U3A National Conference and AGM - August 2019

The U3A National Conference and AGM 2019 is now open for booking

Please visit the dedicated website for Conference news, updates and booking –

find it at CONFERENCE   

There, you can find information about the programme, the speakers, and the location. The site will be continuously updated it as more details are confirmed, so be sure to keep checking back.

There is wide variety of workshops spread over 3 days. You can attend any of these or go along for just the AGM on day 3. Full details of the workshops are available on the CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS website 

In the meantime, booking is now open. If you want to go along click the button above to visit the website and book your place.

Liverpool Trip Sunday 29 September – Wednesday 2 October

Total cost £289 per person (with minimum of 40 passengers) or £310 per person (with minimum of 30 passengers) plus £105 single supplement if required.

There will be a deposit to pay of £50 per person with the balance due six weeks before we travel. However, please do not pay anything now, as there will be a formal booking form available from Harry Shaw in a couple of weeks with full payment details.

Initial response to the previous email has been good so please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to join this trip.

Itinerary

Day 1

Travel from Kings Hill (time to be confirmed) with comfort stops to arrive at Jurys Inn, Liverpool City Centre late afternoon. Evening meal at Jurys Inn.

Day 2

Half day light hearted Liverpool and Beatles themed tour with some music along the route, to visit the area of the childhood homes of both John Lennon and Paul McCartney, see Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and enjoy a panoramic city tour passing the Beatles schools and colleges and looking at John Lennon’s birthplace. We will hear the story of how The Beatles were originally managed by Allan Williams who got them their work in Hamburg. The tour will include a walk along Mathew Street and a visit to the Cavern Club and stop outside Eric’s to explain the legacy left by the whole music scene in the 1960’s. The tour will finish at the Double Fantasy John Lennon & Yoko Ono Exhibition which is less than 15 minutes walk back through the Royal Albert Docks to the Jurys Inn and is close to Liverpool One and all the other facilities.

Day 3

Free time during the day to visit Cathedrals, Museums, Art Galleries or shopping. There may be an option of a visit to Crosby Beach (this is dependent on times of low tide in order to see the famous statues) and an evening visit to a 60’s venue.

Day 4

10.00 hrs depart Pier Head on a Mersey Ferry for a 40 minute journey across the Mersey to Woodside on the Wirral, the additional cost of which is £5.00 per person. The coach would travel empty from Pier Head to Woodside on the Wirral and meet the group to start the homeward journey with a visit to Port Sunlight Village Trust on the way.

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SCIENCE SEMINAR - “Forensics: The Expert Witnesses” 5th June 2019

SOLD OUT

Sevenoaks U3A have organised what promises to be a very interesting science day. The event will take place at the Orchards Events Venue, East Malling Research, New Road, East Malling, ME19 6BH

Forensic evidence is essential in supporting the criminal justice system. The major areas of criminal activity that are of public concern are Drug misuse/abuse, Gun Crime and DNA analysis. We have invited four speakers, all expert in their respective fields, who will present the real facts and examples of the work they undertake in the following programme:

If you are interested in going along please click on the following link for more details:

DETAILS

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Leonardslee Gardens on Thursday 23rd May

A visit to Leonardslee Gardens on Thursday 23rd May

Described as the ‘Finest Spring Gardens in England’, the 240-acre Leonardslee estate at Lower Beeding, near Horsham in West Sussex, has beautiful landscaped Grade I listed gardens, first planted in 1801 where we can see the outstanding spring displays of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, magnolias and bluebells.

There are numerous walks to explore throughout the 240 acres of grade I listed gardens, parkland, lawns and forest areas, including a number of very rare trees and shrubs.

You can explore a wide range of features including the elegant 19th-century Italianate-style Mansion House, listed Grade II for architectural merit, the unique dolls’ house exhibition.

The estate is home to an extraordinary range of wildlife including foxes, rabbits, grey squirrels, badgers, weasels, stoats, shrews, voles, huge carp in the seven ponds and the now famous wallabies.

