Petersfield U3A Events

Petersfield U3A organises a range of events including three monthly meetings, trips, day workshops, study visits and occasionally two or three day residential breaks. These are open to all members (subject to space available) and may be organised by the main Committee or by one of the subject groups.

Monthly Meetings
There are three monthly meetings all held in the Petersfield Community Centre.

The Main General Meeting is held on the second Monday of every month between 2.30 and 4.00 p.m. with a different speaker talking about a general subject of interest each time.

These meetings are the flagship events for Petersfield U3A. They are held in the extended large hall at the Community Centre on the second Monday of each month (except for August and December). The topics are varied and are intended to be of general interest to all of our members. They commence with a welcome by the Branch Chairman and they conclude with tea / coffee and biscuits whilst members enjoy a convivial chat with the speaker, committee members and their fellow members and friends. The presentation normally lasts for approx. an hour with up to 30 minutes of comments and discussions.

U3A activities are mentioned and some Group Leaders have tables at the back of the hall for Group Business. At the back also are tables for discussions with new members and for recruitment and renewal of membership. Copies of the latest News and Views are available for members to take home, if they are not able to receive it by e-mail.

These meetings are seen as being of special interest due to the greater numbers who attend and the possibilities of socialising and carrying out Branch Business.

The Arts and Heritage meeting is open to all members on the third Wednesday of every month 2.30 – 4.00 p.m. and there is a charge of £2.50 per meeting. Each meeting has a speaker who is well qualified in a subject relating to the arts or a heritage topic. Occasionally talks are linked with visits to local sites or exhibitions.

The Science and Technology meeting is open to all members and held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 2.00 to 3.45 p.m. with a charge of £2.50. per meeting. We invite speakers on a range of subjects to give a talk followed by questions, discussion and debate. Early in the new year 2018 we are changing the format to add more variety to the type of event and will be starting in January with viewings of technical DVD's combined with members experiences and general discussion. We are also aiming to have site visits to local places with technical interest.

Other Events

There is a regular series of other events ranging from theatre and concert trips, heritage visits, and special interest sessions organised through individual groups but open to everybody. Other one day subject sessions, short courses and occasional social events are held and publicised on this website and members can receive a regular updating “News & Views Extra” email to keep you in touch.

South Bank Group The Group organises visits to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Purcell Room and The Hayward Gallery, travelling by train to Waterloo. Availability of tickets and further information may be obtained from Derek Bowtell by contacting him via the South Bank Group page.

(See below for details of the upcoming meetings and events)

Past Meetings

Click the link above to see descriptions of our last few meetings for Arts & Heritage and Science & Technology

Dates for your Diary
February 2018
Tue Feb 27thScience and Technology"Mind Mapping", a presentation by Peter Thwaites of the Petersfield U3A. How do our brains work, why can't I remember anything, what can I do to improve my memory? All these issues will be outlined by Peter who will be guiding us on deliberately mapping out paths for recording information. This could be salvation for many of us.
Wed Feb 28thStrollers 1Led by Joy Francis and Bob Broadhead walking in Warnford/West Meon - details later
March 2018
Thu Mar 1stCycling for Fun20 miles Rated 3 Worldham. See Current Ride Programme link for more info.
Thu Mar 1stWine AppreciationTheme for March. Can you tell the difference between Californian Rosé and a Provençal Rosé? Bring along a bottle of the above from a little known wine area and, if you would like to, discuss it.

Please note that capacity at the meetings with the Wine Appreciation Group is limited. If you would like to attend, you must contact the Group Convenor prior to the meeting.
Tue Mar 6th
→Tue Mar 13th
Trips and OutingsMadeira. 8 day - 7 night holiday from 6th March 2018.
Phenomenal value with scheduled flights, four-star accommodation on a B&B basis in Funchal, transfers and a full day island tour that includes a 3 course lunch with wine, soft drinks, coffee, all for £699.00pp for shared occupancy.

Madeira is a walker’s paradise, with superb flowers blooming effortlessly throughout the year.

Deposit of £125.00pp is required, cheques made payable to, Travel Editions Group Ltd by 30 July 2017.
Wed Mar 7thCycling for Fun16 miles Rated 1/2 - Liphook -See Current Ride Programme link for more info.
Wed Mar 7thJazz AppreciationA compilation of videos of jazz greats and some unexpected and unusual combinations of artists.
Mon Mar 12thMeeting"Kingfisher" with David Boag. David has spoken to us before and shown us his wonderful wild life pictures. He is a well known lecturer, author and photographer with 18 books to his name. His first book "The Kingfisher" was published in 1982 and contained a wealth of unique photographs illustrating the life of this remarkable bird. All of his talks are based on his personal encounters and are accompanied by his lavish illustrations.
Tue Mar 13thFamily History 2A round robin session - everyone updating the group on what they are doing,
and what help or advice they might need
Wed Mar 14thArts and HeritageDay Trip to The Royal Academy, London, to visit their exhibition “Charles I, King and Collector”.
The cost is £35 per person and Includes the cost of coach travel and admission to Exhibition.

