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Jul 15

4th Sept SW London Study Day at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

The SW London network of U3As is pleased to announce a study day at the WWT London Wetland Centre on Wednesday 4th September.

This will include 2 talks on the work of the Wetlands Centre in London and the work done internationally by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust followed by a guided walk round the centre. Bring binoculars if you have them. Lunch is available in the centre’s cafe.

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is one of the world’s largest and most respected wetland conservation organisations working globally to safeguard and improve wetlands for wildlife and people.  Founded in the UK in 1946 by the late Sir Peter Scott, today they complement wetland conservation work carried out worldwide with a network of nine UK visitor centres

 WWT London Wetland Centre is an award winning visitor attraction bringing the countryside to London. The site supports a wealth of wetland wildlife including colourful wild ducks, frogs, and a colony of water voles, lizards and migratory birds which arrive in large numbers from around the globe. It is also a haven for people, whether relaxing watching the wildlife from one of the special viewing hides, enjoying a walk around the reserve or having a meal in the Water’s Edge Cafe.

 Days programme:    Start time: 11am      Lunch break: 12.45       Guided tour: 13.30                    

Cost: £12.

Please complete the form below and a cheque of £12 payable to Richmond U3A. Post these to S.Leigh, 50, Ringford Rd, London SW18 1RR.

Confirmation will come by email or phone.

Any queries to

 Name   …………………………………………………………………………….

Name of U3A   …………………………………………………………………….

For confirmation of your booking please fill in:

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Jul 14

20th Sept Surrey Network Study Day – Genetics

Genetics; Development of Personalised Medicine & Treatment of Disease
Presented by Daniel Biggs, Felicia Anna Tucci & Justin Whalley, The Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford
Booking opens on 1 JuneSurrey Network study days are open to members of all U3As in Surrey and the surrounding area. They are held in the Menuhin Hall, Stoke d’Abernon and normally start at 9.30 a.m. with registration, and finish at 4 p.m. The fee, including coffee / tea and biscuits, is £10, though a visitor who is not a member of a U3A will be charged £12.00Prior booking is essential and forms are available at the Monthly Meetings or from the Surrey Network internet site,

Attendees should bring a packed lunch as there is nowhere very close by to provide food on the day.


Apr 14

London Region SUMMER SCHOOL 2019 23rd, 24th and 25th JULY 2019

St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ (Easy access: 5 minutes from Blackfriars underground station)


Choose from 28 different talks, 4 workshops, and 6 guided walks around the City of London

There is a wide range of topics taken from the themes of Art,  Current Affairs, History, Literature, Music, Science and Travel  This year we have also selected ‘Celebration of the Sea’ as a general theme

Programme and applications are available via the Events page of the London Region website:

and through individual U3As You can book online or use a postal application form.

Non-residential: Attendance can be for one, two or three days and the cost is £38 per day Refreshments and a cold buffet lunch are included

If you have any queries, please contact Chris Feldman  or Tel: 020 8449 4847

Feb 27

12th to16th September Historic Houses and Heritage of Devon -Book your holiday now!

Thursday 12th to Monday 16th of September.

Day 1: We board an executive coach at our designated pick-up points. En route to Exeter we visit the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy, home of the Bankes family for over 300 years.

After the family lost their Corfe Castle stronghold to the Parliamentarians in the Civil War, they moved here and gradually created an astonishing Italian palace in the heart of rural Dorset. The property is home to an internationally acclaimed art collection (including paintings by Rubens, Velazquez and Titian), exquisite carvings and lavish interiors.

We continue to our hotel on the outskirts of Exeter

Day 2: In the morning we have some free time in Exeter and in the afternoon visit the National Trust’s Coleton Fishacre, an Arts and Crafts style

house with an elegant Art Deco- influenced interior, situated in a spectacular coastal setting. We then travel to Kingswear for a scenic, one- way steam train excursion to Paignton (included in the price).

