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Heritage Coast Lyme Regis U3A

 Welcome to U3A     About the U3A
The Heritage Coast 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 444566.

Any other enquiries please email Heritage Coast Lyme Regis U3A   Chairman

 Coffee and Talks  
The Heritage Coast 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 Heritage Coast Lyme Regis U3A please email: membership@lymeregisu3a.org or telephone 01297 444566 or use this link to download and print an Application Form or take a look at our latest newsletter Heritage Coast U3A Newsletter and Chairman's Report  

Heritage Coast Lyme Regis U3A Forthcoming Events 2018


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

Friday February 16th
 Talk by local Geologist Geoff Townson.
SciTech Group meeting:  All Lyme U3A members welcome, please bring 50p each to contribute to our costs. We run from 10:00-12:00 in the Small Woodmead Hall.

Friday 9th March  
England and India compared.
Raj Adgopul
Raj Adgopul takes a wide-ranging and humorous look at the cultural differences and challenges of village life in two hugely dissimilar countries.

Born in India, Raj has been living in England for 15 years, and has been married for 11 of them to his English wife. Drawing on his own experiences in his unique and uplifting way, Raj uses village life as a source of amusement and thoughtfulness. Learn how to greet your neighbours, what to do about other people’s children, and what to expect at village celebrations. On a more serious note, Raj discusses attitudes to education, to having a boyfriend or girlfriend, and to marriage and work.

Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, Friday 9th March. Coffee is served from 10.00 to 10.45 followed by talk at 11.00 until noon. Organised by U3A Heritage Coast Lyme Regis. Entry is free for U3A members; for non-members a £2 donation is suggested.
Friday 13th April

Mr Chips Rides Again 
John Bartholomew tells tales from school.
John Bartholomew, former Chair of the Heritage Coast U3A, Organiser-in-Chief of U3A theatre and opera visits, and Quizmaster-Extraordinaire, takes a whimsical look at forty years in the education business.
John spent thirty five years full-time in secondary education, one third as head of a large comprehensive school and a further seven years, part-time, working as adviser, consultant and reluctant inspector. His talk will mix anecdote with observation in the hope of offering something that will stimulate lots of thought and some merriment.
Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG, Friday 13th April. Coffee is served from 10.00 to 10.45 followed by talk at 11.00 until noon. Organised by U3A Heritage Coast Lyme Regis. Entry is free for U3A members; for non-members a £2 donation is suggested.
Wednesday 9 May
The Grandeur and Art of Tuscany    Christopher Legrand
Last year Christopher gave us a fascinating illustrated talk on Vietnam and the Far East'. In May he will be bringing his newest presentation, called 'The Grandeur and Art of Tuscany'.
Tuscany is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy, and is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. In this demonstration of its beauty and significance, Christopher will take us on visits to some of the historic towns, enjoying aspects of the Tuscan artistic heritage.

Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG, Wednesday 9th May. Coffee is served from 10.00 to 10.45 followed by talk at 11.00 until noon. Organised by U3A Heritage Coast Lyme Regis. Entry is free for U3A members; for non-members a £2 donation is suggested. 

Wednesday 13 June
The Wonderful World of Glass  Dr Francis Burroughes
Last March Francis kept a large audience enthralled and entertained with his insider's understanding (by inheritance, not directly!) of 'The Victorian Head Gardener'. 
He is also an acknowledged expert on the history of glass, and is often asked to lend pieces and speak about them for various television antiques programmes. From his own personal collection, he will bring historic and valuable items of glass, for members of the audience to examine for themselves, illustrating the whole history of glass-making from 3,000 B.C. to the present day. 
Over the last few years this talk has proved to be one of the most popular talks Francis has given, so a treat lies in store. 

Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG, Wednesday 13th June. Coffee is served from 10.00 to 10.45 followed by talk at 11.00 until noon. Organised by U3A Heritage Coast Lyme Regis. Entry is free for U3A members; for non-members a £2 donation is suggested. 



       TRIPS – Update THEATRE TRIPS 2018




From John Bartholomew [of Crewkerne]: TRIPS SUMMARY INCLUDING NEW OFFERS


Cultural Trips with John Bartholomew  Trips Update:

  • Edinburgh 2018: we have flights and hotel rooms booked for 34 customers.  If there is further interest we can offer advice but will ask you to undertake the booking yourself
  • Covent Garden return: June 21st and 22nd 2018. `Swan Lake` and `La Boheme`.  Still noting interest.  Tickets are on sale for groups on March 10th so I will need you to let me know by then.  30+ currently committed.

