6th Nov Monthly Meeting – Blessed are the Cheesemakers – David Pearson

Blessed are the Cheesemakers a talk be David Pearson.  The title is taken from the Monty Python film, The Life of Christ.

John is an international cheese judge and describes encounters with suppliers and customers.

Open to Members only, these are usually held on the first Monday of the month at the United Reformed Church, Eden Street, Kingston at 2pm (doors open from 1.30). If this falls on a Bank Holiday, the meeting will take place on the following Monday. £1 charge for members with Tea and Biscuits included!

15th Nov – Visit to Clementi House

Visit to Clementi House

A piece of London’s musical history Wednesday, 15th November 2017

The composer and pianist Clementi (1752 – 1832) was born in Rome but adopted by the Beckford family in Dorset at the age of 14 and educated in England. From 1818 – 1824, when he retired to Evesham, he made 128 Kensington Church Street his London home. The house was subsequently occupied by another composer and during the 19th century Mendelssohn, Chopin, Paganini and other famous musicians visited the house, often to perform in private.

The house is still a family home and its owner, Tom Stacey, a journalist and writer, will give us a talk about the house, and we will then be given a tour of the premises. There are quite a number of stairs to climb from the ground to the 4th floor. The stairs are carpeted and there are handrails, but if you need a walking stick you may find it difficult. The whole visit will last approximately one hour. There is no café on site, but there are coffee shops in nearby Notting Hill Gate.

Date: Wednesday 15th November 2017 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.
Cost: £10.85 pp
Meeting time/point: 10.15 a.m. or 1.15 p.m. – Wimbledon, at the bottom of the stairs to the Underground. We shall then take the District Line to Notting Hill Gate and walk approximately 10 minutes to the house.

If you would like to join this visit please complete the enclosed application form (one for each household or individual) and send it together with your cheque for £ 10.85/21.70 payable to Kingston U3A (GAS) to: Barbara Leach, 10 Seymour Gardens, Surbiton, KT5 8QE Phone: 8390 7738

If you do not give an e-mail address please include a stamped addressed envelope with your application.

Guided tour of Clementi House application form

Thurs – 16 Nov How has the British holiday changed in our life time?

SW London Network of U3A

Hammersmith& Fulham , Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth

at the Richard Mayo Hall ,United Reformed Church, Eden St, Kingston


10.30 am   Register , tea and coffee

11.00 am       “The birth of the package holiday”

Gwyn Rogers (Merton U3A)

11.45 am         “Holidays in Bognor in the 1950s”    

Sylvia Endacott (Local History Group Leader, Bognor Regis U3A)

12.45-1.45pm Lunch

1.45 pm       “The Seaside holiday”      Looking at the development of seaside resorts and why the seaside became so popular

Jackie Marsh-Hobbs ( (Lecturer, Specialist guide and local historian)

2.45 pm         “The history of the YHA

Duncan Simpson     (Archivist for YHA)

COST: £8 including tea/coffee on arrival.         Cheques made payable to Richmond U3A

Have you any old photos to display? We are displaying old photos and postcards and your contributions for the day would be welcome.

Please detach and send this completed to:   Jen Cobb, 286 Merton Rd, SW18 5JN.   Please remember to enclose your cheque.

Name     …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

U3A     ………………………………………………….     Your contact telephone number  ……………………………….

Email address …………………………………………………………………………………………………


By Email                                                          By enclosed SAE

17th Nov – Military History Through the Ages – Surrey Network

Military History Through the Ages

This four-part review of military history will cover the actions of famous military leaders, the development of Military Medical Services and the consequences of wars socially. Tutors Mike Fox, Pete Starling, June Davey and David Williams all have significant experience in their fields.

Central Surrey Study Days At The Menuhin Hall



Visiting country houses has become a popular leisure pursuit in the UK with visitors now interested in how the household and their servants lived and worked and not just the paintings  and furniture. During the 19th century many technological innovations, including gas and electric light, central heating, piped water supplies and sanitation became available. During the day you will hear why some landowners were keen innovators and others not, and look at the results of innovation via a range of houses open to the visiting public.

SIGNS AND SYMBOLS The Hidden Messages in Paintings       19th May 2017

Presented by Val Woodgate

The Beautiful Lake District 17th – 21st September 2017 – Last Chance to Book Coming Up.

Day 1: We board our Executive coach at the four pick-up points in the Kingston area and make our journey north for our lunch stop at Moseley Old Hall (NT) – an atmospheric Elizabethan farmhouse that saved a King. Find out about the dramatic story of King Charles II hiding from Cromwell’s troops after he fled the Battle of Worcester in 1651. After lunch we continue to Cumbria where we check into our 3* AA Cumbria Grand Hotel at Grange over Sands for four nights on half-board basis.

Day 2: Today is dedicated to a guided tour of the stunning Lake District. We will visit many areas of outstanding beauty and small villages, steeped in character and history: Hawkshead and Beatrix Potter Gallery (NT) and Hilltop (NT), Beatrix Potter’s 17th century farmhouse, Grasmere and 400 year

old Dove Cottage, once home of the famous poet William Wordworth.