Please note that this trip is now fully booked. If you wish to be added to a wait list, please contact Joan Shepley as below.

Further details can be obtained from: Joan Shepley, Tel: 01730 267704 or send a message using the A&H Group Page Link
Thu Mar 15thCycling for Fun16 miles, Rated 1/2 - Chalton.See Current Ride Programme link for more info.
Wed Mar 21stArts and Heritage"Archaeology of the Meon Valley" with Kay Ainsworth.
Kay was the former curator of Archaeology Hampshire County Museums Service. She has led archaeology study tours in Malta, Crete and South East Spain. She talked to our group on Anglo Saxon Jewellery last year and was received most enthusiastically.
Fri Mar 23rdCycling for Fun23 miles, Rated 21 West Stoke - See Current Ride Programme link for more info.
Tue Mar 27thScience and Technology"What the bleep ......... is osteopathy" with Chris Grey
Wed Mar 28thCycling for Fun22 miles, Rated 4 -Hambledon - See Current Ride Programme link for more info.
Wed Mar 28thStrollers 1Led by Sue and Fred Potts - details later
April 2018
Wed Apr 4thJazz Appreciation4 April Talk and music by Nick Reynolds, Senior Lecturer in Jazz Studies at the
University of Chichester. Nick will discuss the place and development of
jazz in today's world.
Thu Apr 5thWine AppreciationTheme for April. Laying down or opening the bottle straight away? We will discuss these options. Bring a bottle you have laid down - cheating is allowed.

Please note that capacity at the meetings with the Wine Appreciation Group is limited. If you would like to attend, you must contact the Group Convenor prior to the meeting.
Mon Apr 9thMeeting"Highclere Castle and the Downton Abbey Connection" with Diana Mitchell, the head guide. Highclere Castle is one of the finest stately homes in England and is the seat of the Earl and Countess of Caernarvon. It is now famous worldwide as the "real Downton Abbey" but the story started in the 14th century. It has been the palace of the Lord Chancellor of England and was linked to the 5th Earl's discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen. In her stunning visual presentation Diana will also tell us of her day to day experience of working with the Downton stars and film crew.
Tue Apr 10thFamily History 2Member presentations on selected themes
Wed Apr 11thCycling for Fun18 miles , Rated 2/3 - Ovington See Current Ride Programme link for more info.
Sun Apr 15thSouth Bank Group7.30 pm
Biber: Battalia à 10 in D
Beethoven: Symphony No.2
Unsuk Chin: Le chant des enfants des étoiles for children's choir, chorus, organ & orchestra (European premiere)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Philharmonia Voices
children's choir to be announced
Wed Apr 18thArts and Heritage"Music for a While" with Jeanne and Marguerite Dolmetsch.
The Dolmetsch family of Haslemere are world famous for the making of musical instruments. The two sisters are going to bring along a selection of wind instruments which they will demonstrate.
Mon Apr 23rd
→Fri Apr 27th
Trips and Outings5 Day Break to Margate from 23rd - 27th April 2018 for £255.00pp
Staying at the Smith Court Hotel in Margate which is located on the esplanade sea front with lovely views, serves locally produced food, includes day trips and some entertainment. Travel is by luxury coach with pick-up points in Petersfield, Morden, Mitcham and Croyden.

A deposit of £20 is required by the 15th January for this holiday and the final balance by the end of February.
Tue Apr 24thScience and TechnologyA Members DIY Meeting - A collection of short presentations by members of Petersfield and Liphook U3As outlining their SandT careers and/or interests. This is the opportunity for members to tell the rest of us who they are, where they've been and what they care about, all under the SandT banner. Each presentation will be 5-10 mins on this occasion plus discussion, under the chairmanship of Keith Hopper. Could be very interesting and surprising!
Fri Apr 27thSouth Bank Group7.30 pm in the re-furbished Queen Elizabeth Hall
Roussel: 2 Poèmes de Ronsard for voice & flute, Op.26
Schubert: String Quartet in C minor, D.703 (Quartettsatz)
Schubert: Shepherd on the rock (Der Hirt auf dem Felsen) for voice, clarinet & piano, D.965
Chausson: Chanson perpetuelle, Op.37
Schubert: Der Tod und das Mädchen, D.531
Schubert: String Quartet in D minor, D.810 (Death & the Maiden)
Danielle de Niese soprano
Sir James Galway flute
Mark Simpson clarinet
Menahem Pressler piano
Navarra String Quartet
May 2018
Thu May 3rdWine AppreciationTheme for May. Bring a bottle from the Alsace region of France. "Edelzwicker"/Riesling, Sylvaner and Gewürztraminer are the most well known. Can you tell the difference between German and Alsatian wines?

