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3rd &18th Dec 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

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/u3a-christmas-concerts-2018-tickets-50481516575

7 Jan 2019 1st Monthly Meeting -The Quiz

The New Year starts with the quiz. Please arrive in good time as we have to make a prompt start at 2pm. We are limited to the numbers we can accommodate around the tables so we’ll operate a first come, first served system.

Doors open at The Richard Mayo Hall for the monthly meeting at 1.30 with the talk beginning at 2.00. It is useful to arrive early as the talks are popular and on a few occasions we have had to refuse entry as we are over the 145 hall limit.

There is a charge of £1.00 for entry for members  which includes tea and biscuit at the end of the talk.

Wed 23rd Jan 2019 – Jewish London

Jewish people came to London during Roman times and have been part of the capital’s story for 2,000 years. This visit traces the Jewish presence in the city and East End visiting the UK’s oldest synagogue and the Jewish Museum.

We meet our guide in the City for

morning coffee followed by a short coach tour taking us to Bevis Marks, our oldest and most splendid synagogue, built when Sir Christopher Wren was building his city churches nearby. It was built inside a courtyard because synagogues were not permitted to open onto public streets. It is fascinating to contrast 17th century church and synagogue buildings.

From here we walk to Spitalfields (approx. half a mile), a hub of Jewish life in the 19th and 20th centuries, picking out visible reminders of a vibrant past. We shall stop at the old fruit and vegetable market which offers a wide choice of cafes and pubs where we can take lunch, as well as a range of interesting shops and market stalls.

In the afternoon, we take the coach to Camden Town to visit the Jewish Museum which includes a recreation of the Jewish East End and the Milk St. mikveh, the ritual bath used by women after childbirth.

There is a cafe on site where we can buy tea before heading home at 4.45pm.

Date: Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Cost: £41.00pp (to include coach, coffee on arrival, services of a guide and tips)

Meeting Point/Departure Time:

8.45am High Street, Kingston upon Thames, opposite the Rose Theatre 9.00am Telephone Exchange bus stop, Ewell Road, Surbiton

If you wish to join this visit, please complete the application form and send it, together with your cheque, made payable to Kingston U3A GAS, to:

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Sheila Evans, apt.8, Maple Leaf House, Surbiton, KT6 4AG, Tel. 3602 6245 or 0750 437 8293.

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

Fri 15 Feb 2019 Philosophy in a Day! Surrey Study Days

Presented by Marianne Talbot of Oxford University.

Study days are open at the Menuhin Hall, Stoke d’Abernon, starting at 9.30am with registration and normally running from 10am to 4pm. The fee, including coffee or tea and biscuits, is £10 for members and £12 for guests. Attendees should bring a packed lunch.

Prior booking is necessary and forms are available at the monthly meetings or from the Surrey Network site: www.u3asites.org.uk/surreyu3anetwork

 

Fri 15th Feb Banqueting Hall

Come into the Banqueting House for a special tour of this amazing space and experience the royal drama and splendour of this often over-looked palace which sits at the heart of Whitehall.

Inigo Jones’s masterpiece of classical architecture was commissioned by James 1 as the venue for masques, receptions and entertainments and was completed in 1622. Inigo Jones decided to create a building which looked like a piece of ancient Rome transposed to Whitehall and it marks the beginning of a revolution in British architecture.

Inside you will see the magnificent ceiling painting by Sir Peter Paul Rubens which is the only one surviving

in-situ. Often cited as being from a golden age of painting, the ceiling

would have been one of the last sights of King Charles 1 before his execution outside on the pavement of Whitehall.

Our guide, Siobhan Clarke, is based at Hampton Court Palace and is an HRP Guide Lecturer and, coincidentally, the speaker at our December Monthly Meeting. Her tour will give us a fantastic opportunity to learn about architecture, art, constitutional history and the human-interest story of an ill- fated king. It will take the form of a sit- down lecture with Q&A, then a circuit of the hall to look at the paintings in detail.

