Kings Hill U3A Christmas Lunch - Tuesday 10th December

The annual Christmas lunch will take place on Tuesday 10th December at the Village Hotel, Maidstone. A private bar will be open for pre-dinner drinks from 12pm and our meal will be served at 1pm.

You can choose from the following menu selections:

Starters;

Slow Roasted red Pepper & Tomato Soup with Paprika Croutons

Chicken Liver Pate with chutney

Smoked Haddock Fish Cake with Wholegrain mustard Hollandaise

Mains:

Prosciutto Wrapped Turkey Breast with stuffing, pigs in blanket & roasted turkey jus

Sauted Mushroom & Leek Pie, with a pumpkin and sunflower crust and a tarragon gravy

( Served with roast potatoes, Brussel sprouts, honey glazed carrots & Parsnips)

Grilled Salmon with Hollandaise sauce served with gratin dauphinoise potatoes and seasonal vegetables

Desserts:

Traditional Christmas Pudding and Brandy Sauce

Salted Caramel & chocolate tart, with blood orange

Chocolate Yule Log – Whipped cream, cherry puree & chocolate sauce

Cheese & Biscuits

Followed by Tea / Coffee & Mince Pies

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THE HEARTBEATS EVENING - FRIDAY 22ND NOVEMBER

Friday 22nd November @ 7.00 till 11.00 at Kings Hill Community Centre

Featuring Kent’s premier live 1960s band, dancing, table quizzes, non-alcoholic drinks & more – just £9

Who are “The Heartbeats”? One of Kent’s premier ‘Fifties / Sixties’ bands, with an exciting sound and solid instrumental backing; as already seen by several of our members. "The Heartbeats" are 5 very talented musicians aged from 62 to 74, featuring three different vocalists, singing both as individuals and in harmony. They go from strength to strength, entertaining audiences of all ages with their renditions of classic numbers; as well as a few of the less played, but instantly recognisable, tunes that are synonymous to an era of fabulous music and melody. They play extremely well, and have a very clean and happy sound - Not just (as so often one encounters), one or two boring guys doing bad Elvis covers to a backing track! We are getting a really talented live band here. They are very approachable too, and absolutely don’t have a problem if you want to sing along or dance – which you undoubtedly will…

The wearing of 60s fab gear will be welcome! Non-alcoholic drinks will be provided, however you may bring your own drinks.

Please see: http://itstheheartbeats.com/the-band.html or watch amateur video at https://www.khu3a.club/2019-Heartbeats-Gigs.mp4

To book your place please complete one of the following booking forms or email direct to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THE HEARTBEATS EVENING - BOOKING FORM -  Booking Form (Word)  / Booking Form (PDF) (Use Word version if possible please, as PDF version can be used, but can’t be edited

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Autumn Show - Saturday 21st September - Kings Hill Community Centre

Autumn Show 21st September Kings Hill Community Centre

We will be celebrating the start of Autumn with a show of work by a number of our groups:

Our Flower-arrangers will have displays on the theme of ‘Autumn Splendour’ while our gardening groups will be showing flowers, fruit and vegetables  in season from their gardens.

Other groups – Art, Photography, Crafts, Knitting and Sewing will have displays showing a range of their work. If you have ever wondered what ‘blackwork’ is, or would like to see how your clothes can be ‘upcycled’ , or just want to admire the skill of our art and photography members, do come along to see the displays.

There will also be a ‘Spanish Corner’ showing co-operation between several groups, as well as some displays from individual members.

Just to clarify – most of the exhibits on the day will be non-competitive, the main aim being to show examples of the work of the groups. Only the Flower Arrangements and some of the Gardening classes will be judged and prize certificates awarded.

So do come along and support our members – the show is open  from 1.00-4.00 with free entry to members, their friends and families.

If you have any queries, or would like more information, do get in touch with me – Elaine Scutt Groups Co-Ordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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IRELAND HOLIDAY REPORT

Follow the link below to read a report on the U3As' trip to Ireland

IRELAND

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PROPOSED 2020 HOLIDAY TO POTTERS RESORT, NORFOLK

Message from the Working Group for 2020 Holiday

After much discussion the group decided to investigate Potters Resort, Hopton On Sea, Norfolk.

This venue has been graded the first 5star Holiday Village in UK.

This is a popular activity resort which has a special department managing group visits such as U3As. We have spoken to many individuals who have visited with other U3A groups and they all recommend the venue as providing a wide range of activities e.g. swimming, craft workshops, ten pin bowling, tennis, dancing, bowls, Segway, archery and walking routes. Good food with up to four meals a day, entertainment or just walking on the beach.

There is a range of accommodation from two levels of bungalow to hotel rooms with various supplements. Some of the single rooms are pairs with a shared bathroom.

The exact details of the programme will be finalised nearer the time but will be able to include suggestions from members attending. The activities can be whole group or smaller however the fancy takes you.

We have a provisional booking for Monday 1st June until Friday 5th June 2020 and would hope to hear back from you as soon as possible on the attached form to show your various interests including your preferred method of transport.

Provisional cost will be £320 approx. but will change according to numbers. This includes full board and all activities. Cost of Transport will be additional.

This will be a different type of holiday from previously and because of the variety of activities available and the relative ease of travel we thought it would be an attractive alternative venture.

Please let us know your interest as soon as possible so that the group can make further progress.

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Alan Pamplin, Maggie Hall with Jan and Graham providing back up support.

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Preferred method of transport:   Own Car……………………… or Mini Bus…………………………… or Coach…………………

Comments and suggestions…………………………………………………………

Room required:   single…………. Double………………. Single room with shared bathroom…………………

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Jazz Study Day - September 17th 2019

A Message from The Third Age Trust:

U3A Jazz Study Day 2019 is open for booking. We are returning to Cecil Sharp House in London for this year and have an excellent programme planned. 

Visit the Events page of our website to book your place.

Programme
11.00am start
1.00pm - 2.00pm Lunch Break
2.00pm Afternoon session
4.00pm Finish

For a second year, Alan Barnes and his octet have agreed to entertain and enlighten us about jazz, this time focusing on the instruments in the band and the all-important personalities that energise jazz music.  This will be the World Premiere of Alan's new project.

Alan entitles the performance 'New Jazz Portraits'.  It will feature 8 brand new charts, each being an affectionate portrait of a different member of the band. The pieces have all been written to bring out the strengths of these formidable and very individual stylists whilst also, perhaps, bringing out some lesser known parts of their musical characters.

Alan will also include some surprise musical portraits of other musicians who have been important to his career.  As is usual and well understood in the jazz world, Alan's show will be peppered with anecdotes.  Of course, swinging, straight ahead jazz will be the priority.

The all-star lineup consists of Bruce Adams on trumpet & flugelhorn; Mark Nightingale on trombone; Alan Barnes on saxes & clarinet; Robert Fowler on saxes & clarinet; Karen Sharp on saxes & clarinet; David Newton on piano; Simon Thorpe on bass and Clark Tracey on drums.

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Liverpool Trip Sunday 29 September – Wednesday 2 October

The detailed itinerary and booking form for this trip is now available.

Follow these links to view:   ITINERARY        BOOKING FORM

Total cost £310 per person with minimum of 30 passengers reducing to £289 per person with minimum of 40 passengers (both prices plus £105 single supplement if required)

 

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.

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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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