17th Nov – Rembrandt from Fame to Poverty – Surrey Network

Rembrandt – From Fame to Poverty & Final Acclaim
Presented by Colin Wiggins
Places will be available in the hall or for on-line viewing and booking

For full details and booking link see below

4th Dec – Walking into Grandmother’s Kitchen – Monthly Meeting

Monday 4 December, 2pm Walking into Grandmother’s Kitchen in 1940 Madras – Jenny Mallin Jenny, winner of the Best in World Cookbook, shares part of her family history, and tells how the festive season was celebrated by those living under the British Raj, from Christmas Eve to Twelfth Night. She uncovers family recipes from a family book dating back to 1844.

7th Dec – Kingston U3A Christmas Lunch at Glenmore House

Glenmore House, with its late Georgian architecture and splendid décor, is associated with the local Freemasons and their Masonic events. It provides an excellent venue for our u3a Christmas lunch:

● Starter: parsnip soup with crème fraîche and nutmeg

● Glenmore sorbet to clear your palate.

● Main: roast turkey with all the traditional accompaniments

● Dessert: apple and blackberry crumble with vanilla pod custard

We’ll be serenaded by our very own Kingston u3a Singers who have agreed to sing for us. They have been performing together for many years and their repertoire ranges from classical to folk. (Please see p2 for more information about them.)

Time/Date: From 12.30pm onwards for a prompt 1pm start, Thursday, 7 December

Location: Glenmore House, 6 The Crescent (off Claremont Road), Surbiton KT6 4BN.

It is only a short walk from Surbiton station. Glenmore House also has free parking for those who wish to drive there.

Cost: £37.90 for a threecourse Christmas lunch, including gratuities and a small donation to the choir’s funds. (Drinks are not included but will be available from the bar.)

If you wish to join us, please fill in the booking form in the centre of this newsletter, stating clearly if you have special dietary requirements. The chef will try and serve you a suitable alternative. Please book early. If you are joining us, please keep this page for reference. Jacqui Hine 020 8549 1

Surrey U3A Network Study Days

Fri Sep 15th An Utterly Incomplete History of Keyboards & Keyboard Music
Presented by Steven Devine
Places will be available in the hall or for on-line viewing and booking will open in May
Fri Oct 20th Quarks, the Universe, and Everything
Professor Philip Harris, University of Sussex
Places will be available in the hall or for on-line viewing and booking will open in May
Fri Nov 17th Rembrandt – From Fame to Poverty & Final Acclaim
Presented by Colin Wiggins
Places will be available in the hall or for on-line viewing and booking will open in May

Surrey Network Study Days

The following presentations can be requested via the Contacts Page from Ian Funnell, Website Editor.
Maria Chester’s study day on The Aztecs – “Eagle Warriors of the Sun”
Simon Usherwood’s study day on “The UK in a Changing Europe”
David Fishwick’s study day on Astronomy – “Mercury & Moons of Solar System”

South East Forum Summer School 2020 & 2021 – Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

The South East Forum Summer School was to be held at the University of Chichester from Monday 15 to Thursday 18 June 2020. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic the summer school was cancelled. All students and tutors were informed and all deposits were refunded. The organising committee were very sad that they had to disappoint our members but messages received indicate that members understood the need and welcomed the early decision before the lockdown was announced.

Update in November 2020 – We are very sorry to say that we will not be running a Summer School at the University of Chichester in June 2021. We have consulted the people who had booked for 2020 and ascertained their views. As the social side of the event is key, we would not want to run virtual courses on Zoom. With the current uncertainty about Covid-19 and the restrictions imposed we cannot, with hand on heart, assure the safety of attendees even if we attempted to social distance everyone. The vast majority of our audience and tutors are over sixty five so we feel they would be very wary of attending. We do however plan to run the Summer School again in 2022 and have made a booking with the University of Chichester starting on Monday 20 June 2022. So put the date in your diary and we will plan to meet you for a celebration of being able to run our event once again. The Summer School Organisers

Dates for your Diary
Study Days
Fri Feb 19th 2021 Planned study day in 2021
As of November 2020 re-opening date for study days is uncertain
Fri Mar 19th 2021 Planned study day in 2021
As of November 2020 re-opening date for study days is uncertain
Fri Apr 16th 2021 Illuminated Manuscripts of the Medieval Period
Presented by Imogen Corrigan
As of November 2020 re-opening date for study days is uncertain
Fri May 21st 2021 Planned study day in 2021
Fri Jun 18th 2021 Planned study day in 2021
Fri Sep 17th 2021 Planned study day in 2021
Fri Oct 15th 2021 Planned study day in 2021
Fri Nov 19th 2021 Planned study day in 2021


Study days are open to all U3A members and guests are very welcome. They are held in the Menuhin Hall, Stoke d’Abernon; starting at 9.30am with registration and running from 10am to 4pm. The fee, including coffee/tea and biscuits, is £10 for members and £12 for guests. Attendees should bring a packed lunch. Prior booking is necessary. Click on any study day link below for a programme and booking form. You can use the on-line form on the Contact page to send a message to John Kennedy, Booking Secretary. If you would like to comment on the organisation or content of the study day or would like to offer ideas for the future please use the Feedback Form and send it to John Kennedy as an email attachment or fill in the same form which will be available at the study days and hand it to any member of the committee. For information the list of study day titles over fifteen seasons is given here, together with a poster of a typical study day. When study day hand-outs or presentations are available for download they will be mounted here for a period of at least three months. Surrey Network treats your privacy rights seriously and our Privacy Policy can be found by following the link. History of Study Days.



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31st March – Musical Museum – Away Day

The Musical Museum houses a display of musical boxes, toys and Wurlitzers in a three-storey building with a recreated shopping and stage area.

Our tour will last 75 mins and includes an illustration of the workings and Chris Barber at the Wurlitzer, (Jim Linwood, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons) sounds of many self-playing instruments, including the theatre Wurlitzer upstairs (lift available).

You’ll be able to buy refreshments in the museum’s café.

Date: Friday, 31 March
Meeting Time/Place: 10am. Meet at the Musical Museum, 399 High Street, Pump House Crescent, Brentford TW8 0DN. The tour starts at 10.30am.
Travel: Take the 65 bus from Kingston towards Ealing. Get off at the second stop (stop U) after Kew Bridge, before the bus turns right to Ealing. Cross the road and the museum is almost opposite: the entrance is in Pump House Crescent. Cost: £10.40 per person (includes entry and tour). Refreshments are not included.

If you would like to join us, please complete the booking form in the centre of this newsletter.

If booking, please keep this page with all the details for future reference.

Please note: The Water and Steam Museum is 10 minutes’ walk towards Kew Bridge, should you wish to visit it

afterwards. Entrance is not included in the cost of our visit.

Kingston U3A

Welcome to Kingston U3A

Prospective members: Welcome to Kingston U3A! If you have recently retired, or are coming up to that exciting third age phase of your life, there is so much to do! We have an extensive range of groups you can join, covering everything from literature through arts, music, walks, discussions, dancing and table tennis to games, languages and science.   There are regular monthly meetings with an interesting talk, introductory get-togethers for new members and a chance to meet people and make new friends. There is a wide monthly programme of visits to places of interest and a holiday, abroad or in the UK, every year. This website will give you a lot of information about all of these and many other activities. Please browse and let us know if you would like to join us.

Existing members please make regular visits to this website as we will be posting up-to-date information as it becomes available.

To find out more of the U3A s history please follow the link :-    U3A History

Other Organisations

These cover a wide range of events and activities notified to us by the organisers, which may be of interest to you.  These have no direct connection with the U3A.