Important Message (click on scrolling text for more information)


 

 

Next Meeting 

4TH APRIL 2019

RICHARD GRIFFIN – MY LIFE AS A PERSONAL BODYGUARD TO HM QUEEN AND HRH DUKE OF EDINBURGH

Richard Griffin was, in 1981, selected to be a Personal Protection Officer and was sent to Cambridge University to protect HRH The Prince Edward. He made the most of this and gained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The Open University.

In 1986 he was promoted to Chief Inspector and moved to the Household of The Duke of Edinburgh for whom he worked for 13 very enjoyable years, the highlight of which was being attacked by a giant panda whilst on a visit to China. In 1999 he became a Personal Protection Officer to Her Majesty the Queen for whom he worked for 14 years. This period was the pinnacle of his career as he travelled throughout the world with Her Majesty. In 2010 he was promoted to Superintendent and held the position known as “The Queen’s Police Officer “until he retired in April 2013 when he was honoured by being made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order, a personal decoration from Her Majesty. During his career as a Royalty Protection Officer he visited over 150 different countries.

WELCOME TO KINGS HILL AND DISTRICT U3A

Kings Hill & District U3A (University of the Third Age) is a friendly, self motivated organisation for  people who wish to join in social, cultural and educational activities which may be academic,  cultural, social or physical. If you would like to meet new friends and learn something new at  minimal cost, then this is the organisation for you. Meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of  every month at 2.00 PM at Kings Hill Community Centre.

Although U3A stands for University of the Third Age, the word ‘University’ here has its original meaning of a group of people with similar interests meeting together. There are no academic qualifications required to become a Member, the only qualification is that Members are all in the situation where they are no longer in full time gainful employment. Members with similar interests meet together in local halls, Members' homes, or elsewhere, and most activities are conducted on a self help basis. Nationally, the U3A provides well over 300 different activities.

We are one of almost 1000 U3A groups in the UK. Each is autonomous but share the national ' Common Aims and Guiding Principles'. The U3A movement is neither political nor religious. U3A members are normally retired or semi-retired. All who are not in full-time employment are welcome, both male and female. The Kings Hill & District U3A started in late summer of 2012 and has rapidly grown to over 300 members. We provide opportunities for a wide variety of life enriching activities in a friendly and informal manner. While a principal focus is informal 'life-long learning', hobbies, cultural and physical activities also feature strongly. We aim to be more than a social club.

No qualifications are required to join the U3A - no examinations are held and no certificates are awarded; activities depend on volunteers from our members to organise and participate in over 40 activities.

If you would like to know more about our activities, please check our groups page know more about joining us please check our how to join page.

You can now join on line go to our how to join page and follow the link.

If you would like any other information, please contact us by telephone, e-mail or by post.

Non members are invited to come along to any of our monthly meetings as a guest.

Meet the members and join in the friendly atmosphere before deciding to take out membership. You can attend up to three meetings as a guest before joining.

There is a charge of £3 for guests attending monthly meetings.