Petersfield

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Petersfield u3a Events

General meetings are open to all members, and are currently taking place on on-line (please see below),

Recordings of some previous Zoom meetings, can be found at Virtual Meeting Videos

See Group Meeting Details for more general information

**NEW** We are now including events from the National u3a and other sources. PLEASE NOTE that booking is required and some events fill quickly so it pays to book early. We cannot guarantee that they will still be available.

Smaller group meetings are open to members by prior agreement with that group coordinator. As the options are changing regularly to comply with Covid guidelines, it is preferable to contact individual Group Conveners for the latest information. Click on the Groups page and contact the Convener of the Group you are interested in via the 'Message' icon for further details.

Dates for your Diary
National u3a & other Meetings
Wed Feb 24th A Taste of Japan from Third Age Trust at 2:00 PM
Free, but booking is required. Click this link: A Taste of Japan
Events in February and March, you can book separately or both together
Topics in February:

Wa = Harmony - Derek will discuss the ethos of the Japanese ,referring to aspects like their aversion to conflict, collective not individual (but belief in individual responsibility) non-intellectual more practical: a non-religious society, but ancestor/spirit worship
Haiku - Although Haiku is considered an old, traditional style of Japanese verse, it was actually preceded by other forms. The talk will explain a little of the history and development of Haiku and show the structure and content with some samples. There will also be a challenge for those willing to try it.

Speakers:
Derek Beddow - Insights into many aspects of Japan by Derek who has lived and worked in Japan for 5 years. He has been visiting Japan every year for the last 30 years, he and his Japanese wife have a house in Yokohama. Having travelled the world extensively, and worked for three years in Peru, Derek thinks Japan is still the most unique country he has ever been to for a variety of reasons, many of which will be covered in these talks.

Gill Russell – Gill lived in Japan with her family for four years and while her husband worked in Tokyo, she taught at the Yokohama International School. She developed a keen interest in the culture and language of this amazing country and has revived that since retiring by joining a Japanese language class. She returned to Japan recently and found that although some things had changed, much of the traditional Japan remained. She enjoys sharing her experience with U3A groups and has used her interest to run a course for the North West Summer school.

Hilary Jones – personal experiences of Japan by Hilary whose son has a Japanese wife and lives in Kawasaki. Hilary has visited Japan on a number of occasions and has appreciated the insight into the life of a modern Japanese family.
Thu Feb 25th Wellbeing in Nature from Third Age Trust at 2:00PM
Free, but booking is required. Click this link: Wellbeing in Nature
Join Susan Collini, Subject Adviser for Wellbeing with Nature, for this interactive talk and discussion on spending time in nature.
Susan says:
'There is undoubtedly something calming, but also energising about spending time in nature that appears to be a commonly shared experience for the majority of human beings. But why is it that people feel better in themselves through connecting with the natural world? What is it about being immersed in nature that can deliver a deep sense of inner calm? This talk aims to provide greater insight and deeper appreciation of the health and wellbeing benefits available through nature connection which I hope might inspire some U3A members to launch their own Wellbeing with Nature group.'
Thu Mar 4th The Drifting Continents - A Lesson in Geology from Third Age Trust 2:00PM -3:30PM

Join Martin Eales, Consultant Geologist & Geophysicist and member of Sutton U3A, for an online talk followed by a Q&A and discussion session.

The scientific support from geography, climatology, geology, physics and biology for the concept of drifting continents

This talk will explore the early ideas and evidence for the concepts of continental drift leading to the paradigm of plate tectonics. There is another event taking place on 25th March on Plate Tectonics which is a sequel to this one. You can book for both events or just one if you would prefer.

Early cartographers have recognised, since the discovery of the Americas, that the continents across the Atlantic appear to fit like a jigsaw puzzle. However, there was no explanation how this could happen and generally the idea that continents could move around the earth was dismissed as bizarre by scientists until the middle of the 20th century. The exploration of the oceans led to the development of the theory that continents are perpetually drifting, as the oceans are continuously being created and destroyed. From the 1960s these concepts evolved into plate tectonics that helps us to explain the history of the earth and many of the geological processes we see today from mountain building to volcanoes.

Martin Eales was educated at Emmanuel College Cambridge then researched for a doctorate and lectured at Glasgow University. He has been a petroleum geologist for 40 years including working for the largest oil companies in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Italy, and also lived in North Africa and the Middle East. In that time, he has studied the geology of most countries in the world and now works part time advising companies and banks on the value of their oil assets. He is married with 3 children and 1 dog.
Thu Mar 11th Wellbeing in Nature - repeat talk from Third Age Trust 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Free, but booking is required. Click this link: Wellbeing in Nature2

This is a repeat of the earlier workshop on 25th February, please do not book for both sessions.

