Caterham & District

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The results of our 'Lockdown' photography competition can be viewed on the Photographic competition page.

Newsletter - July / August 2020 edition
Our latest edition of the Caterham U3A Newsletter is now available to read (in PDF format).
If members have any interesting news relating to your group activities, please share with your group leader.
Group Leaders - please submit your articles to the Newsletter editor before the copy deadline of Mon 28th September.

The U3A National Office, at the Third Age Trust, has published a General Outdoor Activity Risk Assessment checklist, which must be completed by group leaders planning to re-establish group activity outdoors.

The latest update from our Chairman can be found in the Jul/Aug Caterham U3A Newsletter
Previous updates can be found here -

U3A members across the movement have been finding creative ways to keep learning and stay in touch with each other during these uncertain times. The film U3A Life in Lockdown is a visual snapshot of just some of the amazing ways U3A is staying connected with each other.


... but that doesn't mean that our groups are inactive !!

Take a look at individual group pages, and checkout their activities ...

For up-to-date information about the pandemic, please visit the Coronavirus Information Page
Help our scientists identify high-risk areas in the UK, who is most at risk, and how fast the virus is spreading in your area. Download an app to your smartphone. Michael Connick has provided more information about the Covid-19 Symptom Tracker App.

Caterham U3A Zoom talks
During the Covid-19 pandemic, we are holding a number of talks (using the Zoom Platform). Details can be found on our Events page.
These talks have already been held ...

  • 27th July - James Taylor gave a very knowledgeable 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.
  • 17th July - Ian Bevan gave a very interesting illustrated talk entitled From Nell Gwyn to Willy Wonka about the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, which was built in the early 1660s when Thomas Killigrew was given a patent by Charles II to put on dramas. Since then, there have been three other buildings on the site. This talk traces the history of the Theatre Royal including the productions and the characters that have graced its stage over the centuries.
  • 29th June - Dananjaya Silva gave a very knowledgeable talk on the History of Tea, about the history behind Britain's most loved beverage. From its origins in China, the East India Company's monopoly, the intrepid British pioneers who went to establish tea estates in India and Ceylon to the modern day trade. The talk was recorded and can be viewed by clicking this link - Dananjaya Silva talk
  • 19th June - Ian Bevan gave a very interesting illustrated talk on the History of the Crystal Palace, tracing the history of the building from its inception, its role in the Great Exhibition, the entertainments on offer, and its demise in the tragic fire in 1936.
  • 29th May - our first 'Zoom talk' in which Roger Dale gave us his entertaining talk on The Trials and Tribulations of a modern Magistrate. The talk was recorded and can be viewed by clicking this link - Roger Dale talk

A new group has been created - Japanese Culture - please contact the Groups Co-ordinator for more information.

For information on how to learn and play bridge online, follow this link to the Caterham Bridge Club
This is not a U3A group but is included for information in these difficult times. There is a free element but regular games cost £3.00 per session.
For more information, please contact Tony Cherrett at

The Westway Hub in Caterham are offering their services to anyone needing assistance during this difficult period. They are covering Whyteleafe // Caterham Valley // Caterham Hill and Chaldon Parish.
They can:

  • Help with shopping
  • Collect prescriptions
  • Non-urgent transport for clients to Doctors and Hospitals for non Covid cases
  • Provide well-being and emotional support to people with concerns

They have a dedicated team on site between 10am – 4pm everyday and over 80 volunteers registered to help in the community.
If you need any assistance please contact them on 07843 419124. If the hub is closed a message can be left on the answer machine that can be picked up via the email system. You can also email them at
If you wish to volunteer please call 01883 347230 or go to the volunteering entrance on site

The Third Age Trust has been looking at different ways to support the U3A community. They want to enable and support U3As, members and Interest Group leaders, to stay active and connected with each other. To this end, they have launched three online discussion forums so that you can share ideas and support each other. More information, including how to register, can be found at the Third Age Trust - Discussion Forums page.

Getting bored at home?

  • Here are lots of Stage shows, Musicals and Opera you can watch online now for free.
  • During April, the National Theatre is broadcasting 4 of it's performances (for free) on it's Youtube Channel - free National Theatre events. The performances are - One Man Two Guvnors, Jane Eyre, Treasure Island and Twelfth Night.
  • The Royal Opera House is offering a free programme of curated online broadcasts.
  • Try one of the free Open University courses at Future Learn - boredom busting courses These short courses are free for the basic course, but there is a charge for more advanced content and certification.

