CANCELLED – 4 May Monthly Meeting: Footsteps in Summer – Russell George

When early retirement beckoned, Russell George set off on a gruelling 950-mile solo charity walk along from John O’Groats to Land’s End and faced, among other obstacles, heat waves, loneliness and blisters. (Russell’s royalties are donated to Cancer Research UK.)

(Please note the date of this talk. The usual early May bank holiday has been moved to Friday, 8 May to commemorate VE day.)

2pm (doors open 1.30pm), United Reformed Church, Eden Street, Kingston Members only


11 -15th May 2020 Historic Houses & Gardens in the Peak District

Day 1: Travelling by executive coach from our designated pick-up points, our first stop is the National Trust’s Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire, home of the Ferrers family for 500 years. Much of the house was built in the late

1500s by Henry Ferrers, a lawyer, diarist and antiquarian. It was a sanctuary for the Ferrers family and for persecuted Catholics who were concealed from priest hunters in its secret hiding places. We’ll continue to the 4-star Copthorne Hotel in Sheffield for our four-night stay.

Day 2: Our guide accompanies us throughout the day as we visit Bakewell in the morning before continuing to Chatsworth (home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire). One of Britain’s most famous houses and estates, it featured in the film Pride and Prejudice. With its works of art and beautiful gardens, Chatsworth is set in the magnificent landscape of Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park.

The gardens at Chatsworth Photograph courtesy of A J Hall

Day 3: We visit Renishaw Hall and Gardens, home to the Sitwell family for almost 400 years, before continuing to Hardwick Hall and Gardens, another National Trust property. It was built by the famous Elizabethan Bess of Hardwick and is testament to her wealth and status. Hardwick Hall is almost unchanged since she lived there in the formality of Elizabethan courtly life.

Day 4: In the morning we spend some time in Buxton before driving to Haddon Hall, a fortified manor house dating back to the 12th century, and surrounded by terraced Elizabethan gardens.

Day 5: On our way home from Sheffield we visit the Crich Tramway Village in the heart of Derbyshire overlooking the Derwent Valley. This restored period village is home to the National Tramway Museum and its archives.

Hotel: 4 nights in 4-star Copthorne Hotel, Sheffield

Cost: £469 (including executive coach, hotel for four nights sharing a twin/double room on half-board basis, Blue Badge guide for days 2,3 and 4. Single room supplement: £99)

If you would like to join this holiday, please complete the enclosed application form and send it with an sae (not too small, please) to:

Gisela Zürcher-Feiß, 37 The Byeways, Surbiton, KT5 8HT Tel: 020 8399 4990

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)

15th May Surrey U3A Network – The Development of British Style + Desert Island Antiques & Life on the Antiques Roadshow

Study Day at  The Menuhin Hall, Stoke d’Abernon   Speaker – Paul Atterbury

From the 1870s the British domestic house and its contents changed almost beyond recognition, reflecting the social and economic revolution that paved the way for the modern world of today. Many factors contributed to this change, from William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement, to the rise of the department store, suburban living, the garden and the emancipation of women. After the First World War, the pace of change increased, prompting rapid stylistic development, from 1920s and 1930s Art Deco to the modernism of the 1950s and 1960s and the style wars of the late 20th century. The first two talks consider architecture, interior and domestic design and the products that reflected the fashions of the time. In the process they show how the last 150 years have determined the way we live now.

Paul Atterbury has been involved all his life in the world of art and antiques, as a writer, historian, collector and exhibition curator. The two talks in the afternoon offer an insight into his life, his enthusiasms and his time as a member of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow team of experts.

9.30 Registration

10.00 The Arts and Crafts House and Garden
11.00 Coffee / Tea
11.30 At Home in the 20th Century
12.30 Lunch – Bring your own – Tea / Coffee available

1.30 Paul Atterbury’s Desert Island Antiques 2.30 Tea / Coffee
3.00 Life on the Antiques Roadshow
4.00 Departure

Speaker – Paul Atterbury is a writer, lecturer, historian, curator and broadcaster specialising in the art, architecture, design and social history of the 19th and 20th centuries. As a writer he has written or edited over 50 books, covering art, antiques and design, travel, canals and railways, history and the First World War. Paul has curated exhibitions for the Victoria & Albert Museum and for other institutions in Britain and the United States and he has worked on the Antiques Roadshow since 1990.

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. ———————————————————– British Style Study Day See – Nut Allergy & Other Notes on page 2 15th May 2020

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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.

U3A Shared Learning Project Hampton and Kempton Waterworks Railway 2019 / 2020

Project Title: Building the Railway Archive

We are now starting a project to build an archive for the Hampton and Kempton Waterworks Railway. We need to collect everything we can find from the early 20th century to the present.

Volunteers on the project will need to visit local and national archives, make contact with those connected with the railway past and present, and search a wide range of publications.

