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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

PROGRAMME

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.

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14th, 20th & 26th Sept – Anglo Saxon & Medieval Kingston – Walk led by John King

A walk around the Site of Anglo Saxon and Medieval Kingston

14th, 20th and 26th September 2017

Dates: Thursday 14th, Wednesday 20th and Tuesday 26th September 2017
Meeting time/point: 9.30 a.m. outside Kingston Railway Station.

Cost: 50p Admin. fee payable on the

day Once you have done this walk you will

probably never look at Kingston the same way again! This walk will start from outside Kingston Railway Station. It will look specifically at the original site of Anglo Saxon and Medieval Kingston and what is still visible today.

Reference will be made to some of the historic buildings and structures and will show how the topography of central Kingston still reveals the original site.

The walk will be led by John King and will take about two hours. It will finish on the riverside by Kingston Bridge. The climbing of some steps is involved.

Each walk will be limited to 20 people. This and the early start is to make it easier to get around central Kingston.

If you would like to join this walk please complete the attached application form (one per household or individual, please) and send it to:

John King, 64 Alric Avenue, New Malden, Surrey KT3 4JW
If you do not give an e-mail address please include a stamped addressed envelope with your application.

Please note: Confirmation of places on these walks will not be sent out until Thursday 7th September 2017.

A walk around the Site of Anglo Saxon and Medieval Kingsto1

2nd Oct Monthly Meeting – Kingston’s Aircraft History – David Hassard

Kingston’s Aircraft History: from Bat Boats to Red Arrows.  David is Joint Project Leader of Kingston Aviation Centenary Project.

 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!

20th Oct – Plagues and Pestilence and Forensic Science and Sherlock Holmes – Surrey Network

Plagues and Pestilence and Forensic Science and Sherlock Holmes

In the morning Dr Tim Mason examines the huge strides made in the virtual elimination of smallpox since Edward Jenner developed the first vaccine and the on-going efforts to eradicate polio. In the afternoon it is the turn of Dr. Carrie Paris to examine the evolving role of forensic science in uncovering evidence of guilt or otherwise and the effect of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s medical training in developing Sherlock Holmes as a new type of scientific detective.

 

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!

Central Surrey Study Days At The Menuhin Hall

 

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE IN THE COUNTRY HOUSE   21st April 2017

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

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

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.

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