Day 3: Our guided tour in the morning (included in the price) takes in sights such as Exeter Cathedral, one of England’s finest examples of decorated Gothic architecture. We visit Powderham Castle in the afternoon.

property. Offering an atmosphere of wildness and timelessness, this true ‘secret’ garden of peace and tranquillity offers wonderful views of the Dart estuary and once featured on the BBC’s ‘Hidden Gardens’. (There is a 10-15 minutes uphill walk from the quayside to the gardens, or there is a shuttle service between the ferry and the house.) The house was the private holiday home of the famous and well- loved author Agatha Christie and contains many of the family’s collections including archaeological items, Tunbridge ware, silver, botanical china, and books. We then return to Dartmouth by boat.

Day 5: We visit the National Trust’s Killerton property, a fine 18th century house containing a fascinating collection of 18th and 20th century costumes.

Taking carefully selected comfort stops en route, we return to our original pick- up points.

Dates: Thursday,12 to Monday,16 September 2019

Set alongside the estuary of the Exe and dating back to 1391, it is home to the 18th Earl of Devon and one of the oldest family houses in England.

Day 4: In the morning we spend some time at leisure in Dartmouth and then take a boat transfer (included in the price) to the National Trust’s Greenway

Hotel: Gipsy Hill Hotel, Exeter (three- star)

Cost: £499, which includes:

  • ·  executive coach
  • ·  hotel: four nights’ half-boardaccommodation, sharing a twin/double room (single room supplement £99)
  • ·  all excursions
  • ·  some entrance fees
  • ·  services of a professional tour managerIf you would like to join this holiday, please complete the enclosed application form and send it together with a stamped addressed envelope (not too small, please) to:Gisela Zürcher-Feiss, 37 The Byeways, Surbiton, KT5 8HT
    Tel: 020 8399 4990
Feb 27

17th May Reading: Biscuits,the Bayeaux Tapestry and a River Cruise

Join us on a walking tour to explore the Thames-side town of Reading. The ruins of Reading Abbey reopened in 2018. It is near Reading Gaol and the museum, where Britain’s Bayeux Tapestry is displayed and the history of the Huntley & Palmers biscuit factory is told.

The tapestry is a full-sized copy of the original and was made by skilled Victorian women embroiderers in 1885. The gallery explores the background and impact of the Norman Conquest by William I. His youngest son, Henry I, founded Reading Abbey in 1121 when he announced he wanted a new abbey

built there. No expense was spared in its construction and monks lived, worked and worshipped there for more than 400 years. The Abbey Quarter covers the former precinct of this royal monastery.

We meet our guide at Henley station en route to Reading, where we’re scheduled to arrive at 10.30am, in time for coffee before exploring the Abbey Quarter. On our tour we’ll discover an enormous lion in a beautiful Victorian park, and the Oscar Wilde Chestnut Walk alongside the walls of Reading Gaol. Our tour ends at Reading Museum where we’ll have time to admire the Bayeux Tapestry before buying lunch locally.

After lunch we board a boat for a two and a quarter hour cruise from Reading through pretty Sonning to Henley. There’s a bar on the boat selling tea and coffee, soft drinks or something stronger if you prefer.

We head home from Henley at 5.30pm.

Date: Friday, 17 May
Departure time/Boarding point:

  • ·  8.30am High Street, Kingston, opposite the Rose Theatre
  • ·  8.45am Ewell Road, Surbiton, bus stop: Telephone ExchangePlease arrive 10 minutes earlier than departure time to allow for checking in.Cost: £44.50 per person including coach, guide, river cruise and tips

    If you would like to join this outing, please complete the enclosed application form (one for each household or individual) and send it, together with your cheque for £44.50 per person and a stamped, addressed envelope or your email address to:

    C aire Bletcher, 17 Lower Green Road, Esher, KT10 8HE. Tel: 020 8398 7107

    If you give your email address, all information will be sent by email, including any changes to timings, so please check your inbox regularly.

Feb 15

March 11th U3A at the Royal Institution


Join U3A members and explore science through a variety of fascinating talks.


