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Nov 23

7th Dec A virtual tour of the Solar System U3A online talks

A virtual tour of the Solar System by Martin Whillock, u3a Subject Adviser for Astronomy

A PowerPoint tour of the Solar System, plus a little of what is beyond. Suitable for general audiences, with no prior knowledge needed.

The presentation will last about 40 minutes with time discussion at the end. Questions are encouraged, and no question is too simple!

About Martin Whillock

Martin Whillock FRAS is the u3a Astronomy Subject Adviser. He got hooked on Astronomy when living in a village in the 1950s with no street lights to spoil the view of the stars. His career included Engineering, Youth Work, Outdoor Education, Adult Education & Community Development. Martin has Dyscalculia so struggles with numbers. He was an expert Caver for many years.

Nov 23

8th Dec Exploring World Faiths Third Age Trust Online Talk

Wed 8th Dec, 2021 at 10:00

Presentation on the Zoroastrian Faith by Jimmy Suratia, previous chair of Birmingham Council of Faiths

Open to all

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Nov 23

6th Dec “Boys will be Girls”- those squeaking Cleopatras’ London Region U3A

  • December Monday 6th 17.30-18.30
    Log on from 17.00
    Linda Shannon: Boys Will Be Girls …. ‘those squeaking Cleopatras’ Why did Shakespeare use boys to play female roles? Why did females in his plays need to dress as boys? Who were the boys? These, and other questions, will be addressed when we look at four of Shakespeare’s plays: Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice, Cymbeline and Twelfth Night. Click here to register
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.