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Events

18th June – The People’s Post

This trip is an opportunity to learn the very British story of sending a letter, from the time of the Romans to the GPO. We’ll visit the Postal Museum and take a ride on the Mail Rail.

We travel by coach to meet our guide at the Museum of London where we’ll have morning refreshments. The tour begins on foot (no more than 400 yards) when we learn the colourful history of the postal service in London.

We complete the morning tour by coach before we have some free time for lunch in Exmouth Market with its thriving food market, traditional pubs and cafés.

In the afternoon we visit the Postal Museum which contains five centuries of world-class curiosities. We’ll enjoy a 20-minute ride on Mail Rail, the subterranean railway that once whizzed four million letters a day beneath the streets of London. (Please note that in an emergency you’d have to be able to walk 100 yards without a stick and it may not be suitable for claustrophobia sufferers.)

There’ll be time for refreshments before we head home at 4.45pm.

Please note that there is a certain amount of walking as described above and this trip may not be suitable for anyone with mobility problems.

Cost: £44.50 per person including coach, morning refreshments, tour fees and tips

Please arrive 10 minutes before departure time to allow for checking in.

Please reply promptly and send the completed application form and your cheque for £44.50 made payable to Kingston U3A (GAS) plus a stamped addressed envelope (if you do not give an email address) to: Moira Shearer, 35c St Andrews Square, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4EG – Tel: 020 8390 6356.

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

Boarding time/points:

  • ·  9am High Street, Kingston, opposite the Rose Theatre
  • ·  9.15am Ewell Road, Surbiton, ‘Telephone Exchange’ bus stop

12th July – London Mithraeum, Bloomberg Space

Join us on a visit to the London Mithraeum. Next door to Bank Station

this cultural space returns the Roman Temple of Mithras to its original location in the heart of the City of London. The Mithraeum is situated in Bloomberg’s European headquarters, and houses the reconstructed temple, a selection of the Roman artefacts found during the recent excavations and contemporary art commissions undertaken in response to this archaeological site.

We’ll meet at Waterloo station and take the Waterloo and City Line to Bank, where, on our way out, we’ll see the 24 John Hutton glass panels showing Roman citizens. These were originally installed in the old Bucklersbury House, the office block that previously stood on the Bloomberg site. This area was badly damaged during the Blitz and the Temple of Mithras was discovered in the 1950s when excavations were made for the foundations of Bucklersbury House. The City Corporation said it must be preserved, so it was lifted out in pieces and stored in a builder’s yard in Burlington Road, New Malden, then returned (with a few pieces missing) to a site alongside Queen Victoria Street.

When plans were made to demolish Bucklersbury House and build the Bloomberg Space, the planning approval was conditional on the Temple being returned to its original site, with the developer paying for an extensive archaeological dig. Planning permission also required the original line of Roman Watling Street to be reopened. This is now Bloomberg Alley where there are cafés, and the Bloomberg Arcade, where we can buy coffee before our visit, which starts at 11.30am.

It will take about 45 minutes to visit the Temple with its subdued lighting effects, mist and sound. There are lifts between all levels for those who don’t want to use the stairs.

Date: Friday, 12 July
Meeting time/place: 10.15am at

Waterloo Station, opposite Platform 1

Cost: £1 per person admin charge collected on the day

1 July Monthly Meeting: Kingston’s Railways

John King, whom you may recognise from the London walks he leads for U3A members, talks about our local railways.

Doors open at The Richard Mayo Hall for the monthly meeting at 1.30 with the talk beginning at 2.00. It is useful to arrive early as the talks are popular and on a few occasions we have had to refuse entry as we are over the 145 hall limit.

There is an entry charge of £1.00 which includes tea and biscuits at the end of the talk. Entry is for members only.

5 August Monthly Meeting: Angels in Art

Colin Lomas guides us through the many mysteries of these beings in their various forms through different periods of art.

Doors open at The Richard Mayo Hall for the monthly meeting at 1.30 with the talk beginning at 2.00. It is useful to arrive early as the talks are popular and on a few occasions we have had to refuse entry as we are over the 145 hall limit.

There is an entry charge of £1.00 which includes tea and biscuits at the end of the talk. Entry is for members only.

2 September Monthly Meeting: Agatha Christie, Queen of Crime

Nick Dobson take us on a journey through the biography and work of this great novelist.

Doors open at The Richard Mayo Hall for the monthly meeting at 1.30 with the talk beginning at 2.00. It is useful to arrive early as the talks are popular and on a few occasions we have had to refuse entry as we are over the 145 hall limit.

There is an entry charge of £1.00 which includes tea and biscuits at the end of the talk. Entry is for members only.

13th May Monthly Meeting – FortyYears Catching Smugglers

After Malcolm Nelson’s talk, you’ll know how to negotiate the Green Channel at customs.

Doors open at The Richard Mayo Hall for the monthly meeting at 1.30 with the talk beginning at 2.00. It is useful to arrive early as the talks are popular and on a few occasions we have had to refuse entry as we are over the 145 hall limit.

There is an entry charge of £1.00 which includes tea and biscuits at the end of the talk. Entry is for members only.

Fri 17 May: People and Places of Surrey – Surrey Study Day

Presented by speakers from Guildford Cathedral the Watts gallery,the Lewis Carroll Society and Surrey History Centre.

Study days are open at the Menuhin Hall, Stoke d’Abernon, starting at 9.30am with registration and normally running from 10am to 4pm. The fee, including coffee or tea and biscuits, is £10 for members and £12 for guests. Attendees should bring a packed lunch.

Prior booking is necessary and forms are available at the monthly meetings or from the Surrey Network site: www.u3asites.org.uk/surreyu3anetwork

Fri June 21st – Mathematics in Action – Surrey Network

Mathematics in Action
Presented by Dr Roger Luther, Sussex University & U3A Member
Places available

Study days are open at the Menuhin Hall, Stoke d’Abernon, starting at 9.30am with registration and normally running from 10am to 4pm. The fee, including coffee or tea and biscuits, is £10 for members and £12 for guests. Attendees should bring a packed lunch.

Prior booking is necessary and forms are available at the monthly meetings or from the Surrey Network site: www.u3asites.org.uk/surreyu3anetwork

 

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