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Monthly Archives: March 2024

Mar 03

Extra – Kew Gardens Visits -Free Tickets for Members of Kingston U3A

In the Winter Newsletter we sent out in February, we advertised some free tickets to Kew Gardens for those of you who don’t already have your own Kew Gardens membership. GAS organised one trip in April and we now have a further 70 tickets to offer.We’re asking group leaders to liaise with their members and to fill in the form in the centre of this newsletter. Visits can be at any time until 31 October this year when our allocation expires. Please note: tickets allow general entry to Kew Gardens but not to any special exhibitions there at the time of your visit. Note, too, that these tickets are valid only for Kingston u3a members and you cannot bring along friends and family who are not members. Once you have been allocated a place, your group leader will receive confirmation and details of how to gain admission. If you are subsequently unable to use your allocation, please contact Francesca Cura: 07808 716224,

Mar 03

16th May – Visit to Eltham Palace

GAS Visit to Eltham Palace There are still places available on this visit on Thursday, 16 May. You can find full details of this trip and the application form in the February newsletter, which we sent out at the beginning of the month. If you are interested, please fill in the form in the newsletter and send it off to Jacqui Hine as soon as you can. Please note: There is a risk of the trip being cancelled if we do not have enough members to fill the coach. Jacqui Hine: 020 8549 1924,

Mar 30

Third Age Trust – Online Learning Events 

Use this link to go to the Third Age Trust and book a place on any of the talks listed below :-

u3a Radio Podcast

Listen to our monthly radio series on our YouTube and podcast platforms. New episodes on the 17th of each month.

Aviation Network Meeting: Milestones in Aviation

In this meeting of the u3a Aviation Network, Don Mobley of Stowmarket u3a presents the most significant events in aviation history.

Tuesday 2 April at 10am
Free – online via Zoom

From Pleasure Gardens to Theme Parks

Hosted by Moira MacQuade, Guildford u3a, who will look at the history of pleasure gardens from the 18th century until the present day.

Friday 5 April at 2pm

Free – online via Zoom 

An Introduction to AI Chatbots

Would you like to learn how to use an AI Chatbot? Within an hour you will be chatting with the AI Chatbots known as Copilot and Gemini. Hosted by Barry, u3a AI Subject Adviser.

Thursday 4 April at 3.30pm

Free – online via Zoom

Electing the President in 2024 – an Update

In November 2024 the US will elect its 47th President. u3a Subject Adviser for UK and US Politics Paul Carter provides an update for us.

Tuesday 9 April at 2pm

Free – online via Zoom

Judith Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga with Judith (Jan-Jun)

Join Judith of Edinburgh u3a for monthly Laughter Yoga sessions

Next Session: Wednesday 10 April at 10am

Free – Online via Zoom 

Live Cookery Demonstration – spring recipes

Chef Alex from ‘Vegetarian for Life’ demos his delicious spring recipes live on Zoom, especially for u3a members.

Thursday 11 April at 10.30am

Free – online via Zoom 

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A Remarkable Woman: The Arts and Crafts Designs of May Morris

Presented by Helen Elletson, curator of Research and Development at the William Morris Society.

Thursday 11 April at 2pm

Free – online via Zoom

AI News: April

Are you interested in learning about AI? Join others discovering the world of AI, hosted by Barry Claydon, u3a AI Subject Adviser

Thursday 11 April at 3.30pm

Free – online via Zoom

Bollywood Laughter Yoga Dance

Judith Walker and Merrie Maggie offer a session of Bollywood Laughter Yoga Dance, a gentle aerobic exercise combining the four elements of joy.

Monday 15 April at 10am

Free – online via Zoom 

The key to longevity, happiness and global change

Discover the importance of purpose and how it relates to longevity and happiness and what it might mean for you with George Lee.

Tuesday 16 April at 2pm

Free – online via Zoom 

The Road to Clean Water: Beginnings of a sewage system in Victorian London

The great stink of the Thames in1858 convinced parliament to clean it up so Londoners could drink clean water. Enter Joseph Bazalgette.

Wednesday 17 April at 10am

Free – online via Zoom 

Mindfulness and Meditation Continuation Sessions – From December 23 – May 24

Join us each month as we continue the practices introduced in the Mindfulness and Meditation Series, and introduce new ones.

Next session: Thursday 18 April at 10am

Free – online via zoom 

Live Cookery Demonstration – more spring recipes

Chef Alex from ‘Vegetarian for Life’ demos more of his delicious spring recipes live on Zoom, especially for u3a members.

