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Events

4 Nov Monthly Meeting – Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Fiona Smith or a member of the Commission will guide us through the importance of history and the reason why we must never forget our war dead.

2pm (doors open 1.20pm), United Reformed Church, Eden Street, Kingston Members only

 

13 & 28 Nov – Handel and Hendrix in London

Join one of these outings and visit the homes of two famous musicians who chose to live in London and changed the music of their day.

Although born in Germany in 1685, by the time of his death in 1759 Handel was a famous Londoner. He was the first

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owner of 25 Brook Street and lived here from 1723 until his death. It was here that he composed Messiah.

The four restored rooms include his bedroom, composition room and the music room, where he rehearsed his musicians and singers and gave informal recitals for friends and neighbours.

23 and 25 Brook Street, © David Holt

Two centuries later Jimi Hendrix lived in the flat on the top floor of 23 Brook Street with his girlfriend, record player and guitar. The main room of his flat, where he entertained friends, rehearsed and wrote new music, has been restored to look exactly as it was in 1969. An exhibition introduces Hendrix’s place in the musical and social world of 1960s’ London.

Dates:
● Wednesday, 13 November ● Thursday, 28 November

Meeting time: 10.15am
Meeting point: Waterloo Station, opposite Platform 1

Cost: £34 per person

From Waterloo Station we’ll take the Jubilee Line to Bond Street, from where it’s a short walk to Handel House. Our visit begins with a 30-minute recital at

11.15am, followed by a 75-minute guided tour. This covers Handel’s rooms and includes a short introduction to the Hendrix Flat. A few seats are available at different points on the tour. There is a lift but, as some of the wooden floors slope, this trip is not suitable for wheelchairs and may be difficult for those with mobility problems.

If you would like to join one of these outings, please complete the enclosed application form (one for each household or individual), and send it with your cheque for £34/£68 made payable to Kingston U3A (GAS), to Barbara Leach, 10 Seymour Gardens, Surbiton,

KT5 8QE. Tel: 020 8390 7738.

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

Application forms will come with your newsletter either in the post or via email.

15th Nov The UK in a Changing Europe Surrey Network Study Day

The UK in a Changing Europe
Presented by Dr Simon Usherwood, Department of Politics, University of Surrey

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 9.30 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 £12.00

Prior booking is essential and forms are available at the Monthly Meetings or from the Surrey Network internet site, www.u3asites.org.uk/surreyu3anetwork

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

2nd Dec Monthly Meeting – Celebratory History of Christmas

Andy Thomas offers us this deeper understanding of the history of Christmas

2pm (doors open 1.20pm), United Reformed Church, Eden Street, Kingston Members only

 

 

12 Dec – Christmas Lunch at Heaver Castle

Visit the castle and see the beautifully decorated rooms, log fires and twinkling Christmas trees. Follow the Alice in Wonderland-themed Christmas trail through the grounds and enjoy a Christmas menu in the restaurant.

We’ll travel by coach in time to arrive at Hever Castle for coffee/tea and biscuits. There’ll then be time to visit the house and/or gardens before lunch at 1pm. This will be a three-course Christmas lunch with mulled wine or hot spiced

apple juice on arrival and tea/coffee afterwards. After lunch there’ll be more time to spend around the castle or in the gift shop until we leave at 4pm to arrive back home by about 5pm.

Date:

Meeting time/place:
● 9am Kingston: High Street, opposite

the Rose Theatre
● 9.15am Surbiton: Ewell Road, bus

stop Surbiton Telephone Exchange

Cost: £51 per person (includes entrance to the castle and gardens, morning coffee, three-course lunch with mulled wine and coffee, coach transfer and a tip for the driver)

If you would like to join this outing, please complete the attached application form and send it with your cheque for £51 per person made payable to Kingston U3A (GAS) and a stamped addressed envelope (if you do not give an email address) to: Gisela Zürcher- Feiss, 37 The Byeways, Surbiton,
KT5 8HT. Tel 020 8399 4990.

Application forms will come with your newsletter either in the post or via email.

