Recent Events

New Year Lunch

New Year lunch After many cancellations and postponements the New Year lunch finally look place in the Village Hall on 26th January. Our celebration lunch was a great success where, in spite of so much on in Ashtead that week, over 60 members enjoyed an excellent meal and the chance to mix and chat, mask free, in a relaxed atmosphere.

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

At each Monthly Meeting a speaker is invited to give a talk on a specialist subject, these can range from history, arts, science, etc.
Below are some examples of recent talks that the members have found both varied and interesting. Please see the events page for a list of the future planned speakers.

Month Speaker Talk Subject
JuneGerald SmithHistory of Nonsuch Palace
MayAndy ThomasConspiracy History of the World, 2018 Crop Circles, 2019 History of Christmas
AprilColin SummerhayesClimate Change, Energy Use and Peak Oil, 3 sides of a triangle
MarchAGM + Ian BevanClimate Change, Energy Use and Peak Oil, 3 sides of a triangle
FebruaryMark LewisNotable Watercolourists of the 20th Century
January David AllenBlack Teeth & Dirty Fingernails- The Great Unwashed of Victorian London
DecemberClive WoodwardA Celebration of Life - Poetry
NovemberMike KingThe Sacred & Ancient Art of Bodging
OctoberPaul BarwickThe Mystery of the Body in the Bag -The Gareth Williams Story
SeptemberChris GraylingSocial eventRefreshments and chat!
JulyJenny MalinMy Grandmothers Legacy5 generations of the British Raj - Life, Occupations and history during the Raj
JunePeter StammersHow WW2 endedLittle known detail of exact moves to bring about peace
MaySteve ShortMorecambe & WiseThe life story of how they met and entertained the world
AprilHelen NaylorThe Spirit of WestminsterThe Story of Gin
MarchAlan BlowerRoyal Parks & PalacesA walking tour of royal properties near the Thames
FebruarySally Schofield - Bank community Liaison OfficerScam AwarenessIncluding COVID scams
JanuaryPaul WhittleBurmese DaysTravel & history
NovemberDavid WilliamsChurchill, His Most Agonising DecisionHis family background, army career, early politics, marriage and family, World War 1, his 'wilderness years' and the most agonising decision he ever had to make after Dunkirk in 1940.
OctoberAndrew BakerDonald TrumpCan you believe it? America's 45th President is like no other: a vivid portrait of Trump's past, his style, his ruthlessness, his ego, his connections
SeptemberIan KeableCentury of Deception!8th Century Hoax tales, Hoaxes of the 18th century, cartoon history, 18th century mysteries
MarchLiz Lee-KelleyFrom Laundry to Chop SueyWhy the Chinese came to UK and what they did
FebruaryIan KeableCharles Dickens, ConjurorDickens' hobby as amateur conjurer, and some of his tricks from shows
JanuaryProfessor David PhillipsChemistry in the Atmosphere and Climate ChangeChemical composition of atmosphere, ozone layer, various accords to address climate change