Plymouth University of the Third Age (U3A)
Plymouth U3A is a learning co-operative of mature people which enables members to share educational, creative and leisure activities. It is not a 'university' in the accepted sense, but is a meeting place for those who are no longer in full time employment and bringing together people who want to share their varying interests by way of subject groups.
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Subscriptions for 2016/2017 are now overdue. The membership fee is £12 per person or £22 for a couple living at the same address.
To see how to join or renew your subscription please go to the annual subscription page.
Our Monthly Meeting
Our monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month in the Mariner Ballroom of the Holiday Inn.
Situated at the Hoe end of Armada Way in Plymouth city centre, it is convenient for the many buses in Royal Parade. Underground parking is available on site at a special whole day rate on the day of the U3A meeting.
Meetings start from 10.45 with tea and coffee served from 10.00.
After the meeting, you may like to enjoy a lovely lunch in the hotel Pent House restaurant overlooking the Hoe, at a reduced rate.
Women of the Raj Brian Freeland
When the Colonial Administrators took over from the East India Company they were often accompanied by their wives: wives who spoke only English, who mixed with other wives and couldn’t even communicate with their household staff. Wives who made great demands on their husbands. As one Indian writer wrote later “I don’t think they realised what a menace they were. There might never have been a mutiny if the memsahibs had stayed at home”!
The Voyage of the Mayflower in 1620 Mike Haywood
2020 marks the 200th Anniversary of the Voyage of the Mayflower. We all know that the Mayflower passengers were the first English settlers of North America and they named their settlement in New England after Plymouth, the English port from which they finally left their homeland……. Well, in fact both are just 2 of the many myths surrounding the Voyage of the Mayflower. History has been written and the truth is much more remarkable
1991, the Second Russian Revolution, 25 years on John Dobson
Twenty five years ago on Christmas Day, the Soviet flag over the Kremlin was hauled down for the final time. It was the formal start of a New World Order. Why did the Soviet Union collapse? How did this affect the lives of the Russian people? What was it like working and living in Moscow as a diplomat? How did Putin rise to power?
Christmas Crackers Brenda Loosemore
Humorous readings and amusing anecdotes on a festive theme.
Member's Coffee Mornings
The Drop-in Coffee Morning takes place on the first Friday of every month in Wilton Street, and is open to anybody who would like to come. It is really good if new members can meet existing members. Please come you are most welcome. There will never be too many people as there are 40+ cups and mugs!
Citybus 32 from A21 Royal Parade runs every 15 minutes and stops almost outside the door.
For details please contact Susan Parker.
Meet & Mix
This is not a regular group but an opportunity for any member to meet other members for an informal chat. We meet in the lounge bar of the Theatre Royal at various dates and times as shown on the website, online calendar and in the newsletter.
No need to book in advance, for details contact Susan Welsh.
City College Lunches
City College is now on summer break and hopefully will resume in the Autumn.
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University of Plymouth/U3A Partnership
Plymouth U3A enjoys a unique partnership with Plymouth University This partnership gives our members access to lectures and seminar series, ‘behind the scenes’ campus tours, facilities and many other special events including talks from academic experts and contemporary art exhibitions, performances, music and films. Other benefits include support for U3A members with use of new technology and social media, free eyecare with optometry students and library access.
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The University of the Third Age
Plymouth U3A is part of the University of the Third Age movement that provides-life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery! Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them. The U3A movement is supported by its national organisation, the Third Age Trust. There are currently nearly 384,000 members in 999 U3As across the UK.
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