U3A Shared Learning Project Hampton and Kempton Waterworks Railway 2019 / 2020

Project Title: Building the Railway Archive

We are now starting a project to build an archive for the Hampton and Kempton Waterworks Railway. We need to collect everything we can find from the early 20th century to the present.

Volunteers on the project will need to visit local and national archives, make contact with those connected with the railway past and present, and search a wide range of publications.

We hope to find photographs, plans, maps, documents, memorabilia, objects and artifacts, personal reminiscences and film.

Having everything in a central archive will assist us in many ways. It will help with providing material for future exhibits and displays; website and social media; publicity material; articles in magazines and future publications; for people researching railway history; and for future talks.

About the railway

www.hamptonkemptonrailway.org.uk

We are arguably one of the best kept secrets in West London and we have one of the oldest working steam locomotives in the south of England. Visitors can ride around the Hanworth Loop – our 2 foot gauge railway line – in period coaches hauled by our 1903 steam locomotive.

The Hanworth Loop is the first stage of a major project to reinstate the historic narrow gauge line that hauled coal from the River Thames at Hampton to the giant steam pumping engines that are in the beautiful listed building adjacent to our railway.

We work closely with the Kempton Great Engines and when the Museum has a weekend steaming we run on a Saturday as well. On these weekends the giant triple expansion steam pumping engine is operating. There are seven full weekend steamings and they each have extra attractions.

How the project works for volunteers

Volunteers on a U3A Shared Learning Project enjoy working as part of team and learning from each other. They develop new skills in research.

To decide if this project interests you, see the railway website or visit us on an open day and learn about the history. The railway is open every Sunday in 2019 until 17 November and some Saturdays.

While some research can be conducted online it will be necessary to visit various archives including: London Metropolitan Archives in Islington, National Archives at Kew and local archives in Hounslow and Richmond.

The first meeting of the group will discuss the overall theme of the project and consider what each person may like to research.

Volunteers should ideally attend all the group meetings to report on progress. Prospective volunteers should consider before committing to the project if they have enough time to attend the meetings and carry out the research.

Some volunteers may have experience of a previous U3A project. Other volunteers are coming with little previous knowledge of a Shared Learning Project. All are welcome. In between meetings volunteers work on their own though they can email each other for advice. Volunteers will need to use Microsoft Word, the internet and email. PowerPoint or Excel may be useful.

For the project to go forward we will need a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 volunteers.

What happens at the end of the project

At the end of the project the group deliver a PowerPoint presentation of their research to an invited audience. Each volunteer prepares their own section.

The research from the project is kept in the archive with a short version appearing on the railway website. The material may also be used in future talks and displays.

Meeting dates in 2019 / 2020

Meetings will be every two or three weeks and are all on a Tuesday from 2pm to 3.30pm

  • First meeting in September. Outline of the project and agree on each person’s area of research.
  • Other dates to be agreed between September 2019 and April 2020 Getting to the railway

To Apply

For enquiries / application form: Jo Walters jo.walters.slp@gmail.com

It is easiest to get to the railway by car where parking is available. Some buses stop near the railway entrance but all require a walk of about 20 minutes. Should you decide to join the group we will explain more about accessing the site through the security gates.

See www.hamptonkemptonrailway.org.uk/visit-us-2/directions/

Location for meetings

Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway,
Kempton Park Waterworks, Snakey Lane, Feltham, TW13 6XH

Surrey Network Study Days

Fri Sep 20th 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 June
Fri Oct 18th An Age of Uncertainty -The Changing World of Victorian & Edwardian Britain
Presented by Nigel Arch
Public Discourse in the Modern Age & It’s Not the Economy Stupid!
Presented by Evan Davis, BBC Radio 4’s PM Programme Presenter
Booking opens on 1 June
Fri Nov 15th The UK in a Changing Europe
Presented by Dr Simon Usherwood, Department of Politics, University of Surrey
Booking opens on 1 June

Surrey Network Study Days

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 9.30 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 £12.00

Prior booking is essential and forms are available at the Monthly Meetings or from the Surrey Network internet site, www.u3asites.org.uk/surreyu3anetwork

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

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