Thursday 18 April at 10am

Free – online via Zoom 

From despair to delight: the sonnets of Gerard Manley Hopkins

This is the second of a series of talks illustrating how the creative arts can enhance our wellbeing, by Christopher Dorwick of Orrell Park & District u3a.

Thursday 18 April at 2pm

Free – online via Zoom

The Climate Crisis – and some solutions

Brenda Ainsley, Cotgrave and District u3a and IGO, returns to deliver her popular talk on the science behind the climate crisis.

Friday 19 April at 10am

Free – online via Zoom 

Secrets of the Human Brain: Talk Four: The Blood – Brain Barrier

This talk explains there is a major barrier between our circulating blood and brain, by Dr. Bob Pullen of Prudhoe u3a.

Wednesday 24 April at 2pm

Free – online via Zoom

Laughter Yoga with Merrie Maggie (Jan-Apr)

Bring more joy and laughter to your life with Laughter Yoga – an aerobic exercise with playful exercises combined with deep yogic breathing.

Next session: Tues 30 April at 3.30pm

Free – Online via Zoom 


Mar 30

Summer Walks and Outings – London Region of U3A’s- Starting May 21st Booking Now!

London Region Summer Walks and Visits Programme, from 21st May 21st to 18th July, 2024:

Instead of the usual Summer School, this year we are offering an exciting programme of guided walks and visits to museums/galleries around central London.

Click on this link to view the online Programme which includes information about each event, plus a direct link to the relevant online Booking Form:

Summer 2024 Programme

Each event, which is for u3a members only, is priced at just £10 per person (no refunds).
Maximum capacity is 20 participants per guided walk, and 15 participants for each guided visit.
Based on previous experience we expect tickets to sell quickly.

Online booking is highly recommended to avoid delay and disappointment in booking confirmation.

Mar 30

18th-20th July -U3A National Festival – University of York

   Join us for u3a Festival 24

The u3a movement is holding its first ever Festival in 2024, 18 – 20 July, where members will be running a wide variety of activities – talks, sporting events, musical entertainment and workshops which will make this u3a national festival something to remember.

How can I take part?


u3a Festival 24 will take place in the beautiful city of York over 3 days and will be held at the University of York based around their exhibition centre.

Book your accommodation

The accommodation on campus is now fully booked. York is a major tourist city and there is lots of alternative accommodation in the southeast of the city where the university is situated. Online booking agents have Airbnb options available together with a range of guest houses and hotels across the price range.

How much are tickets?

Tickets are not yet available to buy but the cost of the attending festival will be as follows:

  • Day 1, Thursday 18 July – £25 including buffet supper
  • Day 2, Friday 19 July – £10 for the full day
  • Day 3, Saturday 20 July – £5 for a half day
  • Full festival to include all 3 days and a buffet supper on Day 1 – £35

Festival updates

Keep up to date with the latest Festival 24 news by signing up to our u3a Friends Newsletter.

Once signed up, you’ll need to update your preferences to receive our monthly Festival updates.

We’ll also post regular updates on our social media channels.

Get Involved

If you would like to get involved or have a query about the festival please get in touch by emailing

Mar 03

Surrey Network Study Days March and April 2024

Surrey Network: Study Days Study days have been arranged in the coming months. Time: 10am-4pm (registration and login begin at 9.30am) Dates: See programme details below. Place: You can attend in person at the Menuhin Hall, Stoke d’Abernon or join online via Zoom. Cost (including tea/coffee biscuits): £12 for members and £15 for guests attending in person. Attendees should bring their own packed lunch. £5 for those attending via Zoom.

Programme • Europe at War: Putin’s War in Ukraine and the British Commitment – Fri, 15 Mar

• Earth’s Atmosphere: Our Life Support System – Fri, 19 Apr

• The Jazz Age and Beyond with Talks, Film, Demonstrations and Musical Finale – Fri, 17 May

This information is also available on Surrey Network’s website.

Use the link below for more information and booking

Mar 03

18 – 20 July – U3A Festival 2024 – University of York

u3a Festival 2024: 18-20 July u3a’s first national festival will run over three days at the University of York. There’ll be a wide variety of activities, talks, sporting events, musical entertainment and workshops. The organisers are keen to strengthen their musical offering so, if any of Kingston u3a’s singers or musicians would like to participate, please email You can find more details about events, accommodation (Airbnb, guest houses and hotels), costs and regular updates about this on the national festival’s website.