A bequest from a long time Kingston U3A member of £100.00 was donated to the National U3A to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the U3A in the UK. The project we chose to support was Woodland Tree Planting and if you click on the link below you can see our Certificate of Donation.
Your Role in Woodland 2022
This is to certify that
planted a total of
4 / 2 / 22
Liz Thackray Chair Third Age Trust
Anniversary Quilt Competition
The 40th Anniversary quilt competition was launched for members to create blocks for a quilt on the topic of Positive Ageing. The Anniversary Quilt competition has been judged and 40 squares on the topic of Positive Ageing have been selected for the quilt which we hope will be revealed on as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.
Picnic in the Park | June 2022
Over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, u3as are encouraged to hold picnics to celebrate not just the Queen’s Jubilee and the Green Canopy but also our 40th Anniversary. We hope to make a splash with the reveal of the Anniversary Quilt at this time.
U3a Science Network webinar | July 2022
The u3a Science Network will host an anniversary meeting, Futures, Foresight and Horizon scanning, in July which we hope will be open to the public as well as to u3a members. There are plans to attract an eminent scientist to open the July science network meeting. Two additional meetings for u3a members will be held during 2022, in April and October.
Conference on Research and Shared Learning | July/August 2022
Conference featuring a wide range of topics and sessions about u3a Research and Shared Learning. A planning meeting in January will decide on the projects to be included and we are seeking a significant scientist to open the meeting.
One Foot in the Future | September /October 2022
The aim of this project is to engage older people from across the UK in telling real or imagined stories about older people taking positive steps to make a better future for themselves and others. Themes are all about Reimagining the Future in Older Age, raising awareness of the u3a movement as well as the fun you can have as you get older.
A week-long celebration of u3a | September 2022
Hundreds of members took part last year in the first ever u3a Day – an annual event showcasing the activity, learning and fun which takes place across the movement every day. u3a members wanted to extend this annual event and showcase positive ageing over a whole week. In 2022, our 40th anniversary, our u3a Week will take place between 17 and 26 September – come and join us as members across the UK hold events and demonstrate just what u3a is all about. u3a Week will showcase members’ lived experience of what it means to have a good later life.
St Bride Foundation Institute, 14 Bride Lane (off Fleet Street), London EC4Y 8EQ (Easy access: 5 minutes from Blackfriars underground station or City Thames Link)
A popular non-residential event for u3a members only
This year’s general theme: ‘London – past, present and future’
Activities will include 18 talks, 3 workshops and 8 guided walks. Wide range of subjects including Art, Current Affairs, History, Literature/Drama, Music, Sciences, Social Studies and Travel
£39 per day including refreshments and cold buffet lunch You can choose to attend for one or both days
Full programme and application forms will be available from early April
See Events page of London Region website https://u3asites.org.uk/london-region/events For enquiries, contact Catherine Ware at Talks.email@example.com
Registered Charity Number 1186441
Many online events are being delivered via the Zoom video conferencing/webinar platform. We have some ‘How to Guides‘ and are offering ‘Online Tutorials‘ for using Zoom that may assist you if you are not familiar with this tool.
Click on the link to book onto any of these talks https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educational-events
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): £10 for members, £12 for guests attending in person. £5 for those attending via Zoom. Attendees should bring a packed lunch.
Registration: Advance booking is necessary for each event. See link below for details of cost for each day and online or postal booking details.
