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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

At each Monthly Meeting a speaker is invited to give a talk on a specialist subject, there 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.

SpeakerTalkSubject
Liz Lee-KelleyFrom Laundry to Chop SueyWhy the Chinese cane to UK and what they did
Ian KeableCharles Dickens, Conjuror Dickens hobby as amateur conjurer, and some of his tricks from showsHoaxes 18th century, cartoon history,18th century mysteries
Professor David PhillipsChemistry in the Atmosphere and Climate ChangeChemical composition of atmosphere, ozone layer, various accords to address climate change
Andy ThomasA Celebratory History of Christmas Trawl through ages showing how Christmas developed .
Dr Robert Cruthers Doctor at Sea Life as RN doctor, ship to ship transfer etc
Mark LewisLondon Through an Artists Eyes How London changed through ages using art as evidence
Vicky RussellAshtead Common The History & ManagementTrees and wildlife, pests, management
David WilliamsLife of Lawrence of ArabiaBiography of this scholar, military hero, diplomat, writer and legend.
Peter B StammersAlbert Einstein & RelativityLife and theory
Len Taphouse5 years as a Dockyard engineering ApprenticeNorth Woolwich 1956-61. hardships and highlights
Harriet SmithEating Well, Living Well Dietary/nutritional advice