Dorridge U3A

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    Welcome to the Dorridge U3A website

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    Thank you for visiting our website. Dorridge U3A started in 1990 and we now have around 550 members. New members are very welcome and there is a wide variety of interest groups you may like to join. We hope you find something of interest.



    General Meeting Talks

    We normally hold General Meetings at 2.0pm in Dorridge Village Hall on the first & third Thursdays of the month, with a programme of talks covering a wide range of subjects.      Read more                                                                                                                                          

    Our Activity Groups

    We have nearly 40 different interest and activity groups, some of which are so popular that they are split into smaller groups in order to accommodate the number of members who are keen to participate.    Read more



    2023 Annual Trustees Report

    The 2023 Annual Trustees Report describes the activities of Dorridge U3A during the year to 31st December 2023, and is a requirement of the Charities Commission following an increase in our annual turnover to in excess of £25,000 for the first time.   The report may be downloaded in pdf format by clicking here.


    The Big Map is coming to Dorridge on 6th July 2024

    The Big Map


    For more information, click here to download a poster, or here to view a YouTube video.




    Riviera Travel Commission Scheme

    Riviera Travel


    One of our members has just booked a holiday with Riviera Travel, who will make a donation of 10% of their holiday cost to Dorridge u3a.

    Please enable Dorridge u3a to receive commission on your next Riviera Travel holiday.

    For further information, please click here.



    July - December 2024 Musicals Programme

    Hello DollyA happy, friendly group which meets in the Gateway Room of St Philip's Church Centre in Manor Road, Dorridge on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  We watch DVDs of musicals old and new-ish, from Oklahoma to Les Miserables.  Arrival time is from 6.30pm and we begin the ‘show’ at 6.45pm prompt. There is a refreshment break at roughly halfway through the musical and, depending on the length of the DVD, we leave for home between 9.00 - 9.30pm. 


    Click here to view our programme for the remainder of 2024.


    Calling all Knitters and Crocheters

    We are planning a large display of knitted and crocheted poppies inPoppy November, both inside and outside of St. Philip’s Church, Manor Road, Dorridge.  This is to commemorate Remembrance Day in November 2024.

    We would appreciate your help!

    In the foyer of St. Philip’s, under the stairs behind the Food Bank, is a box of supplies….knitting and crochet patterns, red and black wool. Please help yourselves, any time between 9am-12 weekdays when the building is open, or when you go as part of a U3A activity.  Or use your own pattern and wool and leave your contributions in the box. 

    We would also love donations of wool and black buttons.

    The more poppies, the bigger the display!

    Please click here to download a flyer.


    SUNDAY ACTIVITIES 

    Visit to the Victorian Radicals exhibition in The Gas Hall, Birmingham         (April 2024)

    Throughout the winter our Sunday Activities have tended to be inside one of the many local hostelries, sharing a convivial lunch. All very enjoyable, but for our April meeting Group Leader Margaret Thompson took us in a more cultural direction and into Birmingham. 

    Waiting for the train at Dorridge Station

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    Spring Outing to Bletchley Park - Station X (March 2024)

    It didn’t rain – well not until we boarded the coach for home. We arrived in good time, ready for a full day at the Park!

    Spring Outing to Bletchley Park

    We collected our multi-media guides and set off to explore. The Park was buzzing with excited school parties (noisy but well behaved), and lots of visitors. However, it never felt too crowded and uncomfortable because the attraction is spread over a wide area.     Read More


    Full House (7th March 2024)

    AGM, March 2024

    Annual General Meetings don’t usually draw in the crowds, but the decision to bring the Dorridge u3a AGM forward from May to March seems to have hit the spot.  The Chair and Committee were hoping to achieve the 50-member attendance required for the meeting to be quorate.  At 1.50pm it was looking hopeful; by 1.55pm it was certain, and more chairs were being added; by the time that Chair William Foster opened the meeting it was standing room only!

    William and the du3a Committee would like to thank all our members for such great support.


    Questers February visit: The Coffin Works in Birmingham (February 2024)

    Doesn’t sound too promising, does it?  Read on . . .1960s shroud

    This was a fascinating visit; not a mournful collection of boxes as some of us may have imagined, but a peep back into the past when Birmingham was ‘the city of a thousand trades’ and this company – Newman Brothers – was among the best of them.