1.15pm Audience arrives

1.45pm Introduction by Martin Davies, Public Programme Manager, Royal Institution.
Jo Ruxton: A Plastic Ocean – Behind the Scenes

Producer Jo Ruxton will talk about her eight year journey to make the multi-award-winning documentary feature, ‘A Plastic Ocean’. She will show clips from the film including unseen footage, talk about the lessons she learned as the storyline continued to change and evolve and why she never gave up even when there was no funding in sight to continue production and finish the film. Filming took place in 22 locations around the world and shows how the scourge of our plastic waste is affecting communities as well as every living creature in the ocean. It ends with a message that is impossible to ignore and shows the many solutions that can turn the tide on this problem and restore the balance.

2.20pm Question and answer session (15 minutes)

2.35pm Andrew Pontzen: What made our Universe

Our Universe is an astonishingly large and rich place. But how did it begin, and why has it ended up looking as it does? In this talk UCL’s Andrew Pontzen will explore how human ingenuity has been able to rewind time and uncover the origins of the cosmos.

3.10pm Question and answer session (15 minutes)

3.25pm Tea and coffee (30 minutes)

3.55pm Jennifer Rogers: Living is a risky business

Real life involves risks, whether it’s cycling without a helmet, travelling to a country with contagious diseases, or living in a house next to a river. Sometimes your perception of risk is distorted, making you think some things are more – or less – risky than is actually the case. How statistically significant are the risks that we see? What do the numbers mean? And what are own personal relationships with risk? Jen Rogers delves into the numbers to show you how statistics can help you to make better decisions about risky activities.

4.30pm Question and answer session (15 minutes)

4.45pm Thanks & Close of meeting

Date And Time

Mon 11 March 2019

13:30 – 17:00 GMT


The Royal Institution of Great Britain

21 Albemarle Street



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Jan 17

Research Project -University of Westminster-Audio Resources

Research project: Developing enjoyable audio resources for museums and galleries

Researchers at the University of Westminster, in collaboration with the Museum of London, are looking for participants to take part in a two-part study. They are looking at experiences of recorded audio for a series of photos taken from the collections of the Museum of London.  They are interested in all perspectives – whether you visit museums often or never; whether or not you frequently use audio facilities in museums.  Your participation will contribute to the development of our understanding about what makes successful audio resources, and about their potential for use more widely across the museum sector.

What you will need to do

You will be shown eight photographs on a laptop screen and asked to listen to the audio through headphones. Afterwards, you will be asked questions about your thoughts and experience. This should take about an hour.  One month later, we will ask you to complete a follow-up questionnaire to fill in at home, again asking about your thoughts and experiences. It should take you about 20 minutes to complete.  We will offer you a £15 Amazon voucher upon completion to thank you for your participation.

Where and when?

The first part of the study will take place at the University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, London, W1W 6UW (nearest Tube station is Goodge Street). The questionnaire will be emailed to you. We have dates available to reserve now.

Further information and registration

Please contact Rachel Hutchinson via email at or call her on 07816 244469.


Third Age Trust – National U3A  Body  – Research Participation Advice

We are often asked to publicise research studies and trials to our members.  Where we do so it is because we believe it may be of interest to you and we are not endorsing or promoting the research study in any way.  U3A has not undertaken any checks or due diligence on the relevant department or the study and accepts no liability whatsoever if you decide to agree to participate.  If you choose to take part in any study, you do so at your own risk and in your own capacity (and not as member of U3A).  You should make sure that you understand all the risks associated with any study before you sign up and ensure that you understand the time commitment, any restrictions and possible side effects.  You should also ensure that you will be insured as part of the study.

Jan 15

Royal Holloway Citizens 800 SLP Research Days

As part of Citizens 800 project, Royal Holloway have arranged a series of Research Retreat Days.


Jan 10

March 21st National Gallery U3A Art Day

Satire to Sublime: British Art from Hogarth to Turner
Thursday 21st March 2019

Find out how eighteenth and early nineteenth-century painters grappled with the rapid changes of life in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain.

Listen to National Gallery experts on Hogarth’s satirical look at British life, Wright of Derby’s provocations around scientific ethics and Turner’s confrontations with modernity and progress and learn about key developments in British painting c.1745-1845, focussing on portraits, landscapes and scenes of everyday life in the National Gallery’s collection.

