Caterham & District


The events listed below are organised by the Caterham U3A through its committee or groups and as such are available to all members - guests may be invited to some social occasions.

Meetings, which include talks by outside speakers or current U3A members, are held regularly at the United Reformed Church Hall, Harestone Hill, Caterham. See the list below for dates. 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.

Some planned outings will be listed below, but see also the page for London Discovery walks which involve travel to London by public transport.

As to regional and national U3A events, details of Study Days can be found on the web site for the Surrey U3A Network and the Chichester Summer School on the South East U3A Forum site. 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
Mon Feb 26th "Medicins sans Frontieres". A talk about the work of this well known organisation, which undertakes great relief work, often in very difficult places. It will be at the URC Church Hall at 2:15 for a 2:30 start. Free for members. £2 for non members.
Thu Mar 29th "The Day it rained Crabs and Frogs". A talk by a well known weather expert - Ian Currie - about unusual weather phenomenons. It will be held at the URC Church Hall at 2:15 for a 2:30 start. Free for members. £2 for non members.
Thu Apr 26th "The Plight of the Bumblebee". A talk by Dr Nikki Gammons who works for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and will speak on their plight and how we can help them (one for the gardeners). It will be held at the URC Church Hall at 2:15 for a 2:30 start. Free for members. £2 for non members.
Thu May 31st "Crystal Palace". A talk about Football etc in the 1800's
Mon Jun 25th "The Job of a Laughtime". A talk by a scriptwriter to the comedians.
Study Days
Fri Mar 16th Vincent Van Gogh & Painting in 19th Century France by Leslie Pitcher
Surrey U3A Network
Fri Apr 20th Energy Planning for the UK by Graham Hill, Ian Funnell
Surrey U3A Network
Fri May 18th Hoaxes, Magic, Cartoons & Satire by Ian Keable
Surrey U3A Network
Fri Jun 15th Recent British Archeological Discoveries by Prof. Mike Parker Pearson
Surrey U3A Network
Fri Sep 21st Major Infrastructure Projects by John Kennedy
Surrey U3A Network
Fri Oct 19th Music Therapy & U3A Singing
Surrey U3A Network
Fri Nov 16th Development of Agriculture
Surrey U3A Network
Summer Schools
Mon Jun 18th
→Thu Jun 21st
Summer School Chichester University
Tue Oct 9th
→Mon Oct 15th
If you are thinking about holidays for next year over the Christmas time, consider joining us for our Annual
holiday which next year will be in the Bristol and Bath areas. It is from Tuesday 9th October until Saturday
13th October.
We’ll be staying at a Manor House outside Bristol called The Grange Hotel. On the way we’ll stop off at
Boxwood House and gardens, then on Wednesday we will visit Bristol to include the ship Great Britain and
do a river cruise with a cream tea. Thursday will be a visit to Longleat, complete with a drive through the
animal park, except the naughty monkies! We’ll visit Bath on Friday with plenty of free time and on Saturday
we will call at the American Museum at Claverton Manor before our homeward journey.
Provided we get 30 people the cost will be £589. As this is so far ahead at the moment I only need you to
register your interest. You can contact me by email by clicking on the pigeon icon on the top right hand corner of this page.
Other Events
Thu Mar 8th Westerham U3A is holding its first Open Day at Westerham Hall on Thursday 8th March. The afternoon (14.00 to 17.30) will feature a little bit of magic, courtesy of Bernard Pinner and talks on the History of Westerham, the Suffragettes and Women in the Great War. The recently-formed Westerham U3A Ukulele group will perform as will the Yoga group. There will also be the chance to meet and chat to members and find out about the wide range of interest groups available. Members of Caterham U3A are invited.
Wed May 16th One Day Conference South East U3A Forum
Meridian Hall, East Grinstead
Theatre Visits: Miller Centre
Thu Mar 15th "Never the Sinner" by John Logan. This is based on a real event which shocked America in 1924 - Nathan Leopold and Robert Loeb murdered a 14 year-old boy, just to prove that they were above the law. The courtroom provides rich drama in this griping account of a historic event.
Thu Apr 19th "One Man, Two Guvnors" by Richard Bean - based on "The Servant of Two Masters", a classic Italian comedy, by Carlo Goldoni. It ran at the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway, winning James Corden a Tony Award.
Thu May 24th "The Good Soldier", a classic Edwardian story of love and deception by Ford Maddox Ford, adapted by Julian Mitchell. This adaptation was premiered at the Theatre Royal, Bath in 2010, following a memorable 1980's film version starring Jeremy Brett and Robin Ellis.
Thu Jul 5th "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen, adapted by Jessica Swale.
Thu Mar 8th Provisional Date for Dining Group meeting
Mon Apr 30th Provisional Date for Dining Group meeting
Wed May 23rd Provisional Date for Dining Group Meeting
London Discovery
Sat Mar 3rd Visit to Charterhouse
Tue Mar 27th Visit to London Transport Museum
Thu Apr 26th Clerkenwell Tour
Wed May 2nd Morden Mosque and Lunch
Tue Jun 12th Visit to Purley Oaks Arboretum
Thu Jul 19th Low Tide Walk
Wed Mar 7th Group 1 discussion of The Siege by Helen Dunmore
Mon Mar 5th Talk: The Forensic investigation of Homicide David Tadd. Venue Jim Spinks
Mon Apr 9th Various short talks by members, members' choice. Venue TBA
Mon May 7th Summer visits planned to The Crystal, The Wellcome Centre and The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition
Mon Mar 5th from WESTERHAM area ~ final venue to be decided ~ but probably THE GRASSHOPPER roadhouse
Mon Mar 12th from close to THE ROYAL OAK on Crockham Hill
Mon Mar 19th from THE RED LION at BLETCHINGLEY ~ RH1 4NU
Mon Mar 26th from THE FEATHERS in Merstham
Mon Apr 2nd NOTE : MONDAY 2nd APRIL is EASTER MONDAY ... there will be no Surrey Ramble group this week. There will be an event close to the East Sussex coast for those who are interested.
Mon Apr 9th from THE RAMBLERS REST in Chipstead Valley
Mon Apr 16th for our BLUEBELL WALK in STAFFHURST WOOD area; and afterwards relocate to THE HAYCUTTER for refreshments
Mon Apr 23rd from THE OLD BELL at OUTWOOD
Mon Apr 30th from THE INN on the POND by the Aqua Sports Lakes, Mercers Park on Nutfield Marsh
Mon May 7th NOTE : MONDAY 7th May is a BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY ... there will be no Surrey Ramble group this week.
Mon May 21st from THE FOX on Toys Hill
Mon May 28th NOTE : MONDAY 28th May is a BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY ... there will be no Surrey Ramble group this week.