Purbeck U3A

Welcome to Purbeck U3A

U3A is an organisation which seeks to promote active learning, research, community services and social activities to those no longer in full time employment.

From this concept it has grown since 1972 to an International Organisation, now with over 1,000 independent groups within the UK alone.

Why not watch the video made by the u3a to show typical activities? 

Purbeck U3A is based in the Purbeck area of South Dorset and its groups meet regularly in Swanage, Wareham and surrounding villages.

Purbeck U3A is affiliated to the International Organisation and actively supports a wide programme of activities and social events locally.

The programme is fully motivated and supported from within using the skills, resources, and backgrounds of individual members. The annual subscription is just £20, with membership open to all who share the aims of U3A as set out in our constitution.

Like what you see and would like to join us?
then click here for an application form...

or why not come along as a guest to one of monthly talks / get togethers ?   click here to find out more 

or to simply ask us a question click here   

U3A learn, laugh, live.

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Meeting Points      

Our next meeting is on Thursday 27th June 2024 - This will include a talk from Lucinda Montefiore entitled "Behind the scenes of Woman's Hour BBC Radio Four"
This will be held in Harman's Cross Village Hall. We look forward to seeing you all there. 

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Short Story Competition

 The u3a National short story competition is back for its fifth year, and the judges are looking forward to what creative writing talents the members have to offer. The theme for this year is ‘ESCAPE(S)’

The competition launched on Tuesday 7th May, and will be open until Monday 8th July 2024 at 12.00 noon. It is open to all u3a members. To enter or find out more just click the button.

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FREE Online Learning Events   + U3A Podcast    

These are available on the National U3A website, are free to all members and cover a wide range of topics and activities. 

                                       There may be something of interest to you so click and take a look.  

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Interested in volunteering in Dorset

There are many varied opportunities. 

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 Dorset Museum and Art Gallery

 Take a look at upcoming interesting exhibitions 

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Lots of interesting things happening with Dorset Arts and Crafts with Showcase 2nd -6th August




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 Group News


Read all about new groups, changes to groups etc.

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Science and Technology        

Interested in Science & Technology?
Check out the interesting program of forthcoming S&T group talks (meetings are held monthly in Harman's Cross Village Hall 10.00am  3rd Wednesday (+ live-streamed on Zoom). Entrance fee £1.50
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Archaeology group     (new programme for 2023-2024)


Interested in Archaeology? Then check out the forthcoming talks ...

Fri 24 May - China the 3 x earliest dynasties - Neil Meldrum


Walking Group programme

The programme for the rest of the year is now available. 

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Don't forget to visit the 'gallery'  for pictures from various groups. 

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See Changes to the HIghway Code

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See a complete list of events here:

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