MEETINGS AND TALKS

We usually meet twice a month except during Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays. Meeting dates are shown in the list of events below. If you are logged in you can see more information by simply clicking on the item that interests you

Venues

Tuesday meetings are held at Highfield (YMCA) Sports Centre, Russett Drive, off Hill End Lane, St Albans, AL4 0DB. Turn off Hill End Lane into Russett Drive at the Spar Shop. Bus S1 from and back to town every 40 minutes with a 2-hour break between 11.10 and 13.10. There is car parking at the Sports Centre.

Wednesday meetings are held at Marlborough Road Methodist Church, Marlborough Rd, St Albans AL1 3XQ. This Bus Routes web page allows you to find routes and timetables for buses that stop in St Peter’s Street and Victoria Street. There is car parking at the Maltings Public Car Park, adjacent to the church.

At both venues, meetings open for registration at 2:00 pm (in the room adjoining the main hall at Highfield, in the church hall to the right-hand side of the lobby at Marlborough Road). The meetings start at 2:30pm when we sit down for announcements followed by a talk of about 45 minutes by a Guest Speaker. At Marlborough Road, tea and coffee are served in the church hall after the talk. If you could help, please  contact our Refreshments Coordinator, Charlotte Thorp, who organises the refreshments rota.

At each venue, in the registration area, there are stalls with information about Groups, Trips, Events and U3A notices as well as a free Bookstall.  At Marlborough Rd the church has a T-Loop system for those who use hearing aids.

Talks

Talks are organised by the Speaker Secretary, John Johnson, who would welcome suggestions for future speakers - including U3A members who would be interested in giving a talk on their 'specialist subject'. Please give feedback after each talk by placing a token in one of the 'ballot' boxes and writing your thoughts in the comments book provided at each meeting - this is important for compiling a list of recommended speakers for the Herts Network of U3As.

Membership Cards

Please remember to bring your membership card with you to the meetings as it saves time at registration. Also, please fill in the reverse with your Emergency Contact and Medical/Allergy details as these could prove useful to a paramedic called to an accident or a person taken ill. For the same reasons, please carry your card when attending every U3A activity

Event NameDateTimeDurationLocationCategoryVacancies
Talk: The secret watchers of Trent Park. Dr Helen Fry.20 Nov 201814:002 hoursHighfieldMeetings/TalksYes
AGM and Talk: St Albans Lions Club - Christina Langley28 Nov 201814:002 hoursMarlborough RdMeetings/TalksYes
Talk - Shackleton: The greatest survival story ever told. Geoff Selley FRGS09 Jan 201914:002hMarlborough RdMeetings/TalksYes
Talk - The Story of Mr Punch. Geoff Barrett.22 Jan 201914:002hHighfieldMeetings/TalksYes
Talk - The Apollo 8 Mission. Robin Mobbs.06 Feb 201914:002hMarlborough RdMeetings/TalksYes
Talk - Sir Hubert van Herkomer RA. Dr Isobel Williams19 Feb 201914:002hHighfieldMeetings/TalksYes
Talk - My life of crime. James Stewart QC06 Mar 201914:002hMarlborough RdMeetings/TalksYes
Talk - Wildlife through a lens. Tom Way19 Mar 201914:002hHighfieldMeetings/TalksYes
Talk: Sustainable St Albans: Building Modern Architecture in a Historic City - Geraint John03 Apr 201914:002hMarlborough RdMeetings/TalksYes
Talk: Inns and Alehouses of St Albans - David Thorold16 Apr 201914:002hHighfieldMeetings/TalksYes