Open Meetings

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 18th February 2020 at 10am for 10.30. The speaker is Edinburgh-based poet, translator, editor and writing tutor Ken Cockburn. His illustrated talk is titled Poetry on the Royal Mile, and traces a route through the city’s Old Town from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace. There will be poems (and some prose) by Robert Fergusson, Dorothy Wordsworth, Victor Hugo and others .

Fergusson blossom 2 (1)
Statue of Robert Fergusson on Canongate

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:

17 March: Simon Wright – For Peat’s Sake! Countryside Management and Conservation

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