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Oct 31

Cleave’s Almshouses, Kingston upon Thames – Possible Housing Opportunities

Cleave’s Almshouses, Kingston upon Thames

This local charity provides delightful small homes in central Kingston, at low cost, for elderly people of modest means.  From time to time there are vacancies.

To be eligible, you need to be

  1. In housing need – in temporary or very unsuitable accommodation or facing eviction.
  2. Of modest means – this may mean eligible for Housing Benefit.
  3. 60 years or older – there is no upper limit.
  4. Living in Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames or with links to the Borough – except in special cases to be approved by the Trustees.
  5. Capable of independent living – able to look after yourself and your home, if necessary, with help from, for example, friends, family or social services.
  6. Aware of the need for give and take when living in close proximity to others.

To check if there are currently any vacancies, please see:

http://www.housingcare.org/housing-care/facility-info-85477-cleaves-almshouses-kingston-england.aspx

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Sep 19

Thurs 16th Nov – A Study Day – Holidays in the 50s and 60s

SW London Network of U3A

Hammersmith& Fulham , Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth

How has the British holiday changed in our life time?

Thursday 16 Nov

at the Richard Mayo Hall ,United Reformed Church, Eden St, Kingston

PROGRAMME

10.30 am   Register , tea and coffee

11.00 am       “The birth of the package holiday”

Gwyn Rogers (Merton U3A)

11.45 am         “Holidays in Bognor in the 1950s”    

Sylvia Endacott (Local History Group Leader, Bognor Regis U3A)

12.45-1.45pm Lunch

1.45 pm       “The Seaside holiday”      Looking at the development of seaside resorts and why the seaside became so popular

Jackie Marsh-Hobbs ( (Lecturer, Specialist guide and local historian)

2.45 pm         “The history of the YHA

Duncan Simpson     (Archivist for YHA)

COST: £8 including tea/coffee on arrival.         Cheques made payable to Richmond U3A

Have you any old photos to display? We are displaying old photos and postcards and your contributions for the day would be welcome.

Please detach and send this completed to:   Jen Cobb, 286 Merton Rd, SW18 5JN.   Please remember to enclose your cheque.

Name     …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

U3A     ………………………………………………….     Your contact telephone number  ……………………………….

Email address …………………………………………………………………………………………………

FOR CONFIRMATION PLEASE TICK THE APPROPRIATE METHOD

By Email                                                          By enclosed SAE

CLICK  Below for Downloadable Application Form

HolidaysIn50s&60sFlyer

Aug 26

Kingston U3A AGM 6th Nov (Prior to the Monthly Meeting) Nomination Form for Committee members

As indicated in the Newsletter  we will be hoping for lots of members to volunteer to be on the Committee for the new membership year and here are the Nomination forms that need to be filled in:-

Nomination Form 2017

Aug 26

Research Project on Action for Hearing Loss – Volunteers Wanted.

Study description:

We are looking for approximately 40 volunteers for the Action on Hearing Loss funded summer research project in which we investigate why some speakers are easier to understand than others are, and how age and hearing levels influence speech intelligibility.

We are looking to recruit monolingual Southern British English* speaking adults with and without hearing loss between the ages of 65-85 years. In this study, you are asked to visit us once for approximately 50-60 minutes. The task is to listen to English sentences played in background noise (via headphones), rate how easy it was to understand, and to repeat back what you heard. We will also do a quick hearing test. We pay £7 for your participation and for your travel costs.

You can take part if you are/have:

  • Between 65 and 85 years of age.
  • Monolingual (learned only English at home as a child) Southern British English speaker.
  • Normal hearing or have mild age-related hearing loss (with/without hearing aids, but please see

    below). We will assess this during the study session.

  • Able to visit us once for approximately 60 minutes between August 28th and September 12th

    Unfortunately, you cannot take part if you:

  • Acquired multiple languages at home when child.
  • Speak ‘other Englishes’ such as American, Australian, Scottish, Irish…
  • Have previously taken part in the studies advertised by Outi Tuomainen/UCL
  • Use hearing aids on every-day basis (occasional use, such as in theatre, social events etc, is fine

    but please note that because the study requires you to wear headphones, it cannot be conducted with hearing aids on).

    The study takes place at UCL (Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street, WC1N 1PF, i.e., a walking distance from both King’s Cross and Russel Square stations). If you are interested in taking part, please contact me directly via email: l.tu.16@ucl.ac.uk

    This study is a final stage in our large 3-year ESRC funded study which aims to achieve a better understanding of the effects of ageing on speech communication and of the various contributing factors to potentially degraded speech communication in a population of ‘healthy aged’ individuals.

    I am happy to answer any questions you may have and provide you with further details should you need them!

    Best wishes,

    Lilian Tu
    Outi Tuomainen Valerie Hazan

    [* this particular language background restriction applies to this study because previous research world- wide has shown that bi- and multilingual speakers can differ from monolingual speakers in their cognitive skills (that also include working memory), and this can affect how they perform in noisy backgrounds. Furthermore, different accents (e.g. ‘other Englishes’) are differently intelligible to various speakers especially in noisy backgrounds. Because both of these variables are hard (or almost impossible) to control in an experimental setting, and both would affect our results, we can only recruit individuals from very specific linguistic backgrounds.]

May 22

Kingston U3A Singers (Meeting time error starts at 10.30 not 10.00)

Do you enjoy singing? Enjoy it more with the Kingston U3A Singers.

We are looking to expand our numbers in all voice ranges, especially in the Alto and Tenor sections. The group meets on Thursday mornings from

10.30  to 12.30 a.m. in the Shiraz Community Hall in Malden Manor Park. This park is near the A3 New Malden roundabout and has a large car park. The 213 bus stops outside.

Come along to meet us and make new friends. There is no formal audition and you do not have to be able to read music, just come along for a month to see if you would like to join. The work varies from Classical through to Folk music and is mostly sung in parts. The cost is £40.00 per quarter and the music is provided.

If you would like to come along and join in to see what it is all about, please contact any member of the singers or: Helga Randall: 8397 8712.