Open Groups

Open Groups meet in hired halls (except Rambles), where members are invited to come along and sample the programme. Further details can be had from our Newsletter. There is usually a small charge to cover hire cost of the hall and speakers’ expenses. There is no need to contact anyone in advance but a current membership card should always be shown at these meetings.

Covid-19 Update

Having a duty of care towards our members, the Executive Committee has decided that we should take steps ahead of any instruction from the government.  Therefore most of our Open Meetings will be cancelled until the end of May, as follows:

  • General Meetings – every 3rd Tuesday at Bromley URC
  • Local Studies – every 1st Tuesday at Bromley URC
  • Gardening – every 1st Wednesday at St Mark’s Westmoreland Road, Bromley
  • Modern World – every 2nd and 4th week at the Central Library, Bromley
  • Outings by Public Transport – various dates and locations
  • Travel Group talks – 4th Friday March and April at the Central Library, Bromley

If you attend any of the Open Meetings and have friends and acquaintances without email who also attend, please pass this message on to them.

We will review the situation in May and keep members informed.

Members are advised to check with Group Leaders regarding other interest groups, as many, including those that meet in public buildings, will also be cancelled.

GENERAL MEETINGS – are held at the United Reformed Church, Widmore Road, Bromley at 10.30 am on the third Tuesday each month. All U3A members are very welcome. Forthcoming:

19 Nov 2019     Rupert Matthews       The life of Ernest Shackleton
17 Dec 2019     Ian Bevan                   A Christmas miscellany of readings

If you wish to contact a group leader or to join a group please use the Contact Us page stating the group leader and/or group name.

Click the link here to view the list of all Groups in the Beacon Groups list.

Click here to see the full list of meetings in the Beacon Calendar.

GARDENING Various speakers and visits are arranged. Meet at St. Mark’s Church Hall, Westmorland Road, Bromley on the first Wednesday of the month at 14.30 except July, August and January.

LOCAL STUDIESWe invite speakers to talk on all aspects of Bromley and surrounding areas. We meet in the URC Hall, Widmore Road, Bromley, on the first Tuesday of the month at 10.30. All U3A members are very welcome.

LOCAL VISITS – This informal, rather adhoc group enjoys an outing most months of the year, many of them in London and some in Bromley.

MODERN WORLD – Modern World meets on the second and fourth Tuesday morning of each month except August, when there are no meetings and December when there is only one meeting which is the Christmas Social for which tickets are required. 

In light of the current situation in regard to the Coronavirus, the Modern World committee has decided to cancel all our meetings until June. The next scheduled meeting will therefore be on June 9th.

OUTINGS BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT – We meet at agreed times and places to start each journey – see our web page or the Newsletter for details.

RAMBLES Please see Newsletter for dates

THEATRE GROUP – Although this is not an ‘Open’ group members are welcome to attend. Monthly meetings have speakers covering all aspects of professional and amateur entertainment. There is an annual membership fee of £5 plus an entrance fee of £2 per meeting to cover costs. Theatre trips locally and to London are organised regularly. 2nd Thursday, Monthly meetings,  14.15 for a 14.30 start. Meetings normally end by 16.30. Large Hall, 4th Floor, Bromley Central Library. We publish reports of our theatre visits on the Reports page.

TRAVEL GROUP – Meetings on the 4th Friday of most months at 2.15 pm in the large 4th floor Conference Room at Bromley Central Library Library with Guest Speakers on a variety of travel topics. Day outings by coach and longer trips within the UK and abroad are also arranged.