|Fri Feb 18th 2022||A Passion for Drawing
Presented by Colin Wiggins
Places are available in the hall or for on-line viewing and booking is open. Poster on Drawing
|Fri Mar 18th 2022||The Art and Objects of the Mughal Emperors
Presented by Ursula Weekes
Places are available in the hall or for on-line viewing and booking is open. Poster on Mughals
|Fri Apr 22nd 2022||Illuminated Manuscripts of the Medieval Period
Presented by Imogen Corrigan
Places are available in the hall or for on-line viewing and booking is open. Poster on Manuscripts
|Fri May 20th 2022||Talks on Science – The Magic of Colour, Electronic Music, Poisons & Dying to be Beautiful
Andrew Hanson, National Physical Laboratory & Dr Kathryn Harkup
Places are available in the hall or for on-line viewing and booking is open. Poster on Science
|Fri Jun 17th 2022||Understanding Turner: The Man, His Life & His Work
Presented by Professor Maria Chester, Subject Adviser on American Archaeology & AIUTA Secretary General
Places are available in the hall or for on-line viewing and booking is open. Poster on Turner
Art Group 2, mixed media in these COVID times we are meeting online with a combination of zoom, emails and telephone calls, in more normal times we meet in the United Reform Church Kingston on Tuesday afternoon.
We are a happy group who have a real love of putting pen, pencil, brush and more to paper. Our tutor is Pat Boyle who challenges and educates us with well thought out projects and is always encouraging and supportive, whatever our individual level.
This is the seventh episode of our podcast, made by a team of u3a members with experience in radio. Each episode, which comes out on the 17th of each month, features interviews with u3a members and captures the amazing things happening across the u3a movement.
In the April episode of the u3a radio podcast, the team discuss u3a day with organiser Sue Stokes, talk to a u3a member who has taken part in debates in the House of Lords, and discuss Zoom interest groups with Farnham u3a, amongst other stories from across the u3a movement.
If you have a story to share, please get in touch with us.
All the Kingston Monthly Meetings since August have been held on Zoom with members being emailed a link so they can join in. This has met with great support nearly reaching the 100 maximum on our Zoom licence in most months. We weren’t completely sure if a few extra might creep in should we hit the magic one hundred well in January we found out it was 100 and no more so several members couldn’t join us. Consequently at the next Committee meeting after some research we have upped the licence to the next level and unless over 500 of you join us which of course would be magnificent we should be fine! So see you on 1st Feb to hear Imogen Cunningham speak on the Bayeux Tapestry.
Click below to View Current Work
|Mon Jan 25th||Jonathan Lipitch: How to Control Stress in a Stressful World On Zoom. 17.00 – 18.00, Log on from 16.30. Click here for details and registration: Winter Talks 2021|
|Mon Feb 8th||Other||Camila Nichol: A two hundred-year Antarctic adventure: a short History of Humans in Antarctica On Zoom. 17.00 – 18.00, Log on from 16.30. Click here for details and registration: Winter Talks 2021|
|Mon Feb 15th||Other||Alan Freeland: Chinese Art – Insight to the Soul of a Nation, Part 1 Part 1 Monday 15th February and Part 2 Monday 22nd February. On Zoom. 17.00 – 18.00, Log on from 16.30. Click here for details and registration: Winter Talks 2021|
|Mon Feb 22nd||Other||Alan Freeland: Chinese Art – Insight to the Soul of a Nation, Part 2 Part 1 Monday 15th February and Part 2 Monday 22nd February. On Zoom. 17.00 – 18.00, Log on from 16.30. Click here for details and registration: Winter Talks 2021|
|Mon Mar 8th||Other||Geoff Pick: Realms of Gold – John Keats, his Story, and his Poetry On Zoom. 17.00 – 18.00, Log on from 16.30. Click here for details and registration: Winter Talks 2021|
|Mon Mar 22nd||Other||Tony Dayan: I Can’t Believe We Still get Medicines from Plants On Zoom. 17.00 – 18.00, Log on from 16.30. Click here for details and registration: Winter Talks 2021|
|Wed Jun 2nd||Other||National U3A Day: further information on national website: U3A Day|
|Tue Jul 27th
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|Summer School||LRU3A Summer School: provisional dates. More information to follow in due course.|
Online talks by the U3A Subject specialists and some bodies such as The National Gallery and the National Trust where their have been previous links.
These and many other talks can be booked whether free or paid on The Third Age Trust website https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educational-events
Jan 22nd The Unification of the British Isles: a lesson in Geology
A Taste of Japan takes place monthly over January, February and March. There are 3 separate event dates you can book or you can book all three.
