Caterham & District


The Meetings listed below are organised by either Caterham U3A or the Surrey U3A Network.

Caterham U3A meetings 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 meetings 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.

Dates for your Diary
Fri Sep 20th Surrey U3A Network - Study day at the Menuhin Hall, Leatherhead
Genetics; Development of Personalised Medicine & Treatment of Disease
Presented by Daniel Biggs, Felicia Anna Tucci & Justin Whalley, The Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford. For more details and a booking form, follow this SurreySep link.
Mon Sep 30th Open Meeting at Caterham URC.
A talk on the Kenley Airport Revival project - about the protection and conservation of this local airfield.
Fri Oct 18th Surrey U3A Network - Study day at the Menuhin Hall, Leatherhead
An Age of Uncertainty -The Changing World of Victorian & Edwardian Britain
Presented by Nigel Arch.
Public Discourse in the Modern Age & It's Not the Economy Stupid!
Presented by Evan Davis, BBC Radio 4's PM Programme Presenter. For more details and a booking form, follow this SurreyOct link.
Mon Oct 28th Open Meeting at Caterham URC.
A talk by Rupert Matthews entitled "A Biography of Father Christmas". A look at the origins of Father Christmas as we know him today.
Fri Nov 15th Surrey U3A Network - Study day at the Menuhin Hall, Leatherhead
The UK in a Changing Europe
Presented by Dr Simon Usherwood, Department of Politics, University of Surrey. For more details and a booking form, follow this SurreyNov link.
Mon Nov 25th Caterham U3A - Annual General Meeting
Wed Sep 25th 7pm. Skittles Evening with Buffet Supper, to be held at the Limpsfield Royal British Legion Club, Grub Street, Westerham Road, Limpsfield, RH8 0SJ.
We have a few places remaining for the skittles evening. It is a fun evening so you do not need any great skill other than a good sense of humour! The cost will be £14.00 per person to include a buffet supper. The buffet menu is hot sausages, chips, ham, salad, French bread and cheese and biscuits. The bar is open from 5pm and serves very reasonably priced drinks and the buffet will be served at around 8pm during a break from the game.
If you require more information please email the Social Co-ordinator.
Sat Oct 19th 7pm. Quiz Night with Fish and Chip Supper, to be held at the United Reform Church, Harestone Valley Road, Caterham.
Phil Wright, our popular Quiz Master from last year, has agreed to host another U3A Quiz Night. We can accept bookings from teams of up to 8 people or if you prefer you can enter as an individual and we will make up teams. Bring your own drinks, drinking vessels and nibbles. Tickets £10 per person. Free parking available.
Booking form is available from the Social Co-ordinator.This needs to be returned no later than the 8th October.
Wed Dec 11th Coach Trip to Winchester Christmas Market
Winchester Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe because of its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. In 2018, it was voted 2nd best in the UK by and one of the top 8 Christmas Markets in Europe by the New York Post.
There are more than 100 chalets to explore selling high quality and unique products, many of which can’t be bought on the high street. The market is located around Winchester Cathedral so you can include a visit to this beautiful Cathedral, much of which dates from the early 16th century. You can also practise your skating skills on a real ice rink!
Full details will be included in the next Newsletter and they will also be posted here, on the Caterham U3A website as soon as arrangements are finalised. In the meantime this short (two minute) video of the 2018 market will give you a taste of what you will see.
London Discovery
Fri Sep 20th Visit Household Cavalry Windsor
Tue Oct 15th Middle Temple Banqueting
Wed Oct 2nd Group 1: Discussion of A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman
Mon Oct 7th 10.30 am at Elizabeth Court. Talk about the pervasive presence of digital technology in our lives by Pete Eisenegger
Mon Nov 4th 10.30 am at Elizabeth Court. We will explore some issues of scientific magazines in groups, to identify articles of interest which can be shared with everyone.
Mon Dec 2nd 10.30 am at Elizabeth Court. Fun Quiz
Theatre Visits: Miller Centre
Thu Sep 19th
→Sat Sep 28th
‘The Unexpected Guest’ - by Agatha Christie
If you enjoy the theatre; if you love a jolly good murder/mystery, then you must grab your tickets for the first play in the Miller Centre’s 2019/20 season.
Lost in the fog, a stranger seeks refuge in a nearby house only to find a man shot dead and his wife standing over him with a smoking gun. But the woman’s dazed confession is anything but convincing and the unexpected guest decides to help. Remarkably, the police clues point to a man who died two years previously... but as the ghosts of a past wrong begin to emerge, a tangled web of lies reveals family secrets and chilling motives, where the real murderer turns out to be the greatest mystery of all...
Roger Dale, a U3A member and Group Leader of two of our Groups, is playing the part of Henry Angell, the murder victim’s nurse/attendant.
Box office now open.
Thu Oct 24th
→Sat Nov 2nd
'Out of Order' - by Ray Cooney
When Richard Willey, a government junior minister, plans to spend the evening with Jane Worthington, one of the opposition's typists, things go disastrously wrong. Add in a persistent hotel manager, a dead body which keeps turning up at inopportune moments, and a troublesome window frame, and you have all the elements of a classic farce.
Box office now open.
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 opens 2 September (members); 16 September (non-members)
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 opens 16 September (members); 30 September (non-members)
Mon Sep 23rd ... from THE BELL at Outwood (event led by Liz Wickens)
Mon Sep 30th ... from CARPENTERS ARMS on Limpsfield Chart ~ a slightly shorter ramble led by Nigel
Mon Oct 7th ... from THE RED LION at BLETCHINGLEY (event led by Liz Wickens)
Mon Oct 14th ... from THE OLD EDEN at Edenbridge ~ led by Nigel
Mon Oct 21st ... from THE COCK at Headley (event led by Liz Wickens)
Mon Oct 28th ... from THE CROWN in Old Oxted ~ event led by Nigel
Mon Nov 4th ... from THE SPORTSMAN at MOGADOR (event led by Liz Wickens)
Mon Nov 11th ... from THE HARROW-on-the-HILL in Stanstead Road, Caterham ~ led by Nigel (hopefully back to full knee health by this time!)