Please note that capacity at the meetings with the Wine Appreciation Group is limited. If you would like to attend, you must contact the Group Convenor prior to the meeting.
Tue May 8thFamily History 2Judy Davies

The lives of children in Victorian England in mills, down mines, up chimneys, on the streets, and more.
Thu May 10thSouth Bank Group7.30 pm
Parry: I was glad
Elgar: Cello Concerto
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
Parry: Ode on the Nativity for soprano, chorus & orchestra ; Jerusalem
Philharmonia Orchestra
Adrian Partington conductor
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker cello
Eleanor Dennis soprano
Gloucester Choral Society
Mon May 14thMeeting"The Strange Coincidence that resulted in WW1" with Philip Robinson. Philip is a qualified historian and Emeritus Professor, retiring in 2007 as the 1st Vice Chancellor of Chichester University. His talk tells the story of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife Sophia, a poignant love story that resulted in them being in Sarajevo on the 28th June 1914 and its tragic consequences.
Mon May 14thTrips and OutingsChurchill War Rooms comprises of the War Rooms plus the historic underground complex that housed the British government command centre throughout the second world war.

It is a biographical museum exploring the life of a British Statesman, Winston Churchill.

Entry to the War Rooms costs £14.50pp including an audio guide.

Meet at Morden tube station at 10.15 am, or, at Clive Steps, King Charles St, SW1A 2AQ by 11.25am
Wed May 16thArts and Heritage"What we can Learn fron Earlier Garden Cities" with Nigel Anderson.
Nigel is the Director of Adam Architecture in Reading. He is well known for his classical design of country houses and his work has also included restoration and refurbishment of historic houses.
Tue May 22ndMeeting"Microbiomes" with Dr Nicholls
Tue May 29thSouth Bank Group7.30 pm in the re-furbished Queen Elizabeth Hall
Brahms: Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, Op.25
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A, D.667 (Trout)
Benjamin Grosvenor piano
Hyeyoon Park violin
Brett Dean viola
Kian Soltani cello
Leon Bosch double bass
Thu May 31stSouth Bank Group7.30 pm
Jörg Widmann: New commission for orchestra (UK premiere)
Lutoslawski: Symphony No.3
Brahms: Symphony No.1
Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
June 2018
Sun Jun 3rdSouth Bank Group7.30 pm
Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
Philharmonia Orchestra
Paavo Järvi conductor
Denis Kozhukhin piano
Thu Jun 7thSouth Bank Group7.30 pm
Haydn: Symphony No.12
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219
Beethoven: Symphony No.5
Philharmonia Orchestra
Christoph von Dohnányi conductor
Arabella Steinbacher violin
Fri Jun 8thTrips and OutingsLondon Postal Museum. £26.50pp, take a journey through 5 centuries of world class curiosities in the museum’s galleries.

Descend and board the 100 year old miniature railway, ride through narrow tunnels 70 feet underground to Mount Pleasant station where an impressive audio visual display will take you back in time.

The museum experience with a two course lunch with tea/coffee at Belgo restaurant are included.

Meet at Morden Underground Station at 10.30am or at the restaurant at 12.00 noon.
Mon Jun 11thMeeting"Life Below Stairs" with Tony and Lizzie Gilks. All the presentations by Tony and Lizzie are based on social historical events, illustrated with superb collections of artefacts pertaining to the period. In this presentation Tony is the Butler and Lizzie the Housekeeper, both costumed for the period. We will be transported back to a lifetime of dedicated servitude, packed with Victorian Kitchenalia, and given with humour and panache.
Tue Jun 12thFamily History 2Suggested all-day visit to The National Archives at Kew
Wed Jun 20thArts and Heritage"The Bishop Otter Collection" with Dr Gill Clarke. This talk explores the post second world war building of the University of Chichester's Bishop Otter Collection, which includes some of the most important figures in 20th century British Art. Dr Clarke is an excellent speaker and will give a fascinating insight into this collection, with a possible visit later.
Wed Jun 27thTrips and OutingsA Military Day £15.00pp,
Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace followed by a guided tour of Household Cavalry Museum. Afterwards, a short walk to the Guards Chapel for a live lunchtime concert played by the Guards Military Band, then an informative tour of the Guards Museum located next door.

Bring a sandwich, or, have lunch in the café in St James Park opposite.