A message from the Miller Center - Caterham
Following further government announcements, and the ever-evolving coronavirus situation, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel all events at the Miller Centre until September at the earliest.
All planned film shows have also been cancelled, including JUDY (6 April), as has our OPEN DAY (13 June).
We hope that the production of David Copperfield at the Minack open air theatre in Cornwall (27 to 31 July) will still go ahead, and we'll provide more information nearer the time.
We also hope to include some or all of the cancelled productions in our 2020-21 season, which is due to be announced soon.

The Silver Line
This is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Find out more about The Silver Line and if you need help? Call them ANYTIME on: 0800 4 70 80 90
It was setup by Dame Esther Rantzen, and can:

  • offer information, friendship and advice
  • link callers to local groups and services
  • offer regular friendship calls
  • protect and support older people who are suffering abuse and neglect

Surrey Libraries
There is some important information provided on the Surrey Libraries - coronavirus page.

Virtual Book Group
If you are interested in joining this new group, please read the U3A Virtual Book Group document.

National U3A Day
The U3A head office have postponed U3A Day on the 3rd June
It is now to be held on Thursday 1 October 2020 (International Day for Older Persons).

National U3A Newsletter
The Mar20 newsletter from the National U3A has some interesting articles, which are worth reading.
Why not subscribe to the newsletter - you will find the link in the newsletter.

Videos of group activities
We have recently been visiting some group sessions to video their activities.
You can take a look at the videos by following links to the Badminton, Glee Tones, Recorder, Science and Table Tennis group pages.

Short Mat bowls
We are planning to use the de Stafford sports centre in Burntwood Lane on either a Tuesday from 17:00-18:00.
If you are interested in joining the group please contact Roger Dale.

Our post-Christmas Festive Lunch, superbly organised by Sheila Frost was held at Bletchingley Golf Club on 10th January 2020. We decided to return to Bletchingley following the success of the Summer Lunch and we were not disappointed.
Over 100 of our members came along and we started the occasion with an aperitif and chatted with friends old and new. The food lived up to our expectations and we tucked in to a delicious lunch served by Tracey and the her team at the club.
A fun quiz prepared by our regular quiz master Phil Wright (which some of us struggled with!) challenged our brains during lunch, but gave us some great talking points. Well done to the brainy table who won.
It was wonderful to have such a great response from our members and to see so many of you getting together and showing your support for our wonderful U3A. Click on the pictures below to see them full size.

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Monthly Open Meetings for 2020 have been published.
They include talks by outside speakers or current U3A members, and are held at the United Reformed Church Hall, Harestone Hill, Caterham. Time: 2.15 pm for 2.30 pm start. The list has been published on the Events page.

Caterham & District U3A ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Minutes now on the website
The AGM was held on Monday 25th November 2019 at the United Reformed Church Hall, Caterham. It was very well attended. There was mulled wine, mince pies and our very own Recorder group entertained us - see photos below. The minutes of the meeting have been published and are available for reading on the Membership page.

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U3A Surrey Network
The U3A Surrey Network held their AGM on the 24th October 2019 - you can read the Minutes of the AGM 2019 here

Theatre visits - Miller Centre
We currently don't have a group leader for organising theatre visits to the Miller Centre in Caterham. If you would like to take up this role please contact the Groups Co-ordinator.

Beginners Badminton
There are still a few places available in the beginners badminton group, so if you are interested in learning how to play badminton please contact Roger Dale.

We are hoping to start a makaton group (a very basic sign language used to communicate with
those who are autistic or have language difficulties). If you would be interested please contact the Groups Co-ordinator.

Table Tennis
As there is a rather large table tennis waiting list, if we could arrange for another day to play, would
someone be willing to run this group. If so please contact the Groups Co-ordinator.

Digital Imaging
There is a U3A member who is willing to run this group but would need some kind person to provide their living room due to space constraints at his own premises. If you would be interested please contact the Groups Co-ordinator.

Rock and Roll
Do you like rock and roll and enjoy listening to it on vinyl then please put you name forward and contact the Groups Co-ordinator.

Model making
Do you like making models and would like to join a group of like minded people. If you would be interested please contact the Groups Co-ordinator.

Would anyone be interested in learning Norwegian as we have a member who is willing to teach this. Please contact the Groups Co-ordinator.

German Beginners
We still would like to hear from anyone who would like to teach a German beginners group. Please contact the Groups Co-ordinator.