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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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Date Subject Speaker
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.
Chris O'Donoghue
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.
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Graeme Lewington
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.
Fran Sandham
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.
Tess Burrows
June 11th 2.00pm Joe Lyons
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.
Neville Lyons

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Past meetings 2017

Date Subject Speaker
January 9th
My Life as a freelance Comedy Writer
In his hilarious, clean and highly-praised talk, ‘My Life as a Freelance Comedy Writer’, Nick told how he started writing humour by winning competitions in national publications such as Punch before going on to write for the BBC and work with household names such as Roy Hudd, June Whitfield and rock stars 10cc and Justin Hayward, as well as an assortment of weird and wonderful (if lesser-known) live performers. He also revealed how real life is often so much funnier than a comedy writer’s inventions – with numerous examples!.
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Nick R Thomas
February 13th
George Cruikshank
George Cruikshank is now best known for his brilliant drawings for Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist. But this is to do his prodigious skills and work output a disservice. Cruikshank moved effortlessly from biting satirical prints in the Georgian era through to producing engravings for numerous books and journals in Victorian times. Adapting his talents both to new printing technology and the new demands of the reading public, he is considered by many to be the greatest illustrator of the 19th century. His personal reputation hasn't survived quite so well, partly through his obsession with temperance in later life and the fact that when he died, aged 85, it was discovered he had fathered eleven illegitimate children with his mistress.
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Ian Keable
March 13th
Sea Sick in the Sinai
Having visited the Sinai once before, just for a day, Ann decided that she wanted to experience more. So she booked a week to live with the Bedouin in the Sinai for 8 days to experience how they live and to share their life style. To say that this was an eye opener is putting it mildly. Not only is the talk interesting but extremely funny in places. Living and sleeping in the open has to be experienced to appreciate it.
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Ann Chance
April 10th
Tales of a Scotland Yard Detective
Steve Roberts retired as Detective Inspector with the Metropolitan Police after 30 years. He served in the Flying Squad, Murder Squad, Anti Corruption Command and the Kidnap Unit.
His talk outlined his career and is supported by personal anecdotes together with insight into the various departments.
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Detective Inspector (ret'd) Steve Roberts
May 8th An amusing account of Life in our Schools
Brian Carline has been teaching for over thirty years and most recently worked as an Assistant Head at a secondary school in Essex. In his spare time, he's a stand-up comedian. Brian has written several books on teaching such as:
  • What Pupils Really Think about their Schools
  • How to be a Successful Head of Year
  • The SAS Guide to Teaching
Brian Carline
June 12th Human Cargo - the transportation of convicts to the Americas and Australia.
Judy told us about the people and events from British history in the late 16th century, when vagrancy and petty crime were rife in Britain and our prisons were full. She told us how the governments of the day attempted to solve the problem, largely created by the enclosures of common land by rich landowners.
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Judy Davies
September 11th The Atlantic Railway. Brunel's Vision
The first hundred years or so of steam passenger ships across the North Atlantic and pursuit of that illusive Blue Riband. 'Buy your ticket at Paddington Station and disembark in Boston or New York', was Brunel's plan. Even he would have been impressed by the century that followed of largely British triumph in finance, design, engineering, artistic (and gastronomic!) skills to produce the magnificent procession of ever grander and majestic ocean liners. Courage, folly and massive investment. Can ships disappear, totally, into the North Atlantic without trace? Certainly and disturbingly frequently!
Ian Kennedy
October 9th The Weird and Wonderful World of the Law
Great fun and plenty of big laughs! A hugely enjoyable romp through the legal world, drawing on over 25 years as a locum solicitor travelling around the country, encountering raging judges, dotty clients and weird cases. David gave us a sideways journey through bizarre true life oddities, daft old laws still in place, and political correctness gone raving mad!
David Allen
November 13th AGM followed by a quiz. The Committee

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