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Ashtead U3A Art Group Evening Exhibition

Overall Impression On the 6th November 2019 The Ashtead U3A presented its 3rd Art Exhibition. In the past, we have exhibited our paintings for a month In The Leatherhead Theatre, but this year, we changed tack and arranged a one-night Exhibition in The Ralli Room in the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall.Organisers

Also invited were the two U3A Craft Groups and the U3A Photographic Group, both of which displayed some amazing talents.

We in the Art Group displayed a total of 128 paintings, the most ever, and all the paintings were of a superior quality ranging in subject from landscapes, animals, birds, popular cartoons and flowers. We even managed to sell some pictures!!!Art Group

The Photography Group presented a rolling slide show of members pictures on a TV screen.

Art Group Member with Pictures

We laid on copious amounts of finger food and canapes and wine and soft drinks were also available. We had an immense response from our U3A members, plus friends, family members and the general public. It was deemed a great success by all who attended. Hopefully we will hold another exhibition within the next two years.

Recent Ashtead U3A Speakers

YearMonthNameTalkSubjectOther Talk Topics
2019DevAndy ThomasA Celebratory History of Christmas
2019NovDr Robert CruthersDoctor at Sea
2019OctMark LewisLondon Through an Artists Eyes
2019SepVicky RussellAshtead CommonThe History & Management
2019JulLate cancelation of SpeakerMembers talks
2019Jun Nick DobsonFunny Thing Happened on the Way to the Potting Shed
2019MayHarriet SmithEating Well, Living Well
2019AprLen Taphouse5 years as a Dockyard engineering Apprentice
2019MarPeter B StammersAlbert Einstein & Relativity
2019FebDavid WilliamsLife of Lawrence of Arabia
2019JanBrad AshtonThe Job of a Laughtime
2018DecHelen AstridTradition of Christmas Carols
2018Nov David Allen The Weird & Wonderful World of the Law
2018Oct Colin Summerhayes Melting Ice, Rising Seas, Antarctic Climate Change
2018Sep Kevin Chamberlain My Career in the Foreign Office
2018JulTim MooreyMost Popular Indoor ActivityEntertaining analysis of cryptic crosswords and biography
2018JunSqad. Lead. Jim BarnesDam BustersAnalysis of maths, history behind bouncing bombs as well as knowledge of Barnes Wallis, & Squadron
2018MaySarah FordhamChanging the Guard at Buckingham palaceBue badge holders , some history of LondonMain occupation is organising tours
2018AprProf Tony DayanA toxicologist in the GardenCommon plants which may be poisonous/herbal remedies
2018MarCANCELLED MEETING (bad weather)
2018FebDavid WilliamsFrench Foreign LegionHistory of French Foreign LegionLawrence of Arabia, Florence Nightingale, Side shows of WW1,300 years Russian military history, Duke of Wellington, Napoleon Bonaparte
2018JanAndy ThomasThe Crop Circle MysteryHistory of circles and theories of originUnexplained mysteries, Lewes and bonfire night, history of Christmas, English freedom, world
2017DecAshtead U3A Music Ensembel and AGM
2017Nov..Nick BarrattA March through TimeGeneral uprising of people every 100 yearsMagna Carta
2017OctGordon ThomasMy Club Sandwich at Home office,Scientist 5 jobs
2017SepDr Helen FrySecret Listeners WW2Bugging of Nazis
2017JulJo MabbuttCity Livery CompaniesMedieval beginnings as craft guilds, current role in city of London
2017JunPeter BatesFarming in the 40's & 50's
2017MayIan KeableLife & Works of James GilraySatirist/cartoonistHoaxes 18th century, Charles Dickens -conjuror
2017AprColin LomasMeanings behind familiar paintings in London Art (lots), Greek Myths, Jewel of West Bank, the V&A
2017MarRupert MatthewsMedieval Women- How women led in the world of chivalryFour extraordinary women revealing role of women in medieval timesKing Arthur, bomber command, local ghosts, history topics, St George, Father Xmas
2017FebColin JonesBlooming BritainGardens open to public
2017JanSheila KennedyHigh Times at HeathrowHer life as air hostess

Ashtead Village Day
Attached are pictures from previous years.

10th Anniversary with an Afternoon Cream Tea
Ashtead U3A was 10 years old 2016. We were formed in 2006 and our membership is approaching 700.
We celebrated our Anniversary at the APMH on 10th November 2016 which included musical entertainment and table magic. The beautifully decorated cake was cut by Yann Trevou (Chairman 2006 to 2010), Richard Norton (Chairman 2010 to 2013) and Graham Wiseman, the current Chairman.
Attached are pictures.

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