Recent Events

Recent Ashtead U3A Speakers

YearMonthNameTalkSubjectOther Talk Topics
2017JanSheila KennedyHigh Times at HeathrowHer life as air hostess
2017FebColin JonesBlooming BritainGardens open to public
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
2017AprColin LomasMeanings behind familiar paintings in London Art (lots), Greek Myths, Jewel of West Bank, the V&A
2017MayIan KeableLife & Works of James GilraySatirist/cartoonistHoaxes 18th century, Charles dickens -conjuror
2017JunPeter BatesFarming in the 40's & 50's
2017JulJo MabbuttCity Livery CompaniesMedieval beginnings as craft guilds, current role in city of London
2017SepDr Helen FrySecret Listeners WW2Bugging of Nazis
2017OctGordon ThomasMy Club Sandwich at Home office,Scientist 5 jobs
2017NovNick BarrattA March through TimeGeneral uprising of people every 100 yearsMagna Carta
2017DecAshtead U3A Music Ensembel and AGM
2018JanAndy ThomasThe Crop Circle MysteryHistory of circles and theories of originUnexplained mysteries, Lewes and bonfire night, history of Christmas, English freedom, world
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
2018MarCANCELLED MEETING (bad weather)
2018AprProf Tony DayanA toxicologist in the GardenCommon plants which may be poisonous/herbal remedies

Ashtead Village Day
Attached are pictures from our display thanks to everybody who came and helped.

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.