Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday at The Elizabethan Suite, Bury Town Hall, which is very near the Metro/Bus Station. Arrive from 1.30pm to sign in before the meeting starts at 1.45pm.

Dates for your Diary
Wed Apr 30th 2014 Local History Group 2
Weds April 30th - guided tour of Turton Tower. Please see Group page for further information.
Please contact Sue Evans for further details.
Thu May 15th 2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING this year will be on Thursday 15th May. There will be no guest speaker but all members are invited to participate in this event, commencing at 1.30pm.
Thu May 15th 2014 BOOK AND CAKE SALE!!!!
We are running a book and cake sale at the start of the AGM in May, to raise money for the Bury Dementia Group.

So, if you have any books at home that you no longer need, please bring them along to the next monthly meeting on 17th April or to the AGM on 15th May.
If you would like to bring some cakes which we can sell to raise money for the charity that would be wonderful.
Thu Sep 18th 2014 OPEN DAY this year will be on 18th September starting at 1.30pm. More information to come.
Thu Nov 27th 2014 DANCE Edward Scissorhands

Seats in upper circle row A - PRICE £26.50.
PAYMENT BY 19 JUNE AT LATEST (main meeting) Cheque payable to Bury U3A Social. Contact Jenny Johnson
Social Events
Sat May 17th 2014 COFFEE CONCERT at Manchester Cathedral

Saturday, 17th May, ll.a.m.
Gemma Prince (Soprano) varied programme of music from operas by Puccini and Dvorak and selection of Art Songs by Richard Strauss

Tea, coffee and cake available. admission free, retiring collection for Cathedral music
Summer Schools
Mon Jul 14th 2014 14 – 17 July 2014 Harper Adams university, Telford. Cost £285 residential ensuite
Subjects; Ancient civilisation of the Americas, Canal history, Cinema history- 100 years of Hollywood,creative writing, current affairs, drama through the ages, France today,Latin, philosophy, recorder ensemble.
Information can be found on the U3A website
Mon Aug 18th 2014 18 – 21 August 2014 Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester Cost £285
Subjects Arts and architecture of the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain, Digital photography, Drama, Gardening, Literature- Womens voices of WW1, Music- making friends with great composers, poetry, science, singing for pleasure.

Further information can be found on the U3A website
Mon Sep 29th 2014 6 day Autumn holiday in South West Ireland. Travelling by coach we will be staying in a 4 star hotel with no single supplement. There are just a few seats left so why not go to the Holiday Group page for more information or contact Brenda at bm.wright@hotmail.com or on 01706 341190? Thank you
Other Events
Wed Apr 30th 2014

Visit the THIRD AGE TRUST website and have a look at the U3A Online courses.They are short courses specially designed for older people and available through a partnership between Third Age Trust (the UK national U3A organisation) and the U3A Online Inc.(based in Australia).

These are courses for which no entry qualifications are required. They offer no credit on completion and are designed purely for personal interest and enjoyment. They have been written by volunteers who are experienced tutors or course leaders in their fields.

These courses are aimed at U3A members, ex-U3A members who are no longer able to attend a U3A, and those unable to access conventional courses for one reason or another (e.g. restricted mobility, disability, etc).

Upcoming online courses
At the end of March, 2014 (enrolments required by March 29, 2014) we shall be launching a number of new online courses. Enrolment for these courses will be open shortly. These will be interactive and participants will be encouraged or expected to contribute to the online discussion together with the author or tutor. They are:

  • Are fairy tales still relevant in the 21st Century?
  • All In The Mind
  • Gawain and the Plowman
  • Six Impossible Things
  • An Introduction to the history of the design of gardens.

They also hope to re-run existing courses, provided there is sufficient demand (ie at least 16 subscribers). These include Anglo Saxon Poetry and First World War –the home front.

Visit the UK Course list for more details and the Application form to enrol.

Tue Jun 10th 2014 North West U3A Annual General Meeting with Guest speakers – 10th June, at the Ashton Hall within Lancaster Town Hall

11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

We will have interesting and eminent speakers in the morning and afternoon with the AGM at 1.45 p.m. Make a note in your U3A diary now, more details will follow.
Tue Aug 26th 2014 2014 North West Summer School, new courses available.

26-29 August at Newton Rigg College, near Penrith

North West Region’s Residential Summer School will be held at Newton Rigg College near Penrith from Tuesday 26 – Friday 29 August 2014

Newton Rigg College is an open campus very near to Penrith and just five minutes’ drive from the M6 junction.
Ullswater and the Northern Lake District are on the doorstep. Once again we are offering seven courses with two new tutors and three new topics.

Choose from Archaeology (Carole Allen), Art use of colour(Jacqueline Cartwright), Creative Writing (Maggie Smith),
Digital Photography (Rod Marsh), Geology (Chris Arkwright), Novels of 1961 (Meg Shaw) and A Musical Journey from
Renaissance to Romanticism (Gillian Russell)

The Summer School starts mid-afternoon on Tuesday 26 August and ends with lunch on Friday 29 August.
Accommodation is in single, en suite rooms and all meals are provided to residential students.

Day students are welcome too, with buffet lunch, teas/coffees included, evening meals can be taken at the College
for an extra charge.

Several of the courses will include a day out (all expenses included) to cover field trips or visits

We have held our prices at £300 (£150 Day rate) with an early bird discount of £40 (£20 Day rate) provided a deposit and completed booking form is received by 31 January 2014.

Full details and application forms are available on the North West website, or phone David Joseph (member of NWREC) on 01625 861 327 for information
Thu Dec 18th 2014 OUR 2014 CHRISTMAS PARTY
will be on 18th December. Put it in your diary as we only have limited places!!!
Art Appreciation
Wed May 14th 2014 Haworth Art Gallery/Tiffany Glass Museum, Accrington. See Group website for further information
Folk music
Wed May 14th 2014 Mason's, Egerton
Wed Jun 4th 2014 Mason's, Egerton
Luncheon Club 6
Thu May 8th 2014 Our newest Luncheon Club will have its first meeting on Thurs 8th May at 1pm. Please see website for further information.
Theatre visits
Wed May 14th 2014 Wednesday 14 May at Royal Exchange Theatre 2.30. Last Days of Troy (reworking of Homers Iliad by Simon Armitage) Ticket price £17.50 payable asap but before 1 April.
Sat Jun 14th 2014 Saturday 14 June at Octagon theatre, Bolton at 2.00. Brassed Off. Ticket price £9 payable asap but before 1 May THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED