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Jul 15

4th Sept SW London Study Day at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

The SW London network of U3As is pleased to announce a study day at the WWT London Wetland Centre on Wednesday 4th September.

This will include 2 talks on the work of the Wetlands Centre in London and the work done internationally by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust followed by a guided walk round the centre. Bring binoculars if you have them. Lunch is available in the centre’s cafe.

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is one of the world’s largest and most respected wetland conservation organisations working globally to safeguard and improve wetlands for wildlife and people.  Founded in the UK in 1946 by the late Sir Peter Scott, today they complement wetland conservation work carried out worldwide with a network of nine UK visitor centres

 WWT London Wetland Centre is an award winning visitor attraction bringing the countryside to London. The site supports a wealth of wetland wildlife including colourful wild ducks, frogs, and a colony of water voles, lizards and migratory birds which arrive in large numbers from around the globe. It is also a haven for people, whether relaxing watching the wildlife from one of the special viewing hides, enjoying a walk around the reserve or having a meal in the Water’s Edge Cafe.

 Days programme:    Start time: 11am      Lunch break: 12.45       Guided tour: 13.30                    

Cost: £12.

Please complete the form below and a cheque of £12 payable to Richmond U3A. Post these to S.Leigh, 50, Ringford Rd, London SW18 1RR.

Confirmation will come by email or phone.

Any queries to smleigh@hotmail.co.uk

 Name   …………………………………………………………………………….

Name of U3A   …………………………………………………………………….

For confirmation of your booking please fill in:

Email address                                                            Telephone

Enclose cheque of £12    

 

Jul 14

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, www.u3asites.org.uk/surreyu3anetwork

Attendees should bring a packed lunch as there is nowhere very close by to provide food on the day.

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Apr 14

London Region SUMMER SCHOOL 2019 23rd, 24th and 25th JULY 2019

St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ (Easy access: 5 minutes from Blackfriars underground station)

MANY EXCELLENT CHOICES STILL AVAILABLE  BUT BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT !

Choose from 28 different talks, 4 workshops, and 6 guided walks around the City of London

There is a wide range of topics taken from the themes of Art,  Current Affairs, History, Literature, Music, Science and Travel  This year we have also selected ‘Celebration of the Sea’ as a general theme

Programme and applications are available via the Events page of the London Region website: http://u3asites.org.uk/london-region/events

and through individual U3As You can book online or use a postal application form.

Non-residential: Attendance can be for one, two or three days and the cost is £38 per day Refreshments and a cold buffet lunch are included

If you have any queries, please contact Chris Feldman ccris@waitrose.com  or Tel: 020 8449 4847

Feb 27

12th to16th September Historic Houses and Heritage of Devon -Book your holiday now!

Thursday 12th to Monday 16th of September.

Day 1: We board an executive coach at our designated pick-up points. En route to Exeter we visit the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy, home of the Bankes family for over 300 years.

After the family lost their Corfe Castle stronghold to the Parliamentarians in the Civil War, they moved here and gradually created an astonishing Italian palace in the heart of rural Dorset. The property is home to an internationally acclaimed art collection (including paintings by Rubens, Velazquez and Titian), exquisite carvings and lavish interiors.

We continue to our hotel on the outskirts of Exeter

Day 2: In the morning we have some free time in Exeter and in the afternoon visit the National Trust’s Coleton Fishacre, an Arts and Crafts style

house with an elegant Art Deco- influenced interior, situated in a spectacular coastal setting. We then travel to Kingswear for a scenic, one- way steam train excursion to Paignton (included in the price).

Day 3: Our guided tour in the morning (included in the price) takes in sights such as Exeter Cathedral, one of England’s finest examples of decorated Gothic architecture. We visit Powderham Castle in the afternoon.

property. Offering an atmosphere of wildness and timelessness, this true ‘secret’ garden of peace and tranquillity offers wonderful views of the Dart estuary and once featured on the BBC’s ‘Hidden Gardens’. (There is a 10-15 minutes uphill walk from the quayside to the gardens, or there is a shuttle service between the ferry and the house.) The house was the private holiday home of the famous and well- loved author Agatha Christie and contains many of the family’s collections including archaeological items, Tunbridge ware, silver, botanical china, and books. We then return to Dartmouth by boat.

Day 5: We visit the National Trust’s Killerton property, a fine 18th century house containing a fascinating collection of 18th and 20th century costumes.

Taking carefully selected comfort stops en route, we return to our original pick- up points.

Dates: Thursday,12 to Monday,16 September 2019

Set alongside the estuary of the Exe and dating back to 1391, it is home to the 18th Earl of Devon and one of the oldest family houses in England.

Day 4: In the morning we spend some time at leisure in Dartmouth and then take a boat transfer (included in the price) to the National Trust’s Greenway

Hotel: Gipsy Hill Hotel, Exeter (three- star)

Cost: £499, which includes:

  • ·  executive coach
  • ·  hotel: four nights’ half-boardaccommodation, sharing a twin/double room (single room supplement £99)
  • ·  all excursions
  • ·  some entrance fees
  • ·  services of a professional tour managerIf you would like to join this holiday, please complete the enclosed 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
    Tel: 020 8399 4990
Feb 27

17th May Reading: Biscuits,the Bayeaux Tapestry and a River Cruise

Join us on a walking tour to explore the Thames-side town of Reading. The ruins of Reading Abbey reopened in 2018. It is near Reading Gaol and the museum, where Britain’s Bayeux Tapestry is displayed and the history of the Huntley & Palmers biscuit factory is told.

The tapestry is a full-sized copy of the original and was made by skilled Victorian women embroiderers in 1885. The gallery explores the background and impact of the Norman Conquest by William I. His youngest son, Henry I, founded Reading Abbey in 1121 when he announced he wanted a new abbey

built there. No expense was spared in its construction and monks lived, worked and worshipped there for more than 400 years. The Abbey Quarter covers the former precinct of this royal monastery.

We meet our guide at Henley station en route to Reading, where we’re scheduled to arrive at 10.30am, in time for coffee before exploring the Abbey Quarter. On our tour we’ll discover an enormous lion in a beautiful Victorian park, and the Oscar Wilde Chestnut Walk alongside the walls of Reading Gaol. Our tour ends at Reading Museum where we’ll have time to admire the Bayeux Tapestry before buying lunch locally.

After lunch we board a boat for a two and a quarter hour cruise from Reading through pretty Sonning to Henley. There’s a bar on the boat selling tea and coffee, soft drinks or something stronger if you prefer.

We head home from Henley at 5.30pm.

Date: Friday, 17 May
Departure time/Boarding point:

  • ·  8.30am High Street, Kingston, opposite the Rose Theatre
  • ·  8.45am Ewell Road, Surbiton, bus stop: Telephone ExchangePlease arrive 10 minutes earlier than departure time to allow for checking in.Cost: £44.50 per person including coach, guide, river cruise and tips

    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 £44.50 per person and a stamped, addressed envelope or your email address to:

    C aire Bletcher, 17 Lower Green Road, Esher, KT10 8HE. Tel: 020 8398 7107

    If you give your email address, all information will be sent by email, including any changes to timings, so please check your inbox regularly.