Caterham & District


The Meetings listed below are organised by Caterham U3A.
They include talks by outside speakers or current U3A members, and are held regularly at the United Reformed Church Hall, Harestone Hill, Caterham. Time: 2.15 pm for 2.30 pm start. Talks are open for anybody to attend for a fee of £2 (payable on entry) but free to Caterham U3A Members.

Surrey U3A Network Study Days include talks by outside speakers, and are held on the 3rd Friday of the month at the Menuhin Hall (near Leatherhead). Talks are open to U3A members (£10 charge, non-U3A guest £12).

The Outings and Social Events listed below are organised by either the Social Co-ordinator or individual groups. Follow the link to the respective group page for further details.

The dates for the Chichester Summer School next year are Monday 20 to Thursday 24 June 2020. Full details will be on the South East U3A Forum website in December. Information about the National Summer Schools can be accessed via the site for the Third Age Trust.

Also check out the Other Events listed below, which may be of interest to you.

We are hoping that more members will be prepared to help organise events. Please contact our Social Co-ordinator if you would like to get involved, or have other suggestions for maintaining a flourishing and diverse social calendar for Caterham U3A.

2016 was the Thirtieth Anniversary of Caterham U3A. Take a look at our previous events page, which includes some photographs.

Dates for your Diary
Mon Feb 24th Felicity Parsons will be talking about our local hospice - St Catherine’s. Telling us where they are and the work they do in the local community.
Mon Mar 30th Mark Lewis will be talking about the Craft of the Silversmith on the tradition silversmith construction techniques and equipment, methods of repair and restoration, supported by a display of hand tools, work in progress and books on the craft. (does include a short demonstration).
Mon Apr 27th David Allen will be talking about Manners Please Dearest - the do’s and don’ts of the Victorian Upper Middle Class. Courtship, calling cards, dinner party etiquette and the mysterious language of the fan.
Mon May 18th Dananjaya Silva will be giving a talk about The History of Tea. Behind the world’s second most consumed beverage is a story of trade, deceit, pioneering, disaster and the spirit of 'can do'. Talking about P M David & Sons who were established during the plantation Raj, about the first origins of tea in China and the birth in India and Ceylon and the men and people who pioneered the trade and who carry the flag today.
Mon Jun 29th Brian Freeland will be giving a talk about A view from the wings. The Stage Manager’s view from the prompt corner is very different to that of your comfy seat in the stalls or circle. Reality theatre, no retakes and as the review says - slightly saucy.
Mon Jul 27th James Taylor will be giving a talk about Forgotten Art of the Picture Postcard telling of the brilliant British humour. Artist drawn postcards were the most popular art form in the Edwardian era to the outbreak of World War II. Discover the the popular themes and styles by the masters of the medium and why their popularity waned with the British public.
Mon Sep 28th Andrew Bustin will be talking about My Life as an Extra and covers the many hours he has stood in front of a camera and the people he met along the way.
Mon Oct 26th Malcolm Wells MBE will be giving a talk about So Far So Good covering 24 years in the army as a musician and medic. Also explaining the experience of receiving the MBE at Buckingham Palace and finally amusing stories of his 15 years in Canine Partners including how to teach a dog to use a washing machine!
Mon Nov 30th Caterham U3A - Annual General Meeting
To be held at the United Reformed Church Hall, Caterham.
The AGM Minutes 2019 have been published.
Tue May 26th Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Palace and Gardens.
£20.00 per member (£30 for non U3A members) - includes return coach travel to Beaulieu, entry fee to the motor museum and guided tour of the Palace.
All on-site attractions are included in the price. Enjoy unlimited rides on the open top vintage bus and Britain's oldest Monorail.
More details about the venue can be found on the Beaulieu website.
There will be three pick up locations in Warlingham 0830, Caterham on the Hill 0845 and Caterham Valley 0900. The return journey from Beaulieu will depart at 1630. Our approximate time of return will be 1830.
Please see the next newsletter for booking information, or contact Jacqui Lucas for more information.
Study Days
Fri Feb 21st Surrey U3A Network - Study day at the Menuhin Hall, Leatherhead
Astronomy - Moons of Solar System & Debunking Moon Landings Controversy
Presented by David Fishwick & Graham Bryant
Fri Mar 20th Surrey U3A Network - Study day at the Menuhin Hall, Leatherhead
Geography & Landscapes of South East England
Presented by Dr Geoffrey Mead, Sussex University
A change to the programme, as Results of Research on Food & Nutrition has been postponed.
Fri Apr 17th Surrey U3A Network - Study day at the Menuhin Hall, Leatherhead
The Most Famous Pharaoh of Them All: Tutankhamun, the Boy King
Presented by Clive Barham Carter.
Fri May 15th Surrey U3A Network - Study day at the Menuhin Hall, Leatherhead
The Development of British Style
Presented by Paul Atterbury, Antiques Road Show
Fri Jun 19th Surrey U3A Network - Study day at the Menuhin Hall, Leatherhead
Understanding Turner - The Man, His Life & His Work
Presented by Professor Maria Chester
Fri Sep 18th Surrey U3A Network - Study day at the Menuhin Hall, Leatherhead
The Art and Objects of the Mughal Emperors, from Akbar to Shah Jahan.
Presented by Ursula Weekes
Other Events
Sat Mar 7th There is a Hobbies Event at Warlingham Church Hall, on the 7th March. Caterham & District U3A will have one of about 20 stands, at what is expected to be a very interesting and well-attended event.
Tue May 5th Lunchtime session of Pub Skittles, at the Royal British Legion, Limpsfield at 12 noon.
£15 per person to include a buffet lunch.
Look out for more details and booking form in the next newsletter.
Wed Jun 3rd Caterham Festival - U3A Open Day on the 3rd June at the Soper Hall, Caterham, 10am - 2pm. This will be for the general public and our own members to discover the whole range of our activities. It will be part of the Caterham Festival.
London Discovery
Fri Mar 6th London School of Economics Tour
Wed Mar 25th Guided Tour of Westminster Abbey
Thu Apr 30th Vagrants to Vegans Walk
Wed May 27th Old Operating Theatre Visit plus walk
Thu Jun 4th Guided London's Burning Walk
Fri Jun 19th East Grinstead Walk and Famous Guinea Pig Club
Tue Jun 30th The Physics Garden
Fri Aug 7th Kings Cross and St Pancras Walk
Thu Sep 10th Temple of Mithras and Guildhall
Mon Mar 2nd 10.00 am at Elizabeth Court. Climate Change - solutions - a talk by Lyn Beasley.
Mon Apr 6th 10.00 am at Elizabeth Court. Selected topics - Sat Navs, Ticks, TBA.
Mon May 11th 10.00 am at Elizabeth Court. Evolution of computer memory a talk by Peter Monnery. No previous knowledge required.

