Monthly meetings are held at 2.00-4.00pm on second Mondays in the Main hall.
Members and guests are welcome, but special meetings may be restricted.
Guests may come to any two meetings in the year before joining the U3A.
A fee of £2.00 is normally payable; this includes tea and biscuit.
Organised by Don Stacey (644423).
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|March 12th 2.00pm
||Dr Livingstone I presume
Critically acclaimed author and public speaker Fran Sandham
tells the remarkable story behind the famous meeting in Africa
in 1871 between the two explorers Dr David Livingstone and Henry
Morton Stanley; how their meeting proved to be literally the
journalistic scoop of the century; the curious surrogate
father-son relationship between Stanley and Livingstone, the
widespread controversy and hostility Stanley faced on his return
to Europe after finding Livingstone; why the meeting was such a
sensational news story, and why Stanley's words became the most
famous greeting in history.
|April 9th 2.00pm
Origins of Pub Names
A look at the beginnings of the pub name and the
stories behind the imagery on the sign. A
brief introduction to the history and a look at
the names developed, I examine a selection of
local names before opening it up to a question
and answer session.
||Tony Poulton Smith
|May 14th 2.00pm
||Grannies can do anything
Telling the story of racing across the Antarctic to the South
Pole in 2009 against fit young men like Ben Fogle and James
Cracknell, Tess explains how as pensioners she and her partner
found having a really big reason for doing something can make
impossible things possible.
|June 11th 2.00pm
Neville is a second-generation relative of Joe Lyons, who
founded and ran the famous cafes and corner houses which were a
feature of England for most of the 20th century. Neville is a
historian and archivist for the family business. The talk that
he gave explored the social history of one of England's most
famous institutions. The presentation, with many archive photos,
told a story which stretches from 1887 to 1998. It was a trip
down memory lane for many people: memories of the Teashops; the
Corner Houses; the Hotels; and of course the Nippy waitresses.
The presentation included amusing anecdotes and some surprises
as well. The presentation, with many archival photos, stretched
from 1887 onwards, from the time when Joseph Lyons - a born
entrepreneur but with no previous experience of the catering
industry - set up a small catering company to the time when his
company became the world's first food empire. As well as the
many well-known catering outlets Joe Lyons often fed 15000
guests at Royal Garden Parties, managed a big wartime ordnance
project and developed in-house the first business computer.
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|February 12th 2.00pm
||Wey and Arun Canal
The history and current position of the Canal.
In 1816, The Wey & Arun Junction Canal opened to great fanfare,
linking the Wey Navigation near Guildford to the south coast via
the Arun Navigation. Conceived during the Napoleonic Wars, the
Canal was intended to provide a safe, efficient route from
London to Portsmouth to carry goods supplying the dockyards. In
its heyday, the Canal did carry many tons of cargo but the end
of the war with France, and the arrival of the railways, sounded
the death knell for the Wey & Arun as a business, and by 1871 it
was formally closed.
200 years after it opened, over 3,000 members and volunteers are
working to reopen the Wey & Arun Canal for leisure. With your
help we can achieve this seemingly impossible task, and already
several miles of the Canal are in regular use by small boats,
canoes, and the Trust's own trip boats.
Click here for their website.
|January 8th 2.00pm
||Behind the scenes at Chelsea
Drawing on his experience of designing and building
medal-winning gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Chris
gives an insight into how the show gardens are created.
Chris is a family man who has lived in Kent and East Sussex for
most of his life. The South-East is very special to him. He has
a passion for its natural habitat and plants and a thorough
understanding of the vagaries of the terrain and soil. Two of
his award-winning Chelsea gardens have been inspired by
contrasting aspects of the area which are close to his heart.
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