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. Please note that the meetings originally programmed for September and November 2019 have had to be swapped over, due to changes in speaker availability. Those now shown in the programme are the correct entries.

The Science and Technology meeting is open to all members and is held on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 2.00 to 3.30 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. The current programme of meetings is complete up to March 2020 and includes a wide variety and type of topic. Meetings are held at the Petersfield Community centre. “The Science Forum" group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Liss Triangle Centre at 2.00 pm. We ask for a contribution of £1 to cover costs.The aim is to learn about and discuss popular science topics in a relaxed setting with participation by those present. No prior knowledge of science or of the subject matter is required: all topics are readily accessible!

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 attends concerts on the South Bank of the Thames in London. These are held at the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room. Availability of tickets and further information may be obtained from Derek Bowtell by contacting him via the South Bank Group page.

Chichester Festival Theatre
Each year we are able to purchase tickets for both the Festival and Minerva Theatres at Chichester. These tickets come with a very favourable discount. In the past we have only obtained tickets for the summer season but as from 2020 we will also be looking at the productions during the winter months. The winter season tickets come with a smaller (10%) discount but still offer very good value. Unfortunately for these winter production discounted tickets are only available for certain productions but we will keep members informed as to those which will be available. The programme for next year will be published on the theatre’s website in February. In order to book tickets for the shows that appeal most it would help us if members could look at the website and let us know their preferences. Chris and Julie Burton can be contacted at or on 01730 267609.

(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
December 2019
Mon Dec 9thSocial"Christmas Do"

Monday 9th December 2019 – 2.00 to 4.00pm – Petersfield Community Centre

This year we struggled a little to book entertainment for our Christmas Do. However, I am delighted to confirm that our groups and members and management committee have all rallied to ensure the show goes on. We have festive music, a quiz, a good carol sing-along all served up with traditional mulled wine, mince pies and snacks for everyone to enjoy.

Tickets will be sold at the door and this year at a reduced price of just £3 per member. So, get your Christmas jumpers ready and we look forward to seeing many members on the day to start the festive season.

Steven Watts, Chairman
Tue Dec 10thFamily History 2Mince pies again
Format tba
Wed Dec 11thScience Forum"Nuclear Power Generation in the UK". John Charnock-Wilson will introduce the subject, examining its history and status quo, and some of the associated social, economic and environmental issues. He will also touch on emerging technologies such as Thorium Reactors and Nuclear Fusion. A subject really worthy of discussion, so do come along and join in.
At the Liss Triangle Centre at 1400 hrs.
Mon Dec 16thCycling for Fun12 miles, Rated 2/3 Christmas Lunch!!!!
January 2020
Mon Jan 13thMeeting"Across the lake - the Donald Campbell Story" with Phil Holt. Phil has had a lifetime of flying and is now a top Speaker aboard cruise ships. His talk is about Campbell, a charismatic, daring and brave man who held both world land and water speed records in the same year, and this talk covers his fateful attempt at the world water speed record at Coniston Water.
Wed Jan 15thArts and Heritage"How did a dead Roman shape London's Streets" with Andrew Ryder. Properties in the outer areas of London in 1600 were not owned by the Crown but by private landowners who wished to turn barely profitable market gardens into residential neighbourhoods. In 1630 London got its first "Vetruvia" Square (Covent Garden) from a copied piazza in Italy and from that time onwards London developed on the Vetruvian principles.
Wed Jan 15thScience Forum"Recycling" with Peggy Pye at the Liss Triangle Centre at 1400 hrs.
Tue Jan 28thScience and TechnologyProf. McGeehan of Portsmouth University - "Plastic Eating Bacteria / Enzymes".
February 2020
Fri Feb 7thSouth Bank GroupSouth Bank Group Programme 2019/2020 at Royal Festival Hall
Mozart's Final Flourish
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Ivan Fischer conductor
Mon Feb 10thMeeting"Spotlight on Scandinavia - 1939 to today" with Christopher Massy Beresford. Denmark, Norway and Sweden- how they fared during WW2 and how they are today.