Nov 29

April 3rd Wed – South East U3A Forum (Kent, Surrey & Sussex U3A Networks) South East Forum Conference 2019


Open to members of all U3As in the South East Region
Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at Meridian Hall, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT

8th December 2018

Dear Chairman and Members,

A South East Forum Conference will once again be held in 2019, bringing together U3As across the South East Region. It will be held in the Meridian Hall on Wednesday 3rd April with registration from 9.15am. This popular and valuable event gives members across our large region an opportunity to meet, exchange news and views, and hear of innovations and examples of good practice. Please would everyone bring one recent success story and one current challenge?

We are very pleased to welcome a number of speakers covering a range of interesting subjects. Our Regional Trustee, Bob Duckmanton, will highlight recent activities in the South East Region and discuss new ways of organising the links between our many U3As. We will then hear from our new National Chairman, Ian McCannah, on the challenges facing the Third Age Trust as it develops a new Three Year Plan. There are then speakers on communication and the world-wide U3A Movement. After lunch there will discussion groups on current topics of interest. This will be followed by presentations on active projects from several networks. We conclude with feedback of the various discussions and a chance to discuss the best structure for the Forum in future years.

We continue to have support from the Trust’s Regional Support Budget which helps us communicate with our U3A members, so that we are able to offer free attendance and a light buffet lunch. Attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis and is open to all members in the South East Region.

The Forum Committee currently comprises John Hubbard and Helen Turner from Kent, Ian Funnell, Alison Gaitonde, Sheila Hill and Doreen Raine from Surrey, Isabel Baker, Jill Collins, John Pheby and Chris Senior from Sussex, and Bob Duckmanton, Trustee for the South East Region. We welcome offers of help, especially in organising our conference and the Chichester summer school, and thank those already involved.

A booking form is attached together with a map of the venue location; please copy more booking forms if they are needed and remember that members and group leaders are very welcome as well as the stalwarts on the committee. Please book early and by Friday 29th March 2019; booking forms should be sent to Alison Gaitonde. Your U3A is again invited to contribute to the display of work from U3As across the region; see the attached form which should be sent to Jill Collins.

I look forward to meeting you and your members at the conference. Chris Senior
Acting Chairman of the South East U3A Forum –

South East U3A Forum (Kent, Surrey & Sussex U3A Networks)

South East Forum Conference 2019

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at Meridian Hall, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT Open to members of all U3As in the South East Region


09.15 Registration: Join us for Coffee/Tea
10.00 Welcome & Introduction – Chris Senior, Acting Chairman of the Forum
10.05 Activities in the South East Region – Bob Duckmanton, Regional Trustee, will cover news and future

organisation of the region.
10.30 View from the Bridge – Ian McCannah, Chairman of the Third Age Trust, will give an overview of the

U3A movement; highlighting the Three Year Plan to achieve the Trust’s mission of supporting learning for

individuals and U3As, and raising the profile of and facilitating growth in the U3A movement. 11.20 Short Break

11.30 Successful Communications – Elizabeth Drury, National Office Communications Officer, will outline the importance of joined-up communications to raise the profile of U3As and discuss different platforms for U3As to maximise their communications.

12.00 The World-wide U3A Movement – Ian Funnell, former Trust representative on AIUTA, will talk about the various models adopted in different countries and the U3A Charter and present a video covering international conferences on China and Mauritius.

12.20 Lunch & Tea/Coffee Provided – View Exhibition of Work of Various U3As and Networks
13.20 Discussion Groups on sharing experiences – An opportunity for members to share experiences of promoting their U3As to the community, communicating with their members, and managing U3As through

committees responsible for interest groups, finance and communications. 14.20 Reports of interesting U3A and Network activities in the Region

Chichester Summer School 24th–27th June 2019 – Helen Turner will highlight this important event. Forum Workshops – Alison Gaitonde will describe the programme that ran for many years.
Sussex Myths, Legends and Spirit – Louisa Sewell will describe how various interest groups compiled fascinating results in a Shared Learning Project.

Surrey Network Exchange with Poznan U3A – Sally Baker will describe some of the highlights of our exchange group visits over the last six years.
Project 57 – David King and George Redgrave will talk on Membership and Ethnic Diversity in Crawley.

