18th Oct – A Day in Cambridge

Smaller and more compact than Oxford, Cambridge is a cultured pearl in a rich agricultural sea. Set on a river bend, Cambridge has kept its rural feel with cattle grazing within 500 yards of the market square.

We meet our guide at 10.30 a.m. at Coton Orchard, on the outskirts of Cambridge, to buy morning refreshments and will then start the day with a one hour panoramic coach tour of Cambridge to introduce you to the City and its story. The coach tour will include a stop at the tranquil American Military Cemetery to see the mural map of the war in Europe.

We will then set down close to the centre of this pedestrian city and take a short walk to stop for lunch in the medieval market area.

In the afternoon the group will be split into two. Each group will enjoy a visit to King’s College Chapel with an entertaining guided tour and some free time for browsing and shopping. Henry VI founded King’s in 1441 making it one of the oldest colleges. The perpendicular chapel – home of the famous choir – is spectacular.

At the end of the afternoon we will regroup and retire to a beautifully converted church to buy tea and a bite to eat before returning to King’s College Chapel for Choral Evensong which runs for about an hour. Our coach will leave Cambridge at 6.45 p.m.

Cost: £ 41.25 (includes transport, guided tours and gratuities, no drinks or meals)

Boarding time/point:
8.30 a.m. at Surbiton, Ewell Road, Bus stop ‘Telephone Exchange’

8.45 a.m. at Kingston, High Street, opposite The Rose Theatre

Joining: If you would like to join this outing please complete the attached application form and send it together with your cheque for £41.25 pp 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, self- addressed envelope.

24th Oct ‘The Mysteries of Memory’ U3A/ Roehampton Univ Study Day

‘The Mysteries of Memory’ is the intriguing title of a study day put on jointly by the U3A and Roehampton University. The day will be held on the campus and all applicants will receive ‘A How to Get Here’ pack. Free parking on campus will be available to book with your application. Six speakers will cover a wide range of topics including Memories of Reading and Memories of Fiction; Smart Phone Photojournalism and the Reporting of War; Dance,

U3A/Roehampton University Study Day

Memory and Aging; the Duality of Amnesia and Memory. All speakers are Roehampton University staffers. The day will include tea and coffee on arrival and a light lunch for an inclusive price of £10. Posters and presentations on research at the university will be shown during lunch. The South West London Symposium of U3As is delighted to be able to offer such a fascinating day to our members at a very reasonable cost.

Flyers and application forms will be available at the monthly meetings and on the website in due course. Numbers are limited and the event is open to all London U3As so early application is advised.

5th Nov Monthly Meeting – The Unknown Warrior 100 Years after WW1

5th November: It’s remembrance time, and 100 years after the end of the First World War we focus on the concept and realisation of the grave of the Unknown Warrior, which is in Westminster Abbey. Who had the idea, how it was approved and organised and how the body was selected and transported. The speaker does not charge a fee and we will be giving a donation to the charity of his choice. Perhaps people would like to wear their poppies at this meeting.

Thurs15th Nov - World War I 1914-1918 The Shrouds of the Somme

This breath-taking work of art comes to the Olympic Park in November 2018 for ten days only. The shrouded figures, covering an area over 4000 square metres, represent 72,396 British servicemen killed at the Somme, who

have no known grave and the bodies of many of them were never recovered from the battlefield. The display will be truly extraordinary in its impact and

recognition of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

We have the opportunity to experience this astonishing art installation from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit on the 15th of November 2018. We will meet at Waterloo Station at 11.00 a.m.; take the Jubilee Line to Stratford and then walk about 15 minutes to the Olympic Park. On arrival we will have time to buy some refreshments/lunch before going up the Orbit at 1.45 p.m. to view this art installation from above and explore the Olympic Park. At 3.30 p.m. we will gather again to make our way to the restaurant where we will take Afternoon Tea at 3.45p.m. before heading back home.

Cost: £19.90 (includes entrance fee, afternoon tea and tip)

Meeting time/point: 11.00 a.m. – Waterloo Station, outside platform one

Joining: If you would like to join this outing, please complete the enclosed application form and send it together with your cheque for £19.90 pp 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, self- addressed envelope.

The Savoy Chapel – U3A Christmas Concert with the Brandenburg Singers and Organ.

3rd December 2018 – 2pm     3rd December 2018 – 5:30pm  18th December 2018 – 2pm

Designed to whet your appetite for the coming season, the concert will include traditional carols and refreshments of mulled wine and mince pies.

The concert will be introduced and conducted by Bob Porter, the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London’s Artistic Director.

The Chapel belongs to her Majesty the Queen in her Right as Duke of Lancaster. It is a ‘free’ chapel or ‘peculiar’, not falling within any bishop’s jurisdiction, but remaining within the Church of England. It is the last surviving building of a hospital founded by Henry VII for homeless people in 1512. It is a beautiful, intimate space for concerts with a fine acoustic and splendid Walker organ.

The Brandenburg Singers is a small hand-picked group drawn from the finest of the members of the 150 choirs that perform in the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London.

Seating is unreserved.

THIS EVENT IS FOR U3A MEMBERS ONLY –  Book Tickets Using Link  Below

6th Dec – Stonor Park Decorated for Christmas

N.B The Date in the Newsletter is incorrect this visit is on Dec 6th

Stonor Park has been the family home of the Stonor family for over 850 years and is one of the oldest homes still lived in today. Thus it has lots of stories to tell and as well as being architecturally fascinating the house contains a fine collection of furniture, Old Master Paintings, drawings, bronzes, wallpapers and historic maps. A special exhibition details the life of St. Edmund Campion, who was hidden at Stonor during the Reformation. The stunning gardens – first planted in the 15th Century and latterly designed by Lady Camoys – are a treat for visitors to explore, with vistas of the surrounding ancient deer park. A stroll through the house and gardens is a vivid walk through history.

On arrival you will be offered coffee/tea and biscuits and you are then free to explore the house, garden and chapel at your leisure. The house will be decorated for Christmas just as it is for the Stonor family every year and each room has a volunteer who will be delighted to answer your questions and explain the history/details of the house and the various rooms.

There will not be a set lunch but delicious Christmas food and drinks – festive turkey pies, shortbread, mince

pies and mulled wine – will be available at the Stonor Pantry for you to choose as and when you please.

The coach will be ready for us to set off home again at 4.30 p.m. in order to arrive back in Kingston (hopefully) by 6.00 p.m.

Cost: £28.50 (includes transport, entrance fee, morning coffee and tips)

Departure time/point: 9.00 a.m. – Kingston, High Street, opp. The Rose Theatre 9.15 a.m. – Surbiton, Ewell Road, Bus stop ‘Surbiton Telephone Exchange’

Joining: If you would like to join this outing please complete the attached application form and send it together with your cheque for £ 28.50 pp payable to ‘Kingston U3A (GAS)’ to

Gisela Zürcher-Feiss, 37, The Byeways, Surbiton, KT5 8HT Phone 8399 4990.

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

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 £8, though a visitor who is not a member of a U3A will be charged £10.

Prior booking is essential and forms are available at the Monthly Meetings or from the Surrey Network internet site,

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

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


Fri Oct 19th Creative Therapies & Singing for Health & Pleasure
Presented by Bekah Duncalfe, Rebecca Hitch & Ursula Steiger
With the Canterbury U3A Singing for Pleasure Choir
With a short recital by pupils from the Yehudi Menuhin School
Places available
Fri Nov


Landscape, Society & Agriculture
Presented by Dr Richard Baines, Royal Agricultural University
Places available