The regular Monthly Meetings are an important part of the Liphook U3A programme. Held at the Millennium Centre on the first Monday of each month (or second if the first is a bank holiday) at 2pm, they invariably attract a large audience. The refreshment break afterwards helps make the Meeting a valued social occasion.
The cost is £2.00 for members and for non-members £3.00


DateSpeakerTitle & Description of talk
7th Jan Alan GraceThe story of Forces Broadcasting.From harem in Algiers in 1944 to a container in Afghanistan 2014, including the story of Family Favourites and the day Roger Moore made his breakthrough in broadcasting
4th Feb Phil HoltRed Arrows –Best of British. In the height of the "swinging sixties" the RAF formed an aerobatic team that would win the hearts of a nation. Phil, an after dinner speaker, takes us through the events that led to the creation of the world's best-loved team of pilots. He then introduces the men and women in the famous red suits, who make precision their profession, teamwork their science and aerobatics their art form. Just as exiting for the Ladies as the Men, especially as there has been a female Red Arrows Pilot – so standby for take off with this fun and media rich professional Red Arrows talk.
4th MarStephen RichardsonBurlington House & History of the Royal Academy of Arts. Burlington House in London’s Piccadilly has been the home of The Royal Academy of Arts since 1868.  Although the Academy was already 100 years old when it took up residence, it is not commonly known that the building has a long and fascinating history of its own. This talk focuses on the origins of Burlington House, from construction in the 1660's for a courtier to King Charles ll; re-fashioning as a Palladian mansion for Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington; its association with architects and artists such as William Kent and Sebastiano Ricci; further re-development by the Cavendish family during the Regency period, and its ultimate role as the home of the United Kingdom's leading 'Society for promoting the Arts of Design'.The talk also examines the reasons behind the founding of the Royal Academy, it's own early history and its Olympian era during the time of eminent Victorian artists such as Leighton, Millais and Frith. This subject has proved very popular and has a particular resonance as the Academy approaches its 250th anniversary, and undertakes a major development program of its Piccadilly home.
1st AprilChristine JarvisThe Demon Drink. Following AGM. From Ale Houses to Gin Palaces
13th MayRobin KeelyTBC (depending on politics etc!)
3rd JuneDr Marion DellHow Hindhead turned into Little Switzerland. How treacherous Hindhead became fashionable and why it was christened Little Switzerland.
2nd SeptAmi BouhassaneLee Miller and her life as a photographer and re-invention as a gourmet cook. Surrealist photographer, Vogue model and World War II correspondent Lee Miller is one of the most recognised figures of 20 century photography. Discover the story behind the book, much more than a recipe book it explores Lee Millers life through the influence of food and Ami will reveal some of the stories behind the dishes. Ami , is the granddaughter of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose, the English Surrealist painter and is a Trustee of the Lee Miller Archives and Co-director of the organisation that manages the Archive The Penrose collection and Farley House Gallery.
7th OctAndy ThomasLewes and Bonfire Night. Andy explores the historical Sussex town of Lewes, world renowned for its huge annual Bonfire Night festivities, taking a revealing look at the enthralling rituals and events which make this colourful and controversial mix of folklore, liberty issues and burlesque humour unique. Andy, born in Lewes, uses his experience to give an insightful glimpse into this vibrant town of mystery and tradition.
4th NovTom WayExciting Wildlife from around the world. This talk focuses on four wildlife hotspots around the world which Tom has been fortunate enough to visit and photograph the amazing wildlife in their natural environment. Tom describes his adventures photographing King Penguins in the Falklands, Orangutans in Borneo, Blue Whales in Sri Lanka and his biggest passion of all: the big five in Africa.
2nd DecBrian FreelandThe view from the Wings. A ‘sideways look’ at the theatrical productions from the stage managers point of view. The things that don’t go according to plan. Humorous, nostalgic, poignant and a little bit saucy