SUNSET BOULEVARD - 18th April 2018

  SOLD OUT

WEDNESDAY 18TH APRIL 2018 – MARLOWE THEATRE

2.30PM MATINEE PERFORMANCE

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning masterpiece.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award®-winning masterpiece Sunset Boulevard, starring Ria Jones, who received standing ovations every night when performing the role at the London Coliseum as Norma Desmond, comes to Canterbury.

One of the all-time great musicals, Sunset Boulevard is a compelling story of romance and obsession, based on Billy Wilder’s legendary film, with Don Black and Christopher Hampton’s wonderful book and lyrics.

In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond, lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer, Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world. Persuaded to work on Norma’s ‘masterpiece’, a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, he is seduced by her and her luxurious life-style. Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free, with dramatic consequences.

With its much-loved score (including Sunset Boulevard, With One Look, The Greatest Star Of All and The Perfect Year) performed with full orchestra, this “majestic, mesmerizing and teasingly seductive” (Evening Standard) production promises to be a spectacular evening.

Cost inclusive of top stalls seat, coach, and driver’s gratuity - £51

Reserve your place now as seats are limited

Payment due with booking either by cheque payable to “Kings Hill U3A Social Acct” and mailed to Mark Richards or by bank transfer to the following account

Account: Kings Hill U3A Social Acct, Number: 00024944, Sort: 40 52 40

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U3A TRIP TO THE NETHERLANDS - 17th - 21st May 2018

Join us for our 2018 European Trip to The Netherlands - only a few places left.

Details as follows:

17th to 21st May 2018  Four nights, travelling with a first class coach company previously used by us and many other U3A’s.

Hotel: Best Western, Gouda.

Proposed visits:

DAY1: Travel via Euro Tunnel to The Netherlands with appropriate lunch stop.

Dinner at Hotel.

DAY2:  a.m. Kinderdijk, activities can include a group boat trip, windmill collection, talk in museum, mills and pumping station.                                                                                                                                                                            p.m. Delft including Museum, City Hall Tour, Old Canal and Delft Earthenware Pottery Factory/ museum.

DAY3:  a.m. Zaanse Schans where there is an opportunity to purchase a Zaanse Schans Card which gives entrance to museums, old merchants’ houses, weavers house and cooperage, clog making, windmill and Time museum.

              p.m. Volendam on the Markermeer lake, old fishing village, wooden  homes, old fishing boats in harbour, museum, Hotel Spaander on De Dijk (not to be missed as it is full of art collections since 19thCentury).  Also in Volendam an old bakery and smokehouse with eels and cheese factory.

DAY4: The Hague, The Parliamentary Capital,  all day giving members a list of attractions to choose from, including the tram to the beach and The Girl with The Pearl Earring.

(Madurodam model city, Mauritshuis, Gemeentenmuseum den Haag, Peace Palace, Binnenhof, Noordeinde Palace, Grote of Sint-Jaconskerk, huis ten Bosch palace, other museums, Old City hall, Westbroekpark, Scheveningen Lighthouse and Beach and Hofvijer to name a few!!) We will produce more detail of each one later.  Time will be allocated to visit the Ancient Town of Gouda possibly on Day 2 or 3 when we return from day visits as they are quite near to Gouda.

Cost: Approx £390 to include transport, B&B accommodation and one evening meal. Single supplement approx. £100. Negotiations are ongoing, and costs may vary according to numbers travelling.

There is a limited number of single spaces in rooms so please indicate your willingness to share twin bedded rooms and with whom!

 You should have your own personal travel insurance cover.

 Deposits: this will be £50 per person payable by BACS to KHAD u3a social account or by cheque payable to Kings Hill and District u3a Social acct

No: 00024944          Sort Code 40 52 40.  Please let me know if you have sent this deposit to the bank.

All bookings and questions to Christine Hutchins

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Tel: 01634 788145

 

 

BLETCHLEY PARK AND NATIONAL COMPUTING MUSEUM - WEDNESDAY 23RD MAY 2018

A FEW PLACES STILL AVAILABLE

A visit to Bletchley Park, Home of the code breakers.

Bletchley is a place of exceptional historical importance. It remains highly relevant to our lives today and for the future. It is the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology. It played a major role in World War Two, producing secret intelligence which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict.

On site there is also The National Radio Centre which is a showcase for radio communications technology—a technology powering the 21st century economy.

The centre provides the opportunity to experience the history and technology of radio communication and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond.

The trip also includes an option for you to visit The National Museum of Computing and for a guided tour.