Join Susan Collini, Subject Adviser for Wellbeing with Nature, for this interactive talk and discussion on spending time in nature.
About this Event
Susan Collini, Subject Adviser for Wellbeing with Nature said:
'There is undoubtedly something calming, but also energising about spending time in nature that appears to be a commonly shared experience for the majority of human beings. But why is it that people feel better in themselves through connecting with the natural world? What is it about being immersed in nature that can deliver a deep sense of inner calm? This talk aims to provide greater insight and deeper appreciation of the health and wellbeing benefits available through nature connection which I hope might inspire some U3A members to launch their own Wellbeing with Nature group.'
Wed Mar 17th FIRE! – a century of the Volunteer Fire Brigade from Third Age Trust at 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Free, but booking is required. Click this link: FIRE!

Join Jo Livingston for a talk on the Volunteer Fire Brigade.
A history of the years when fire fighting depended on local altruism, using photographs and various items from Jo Livingston's family’s long association with the Brigade.
Wed Mar 24th A Taste of Japan from Third Age Trust at 2:00 PM
Free, but booking is required. Click this link: A Taste of Japan
Events in February and March, you can book separately or both together

March Topics:
Zen in everyday life - Derek will explain more covering aspects such as ikebana displays and bird song at stations; Tea ceremony & food presentation, small present giving & present wrapping. Order/cleanliness; 2 sides/faces to culture…public/private; Japan a traditional society but celebrates innovation
Temples, Shrines and Gardens – The main religions in Japan are Buddhism and Shinto, the many temples and shrines are an important part of their culture. Japanese gardens offer peace and tranquillity and try to capture the beauties of nature in a natural way as well as being works of art. This talk shows examples across the country.

Speakers:
Derek Beddow - Insights into many aspects of Japan by Derek who has lived and worked in Japan for 5 years. He has been visiting Japan every year for the last 30 years, he and his Japanese wife have a house in Yokohama. Having travelled the world extensively, and worked for three years in Peru, Derek thinks Japan is still the most unique country he has ever been to for a variety of reasons, many of which will be covered in these talks.

Gill Russell – Gill lived in Japan with her family for four years and while her husband worked in Tokyo, she taught at the Yokohama International School. She developed a keen interest in the culture and language of this amazing country and has revived that since retiring by joining a Japanese language class. She returned to Japan recently and found that although some things had changed, much of the traditional Japan remained. She enjoys sharing her experience with U3A groups and has used her interest to run a course for the North West Summer school.

Hilary Jones – personal experiences of Japan by Hilary whose son has a Japanese wife and lives in Kawasaki. Hilary has visited Japan on a number of occasions and has appreciated the insight into the life of a modern Japanese family.
Thu Mar 25th The Paradigm of Plate Tectonics - a Lesson in Geology from Third Age Trust 2:00PM-3:30PM
Free, but booking is required. Click this link: The Paradigm of Plate Tectonics

Join Martin Eales, Consultant Geologist & Geophysicist and member of Sutton U3A, for an online talk followed by a Q&A and discussion session.

A sequel to the March 4th talk, discussing the unifying theory of plate tectonics to explain the geological processes from volcanoes to mountain building. You can book for both events or just one if you would prefer, you do not have to have attended the 4th March to attend this one.

From the 1960s the concept of continental drift evolved into the paradigm of plate tectonics that helps us to explain the history of the earth and the geological processes we see today. We will discuss how earthquakes and volcanoes occur at plate boundaries where oceans are being destroyed and will travel to the Mediterranean and the Ring of Fire around the Pacific Ocean. We will also visit regions where oceanic crust is being created from hot spots in Hawaii to rifts in East Africa and the Mid Atlantic Ridge on Iceland. Continental collisions are currently forming evolving mountain ranges such as the Himalayas to the Alps and also caused the unification of the British Isles some 400 million years ago.

Martin Eales was educated at Emmanuel College Cambridge then researched for a doctorate and lectured at Glasgow University. He has been a petroleum geologist for 40 years including working for the largest oil companies in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Italy, and also lived in North Africa and the Middle East. In that time, he has studied the geology of most countries in the world and now works part time advising companies and banks on the value of their oil assets. He is married with 3 children and 1 dog.