Mayfield & District

Monthly Meetings

There are regular monthly meetings, held in Mayfield Memorial Hall at 2pm, normally on the third Thursday in the month.
Other occasional events are shown in order of date. To view Forthcoming Events by Category of Event, click the button provided.
Further information may have been provided and if so, a link to that information will be found at the top right hand corner of this page.


Dates for your Diary
September 2018
Thu Sep 20thMeetingSimon Moore: The Fascinating Lives of Spiders

Simon Moore’s career has included curating at the Natural History Museum, serving as Natural Sciences Advisor for the National Trust, and a variety of roles in Natural Science Conservation. He is an expert in the conservation and restoration of specimens

This talk will show how fascinating spiders are, in their appearance and their behaviour.
Thu Sep 20thWorkshop`We the Curious' — Bristol Science Centre
On a journey through the biology, chemistry and psychology of our amazing brains.
Workshops, a show and welcome refreshments with admission to the two floors of exhibits. 10.30 am 5.15 pm £20.00 (Bookings open in June) Online Booking is available www.u3a.orq.uk/events or call the National Office 0208 466 6139
October 2018
Thu Oct 4thMeetingUnravelling the Whitworth- Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
A day of hands on discovery to unravel the secrets of the gallery's textile and wallpaper collection. Ta l k s from curators, a tour and a hands on session facilitated by an artist with welcome refreshments.
10.00 am to 4.00 pm £27.50 (Bookings open in July)
Tue Oct 9thOutingMusic & Art Afternoon — National Museum, Cardiff
Ta l k s on the Davies' Sisters art collection and a talk on Margaret Haig Thomas. A special performance by Welsh National Opera singers.
1.30 pm to 4.30 pm. £15.00 (Bookings open in July) Online Booking is available www.u3a.orq.uk/events or call the National Office 0208 466 6139
Mon Oct 15thStudy DayThe Royal Institution — London
Explore an afternoon of science talks at the Royal Institution London
1.45 pm — 4.45 pm. £21.50 (Bookings open in July) Online Booking is available www.u3a.orq.uk/events or call the National Office 0208 466 6139
Thu Oct 18thMeetingIan Keable: Charles Dickens, Conjurer

Ian Keable began life as an accountant but developed a passionate interest in magic, and is now an expert on magic and mind-reading. He also lectures on 18th and 19th century satirical cartoons. His lecture for us last year on the cartoonist James Gillray was one of the best we’ve had recently.

Charles Dickens was a highly competent amateur conjurer, calling himself ‘The Unparalleled Necromancer’. He also wrote about magic, in books, articles and letters. Ian will illustrate his talk with demonstrations of some of the magic Dickens performed.
November 2018
Thu Nov 1stStudy Day`Makers not Muses' The National Gallery — London
A day of talks by the National Gallery experts exploring the status of female artists their paintings and obstacles to success. 11 . 0 0 am to 3.45 pm. £25.00 (Bookings open in August) Online Booking is available www.u3a.orq.uk/events or call the National Office 0208 466 6139
Mon Nov 12thWorkshopFrom Page to Stage — Ambassador Theatre — Lyceum Theatre, London
Under the watchful eyes of three directors, Harry Burton, Lisa Spirling and Jane Moriarty your chance to direct a scene putting into practice valuable lessons learnt
through the day. Welcome refreshments. 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. £37.50 (Bookings open in August) Online Booking is available www.u3a.orq.uk/events or call the National Office 0208 466 6139
Thu Nov 15thMeetingPoets and the End of the First World War

Members of the Mayfield U3A Poetry Group will be marking the centenary of the end of the First World War with a presentation on the poets of that war. Not to be missed!
Wed Nov 28thWorkshopGuildhall Art Gallery — London
Wednesday 28th November or Thursday 29th November
(two separate dates) Delve into the Roman archaeological world buried beneath the City of London. A day of workshops and talks with welcome refreshments.
11 . 0 0 am to 4.00 pm. £22.00 (Bookings open in August Online Booking is available www.u3a.orq.uk/events or call the National Office 0208 466 6139
Thu Nov 29thWorkshopGuildhall Art Gallery — London
Wednesday 28th November or Thursday 29th November (two separate dates) Delve into the Roman archaeological world buried beneath the City of London.
A day of workshops and talks with welcome refreshments. 11 . 0 0 am to 4.00 pm. £22.00 (Bookings open in August) Online Booking is available www.u3a.orq.uk/events or call the National Office 0208 466 6139
December 2018
Mon Dec 3rdOtherChristmas Concerts — The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy, London
Monday 3rd December — Performances at 2.00 pm or 5.30 pm The Brandenburg Singers will perform a balanced programme of familiar repertoire alongside traditional carols. £19.50 (Bookings open late September) Online Booking is available www.u3a.orq.uk/events or call the National Office 0208 466 6139
Tue Dec 18thOtherChristmas Concerts — The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy, London
Performances on Tuesday 18th December at 2.00 pm. The Brandenburg Singers will perform a balanced programme of familiar repertoire alongside traditional carols. £19.50 (Bookings open late September) Online Booking is available www.u3a.orq.uk/events or call the National Office 0208 466 6139
January 2019
Thu Jan 17thMeetingIan Gledhill: The Crystal Palace

Ian Gledhill has had a very varied career, from designing underground railways to appearing in pantomime with Julian Clary! He lectures on a wide range of subjects, including theatrical set design, the history of transport, architectural history, and operetta.

The Crystal Palace, originally designed for the Great Exhibition in 1851, was Joseph Paxton’s masterpiece and the largest iron and glass building ever constructed, dominating the south London skyline until its tragic destruction by fire in 1936.
February 2019
Thu Feb 21stMeetingHelen Reeves: The History of Hellingly Hospital

Hellingly Hospital, originally the East Sussex Lunatic Asylum, was opened in 1903, an important step in the provision of mental health care in the southeast. For a long time it included a high security unit.

Helen traces the history of the hospital into the 21st century.

Helen Reeves donates her fee to St Wilfrid’s Hospice
March 2019
Thu Mar 21stMeetingDr Valerie Jeffries: How to Edit a Human Genome

(further details will follow)
April 2019
Thu Apr 18thMeetingJanet Canetty-Clarke: Romanticism to Impressionism in Music and Painting

Janet’s intriguing career has included lecturing for the University of Sussex and for Birkbeck College, London, and being Guest Conductor of the first All Women Chamber Orchestra of Austria.

She lectures for the Arts Society, U3A, WI and Aspire(Sussex) Ltd. Janet’s erudition and wit make her lectures unique, as we found with her last year’s talk on The Rake’s Progress: Stravinsky, Hogarth and Hockney.
May 2019
Thu May 16thMeetingHugh Willing: Lonely Exile - Napoleon’s Last Days on St Helena

Brigadier Hugh Willing CBE lectures on a variety of military and historical subjects, often on specialised small cruise ships.

He served in the Royal Green Jackets and Second KEO Gurkha Rifles, and as Instructor at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and the Army Staff College, Camberley. He has a special interest in Napoleon.

Following his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, the one-time Emperor of France and master of Europe was incarcerated on the tiny island of St Helena in mid-Atlantic, until his death in 1821.

How did he cope with his imprisonment and isolation? And was he murdered?