    The company began trading in 1894, making ancillaries for coffins; elaborate castings of coffin ‘furniture’, shrouds, and coffin linings.  Their coffin furniture was used for the funerals of King George V, King George VI, and Winston Churchill.  There is a strong suspicion (but no proof) that it may even have been used more recently for a similar funeral as, when company closure became imminent, they contacted their customers, who bought up all remaining stock . .

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    Dorridge U3A Panto Group WANTS YOU!

    STOP PRESS (Full performances of recent pantomimes & reviews available for members

                                                                                     to view via 'Pantomimes' page)


    Dorridge U3A Panto Group

    Our 2023 Panto was Cinderella, written and directed by du3a member Margaret Fulford. Songs, lots of ‘oh yes he is, oh no he isn’t’, riotous Ugly Sisters, a Fairy Godmother like you’ve not met before, a fairy-tale ending, and a very enthusiastic audience.  We’ve had excellent feedback for our two sell-out afternoon performances, not only for the great script but also for the colourful costumes.     Read More


    Questers visit to HS2 depot at Lea Marston - 14th  September 2023

    Members of the Questers Group, together with other members of Dorridge U3A, met at the new HS2 training and manufacturing facility at the Lea Marston depot, for an HS2 programme update and an opportunity to ask questions about the project in Solihull and Warwickshire.                           Read More

    Questers visit to the HS2 depot at Lea Marston


    Science & IT Group visit to Birmingham University - 8th August 2023

    Over 20 members of Dorridge U3A Science & IT Groups gathered on platform 2 of Dorridge station in time to catch the 09:34am train to Birmingham Moor Street, for our visit to the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) of Birmingham University.     Read More

    Science & IT Group visit to Birmingham University




    Morgan Motor Company - 19th April 2023

    U3A members at the Morgan Motor Company

    Wednesday 19 April saw 20 members meet up in the café at Morgan Motor Company in Malvern for our fascinating guided tour of the factory.     Read More


    A 'Flying Visit' to Le Touquet - 16th April 2023


    Beachy Head

    One of the benefits of holding a private pilot’s licence (PPL) is the ability to make day trips to the near Continent for lunch.       Read More


    Spring Outing - March 2023

    Concorde at the Bristol Aerospace MuseumThis year’s Spring Outing was to The Bristol Aerospace Museum.   As this was the 20th anniversary of the last Concorde flight and its arrival at the museum there were special talks and tours of Concorde for groups.  35 members enthusiastically booked so I booked a just right 35-seater coach.  Johnsons generously sent us a 53-seater, so we had plenty of space in the end!!   The weather was better than predicted and there was minimal disruption on the M5 so we arrived in good time.     Read More


    The Science of Taste - November 2022

    In November 2022, Dorridge U3A Science group had a presentation by Professor Alan Chalmers of Warwick University on his work on virtual flavour generation.    Read more                                                 

    Visit to Windsor Castle - September 2022

    Our outing to Windsor Castle on Thursday 8 September turned out to be a bittersweet event.                Read more


    Group Outings - August 2022

    For their August outing this year (2022) Questers visited Little Oaks vineyard in Chipping Campden.      Read more

     

    "And they said Monday wasn't a busy day in Parliament!!" - June 2022

    We had an excellent outing to the Houses of Parliament on Monday 27 June 2022.                                     Read More

    HoP visit with Saqib Bhatti our MP

                                                                           

    First Solo - November 2006

    David Archer describes this significant life event.     Read more



    Subscription
    Our annual subscription for 2024 is £16.  Additional payment may be due to cover refreshments and room hire when participating in individual activity groups.

     


    Who Can Join Dorridge U3A?

    Anyone in their third age (after the second age of full-time employment).  



    Applying for Membership
    Click here to apply for membership, or to ask a question.




     


    Dorridge News


    July Events


    IT & Science Groups

    The next meeting of the IT Group will be on Tuesday 16th July at 10:30am in St Philips Church Centre, when there will be a talk entitled 'Data Storage - past, present & future'. Prior to this, there will be the usual 30 minute 'Help' session in the lobby.

    The following Thursday, 18th July, at 10:00am, Professor Corrine Pickett from the University of Aston will be presenting a talk to the Science Group entitled 'Oxygen, essential but detrimental - a fine balance'. 



    Crier

    July Crier now available, click here to view.


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