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Jan 14

Drawing and Painting Group 2 – has (most unusually) vacancies! Can you make use of them?

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.

Please Contact  – Carolyn Forsyth 02082551746 or 07939824730 or

Nov 24

Dare to Age Well – Seminar Jan 20th 2.00pm Kingston (new) Quakers Meeting Hall – Volunteers Please!

Ageing well isn’t just about keeping the wrinkles at bay. There are a number of health problems which affect women as they grow older, but knowing what you can do about them can improve the quality of your life. In association with Brunel University, we are hosting a workshop to address health issues such as memory, continence problems and hearing. Designed for women aged 65+ and to be informative and fun, the workshop will last for 1 to 2 hours at the end of which women who are interested will be able to sign up to take part in a research programme.

The workshop will take place on 20 January 2015 from 2.00pm. The venue will be the New Quaker Meeting House in Kingston  (Fairfield East, Kingston upon Thames, Greater London KT1 2PT ) ‎ in Committee Room 2. If you are interested please email

Nov 05

U3A Archaeology – Volunteers Wanted to Participate in Recording Archaeological Finds

Hello. My name is Ian Haynes and I am the U3A Archaeology Subject Adviser. I am contacting you because opportunities have arisen for U3A Archaeology group members to apply to participate in a project recording archaeological finds in your local region.

Activities will vary and possible tasks include washing, identifying, measuring, weighing, photographing, researching and recording finds, mounting displays and exhibitions, with training given so that volunteers can be confident in what they are doing.

Up to 500 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds from local communities will be recruited as part of the “PASt Explorers Project”, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and run by the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) for England and Wales. Volunteers will be part of new Community Finds Recording Teams (CFRTs) working with their local Finds Liaison Officer (FLO). The project starts this month, November 2014.

Such opportunities are very rare and I advise you to act quickly if your members are interested, particularly as volunteering will be open to all, including schools and colleges.

What now? Please contact your members to see if anyone is interested. Then send an email to

Claire at, letting her know that you would like to be involved in the scheme, which U3A group you are, how many members are interested and, if possible, their names. There is no need at present to contact your local FLO unless you already have links with her / him.

Speed is of the essence as there is likely to be competition for these places. Clearly, exactly where and when the training and other sessions will take place will affect who is able to go but at this stage you really need to make sure you register your interest and take things from there.

I’ve attached a file containing an outline of the scheme from Claire, and an explanation of what the PAS is and does.

Volunteering Opportunity Nov 2014

Oct 21

HOST – Welcoming International Students for Brief Cultural Visits

HOST is a well-established charity which organises visits by young, inter- national university students to volun- teer families in the UK. Having a well-educated younger person from another part of the world visit you for a day, a weekend, or over Christmas, is an ideal way of exchanging ideas about your respective cultures. It’s an opportunity to take a pride in our own country and to understand more about another one, while showing kindness to someone far from home. It’s also great fun.

If you’re not sure about doing this on your own, why not get together with another U3A member and make a great international weekend of it? To find out more, please see or call HOST 020 7739 6292.

Note from Ed: Friends of mine have been happily hosting foreign students for many years, making firm friend- ships in the process. They have re- cently returned from the Far East having been invited to the wedding of one such student.

Please see
or call local organiser Eric Songhurst on 01132 607270.

Oct 21

U3A Network- Family History Study Day 9th April 2015




Oct 21

UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences – Scientific Study: Levodopa and Speech Perception. Are you interested in taking part?

DIVISION OF PSYCHOLOGY AND LANGUAGE SCIENCES Scientific Study: Levodopa and Speech Perception (£60) Are you intersted in taking part in scientific research?

We are looking for participants for our 2-sessions speech perception study. Please contact Kim Coulson if you are interested or would like to know more: 1.

Who can take part? Anyone who is a native speaker of British English, 30 years of age or older, with no history of neurological conditions, hearing impairment or drug abuse, and no current pregnancy. If you want to take part, we will do a short screening over the phone.

