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 Mar 1st Michael Smith who spoke to us on Ernest Shackleton returns for a similar talk on Francis Crozier, which is another amazing story this time in the Arctic. It is given renewed immediacy by the recent discovery of the exploration ships which were lost in the Arctic for over 150 years ago and by the major exhibition at the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich in 2017.
Thu Apr 5th MARY SMITH - This talk tells the story of life at a Kent school during WW2. It is a fully illustrated talk and features the exquisite and highly original art-work of a wartime school art teacher. Miss Helen Keen set out to document in paint and pencil the lives of school children as the war unfolded. It is unlikely there is a similar collection of paintings anywhere. The talk also includes a selection of the fascinating memories and anecdotes of 53 "old girls" who were at school during the war and contributed to the research. Their stories include disrupted schooling, air-raids, doodlebugs, and underground lessons in shelters.

Jazz pianist, will talk of his expedition to John O’Groats , apparently on a bicycle with a grand piano.
Thu Jun 7th 7TH JUNE 2018 AGM
GARY ENSTONE House & Collections Manager – Bateman’s & Bodiam Castle

Rudyard Kipling’s Navy Rudyard Kipling was a navy man and had he not written books he would have liked to think he would have joined the senior service. To indulge his whimsical interest, Kipling created his own personal navy of model and ride on boats at his Sussex home Bateman's. The pride of the fleet was a small paddle boat names the "534". This lecture explores the vessel and the fund-raising mission to re-create the boat. A fund-raising mission that saw myself row up the Thames - 97 miles from Richmond-Upon-Thames to Oxford.
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 Apr 26th SHEFFIELD PARK & GARDENS Uckfield, East Sussex
All Day Visit by Coach leaving 09.30 at the Primary School
Developed over centuries, with influences of ‘Capability’ Brown and Humphrey Repton, this historic garden is the perfect venue for a group visit at any time of the year. Famous for its autumn colour, the garden is also magnificent in spring, with a stunning display of Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Summer brings water lilies and to see the parkland with its wild flower meadow and riverside walks. There is a welcoming tea room. We will also enjoy a guided tour during our visit.
Social Events
Tue Feb 27th Pub Lunch at the George in Robertsbridge.
Tue Mar 6th Coffee Morning - The Weald Smokery, Flimwell
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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