We will leave by coach from Kings Hill at approximately 9.00 am hoping to arrive at Leonardslee no later than 10.30am and leaving for the return journey at approx 3.30pm

The price of the trip incudes admission to Leonardslee and lunchtime refreshments comprising of tea/coffee, hot meal, slice of cake. This will be taken in the Clock Tower café.

For those wishing it a guided tour of the garden can be arranged. The tour would be led by the head gardener, would be for a minimum of 15 people and would cost an extra £8.00 per person. Please indicate if you would like to take this tour.

Fully inclusive price £34.50

Please book your place by contact Mark Richards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Payment is full is required with your booking and your place/s will not be confirmed until                   payment is received.

As usual payment is preferably by bank transfer to our account at:

Account: KHAD U3A     Number: 00025484     Sort: 40 52 40

Payment can also be made by cheque payable to “Kingshill & District U3A” and mailed to 12 Banky Meadow, Maidstone. ME16 9LA.

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DAY TRIP TO BRIGHTON, INCLUDING TOUR OF THE ROYAL PAVILION ON THURSDAY 13 JUNE

DAY TRIP TO BRIGHTON, INCLUDING TOUR OF THE ROYAL PAVILION ON THURSDAY 13 JUNE

We start off by visiting the Pavilion with an audio guide included in the cost.

 

The Royal Pavilion is an exotic palace in the centre of Brighton with a colourful history. Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this historic house mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. A recent addition is the restoration of the saloon to its 1823 splendour and the Regency styled garden conforms as closely as possible to the original list of plants supplied to George IV.

After the tour there will be ample time to explore Brighton itself. Highlights include the famous lanes full of quaint little shops and restaurants, the Victorian Pleasure Pier and the famous beach.

We will leave Kings Hill at 9.00, which gives plenty of time for a coffee break en route before our 11.50 tour in the Pavilion. We will leave Brighton at 4.00.

Price £28 per person, which includes coach travel by executive coach, entrance to the Pavilion and coach driver’s gratuity.

Please book your place by contacting Christine Hutchins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Payment in full is required with your booking and your place/s will not be confirmed until payment is received.

As usual payment is preferably by bank transfer to our account at:

Account: KHAD U3A     Number: 00025484     Sort: 40 52 40

If you prefer to pay by cheque please send direct to our treasurer:

Joyce Evans, 14 Hartridge Farm, Lower Road, Maidstone ME15 0JR and make payable to Kingshill & District U3A.

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HIGHGROVE ROYAL GARDENS - 2 DATES AVAILABLE

TRIP TO HIGHGROVE ROYAL GARDENS, Nr. Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Due to popular demand two dates have now been arranged

Wednesday 19 June and Tuesday 2 July.    **BOTH DATES SOLD OUT

 

As part of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s private residence, The Royal Gardens at Highgrove are opened annually for visitors to share in their enjoyment of this much-loved inspirational setting. Created with imagination and passion by the Prince over the last 38 years, the series of interlinked organic gardens reflect his deep commitment to sustainability, as well as a natural artistic ability. As an important haven for a rich variety of flora and fauna, the gardens have been developed to not only please the eye but sit in succinct harmony with nature.

Your trip will arrive at Highgrove at approximately 11.00 am allowing you time to explore before lunch. After lunch you will be divided into two groups, each with its own dedicated, expert guide, before watching a welcome message from His Royal Highness to begin your two-hour tour of the beautiful Highgrove Gardens, which are renowned as some of the most inspiring and innovative in the United Kingdom.

During your visit the Highgrove Estate Shop will be open, where you can browse a wide range of artisan products, from beautiful home and garden ware to country attire and artwork by The Prince of Wales.

The coach will leave Kings Hill at approximately 7.30 am and will return 7.00 - 7.30 (there will be comfort stops.) 

£59 per person includes travel by Executive Coach, gratuities for the driver, a tour of the gardens and a

2 course lunch.

Please book your place by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. clearly showing your preferred date of travel

If you have already booked a place and have not selected the date that you would prefer please do so now to avoid missing out on your preferred day of travel.

