27June to July1st – Heritage and Art of Holland -KU3A Trip

We board an executive coach at our designated pick-up points with our Tour Manager and travel to Dover for the P&O Ferries Channel crossing to Calais. We then continue approx. 130 miles to The Hague and the 4* Marriott Hotel for a 4-night stay on half board.

The next morning we visit the Panorama Mesdag, a cylindrical painting over 14 metres high and 120 metres in circum- ference. Depicting the vista of the sea, the dunes and Scheveningen village, this is the largest painting in The Nether- lands. It was painted by Hendrik Willem Mesdag, the most famous painter at The Hague School.

After spending some time at leisure in The Hague we visit the world famous

miniature city of Madurodam with a re- markable selection of Dutch monuments and landmarks rebuilt on a scale of 1:25.

On arrival in Amsterdam on day 3 we enjoy an included boat trip to admire some of the city’s architecture from the picturesque canals. We visit the Rijksmuseum for a guided tour of this world-renowned art collection, the most famous of which is Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’, it also includes many

Dutch Old Masters like Jan Steen, Frans Hals and Vermeer. As well as paintings the collection includes sculptures, clocks, Delft Blue, porcelain and Asian and Oriental art.

We begin day 4 with some time at lei- sure in Leiden and then continue to Zaanse Schans, an old hamlet on the banks of the river Zaan with characteris- tic wooden houses, small bridges, trade- men’s workshops and historic windmills.

In the morning of day 5 we visit the Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles in Delft. This – the Royal Delft – is the only remaining factory of the 32 earthenware factories that were established in Delft in the 17th Century. We take a guided tour through the history of Blue Delft and Royal Delft and its development and production process. We see a master

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painter at work, visit the dining room of Vermeer and the Dutch Royal Family Chamber, the museum with antique Delft pieces, the historical courtyard and visit the factory. The showroom has a comprehensive collection of handpainted Delft Blue by Royal Delft, as well as an extensive selection of Dutch earthenware and souvenirs.

After our P&O Ferries Channel crossing from Calais to Dover we continue back to our original pick-up points.

Dates: 27 June – 1 July 2019

Cost: From £ 759.00 – includes 4 nights HB accommodation, all excursions, some entrance fees, professional Tour Manager throughout, P&O Ferries Channel crossings, Executive Coach, local accommodation tax.

Single room supplement: £ 129.00

If you would like to join this holiday please complete the enclosed application form and send it together with a stamped addressed envelope (not too small, please) to Gisela Zuercher-Feiss, 37, The Byeways, Surbiton KT5 8HT – Tel. No. 020 8399 4990

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:


3 Dec Monthly Meeting: Royal Christmas by Siobhan Clark.

This talk explores Christmas at court from the middle ages to the present day and how the royals have influenced our own celebrations.

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.

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.

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.

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

Kingston U3A

Welcome to Kingston U3A

Prospective members: Welcome to Kingston U3A! If you have recently retired, or are coming up to that exciting third age phase of your life, there is so much to do! We have an extensive range of groups you can join, covering everything from literature through arts, music, walks, discussions, dancing and table tennis to games, languages and science.   There are regular monthly meetings with an interesting talk, introductory get-togethers for new members and a chance to meet people and make new friends. There is a wide monthly programme of visits to places of interest and a holiday, abroad or in the UK, every year. This website will give you a lot of information about all of these and many other activities. Please browse and let us know if you would like to join us.

Existing members please make regular visits to this website as we will be posting up-to-date information as it becomes available.

To find out more of the U3A s history please follow the link :-    U3A History