15.00 Feedback from Discussion Groups
15.15 Open Forum on the Future of the Forum
15.45 Close of Conference
The conference is free as the Regional Support Budget covers the costs. Please book by 29th March.
Applications will be on a first-come first-served basis. Please complete and send the slip to:
Alison Gaitonde, Flat 3, Pegasus Court, Bolters Lane, Banstead, Surrey SM7 2AR
For enquiries ring 01737 351782 or send an email to …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

I wish to attend the South East U3A Forum Conference on Wednesday 3rd April 2019 Name…………………………………………………………….U3A ……………………………………………………………. …………… Address ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Phone ……………………………………Email ………………………………………………….. Veg/Gluten-free …………………….

South East U3A Forum (Kent, Surrey & Sussex U3A Networks)

South East Forum Conference 2019

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at Meridian Hall, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT Open to members of all U3As in the South East Region

Show Us What You Do

As an additional attraction at the conference, there will be an exhibition of work done as part of U3A activities. We are looking for items which are likely to be of interest to those attending. These might include paintings, needlecraft, photographs, books, reports on studies, wood or metal craft, archaeology, geology etc., etc. What fascinating things do U3A members do in their groups? The exhibitions have been a significant feature at previous conferences.

Please give details about your proposed exhibit on the form below and return to: Jill Collins, 12 Brookway, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 0LL
For further information send an email to

There will be tables for display boards; please provide your own labels and descriptive information as in previous years. Items should be brought to the meeting on the day and set up in the lecture hall from 9.15am where members will be present at all times. The organising committee cannot accept responsibility for the items on display.


Show Us What You Do

At the South East Forum Conference – Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Name ……………………………………………………… Name of Your U3A ……………………………………………………… Address ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Phone …………………………………………………….. Email ……………………………………………………………………….

Description of items:
Any comments about the items and their display?

South East U3A Forum (Kent, Surrey & Sussex U3A Networks)

How to reach the Meridian Hall
East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT

The Meridian Hall lies in the north-east sector of East Grinstead and the map below shows how to find your way there from the local major roads. There is plenty of free car parking adjacent to the hall. The hall has been carefully designed to integrate with the magnificent Grade II listed building, East Court Mansion, which is immediately adjacent. Great care has been taken to ensure sympathetic architectural design throughout, and the needs of users, including the disabled, have been taken fully into account. There is a sculpture with a meridian line on the terrace behind East Court Mansion from where there are fine views over the Sussex countryside. The hall holds 220 for lectures.

Nov 26

27June to 1July 2019- Heritage and Art of Holland – KU3A Trip

We board an executive coach at our designated pick-up points with our Tour Manager and travel to Dover for the P&O Ferries Channel crossing to Calais. We then continue approx. 130 miles to The Hague and the 4* Marriott Hotel for a 4-night stay on half board.

The next morning we visit the Panorama Mesdag, a cylindrical painting over 14 metres high and 120 metres in circum- ference. Depicting the vista of the sea, the dunes and Scheveningen village, this is the largest painting in The Nether- lands. It was painted by Hendrik Willem Mesdag, the most famous painter at The Hague School.

After spending some time at leisure in The Hague we visit the world famous

miniature city of Madurodam with a re- markable selection of Dutch monuments and landmarks rebuilt on a scale of 1:25.

On arrival in Amsterdam on day 3 we enjoy an included boat trip to admire some of the city’s architecture from the picturesque canals. We visit the Rijksmuseum for a guided tour of this world-renowned art collection, the most famous of which is Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’, it also includes many

Dutch Old Masters like Jan Steen, Frans Hals and Vermeer. As well as paintings the collection includes sculptures, clocks, Delft Blue, porcelain and Asian and Oriental art.

We begin day 4 with some time at lei- sure in Leiden and then continue to Zaanse Schans, an old hamlet on the banks of the river Zaan with characteris- tic wooden houses, small bridges, trade- men’s workshops and historic windmills.

