MEETINGS AND TALKS

*** Meetings by Zoom ***

Information on how to connect to Zoom meetings will be sent a few days in advance of each talk.

We are now booking two talks per month for 2021, on our usual meeting days - 1st Wednesday and 3rd Tuesday.   

Event NameDateTimeDurationLocationCategoryVacancies
The Future of American Politics by Adam Smith15 Jun 202114:001hZoomMeetings/TalksYes
Westminster Palaces on the North Bank of the Thames by Peter Burley07 Jul 202114:001hZoomMeetings/TalksYes
The Alexander Litvinenko Story bu Paul Barwick20 Jul 202114:001hZoomMeetings/TalksYes
Poets, Precipitation and Pencils by Rachel Pearson04 Aug 202114:001hZoomMeetings/TalksYes
Great British Eccentrics & Rogues by Paul Robbins17 Aug 202114:001hZoomMeetings/TalksYes

We usually meet twice a month except during Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays, although during the Covid-19 crisis we have booked meetings right through the Spring and Summer. Meeting dates are shown in the list of events above. If you are logged in you can see more information by simply clicking on the item that interests you.

Venues

Our face-to-face meetings, when we can resume them, are at two different venues:

Tuesday meetings are held at One YMCA St Albans Community Gym, 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 Rd the church has a T-Loop system for those who use hearing aids.

At each venue, Meeters and Greeters will welcome you and direct you to the registration area where you will find stalls with information about Groups, Trips, Events and U3A notices as well as a free Bookstall.  If you would like to be a Meeter and Greeter or to help with the Bookstall, please contact Sheila Laidlow.

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.

Talks

Members attending the talks are encouraged to give feedback to the Speaker Secretary, who organises the talks, or to any member of the Executive Committee.  Suggestions for future speakers - including U3A members who would be interested in giving a talk on their 'specialist subject' - are also very welcome.

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. 

 


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