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Aug 26

24th Oct – ‘The Mysteries of Memory’- Study Day at Roehampton University

‘The Mysteries of Memory’ is the intriguing title of a study day put on jointly by the U3A and Roehampton University. The day will be held on the campus and all applicants will receive ‘A How to Get Here’ pack. Free parking on campus will be available to book with your application. Six speakers will cover a wide range of topics including Memories of Reading and Memories of Fiction; Smart Phone Photojournalism and the Reporting of War; Dance,

U3A/Roehampton University Study Day

Memory and Aging; the Duality of Amnesia and Memory. All speakers are Roehampton University staffers. The day will include tea and coffee on arrival and a light lunch for an inclusive price of £10. Posters and presentations on research at the university will be shown during lunch. The South West London Symposium of U3As is delighted to be able to offer such a fascinating day to our members at a very reasonable cost.

Flyers and application forms will be available at the monthly meetings and on the website in due course. Numbers are limited and the event is open to all London U3As so early application is advised.

SW London Network of U3As

Hammersmith& Fulham , Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth

An advance publicity poster

The Mysteries of Memory

A joint Study Day with Roehampton University and SW London Network of U3As

Wednesday 24th Oct 2018 at Roehampton University SW15

Topics to cover a wide range of themes to do with different aspects of memory and include

  • Memories of reading and memories of Fiction
  • Smart phone photojournalism and the reporting of war
  • Dance, Memory and Aging
  • The Duality of Amnesia and Memory

Cost £10 per head to include tea and coffee and light lunch.

Application form for study day 


jointly organised between Roehampton University and SW London Network of U3As

Registration 10.30-11.00am     Lunch 1.00-2.00pm           Finish 4.00pm

Mysteries of Memory

Six speakers from Roehampton University staff will talk on a variety of aspects of memory.  Topics will cover :

The memories of reading fiction with especial reference to childhood fiction.

Smartphone photojournalism and its effect on the reporting of war and conflicts.

The relationships between dance , memory and aging.

The duality of amnesia and memory

If you wish to attend please apply on the form below. The cost of the day is £10 which includes tea/coffee and lunch.


Application form for Study day

Please send a cheque for £10 made payable to Richmond U3A with this application form. If you wish to have your ticket confirmed by post please include a stamped self addressed envelope.

Please note that directions to the venue and for parking will be sent after ticket applications.


U3A and membership number:

Email address:

Telephone number:


Application forms must be sent to Susan Leigh, 50 Ringford Rd, Wandsworth, SW19 1RR







Aug 26

6th Dec - Stonor Park Decorated for Christmas

Stonor Park has been the family home of the Stonor family for over 850 years and is one of the oldest homes still lived in today. Thus it has lots of stories to tell and as well as being architecturally fascinating the house contains a fine collection of furniture, Old Master Paintings, drawings, bronzes, wallpapers and historic maps. A special exhibition details the life of St. Edmund Campion, who was hidden at Stonor during the Reformation. The stunning gardens – first planted in the 15th Century and latterly designed by Lady Camoys – are a treat for visitors to explore, with vistas of the surrounding ancient deer park. A stroll through the house and gardens is a vivid walk through history.

On arrival you will be offered coffee/tea and biscuits and you are then free to explore the house, garden and chapel at your leisure. The house will be decorated for Christmas just as it is for the Stonor family every year and each room has a volunteer who will be delighted to answer your questions and explain the history/details of the house and the various rooms.

There will not be a set lunch but delicious Christmas food and drinks – festive turkey pies, shortbread, mince

pies and mulled wine – will be available at the Stonor Pantry for you to choose as and when you please.

The coach will be ready for us to set off home again at 4.30 p.m. in order to arrive back in Kingston (hopefully) by 6.00 p.m.

Cost: £28.50 (includes transport, entrance fee, morning coffee and tips)

Departure time/point: 9.00 a.m. – Kingston, High Street, opp. The Rose Theatre 9.15 a.m. – Surbiton, Ewell Road, Bus stop ‘Surbiton Telephone Exchange’

Joining: If you would like to join this outing please complete the attached application form and send it together with your cheque for £ 28.50 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 email address, please include a stamped, self- addressed envelope.


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

18th Oct – A Day in Cambridge

Smaller and more compact than Oxford, Cambridge is a cultured pearl in a rich agricultural sea. Set on a river bend, Cambridge has kept its rural feel with cattle grazing within 500 yards of the market square.

We meet our guide at 10.30 a.m. at Coton Orchard, on the outskirts of Cambridge, to buy morning refreshments and will then start the day with a one hour panoramic coach tour of Cambridge to introduce you to the City and its story. The coach tour will include a stop at the tranquil American Military Cemetery to see the mural map of the war in Europe.

We will then set down close to the centre of this pedestrian city and take a short walk to stop for lunch in the medieval market area.

In the afternoon the group will be split into two. Each group will enjoy a visit to King’s College Chapel with an entertaining guided tour and some free time for browsing and shopping. Henry VI founded King’s in 1441 making it one of the oldest colleges. The perpendicular chapel – home of the famous choir – is spectacular.

At the end of the afternoon we will regroup and retire to a beautifully converted church to buy tea and a bite to eat before returning to King’s College Chapel for Choral Evensong which runs for about an hour. Our coach will leave Cambridge at 6.45 p.m.

Cost: £ 41.25 (includes transport, guided tours and gratuities, no drinks or meals)

Boarding time/point:
8.30 a.m. at Surbiton, Ewell Road, Bus stop ‘Telephone Exchange’

8.45 a.m. at Kingston, High Street, opposite The Rose Theatre

Joining: If you would like to join this outing please complete the attached application form and send it together with your cheque for £41.25 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 Are Needed – be a 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