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10th Jan Westminster Abbey

Join our Blue Badge-led group (one in the morning or a repeated one in the afternoon) for an in-depth guided tour of the Abbey. It will take you from the shrine of Edward the Confessor and the tomb of the unknown warrior to Poets’ Corner and the sublimely beautiful fan ceiling of the Henry VIII Chapel. See how the medieval architects created a theatre for coronations and discover some of the Abbey’s most curious secrets.

After meeting at Waterloo Station we shall take the Jubilee Line to Westminster where we will meet our Blue Badge guide. There will be time for you to buy coffee (or a light lunch if you are in the afternoon group) if you wish, before we begin our tour which will last for approx. 11⁄2- 2 hours.

You will then be free (possibly to visit the nearby St. Margaret’s Westminster, the parish church of Parliament) before returning home.

Visit to Westminster Abbey

Wednesday, 10th January 2018

Westminster Abbey, the resting place of kings and queens, poets, priests,

Date: Wednesday, 10th January 2018 Cost: £ 29.50 pp

Meeting time/place: 10.00 a.m. or 1.30 p.m. at Waterloo Station, outside platform 1.

If you wish to join this outing please complete the enclosed application form and return it together with your cheque for £ 29.50 pp payable to Kingston U3A (GAS) to: Sheila Evans, Apt 8, Maple Leaf House, 67-69 Maple Road, Surbiton KT6 4AG. If you do not give an email address please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

Downloadable Application Form    Visit to Westminster Abbey Application

Tues 6th Feb & Tues 13th Feb Charterhouse, in London’s Smithfield.

Charterhouse, in London’s Smithfield, was founded as a Carthusian Monastery in the 14th Century, next to the burial ground for those Londoners who died as a result of the Black Death which devastated Europe between 1346 and 1353. The Monks’ purpose was to pray for the souls of the plague victims.

During the Crossrail excavations several of these burials were recovered and one is displayed in the museum at Charterhouse.

After the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII, part of the monastery was converted into a luxury mansion house which was purchased in 1545 by the Duke of Norfolk. He was placed under house arrest there by Elizabeth I for proposing to marry Mary Queen of Scots.

In the early 17th Century a hospital was established on the site together with a chapel and a school. Charterhouse School became one of the most eminent public schools in England and at the end of the 19th Century it moved to Godalming in Surrey.

Nowadays, Charterhouse provides accommodation for about 40 Brothers. The tour of the complex will be led by one of these Brothers who will provide a history of Charterhouse and life there today.

Dates: Tuesday, 6th February and Tuesday, 13th February 2018 at 2.15 pm.

Cost: £15.50 Numbers are limited to 22 per tour.

NB: Please note that there are steps and stairs to be negotiated and some of the surfaces in the courtyards and gardens are uneven. It will not be suitable for those with mobility problems.

Meeting time/place: 11.45 am at Waterloo, platform 1. We shall then take a bus to Charterhouse Square where there will be time to find lunch either in the café at Charterhouse or nearby. There will also be time to visit the museum and the chapel before the tour.

If you would like to join this visit please complete the enclosed application form (one for each household or individual), stating your preferred date, and send it together with your cheque for £15.50/£31 payable to Kingston U3A (GAS) to: Moira Shearer, 35 St Andrews Square, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 4EG. Phone: 8390 6356

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

Downloadable Application Visit to Charterhouse appl.

Friday 9th March All Our Waterloos

Join us on our trip to London by coach, looking back at 1000 years of French influemce on London, with a guided visit round the European galleries in the Victoria and Albert Museum included in the day.

We will meet our guide at the Museum of London where we will have coffee, which is included in the cost of the trip. Throughout the day our guide will bring to life the history of the French in London, including the Huguenots who were given sanctuary by Charles II and mainly settled in the Spitalfields area, the aristocratic survivors of the French revolution, and the super-tax exiles making the French Quarter one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in the capital.

We will stop to buy lunch in the area of Thurloe Place in the heart of the French Quarter, which offers a good choice of restaurants and cafes where we can take a break.

In the afternoon we continue to the

Victoria and Albert Museum where we will be split into two groups, with one group touring the European Galleries with our guide while the other self- guides in the British Galleries, where the impact of French design on British manufacture is apparent. The two groups will then swap over.

The Morris designed café in the Museum offers a welcome place to buy tea before we head home at 4.30pm.

Date:Friday 9th March 2018

Boarding time/place:

a) 8.45amHigh Street, Kingston – opp. The Rose Theatre
b) 9.00amEwell Road, Surbiton, bus stop “ Telephone Exchange”

Cost: £30.00 per person including coach, guide, tips and coffee.

