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

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
Aug 03

Norman Coward Remote Ethiopia – Providing Health Posts and Clean Water

Following the very interesting and successfully August Monthly Meeting on this topic a spontaneous collection was taken from those attending and over £300 was raised to help fund the projects being run in Ethiopia.  We have had a letter of appreciation from the speaker and his wife who have established the developments in health, education
Jul 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

Upcoming Events

Monthly Meeting 5th September David Jones How Tropical Rainforests Work

They are the most biologically diverse and complex habitats on the planet. These are usually held on the first Monday of the month at the United Reform Church, Eden...

6, 7 or 8 Sept – River Thames Rib Boat Blast – 25th Anniversary Event

There are still a few places on this fast boat trip from the Tower to the Barrier and back – 20 miles in 40 minutes. The average speed is...

Wednesday 14 September 2016 – 3 Walks Starting from Kingston Gate – 25th Anniversary Event

As part of our 25th Anniversary celebrations, there will be three walks in Richmond Park, each one a different length so you can choose the one most appropriate for...

Featured Groups

 NEW GROUPS  ON OFFER

Please contact Shirley Miller: 8940 8573

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

POSSIBLE NEW GROUPS

POLISH

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

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

SPANISH CONVERSATION

Carmen Lawrie has offered to run this new group.

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

PIANO GROUP

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

MORE WALKS

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

OCCASIONAL WALKS

Jeanette Hobson has offered to lead occasional walks.

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

PLAY READING

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

ART GROUP 2

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