Mayfield & District

Monthly Meetings

There are regular monthly meetings, held in Mayfield Memorial Hall at 2pm, normally on the third Thursday in the month.

Dates for your Diary
Thu May 17th Prof. Carol Dyhouse: A History of the Hearththrob

Carol Dyhouse is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Sussex.

What can a cultural history of the heartthrob teach us about women, desire and social change - she asks?

Carol looks at men through the eyes of women, reflecting on the history of women as consumers and the nature of fandom.
Thu Jun 21st Keith Harcourt: From Road to Rail and Back Again

Keith Harcourt is a transport historian, and has a special interest in Heritage Education. He is an Associate Consultant of the South East Grid for Learning, and runs the Education Programme at Kent and East Sussex Railway.

“From Road to Rail and Back Again” is the title of a book he has written and his talk will link this topic to local history.
Thu Jul 19th July 19th AGM followed by Jane Spurr and Diana Simmons: A Musical Entertainment

Jane and Diana will entertain us with a light-hearted medley of music for piano and flute.
Thu Sep 20th Simon 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 Oct 18th Ian 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.
Thu Nov 15th Poets and the End of the First World War

Members of the Mayfield U3A mark the centenary of the end of the First World War with a presentation on the poets of that war.
Thu Jan 17th Ian 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.
Thu Feb 21st Helen 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
Thu Mar 21st Dr Valerie Jeffries: How to Edit a Human Genome

(further details will follow)
Thu Apr 18th Janet 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.
Thu May 16th Hugh 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?