In the morning of day 5 we visit the Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles in Delft. This – the Royal Delft – is the only remaining factory of the 32 earthenware factories that were established in Delft in the 17th Century. We take a guided tour through the history of Blue Delft and Royal Delft and its development and production process. We see a master

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painter at work, visit the dining room of Vermeer and the Dutch Royal Family Chamber, the museum with antique Delft pieces, the historical courtyard and visit the factory. The showroom has a comprehensive collection of handpainted Delft Blue by Royal Delft, as well as an extensive selection of Dutch earthenware and souvenirs.

After our P&O Ferries Channel crossing from Calais to Dover we continue back to our original pick-up points.

Dates: 27 June – 1 July 2019

Cost: From £ 759.00 – includes 4 nights HB accommodation, all excursions, some entrance fees, professional Tour Manager throughout, P&O Ferries Channel crossings, Executive Coach, local accommodation tax.

Single room supplement: £ 129.00

If you would like to join this holiday please complete the enclosed application form and send it together with a stamped addressed envelope (not too small, please) to Gisela Zuercher-Feiss, 37, The Byeways, Surbiton KT5 8HT – Tel. No. 020 8399 4990

Jul 03

Kingston University Research Project – On Optimism

The experiment investigates the optimism bias with event-related potentials and involves the recording of electrical brain activity with EEG (electroencephalography). This is a safe, harmless and non-invasive technique that involves the fitting of a cap with electrodes on the scalp. During the experimental session, the participant will be shown a series of statements on the computer screen and will be asked to make judgements on them while the electrical brain activity will be recorded. The study will take place at the Department of Psychology of Kingston University (Penrhyn Road campus) under the supervision of Dr Giulia Galli. Overall, the experimental session will last about one hour and half, including preparation for the EEG recording.

We are looking for a particular demographic population to research (people who are 65 years old and above, and native English speaker).

Please reply to Roberta Allegretta at :-

May 22

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

There will be a longer item on the GDPR in the Summer Newsletter due out at the end of May 2018. In the meantime we have been asked to put this item on the website now, particularly to assist Group Leaders.

We were already following the guidelines of the previous legislation, the Data Protection Act 1998. We have checked with National Office and read pronouncements from the Information Commissioner. No major changes are necessary for us at Kingston U3A or Group level because of the limited sort of data we hold, but we will amend the renewal form to make it clearer how we use your data.

– There is no need to get written consent from your Group members to keep the list of names and contact details which you need to administer the group. If you have already done this, that is OK, so do not worry.

– The only change you need to make is to send email circulars blind copy (bcc) unless all Group members agree otherwise, verbally.

– Destroy old lists containing personal details of U3A members unless you anticipate a real need to keep them. We are initially recommending 2 years pending experience. I need to keep your Gift Aid declarations for 6 years under other legislation from HMRC.

– Any queries on this, contact Linda Foreman

May 22

15th June – Surrey Network – Prehistoric Britain New Discoveries …


Mike Parker Pearson

Paul Booker

Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

The Ice Age to the Romans, What DNA reveals

Stonehenge – How & Why The People of Stonehenge

The Beaker People Metal Technology &

a new way of life

dannysullivan, Creative Commons

Menuhin Hall

Friday, 15th June 2018

Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte,Berlin


Image by Alfons Åberg, via Wikimedia Commons.

May 22

27th June – Summer Music – K3A Orchestra


This year’s informal summer concert will take place at 11.30am on Wednesday 27th June at our usual venue in Kingston United Reformed Church.

We have a varied programme with pieces to please everyone, some familiar some less so.  Listeners who know Mendelssohn’s Heimkehr aus der Fremdemay notice a few additions to accommodate the particular composition of our orchestra.  In Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme we will be joined by the soloist Felix Stephens.  And we will also be playing Elgar’s Salut d’Amouras well as movements from Bizet’s Symphony no. 1.

It’s a short and informal affair and an opportunity, we hope, for families to come along and hear us play.

Summer Music - Wednesday 27 June 2018, 11.30 am, United Reformed Church, Kingston, Eden Street KT1 1HZ.  Mendelssohn: Overture- Fer Heimjehr und die Fremde, Elgar: Salut d'Amour, Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo theme for 'Cello (solist: Felix Stephens), Bizet: Symphony in C (2 movements).  Conductor Rupert Bond, Leader Natalie Jeremic
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Apr 25

Research Project – Mental and Physical Fitness in Older Adults – Volunteers Wanted

Would you like to take part in our Research on

Mental and Physical Fitness in Older Adults

We would like to invite you to take part in a research project that is done as part of a Master’s Degree in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck University of London.

