzzing with new knowledge..

The lectures were as follows:

"A Plastic Ocean - Behind the Scenes" by Jo Ruxton

Producer Jo Ruxton talked about her 8-year  journey to make the multi-award-winning documentary "A Plastic Ocean".  She showed clips from the film, including unseen footage of the terrible devastation caused to communities and to every living creature in the ocean - very sobering.  Jo ended with a message that is impossible to ignore, and reviewed the many solutions that can turn the tide on this problem and restore the balance.

"What Made Our Universe?" by Andrew Pontsen

Andrew, research fellow with the University College, London, introduced our universe as an astonishingly large and rich place, raising the question of how did it begin, and why has it ended up looking as it does.  He explored how human ingenuity has been able to rewind time and uncover the origins of the cosmos.

"Living is a Risky Business"  by Jennifer Rogers

Real  life involves risks,  whether it is cycling without a helmet, travelling to a country with contagious diseases, or living next to a river.  Perceptions of risk can be distorted, making us think some things are more, or less, risky than is actually the case.  Statistician Jennifer explored the true meaning of numbers we are presented with, and how statistically significant are the risks that we see.  Very enlightening!

The next U3A Royal Institution event is on Monday 7 October - save the date and keep an eye on the U3A website for booking details.  We thoroughly recommend it!


U3A Summer Schools

Each year the National U3A offer summer schools of various subjects open to members.

The Members' magazine recently published a report on this years

see it here

If you look carefully you will see our own Mike Billington in the Ukelele group


Plans for the U3A summer school at Chichester University on 24 - 27 June 2019

are now on the National U3A website. see details

Chichester is the nearest Summer School to Verwood, and one of the first to publish its schedule of topics.

Stephie Billington says"If you have never been to Summer School before, I can thoroughly recommend it - I've been to one at Cirencester University, where I studied History of Music, and last year Mike and I learned to play the Ukulele at Chichester University.  Both experiences were absolutely great, and we are looking forward to booking a further Summer School this year


Stephie Billington has provided a note on some summer schools for 2019

see details

U3A summer school at Cirencester in September

have been announced with courses on

Crosswords - Cryptic Crosswords for Beginners,
Drama - Mid Twentieth Century Drama,
Garden History -Influential Women In English Garden History,History - Bede and the Conversion of England,
Language - Latin for Roman Britain and Beyond,
Literature - Shakespeare and the Props Department,
Mathematics - Surprised by Maths,
Opera - Donizetti’s Three (and a bit) Queens,
Philosophy - Introduction to Philosophy and Making Music – Recorder Ensemble

For course descriptions Click here

For costs and how to bookClick here