Welcome to the Dorridge U3A website
Thank you for visiting our website. Although a few of our activities are still restricted, the majority of our groups now feel able to meet in person. For a list of groups and their current status, please follow the links.
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.
If you are new to the Dorridge area, then joining our U3A would be a good way to make friends and discover what goes on in and around this locality.
General Meeting Talks
We normally hold three General Meetings a month, in Dorridge Village Hall on Wednesdays or Thursdays, at 2.0pm, with a programme of talks covering a wide range of subjects.
For example, October 2021 gave members the opportunity to enjoy two high-profile speakers. The Louisa Jakeman Memorial Lecture on 7th October brought us Tricia Stewart. Tricia is one of the original Women’s Institute Calendar Girls who were brought to international attention once their story was filmed. Helen Mirren played the role of Tricia, who suggested creating a ‘naked calendar’ as a way of raising funds in support of cancer charities. The calendar, originally printed in only a small run because ‘who would want to see us in the buff?’ was a roar-away success and to date the various Calendar Girls associated activities have raised in excess of £200,000. Tricia took us through the highs and lows of the group’s experiences in a highly entertaining way.
Saqib Bhatti, our local MP for Meriden spoke to us on 14th October. Brought up and educated in the West Midlands, he told us about his life before entering Parliament, his family and his business background, and what drew him to stand for election in December 2019. Having given us some insight into his advisory responsibilities within Westminster, he led a very lively Question & Answer session that addressed many issues of current concern.
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. During the last 18 months, many groups were able to continue through the use of Zoom, but we are happy that the majority of our groups are now back to in-person meetings. To see our list of activity groups and the days they meet, click Activity Groups.
Pre-lockdown we had a most interesting visit to Chester. Activities were of necessity suspended for the next 18 months, but planning continued. In September 2021 we had a very successful – if rather wet - coach trip to Gloucester and will be planning further outings during the coming year. Some of our Activity Groups also arrange their own specialized visits and outings.
Outing to Chester
Our annual subscription for 2022 continues at £10. Additional payment is usually 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 Enquiries & Membership to apply for membership, or to ask a question.
Annual General Meeting
The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of Dorridge U3A will be held on Monday 8th August 2022 at 8.00pm in the Meeting Room of Dorridge Village Hall. Click here to download a copy of the Annual Report to 31st March 2022.
As it’s the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, this year’s autumn outing is to Windsor Castle.
Coach travel has been arranged to the Castle with a self-guided audio tour on Thursday 8 September.
Click here for more information and a booking form.
Home Computer 'Help'
Computers and Smart Phones are now an integral part of our lives and there remains a need to keep up to date with basic IT skills.
To help here, the U3A Home Computing Group is starting a 30 minute 'Help' session from 10.00 to 10.30am on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at St Philip's Church Centre in Manor Road, prior to its normal programme of IT presentations from 10.30am to 12.00 noon. If you would like to book a help session, please click here stating which Tuesday you would prefer.
New Musicals Group Starting
Click here for details
After the long wait since 2019, the group is now set for a splendid reurn in December 2022.
There will be 2 matinee performances, one on Thursday 1st and one on Saturday 3rd December of the pantomime Dick Turpin Rides Again, written by Richard Hills.
Rehearsals currently take place at Dorridge Village Hall on the second and fourth Wednesday afternoons of the month from 1.30 to 3.30. They will then be every Wednesday afternoon from September onwards.
New group members are always welcome, especially backstage. Rehearsals are fun, and there’s a good sense of ‘all in it together’.
If you are interested in joining this merry group, click here for details
August Crier now available, click here to view,
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