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 £30.00/£60.00 to Claire Bletcher, 17, Lower Green Road, Esher, KT10 8HE Phone: 020 8398 7107

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

Downloadable Application Form   KU3A Waterloo application form

24th – 28th April 2018 Visit to Cambridgeshire and Suffolk

 In September this year Ron and Marie made sure we enjoyed a very pleasant five days in The Lake District. Well, next Spring they will take us for another five days to Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.

Day 1: We board our comfortable Executive coach at the four pick-up points in the Kingston area and travel

to Wimpole Estate (NT), a working estate with an impressive mansion and Home Farm. The mansion, at the heart of this estate, is evidence of Elsie Bambridge’s success in creating a home. We can purchase lunch here before continuing on to Newmarket and our hotel, the 3* Best Western Heath Court Hotel where we will stay for four nights on HB basis.

Day 2: Our first visit today is to Bury St. Edmunds where we can wander through one of the most successful traditional street markets in the country with its most colourful history going back to the time before William the Conqueror. The town is one of the hidden gems of Suffolk and is probably most famous for the ruined Abbey that stands near to the town centre surrounded by the Abbey Gardens. We can purchase lunch here and then continue to Kentwell Hall and Gardens where a private guided tour

of the house is included. The house has essentially remained the same for 500 years as created by the Cloptons in the early 16th Century.

Day 3: Today’s first visit is to the city of Ely which is full of charm and beauty and is home to one of England’s most magnificent cathedrals (entrance not included) whose towers dominate theskyline for miles around and is known locally as the ‘Ship of the Fens’. The cathedral is also home to the only Stained glass museum offering a display of original stained glass panels dating from the early 13th century to the present. An audio guided tour is included.

Ely’s most famous historical resident is Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England. Apart from Hampton Court, his house here (entrance not included) is the only surviving former Cromwell residence and shows how his family would have lived in the mid-17th Century. We then continue on to the nearby University City of Cambridge where we begin with a 1 hour panoramic coach tour of the city and surroundings. For those who wish to partake, afterwards there will be an included brief walking tour which will cover some of the interesting sights and colleges, or you may use this time to explore at your own pace before we return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 4: Today we will visit Saffron Walden, a picturesque, medieval town with a rich heritage of old buildings reflecting its wealth as a rural market town. After some free time you will have a choice between two options (this needs to be pre-booked and

indicated by each person on the booking form):

  1. An included visit to Audley End (EH) one of England’s grandeststately homes with an impressive formal garden. The house is truly magnificent and was built to enter- tain royalty.
  2. An included visit to IWM Duxfordan historic airfield and museum of aviation history. Here you will dis- cover the stories of people who lived and worked at RAF Duxford. Explore the new American Air Museum, now transformed. From privates to presidents, you hear about those men and women whose lives have shaped, or been shaped, by their experience of war, from the First World War to the present day.

Re-grouping later this afternoon we return to the hotel for our evening meal.

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Day 5: Having checked out of the hotel after breakfast we begin with an included guided tour by coach of some of the famous areas of ‘Constable Country’ which is characterised by open spaces and ever changing skies. The Dedham Vale and Stour Valley is full of picturesque villages, rolling farmland, rivers, meadows, ancient woodlands as well as a wide variety of local wildlife. We will visit Flatford Mill (NT), a grade 1 listed watermill, built in 1733, and the attached 17th century miller’s cottage. The mill was at one time owned by John Constable’s father and John Constable made the mill and its surroundings the subject of many of his art works. The tour will finish in the pretty village of Lavenham. You may choose to visit the Lavenham Guildhall (NT) of Corpus Christi, A visit to Little Hall, one of the oldest timber framed buildings is included.

Departing here mid-afternoon, we retrace our steps homeward to our original departure points later in the day.

Dates: Tuesday, 24th – Friday, 28th April 2018

Cost: £ 529.00/549.00 (depending on numbers) HB – sharing a twin/double room

Downloadable Application Form  KU3A Waterloo application form KU3A – Visit to Canbridgeshire and Suffolk application form

Sept 2018 The beauty of Slovenia and Lake Bled

Many KU3A members have asked where our holiday abroad next year will be. Yes, you have guessed it: GAS is planning a trip to Slovenia in the lastweek of September 2018. Unfortunately, at the time of going to press not all details have been available – this is due mainly to the rather high proportion of single rooms needed. It will be a six-day-trip and we will visit Bled, Postojna, Portoroz, Piran and, of course, Ljubljana. Full details and a booking form will be given in the February/March 2018 Newsletter. If, in the meantime you have questions, please contact Gisela on or

Phone: 8399 4990.

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

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