2. Is there any compensation for my time? You will receive a total of £60 compensation for your time and travel expenses. After the first session you will receive £40 and the remaining £20 after the second session. 6 months after the first session, we would also like to invite you to a third session and you will also be paid for that if you decide to take part.

3. What is it about and how long does it take? This study aims to understand how levodopa modulates speech perception. We hope that results from this study could improve speech perception in deaf people that have a cochlear implant. You will be invited to our lab, and will take part in a speech perception test after either taking levodopa or a placebo.

What is levodopa? Levodopa is a drug which alters the natural levels of dopamine in the brain. It is widely used, mainly for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The average daily dose in adults is 3-6 g (3,000-6,000mg). You will receive a much smaller, single dose of 100 mg in order to avoid the occurrence of side effects. The study takes part in 2 sessions: the first one last 2.5hr and the second one lasts 2hr. In each session you will either take levodopa or a placebo. You will not know which one you were taking during the duration of the study. You will take levodopa at most ONLY in one of the sessions.

We will also invite you to take part in a short third session after 6months that does not involve a drug or placebo.

The study will be conducted at the Institute of Neurology, UCL, in 33 Queen Square.



Oct 05

Winter Concert K3A Orchestra


Our winter concert of late eighteenth century music will take place on Saturday 29 November at 3 pm in All Saints Parish Church, Kingston KT1 1JP.

The programme will include Haydn’s last symphony, No 104, ‘The London’, composed in 1795 while he was living in London, This explains the name – although in fact altogether he wrote eleven other ‘London’ symphonies.

We will be joined again by the Harmonie Choir for a performance of Part One of Handel’s Messiah, in Mozart’s arrangement. Handel’s original orchestration was for strings and continuo with occasional trumpets and drums. Mozart brought it up to date, to suit late eighteenth century taste, adding woodwind and more brass and timpani.

Oct 05

Everyday Language and Mental Health a Survey

A survey on the everyday used in connection with mental health is part of a 3 year research project at Swansea University .  We are approachingU3A members to see if they can help by completing a 20 minute survey online by visiting

Oct 04

Institute of Advanced Motorists – Free Driving Assessments

The IAM has over 200 volunteer groups around the country and is offering free half hour introductory driving assessments which could be arranged for a U3. In addition speakers can also be provided on road safety and driving topics.  To make contact with your nearest IAM Group visit and enter your postcode.  Would anybody be interested?     If  so email us at

Sep 26

Shared Learning Project – Hillcroft College, Surbiton and the Great War

The 100th Anniversary of the start of the Great War in 1914 has just been commemorated and over  the next 4 years various aspects of the War will be examined and written about.  Hillcroft College in Oakhill, Surbiton was founded in 1920 to provide an education for working class women who had been involved in war work.

This Shared Learning Project will research the involvement of Surbiton citizens in the Great War as soldiers, auxiliary workers and as conscientious objectors. It will explore the role of women in war work and the nature of that employment. The impact of the War on the Surbiton Area itself will be investigated.

In addition, the project will be studying the early history of Hillcroft College and some of its early students.

We ask volunteers to:

  • Be available to attend all meetings at Hillcroft College between 11am and 1pm on the following Thursdays: 8, 22 January, 5, 19 February,  5, 19 March with a presentation on 26 March 2015.
  • Visit local history archives as required in Greater London and Surrey.
  • Work on projects between meetings.
  • Be computer literate, familiar with Microsoft Office, able to use the internet and email.

What’s in it for you?

  • To work as part of a team.
  • To make a contribution to the history of Surbiton in the Great War and the history of Hillcroft College. Material will be incorporated into the Oakhill Community Project website, used in talks and kept in the archives for future researchers. There is also the possibility of setting up a historic walk.

Why we want you:

We need volunteers to produce original research that contributes to our knowledge of the social history of Surbiton during the Great War and the early history of Hillcroft College.

Location for meetings:

Hillcroft College, South Bank, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 6DF.

