Mar 07

Drawing & Painting Group 2

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.


Mar 03

U3A Monthly Radio Podcast – have a listen to February 2021

This is the fifth 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.

This month, we go wild swimming in Cornwall, take a trip to Japan and hear a song that could have been written with the pandemic in mind.

Listen to the episode now on our YouTube channel and listen to all previous episodes on our playlist. 

If you have a story to share, please get in touch with us.

Feb 27

March – Third Age Trust Online Talks

The Third Age Trust is holding some online talks in March which may be of interest to you.

You can see all of them listed on the national u3a website, along with dates and times. Most of these events are free of charge. Subjects for which there are still tickets include:

It’s a good idea to make a note of the national u3a Events page and check it regularly to make sure you are in time to book any talks you are interested in. By the time we publish our bulletins and newsletters, these events are often sold out.

Jan 23

Monthly Meetings – Success with Zoom

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.

Jan 23

Drawing and Painting Group 2 : Various Media

Drawing and Painting Group 2 meet in the United Reform Church Kingston on a Tuesday afternoon.  We are a happy group of sixteen, mixed ability, mixed gender, but who all have a real love of putting, pen, pencil, brush,  or whatever to paper.  We are lucky enough to have an excellent tutor in Charles Penny, who since joining us some 18 months ago, has breathed new life into our perceptions and given us the enthusiasm to try new things.  We were lucky enough to be able to show our work recently at the CornerHOUSE Theatre in Tolworth and during the course of the exhibition a total of 12 paintings were sold, which was very gratifying.

Click below to View Current Work

Drawing & Painting 2 Flowers

Nov 30

U3A London Region – Talks organised via Zoom – Jan to March 2021

January 2021
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
February 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
March 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
June 2021
Wed Jun 2nd Other National U3A Day: further information on national website: U3A Day
July 2021
Tue Jul 27th
→Thu Jul 29th
Summer School LRU3A Summer School: provisional dates. More information to follow in due course.
Nov 23

National U3A free talks (mostly) coming next Geology, Japan or Wellbeing see link below

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

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.

 Jan 25th  A six week course that will teach you how to solve cryptic crosswords.


Nov 23

U3A – Watercolour Tutorials by Tony Burke

Watercolour tutorials

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.



Sep 05

Kingston U3A Monthly Meetings – being held via Zoom UPDATES !!

We successfully held our first 3 online monthly meeting beginning oin August.  Musician Sophie Matthews gave an excellent talk on the development of the bagpipes and the oboe both in folk tradition and at court.  She played a collection of folk, Renaissance and baroque pieces on her own pipes and oboes and illustrated their development through contemporary paintings and drawings.
The next online meeting via Zoom was on Monday, 7 September (details below).  We will send out invitations to all those members for whom we have email addresses.  Up to 100 people can participate in an online meeting.  The speakers below have all agreed to give their talks on Zoom.
 Our third talk  on Forensic DNA kept up the standard of our other talks and generated a large number of questions. On each occasion we have almost reached our 100 audience limit  our last  meeting getting to 94 with the other two coming very close.
Monday, 7 September, 2pm
Colin Wiggins: Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff and the Story of the School of London
Monday, 5 October, 2pm
Kerri Allen: DNA Profiling as Forensic Evidence – Past, Present and Future    (PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A CHANGE FROM THE MEETING ANNOUNCED IN THE NEWSLETTER)
Monday, 2 November
1.30pm   AGM
2pm       Carol Harris: Stella Reading and Women’s Voluntary Services
For this meeting, we can have 500 members join online for both the AGM and the talk.
Monday, 7 December, 2pm
Mark Lewis: Cribs, Cards and Christingles
Jul 27

Kingston U3A AGM – Organisation in the Time of COVID

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.


Jun 03

Kingston U3A – Pandemic Mode

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.


Jun 03

Celebrating Activity in Lockdown1-Art Group 5

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.

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Jun 03

Celebrating Activity in Lockdown 2 – Women and Wine, Interesting Women Born Near You

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.


Dorothy Day

1. Agnes_Weston

Agnes Weston

Margaret Rutherford


Jun 03

Celebrating Activity in Lockdown 3 – Bridge and Social Media

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!

Apr 27

COVID-19 Research Project University of London


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
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

Apr 21

Mr Motivator and Online Fitness Regime for the U3A

Mar 24

Keep in Touch – Online and Video Conferencing Possibilities

With so many of us in lock down we are looking to find ways to keep as many groups as possible finding other ways to meet.  Wine Appreciation are one of the leaders here transferring their meetings onto Skype. Pilates used Zoom video conferencing today, Women in History, Art Group 5 and Science and Philosophy are experimenting with  Zoom for their future meetings.

Please let us know if you are using any other ways of keeping in touch.



Mar 11

Corona Virus – Update and Cancellations

The next three monthly meetings i.e. April, May and June have been cancelled, we will update you on the fate of July nearer the time.

All national and other area meetings have been cancelled  over the same period.
Several members have asked if we have a policy on groups meeting up as regards the spread of the corona virus.

Our advice at the moment is that, until there are any specific restrictions from the government, we continue as normal, although we recognise that meetings are held at the discretion of group leaders and the members themselves.

Obviously, if you are feeling unwell and have flu-like symptoms, then please stay at home so that we minimise the risk of spreading any infection to others.

We will contact group leaders if there is any change in this.