We hope to find photographs, plans, maps, documents, memorabilia, objects and artifacts, personal reminiscences and film.

Having everything in a central archive will assist us in many ways. It will help with providing material for future exhibits and displays; website and social media; publicity material; articles in magazines and future publications; for people researching railway history; and for future talks.

About the railway

We are arguably one of the best kept secrets in West London and we have one of the oldest working steam locomotives in the south of England. Visitors can ride around the Hanworth Loop – our 2 foot gauge railway line – in period coaches hauled by our 1903 steam locomotive.

The Hanworth Loop is the first stage of a major project to reinstate the historic narrow gauge line that hauled coal from the River Thames at Hampton to the giant steam pumping engines that are in the beautiful listed building adjacent to our railway.

We work closely with the Kempton Great Engines and when the Museum has a weekend steaming we run on a Saturday as well. On these weekends the giant triple expansion steam pumping engine is operating. There are seven full weekend steamings and they each have extra attractions.

How the project works for volunteers

Volunteers on a U3A Shared Learning Project enjoy working as part of team and learning from each other. They develop new skills in research.

To decide if this project interests you, see the railway website or visit us on an open day and learn about the history. The railway is open every Sunday in 2019 until 17 November and some Saturdays.

While some research can be conducted online it will be necessary to visit various archives including: London Metropolitan Archives in Islington, National Archives at Kew and local archives in Hounslow and Richmond.

The first meeting of the group will discuss the overall theme of the project and consider what each person may like to research.

Volunteers should ideally attend all the group meetings to report on progress. Prospective volunteers should consider before committing to the project if they have enough time to attend the meetings and carry out the research.

Some volunteers may have experience of a previous U3A project. Other volunteers are coming with little previous knowledge of a Shared Learning Project. All are welcome. In between meetings volunteers work on their own though they can email each other for advice. Volunteers will need to use Microsoft Word, the internet and email. PowerPoint or Excel may be useful.

For the project to go forward we will need a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 volunteers.

What happens at the end of the project

At the end of the project the group deliver a PowerPoint presentation of their research to an invited audience. Each volunteer prepares their own section.

The research from the project is kept in the archive with a short version appearing on the railway website. The material may also be used in future talks and displays.

Meeting dates in 2019 / 2020

Meetings will be every two or three weeks and are all on a Tuesday from 2pm to 3.30pm

  • First meeting in September. Outline of the project and agree on each person’s area of research.
  • Other dates to be agreed between September 2019 and April 2020 Getting to the railway

To Apply

For enquiries / application form: Jo Walters

It is easiest to get to the railway by car where parking is available. Some buses stop near the railway entrance but all require a walk of about 20 minutes. Should you decide to join the group we will explain more about accessing the site through the security gates.


Location for meetings

Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway,
Kempton Park Waterworks, Snakey Lane, Feltham, TW13 6XH

2nd Dec Monthly Meeting – Celebratory History of Christmas

Andy Thomas offers us this deeper understanding of the history of Christmas

2pm (doors open 1.20pm), United Reformed Church, Eden Street, Kingston Members only



12 Dec – Christmas Lunch at Heaver Castle

Visit the castle and see the beautifully decorated rooms, log fires and twinkling Christmas trees. Follow the Alice in Wonderland-themed Christmas trail through the grounds and enjoy a Christmas menu in the restaurant.

We’ll travel by coach in time to arrive at Hever Castle for coffee/tea and biscuits. There’ll then be time to visit the house and/or gardens before lunch at 1pm. This will be a three-course Christmas lunch with mulled wine or hot spiced

apple juice on arrival and tea/coffee afterwards. After lunch there’ll be more time to spend around the castle or in the gift shop until we leave at 4pm to arrive back home by about 5pm.


Meeting time/place:
● 9am Kingston: High Street, opposite

the Rose Theatre
● 9.15am Surbiton: Ewell Road, bus

stop Surbiton Telephone Exchange

Cost: £51 per person (includes entrance to the castle and gardens, morning coffee, three-course lunch with mulled wine and coffee, coach transfer and a tip for the driver)

If you would like to join this outing, please complete the attached application form and send it with your cheque for £51 per person made payable to Kingston U3A (GAS) and a stamped addressed envelope (if you do not give an email address) to: Gisela Zürcher- Feiss, 37 The Byeways, Surbiton,
KT5 8HT. Tel 020 8399 4990.

Application forms will come with your newsletter either in the post or via email.

6th Jan Monthly Meeting – Quiz – come in a Team of 6 or Join one on the Day

 Kingston U3A Annual Quiz Please arrive in good time for a prompt start at 2pm. Numbers are limited: first come, first served.

2pm (doors open 1.20pm), United Reformed Church, Eden Street, Kingston Members only