The purpose of this study is to investigate how people’s physical fitness is related to their mental abilities such as memory and attention.

If you agree to participate you will be asked to complete questionnaires about:

  • Your physical abilities, your leisure activities and general health
  • Your everyday memory abilities

In addition, we will conduct computerised tasks that provide some insight in your attention and memory abilities. To measure physical fitness, we do short tests measuring the strength in your hands and legs and your pulse rate while you are relaxing

The study will take about 1.5 hours and you will receive £15 for your time. You are free to stop the study and withdraw at any time without giving a reason. All the information you provide will be kept totally anonymous and confidential. The study has received ethical approval from the universities’ ethics committee.

If you would like to take part please contact me via below number/email;

Gulsah: 0795 0560 346

The results of the study will be written up in a report of the study for my Master’s Degree. The study is supervised by Dr. Eddy Davelaar. If you wish to contact the supervisor, contact details are:

Departmental address: Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX Tell: 0207 079 0807

Apr 01

31st July – 2nd Aug U3A Non Residential Summer School

St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ

(Easy access: 5 minutes from Blackfriars underground station)

There will be a wide range of subjects in 2018 on the themes of Art, Current Affairs, Drama, History, Literature, Music and Science – a choice of 32 different talks, 2 workshops, and 6 guided walks around the City of London.

In this 100th Anniversary Year of Women’s Suffrage, we are including some talks covering various aspects of women’s literature, history, arts and sciences.

Attendance can be for one, two or three days and the cost is £36 per day.

Refreshments and a cold buffet lunch are included.


Contact: Chris Feldman

Mar 08

University of Roehampton Research Seminars – Spring 2018. U3A Members are Welcome to Attend

U3A Members are welcome to attend any of the following seminars. Travel information and a map of Roehampton’s campuses with the names of buildings are available by clicking here.

Seminars with asterisks (**) have been recommended to U3A members by their respective departments. For more information, U3A members are encouraged to contact :-Dr Dustin M. Frazier Wood –

Social Sciences

**12 March, 1-1:50pm, Hirst 209**

‘Visions of Obamageddon: The Political Foundations of “Doomsday” Prepping in the Contemporary American Right’ – Michael Mills, University of Kent

**19 March, 1-1:50pm, Hirst 209**

‘Innovative Approaches to Asylum-Seeker Reception: Learning from the Utrecht Refugee Launchpad’ – Caroline Oliver, University of Roehampton

Centre for Research in Evolutionary, Social and Inter-Disciplinary Anthropology (CRESIDA)

8 March, 4:15-5:30pm, Whitelands G070

‘The hominin STD clinic: the ancient origins of HSV2’ – Charlotte Houldcroft, University of Cambridge

**22 March, 4:15-5:30pm, Whitelands G070**

‘How we talk and don’t talk about relatives: Cultural diversity, speaker patterns, and child acquisition of kinship terms’ – Fiona Jordan, University of Bristol

Centre for Research in Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour (CREEB)

8 March, 1-2pm, Richmond Room (1007)

‘Molecular regulation of social behaviour in insects’ – Fabio Manfredini, Royal Holloway University

15 March, 1-2pm, Richmond Room (1007)

‘Flexible social cognition and dehumanised perception’ – Lasana Harris, University College London

22 March, 1-2pm, Richmond Room (1007)

‘Causes and consequences of environmental contaminant exposure in seabirds’ – Alice Carravieri, University of Liverpool

29 March, 1-2pm, Richmond Room (1007)

‘Dispersal and biogeography in the marine deep biosphere’ – China Hanson, Queen Mary University of London


12 March, 1-1.50pm, Whitelands G036

‘Neurophysiological mechanisms of cognitive control in anxiety’ – Jason Moser, Michigan State University

Professorial Lectures

**19 March 2018, 5pm for 5:30pm, Grove House, Portrait Room**

‘Employable Me: Career guidance for neoliberal times’ – Professor Anita Biressi, University of Roehampton, Department of Media, Culture and Language

