Where do Medicines come from

Time: 10.30-12.00, Registration 10.00.


Venue: G21/22 Devonshire Building, Newcastle University, NE1 7RX


Organiser: Voice Global/Newcastle University.


The events sub committee have been working with ‘Voice Global’ on events and we are pleased to announce the first one ‘Where do medicines come from’.

Understanding scientific and medical research, aims to achieve broad understanding and acceptance of humane animal research in the UK to advance science and medicine.

Sometimes controversial to some, this is a very important element of scientific and medical research and we should understand the reasons animals are used and have the opportunity to debate the subject.


More details will follow shortly including the agenda and details of the speakers delivering the session.

Please read the attached notice which included details of how to register. Although the University will be managing the registration, could we also ask you to advise us by email after you register so that we can keep a track on the numbers.

Regards Mike Martin and John Lloyd

Email: mjmsurrey@hotmail.com


Seaham Field of Remembrance Project


As part of the fundraising for the poppies in aid of Seaham Field of Remembrance Project, Alan Smith, one of our members, will give an illustrated talk on Seaham, Pre-Londonderry to the present day.


This will take place on Monday 

24th September at 2pm in Seaham Town Hall.

Tickets at  £2 each are available from Malcolm and Alan.

All are welcome and tickets will be available on the door.

There will also be a raffle.

Edinburgh Tattoo

On Thursday 16th August 2018, forty nine Seaham Harbour U3A members set off for a two day break to the Edinburgh Tattoo. We had a one hour break in Jedburgh for a light lunch (for some) and a spot of shopping for others.
Back on the very comfy coach through some wonderful scenery to Helix Park Falkirk to visit the Kelpies who were well photographed by all.

The Kelpies name reflected the mythological beast that  possess the strength and endurance of 10 horses; a quality that is analogous with the transformational change and endurance of Scotland’s inland waterways. The Kelpies represent the lineage of the heavy horse of Scottish industry and economy, pulling the wagons, ploughs, barges and coal-ships that shaped the geographical layout of the Falkirk area.

After a very short journey from the Kelpies we arrived at our hotel The 4 star Airth Castle Hotel & Spa in time to change and have a pre-dinner drink.
There were three choices for the meal which was very good and enjoyed by everyone it was served quickly and in a lovely spacious conservatory.
Dinner over it was time to get wrapped up for the tattoo, as we all knew it was going to be cold. It took us about an hour to get to Edinburgh and after a short walk we were in the queue to enter the castle arena, after a slight hold up because of a medical emergency we were shown to our very high up seats which gave us a superb view of the tattoo.
The show was fabulous, lots of wonderful music and dancing, storytelling, fireworks and a light show on the castle and arena and it stayed dry and not too cold (if you were well wrapped up). Because of the hold up at the beginning it was a little late finishing so we didn’t get back to the hotel till about 12.30.
On Friday we returned to Edinburgh for the day, some to enjoy shopping and the Edinburgh Fringe and others to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. Everyone agreed they had enjoyed the day and again it stayed dry.
We left Edinburgh at 4pm had a short stop on the journey home and arrived back in Seaham at about 7.30.
I am sure everyone would agree with me that Alan did a great job arranging this break and we would like to thank him very much.
Also a big thank you to Les our coach driver.

(Information on the Kelpies from Wikipedia)

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July Event 2018

Our eighth July Event was well attended by our members and held on the 12th July this year.

There was a variety of our group members works on display, what talent we have in our U3A, the artists and the photographers put on a brilliant display of their work. It was good to see the return of our Patchwork Group displaying their beautiful colourful quilts etc. they were greatly missed last year.

The food as usual was excellent (thank you Gordon, the tea Ladies and Gents and Relish the caterers), everyone enjoyed themselves socialising and perusing the exhibits.