Monday Meeting information
Our regular Monday meetings
We are now meeting again in the Memorial Hall, Old London Road, Patcham.
The program for the meetings is in a file on the right. Many thanks to Christine for once more organising a fascinating program.
On Monday 6th December The speaker was Ian Everest and his talk is “ A Sussex Farm in the 1950s” The previous week we enjoyed a fascinating journey across the USA by train with Keith Carter, from New York to the magnificent Grand Canyon visiting many interesting places along the way.
During 2021 we have been unable to meet in the Memorial Hall so we we have been enjoying talks via Zoom from speakers in different parts of the country. These have included:
A beautifully illustrated and moving talk about Maidstone Girls Grammar School during WWII; A very amusing talk about an animal rescue service and sanctuary in Somerset .
We also learned a lot about the Manchester Ship Canal : its history and building, with some excellent old photos, from the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society : The Daniel Adamson (The Danny) is a 117 year old Art Deco designed steam tug.
We were entertained by Magic Ian from Edinburgh and enjoyed his stories about magicians such as Tommy Cooper and Paul Daniels. Ian amazed and delighted us with his own tricks.
We were transported to sunny Lisbon to discover the little yellow trams and learn something of Portugal’s history.
Nearer to home we saw some (very) early photographs of Brighton which gave a fascinating glimpse of our city’s past. The history of beach huts in Brighton & Hove provided an entertaining afternoon which included both segregated and mixed bathing!
In weeks when we had no speaker we had quiz afternoons and also “Pot Luck” sessions when members brought poems, pictures and memories on various subjects including flowers and plants and trees and all things Scottish – for Burns’ night. “The Golden Age of Radio” on the 19th May was a delightful nostalgic look at radio in the 40's and 50's with a most enjoyable talk and piano interludes.
On May 3rd we were treated to a fascinating talk by Dr. James Taylor about posters produced during WW2 and later, with their artists, including "Fougasse".
“(Almost) Death in Paradise” on Monday 10 May was an interesting talk about a visit to Trinidad and Tobago, including the stories of pirates of the past and drug trades in the Caribbean today.
Monday 7 June Life in Landlocked Laos : speaker : Jim Holmes (not the Jim Holmes who is a member of our u3a)Monday 5 July 2-4pm : Zoom talk : Weather Lore – why was the shepherd delighted? by Bill Avenell
My thanks to all who have supported us through difficult times. Let’s hope we will be able to meet in the Memorial Hall in the autumn.