Rail:     Surbiton station then a 5 minute walk.
Buses:  71, 281, K2, K3 to Surbiton Station (South Bank is over the footbridge).
406, 418 to Surbiton Health Centre, Ewell Road (South Bank is opposite the fire station).


For further information and an application form contact Moira Shearer:        020 8390 6356

Closing date for applications: 30th October 2014.

Aug 29

Cruise the Danube from Passau to Vienna and Budapest – Eight days from 12 April 2015

Discover the delights of the Danube on one of the most scenic journeys through the heart of

Europe, from the pretty city of Passau on the Austrian border to the Hungarian Capital, Budapest. We cruise in comfort

and style aboard 4* ms Serenity, a small, cosy 200 passenger vessel, through the beautiful scenery of the Wachau Valley and dip into the history and culture of amazing cities along the way. With a full day in the musical city of Vienna and Budapest, as well as a visit to the Slovakian Capital Bratislava, this is a wonderful opportunity to sail the waters that are beautifully immortalised by the composer Strauss, in the classical waltz ‘The Blue Danube’.

Day 1: We board our coach, as usual, at the various pick-up points to take us to Gatwick where we catch a plane to Germany and then board the ship at Passau, known as ‘The Three Rivers City’ due to its unique location where the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers meet.

We relax on board as we set sail and cruise towards the small town of Melk in the Wachau Valley where we arrive the next morning.

Day 2: In Melk we visit one of the most famous monastic houses in Austria: the Benedictine Abbey which has been occupied by monks for over 900 years. We then relax on board as we cruise towards Vienna for an overnight stop.

Day 3: The whole day is spent experiencing the delights of Vienna. Grand palaces, baroque castles, magnificent squares and monuments are just some of the key features of this beautiful city which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We enjoy a City Tour in the morning and in the afternoon an excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. In the early evening we cast off and cruise towards Budapest where we will spend the whole of day 4.

Day 4: In Budapest we explore both sides of Hungary’s Capital – the traditional ‘Buda’ and the more cosmopolitan ‘Pest’. We start the day with a city tour to help us get our bearings in this city known as ‘The Pearl of the Danube’. In the evening we experience Budapest by night with a traditional Folklore show.

Day 5: We begin the day with an excursion which takes us through the sweeping planes of Hungary to Lajosmizse where we visit a traditional stud farm and enjoy a tour of the grounds in a horse-drawn carriage before watching a spectacular live Puszta Horse Show. In the afternoon we cruise towards Bratislava where we will arrive in the early morning of day 6.

Day 6: Historic Bratislava is dominated by its castle and unique suspension bridge. The boat berths in the centre of the town, so we take a 2.5 hour walking tour to take in the sights and experience its rich culture. In mid-afternoon we set sail and cruise towards Dürnstein.

Day 7: Dürnstein is crowned by the ruins of the castle which once imprisoned Richard the Lionheart. We take a walking tour around the cobbled streets to admire the pretty courtyards and buildings before stopping at one of the Wachau Valley’s renowned wine cellars to enjoy some wine tasting. We then set sail for the final time and cruise towards Passau.

Day 8: We disembark this morning and travel by coach to the airport to catch our flight back to England.

4* ms Serenity offers accommodation on three decks. All cabins have air conditioning, en suite shower with wc,

radio, satellite TV, safe, hairdryer, desk and chair

Main Deck Cabins: located on the lower deck these cabins offer two small viewing windows and twin beds which are folded away during the day

Middle Deck Cabins: feature large sliding windows, two separate beds that fold into sofas during the day.

Panorama Deck Cabins: located on the upper deck, they offer a French balcony and twin beds that are folded away during the day.

There is a lift on board which services all decks except the Sun Deck.

Cost: £1,169.00 pp sharing a 2 berths Main Deck cabin (Single supplement £499.50)

£1,319.00 pp sharing a 2 berths Middle Deck cabin (Single Supplement £ 574.50)

£1,469.00 pp sharing a 2 berths Panorama Deck cabin (Single Supplement £649.50)

These prices include coach transfers to and from the airports, all meals on board ship, on-board entertainment and all excursions mentioned.

