An Invitation from Seaham & District U3A

Come and have some fun and help keep Seaham tidy, below are the dates and where the litter picks will take place up until the end of December.

Monday 30th September – East Shore Village – Meet at Sainsburys car park at 9.30am

Monday 28th October – Please meet at Sure Start Building at 9.30am

Monday 25th November – Harbour Walkway – Please meet at Castlereagh bridge at 9.30am

Monday 30th December – Byrons Walk – Please meet at Byrons Walk Cemetery at 9.30am

Dates for the beginning of 2020 will appear later in the year.


Litter Pick

Jan Leach, Chairperson for Seaham & District U3A asked me to contact you with regards to our Litter Picking Group.  I understand from Sarah Gurney that some of your members might like to join in with us when we go out litter picking around Seaham.  Sarah joined us on our litter pick last month and she mentioned that other people might be interested in joining us.  We usually go out on the Last Monday of the month, we meet at 9.15am, we litter pick until 11.30am.  

I think this will be an ideal opportunity to network with our neighbourly U3A group.  Our next litter pick will be Monday 29th July, we will be meeting at the Dene House Road entrance to Rock House Dene.

If you could let me know if any of your members are interested in joining us that would be great as I have to let Seaham Council know how many numbers, we are expecting so they can supply us with plenty of equipment.

July Exhibition

What a wonderful exhibition of group, and individual works delighted our members yesterday at our summer gathering. The creativity of the exhibitors was stunning, their hard work and effort was much appreciated by all. Well done. 


Help Keep Seaham Tidy

Do you fancy a couple of hours in the sun and fresh air, if you do help our friends in Seaham & District U3A in a spot of litter picking?

Litter picks are last Monday of each month.

Sorry the first one is a bit short notice.

24th June 9.15am – 11.30am (approximately)

Seaham Station

July 29th Area not known at the moment.

Seaham Harbour U3A Trip to Sweden

On Monday 29th April 2019, 14 members of Seaham Harbour U3A embarked on board the M.S. Balmoral of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines for a ten-day cruise to Sweden.  Sailing from Newcastle was a huge bonus and it was lovely that Kathleen and Bob were on the quayside to wave us off.  The sea was calm and life on board ship was truly wonderful.  The food was superb, as was the service and the entertainment and the all- inclusive element of our trip meant that a gin and tonic was always close at hand. A splendid example of quality of service came when Joan, very politely, mentioned at dinner that the dumplings were not quite up to scratch.  Her comments were noted by the senior waiter, and, on her return to her cabin she found that she was the recipient of a dozen fresh strawberries encased in chocolate as a good will gesture.  Jennifer meanwhile, found herself on stage in the Neptune Theatre assisting the magician very successfully in confounding the audience in finding a way to place fifty pence into the body of a coca cola bottle through its much narrower neck.  The actual bottle and fifty pence piece will be on display at the next full meeting. We visited Malmo, Visby, Stockholm and Gothenburg though several party members indulged in tours which took them further afield.  On the return leg of our journey we sailed through a network of picturesque Swedish fjords, which presented a tapestry of charming villages and sprawling hills for us to savour. The weather was chilly throughout, particularly in Stockholm where the mid- morning snowflakes encouraged us to curtail our city walk in favour of an early return to a splendid lunch on board ship.  George and Carole were at the helm for our trip as organisers and facilitators and they did a superb job.  Their excellent combination of caring and organisation ensured that we all benefitted hugely from having other U3A members close at hand but everyone was fully able to go off independently and take what they most wanted from the cruise. Overall, the trip was a huge success and I would recommend Fred Olsen cruises to all members.  To George and Carole, wonderfully well done, more of the same please!!

Alan S.