Ashtead

Events

Please can you help? Over the 16 years of Ashtead u3a the Social Committee have successfully organised dozens of events, thanks to a succession of willing volunteers. Inevitably, with time many of these volunteers have stood down. We are in need of some new Committee members and fresh ideas helping organise u3a outings and events. We should love to hear from you if you are interested, and if you would like to know more please contact Beryl McLaughlin (01372 272581 or mclaughlin23@talktalk.net). Without your help we will not be able to organise the same number of events in the future.

This page will help to keep you informed of our upcoming meetings and other Ashtead U3A organised events. For information on interest group activities, please refer to the group pages as these will often give more specific details of their meetings and activities.

Members meet on the first Thursday of each month at 2.30 p.m. in Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. We request that members do not arrive for the meetings before 2.00 p.m. Social committee members need to use the time to organise their paperwork and tickets and are not always able to attend to members’ requests or record attendance before this time. The Hall is booked out to us from 2.00 p.m. and not before. Thank you for your cooperation.
Admission for visitors to the Monthly Meeting is by prior arrangement only.

U3A Surrey Network Events can be accessed by clicking the link on the RHS of this page.

Other local U3A's and Ashtead Village events are covered in the Monthly News Update emailed to all members.

Please note that as there is no longer a tea interval mid-meeting, tickets for Events can only be bought between 2 and 2.30, before the formal meeting commences. Tickets for all outings/events only go on sale at the meeting stated.

Autumn 2021. APMH meetings were resumed in September 2021 after the lifting of COVID restrictions.

Secretary Ashtead U3A


Dates for your Diary
June 2024
Fri Jun 21stStudy DayScience Day - Rainforests/Evolution and Music/Colour
Presented by Dr David T Jones, Natural History Museum and Andrew Hanson, National Physical Laboratory
Sat Jun 22ndSocialAshtead Peace Memorial Hall celebrates its 100 years since being founded. A Centenary Open Day is being held on Saturday 22nd June, from 0945 am. This isn't a u3a event but all will be welcome!
July 2024
Thu Jul 4thMeetingGraham Grist talking about Commonwealth War Graves.
Please note that the timings of this meeting will be slightly later due to voting for the general election being held in the Ralli Room and the consequent relocation of the over 60s Lunch to the Main Hall. The doors will open at 2.30 pm with teas and coffees and tickets for social events on sale. The speaker's talk will commence at 3.00 to 3.15 pm.
Thu Jul 18thOutingVisit to Bletchley Park, leaving Ashtead at 8.45. Once the top-secret home of the World War Two code-breakers, this is now a vibrant heritage attraction. Step back in time to experience the stories of the men and women who worked here. Tea or coffee and pastries provided on arrival, then at your own pace you will be free to explore this fascinating site. Guided tours are available free (subject to availability) and there are a host of exhibits, exhibitions and interactive displays. Just one example (of special relevance this summer) is: "D-DAY; Intelligence, Interception and Invasion" - an immersive cinematic experience exploring Bletchley Park's secret and vital D-Day role.
Over 8000 respondents gave this a 4.5 (out of 5) rating on "Tripadvisor", typically saying "a great day out".
Tickets £47 each, available by email or telephone from Rob Eccleshall, or at the June 6th meeting.
August 2024
Thu Aug 1stMeetingNB no meeting in August
September 2024
Thu Sep 5thMeetingElizabeth Kennedy will give a talk on being High Sherriff.
Fri Sep 20thStudy DayUnderstanding AI and its Repercussions for Society, Now and in the Future
Presented by Russell Whitworth, Ian Hawker, Peter Lord, Andrew Rogoyski & Alan Freeland
Wed Sep 25thOutingA visit to the English Martyrs Church at Goring-by-Sea to see 'the Sistine ceiling.' Afterwards we will travel to Worthing where you can choose to have lunch or bring sandwiches with you. Besides visiting the pier and promenade, there is a Museum and Gallery in Chapel Road, a free attraction in the heart of the town. Tickets at £18 are on Sale on Thursday 4th July.
October 2024
Thu Oct 3rdMeetingAndrew Baker will talk about "Taking Coals to Newcastle" The coal industry, from which much of Britain's Industrial greatness arose, first came to Newcastle, but at what cost and to whom? Andrew will lift the lid on what went on beneath our feet. It is a story from another world.
November 2024
Thu Nov 7thMeetingAlan Doig will talk about Great Ormond Street Hospital. He is a Volunteer Ambassador for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. His talk will cover a brief history of the hospital, highlighting its current dimensions and future developments, which have resulted in it being recently voted one of the top three children's hospitals in the world.
Thu Nov 28thMeetingMike King will give a humorous talk about The Shed!
There is so much more to sheds than storage space. In this brief and amiable discourse, Mike looks beyond the wonky door or rusty hinges and seeks to reveal both the cultural dimensions of sheds and the creative and spiritual impact they have on their occupants.
NB this is 'December's meeting.