English and Creative Writing

**14 March, 1-2pm, Fincham 001**

‘Party Girl / Part Girl / Arty Girl: experimental form and the creation of an avant-garde film-noir poem-novel’ – Tim Atkins, University of Roehampton

21 March, 1-2pm, Fincham 001

‘“It’s not someone unless it can talk! Otherwise it’s just food!” Ontological Dialogues and the Metaphysical Structures of Children’s Literature’ – Lisa Sainsbury, National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature

**28 March, 1-2pm, Fincham 001**

‘Thomas Payne’s Modest Revolution’ – David Fallon, Centre for Research in Romanticism


Department of Psychology

University of Roehampton RCTE Seminars and Events- 2017-2018

Other than the Advanced Practitioner Programme, Workshop, and Conference (which can be booked through their respective website links below) these events are free of charge to all. Please note that the seminars need to be booked through the Eventbrite link provided.

Advanced Practitioner Programme/Training in Existential-Analytic Psychotherapy and Counselling
19th April 2018 – 21st June 2018 – Summer Term 2018
Thursday Evening 6.00pm – 9.00pm (Room 2001)

Phenomenology through Postmodernism and Neo-liberalism existentialanalytic-psychotherapy-counselling

3rd May – 6.00 for 6.30 to 8.00pm – Anastasios Gaitanidis (RCTE) Wisdom versus Desire: Deconstructing the Mind-Body Dichotomy in Representations of Love and Disability in Literature and Psychotherapy
(Room G001)
RSVP here: deconstructing-the-mind-body-dichotomy-in-representations-of-love-and- tickets-36577473207

17th May – 5pm to 6.00pm – Prof Del Loewenthal and Cath Altson (RCTE)
Individual involvement and escape motivation: determinants and consequences

(Room G071)
RSVP here: escape-motivation-determinants-and-consequence-tickets-37233651855

7th June – 6.00 for 6.30 to 8.00pm –Dr James Davies (RCTE and CREA)
The new opium: neo-liberalism and mental health (Room G001)

RSVP here: and-mental-health-tickets-36577482234

21st June – 5pm to 6.00pm – Dr Onel Brooks (RCTE) Approaching Apuleius cagily
(Room G071)

RSVP here: 37233661885

For further information, contact Prof Del Loewenthal,

Jan 27

March 13th National Gallery Day for the U3A – exploring the paintings of Murillo, Zurbarán, El Greco, Velásquez, Goya and Picasso.


Join National Gallery experts for a day of talks exploring the dazzling paintings of Murillo, Zurbarán, El Greco, Velásquez, Goya and Picasso.

The National Gallery’s collection of Spanish paintings is renowned as one of the finest in the world. It is arguably the best place outside of Madrid to study the work of Velásquez and holds masterpieces of the ‘Golden Age of Spain’, the great flourishing of the arts from about 1575 to 1700.

Tickets: £25 per person (lunches & refreshments not provided).

Should you be unable to attend we may be able to offer your place to another U3A member if there is a waiting list.


Tue 13 March 2018

11:00 – 16:00 GMT

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The Sainsbury Wing Theatre

National Gallery

Trafalgar Square




Jan 27

Feb 26th Active Learning and Research: a Workshop for Enquiring Minds

You are invited to an interactive study day with participants from across London Region.

Presentations and discussions will include:

– Lifelong learning: How do we learn as adults?

– Stimulating enquiry-led learning in U3A

– Research with partner organisations

– Challenges and examples of best practice

– U3A support facilities for research


The workshop is suitable for all members who have an enquiring mind, whether they have research experience or not.


Time: 10am-4.30pm (Registration + tea/coffee 10am)

Date: Monday, 26 February

Place: Canada Water Library, Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR (Nearest station: Canada Water)

Cost: £5 (includes lunch)

Booking: Please go to London Region website   Space is limited, so early booking is advised.

Further information: email Liz Day


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Research and your group


Does your interest group encourage its members to undertake research? If so, Liz Day would like to hear from you, so she can invite them to participate in discussions. Please email Liz Day if you are interested.