Hawkhurst, Kent


At Hawkhurst U3A, beside our Interest Groups, we also have a full programme of other events.

Monthly Meetings Our monthly speaker programme includes a wide variety of speakers to entertain and stimulate the minds of our members. Meetings, which are always well attended, are held on the first Thursday of each month at 10:00, usually in the British Legion Hall in Hawkhurst. We also use this opportunity to address any U3A business and share Interest Group information over a cup of coffee. Details are listed below.

Outings There is also a series of outings which can last just a few hours or a whole day; these include Blue Badge tours, theatre trips, concerts, exhibitions and visits to historic buildings. Details are listed below.

Social Events Of equal importance is the Social side of Hawkhurst U3A. Coffee and Cake mornings and Pub Lunches are regular events, and gatherings such as a Winter Quiz or Summer Garden Party are planned. These social functions will also offer members the opportunity to meet and talk to other members from different Groups. Details are listed below.

As a new and evolving group, we welcome not only your support at these events, but also your suggestions as to how you would like your U3A to develop. Our current programme of events is shown below; this is regularly updated, so please check the website often. If you have any queries, please email the Social Secretary by visiting the Contacts page.

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Dates for your Diary
Thu Jul 5th CHRISTOPHER BUCKWELL - The work of an immigration Judge.
He will explain what has to be done, the rules and regulations of appeals, bail applications and credibility: examples of excuses and reasons why the applicants believe they should be allowed to remain in the UK and finally
BREXIT “all change”.
Talk on Emperor Chi, the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors.
Learn about our nearest forest.The trees of Bedgebury are a living database of conifers and other temperate species. One of its goals is to provide research opportunities to identify future forest species and mitigate climate change. Learn what visitors can learn about the trees and wild life in the forest.
Using a varied range of illustrations including many contemporary satirical prints, this lecture discusses the extent to which George IV was either the conman who swindled the British taxpayer or the connoisseur whose legacy is such an important part of our nation’s cultural heritage.
Thu Nov 1st RICHARD GRIFFIN, Personal Protection Officer to Her Majesty the Queen
Richard Griffin joined the Metropolitan Police in 1970. In 1982 he was transferred to Royalty Protection at Buckingham Palace following the break in to Her Majesty The Queen’s bedroom by Michael Fagan. In 1986 he was promoted and moved as a Protection Officer to The Duke of Edinburgh. He served with him for 13 years until 1999 when he was appointed as a Personal Protection Officer to Her Majesty the Queen. His talks include the attempted kidnapping of The princess Royal in 1974, the Palace break in by Michael Fagan and anecdotes about his career as a Personal Protection Officer.
Thu Sep 27th Chatham Dockyard - 27th September 2018 - A coach trip to Chatham Historic Dockyard who is celebrating their 400th anniversary since the Royal Dockyard was established and 100 years since WW1 ended. Our visit will give you the chance to climb aboard and discover what life was really like onboard a Victorian sloop, a WW2 Destroyer and Cold War submarine, discover how ships including HMS Victory were designed and built. Whilst there you can have a go at making rope in the Victorian Ropery and see UK’s largest collection of RNLI Historic Lifeboat collection. The Command of the Oceans reveals the full dockyard history with compelling stories of innovation and craftmanship. If that’s not enough there is a museum exhibiting over 3,000 models and artefacts, and the Steam, steel and submarine gallery will show you the changes from steam to new technology. After or during your visit a trip to the Wagon Stop Canteen to rest your weary feet is suggested where there are hearty ‘doorstep’ sandwiches and hot Kent pies to whet your appetite, alongside lighter options of cakes etc
Social Events
Tue Jun 26th Pub Lunch - The Stile Bridge, Marden
Thu Jul 19th Lawn Bowls - Biddenden Bowls Club, Gordon Jones Playing Fields, Biddenden, TN27 8BB. A fun event to try your hand at lawn bowls, tuition will be given. - 19th July at 3pm. Information from Marie Thomas
Tue Jul 24th SUMMER PARTY - to celebrate our 5th anniversary of the U3A in Hawkhurst. Contact Peter Hoole.
Summer Schools
Mon Jun 18th
→Thu Jun 21st
SOUTH EAST FORUM SUMMER SCHOOL from Monday 18th to Thursday 21st June at Chichester University.For full details see the poster, application form and course details form all of which have links on the right of this page.

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