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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 (in 2017) of £6 Individual or £11 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 2017


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

13th September
Ancient Egypt - a history in eight objects
Illustrated U3A talk by Janet Diamond
Janet's U3A talk in May 2016, about her life in Cairo, was well-received, so we welcome her return to share a very different way of looking at Egypt. The inspiration for this presentation came from two sources: the Radio 4 programme, ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ and a course which she undertook through the University of Manchester called ‘Ancient Egypt: A History in Six Objects’.
Finding them both so interesting, she was inspired to make her own selection of objects for this illustrated talk. She features a series of items with differing purposes, artistic styles, materials and periods, and from different museum collections around the world – each item with its own interesting story to tell. They are taken from across the main periods of ancient Egypt, beginning with predynastic times (c.4400 BC) and finishing with the Ptolemies (323 – 30 BC) in the dying days of the Egyptian Empire some 4000 years later.
The talk is at 11.00am in Woodmead Halls, with coffee or tea available from 10.00am. Entrance is free to U3A members; non-members are encouraged to make a £2 donation towards the talk. 
13th October

Social Meeting - Coffee & chat

An opportunity to come and chat, also to talk to representatives of the activity groups. You can join new groups and may even consider starting your own. The committee members and many group leaders will be there. At 10.30 there's a special welcome for new(ish) members (those who've joined in the previous 12 -18 months, or the last five minutes). Bring your friends. 10.00am  Woodmead Halls. Entrance is free.



       TRIPS – Update THEATRE TRIPS 2017/2018




From John Bartholomew [of Crewkerne]:  UPCOMING TRIPS:


MAYFLOWER THEATRE SOUTHAMPTON – Thursday September 28th.  2.00pm. 

“BEAUTIFUL”. THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL                                       SOLD OUT  1 ticket left!



Rear stalls £36.50 (reduced from £44.50)

Cost all-in likely to be around £47-£50pp                                           SOLD OUT


“WAR HORSE” – Bristol Hippodrome – Wednesday October 25th. 2.00pm

I have up to 6 tickets left. Total cost around £47-£50pp.


EDINBURGH FESTIVAL  August 13-17 2018

Essentially four nights in a central Travelodge.

Flights from Exeter or Bristol.  All-in cost for travel and accommodation likely to be around £350/£400pp.

26 signed up so far!

Contact me for more details.  I will be looking for confirmation in September.




“MISS SAIGON”  - Thursday March 8th.  2.00pm. Southampton.  Just noting interest.  Rear stalls: £43.50 reduced from £49.50 for a group.  Depending on take up likely to be £55 all-in. This is already selling fast.



In outline:  June 21st and 22nd. 2018. Two nights in Covent Garden Travelodge likely to be £50pppn for shared room; travel around £50pp.; tickets for `Swan Lake` (June 21st) and/or `La Boheme` (June 22nd) likely to be around £30 each. Or do your own thing in London.

Taking expressions of interest at the moment. I won't know about availability of ROH tickets until the new year.




The Marine Theatre in Lyme: Heritage Coast U3A members are being offered 10% discount at a dinner dance fundraiser Saturday 19th August  "A Nightingale Sang in Marine Square" a celebration of the 100th birthday of Vera Lynne. Come dressed to celebrate, sing and dance.  Each ticket holder is also eligible for a 10% discount at Colmers Hill Fashion in Symondsbury which carries a line of very attractive 40s-style dresses (the TIC has leaflets about this)!



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 meant that
you needed to renew your membership
It will be free this year, (Jan 2017- Jan 2018) but if you do not contact Mary Bohane to say you are still with us we will not pay your capitation fee to U3A National Office and you will no longer be a part of this. To contact Mary: 01297 444566 or  




From the Group Co-ordinator, Penny Rose
NEW A 2nd Sunday Lunch Group will meet on the 4th Sunday of the month. It will be restricted to 10 members. If you are interested please contact Ann Macnair at annmacnair@btinternet.com
 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.
MEMOIR WRITING GROUP This group meets in the Guildhall, Lyme on Wednesdays from 10am - 12noon.  If you are interested please contact Jackie Lloyd on 01297 443516 orladylloyd@msm.com
BEGINNER'S ART GROUP  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
CONSERVATION GROUP This group is in need of a new leader or co-ordinator. If you are interested please contact Penny Rose - 01297 561076 pennyrose2009@gmail.com
2nd BOOK GROUP  As the existing Group is full Dawn Armstrong is willing to co-ordinate a new group. Please contact her on 01297 678932 or dawnarmstrong@gmail.com


Proposed new Groups

** 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


**BOOK GROUP  2- Please contact Dawn Armstrong  01297 678932

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

.U3A Geology 2017-18: This course is now full but with a very short waiting list.   Sometimes, for unforeseen circumstances, places become available between May and the start of the course in October, so Geoff is happy for anyone still interested to contact him by email (geofftownson@btinternet.com) or phone 01297 561337

The Lym Valley Croquet Club
Last year's course proved popular and we hope to see good numbers again. Everybody is welcome, including complete beginners. Equipment and coaching will be provided. The sessions will be held using the lawns in front of the old pavilion on the King George V playing fields, Uplyme.  Please contact Richard Godfrey (01297 445709)

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



Sadly The Regent Cinema was destroyed by fire - but will be rebuilt

Concerts in the West - Discount

All U3A members on production of their membership cards are entitled to a £1 reduction on the ticket prices for the Concerts In The West series this year.