Meet at Morden Tube Station at 9.15am, or, at the gates to the parade ground at 10.40am.
July 2018
Thu Jul 5thWine AppreciationTheme for July. Chardonnay is making a comeback whilst Rioja is a long time favourite. Bring bottle of either and research your choice.

Please note that capacity at the meetings with the Wine Appreciation Group is limited. If you would like to attend, you must contact the Group Convenor prior to the meeting.
Mon Jul 9thMeeting"Forty Years of Catching Smugglers" with Malcolm Nelson. Malcolm has worked in every aspect of Customs and Excise but mainly at Heathrow. He is credited with the largest haul of 42 kilos of Cannabis, found in a suitcase concealed inside Plantains, with the flesh scooped out and sewn up again! His talk gives an insight into how an officer selects passengers who may be carrying drugs. What are the signs? How do the guilty give themselves away? He will talk about all these aspects with knowledge and humour.
August 2018
Thu Aug 2ndWine AppreciationTheme for August. Possible tour of a vineyard.

Please note that capacity at the meetings with the Wine Appreciation Group is limited. If you would like to attend, you must contact the Group Convenor prior to the meeting.
Tue Aug 21st
→Fri Aug 24th
Arts and HeritageLiverpool and the Terracotta Army
As well as the Terrcotta Army exhibition at the World Museum, we will have a panoramic coach tour of Liverpool with a Blue Badge guide, a visit to The Lady Lever Gallery at Port Sunlight and a visit to Crosby Beach, where we can view Anthony Gormley’s lifesize bronze sculptures at “Another Place”.

The cost of this trip will be £432 per person with a single room supplement of £45.00.
Full details of this trip can be obtained from 
Joan Shepley, Tel: 01730 267704 or send a message via the A&H Group Page Link
September 2018
Sat Sep 1stTrips and OutingsThe Alresford Show. £25.95pp (discounts for children), is a great day out with lots of country pursuit’s, crafts, food, trade stands, marquees, and undercover stands and seating available to watch the competitors.

Travel by luxury coach to the show ground to see everything from prize farm animals, to duck herding, crafts, vintage cars, ancient and modern farm machinery on this family day out.

Pick-up 9.00am bus stop Fairfield Hall, Croydon - 9.20am Raleigh Gdns, Mitcham - 9.30am Aberconway Road, Morden - 10.30am The Causeway, Petersfield
Thu Sep 6thWine AppreciationTheme for September. Bring a bottle of your favourite wine you had on holiday and perhaps discuss where you most enjoyed drinking it. Do accompany with a photograph is you would like.

Please note that capacity at the meetings with the Wine Appreciation Group is limited. If you would like to attend, you must contact the Group Convenor prior to the meeting.
Mon Sep 10thMeeting"The Rise and Fall of the Portuguese Empire" with Christopher Massey-Beresford. Christopher has a degree in PPE, but modern languages came to be the defining feature of his career and interests. Most recently he has been a professional translator. His talk covers the phenomenon of Portugal's adventurous spirit from the 15th century and the development of a trading empire spanning the world for three centuries, and then the dramatic account of the coup d'etat that brought about the end of an empire.
Wed Sep 19thArts and Heritage"The Surprising Mr Sousa" with Ian Gledhill.
October 2018
Mon Oct 8thMeeting"Those Were the Days" - a film of Britain in the Fifties. This film is through the eyes of newsreel cameras, presenting an affectionate look at how we were in the 1950s. Recovering still from WW2, we had a cascade of new gadgets for the home, families began to holiday again on beaches, teenagers and flamboyant fashions came to the fore, there was the death of King George VI, the Coronation, the Four Minute Mile and much much more. Come along and reminisce foe a while.
Tue Oct 9thFamily History 2Les Mitchinson: Probate and Wills
Searching for wills and missing deaths
November 2018
Mon Nov 12thMeeting"The Role of the Pantomime Dame" with John Pitman. John appeared in pantomime for 36 years and insists his talk is like a one man pantomime with lots of laughs and dare we suggest ......................... audience participation! (Oh no we won't)!
Tue Nov 13thFamily History 2WW1 armistice = 100 years +2 days:

Members to share and review findings about their own families in WW1.
Sat Nov 24thTrips and OutingsSalisbury Christmas Market £16.50pp.

Travel by Luxury coach for this festive day out. Start your Christmas here; enjoy the wonderful atmosphere, music, mulled wine, craft stalls, shops and cathedral of this ancient city.

Pick–ups - 9am Fairfield Hall, Croydon - 9:20am Raleigh Gardens, Mitcham - 9:30am Aberconway Road, Morden - 10:30am The Causeway, Petersfield