AN EVENING WITH OUR VERY OWN BIG BAND - SAT FEB 1st

 AN EVENING WITH OUR VERY OWN BIG BAND

The only U3A big band group in Kent and Sussex

The venue is Kings Hill Community Hall and doors will be open at 7.00 for a 7.30 start on Saturday 1 February - cost £15 per person.

Chase away those winter blues by coming along for an evening of music, some dancing, supper and fun.

The Band has been performing for over two years and have gone from strength to strength. They now have a huge repertoire and would like to invite members to this unique event.

The band will play a variety of music during the evening with a break for a hot supper provided by The Spitfire. You will just need to bring your own drinks, glasses and cutlery.

Please do not delay in booking a place as we are sure this will be a popular event.

To reserve your place please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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:

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

 

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Brandenburg Traditional Christmas Concerts

Brandenburg Traditional Christmas Concerts

Accompanied by mulled wine made to an ancient and secret family recipe and mince pies, this concert is guaranteed to get you fully into the Christmas spirit with a wide stylistic range of Christmas-focussed ethereal music, entertaining seasonal readings and opportunities to stretch the vocal chords by joining in with a few traditional and well-known carols

There will also be an interval presentation on the history and architecture of these two very special venues.

Friday 6th December at 2.00pm at St Bartholomew the Great, EC1A 7JQ

And

Saturday 7th December at 2.00pm at St Stephen Wallbrook, EC4N 8BN                                        

The Brandenburg Singers directed by Bob Porter

Tickets: £19.50    APPLY                                                                                                                                       

 

St Bartholomew the Great is London’s oldest parish church.

At the heart of the Smithfield area, with its hospital, pubs, restaurants, and market, is a church built when Henry I, son of William the Conqueror, was King of England. It survived the Great Fire of 1666 and the bombs dropped in two World Wars.

Today the Church has a reputation not only for wonderful Romanesque architecture, but also for traditional formal worship, marvellous music and intelligent preaching. It has also appeared in a series of award-winning films including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, The End of the Affair, Amazing Grace, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and The Other Boleyn Girl.

St Stepehn Walbrook, City of London

Close to the Roman Temple of Mithras, this church was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren in 1679 (at a cost of £7,672) and now combines typical Wren elegance with a number of interesting more modern facets including a Henry Moore travertine altar, Patrick Heron kneelers and the original telephone used by the vicar in 1953, Chad Varah as a confidential help-line that became what we now know as the Samaritans.

NB Access to St Stephen is via a few steps. 

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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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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…………………

Please return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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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