New offers:

  • `WICKED` -   a very popular re-working of  `The Wizard Of Oz`.    Thursday matinee in Southampton. October 18th 2018. Stalls tickets at £49 (reduced from £55). Overall cost therefore in the region of £62.  We can get cheaper seats at the top of the theatre but there is no lift!  36 tickets on hold for 6 weeks so a prompt response will be welcome.
  • `The Magic Flute` - Cardiff – Sunday matinee – Feb 17th 2019. Upper Circle at £26.50 (they have lifts!). All-in around £40. Arrive at Cardiff Bay in time for lunch. Home by 9.00pm.
  • Possible Welsh National Opera: `La Traviata` and/or `Un Ballo in Maschera` in either Bristol or Southampton. But no matinees so late return.

Details will follow once we have sufficient interest. No commitment.   jdbart45@gmail.com

Have you used the free entry into the Lyme Regis Museum yet? We can do this in Winter, it finishes when the Easter Holidays start. Show the people at the entrance desk your U3A membership card.

Get back to: jdbart45@gmail.com to express interest.   If there appears to be sufficient interest to run a trip I will get back to everyone, individually, to seek confirmation. Only at this point does anyone become responsible for the cost of the trip.



The Heritage Coast 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.


Renew your membership

The end of the year means that
you need to renew your membership
It will be £12 Individual or £22 joint this year, (Jan 2018 - Jan 2019)  To contact Mary: 01297 444566 or  




From the Group Co-ordinator, Penny Rose
Proposed new Groups
A Beginners Guide to the Middle East - a political History.
Maureen D'Albertanson is offering a Short Course to those interested. She will be at the Coffee morning or please contact her to be included on a list: 01297 631025 or mdalbertanson.121@sky.com

A Proposed Strollers walking group - for those who would like some slow exercise. See Mondays left.

The first "Clay Basic Skills for Beginners" workshop is scheduled for 15th to 16th February 2018. Anyone wishing to take part to get creative, can sign on at the U3A Coffee morning in February 2018, when details will be given. Cost will be for materials only, on completion of a piece of work. Space in the workshop is limited, so if enough members are interested, a Spring session will be arranged for 26th to 27th April 2018

Possible SNOOKER Group
.  If any one is interested in taking part  please contact Michael Taylor- 07758718030.

Possible ARCHAEOLOGY Group.  There have been a few requests to join a group, but we need a knowledgeable leader. If any one is interested, please contact Penny Rose 01297 561076 

The LITERATURE Group is in need of a few more members. Please contact Guy Barnes - 01308 427430

BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS: There are several members who feel that their computing skills are not up to scratch. Is anyone interested in leading  a small group of members who feel that they  would like to improve their skills? Please contact Penny Rose 01297 561076

 There are several members who wish to partake in a Watercolour painting group [not necessarily a Beginners Group]. Is anyone willing to lead or co-ordinate a "Watercolour Painting Together " Group. Please contact Penny Rose -01297 561076 or pennyrose2009@gmail.com if you are interested.

 There is the possibility of a beginner's art group starting later in the year.   If you are interested please contact Penny Rose - 01297 561076 pennyrose2009@gmail.com


** HISTORY OF BATTLES GROUP to discuss Naval and aviation battles from the past etc. Please contact Roger Taylor 01297 551445  d.roger.taylor@btinternet.com

**BEGINNER'S DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY  GROUP - Please contact John Marriage 01297 443469

.U3A Geology 2017-18: This course is  full    anyone wishing to apply for a place on his 2018-19 course contact Geoff by email (geofftownson@btinternet.com) or phone 01297 561337

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 £10 to cover equipment use. Membership  of the Lym Valley Croquet Club is offered to U3A members at a much reduced rate for the rest of the season.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 on 22nd April 2018. 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

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 Valerie Doney if you have anything you wish to say about timings or, indeed, any suggestions about topics and speakers.

Respond please to : hcu3anews@gmail.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


Heritage Coast U3A Newsletter (Download)


Heritage Coast U3A
2016 Chairman's Report  (Download)

  U3A Web links:  Third Age Trust 
This web site contains a large amount of constantly updated important information, including help for Group leaders; full details of UK locations of U3A groups  Education;  U3A shop; members area, latest news etc
Seaton U3A
Heritage Coast U3A Newsletter

Heritage Coast 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 The first Monday in the month at 3.00pm in members’ homes.