Jan 20

CANCELLED- 17th April Surrey U3A Network Day – The Most Famous Pharoah of them all: Tutankhamun, the Boy King

A Study Day   At The Menuhin Hall, Stoke d’Abernon Speaker – Clive Barham Carter

Tutankhamen was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who was the last of his royal family to rule during the end of the 18th dynasty; he ruled c. 1334 – 1325 BC in the conventional chronology during the New Kingdom of Egyptian history. His father was the heretical king Akhenaten and his mother was his father’s sister, identified through DNA testing. The 1922 discovery by Howard Carter of Tutankhamun’s nearly intact tomb, funded by Lord Carnarvon, received worldwide press coverage. With over 5000 artefacts, it sparked a renewed public interest in ancient Egypt, for which Tutankhamun’s mask, now in the Egyptian Museum, remains a popular symbol.

9.30 Registration

10.00 The Valley of the Kings – the Where 11.00 Coffee / Tea
11.30 Carter and Carnarvon – the Who
12.30 Lunch – Bring your own – Tea / Coffee available

1.30 The Tomb – the What
2.30 Tea / Coffee
3.00 Tut.Ankh.Amen and Restoration – and the Why 4.00 Departure

Speaker – Clive Barham Carter studied Egyptology at Cambridge (as the only undergraduate). He was awarded a scholarship with the Egypt Exploration Society to dig at Saqqara under Professor Walter Emery. Later, he joined the staff at Charterhouse as a History teacher, a position he accepted with some trepidation, having been a pupil there. He managed to maintain his interest in Ancient Egypt by lecturing at the City Literary Institute, and by sneaking Egypt into his General Studies classes. In retirement, he has returned to his enthusiasm for Ancient Egypt and now lectures at the Guildford Institute, and for U3A, local groups and museums. He is an accredited lecturer with The Arts Society.

To book send the slip below, with a cheque for £10 (non-U3A guest £12) payable to ‘Surrey U3A Network’, or bank transfer to HSBC acct 11519018 40-27-07, ref ‘Event month(s)’ e.g, Feb, Mar, to John Kennedy – U3A, 20 Greville Park Road, Ashtead, KT21 2QT, Tel 01372 273561, e-mail
Enclose a SAE or e-mail address for confirmation. Fees are not normally refundable. Website, see the next page. ———————————————– Tutankhamun Study Day See – Nut Allergy & Other Notes on page 2 17th April 2020

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Post Code . . . . . . . . . . . Telephone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . See page 2 if you need disabled parking, tick , or a wheelchair space in the hall, tick 

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The Menuhin Hall
Cobham Road, Stoke d’Abernon, KT11 3QQ Map ref: TQ 132 579 on Landranger 187, Explorer 146

Telephone 07763 805046 (emergency, on day only) or Menuhin Hall Office 08700 842020

There is a Garden Centre (01932 862530), about 800 metres to the north of the Menuhin Hall where light lunches are available. Reservations not required.

The Menuhin School was founded in 1963 in London and moved to its present site in 1964. It has about 80 pupils learning to play stringed instruments including piano and is financed, in part, by the DfES. Lord Menuhin was born in New York on 22nd April 1916 and died on 12th March 1999 in Berlin. His parents had come from Russia. His first public concert was in March 1924 and his first in Europe, in Paris, in 1927. His performance of Elgar’s Violin Concerto was recorded at the Abbey Road Studios in 1932. The Hall, designed by Mark Foley, was conceived as a memorial to Yehudi and was handed over to the school on 5th August 2005. The official opening was on 7th January 2006. Yehudi is buried near the stone pillar in front of the Hall. Nearby is an oak which he planted on his 80th birthday. The Hall was first used for U3A Study Days on 14th October 2005 when the Steinway grand piano was used as no other was available.

Surrey Network Website – has application forms for study days & other events plus information about the Surrey Network and links to Surrey U3A websites.

Nut Allergy. The Menuhin School has pupils who have an allergic reaction to nuts and the staff have taken the decision to make the school and the Menuhin Hall a nut free environment. Please ensure that your lunch does not contain any trace of nuts.

Disabled Parking. There are six spaces behind the hall, there are more in the main car park. If you have a blue badge and need level access to the hall then tick “Disabled parking” on the booking slip. You will then be allocated a space at the back of the hall if available and sent a permit. If you can manage from the main car park (i.e. you are able to manage some steps with handrails) then please do not tick “Disabled parking”. That will leave the back of the hall spaces for those that are very immobile.

There is a “drop off” space at the back of the hall where disabled who are not the driver can gain level access to the hall.

Wheelchair spaces. If you need a seat removed in the hall to accommodate a wheelchair then tick Wheelchair on the booking slip.


Jan 19

CANCELLED – 14th May – SW London Network of U3A’s – Heritage Day – Richard Mayo Hall

Talks on aspects of SW London’s history Thursday 14th May – 10:30 at the Richard Mayo Centre, Eden St, Kingston KT1 1H2

Registration, Coffee / Tea

Kingston’s Aircraft Heritage

10:30 – 11:00

11:00 – 12:00

Tickets £8

Kingston’s Sopwith Aviation Company and its aircraft in the Great War

David Hassard – Joint Project Leader, Kingston Aviation Centenary Project

12:00 – 1:00

Sarah Gould – Service Manager for Heritage and Local Studies, Merton

Lunch (many cafes in the immediate area)
William Morris and his legacy in 21st Century 2:00 – 3:00

Cathy De’Freitas – Society Manager, The William Morris Society

Discovering Richmond 3:00 – 4:00

History of Richmond Palace, Richmond Theatre & many other buildings of interest.

Johanna Coombes – Richmond Local History society / Richmond Heritage guide

______________________________________________________ APPLICATION FORM for SW London Heritage Day 14/5/20 – Please detach & send with £8 cheque payable to Richmond U3A to Rosemary Mattock, 7 Belvedere Square, Wimbledon SW19 5DJ

The Heritage of Merton –

An alphabetical visit to historical sites across Merton

Name Your U3A Your Email


(or enclose a SAE) for confirmation of ticket(s)