Whats going on in West Dartmoor U3A? 

New Groups for the Autumn

Bridge for Beginners 

10 weekly sessions starting in October on Thursday afternoons at 2pm

German Refresher Group - Conversation 

Monday fortnightly - 9.30am-11.00am - September 25th, October 2nd, 16th and 30th, November 13th and 27th, December 11th - more information below

Garden Design, Planning Beds & Borders - Full

Monthly sessions - Mondays or Tuesdays - 1.30-3.30pm - October to March - more information below

Shakespeare on Film - Season Full

A selection of 6 films based on the works of Shakespeare - Weekly on Tuesdays at 2pm - 10th October - 14th November - more information below

Opera Group 2

With Sue Foster.  3rd October, 7th November, 5th December, 6th February, 6th March, 3rd April.        

Musical Memories    

Joy and Reg Creed are proposing to host 6 sessions, initially on alternate Mondays, starting in September, to share musical memories from the 40's and 50's. If you have records or CD's you would like to share, they would love to hear from you.                                                                                                                                                                   





 German Refresher Group - Conversation

Next season the Exploring German Group will have a language focus in the Autumn and a cultural focus in the New Year.

Autumn: "Kaffee und Kuchen mit Konversation”, one group, Monday morning fortnightly from September to early December – time and dates to be negotiated.

New Year: "19th century German cities”, potentially two groups, Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning fortnightly between January and April – time and dates to be negotiated.

Our first season with a language focus a couple of years ago (Kaffee u. Kuchen mit Krammatik) was essentially a grammar refresher course. Next season the plan is to refresh German conversational skills. A readiness to talk and a willingness to introduce discussion of a topic are – versteht sich! – pre-requisites.

For 19th century German Cities we shall take them in pairs in order to stimulate comparisons – e.g. Berlin and Potsdam, Zürich and Bern, Vienna and Salzburg. As with our Memorable German Women sessions earlier this year, a willingness to do some research and present it to the group is a pre-requisite. In fact, feedback suggests that the effort of researching a topic was actually the most enjoyable aspect of our sessions on those admirable(?) – but certainly memorable – German Women.

Expressions of interest are now invited – please add your name to the lists on display at the meeting.

Mit den besten Wünschen – Richard Byrn, July 2017



Garden Design, Planning Beds & Borders - Full

Christine Christensen is proposing to lead a garden design group, in a monthly session from October to March on either a Monday or Tuesday between 1.30-3.30pm. As this is such a vast subject, Christine proposes to start with "Planning Beds and Borders". This would cover scale drawing, simple graphics, colour and four dimensional planning.  There is no need to be an artist and equipment will be cheap and simple. There will be some work to be done between sessions but this will be mostly thinking, planning and the odd diagram.  It can all be discussed and agreed at the first session. Christine has enough room to accommodate 3-6 people and she has plenty of table space as well as templates etc to work with.   

If you would like to join this group and sign up for the sessions, please sign the Register of Interest at the U3A meeting. 


Shakespeare on Film -

A short season of 6 films based on the works of William Shakespeare. Interpretations of Shakespeare's works from Kenneth Branagh, Franco Zeffirelli Richard Eyre and Thea Sharrock and an historical thriller directed by Roland Emmerich asking the question - "Who is the real William Shakespeare"? 

The season starts on Tuesday 10th October at 2pm with Kenneth Branagh's 1993 production of "Much Ado About Nothing" with an eclectic mix of actors set in the Tuscan countryside.

On Tuesday 17th October at 2pm the film featured will be Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 production of the classic romance "Romeo and Juliet" featuring two very young actors and a strong supporting cast.

Richard Eyre's 2012 films of "Henry IV Parts I and II", part of the BBC's Hollow Crown series, will be shown on at 2pm on Tuesday 24th and 31st October respectively.  A strong cast led by Jeremy Irons, Simon Russell Beale and Tom Hiddleston.

On Tuesday 7th November at 2pm will be Thea Sharrock's new interpretation of "Henry V" with Tom Hiddleston continuing his role from prince to king in this 2012 BBC Hollow Crown series production. 

Finally the season ends - not with a Shakespeare film - but with an historical thriller from 2011, titled "Anonymous" set in tudor England . Roland Emmerich asks the question - who is the real William Shakespeare?  

The sessions for this season are now full.

Next season will start in January and the theme will be - " Political Thrillers and the wider intelligence community".

If you would like me to repeat the Shakespeare season - please add your name to the list at the U3A meeting. 


Jane Whitehead