Monthly Group Meetings with a guest speaker are held on the THIRD Friday of each month in the Vestry Hall:

Doors open at 2.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available to all until 2.45pm. We will also take the opportunity to address any U3A business matters and share Interest Group information. The guest speaker will begin about 3pm.

This event is free for Cranbrook U3A members but guests are welcome for an entry fee of £2.50.

Your support at these events is important to us and you will be able to meet other U3A members, discuss and sign up for Group activities which you may like to join and even suggest how we can improve and develop your U3A.

The next Monthly Meeting is Friday 21 February

SPEAKER: Ian Keable : A Century of Deception: the Birth of Hoaxes in the 18th Century.

The 1700s was a period when the people of England seemed to be especially gullible. They believed a woman could give birth to rabbits; a man could climb inside a two pint bottle and sing inside it; and where a blond-haired European could write a book claiming that he was born in Taiwan. These hoaxes weren't just written about extensively in newspapers and journals but also brilliantly and amusingly depicted by satirical artists such as William Hogarth and James Gillray. In this entertaining talk Ian demonstrates how 18th century hoaxes are memorable not only for their imaginative nature but also because of the differing motives of the tricksters.

Dates for your Diary
Fri Mar 20th Fred M Walker: Captain Cook, the man and his amazing life Fred was involved with the building of a replica of the Endeavour. His background is naval architecture and shipbuilding and he has been a guest lecturer at UCL for many years.
Fri May 15th Andrew Baker: Social change, no turning back. This former Headmaster and Educational Consultant is a fluent, engaging and entertaining speaker with a particular interest in the pace of social change that has occurred in this country since 1945. This vivid pastiche looks at class, immigration, families, housing, occupations and day-to-day living.
Fri Jun 19th Bernard Lockett: The story of Gilbert & Sullivan. Bernard is a Trustee of the International G&S Festival and his talk takes a look at the historical background to the pair, an assessment and consideration of their works, the social and political satire within plus an overview of the world-wide popularity and production of the shows in the 21st Century.
Fri Jul 17th Gaye Illsley: Lasting Power of Attorney A talk about the importance of this document, it's implications and instructions.
Social Events
Wed Feb 26th Coffee Morning: The Hive, Stone Street, Cranbrook 10-30am - 11.30am. ALL WELCOME
Wed Mar 25th Coffee Morning: The George Hotel, Cranbrook 10.30am to 11.30am ALL WELCOME.