After meeting at Waterloo we will take the Jubilee Line to Westminster then walk to the Red Lion in Parliament Street where we will have tea or coffee and biscuits. This historic pub is decorated to resemble a Victorian gin palace and there is a steep flight of stairs to the Dining Room. We will then continue to Banqueting House where our guide will meet us at 11.15am. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes.

Date: Friday 15 February 2019

Cost: £14.30 per person including coffee and biscuits, entrance, tour fee and tip.

(Historic Royal Palaces members £9.90. You must have your valid membership card with you.)

Meeting Point/Departure Time:

Waterloo Station opposite Platform 1 at 10.05am

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 £14.30 per person to:

Claire Bletcher, 17, Lower Green Road, Esher, KT10 8HE, Tel: 020 8398 7107

If you do not give an email address please include a stamped, self-ad- dressed envelope. If you give your email address, all information will be sent by email, including any changes to timings so please check your emails regularly.

Thur 14th March Guildford Cathedral an Abbot’s Hospital

Join us for a day out by coach to Guildford. We arrive at the Cathedral for coffee before we take our guided tour, and return to their restaurant for a one-course lunch with coffee afterwards. In the afternoon we travel to central Guildford for a tour of Abbot’s Hospital, before heading for home at around 4.30.

The Cathedral is a Grade 2* listed building, and is commonly known as “the people’s Cathedral” in recognition of the personal connections individuals have with the site, from involvement in its construction to purchasing a brick for half a crown to enable its completion. It is the latest cathedral in the Church of England to be consecrated (1961).

Abbot’s Hospital was founded in 1619 by George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury (born and educated in Guildford and a translator of the King James Bible) to provide accommodation for local elderly people. Today this Grade 1 listed Jacobean building offers self-contained town centre housing for 26 residents. Much of the building remains unchanged and many original features are still in place. Our guided tour reveals 17th century stained glass in the Chapel, original furniture in the panelled Common Hall, wonderful architecture and beautifully maintained courtyard gardens.

Please note that this trip is not suitable for wheelchairs. There are a few stairs on each tour, but also opportunities to sit down and listen to the guide. When we leave the Hospital we shall rejoin the coach at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre car park, a downhill walk of about 20 minutes.

Date: Thursday 14 March 2019

Cost: £35.00 per person, including coach, both tours, morning coffee, lunch and tips.

Meeting Point/Departure time:

8.45am – High Street, Kingston, opposite the Rose Theatre.

9.00am – Ewell Road, Surbiton, ‘Tele- phone Exchange’ bus stop.

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, payable to Kingston U3A (GAS) to: Barbara Leach, 10, Seymour Gardens, Surbiton, KT5 8QE. Telephone: 8390 7738.

If you do not give an email address, then include a stamped addressed envelope.

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

Fri 15 March: Medieval Times – the Bayeux Tapestry and its historical background

Presented by Imogen Corrigan, Lecturer for the Arts Society

Study days are open at the Menuhin Hall, Stoke d’Abernon, starting at 9.30am with registration and normally running from 10am to 4pm. The fee, including coffee or tea and biscuits, is £10 for members and £12 for guests. Attendees should bring a packed lunch.

Prior booking is necessary and forms are available at the monthly meetings or from the Surrey Network site: www.u3asites.org.uk/surreyu3anetwork

 

Fri 12 April: The Aztec – the Eagle Warriors of the Sun – Surrey Study Day

Presented by Maria Chester, Subject Advisor on American Archaeology

Study days are open at the Menuhin Hall, Stoke d’Abernon, starting at 9.30am with registration and normally running from 10am to 4pm. The fee, including coffee or tea and biscuits, is £10 for members and £12 for guests. Attendees should bring a packed lunch.

Prior booking is necessary and forms are available at the monthly meetings or from the Surrey Network site: www.u3asites.org.uk/surreyu3anetwork

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