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Events

15th June – Surrey Network Study Day – Prehistoric Britain: New Discoveries

Prehistoric Britain: New Discoveries about our Ancient Past
Presented by Professor Mike Parker Pearson, University College London
Places are available

Surrey 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 9.30am with registration and finish at 4pm. The fee, including coffee tea and biscuits, is £10, though a visitor who is not a member of a U3A will be charged £12.

Attendees should bring a packed lunch. Prior booking is essential and forms are available at the monthly meetings or from the Surrey Network internet site www.u3asites.org.uk/surreyu3anetwork
There will be no Study Days for the holiday months of July and August.

22nd June Visit to Walmer Castle and Gardens – Away Day

Recently the venue for the Antiques Roadshow, Walmer Castle was built during the reign of Henry VIII and is one of the most fascinating visitor attractions in the South East. Originally designed as part of a chain of coastal artillery defences, it evolved into the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. The Duke of Wellington held the post for 23 years . In recent years Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, made regular visits to the castle.
The armchair in which Wellington died , a pair of the original “Wellington boots” and rooms used by the Queen Mother are among the highlights of the castle. Together with the magnificent gardens, a woodland walk and excellent bird spotting, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
After coffee on arrival we shall be divided into two groups to be given consecutive guided tours of the castle lasting approximately an hour.
For the remainder of the time you are free to explore the gardens and the woodland walk and buy lunch and tea in the restaurant which offers quite an extensive menu. We aim to head home at 4.30.
Date: Friday, 22nd June 2018
Boarding time and place:
a) 8.45am – High St., Kingston – opp. The Rose Theatre
b) 9.00am – Ewell Rd., Surbiton – “Telephone Exchange” bus stop
Cost: £31.00 per person (includes coach, entry fee, coffee, guide and tip)
£21.20 per person if member of English Heritage( bring membership card with you)
If you would like to join this visit, please complete the enclosed application form and send it – together with your cheque payable to Kingston U3A (GAS) – to: Sheila Evans, 8, Maple Leaf House, 67-69, Maple Rd., Surbiton. KT6 4AG – Tel. 0203 602 6245
If you do not give an email address, written clearly please, then include a self addressed stamped envelope.

Visit to Walmer Castle and Gardens Application form

2nd July Monthly Meeting – New Event – Kingston U3A Speaks !

On July 2nd we have a new event, “Kingston U3A Speaks” for which our members are the speakers. For this first time, which we hope will be repeated every year, we have two members who are going to talk to us. The first is Sara Onions whose title is “Don’t Bring Lulu” – her family’s tale of trial and triumph – the story of a top TV newsman and his family. She will be followed by Anne Ely who will tell us about “The Sino-British Fellowship Trust – a history”.

Please arrive well in time for our speakers to start at 2pm, bring your membership card, as visitors are not eligible to attend, and enjoy meeting other members and hearing the talks followed by tea and biscuits.

12th July Epping Forest and Capel Manor Gardens

Let’s look forward to Summer and an enjoyable outing by coach for a day of forest glades and garden inspirations.

We will stop at Chingford Station at 10.30 to meet our guide and then take a break in Chingford to buy morning refreshments.

After this we head off to explore the heart of Epping Forest – a place of sunlit glades, rough heaths and great hornbeam trees. The forest is home to over 50,000 ancient pollard trees and 100 lakes and ponds, and is of national and international conservation importance. While there we will see Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, which is a unique example of a surviving timber-framed hunt standing, still surrounded by its medieval hunting forest.

After free time in the market town of Epping to buy lunch we spend the afternoon in Capel Manor Gardens. This is a beautiful 30 acre estate, first established in the late 13th century and home to London’s only specialist horticultural college. There are many different styles of garden to explore including the Queen Mother’s garden, the Japanese Garden and Le Jardin de Vincent, inspired by Vincent Van Gogh.

Afternoon refreshments can be bought in the café and there is also a shop and a plant stall.

We plan to leave for home at 4.45.

Date:               Thursday, 12th July 2018

 Boarding Point/Departure time:     

a) 8.30 High Street, Kingston – opp. The Rose Theatre

b) 8.45 Ewell Road, Surbiton, bus stop “Telephone Exchange”

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

 Price: £39.50 per person including coach, guide 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 £39.50/£79.00 and a stamped, addressed envelope or your email address to:

Claire 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 emails regularly.

