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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.

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.

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.