Payment in full is required with your booking and your place/s will not be confirmed until payment is received.

As usual payment is preferably by bank transfer to our account at:

Account: KHAD U3A     Number: 00025484     Sort: 40 52 40

Payment can also be made by cheque payable to “Kingshill & District U3A” and mailed to Casa Mia, 564 Snodland Road, Snodland, Kent ME6 5LL.

Please note the following information from Highgrove:

  • Due to security regulations, all visitors must bring a form of photographic ID with them on the day of their visit, ideally a passport, driving license or bus pass.
  • Highgrove is The Prince of Wales’s private home and the use of mobile phones, cameras, binoculars and all recording equipment is prohibited. Please leave such items at home, on the coach, or switched off inside your bags.

 

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HEVER CASTLE’S FESTIVAL THEATRE - LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS - 25th August

TICKETS FOR HEVER CASTLE’S FESTIVAL THEATRE - LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS

Sunday 25 August at 8.00

We have been able to reserve front row tickets in covered seating for this performance at the discount price of £27 per person. The tickets are being held for a couple of weeks so please book early if interested.

Reduced ticket price entry to Hever Castle Gardens are offered alongside the theatre tickets to take the opportunity of exploring even more of the stunning estate or picnic in the grounds before the Festival event starts.

For this reason we are not organising a coach, therefore enabling you to go along at a time to suit and there will be plenty of car parking.

By popular demand Brandenburg Sinfonia, with conductor and raconteur Bob Porter returns to present their own Last Night of the Proms, with a delightful programme including Faure’s Pavanne and pieces from Sleeping Beauty and Carmen alongside the traditional Proms fare. 

A fun-filled evening of entertainment is promised. (Don’t forget your Union Jack.)

Programme details:

Fučík

Entrance of the Gladiators

Lehár

Gold and Silver Waltz

Tchaikovsky

Suite From Sleeping Beauty

Dvořák

Song to the Moon from Rusalka

Fauré

Pavane

Bizet

Carmen Overture

   

Haydn

Toy Symphony

Heuberger

Im Chambre Separee

Vaughan Williams

Fantasia on Greensleeves

Wood

Fantasia on British Sea Songs

Arne

Rule Britannia

Parry

Jerusalem

Elgar

Pomp & Circumstance March No 1

Please book your place by contacting Christine Hutchins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Payment in full is required with your booking and your place/s will not be confirmed until payment is received.

As usual payment is preferably by bank transfer to our account at:

Account: KHAD U3A     Number: 00025484     Sort: 40 52 40

If you prefer to pay by cheque please send direct to our treasurer elect:

David Murray, 10 Crabtree Close, Kings Hill, ME19 4FR and made payable to “Kingshill & District U3A”

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TUTANKHAMUN EXHIBITION ON MONDAY 9 MARCH, 2020.

DAY TRIP TO SEE TUTANKHAMUN EXHIBITION ON MONDAY 9 MARCH, 2020.

(This trip has already proved so popular that this is the earliest date we can get.)

A unique opportunity to see, in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the tomb discovery, the boy king's priceless tomb artifacts. They will visit London one final time while a new permanent resting place for the treasures is constructed at the Grand Egyptian Museum. Over 150 stunning authentic tomb objects, 60 on display outside Egypt for the first time, showcase the spectacular artistry of the boy king's 3,300-year-old treasure.

The show is at The Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea. Over 150 artifacts are coming to London, more than were shown at The O2 and more than at the original blockbuster show at the British Museum in 1972. Sixty of the finds in the new show have never left Egypt before, but it won’t include the famous death mask which has been deemed too fragile to leave Egypt.

We travel by coach from Kings Hill to arrive at the National Army Museum at midday for time to buy lunch and then a Blue Badge Guide will join our coach for a guided tour as described below with a break for tea before visiting the exhibition at 4pm.

