Recent Ashtead U3A Speakers
|Year||Month||Name||Talk||Subject||Other Talk Topics|
|2019||Sep||Vicky Russell||Ashtead Common||The History & Management|
|2019||Jul||Late cancelation of Speaker||Members talks|
|2019||Jun||Nick Dobson||Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Potting Shed|
|2019||May||Harriet Smith||Eating Well, Living Well|
|2019||Apr||Len Taphouse||5 years as a Dockyard engineering Apprentice|
|2019||Mar||Peter B Stammers||Albert Einstein & Relativity|
|2019||Feb||David Williams||Life of Lawrence of Arabia|
|2019||Jan||Brad Ashton||The Job of a Laughtime|
|2018||Dec||Helen Astrid||Tradition of Christmas Carols|
|2018||Nov||David Allen||The Weird & Wonderful World of the Law|
|2018||Oct||Colin Summerhayes||Melting Ice, Rising Seas, Antarctic Climate Change|
|2018||Sep||Kevin Chamberlain||My Career in the Foreign Office|
|2018||Jul||Tim Moorey||Most Popular Indoor Activity||Entertaining analysis of cryptic crosswords and biography|
|2018||Jun||Sqad. Lead. Jim Barnes||Dam Busters||Analysis of maths, history behind bouncing bombs as well as knowledge of Barnes Wallis, & Squadron|
|2018||May||Sarah Fordham||Changing the Guard at Buckingham palace||Bue badge holders , some history of London||Main occupation is organising tours|
|2018||Apr||Prof Tony Dayan||A toxicologist in the Garden||Common plants which may be poisonous/herbal remedies|
|2018||Mar||CANCELLED MEETING (bad weather)|
|2018||Feb||David Williams||French Foreign Legion||History of French Foreign Legion||Lawrence of Arabia, Florence Nightingale, Side shows of WW1,300 years Russian military history, Duke of Wellington, Napoleon Bonaparte|
|2018||Jan||Andy Thomas||The Crop Circle Mystery||History of circles and theories of origin||Unexplained mysteries, Lewes and bonfire night, history of Christmas, English freedom, world|
|2017||Dec||Ashtead U3A Music Ensembel and AGM|
|2017||Nov..Nick Barratt||A March through Time||General uprising of people every 100 years||Magna Carta|
|2017||Oct||Gordon Thomas||My Club Sandwich at Home office,Scientist 5 jobs|
|2017||Sep||Dr Helen Fry||Secret Listeners WW2||Bugging of Nazis|
|2017||Jul||Jo Mabbutt||City Livery Companies||Medieval beginnings as craft guilds, current role in city of London|
|2017||Jun||Peter Bates||Farming in the 40's & 50's|
|2017||May||Ian Keable||Life & Works of James Gilray||Satirist/cartoonist||Hoaxes 18th century, Charles Dickens -conjuror|
|2017||Apr||Colin Lomas||Meanings behind familiar paintings in London||Art (lots), Greek Myths, Jewel of West Bank, the V&A|
|2017||Mar||Rupert Matthews||Medieval Women- How women led in the world of chivalry||Four extraordinary women revealing role of women in medieval times||King Arthur, bomber command, local ghosts, history topics, St George, Father Xmas|
|2017||Feb||Colin Jones||Blooming Britain||Gardens open to public|
|2017||Jan||Sheila Kennedy||High Times at Heathrow||Her 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.
The Crop Circle Mystery
At the first Monthly Meeting of 2018 we had a most interesting talk by Andy Thomas on the Mystery of Crop Circles. Some are man made but mostly they are so symmetric and appear so quickly that there just has to be another answer, what that is still open to debate.
Attached with his permission are copies of his pamphlets with links to other websites which just might give you the answer.
Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.