Open Meetings

Update October 2020: In the light of ongoing Covid-19 guidelines, we regret our open meetings are cancelled until further notice.

Our monthly open meetings are free for everyone, both members and non-members. So, encourage your friends and neighbours to come along to hear a range of interesting talks on a wide variety of fascinating subjects. There is also the opportunity for informal chat over coffee about the latest Duns and District U3A group activities. For the 2019/20 season, these meetings will take place in the Volunteer Hall in Duns on the third Tuesday of every month.

Next meeting: Tuesday 17th March 2020 at 10am for 10.30. The speaker is Simon Wright, whose talk is titled For peat’s sake! Moorland restoration – what’s all the fuss about? Simon, who worked for the National Trust in the Peak District for 27 years, will be telling us how to ‘mend’ a peat bog, one of the most important habitats in the fight against global warming.

The pictures below are of a degraded peat bog and how it looked after restoration.

NB If you have a contact who would be a good speaker, or a topic you would like to hear more about, please email your ideas to 

Confirmed future speakers:

21 April: Jane Tulloch – The History of Department Stores

19 May: Derek Janes – Duns Castle 700 (2020 marks the 700th anniversary of the foundation of Duns Castle and its surrounding community)

16 June: Dr Janet Starkey & Professor Paul Starkey: Travels on the Silk Road