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Aug 19

Kingston AGM Nomination Forms – Apply to Join the Committee!



 Up to 12 members will be elected at the Annual General Meeting on Monday, 4 November 2019.

Nine members of the existing committee have indicated that they will stand again.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 six years to ensure a healthy turnover.

If you wish to stand for election at the AGM, please complete this form and return it by noon, Monday, 21 October 2019 to the Secretary: Lorraine Hellen, 12 Park Road, Surbiton, KT5 8QD.

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

Nomination Form 2019v2




Aug 19

U3A Shared Learning Project Hampton and Kempton Waterworks Railway 2019 / 2020

Project Title: Building the Railway Archive

We are now starting a project to build an archive for the Hampton and Kempton Waterworks Railway. We need to collect everything we can find from the early 20th century to the present.

Volunteers on the project will need to visit local and national archives, make contact with those connected with the railway past and present, and search a wide range of publications.

We hope to find photographs, plans, maps, documents, memorabilia, objects and artifacts, personal reminiscences and film.

Having everything in a central archive will assist us in many ways. It will help with providing material for future exhibits and displays; website and social media; publicity material; articles in magazines and future publications; for people researching railway history; and for future talks.

About the railway

We are arguably one of the best kept secrets in West London and we have one of the oldest working steam locomotives in the south of England. Visitors can ride around the Hanworth Loop – our 2 foot gauge railway line – in period coaches hauled by our 1903 steam locomotive.

The Hanworth Loop is the first stage of a major project to reinstate the historic narrow gauge line that hauled coal from the River Thames at Hampton to the giant steam pumping engines that are in the beautiful listed building adjacent to our railway.

We work closely with the Kempton Great Engines and when the Museum has a weekend steaming we run on a Saturday as well. On these weekends the giant triple expansion steam pumping engine is operating. There are seven full weekend steamings and they each have extra attractions.

How the project works for volunteers

Volunteers on a U3A Shared Learning Project enjoy working as part of team and learning from each other. They develop new skills in research.

To decide if this project interests you, see the railway website or visit us on an open day and learn about the history. The railway is open every Sunday in 2019 until 17 November and some Saturdays.

While some research can be conducted online it will be necessary to visit various archives including: London Metropolitan Archives in Islington, National Archives at Kew and local archives in Hounslow and Richmond.

The first meeting of the group will discuss the overall theme of the project and consider what each person may like to research.

Volunteers should ideally attend all the group meetings to report on progress. Prospective volunteers should consider before committing to the project if they have enough time to attend the meetings and carry out the research.

Some volunteers may have experience of a previous U3A project. Other volunteers are coming with little previous knowledge of a Shared Learning Project. All are welcome. In between meetings volunteers work on their own though they can email each other for advice. Volunteers will need to use Microsoft Word, the internet and email. PowerPoint or Excel may be useful.

For the project to go forward we will need a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 volunteers.

What happens at the end of the project

At the end of the project the group deliver a PowerPoint presentation of their research to an invited audience. Each volunteer prepares their own section.

The research from the project is kept in the archive with a short version appearing on the railway website. The material may also be used in future talks and displays.

Meeting dates in 2019 / 2020

Meetings will be every two or three weeks and are all on a Tuesday from 2pm to 3.30pm

  • First meeting in September. Outline of the project and agree on each person’s area of research.
  • Other dates to be agreed between September 2019 and April 2020 Getting to the railway

To Apply

For enquiries / application form: Jo Walters

It is easiest to get to the railway by car where parking is available. Some buses stop near the railway entrance but all require a walk of about 20 minutes. Should you decide to join the group we will explain more about accessing the site through the security gates.


Location for meetings

Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway,
Kempton Park Waterworks, Snakey Lane, Feltham, TW13 6XH

U3A Shared Learning Project Railway 2019 2020 (2)

Aug 10

20th Sept Surrey Network Study Day – Genetics

Genetics; Development of Personalised Medicine & Treatment of Disease
Presented by Daniel Biggs, Felicia Anna Tucci & Justin Whalley, The Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford
Booking opens on 1 JuneSurrey Network study days are open to members of all U3As in Surrey and the surrounding area. They are held in the Menuhin Hall, Stoke d’Abernon and normally start at 9.30 a.m. with registration, and finish at 4 p.m. The fee, including coffee / tea and biscuits, is £10, though a visitor who is not a member of a U3A will be charged £12.00Prior booking is essential and forms are available at the Monthly Meetings or from the Surrey Network internet site, should bring a packed lunch as there is nowhere very close by to provide food on the day.


Aug 10

Nov 7th – The Pre-Raphaelites at the National Gallery – U3A Study Day at the National Gallery

Discover how National Gallery paintings, including van Eyck, Titian, Hogarth and others, inspired the young and rebellious Pre-Raphaelites as they brought about a revolution in British painting.

Join National Gallery experts for a study day exploring the radical Victorian paintings of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Which paintings inspired them or shaped their views, and why? And just how Pre-Raphael were the Pre-Raphaelites really?

The study day will comprise of 5 talks that will explore the ideals of Millais, Holman Hunt and Rossetti as well as the later generation of Pre-Raphaelite artists including Burne-Jones and Waterhouse. We’ll discover how they responded to both the Early and High Renaissance paintings and more modern old masters that they saw in the gallery, and we’ll find some startling parallels!

Tickets: £25 per person (lunches & refreshments not provided).

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Aug 10

Nov 25th – Architecture of London at the Royal Institute of British Architects – U3A Study Day

The Royal Institute of British Architects cares for one of the largest and most diverse architectural collections in the world. Travel through four centuries of London’s architectural development on this exclusive study day, hosted within the Institute’s iconic art deco headquarters.

Introducing rare examples from a collection of over four million items including models, drawings, photographs, books and personal archives, you’ll explore the changing face of London’s built environment – from the perfect symmetry and proportion of the Georgian era to today’s breathtaking towers of glass. You’ll learn the key elements of major architectural styles such as Gothic Revival and Modernism, and become familiar with the work of some of Britain’s greatest architects.

Hear from leading experts including the RIBA’s own Chief Curator and Curator of Drawings, Charles Hind, and David Adshead, Secretary of the influential Georgian Group. Key themes include Georgian architecture and the Long 18th Century, Victorian London, 20th-century modernism, and architectural photography.

Tea & coffee will be served on arrival at 10.30 am.

Programme for The Architecture of London Event

10.30 Arrival; tea and coffee

11.00 Welcome and Introduction to the RIBA’s Outstanding Collections

Charles Hind, Chief Curator and H.J. Heinz Curator of Drawings, RIBA

11.15 The Architecture of Georgian London and the Long 18th-Century

David Adshead, Secretary of the Georgian Group

11.50 Victorian London and the Gothic Revival, 1830-1900

Charles Hind, Chief Curator and H.J. Heinz Curator of Drawings, RIBA

12.25 Modernism in London, 1900-1950

Valeria Carullo, Curator, The Robert Elwall Photographs Collection, RIBA

13.00 Audience Q&A with morning contributors

13.15 Lunch (not provided)

14.15 Post-War Modernism and Brutalism in London, 1950-2000

Fiona Orsini, Curator Drawings and Archives Collection, RIBA

14.50 Building Skyward: 21st-Century London Architecture

Ewan Harrison, Assistant Curator, Wilson Archive, RIBA

15.15 Audience Q&A with afternoon contributors

15.30 Close


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