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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 2017


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

Friday 12th January 2018 Bee aware
 Illustrated talk by Brigit Strawbridge
Brigit will introduce the fascinating and often hidden world of bees. She is an amateur naturalist, wildlife gardener and bee enthusiast who writes, speaks and campaigns to raise awareness of the importance of our native wild bees and the reasons for their decline.  She will explain the differences between honeybees, bumblebees and solitary bees, describing their lifecycles, behaviour and the roles different species play in pollinating different flowering plants. She will also speak about the problems they all face and, crucially, tell us what we can do to help.
Followed by
A Members Social Gathering
A social gathering with wine, juice and nibbles, members only, (no charge) will follow the talk to bring further cheer to January. 10.00 coffee, 11.00 talk.  Woodmead Halls.
Friday Jan 19th  2018

 Airborne research undertaken by the Met Office
by Joss Kent -
Science & Technology Group Meeting is open to all members of Lyme Regis U3A  Woodmead Hall, 10:00 - 12:00

Friday 9th February   Coffee and Chat meeting. Starts 10.00am finishes between 11.30 and noon. Coffee etc served for the first 90 min. We do not have a speaker at these meetings to give you time to talk to group leaders and other members.


       TRIPS – Update THEATRE TRIPS 2017/2018




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


TRIPS NEWS from John Bartholomew

·       TOSCA – Southampton  - Saturday March 24th. 4.00pm.  Cost £50

·       THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG – Bristol – Wednesday July 18th. 2.30pm Cost £35 or so.

               NB:  December 30th BBC are showing `A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong` - a short `play` by Mischief Theatre, the group who are doing this show in Bristol

·       Sadly I learn that Welsh National will not be doing their usual summer season in Cardiff next year

·       LA BOHEME and SWAN LAKE at Covent Garden June 21st and 22nd. Still recording interest. I will have further information in January.

·       In all instances get back to: jdbart45@gmail.com


·        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`. I will not know whether party tickets are available until January and will advise as soon as I know. No harm in registering an interest.


·        NEW OFFER:  Welsh National Opera: `TOSCA`.  Saturday March 24th. 2018.  Matinee starting at 4.00pm.  Mayflower Theatre Southampton. 36 stalls tickets £40.00 (party price).  Awaiting travel cost – likely to be around £10. Arrive in time for late lunch. Home by about 9.00pm. Pick-ups in Lyme, Charmouth and Bridport.


·        NEW OFFER:  `THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG`.  Wednesday July18th. 2018. Matinee at 2.30pm. Bristol Hippodrome. 36 stalls tickets at £24.50. Coach, again, around £10.  Arrive in time for lunch. Home by around 7.00pm. Pick-ups in Lyme and Crewkerne.
Do read online reviews for this. It is, genuinely, the funniest thing that any of us in the office have seen in years.


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  


GROUP NEWS   2017/18


From the Group Co-ordinator, Penny Rose
Proposed new Groups

A Proposed Strollers walking group - for those who would like some slow exercise. Please contact Penny Rose 01297 561076 or pennyrose2009@gmail.com if you are interested to take part or lead such  a group.

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 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


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



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

Philip  Peed – 01297 442808  Waiting List



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


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


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. September - May


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


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

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP  This new group will meet fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons at Mark Gillams, the group leader's, home. For details please contact Mark at  mark.gillams@gmail.com or on 07754 309609



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 Change of day See Monday


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




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






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



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



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   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


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.


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



In a variety of Inns  Di Wilkinson 01297 678639



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


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



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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