Deposit: £250.00 payable when booking

Insurance: £39.95

For a detailed booking form please complete the enclosed application form and send it, together with a stamped addressed envelope (not too small please) to:

Gisela Zürcher-Feiß, 37, The Byeways, Surbiton KT5 8HT Tel: 8399 4990

Aug 28

Calling All Painters, Photographers and Graphic Artists – indeed all Kingston U3A. Can you help?

We need a logo for the front cover of the newsletter – something that stamps it as unmistakably that of Kingston upon Thames. The Council won’t allow us to use any part of the official Kingston logo, so we want you to come up with one. It could be a photograph, a painting, a drawing or an abstract. Perhaps it might feature the river, the ancient marketplace or something completely different. Please keep in mind that this illustration will be featured across the top of the newsletter so landscape orientation is a must.

We are relying on your help with this so please look through your existing work or create something entirely new. We are really looking forward to seeing your work, so please send your submissions – original artwork or, preferably, jpeg attachments – to Pam Durkie, 16 Carlton Road, New Malden, KT3 3AJ email:



Aug 15

Art of the Ancient World (Part 1) Lectures by Leslie Pitcher (B.A. Cambs.) Fetcham U3A

Fetcham U3A
An Evening course on ‘Art of the Ancient World’ (Part 1).  Lectures by Leslie Pitcher (B.A. Cambs.)

A series of 10 lectures with slides: To study ancient art from the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Persians, the Minoans, the Myceneans and the Greeks. From paintings and sculptures to gold and silver treasures, pottery and mosaics.
Will start on Wednesday, 15th October 2014.
Commencing at 7 pm until 9.30 pm.

These 10 sessions will take place on the dates below :-
Venue – The Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Great Bookham, KT23 3PQ.
Parking available in the car park at the hall.
15th October 2014 Session 1 – Introduction.
29th October 2014 Session 2 – Egypt, Introduction – Old & Middle Kingdoms.
5th November 2014 Session 3 – Egypt, New Kingdom & reign of Akhenaten.
19th November 2014 Session 4 – Egypt – The Tutankhamun treasures.
26th November 2014 Session 5 – Ancient Near East: Sumer & Assyria.
21st January 2015 Session 6 – Ancient Near East: Assyria & Persia.
4th February 2015 Session 7 – Minoan art.
18th February 2015 Session 8 – Mycenean art and Greek Vase Painting.
4th March 2015 Session 9 – Greek Vase painting (II).
18th March 2015 Session 10 – Greek coins.

Please complete the tear-off slip below and return with a cheque for £25 (NO reductions for part attendance) payable to ‘Fetcham U3A’ and forward, with the tear-off slip below to :-
Bryan Dodds, 42, Cannonside, Fetcham, KT22 9LE, tel. 01372 379185.
Please enclose an SAE if you require a confirmation. Please also complete your email address for confirmation purposes, or if we need to contact you at short notice.

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Jul 29

Architectural Walks – New Group – Second Walk – 15 September City of London

A series of walks will begin on Monday 18 August as part of the new Architecture Group (but will be open to all). There will be a break during the Winter months. They will be led by Stephen van Dulken and will be under 3 miles, through areas of architectural interest. A stop for lunch will occur during or at the end of the walk at a cafe or simple restaurant. Public transport after 9.30 will be used to get to the start, and will be used for the return.

18 August. Bloomsbury/ Fitzrovia

15 September. City of London

3 October. Kensington
If you are would like to come, please contact Stephen on or on 07854 453109 (9 am to 6 pm).

Jul 03

History Along the Thames Study Day: 7th October 2014. (Now Full no More Bookings Being Taken)

History Along the Thames:  A Study Day on  Tuesday 7th October 2014
at the Richard Mayo Centre, United Reformed Church, Kingston

A joint venture by Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Wandsworth, Hammersmith & Fulham U3As

The theme of this Study Day is our local History.  Details of the talks are given below and all three speakers are experts in their field.


