Speakers at our monthly meetings

Meetings are held in the Council Chamber, The Manor House, Old Town Street, Dawlish EX7 9AP unless otherwise stated.

Talks start at 2:45pm but members may arrive from 2:30pm onwards.


15/01/2024 Toby Sherwin Life between the tides
Report of talk
19/02/2024 Christine Wallach Now I belong to me
About the speaker
Report of talk
18/03/2024 Peter Isaacson Medical Detection Dogs
15/04/2024 Lia Summers Shaldon Wildlife Trust
Report of talk
20/05/2024 Dr Todd Gray The Cathedral Yard Fire and Exeter’s Historic Buildings
About the speaker
17/06/2024 Vincent Willson Citizens Advice Teignbridge
15/07/2024 Party time!
19/08/2024 Sarah Bull The work of the Met Office
16/09/2024 AGM
21/10/2024 Mary Smith A Schoolgirl’s War
18/11/2024 Dr Keith Hooper Charlotte Bronte
16/12/2024 Christmas event

For further information about individual monthly talks please see our Monthly Meeting News.

Previous speakers 

16/01/2023 Mick Harrison, Cyber Protect Officer, Devon & Cornwall Police Cyber Crime
Report of talk
20/02/2023 Kerry Sherwin Prison Visiting – an Inside Story
20/03/2023 Justine Geldard The work of Rowcroft Hospice
17/04/2023 Chloe Wood, Wellbeing Practitioner Social Prescribing
Report of talk
15/05/2023 Nick Hawker, Executive Chair of ECFC Board of Directors Exeter City FC
Report of talk
19/06/2023 Dr Todd Gray The Cathedral Yard Fire and Exeter’s Historic Buildings
***Postponed to May 2024 due to last minute closure of Manor House.
17/07/2023 Fiona Gibson Dawlish Gardens Trust
21/08/2023 Marcus Paul Ireland to the Wild West
Report of talk
18/09/2023 AGM
16/10/2023 David Pickton What has Marketing done for us?
About the speaker
20/11/2023 Gray O’Hanlon It’s up in the air
Report of talk
18/12/2023 No meeting Replaced by Christmas lunch on 19/12/2023


17/01/2022 Becki White and Jo Fishwick (The Barton Surgery) Social prescribing – Meeting POSTPONED (see here for further information)
21/02/2022 David Gearing Dawlish Life in Pictures 1865-1925
Report of talk
21/03/2022 Derek Gore (Honorary Fellow, University of Exeter) The Vikings in the West Country
Report of talk
25/04/2022 Tara Bowers (Exeter Community Energy) Healthy homes for wellbeing
Report of talk
16/05/2022 Robert Hesketh Smuggling in Devon
Report of talk
20/06/2022 Keith Feltham Film music
18/07/2022 Bert Parton A life in music – POSTPONED due to heatwave
15/08/2022 Corina Skerritt (Dawlish Library Supervisor) What can Dawlish Library do for you?
Report of talk
19/09/2022 AGM – POSTPONED to 17/10/2022
17/10/2022 Peter Stephenson St Petrock’s
Report of talk
21/11/2022 Todd Gray Devon and slave plantations
Report of talk
19/12/2022 Christmas event


18/01/2021 Cllr Alison Foden The role of Mayor of Dawlish (Zoom)
15/02/2021 Tony Cannon Devon Air Ambulance – an update (Zoom)
15/03/2021 Philippa Davies (of Dawlish Nub) Questions and answers about  life in journalism (Zoom)
Report of talk
19/04/2021 John Polley Driving under London (talk held over from March 2020) (Zoom)
Report of talk
17/05/2021 Lucy Mottram and Bobby Hughes (Recycle Devon team) A picture of waste in Devon (Zoom)
21/06/2021 No speaker Catch up with u3a friends on the Lawn, Dawlish
19/07/2021 Lynne McVernon Making it all up…
16/08/2021 Phil Badcott Folklore of bygone Devon – anecdotes from the nineteenth century
20/09/2021 Guest speaker: Susan Parker, Trustee for South West u3a Annual General Meeting
18/10/2021 Dr Keith Hooper Oliver Twist: Parable, providence and the poor
Report of talk
15/11/2021 Cllr Martin Wrigley Challenges facing local government and the role of Councillor
Report of talk
20/12/2021 Meeting cancelled due to Covid


20th January: Mike Temple – Mercy Ships
17th February: Mike Harrison – The office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

Unfortunately, from March to October our monthly meetings were cancelled in line with government guidance on group activities.

16th November: Hugh Scudder – The Christmas shoebox appeal for Moldova (Zoom)
14th December: Toby Sherwin – Life between the tides at Dawlish (Zoom)
21st December: Christmas lunch – unfortunately had to be cancelled due to Covid restrictions.


21st January: Laura Cowie – Cyber Crime
18th  February : Elizabeth Burstone – How Green are you? Recycling in Teignbridge
18th March : Sue Larbaiestier – Meeting Children who have autism
15th April : David Gearing – History of Dawlish Warren
20th May May : AGM
17th June: Neil Howell – Tales from the grave
15th July: Felicity Harper – ‘The Courtenay family of Powderham Castle’
August: Break
16th September: Fair trade – Dawlish Fair Trade friends
21st October: Kevin Needham – ‘From seaweed to satellites’
18th November: Michael Hull – ‘Driving safer for longer’
16th December – Christmas event