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Mar 26

Fri 12 April: The Aztec – the Eagle Warriors of the Sun – Surrey Study Day

Presented by Maria Chester, Subject Advisor on American Archaeology

Study days are open at the Menuhin Hall, Stoke d’Abernon, starting at 9.30am with registration and normally running from 10am to 4pm. The fee, including coffee or tea and biscuits, is £10 for members and £12 for guests. Attendees should bring a packed lunch.

Feb 28

Easter Conference 23rd, 24th and 25th APRIL 2019 U3A of North London


(see link at the bottom of the page for the Application Form)

 Upsetting the Apple Cart: Controversial Figures

Tuesday 23rd April


1.00 pm




2.00 – 3.00 Trouble and Strife: The role of revolutions and revolutionaries: Mao Lenin and Robespierre.


Sir Thomas Harris
3.00 – 3.20 tea
3.20 – 4.20


Caravaggio to Mondrian


Michael Kauffmann
Wednesday 24th April 10.30 – 11.30 Climate Change: From controversy to accepted fact Lisa


11.30-11.50 coffee
11.50 – 12.50 The Gift of a lifetime: Writers and artists who have changed the perception of ageing Linda Blandford
12.50 – 2.00 Lunch
2.00 – 3.00 The Poll Tax


Shirley Levy
3.00 – 3.20 Tea
3.20 – 4.20 Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Then and Now. Robin Weiss
Thursday 25th April 10.30 – 11.30 The Great Stink and the Great Evasion:                Chadwick, Hall, Accum and Wakley versus the parish pump Tony


11.30 – 11.50 Coffee
11.50 – 12.50 Pivotal points in History 1740: Christopher Dean


12.50 – 2.00 Lunch
2.00 – 3.00 Gaudi and controversy


Gwen Wright
3.00– 3.20 Tea
3.20 – 4.20 Controversy and Wagner Herbie Goldberg
4.30 CLOSE

2019 EC Registration FORM

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.

Feb 27

5th,13th 21st March – A Walk On and Off the Strand

You probably think you know this area but this walk will reveal some hidden secrets.

The walk is from Temple Underground Station to Trafalgar Square. Strand is the street which links the City with Westminster. Along it we’ll see a very large map, a closed Underground station, a hidden chapel, some architectural gems in backstreets and the location of the precise point from which all road distances in England are measured.

John King will lead the walk (about two hours). Most of it is on the level but there are some steps.

Dates: Tuesday, 5 March; Wednesday,13 March; Thursday, 21 March

Departure time/Meeting point:

10.15am Underground concourse at Wimbledon Station from where we’ll take the District Line to Temple

Cost: 50p administration charge collected on the day

If you would like to join one of these walks, please complete the application form (one per household or individual) and send it to John King,

64 Alric Avenue, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4JW. Tel: 020 8949 7427

Please note that it is not possible just to turn up on the day. An application form must be received with a current membership number. All applications are dealt with in strict order of receipt and once a tour is full, a waiting list is created. All personal details are shredded once the walks have been completed.