11.0am Talk 1:  The Anglo Saxon connection with Kingston is much celebrated and archaeological evidence of Saxon settlements will be discussed and illustrated with objects from Kingston Museum. The history of Athelstan will be explored and the reasons for his coronation in Kingston will be explained.

Speaker:  Amy Graham, Local History Officer, Kingston Museum & Heritage Service

12.00 midday: Talk 2:  Richmond Palace was originally Shene Palace but was renamed Richmond by Henry VII.  Edward III died at the original Shene Palace in 1377,and Elizabeth died there in 1603.  The palace was sold in 1650 and parts of the buildings were demolished with a few original buildings remaining.

Speaker:  Jackie Malyon, local history group leader and higher education history teacher

2.15pm Talk 3:  The Putney Debates in 1647 were a series of discussions between factions of members of the new Model Army and the Levellers concerning a new constitution for the Commonwealth of England.

Speaker:  Dorian Gerhold,  Chair of Wandsworth Historical Society and author of many historical books including one on the Putney Debates

Getting thereBy train or bus to Kingston.  The Mayo Hall is situated in the United Reformed Church, Eden Street, Kingston.  There are a number of pay car parks nearby.

Cost£7 for the day including coffee/ tea on arrival.  Lunch is not provided but there are many cafés/restaurants catering for all tastes in Kingston

Please detach and return this slip with your cheque for £7 made payable to Kingston U3A to:
Jennifer Anning, 16 Northcliffe Close, Worcester Park, KT4 7DS

by 25th September 2014


History Along the Thames Study Day:  7th October 2014

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Jun 04

Who Do You Think They Were? Kingston, Merton, Richmond & Wandsworth’s Latest Publication

“The SLP book  ‘Who do you think they were?’, outlining the lives of some of the notable people of Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth, has now been printed and is available for sale (price £5). To obtain copies please contact Shirley Rees, 020 89771374 (, or Liz Brown, 020 85411497 (


May 20

3 New SLP’s 1. Kingston’s 2nd Shared Learning Project at the Langdon Down Museum 2. The British Museum 3.The Museum of London. Details below

1. The Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability (2nd Shared Learning Project)

 The museum at Normansfield in Teddington tells the story of Dr John Langdon Down, Normansfield and the Royal Earlswood Asylum through exhibitions and events. It displays objects made by the savant James Henry Pullen. The building includes a Grade II* Victorian theatre containing original ornate fixtures and fittings. Langdon Down and his family brought a revolutionary and enlightened approach to the care of those with all forms of learning disability from 1868 until 1970.

The museum conducts research into the social history of learning disability and is conducting an oral history project. It welcomes group visits including schools and universities. The museum is a member of the London Museums of Health and Medicine and the Open University Social History of Learning Disability Group.

For further information see:

Website:   Museum Blog:  Normansfield Hospital Oral History Blog:

The Project for 2014: Long stay Institutions for People with Learning Disabilities

Where were long stay institutions and asylums for people with learning disabilities in the 19th and 20th centuries located in London and the Home Counties? How were they founded? How did they compare with each other and with Normansfield? How did living conditions and quality of care compare?

We ask volunteers to:

  • Be available to attend all meetings at Normansfield between 11am and 1pm on the following Wednesdays: 10, 24 September; 8, 22 October, 12th, 26th November; presentation 3 December.
  • Visit local history archives as required in Greater London and / or the Home Counties.
  • Work on the project between meetings.
  • Be computer literate: Microsoft Office. Use the internet and email.

 What’s in it for you?

  • To work as part of team
  • To make a contribution to the history of Normansfield. Material will be used on the museum website, blog, in talks and kept in the archives for future researchers.

Why we want you

We need volunteers to produce original research that contributes to our knowledge of the social history of learning disability and Normansfield.

 Location for meetings

Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability, The Langdon Down Centre, Normansfield, 2A Langdon Park, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 9PS.

Nearest BR station: Hampton Wick, then a 10 minute walk. Buses: 281 and 285 stop outside. Free parking.

