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

Jun 21

June 29th Summer Music From The Kingston Third Age Orchestra

SUMMER MUSIC Elizabeth Ward This year’s informal summer concert will be a very special one for us, as we celebrate the life of Elizabeth Ward (1942 – 2015), our former first clarinettist from the time the orchestra was founded in 2010. The programme will include Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra, with Elizabeth and David’s
Mar 29

The Kingston University Big Read – Update – the 2016 Title is Chosen!

The University is building on the success of last year’s pioneering Big Read project, which gave every new student a copy of ‘About a Boy’ by Nick Hornby.  This made the students feel welcome and fostered discussions and a sense of community beyond their wildest expectations. They will repeat the scheme with  another book this year, and
Mar 13

New SLP – 1st Shared Learning Project at Kingston University – Uncovering the History of the Kingston Hill Campus

1st Shared Learning Project at Kingston University  Uncovering the History of the Kingston Hill Campus, Kingston University, London  Kingston University is a large University with nearly 20,000 students, spread over four campuses in and around Kingston upon Thames.  Kingston received its University status in 1992, having previously been Kingston Polytechnic.  The Polytechnic had been formed in

Upcoming Events

Monday 27 June – This Country Called England (This 3rd date Added in Response to Demand)

This coach/boat trip from Kingston to Windsor/Runnymede and back to Kingston was originally advertised in our Spring Newsletter for two dates. Both these dates are now fully booked and...

4th July Siobhan Clarke The Crown and the Cradle. The speaker is a Royal Palaces Guide Lecturer.

These are usually held on the first Monday of the month at the United Reform Church, Eden Street, Kingston at 2pm. If this falls on a Bank Holiday, the...

Afternoon Tea or Lunch at Warren House Wednesday, 13 July 2016 and Thursday, 14 July 2016 T

This year we are celebrating KU3A’s 25th Anniversary and we want to do it in style. Warren House, a magnificent Victorian building set within beautiful landscaped gardens, is the...

Featured Groups


Please contact Shirley Miller: 8940 8573

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


MORE WALKS Please Ireni Esler has also offered to lead weekly walks from August onwards, probably on Mondays or Fridays. Please contact Ireni Esler on 8390 0581 or ireni.esler@gmail.com

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

SHORT WALKS Philip Hellen has started a second short walk group on the first and third   Thursdays of the month, am. ring Philip on 8390 5718 or phellen@fsmail.net

PIANO Wendy Mullen has offered to host a group for people who enjoy playing the piano and would like to meet others who play. The purpose of the group is to help and encourage each other, especially in overcoming nerves when playing to other people. The venue would be in central Kingston, meeting on Monday or Thursday am monthly. If interested please contact Wendy on 8547 1404 or wham.mullen@gmail.com

PLAY READING Anyone interested in joining this new group, please contact Frances Leifer on 8546 5061 or francesleifer@talktalk.net

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