Sep 09

Oct 4th Monthly Meeting will be a Hybrid Meeting

Following our “interesting” learning curve with hybrid meetings on Zoom and in the Richard Mayo Hall we are going to continue with this in October.  There will however be no need to book ahead for those who wish to attend in person in the hall.  We had just over 30 there for the September meeting and had the pleasure of tea, biscuits and a conversation at the end of the afternoon.

Aug 22

Covid Regulations and September

As covid rules regarding meeting within the home have changed a number of groups that may have temporarily closed will be restarting in September, if you haven’t already heard please check with your group leader!

Jul 08

Surrey Network: Study days – Return!

After an 18-month gap Surrey Network’s study days will begin again in September.

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.


Jul 02

London Region U3A Talks – “The Twenties”

This series of 8 talks will be taking place between May and August go online to register your interest the link is at the bottom of the list of talks.

May Monday 10th 17.30-18.30 Log on from 17.00 Graham Taylor: Visual Arts in the Roaring Twenties The 1920s saw innovative revolutions in fine-art and in design approaches for fashion, architecture and media. This presentation explores some of the biggest visual changes of this lively era including the beginnings of ‘Art Deco’ and ‘Surrealism’ in Paris, the design breakthroughs of the ‘Bauhaus’ in Germany and New York’s ‘Art Deco Skyscrapers’.

May Monday 24thth 17.30-18.30 Log on from 17.00 Christopher Dean: Germany’s Weimar Republic (1919 to 1933) Doomed to fail? Germany’s Weimar Republic began tumultuously in 1919, appeared to flourish from 1924 to 1928/9, then suffered severely during the Great Depression from 1929 to 1933, leading to the triumph of Nazism by 1933. Was the Republic doomed from the start? Was Hitler’s triumph inevitable? Is there a positive side to ‘Weimar’?

June Monday 7thth 17.30-18.30 Log on from 17.00 Lucy Ellis: Wallpapers in the 1920s and ‘30s: Designing and Decorating for the Suburban Dream After the devastation of WWI and the need to rehouse returning servicemen in Homes Fit for Heroes, the British government embarked on a housing programme which saw over a million people move out from city centres to the bright new suburbs. The wallpaper industry saw a surge in demand for designs from ebullient florals to geometric jazz. This talk will include the development of wallpaper design and the role of the independent decorator in the 1920s and ‘30s, looking at how the industry embraced mass production, advertising and branding, and sought to woo housewives with a variety of selling methods.

June Monday 21st 17.30-18.30 Log on from 17.00 Kevin McCarron: F. Scott Fitzgerald and the 1920s Although Fitzgerald is usually seen as the chronicler of America’s “jazz age”, a period of flappers, fur coats, and unbridled excess, his most famous novel The Great Gatsby (1925), is preoccupied with America’s past, not with its present. His major works are narratives which tell stories of disillusionment and disenchantment. This talk will compare Fitzgerald’s writing with that of his contemporary and friend Ernest Hemingway whose novel Fiesta (1926) is considerably more engaged with America’s present and its future than the melancholy and elegiac writing of Fitzgerald.

July Monday 5 th 17.30-18.30 Log on from 17.00 Stan Clingman: Strangers when they met Twenties Jazz and the beginning of the Great American Songbook. Music of, and by, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, the Gershwin’s, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and others. Click here to register July Monday 19th 17.30-18.30 Log on from 17.00 Alan Morton: No COP out @ COP26 Climate Change: what it is – and what we must do – a big challenge for everyone. How do we distinguish between climate change occurring naturally and that caused by mankind? What are some of the practical things we can do to reduce our impact? Can U3A members cut our carbon emissions by 5% a year? And make the Government match that? To keep the increase in global temperatures to 1.5°C governments must commit to substantial cuts in carbon emissions at the UN Climate Change summit (COP26) to be held in Glasgow this November. Can we help make that happen?

August Monday 2nd 17.30-18.30 Log on from 17.00 Martin Heard: Paris in the 1920s: Art, Culture, Fashion and Society The 1920s are known in France as the Années Folles – The Crazy Years. After the horrors of the First World War Paris quickly reasserted its position as World capital of arts, fashion and culture. The glitz and glamour that is associated with 1920s Paris has much to do with its cosmopolitan atmosphere. Thousands of artistic migrants and refugees came from mainly Eastern Europe and Russia together with a plethora of writers, musicians, and entertainers from the USA who added to the mix the energy and vibrance of American popular culture.

August Monday 23rd 17.30-18.30 Log on from 17.00 Herbie Goldberg: Classical Swing in the Roaring Twenties In the aftermath of World War I, jazz was a welcome antidote to the traumas of recessions and political instability. During the 1920s, classical composers began to incorporate its exotic rhythms and harmonies in their concert works. As the decade ended, totalitarian regimes, which viewed jazz as decadent, sought to eradicate it. With the aid of examples, the presentation will track the influence of jazz on classical music in that brief window of opportunity.

Jun 25

u3a National Online Event – How to get Started with Art

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

You can see all of them listed on the national u3a website, along with dates and times. These events are free of charge.

How to get Started withArt Date and time

Thu, September 9, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This interactive discussion group will feature talks from u3a members who have participated in the u3a paint or draw learning initiative. They will present a few samples of their work.

Are you an art fan who wants to give painting or drawing a go? Are you a beginner in art who wants to develop their confidence and share your experiences with others? Our contributors will be sharing ideas, inspiring others and encouraging people to give art a go.

There will be a question and answer session after the talks for members to discuss their experiences of starting out in art.

While no specific equipment is required, we encourage attendees to have a sketch pad and a pen/pencil to jot things down and get started in art.



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 April 2021

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.

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.

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

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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