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15th Nov – Visit to Clementi House

Visit to Clementi House

A piece of London’s musical history Wednesday, 15th November 2017

The composer and pianist Clementi (1752 – 1832) was born in Rome but adopted by the Beckford family in Dorset at the age of 14 and educated in England. From 1818 – 1824, when he retired to Evesham, he made 128 Kensington Church Street his London home. The house was subsequently occupied by another composer and during the 19th century Mendelssohn, Chopin, Paganini and other famous musicians visited the house, often to perform in private.

The house is still a family home and its owner, Tom Stacey, a journalist and writer, will give us a talk about the house, and we will then be given a tour of the premises. There are quite a number of stairs to climb from the ground to the 4th floor. The stairs are carpeted and there are handrails, but if you need a walking stick you may find it difficult. The whole visit will last approximately one hour. There is no café on site, but there are coffee shops in nearby Notting Hill Gate.

Date: Wednesday 15th November 2017 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.
Cost: £10.85 pp
Meeting time/point: 10.15 a.m. or 1.15 p.m. – Wimbledon, at the bottom of the stairs to the Underground. We shall then take the District Line to Notting Hill Gate and walk approximately 10 minutes to the house.

If you would like to join this visit please complete the enclosed application form (one for each household or individual) and send it together with your cheque for £ 10.85/21.70 payable to Kingston U3A (GAS) to: Barbara Leach, 10 Seymour Gardens, Surbiton, KT5 8QE Phone: 8390 7738

If you do not give an e-mail address please include a stamped addressed envelope with your application.

Guided tour of Clementi House application form

The Beautiful Lake District 17th – 21st September 2017 – Last Chance to Book Coming Up.

Day 1: We board our Executive coach at the four pick-up points in the Kingston area and make our journey north for our lunch stop at Moseley Old Hall (NT) – an atmospheric Elizabethan farmhouse that saved a King. Find out about the dramatic story of King Charles II hiding from Cromwell’s troops after he fled the Battle of Worcester in 1651. After lunch we continue to Cumbria where we check into our 3* AA Cumbria Grand Hotel at Grange over Sands for four nights on half-board basis.

Day 2: Today is dedicated to a guided tour of the stunning Lake District. We will visit many areas of outstanding beauty and small villages, steeped in character and history: Hawkshead and Beatrix Potter Gallery (NT) and Hilltop (NT), Beatrix Potter’s 17th century farmhouse, Grasmere and 400 year

old Dove Cottage, once home of the famous poet William Wordworth.

Day 3: This morning we will board the Windermere Lake Cruise for a 40 minute cruise to Bowness. After lunch we visit Holker Hall & Gardens, the family home of Lord and Lady Cavendish. This is a delightful family home with fine displays of antique furniture and art.

Day 4: Today we start by visiting Kendal with its many historical buildings, castles, bridges and a street market on a Wednesday. In the afternoon we visit Sizergh Castle and Gardens (NT).

Day 5: This morning we check out of the hotel and on our way home we stop at Leighton Hall. Stepping inside this house is like taking a step back in time, but it still retains the atmosphere of a family home. An enthusiastic guide will reveal the Gillow Reynolds’ family history and habits. Each room from the Gothic Hall to the principle bedroom and the charming library has some interesting secret to reveal or tale to tell. Why is there a lock of James II’s hair in the Drawing room, and why is the table in the hall shaped like a daisy? A light lunch is included here before we retrace our steps homeward.

Date: 17th – 21st September 2017

Boarding:
8.30 am. – Kingston, High Street,

opposite The Rose Theatre 8.40 am. – Surbiton, outside

Coronation Hall Pub
8.50 am. – Surbiton, Ewell Road, Bus

stop ‘Telephone Exchange’ 9.00 am. – Tolworth – Bus stop ‘J

Princes Avenue’ – outside ‘Our Lady Immaculate’

Cost: £499.00 pp Half-board, sharing a twin/double bedroom

Included: All entrance fees (except to NT properties) plus 1 light lunch on day 5

Single room Supplement: £39.00 (4 nights)

Deposit: £85.00 pp (non-refundable) Balance due by 04.08.2017

Travel Insurance: £30.00 (No upper age limit – conditions apply)
For a detailed booking form please complete the attached application form and send it together with a stamped addressed envelope – not too small, please – to Gisela Zürcher-Feiß, 37, The Byeways, Surbiton KT5 8HT – Phone 020 8399 4990

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

The beautiful Lake Distric application form

6th Dec – Christmas Lunch with a Difference

Cast off and wind down with a Blue Funnel festively themed Christmas lunch cruise along Southampton’s
scenic waterways. We shall travel by coach from Kingston/Surbiton and hope to reach the port at Southampton after approximately 13⁄4 hours.

Once on board the ship we will be offered a glass of sherry before settling down at 12 noon to a 4-course Christmas Lunch followed by coffee and mince pies. A vegetarian option is available and details will be given nearer the time.

During the cruise a commentary will be offered on points of interest and pleasant background music will be played. We aim to set off home again at about 3.30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday 6th December 2017 Price: £46.00 pp
Meeting time/point:
9.45 a.m. – Kingston High Street, opposite The Rose Theatre

10.00 a.m. – Ewell Road, Surbiton, Bus stop ‘Surbiton Telephone exchange’

If you would like to join this Christmas party on board ship please complete the attached application form (separate one per household or individual, please) and send it together with your cheque for £46.00/92.00 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 addressed envelope.

Christmas Lunch with a difference application form