To Apply

For an application form contact: Les Stratton

Closing date for applications: 12th July 2014


2. U3A  Shared Learning Project at the British Museum

Handling Collection Researchers

Thursdays for 10 weeks: from October 2nd – December 4th 2014

The Handling Collection at the British Museum comprises of 555 objects, representing a range of people and cultures from around the world. The Handling Collection is in the care of the Community Partnerships Team who uses these objects with a range of audiences, supporting individuals to hold these objects and engage their senses, and to inspire discussion and informal learning. The Collection is poorly provenanced, and little is known about many of the objects. As part of an ongoing project to deepen our understanding of the Collection, we would like your support to carry out object research.

Would you like to handle objects from the British Museum’s Handling Collection? Would you like to find out more about these objects, exploring the theme of ‘Food and Feasting around the World’? Would you like to spend time as a researcher at the British Museum?

As a Handling Collection Researcher, you will develop study skills and use these to research a selection of objects independently or in pairs, contributing to the Museum’s understanding of the history, use, meaning, and design of the objects. We will introduce you to the objects and how we engage different audiences with these objects, guide your research process, and will provide resources and a space to conduct research. You will be asked to write up your research notes in a Microsoft Word document, to be ready by the end of the project.

For more information about the work of the Community Partnerships Team at the British Museum, please visit:

For more information and an application form contact Christine Cranidge

There are six places available on this SLP and applications must be completed and returned by Friday 8th August 2014.

The project will be based at The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG.

The project will be led by Christine Cranidge (U3A Coordinator) and Lorna Cruickshanks (British Museum Community Partnerships Coordinator)


3. A U3A Shared Learning Project at the

Museum of London Archives

Role Title:

Archaeological Archive Volunteer

Role Purpose:

The Museum’s Archaeological Archive stores and curates over 200,000 boxes of London’s Archaeology. Our Volunteer Programmes have been involving volunteers to assist with the repacking and reorganisation of its archaeological collections from early C20th excavations. This work helps increase access to the collections whilst creating extra space for future archaeological material. We also promote archaeology and the use of archives via public tours and outreach events. The project offers the chance to develop public engagement skills as well as archaeological knowledge.

Role Description:

Volunteers will learn basic collections care skills focusing mainly on pottery collections from one excavation. Volunteers will then use these skills to engage visitors in interactive handling sessions at the Museum of London.

Role Reports To:

Linda Crook (U3A Coordinator) & Glynn Davis (Archaeology Collections Manager)


Weeks 1- 7: LAARC (Museum of London) Mortimer Wheeler House Eagle Wharf Road N1 7ED Weeks 8 – 10: Museum of London, 150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN


October – December 2014


1 afternoon per week (13.00 – 16.00) over 10 weeks from Wed Oct 1st – Wed Dec 3rd


Potential applicants are required to book introductory tours on any of the following dates Wed 20th Aug, Wed 27th Aug or Wed 3rd Sept to see the archive (essential). Thereafter you will have the opportunity to submit a formal application for the project (deadline: 12th September). A willingness to interact with museum visitors

A willingness to organise a group visit to the museum from your local U3A (essential) An interest in archaeology is desirable but not essential as SLPs are designed to allow U3A members to share new experiences

Commitment to you:

We will provide training in basic collections care skills through a hands-on experience We will provide training in basic public engagement skills We will reimburse volunteers for expenses for travel and lunch of up to £10 per day

What’s In It For You:

To work as part of a team To handle archaeology and learn how it is curated To experience working in the World’s largest archaeological archive To develop public engagement and public speaking skills

Why We Want You:

To improve the storage and access of our collections To promote archaeology and the Archaeological Archive to new audiences

For more information about the project/to book an introductory tour please contact: Linda Crook:

May 19

National and South East Region Summer Schools 2014

1. Cirencester  at the Royal Agricultural University is from the 18th to the 21st of August

At you can choose from the following topics:

Light and Sound in Nature;

The Transforming Language of Poetry;

Making Friends with the Great Composers;

Literature ,

Women’s Voices of WW1;

Making gardening more of a pleasure than a chore;

Acting Jacobean and 20th century plays;

Artistic recreation using Photoshop;

The Arts and Architecture of the Arts and Crafts movement;

Singing for Pleasure, in a variety of styles, some experience desirable.

