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 20 September

Speaker: Brian Scovell
Subject: Fleet Street Stories

Brian is well known as a sportswriter and author. He began writing as a cub reporter in the early 50's while still at school going on to write for local newspapers, before a move to London in 1960 where he worked for the Daily Sketch. Between 1971 and 2000 he was chief sports writer for the Daily Mail. His talks cover both the famous and infamous cricketers, footballers, politicians and members of the Royal Family he has interviewed over his long and distinguished career in Fleet Street. He has also written 27 books, four of which were nominated for the British Sports Books Awards and he is the only person to have chaired both the Football Writers’ Association and the Cricket Writers’ Club.

Dates for your Diary
Fri Sep 20th Brian Scovell - journalist: Fleet Street stories
Brian is a former Daily Mail sportswriter. He speaks about the famous and infamous cricketers, footballers and politicians he has interviewed since 1960 when he started in Fleet Street, first with the Daily Sketch and latterly the Daily Mail. His most recent book (he has written more than 25) is about Lord Learie Constantine, the great all rounder who broke the colour bar in 1944 when he won a High Court action for being ejected from a hotel because of his colour.
Fri Oct 18th Chris Levett: History of Apple Growing in Kent Chris and his family have been growing apples in Kent for generations. He will be giving us the benefit of his vast experience both in the history and the practicality of growing apples in Kent.
Fri Nov 15th Fran Sandham:Solo Walk Across Africa The critically acclaimed author and editor of Rough Guides, Fran has walked across Africa from Namibia's Skeleton Coast to the Indian Ocean near Zanzibar, a distance of over 3000 miles, a truly remarkable journey and now a book for which he has received rave reviews.
Fri Jan 17th 2020 Leonard Cheshire: Lisa from the charity Leonard Cheshire, a long established health and welfare charity, will be talking about the work of this remarkable organisation which helps disabled children and adults in the UK, Africa and Asia to live, learn and work as independently as possible. Donations will be welcome.
Fri Feb 21st 2020 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.  Hoaxes weren't just written about extensively in newspapers and journals but also brilliantly and amusingly depicted by satirists such as William Hogarth and caricaturist 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.
Thu Mar 19th 2020 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.
Social Events
Fri Dec 13th U3A Christmas Party, Vestry Hall, Cranbrook