We leave the Museum to drive through Kensington & Chelsea and turn the clocks back to the Roaring Twenties. We see where Howard Carter was born and where he died. Discover how the fashion for Tutankhamun and Ancient Egypt influenced everything from art and architecture to shopping. From the first Thomas Cook package tours to the Middle East to the novels of Agatha Christie - it’s an irresistible combination of high adventure, romance, and history.

We will head home at 6.30pm on much quieter roads.

The total price includes travel by executive coach, admission to the exhibition and the services of a Blue Badge Guide.

Please book your place by contacting Christine Hutchins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We have to pay a deposit of £21 (so please ensure we receive this with your booking), then a balance of £29 by the end of February 2020.

As usual payment is preferably by bank transfer to our account at:

Account: KHAD U3A     Number: 00025484     Sort: 40 52 40

If you prefer to pay by cheque please send direct to our treasurer elect:

David Murray, 10 Crabtree Close, Kings Hill, ME19 4FR and made payable to “Kingshill & District U3A”

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Royal Holloway University - Shared Learning Projects

Royal Holloway University - Citizens 800 Shared Learning Project

Royal Holloway University in conjunction with the U3A are holding a series of workshops to be held this year

Any member in the SE region is invited to attend any of these half day workshops and get involved in guided research. No previous knowledge or equipment is required. There is parking on campus and directions are on the website.

Click this link www.citizens800.org/u3a for further information or contact:

Hilvary Robinson. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 01590 672825

What are Shared Learning Projects?

Shared Learning Projects started in the autumn of 2002 at the British Museum and, since then, they have flourished throughout the UK. SLPs involve a team of U3A members, usually from more than one U3A, carrying out research for an institution such as a museum, archive or gallery where there is a specific project to which volunteers can contribute. The emphasis is on partnership: the host organisation working with members of the U3A team who are contributing their learning to the project.

Citizens project Shared Learning Projects

For phase two of the Citizens project's Shared Learning Projects we are hosting a series of Research Retreats where members of the U3A can help us delve into the archives to help us examine key milestones in the history of liberty, protest, rebellion and reform. Most Research Retreats will be held at Royal Holloway's campus in London and more dates will be added, so please do check back from time to time for updates.

Research Retreat Example

On 7th November 2018 a small group of U3A volunteers joined us at Royal Holloway to delve into the British Newspaper Archive to plot reports in March 1913 of 'Suffragette Outrages'. The resulting Google My Map now features in our online course with the UK Parliament, Beyond the Ballot, and will later be added to our resources for schools. C

Workshops planned for this year include:

6th March 2019 - Peterloo Rediscovered

10th April 2019 -Chartism 180

8th May 2019 - The Great Unrest

For more details and information on how to apply to participate see go to www.citizens800.org/u3a

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SOUTH EAST AREA SUMMER SCHOOL - JUNE 2019

Several members of Kings Hill attended the Summer School at Chichester in June, run by the South East Area Forum. I am in fact one of the chief organisers. 12 courses were on offer ranging across a wide variety of topics – bridge, Maths, Psychology, Walking, knitting, mah jong to name a few. The School takes place on the University campus at Chichester, which is close to the town centre & The Festival Theatre. The weather was lovely for us again this year, which makes for an enjoyable time. The new academic block gives state of the art rooms in which the courses are held. There is also a social programme including drinks receptions, quix night, film on campus & this year a local Community choir entertained us. Usually we manage to get tickets for the theatre for those who want to go, but this year we were unable to secure any despite being in the queue for them on the appropriate day. Better luck next year !

Many thanks to the team from Kings Hill who helped me with the Quiz night & in ascertaining who would have liked to go to the theatre.

I think several of the bridge group played long into the evenings, ably assisted by bottles of wine to keep them hydrated ! The ukulele group mainly started from scratch but were able to give us a concert on the final morning- shows what progress you can make.

It makes for a great few days away. You can learn something but equally it is a sociable time when you meet new people of like mind to yourself. All the tutors are U3A members so do not charge for their services so the price is very reasonable. The food is pretty good though.

Why not give it a try next year? We have agreed the dates June 24th – 27th and begun planning it all already. Get the date into your diary and talk to those who went this year to hear all about it.

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