KU3A Epping Forest app

31st July to 2nd Aug Non Residential U3A 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.

YOU CAN REGISTER NOW FOR PROGRAMME DETAILS TO BE SENT TO YOU DIRECT IN FEBRUARY

Contact: Chris Feldman ccris@waitrose.com

6th August Monthly Meeting – The Suffragists of WW1 – Carol Harris

On August 6th we are marking the 100th anniversary of the extension of the vote to some women and will hear from Carol Harris with a talk entitled “The Suffragists of World War 1”.

Please arrive well in time for our speakers to start at 2pm, bring your membership card, as visitors are not eligible to attend, and enjoy meeting other members and hearing the talks followed by tea and biscuits.

13th Sept The Watts Gallery, Chapel and Linmerslease House

Thursday September 13th 2018

Watts Gallery is a unique Arts and Crafts gem nestled in the Surrey Hills.

The Artists’ Village comprises the home, studios, gallery, chapel and joint architectural legacy of the great Victorian artist G.F. Watts and renowned designer Mary Watts. We will be welcomed by a member of the Visitor Services team who will give us an overview of our day after which we will have coffee or tea and biscuits in the Old Kiln. As we are at Watts Artists’ village for the whole day we will have time to enjoy guided tours of Linmerslease – the Watts’s home, Watts Chapel, and the permanent exhibition of G. F. Watts’ paintings and sculptures with free time to visit the other studios, exhibitions and shop.

Limnerslease, approached up an attractive path through the woods near the North Downs Way, is one of the most celebrated Arts and Crafts houses in Surrey, designed by the famous architect Sir Ernest George and decorated by Mary Watts with beautiful gesso panels. This tour will give us an interesting insight into the lives of both artists.

The permanent gallery features a diverse collection of the most famous paintings and sculptures of G. F. Watts, and our guided tour will offer an expert’s view of the works, while the guided tour of Watts Chapel will show us Mary Watts’ Grade 1 listed Arts and Crafts masterpiece, created with people from the local village of Compton.

Lunch is provided in the Old Kiln, where a selection of sandwiches with mixed leaf salad and jugs of elderflower cordial and water will be served.

During the day we will have free time to explore the studios, the De Morgan collection of remarkable ceramics and oil paintings, and the temporary exhibition, devoted to the works of the artist and model-maker James Henry Pullen. He was a celebrity in his day, despite being institutionalised because of his inability to communicate, and lived for many years at the Earlswood Asylum in Redhill, where he came under the care of the young Dr John Langdon Down. This exhibition is the first ever gallery show devoted to Pullen’s work, emphasising his status as an innovative artist of imagination and wit. A specially commissioned film will allow visitors to get a close look at his small-scale pieces and a privileged insight into the process of conserving Pullen’s “Rotary Barge” – a design for a ship that would never capsize. The Rotary Barge is being specially repaired and restored for this exhibition.

There is a short uphill walk to both Limnerslease (through the woods) and Watts Chapel and comfortable shoes should be worn. We plan to leave for home at 4.30pm.

Date: Thursday 13th September 2018

Boarding Point/Departure time:

a) 9.15 High Street, Kingston – opp. The Rose Theatre
b) 9.30 Ewell Road, Surbiton, bus stop “Telephone Exchange”

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

Price: £44.50 per person including coach, entrance and tour fees, morning

coffee, lunch and tips. (Art Fund members £39.75. You must have your valid membership card with you.)

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 and a stamped, addressed envelope or your email address to:

Claire 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 emails regularly.

Surrey Network Study Days 2018

Fri Feb 16th Making Sense of Militant Islam
Presented by Anne Davison, Lecturer for The Arts Society
Places are available
Fri Mar 16th Vincent Van Gogh & Painting in Nineteenth Century France
Presented by Leslie Pitcher, U3A Member & Lecturer for The Arts Society
Places are available
Fri Apr 20th UK Energy Futures
Presented by Graham Hill, Richard Rumble, Robin Allen, John Gallop & Ian Funnell
Places are available
Fri May 18th Hoaxes, Magic, Cartoons & Satire
Presented by Ian Keable, Member of The Inner Magic Circle & Lecturer for The Arts Society
Places are available
Fri Jun 15th Prehistoric Britain: New Discoveries about our Ancient Past
Presented by Professor Mike Parker Pearson, University College London
Places are available
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