Cost £285 for full board in en-suite accommodation with an initial deposit of £75 payable on booking. Download an application form from the website of the Third Age Trust, or phone National Office on 020 8466 6139 for hard copy by post.


2. Harper Adams University in Telford runs from the 14th to the 17th of July

Offers the following:

Recorder ensemble, for which some experience is needed;

Introduction to Philosophical Metaphysics;

A quick dip into the Latin language;

French life today;

Through the Ages of British drama;

Creative writing; 100 years of Hollywood cinema;

Political and Social studies in

Current Affairs;

Canal history;

Ancient Civilisations of the Americas.

Both Universities are in rural locations needing taxi rides from the nearest stations but with easy parking. There are some ground floor rooms, but lifts in the teaching areas. Members need to be able to participate independently. These are great opportunities to meet U3A-ers from other parts of the country and get stuck into a topic in depth. Only one course can be studied.


 Cost £285 for full board in en-suite accommodation with an initial deposit of £75 payable on booking. Download an application form from the website of the Third Age Trust, or phone National Office on 020 8466 6139 for hard copy by post.


3.South-East Region Summer School at the University of Chichester  The 24th to the 27th of July 2014.  This is residential but can be attended as a non-resident

Charges are £320 residential full board en-suite, £290 residential standard, non-residential from £150 to £200 with or without evening meal.

Booking forms on the website             u3asurreynetwork.

Courses include:

Singing for Pleasure;

Creative writing workshop;

Wool – The Ups and Downs of an Industry;

The Joy of Mathematics;

Jazz, Blues and Folk Music in the USA;

Play Reading for Pleasure;

A Memory workshop;

Mediaeval and Georgian Chichester;

Design and research a WW1 project;

the Basics of Life Drawing;

Women, Art and Society;

Great Houses and gardens of West Sussex;

The Psychology of Interpersonal Behaviour.

Again, only one topic can be chosen and early application for this, and the other, schools is recommended as they get booked up quite early.For further details and booking forms or contact Surrey Network phone 012 9377 1794 or email


May 19

U3A Science Technology & Society Network – Annual Summer Seminar

This will take place at Harper Adams College, Telford   on   Monday 11th – Thursday 14th August 2014

The programme starts at 2pm on Monday and finishes after a buffet lunch on Thursday. The seminar aims to appeal to anyone with a general interest in science and the world around them and includes a mixture of talks on a wide range of topics, a visit to the Wedgwood Centre, and the opportunity to socialise with U3A members from round the country. Speakers are from among the delegates – volunteer experts and enthusiasts from within the U3A – we would welcome offers.

 Cost £250 residential; £110 day only.  Booking forms and other information are available on the web at  or email to be added to the mailing list.

Topics should include :

Electricity … The industrial Revolution  … The Physics of Colour … Handedness … Newton /Hawking …  Medicines … The Pyramids … Strange/Unusual Vehicles … briefing from Head of Engineering at Harper Adams … useful free software demos …. mathematical games … and lots more

May 15

Digital Photography – New Group Starts – See What you Might Achieve!

Jane Legate has now taken over the running of this group from Peter Molesey.  The course is now full, but Jane is willing to run a second group from her home in Hampton Court.   She is a professional photographer specialising in people and gardens, but will most subject areas.

“Photography is such a wonderful thing to learn about,” she says.  “It helps you to look at the world in a different way and see beauty in unexpected things.  The course caters for all levels of interest:  you can either learn about all those weird camera settings or just keep it simple and concentrate on point and shoot!”
Jane can teach you:
§      digital photography
§      retouching and editing using Lightroom software and Portrait Professional
§      how to make a printed book using free Blurb software

She has made a website for the course and you can see this at:

Please email her at if you’re interested, letting her know whether you have a compact or SLR camera and what you’re interested in photographing.  Send a couple of your best pictures if you can.