The National Museum of Computing, located on Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the world's largest collection of functional historic computers, including the rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, and the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer. The museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

The cost of the trip includes your admission to Bletchley and the driver’s gratuity. A Bletchley Guidebook can be purchased for the special price of £3.50 (£6 if purchased on the day)

Entrance to the Computing museum is £5 and an optional guided tour is a further £10. The tour lasts about 2 hours and covers the full museum collection from Colossus onwards. Much of what is on display actually works, and the guides describe how the computers were used, tell anecdotes on their design and operation, and operate some of the equipment.

Eat and drink

There are a variety of food options at Bletchley Park.

  • Hut 4, formerly a WW2 Naval Intelligence Codebreaking Hut, now houses the café. Open daily, there is a range of delicious hot and cold food to choose from including freshly cooked meals made on-site with locally sourced ingredients and children’s lunch boxes.                                                                                                                                    
  • There is a Coffee Shop in the Visitor Centre, serving cold and hot drinks, sandwiches, light snacks and treats.
  • The Snack Kiosk in the Pump Room is open in the summer.
  • The Tea Room in the Mansion serves afternoon tea most weekends with delicious sandwiches, delicate cakes and cream teas.
  • If you choose to do so, take your own packed lunch…the choice is yours.

There will be at least one “comfort stop” during both the outward and inward journeys although toilet facilities are available on the coach.

Price and options:

Bletchley Park with entrance and driver Gratuity:              £27.00

Add Guide Book                                                                 £ 3.50

Add Entrance to The Museum of Computing                     £ 5.00

Add Guided tour of the museum                                        £10.00

FLASHDANCE - 21st June 2018

JUST SIX SEATS LEFT - DON'T DELAY

 THURSDAY 21ST JUNE 2018 – MARLOWE THEATRE

2.30PM MATINEE PERFORMANCE

Dance like you’ve never danced before!

Flashdance tells the story of 18–year-old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer.

Based on the Paramount Pictures film (screenplay by Tom Hedley and Joe Eszterhas, story by Tom Hedley) Flashdance is about the power of holding onto your dreams and love against all the odds.

Prepare to be blown away by an astonishing musical spectacle and phenomenal choreography to this iconic score, including the smash hits Maniac, Manhunt, Gloria, I Love Rock and Roll and the sensational title track Flashdance… What A Feeling.

Produced by the award-winning team at Selladoor Productions (Footloose and Avenue Q), Runaway Entertainment (Lazarus and Guys and Dolls), and Matthew Cundy (Footloose and Murder Ballad).

Cost inclusive of top stalls seat, coach, and driver’s gratuity - £46

Reserve your place now as seats are limited

Payment due with booking either by cheque payable to “Kings Hill U3A Social Acct” and mailed to Mark Richards or by bank transfer to the following account

Account: Kings Hill U3A Social Acct, Number: 00024944, Sort: 40 52 40

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LE TOUQUET DAY TRIP - TUESDAY 10TH JULY 2018

JUST 4 PLACES LEFT

Travelling by executive coach we will leave Kings Hill at 8.30am to start our journey to the beautiful French town of Le Touquet. Crossing the channel by Eurotunnel we will arrive at our destination in time for you explore the lovely town, take lunch at one of the many restaurants and cafes or even take a leisurely walk along the gorgeous sandy beach.

Bring along a packed lunch if you wish the choice is yours.

Aiming to leave Le Touquet at approximately 3pm we will have sufficient time to call in at a wine/beer outlet to give you the opportunity to take home a few bargains.

Follow the link below to go to the Le Touquet tourist information website. Here you can get tips on the attractions of the town and where to eat. You could even book your restaurant in advance.

http://gb.letouquet.com/accueil/wheretoeat.aspx

Price including

  • Coach
  • Channel Crossing by Eurotunnel
  • Drivers gratuity

£34.00

Payment with booking to Mark Richards

Payment due with your booking and made as usual either by cheque payable to “Kings Hill U3A Social Acct” and mailed to Mark Richards or by bank transfer to the following account:

Account: Kings Hill U3A Social Acct, Number: 00024944, Sort: 40 52 40

STRATFORD ON AVON AND THE RSC

Malling U3A have orgainsed a visit to Stratford on Avon in August 2018. The trip is a 3 day/2 night break with Simply Groups, a reputable tour company and includes the highlights shown below:

 Matinee performance of Macbeth (Stalls)
 Visit to Hughenden National Trust
 Stratford upon Avon River Cruise
 Guided tour of Coventry Cathedral

Follow this link STRATFORD if you want to know more.

CHRISTMAS DINNER - TUESDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2018

 

Our Christmas meal this year will take place at the Oakwood House Hotel in Maidstone on Tuesday 11th December. Reserve this date!

The Oakwood House Hotel has undergone considerable improvements over the last couple of years and has come highly recommended. We are confident that it is the best venue we have looked at.

Final cost and menu will be posted here and circulated to all members as soon as available.