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Visit to old fossils

Visit to old fossils

Visit to old fossils On Thursday 21st November members of the Tea at the Museum group visited the Etches Collection at Kimmeridge for the afternoon. This is a modern, purpose built museum housing the lifetime collection of Jurassic marine fossils (157 million years...

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Palmerston’s Folly – Fort Nelson

Palmerston’s Folly – Fort Nelson

33 members of the Discovering Wessex J1 Group went to Portsmouth on Friday 15th November,  to visit Fort Nelson which is now the home of the ROYAL ARTILLERY Museum. We were shown around the whole installation by 2 very knowledgeable official guides looking at the...

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Swanage and the Jurassic Coastline

Swanage and the Jurassic Coastline

Following a talk on Durlston Castle and Swanage, the “Discovering Wessex” Group went on 18th October to visit the area. The visit started at Durlston Castle where, after refreshments in the tearoom, we toured the castle and visited the exhibition area which included a...

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Bon Viveurs – Keyneston Mill perfumery

Bon Viveurs – Keyneston Mill perfumery

In September, the Bon Viveurs Group visited the “Home of Parterre Fragrances” at Keyneston Mill.  The visit started with a guided tour of the themed botanic gardens from which the ingredients for the perfume are grown and harvested. The tour of the gardens was...

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Global Warming / Climate Change – Part Two

Global Warming / Climate Change – Part Two

Over 70 members came to the Main Hall at the Barrington Centre on Friday 1st November to hear Douglas Lock’s second talk on Global Warming “Is it too late?”His definite answer was “no it’s not too late if we all help to save energy and natural resources in our own...

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Bournemouth Half Marathon

Bournemouth Half Marathon

Congratulations to Peter Ashley who ran the Bournemouth Half Marathon on Sunday 6th October in a time of 2 hours 15 mins.  Peter  raised an amazing £240 for Parkinsons UK.  Peter explained  "I supported that Charity because my Mum suffered from Parkinsons and it made...

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Wareham Forest October 2019

Wareham Forest October 2019

This interesting walk through Wareham Forest on the Sika Deer Trail was well attended by 27 intrepid explorers making their way around the 4.5 / 5 mile circuit, through some very varied countryside, from Pine woods to open country with views across real peat bogs. A...

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Our First Cinema Visit

Our First Cinema Visit

As a departure from our usual outings, we thought we would see if there was any interest in a visit to the local Tivoli cinema in Wimborne. Yes, it was of interest and 32 Ferndown U3A members made the visit on September 30th to see the film of the 2009 National...

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1st Friday Coffee Morning 4.10.19

1st Friday Coffee Morning 4.10.19

“60 members attended the opening meeting of the year, of the 1st Friday Coffee Mornings.  This was a very interesting presentation was given by Roy Norton on his 50 year career in television for the BBC and ITV. Roy started off as a camera man and finished up as a...

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Last Night of the Proms!

Last Night of the Proms!

Music Appreciation Group   The Music Appreciation Group met on Thursday 19th September for their first session.  ‘Last Night at the Proms’ was the theme for the afternoon.  The music choice loosely followed the world-famous ‘Henry Wood Proms’ at the Albert Hall -...

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Air Ambulance – Airbase Day

Air Ambulance – Airbase Day

What a fantastic day!  On 14th September 2019 members of Ferndown U3A presented the Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance with a cheque for £3888. The monies raised by members over the year for our chosen charity. Thank you everyone who supported the fund raising events....

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Five Mile Walking Group

Five Mile Walking Group

On 20th September 27 members of the Five Mile Walking Group visited the Stour Valley Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Bournemouth. On a warm and sunny morning new member Peter Ashley took these photos. The group meets on the third Friday of every month, starting at...

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