This talk covers the different experiences of these countries during WW2 and their development into 3 of the world's most successful countries. It also covers the many different ways in which the behaviour of these peoples varies - from sensible to strange and amusing!
Wed Feb 12thScience Forum"Assisted Dying" - Carol Watson. Liss Triangle Centre at 1400 hrs. Details to follow
Thu Feb 13thSouth Bank GroupSouth Bank Group Programme 2019/2020 at Royal Festival Hall
Shani Conducts Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet
Wed Feb 19thArts and Heritage"Gulliver's Travels, the Book & its Illustrations" with Brian Tippett. This fully illustrated lecture tells the history of "Gulliver's Travels" which was written as a satire on politics and human nature. Its brilliance appealed to children and adults alike and in turn inspired cartoonists images ridiculing politicians.
Tue Feb 25thScience and Technology"The Storage of Electrical Energy" with Bob Slade. A subject that is looking increasingly topical and not to be missed.
March 2020
Mon Mar 9thMeeting"My Love of Africa" with Tom Way. Tom is a professional photographer based in the U.K. and has won awards in many international competitions. He spends most of his time focusing on large mammals around the world but his main passion is always with the Elephants and Lions in Kenya and Leopards in Zambia, so look forward to a stunning afternoon of photographic magic.
Tue Mar 10thSouth Bank GroupSouth Bank Group Programme 2019/2020 at Royal Festival Hall
TUESDAY 10 MARCH 2020 AT 7.30 PM
Thierry Fischer Conducts Stravinsky
Wed Mar 11thScience Forum"Sewage" - Frances Press. Liss Triangle Centre at 1400 hrs. Further details to follow.
Wed Mar 18thArts and Heritage"Isadora Duncan - Mother of Modern Dance" with Elizabeth Blake. Our Speaker this month is a professional dancer, actor and choreographer. Her presentation is part talk and part live performance, and includes speech and dance extracts from her celebrated production "Isadora-- I Dance what I am"
Tue Mar 24thScience and TechnologyControlling 911 with Phil Holt
April 2020
Thu Apr 2ndSouth Bank GroupSouth Bank Group Programme 2019/2020 at Royal Festival Hall
Heras-Casado Conducts Russian Classics
Fri Apr 3rdSouth Bank GroupSouth Bank Group Programme 2019/2020 at Royal Festival Hall
FRIDAY 3 APRIL 2020 AT 7.30 PM
Vasily Petrenko Conducts Prokofiev
Mon Apr 13thMeetingEaster Monday - No Meeting.
Wed Apr 15thArts and Heritage"My Life as a Film Extra" with Alan Turton.
Sun Apr 26thSouth Bank GroupSouth Bank Group Programme 2019/2020 at Royal Festival Hall
SUNDAY 26 APRIL 2020 AT 3.00 PM
Fantasy and Fairy Tales
Philharmonia Orchestra
Jakub Hrůsa conductor
May 2020
Sun May 10thSouth Bank GroupSouth Bank Group Programme 2019/2020 at Royal Festival Hall
SUNDAY 10 MAY 2020 AT 7.30 PM
Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony
Philharmonia Orchestra
Juraj Valcuha conductor
Mon May 11thMeeting"Will Russia Survive the 21st Century?" with Andrew Ryder
June 2020
Mon Jun 8thMeeting"History of the City of London" with Sally Botwright
July 2020
Mon Jul 13thMeeting"Everest and the Seven Summits" with Rebecca Stephens
August 2020
Mon Aug 10thMeetingNo meeting
September 2020
Mon Sep 14thMeeting"A Photographic Odyssey of Shackleton's Endurance Expedition" with Mark Cottle
October 2020
Mon Oct 12thMeetingAGM followed by "Berlin from 1931 to 1989" with Alan Grace
November 2020
Mon Nov 9thMeeting"What the Butler Saw" with Bob France in costume.
December 2020
Mon Dec 14thMeetingThe Christmas Event