BRIDGWATER and District U3A
News for Members

Latest News & information from The Third Age Trust

Latest News & information from The Third Age Trust Recent communications from the U3A at National Level have highlighted the following:- 1. What are MOOCs?  According   to   Wikipedia:-   A   Massive   Open   Online   Course   (MOOC)   is   an   online   course   aimed   at   unlimited   participation and   open   access   via   the   web.   In   addition   to   traditional   course   materials   such   as   filmed   lectures,   readings,   and   problem sets,   many   MOOCs   provide   interactive   user   forums   to   support   community   interactions   among   students,   professors,   and teaching   assistants.   MOOCs   are   a   recent   and   widely   researched   development   in   distance   education   which   were   first introduced in 2006 and emerged as a popular mode of learning in 2012. To find out more via the National U3A website please go to

What’s on at Bridgwater Library

What’s on at Bridgwater Library Did you know that as well as lending books Bridgwater Library run a range of classes and events. Currently their programme includes sessions entitled “Knit & Natter”  and “Computer Classes”, plus lots more. For the full programme take a look at the Library Facebook page at:

National U3A Summer Schools for 2017


Meeting Rooms

Meeting Rooms Bridgwater U3A has been offered the free use of meeting rooms by Somerset Care. Anyone looking for a room to start a new group should contact me in the first instance. Dawn,    Group Co-ordinator.  01278 444426 

Bridgwater Arts Centre Gallery

Bridgwater Arts Centre Gallery Did you know that Bridgwater Arts Centre has a Gallery and that entry to exhibitions is free? To see the programme and what is currently on display please go to the Bridgwater Arts Centre Gallery web page at :-

Free Entry to English Heritage Sites for Learning Groups

Free Entry to English Heritage Sites for Learning Groups Did   you   know   that   English   Heritage   includes   the   U3A   on   their   list   of   learning   groups   that   are   eligible   for   free   self   led visits to their sites. To   be   eligible   for   a   free   visit   a   learning   group   needs   to   book   at   least   7   days   in   advance   and   the   visit   needs   to   include planned and structured learning activities. For full details please have a look at the English Heritage Educational Visit Terms and Conditions .pdf file  at

Gift Aid

Gift Aid Bridgwater U3A is able to claim Gift Aid on the fees that our members pay. If   you   have   signed   a   Gift   Aid   form   for   your   U3A   membership   fee   and   your   financial   circumstance   change   such   that   you no   longer   pay   income   tax   then   please   let   Dave   know   on   01278   439385   so   that   your   name   can   be   removed   from   the list.


Magazine Distribution

Magazine Distribution Assistance is still needed with the distribution of our Bridgwater U3A Quarterly magazine. Many   members   pick   up   their   copy   at   the   appropriate   coffee   morning.      However   if   you   do   not   normally   come   along   to   the coffee mornings perhaps you know someone who does who could pick up your magazine for you. Also   volunteers   are   needed   to   take   on   magazine   delivery   in   their   own   locality,   particularly   members   who   live   in   outlying villages. If you think you could help please speak to June (01278 685556).

Drama  ~  A Proposed New Group

Drama  ~  A Proposed New Group As a new member of Bridgwater U3A I would be very interested in starting an Amateur Dramatics Group. As a first stage it would be good to know who else in our U3A may have a similar interest. I have a history in Amdram, having acted in 55 plays and produced and directed some 60 plays. If you are interested in “Amdram”, or would like to know more,  please phone me on 07511 109048. When I have sufficient interested members on the list we can arrange an initial meeting to discuss the way forward. I look forward to hearing from you, Derek B