Dates to be announced
Jun (East Grinstead museum)
Jul (London College of Physicians)
Aug (Summer Social)
Mon Sep 7th 10.00 am at Elizabeth Court. Astronomy - a talk by Martin Hogbin.
Mon Oct 5th 10.00 am at Elizabeth Court. Do Animals want you Dead? a talk by Patricia Barnard.
Mon Nov 2nd 10.00 am Group discussion
Mon Dec 7th 10.00 am Fun Quiz
Theatre Visits: Miller Centre
Thu Feb 20th
→Sat Feb 29th
Blue Stockings - by Jessica Swale.
1896. Girton College, Cambridge, the first college in Britain to admit women. The Girton girls study ferociously and match their male peers grade for grade, yet they are not allowed to graduate. Their male counterparts finish with degrees, while the girls leave with nothing but the stigma of being a 'blue stocking' - a highly educated but unmarriageable woman. Tess Moffat and her fellow first years are determined to win the right to graduate. But little do they anticipate the hurdles in their way: the distractions of love, the cruelty of the class divide, or the strength of the opposition who will do anything to stop them.
Box office open.
Thu Mar 26th
→Sat Apr 4th
The Beauty Queen of Leenane - by Martin McDonagh.
A darkly humorous play from the award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director, Martin McDonagh (In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). Set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, McDonagh’s debut play tells the tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely spinster in her early forties, and Mag her devilishly manipulative ageing mother whose interference in Maureen's first - and potentially last - loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that is as funny as it is unsettling. Maureen might long for the romance that will spirit her away, but if she goes, who will stir the lumps out of Mag's Complan?
Box Office open.
Thu May 7th
→Sat May 16th
Pressure - by David Haig
June 1944. Everything is in place for the biggest invasion ever known in Europe – D-Day. But one last crucial factor remains: the weather. American celebrity weatherman Colonel Krick predicts sunshine, while Scotsman Dr James Stagg, Chief Meteorological Officer for the Allied Forces, forecasts a storm. General Eisenhower, Allied Supreme Commander, knows the decision will not only seal the fates of thousands of men, but could win or lose the entire war: so which of these rival experts should he trust? This play has been chosen to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8th May 2020.
Box Office opens 20 January (members); 3 February (non-members).
Thu Jun 25th
→Sat Jul 4th
David Copperfield - by Charles Dickens adapted for the stage by Alastair Cording. One of Dickens's most autobiographical stories, beautifully dramatised by Alastair Cording while retaining all the drama and humour of the original book. David Copperfield has a happy childhood until his widowed mother remarries the severe Mr Murdstone. When Mrs Copperfield dies, young David must make his way in London and lodges with Mr Wickfield, a lawyer, and befriends his gentle daughter, Agnes. David becomes infatuated with the sweet Dora Spenlow, but as they discover, it takes more than love to make a marriage last. Along the way we meet many of Dickens's marvellous creations: the caring Clara Peggotty, the jolly Micawber family, the sinister Uriah Heep, and David’s eccentric aunt, Betsey Trotwood. By the end justice is served, the innocent reprieved, and loving devotion reciprocated and rewarded.
This production of David Copperfield will be going to The Minack Theatre, Cornwall for performances 27th - 31st July 2020.
Box Office opens 23 March (members); 6 April (non-members).
Mon Feb 24th from … GROOMBRIDGE
Mon Mar 2nd from … THE BELL at Outwood
Mon Mar 9th from … #PENSHURST STATION @ Chiddingstone Causeway in West of Kent
Mon Mar 16th from … THE BARLEY MOW at Tandridge Village
Mon Mar 23rd from … THE GREEN MAN at Horsted Keynes
Mon Mar 30th from … THE OLD EDEN at Edenbridge