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). Follow the links for more details and a booking form.

The outings listed below are organised by different 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.

We are hoping that more members will be 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 earlier events page, which includes some photographs.

Dates for your Diary
Mon Nov 25th Caterham U3A - Annual General Meeting
To be held on Monday 25th November 2019 at the United Reformed Church Hall, Caterham.
The AGM 2019 Agenda and the AGM Minutes 2018 have been published.
Wed Dec 11th Coach Trip to Winchester Christmas Market

Anyone wanting to experience a traditional Christmas will enjoy Winchester and Winchester Christmas Market. The city justly claims to be England’s Christmas Capital and its Cathedral is at the heart of the festivities with a stunning Christmas Market and real Ice Rink dominating the beautiful and historic Close.
From its relatively modest beginnings, the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market has achieved a reputation as being amongst the very best in Europe. Within the stunning surroundings of the Cathedral’s historic Inner and Outer Close you’ll find over 100 attractive wooden chalets brimming with goodies. The stallholders are individually selected by the Cathedral’s in-house team to ensure superior quality, uniqueness and that a wide range of products are available. There’s a strong emphasis on British and artisan amongst the stallholders. Look out for Hampshire’s finest cheese and sourdough toasties – these alone are reason to visit!
A large outdoor Ice Rink sits at the centre of activity, providing the perfect opportunity to skate – or just watch! Like the Christmas Market, it is regularly listed as one of the best rinks in the country.

There will be three pick up locations in Warlingham, Caterham on the Hill and Caterham Valley. The coach will leave Caterham around 0900 (times to be confirmed) and the return journey will depart at 1600 TBC). Our approximate time of return will be 1830.
Price: £15.00 per person (£20 for non members) for return coach travel.
We may take photographs during this trip which might be published in the Caterham U3A Newsletter. Please let us know if you not want to be photographed.
Booking form is available from the Social Co-ordinator. This needs to be returned no later than the 18th October.
Study Days
Fri Feb 21st 2020 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
For more details and a booking form, follow this SurreyFeb link.
Fri Mar 20th 2020 Surrey U3A Network - Study day at the Menuhin Hall, Leatherhead
Results of Research on Food & Nutrition
Presented by Professor Susan Lanham-New, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Surrey.
Booking opens in early November.
Fri Apr 17th 2020 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.
For more details and a booking form, follow this SurreyApr link.
London Discovery
Fri Nov 22nd Borough Market
A visit to this well known food market, with a Treasure Hunt, followed by lunch.
Sat Dec 7th Churchill War Rooms
Wed Dec 4th Reading group 1 will discuss The Friendly Ones by Philip Hensher
Mon Dec 2nd 10.30 am at Elizabeth Court. Fun Quiz
Mon Jan 6th 2020 12 noon until 2pm. Kay's house. New Year Social with a bit of Science and lunch.
Mon Feb 3rd 2020 10.30 am at Elizabeth Court. Illusions - a talk by Mark Witowski
Mon Mar 2nd 2020 10.30 am at Elizabeth Court. Global Warming - a talk by Lyn Beasley.
Mon Apr 6th 2020 10.00 am at Elizabeth Court. Selected topics - Sat Navs, Ticks, Factfulness.
Mon May 11th 2020 10.00 am at Elizabeth Court. Members choice - items of interest presented by members.

Dates to be announced
Jun (East Grinstead museum)
Jul (London College of Physicians)
Aug (Summer Social)
Mon Sep 7th 2020 10.00 am at Elizabeth Court. Astronomy - a talk by Martin Hogbin.
Mon Oct 5th 2020 10.30 am at Elizabeth Court. Group discussions.
Theatre Visits: Miller Centre
Thu Nov 28th
→Sat Dec 7th
'The Railway Children' - by E Nesbit adapted by Mike Kenny
Mike Kenny’s imaginative adaptation was first staged at the National Railway Museum in York, and then at London Waterloo. Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis have their affluent Edwardian lives turned upside down when their father is accused of espionage and taken away by police and dwindling finances force the family to move to a rural village in the North of England. After the initial culture shock, they soon befriend the locals. But with little money and nothing to do, the children spend their days waving at trains bound for London to “send their love to Father”. When a kindly old gentleman waves back, their fortunes begin to change...
Box Office open.
Thu Jan 16th 2020
→Sat Jan 25th 2020
Jeeves & Wooster in 'Perfect Nonsense' - by The Goodale Brothers adapted from P G Wodehouse
An inventive, fast-paced comedy featuring P.G. Wodehouse’s iconic double act. When a country house weekend takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker – reconciling the affections of his host’s drippy daughter Madeline Bassett with his newt-fancying acquaintance Gussie Fink-Nottle. If Bertie, ably assisted by the ever-dependable Jeeves, can’t pull off the wedding of the season he’ll be forced to abandon his cherished bachelor status & marry the ghastly girl himself! Winner of the 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.
Box Office open.
Thu Feb 20th 2020
→Sat Feb 29th 2020
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 2020
→Sat Apr 4th 2020
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 opens 2 December (members); 16 December (non-members)
Mon Nov 25th ... from THE HAYCUTTER at Broadham Green to the south of Old Oxted (near Hurst Green).
Mon Dec 2nd ... from THE HENRY VIII at Hever (now open once more on a Monday lunchtime ~ confirmed)
Mon Dec 9th ... A CHRISTMAS RAMBLE & FESTIVE LUNCH at THE SPORTSMAN at MOGADOR (now prebooked with 21 attending : booking in is now CLOSED)