Welcome to Kingston upon Thames U3A

Prospective members: Welcome to Kingston U3A! If you have recently retired, or are coming up to that exciting third age phase of your life, there is so much to do! We have an extensive range of groups you can join, covering everything from literature through arts, music, walks, discussions, dancing and table tennis to games, languages and science.   There are regular monthly meetings with an interesting talk, introductory get-togethers for new members and a chance to meet people and make new friends. There is a wide monthly programme of visits to places of interest and a holiday, abroad or in the UK, every year. This website will give you a lot of information about all of these and many other activities. Please browse and let us know if you would like to join us.

Existing members please make regular visits to this website as we will be posting up-to-date information as it becomes available.

To find out more of the U3A s history please follow the link :-      History of the U3A

Latest News

Sep 23

October 3rd Monthly Meeting – Tracey Borman to Speak on Thomas Cromwell

Remember, remember this meeting starts at 1.30 to accommodate the speakers schedule.  She has spoken to us before and was  a great success. Tracey will be bringing copies of her latest book with her so if you think you maybe tempted come prepared!  This early start will prepare you for  the Nov  Monthly meeting which
Sep 08

Notice of 2016 AGM – 7th Nov the Mayo Hall

In accordance with the constitution of the U3A, notice is hereby given that the AGM of Kingston U3A will take place at the Mayo Hall, The United Reformed Church, EdenStreet, Kingston, KT1 1HZ at 1.30pm on Monday 7th November 2016. Nomination of Committee Members We welcome applications from current members interested in joining our active
Sep 07

U3A National Events (arranged for U3A Members only) – National Gallery, The Royal Institute and U3A West End Much Ado About Shakespeare

The Secret Language of Art Symbols & Allegory in National Gallery paintings National Gallery – The Secret Language of Art 24 November 2016 at 11:00 The Sainsbury Wing Theatre The Sainsbury Wing Theatre – The National Gallery – Trafalgar Square – WC2N 5DN London – United Kingdom Register Now! The National Gallery, London is delighted
Aug 26

Membership renewals 2016/2017 – You know you want to!

The green renewal form is enclosed for 2016-2017.  membership year commences on Oct 1st. Please fill in and post with a cheque right away, or bring to the next Monthly Meeting. This eases our administrative task. Those who have not renewed by the next Newsletter have to be sent a reminder, and those not renewing
Aug 25

October 26th Kingston U3A Open Day Showcase

The Mayor will open Kingston U3A’s Open Day and Fair on October 26th in the Richard Mayo hall of the United Reformed Church. The day will run from 10 am to 4 pm and there will be performances by Singing for Fun in the morning and the U3A Singers at 2 pm and the Line

Upcoming Events

Monthly Meeting – 3rd October The Real Wolf Hall – the Life and Death of Thomas Cromwell by Tracy Borman

Tracy Borman Joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces The Real Wolf Hall – the life and death of Thomas Cromwell NOTE: This talk will begin at the specially...

Wed 12th Oct & Tues 18th Oct – Transports of Delight Around London by Road, Rail, River and Air

U3A members Sheila Evans and Claire Bletcher will be leading the round trip from Waterloo to the O2 Arena by bus, DLR, cable car and Riverbus on 12th and...

Wed 9th Nov – British Museum and the Sunken Cities Exhibition

A day at the British Museum combining a visit to the exhibition Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds, plus a Blue- Badge-guided galleries tour (Lost & Found) highlighting little known...

Featured Groups


Please contact Shirley Miller: 8940 8573

groupcoordinator@kingstonu3a.org.uk if you are interested in:



Weekly.  tba

Val Meredith 07599284200 / joanmeredith245@gmail.com

Vacancies.     CK


Monthly   tba

Betty Illsley   8255 9694 /  bettymayillsley@virginmedia.com

Vacancies.     NK


Barbara Ayres has kindly offered to set up a Polish Language Group.

Contact Barbara Ayre on 01372 464105 or kenayre@talktalk.net


Carmen Lawrie has offered to run this new group.

Contact Carmen Lawrie 8390 3254 or carmen.lawrie@hotmail.co.uk


This group would like more members, preferably Grade 11 standard. It meets monthly in central Kingston.

Contact Wendy Mullen on 8547 1404 or wham.mullen@gmail.com


Ireni Esler has offered to lead walks on the first Monday in the month at 10.00am.

Contact Ireni Esler on 8390 0581 or ireni.esler@gmail.com


Jeanette Hobson has offered to lead occasional walks.

Contact Jeanette Hobson on 07759 837053 or jeanetteeh1@virginmedia.com


This new group has started with Frances Leifer as leader. However, there is a waiting list of 7 people. Would anyone volunteer to host a second group on a different day. This should not be difficult.

Contact Shirley Miller on 8940 8573 or groupcoordinator@kingstonU3A.org.uk


There are 9 people on a waiting list for this group. If we can recruit 6 more people we can start another group. We have a teacher and a venue but need the extra people.

Contact Carolyn Forsyth on 82355 1746 or caro15@blueyonder.co.uk

SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY This group, which started over 20 years ago, could do with some more members. (Don’t be put off by the title). Each month the discussion is led by one of the members on a subject of his (or her) choice. Most of the group find books or information on the internet as a base for their talk, and it is an opportunity to widen your interests and engage with new ideas. The group meets on the first Wednesday of the month near Kingston Hospital and if you think you may like to join this group, contact Jennifer Butterworth on 8942 7387 or jenn.butterworth@virginmedia.com

INVESTMENT STRATEGY Richard Cragg would like to run a course next Autumn which would cover the main factors that drive the global economy; particularly the way population changes affect growth, interest rates and inflation. Also under discussion will be the prospects for China and its influence on the rest of the world; the role of gold; how to think about risk and returns and the choice between mutual funds and ETFs. He will not make recommendations, but will hopefully put members in a better position to evaluate their investments. If interested please contact richardcragg389@gmail.com

MIXED SUNDAY LUNCH CLUB A second Sunday Lunch Club is about to start for both men and women. It will meet on the second Sunday of the month. If interested please ring Gill O’Donnell on 8399 8125 or gill.odonnell@blueyonder.co.uk 

WHILE WE ARE DELIGHTED WITH ALL THESE OFFERS, SOME FROM VERY NEW MEMBERS, WE WOULD STILL LIKE MORE GROUP LEADERS, ESPECIALLY FOR LANGUAGES. Any offers of help contact Shirley Miller on 8940 8573 or shirleymiller4@btinternet.com Thursdays of the month, am. ring Philip on 8390 5718 or phellen@fsmail.net