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 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 , mornings 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



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

Philip  Peed – 01297 442808  Waiting List



OPERA APPRECIATION   Monthly, second Monday of each month, 2:30pm – 4:30pm at Abbeyfield, Lyme Regis.

John Bartholomew – 01460 279739  


PLAY READING   This Group will meet at 2pm instead of 2.30 during the winter months. on alternate Mondays in members’ homes. Please contact Frances Barter 07986794722  Waiting List


SCOTTISH DANCING GROUP  Weekly, mornings 10.00 – 12.00  at Woodbury Community  Hall Axminster EX13 5TL  We welcome any one, beginner, improver, men and women on your own or with partner!  We look forward to seeing you all.  Any problems or things you wish to ask, please phone David.  01460 65981    Sue  01297 551445   There will be a small charge to cover costs. We will finish for the summer on bank holiday Monday 29th May.  We will restart mid September.


SCRABBLE  Fortnightly, 3:00pm in members’ homes.  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


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



3rd Tuesday  Members Homes Afternoons  Dawn Armstrong 01297 678932  Waiting list


CREATIVE CLAY   Fortnightly 10:00am-12:00 noon at Group Leader’s Workshop. Small charge for materials. 

Janet Steer – 01297 631831  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:  no longer has a waiting list. If anyone wishes to join  the Group. please contact Iain Paterson 01297 631193


Some Tuesdays in May and June 10.00am to 12.00 Noon at Group Leader’s home.

John Marriage 01297 443469



Fortnightly, 10:00am in members’ homes. 

Maggie Allison Tel: 01297 443983 or Keith Robson Tel: 01297 442183  Waiting List



Fortnightly 10.00am  in members’ homes.  Kay Luckraft 01297 599416  kay.luckraft@talktalk.net


GEOLOGY – Understanding our local landscape

Fully booked for 2017 -2018 year, but if you are interested in applying for the next run,  contact Geoff Townson on geofftownson@btinternet.com or 01297 561337 



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



Fortnightly, 2:00pm at Group Leader's home.  Beginners and experienced players welcome.  Nina Haskins 01297 445497


RUSSIAN LANGUAGE GROUP  1st and 3rd Tuesdays 10.00am – 12.00am  meeting at Fernhill Hotel, Charmouth. On bus routes x53 and x51   Gerald Clark 01395 488605


TENNIS  Weekly, 10:00am –12:00 Charmouth Tennis Club.  Joyce Beadle -  01297 442279     Waiting List





2.15 for 2.30pm – 4.30. Whitchurch Canonicorum Village Hall  Every Wednesday. Alan Woodbridge 01297 489055


CURRENT AFFAIRS 3  Alternate weeks  10.00 am- 12 noon at a member’s home.

Guy Barnes 01308 427430    valandguybarnes@gmail.com



Fortnightly Wednesdays The  Elms, Charmouth.  10am-12.30  Geoff Townson



FELINE FEEDING GROUP   This Group will meet next on Wednesday October 5th and bi-monthly thereafter on the first Wednesday of the appropriate  month  at  3.30pm at the Group leader's home.  Please contact Janta Silvey.  jantasilvey@outlook.com   01297 442183






10am – 12.00 weekly at the Guild Hall, Lyme. This is a 6 week course. if there is enough interest a new one will start. Contact Jackie Lloyd 01297 443516 or ladylloyd@msm.com




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


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


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



RELAXATION, BREATHING AND MEDITATION  Fortnightly, 2:30pm in Group Leader’s home.  Pamela Moseley - 01297 443170  Waiting List




, 10:00-12:00noon in members’ homes.  Learning the language through French conversation, written materials, games, documentaries and films in French, etc Jan Robertson 01297 560450 or Wendy Howard  01297 445195.  Waiting List


ITALIAN CONVERSATION  - we have reverted to 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.  Restarts on 5th October  2.00pm  Guy Barnes 01308 427430

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 and Jean Notley 01297 442729.




Last Friday in the month at 10am Please contact  Marjorie Waters  01297 445388


CANASTA GROUP  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



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  Please contact Rachael Pope 01297 445575 for venue.



In a variety of Inns  Di Wilkinson 01297 678639



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



CYCLING   The Cycling Group is friendly, low key riding intended for leisure and enjoyment. They have a range of cycling abilities from those on electric bikes to avid cyclists. The rides are of moderate pace and length, and include stops for refreshment.  New members of any ability are very welcome, please contact clivegodfrey@mail.com or annvgray@hotmail.com  Tel 01297 442532



Visits to gardens throughout the Summer months. 

Meetings to share plants and seeds and occasional  newsletter. 

Mary Bohane - 01297 444566





 Room 1A St. Michael’s Building, Lyme Regis. 7.30pm – 10.00pm

John Wood – 01297 445490 or email:  jazz@johnhwood.plus.com


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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