Marilyn Trask 01297 792046 or taylortrask@btinternet.com   Waiting list




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

Philip  Peed – 01297 442808 



PLAY READING   Fortnightly in members’ homes. Please contact Frances Barter 07986 794722 francesbarter@tesco.net  Waiting List


RUSSIAN LANGUAGE GROUP  Fortnightyly 10.00am – 12.00am  meeting at Fernhill Hotel, Charmouth. On bus routes x53 and x51   Gerald Clark 01395 488605


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


SPANISH LEARNERS  Fortnightly at 10.00am in members’ homes.  Allan Swannell: 01297 443003



SPANISH BEGINNERS CONVERSATION  Monthly 10.00am in members’ homes. Allan Swannell: 01297 443003


Strollers  Weekly for an hour 2.15   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.   Jim Moseley  01297 443170  Waiting List


WALKING 2  Fortnightly, alternating with Walking 1, 

All our walks start from Uplyme Village Hall at 10.00 am and usually finish somewhere between 11.30 – 12.00, walking at a moderate pace.  So we finish well in time for people to get home for lunch. Marion Richardson 01297 33824. Ring Group Leader before setting out to ensure walk is taking place.



BADMINTON  Woodroffe School, Lyme Regis 6 - 7pm.  Susan Gale  01297 444260


BEGINNER’S DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY  This course has finished but will resume if 8-10 members wish to join. It may be different day   John Marriage  01297 443469



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


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


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

 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



INTERMEDIATE GERMAN CONVERSATION   1st and 3rd Tuesdays, in Group Leader’s home.   2.00pm-3.00pm   Audrey Standhaft – 01297 442427

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


MAH-JONG  Fortnightly, 2:00pm at Group Leader's home.  Beginners and experienced players welcome.  Nina Haskins 01297 445497   ninahaskins97@gmail.com


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




Alternate weeks  10.00 am- 12 noon at a member’s home.

Guy Barnes 01308 427430    valandguybarnes@gmail.com




 Mornings at Members’ homes.  Newcomers very welcome.  Sue Calder  01297 561302



This group is on hold at present. Jackie Lloyd 01297 443516 or ladylloyd@msm.com



POETRY-READING Old School poets pre 1950 will be read and discussed.  First Wednesday in every month at 2.00pm Kevin Benfield email:  kevin@wordsonwords.co.uk  or Nina Haskins 01297 445497   Waiting List


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


SINGING TOGETHER   2.00pm - 3.00pm 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, starting in March at Group Leader’s home.    Liz Sansom  01297 560681




, 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



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



MIDDLE EAST -An introduction to political history  2:00 – 3:30pm  Fortnightly from 22nd February  At The Hub, Lyme Regis    Maureen D’Albertanson 01297 631025

NEEDLES  AND  STITCHES  Fortnightly  1:00pm – 5:00pm Hallett Court in Queen’s Walk, Lyme Regis  Needlework of all types.   Ann Fudger  01297 444901 or Janet Moyes 01297 444697


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



Fortnightly, 2.30pm in members’ homes.  Brian Chambers - 01297 443443


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


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



Monthly 10.00-12.00 at Charmouth Central Library. On bus route. Parking at rear. Sue Bradley 01297 792426  Waiting list




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


The Cycle Group  offers friendly low key riding, intended for leisure and enjoyment, on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. The rides are of moderate pace and length, and include stops for refreshment: Abilities ranging from electric bikes to avid cyclists. New members are welcome.  New members of any ability are very welcome, please contact clivegodfrey@mail.com or annvgray@hotmail.com  Tel 01297 442532  07800 662596



2nd Sunday In a variety of Inns  Di Wilkinson 01297 678639



4th Sunday in a variety of Inns  Ann Macnair  01297 560611



Beginners Clay:  There will be sessions on 2 days running in February (fully booked) another on April 26th

& 27th and others in the summer and autumn.  Janet Steer 01297 631831

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

Mary Bohane - 01297 444566



GEOLOGY – Understanding our local landscape

Fully booked for 2017 -2018 year, anyone wishing to apply for a place on his 2018-19 Geology Course (talks and field sessions) is to contact Geoff Townson on geofftownson@btinternet.com or 01297 561337  for more information.


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



Walk along the Axe estuary through Axmouth and with amazing sea views.


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 Heritage Coast Lyme Regis U3A please email: membership@lymeregisu3a.org or telephone 01297 444566 or print an Application Form

All other enquiries

Please e-mail:  Chairman Tel: 01297 442148


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