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Nov 04

21st Nov -London City of Stories – Surbiton Library

City of Stories engages writers and readers across London. This November, we’re returning to 21 London libraries to host a series of performances and open mic events.

At each event you’ll have the opportunity to hear stories from that borough’s host writer, the winning stories from the City of Stories competition, as well as have the chance to share your work in an open mic session. If you’re interested in new writing, want to share your work or be inspired then this is the event for you!

All attendees will receive a free copy of the brand-new City of Stories anthology, featuring the winning and highly commended entries from our competition, and new work from our four writers-in-residence, Olumide Popoola, Meena Kandasamy, Leone Ross and Gary Budden.

Get in touch if you have any queries / access requirements. BSL interpretation is available on request at each event, with advance notice.

Oct 14

Nov 7th Just how Extensive was the Suffragette Militancy campaign?

A research retreat at Royal Holloway

Join us as we delve into various online newspaper archives to discover the extent of Suffragette militancy in April and May 1913, a particularly active period for the Women’s Social and Political Union.

The resulting research will then feed directly into Royal Holloway’s open online course, Beyond the Ballot, enriching the studies of thousands of learners.

Lunch is included.

Sep 30

The Savoy Chapel – U3A Christmas Concert with the Brandenburg Singers and Organ.

3rd December 2018 – 2pm  3rd December 2018 – 5:30pm 18th December 2018 – 2pm

Designed to whet your appetite for the coming season, the concert will include traditional carols and refreshments of mulled wine and mince pies.

The concert will be introduced and conducted by Bob Porter, the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London’s Artistic Director.

The Chapel belongs to her Majesty the Queen in her Right as Duke of Lancaster. It is a ‘free’ chapel or ‘peculiar’, not falling within any bishop’s jurisdiction, but remaining within the Church of England. It is the last surviving building of a hospital founded by Henry VII for homeless people in 1512. It is a beautiful, intimate space for concerts with a fine acoustic and splendid Walker organ.

The Brandenburg Singers is a small hand-picked group drawn from the finest of the members of the 150 choirs that perform in the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London.

Seating is unreserved.


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Aug 26

15th Nov – World War 1 1914-1918 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, whohave 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 andrecognition 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.

Aug 26

Thinking Ahead – New Kingston U3A Committee Members Needed – Volunteer at the AGM?


Following the adoption of the revised constitution in 2017, committee members will serve for limited periods. Up to 12 members will be elected at the Annual General Meeting.

This year, at least 2 committee members are not seeking re-election, and we welcome new recruits. We hope that the new time limits will encourage people to come forward to serve for at least a year, renewable each year for a maximum of 6 years, to ensure a healthy turnover.

If you wish to stand for election at the AGM, please complete this form and return it by Monday 22 October 2018 to the Secretary:

Richard Hawkins, Fern Glen, Hampton Court Road, Hampton Wick, KT1 4AE

Nominees, proposers and seconders must be paid-up members of Kingston U3A.

Nomination Form 2018