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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.

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

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.