Day 3: This morning we will board the Windermere Lake Cruise for a 40 minute cruise to Bowness. After lunch we visit Holker Hall & Gardens, the family home of Lord and Lady Cavendish. This is a delightful family home with fine displays of antique furniture and art.

Day 4: Today we start by visiting Kendal with its many historical buildings, castles, bridges and a street market on a Wednesday. In the afternoon we visit Sizergh Castle and Gardens (NT).

Day 5: This morning we check out of the hotel and on our way home we stop at Leighton Hall. Stepping inside this house is like taking a step back in time, but it still retains the atmosphere of a family home. An enthusiastic guide will reveal the Gillow Reynolds’ family history and habits. Each room from the Gothic Hall to the principle bedroom and the charming library has some interesting secret to reveal or tale to tell. Why is there a lock of James II’s hair in the Drawing room, and why is the table in the hall shaped like a daisy? A light lunch is included here before we retrace our steps homeward.

Date: 17th – 21st September 2017

8.30 am. – Kingston, High Street,

opposite The Rose Theatre 8.40 am. – Surbiton, outside

Coronation Hall Pub
8.50 am. – Surbiton, Ewell Road, Bus

stop ‘Telephone Exchange’ 9.00 am. – Tolworth – Bus stop ‘J

Princes Avenue’ – outside ‘Our Lady Immaculate’

Cost: £499.00 pp Half-board, sharing a twin/double bedroom

Included: All entrance fees (except to NT properties) plus 1 light lunch on day 5

Single room Supplement: £39.00 (4 nights)

Deposit: £85.00 pp (non-refundable) Balance due by 04.08.2017

Travel Insurance: £30.00 (No upper age limit – conditions apply)
For a detailed booking form please complete the attached 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 – Phone 020 8399 4990

If you do not give an email address please enclose a stamped, self- addressed envelope.

The beautiful Lake Distric application form

6th Dec – Christmas Lunch with a Difference

Cast off and wind down with a Blue Funnel festively themed Christmas lunch cruise along Southampton’s
scenic waterways. We shall travel by coach from Kingston/Surbiton and hope to reach the port at Southampton after approximately 13⁄4 hours.

Once on board the ship we will be offered a glass of sherry before settling down at 12 noon to a 4-course Christmas Lunch followed by coffee and mince pies. A vegetarian option is available and details will be given nearer the time.

During the cruise a commentary will be offered on points of interest and pleasant background music will be played. We aim to set off home again at about 3.30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday 6th December 2017 Price: £46.00 pp
Meeting time/point:
9.45 a.m. – Kingston High Street, opposite The Rose Theatre

10.00 a.m. – Ewell Road, Surbiton, Bus stop ‘Surbiton Telephone exchange’

If you would like to join this Christmas party on board ship please complete the attached application form (separate one per household or individual, please) and send it together with your cheque for £46.00/92.00 payable to Kingston U3A (GAS) to Gisela Zürcher-Feiß, 37, The Byeways, Surbiton KT5 8HT Phone: 8399 4990. If you do not give an e- mail address please include a stamped addressed envelope.

Christmas Lunch with a difference application form

Shared Learning Project with Royal Holloway, University of London – Citizens: 800 Years in the Making

Citizens: 800 Years in the making: exploring the history of
liberty, protest, power and rebellion

Citizens is a three year project being run by Royal Holloway which will launch in January 2017. The aim is to create a website that explores the history of liberty, protest, rebellion and reform from Magna Carta to the Suffragettes and beyond. This site, promoted especially to teachers and school pupils, will help visitors understand and learn how and why people’s rights and their relationship with the state has changed; how people have challenged authority; how governments have responded to such challenges; and how Parliament and parliamentary democracy have evolved. With your help, Royal Holloway plans to identify, map and share the stories, discovered by U3A members, to build up a picture of how communities have contributed to our democratic heritage.

U3A members will be playing a vital role, highlighting local stories, figures, movements. Here in London, for example, members will look at the relevant history of a particular borough which has contributed to this eight century long struggle to define, defend and extend rights and liberty. Here in Battersea, you may like to research the Putney Debates or the central role Battersea played in the early days of British Socialism – for example,names such as Charlotte Despard, John Burns and John Archer.

This is a more flexible form of Shared Learning Project than we have been used to in London as members will be asked to work in small, local groups or on their own on their chosen topic and then come together for meetings every eight weeks when they can discuss their progress and raise any questions. The meetings will be held at Senate House, University of London National Archives in Kew, and the first briefing meeting will be on Monday 16th January 2017.

If the project interests you but you would like some suggestions as to research topics, please sign up and come along to the first meeting to hear Dr. Matthew Smith’s proposals. Matthew will also be able to give you a letter of introduction to your local museum. If you haven’t found anyone with whom to work, come and find a group you can join. If you are at all interested or have any queries, please email Jennifer Anning, the U3A Co-ordinator of the project.

Please click on link below for more information


Jennifer Anning, National SLP Co-ordinator