Feb 25th or March 11th Join Susan Collini, Subject Adviser for Wellbeing with Nature, for this interactive talk and discussion on spending time in nature.
Tony Burke, Huddersfield U3A, has run a watercolour class for many years but in March it was cut short. He undertook to complete the course, for those that were interested, via YouTube and has just posted lesson number 26. Tony is really happy to share these with U3A members across the movement.
They are really great tutorials to follow, watch them here.
Please see the Archive section on the menu bar where you can find Nomination Forms for people to become Committee members for 2020/21. This is being announced well in advance as the AGM will have to take place online with the help of ZOOM as the Richard Mayo Centre is not available for large group bookings until 2021. Further details will appear in both the Autumn Newsletter and the News Bulletins to keep you up to date with the necessary procedures.
Membership Renewal forms for 2020/20121 will be available via the Membership tab on the Menu Bar for you to download as required. The new membership year will start on October 1st 2020.
Many Groups are trying to keep in contact during the pandemic using Zoom or other video conferencing applications (best BBC neutrality here) email, Skype or the outdoors as the weather allows e.g.the Art Groups maybe “en plein air”. Cycling and walking are being re introduced in the smaller groups now allowed as lockdown gradually relaxes. Please keep checking with Group Leaders to see the new developments for your groups.
PLEASE NOTE: This website has been left intact as far as possible, in order to display what happens in KINGSTON U3A when we are NOT in the middle of a pandemic. Anything found in these pages must be understood in this context. Thank you.
These paintings have been produced by Art Group 5 who meet on Fridays at the Cass Art Shop in normal circumstances. Rather than let Lockdown hold them back they have been holding their usual teaching sessions via Zoom and keeping each other updated by sharing their work. Please click on Read More to see examples of their work.
These are two of the more recent topics undertaken by Women in History, the talks and discussions which followed were all done using Zoom sharing illustrations and powerpoints as required. The first Women In Wine was a presentation by Pascal Strudwick (a visitor to our group but relevantly is leader of the Wine & Food Appreciation Group) about 6 women who were pivotal in the development of Champagne. The women mostly widows often from quite a young age took over small firms and made them into some of the most famous names in the champagne industry.
Presentation1 Women and Champagne
The second topic shared over 3 fortnightly meetings as we are a group of 15, was on interesting women who were born near you and ranged from the internationally famous to a very local relevance some examples are
Margaret Rutherford a Wimbledon girl and film star
Agnes (Aggy)Weston Founder of Sailor’s Rests helping serving sailors,marines and their families first woman to be given a full ceremonial Royal Navy burial
Edith Smith first woman Police Woman with full powers of arrest granted in recognition of her service during the First World War in Grantham (I come from Lincolnshire and could of course not think of any other famous women who came from Grantham)
Dorothy Day American journalist , social activist and anarchist who became a Catholic Christian a Chicago local and now part of the slow process of being canonised.
Ladies for the Abolition of Slavery in Brazil who led the movement in NW Brazil and succeeded in having their state become the first to totally abolish slavery.
Some of us who had learn’t to play Bridge via U3A classes and then went on to form our own groupings when we thrown out of the nest as it were have been keeping up with our bridge by playing online using Bridge Base Online and then adding Zoom or a Whatsapp dimension to help keep bridge a social as well as a playing occasion!
TAKE PART IN COVID-19 RESEARCH
University College London is running a study into the psychological and social effects of Covid-19 in the UK.
The results are being used to understand the effects of the virus and social distancing measures on mental health and loneliness in the UK and to inform government advice and decisions.
We’re looking for adults in UK who are happy to take part and spread the word about the study. Participation involves answering a 10-minute online survey now and then answering a shorter follow-up survey once a week whilst social isolation measures are in place.
To take part, visit https://redcap.idhs.ucl.ac.uk/
Dr Daisy Fancourt MA(Oxon) MM PhD FHEA FRSPH
Associate Professor / Wellcome Research Fellow
Department of Behavioural Science and Health
Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care
University College London