Preston Park

General Meetings, Outings & Other Events

General Meetings are held monthly, normally on the 1st Thursday of the month, from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. There is a charge of £1.50 payable on the door. The General Meetings are usually held in Knoyle Hall next to St. John's Church in Knoyle Road, sometimes if the hall is unavailable in the Church itself. But check the list below for any changes. Refreshments are served at the end of the meeting. Besides any U3A business and announcements, there is usually a main speaker on a topic of general interest to members, which is publicised in advance.

Trips and outings are arranged by several Interest Groups, current arrangements are listed below. Members can book at our monthly General Meetings or by downloading a booking form from the individual Interest Group's page, but please read the important note below about booking conditions.

Classical Music Concert Visits are organised by Julia Clark. See the Interest Groups page for contact details and a link below to an on-line booking form. See below for the latest information.

Heritage Visiting Group Contact John Colman for availability. See the Interest Groups page for contact details and a link to an on-line booking form. See below for the latest information.

Social Outings See the Interest Groups page for contact details and a link to an on-line booking form. See below for the latest information.

Theatre Visits Contact Maureen Dickson for availability. See the Interest Groups page for contact details and a link to an on-line booking form. See below for the latest information.

U3A Holidays are occasionally arranged by individual members. See the Interest Groups page for contact details and below for the latest information.

A non-returnable deposit may be required when you make a booking.
All payments, deposit and full cost, must be by cheque, cash payments cannot be accepted (cheques must be made out to Preston Park U3A no.2 Account).
A Booking Form must be completed for each event.
It is the member's responsibility to ensure payments are made by due date.

It may be helpful to U3A Members wishing to synchronise their diaries to view the lists below in date order. This can be done by tapping the ‘blue’ sentence below. Display events in date order. The page will return to its normal configuration on closure.

Dates for your Diary
Thu Apr 4th Sue Bobbins - Rudyard Kipling at Bateman’s in Burwash.
Thu May 2nd Malcolm Wells - “So far, so good” talking about his varied career including 24 years in the army as a musician and as a medic serving in Northern Ireland and the first Gulf War. He then spent 15 years at Canine Partners including teaching a dog to use a washing machine!
Thu Jun 6th Emma Brown - East Sussex Credit Union - explaining what a Credit Union is, how it works, who may use one and how anyone may help run one.
Thu Jul 4th Peter Venn - Director of the Sleep Disorder Centre at East Grinstead - talking about sleep and the problems associated with it - bring your questions!
Thu Sep 5th Tony and Lizzie Gilks - The Way We Were - this costume drama depicting the bizarre and callous side of wartime yet encapsulating the camaraderie, hope and determination of an islands’ spirited people.
Thu Oct 3rd Local speaker, Geoff Mead talking about the Sussex Coastline.
Thu Nov 7th Trish Penny - Royal National Lifeboat Institution, talking about their work locally.
Tue Apr 16th Borde Hill Garden. Haywards Heath. “One of the country’s truly great gardens” Country Life. £14.50. pp. Price includes admission, guided tour of garden, tea/coffee on arrival.
Visit now FULL
Tue May 21st Leonardslee Gardens. Horsham.
This Grade 1 listed garden described as the finest woodland garden in England, recently re-opened to the general public. £14.00. pp. Price includes admission and guided tour of gardens with Head Gardener.
Visit now FULL.
Tue Jun 18th Denmans Garden. Fontwell, Arundel.
A contemporary Country Garden, rich in diversity. True to John Brookes’ design tenets, every curve is strong and related, creating exquisite inter-linking spaces.
£7.50. pp. To include coffee/tea on arrival in conference room with a talk by owner Gwendolyn van Paasschen. A guided tour of the gardens also with Gwendolyn.
Visit now FULL
Tue Jul 16th Kew Gardens. Richmond. By coach.
“We want to live in a world where plants and fungi are understood, valued and conserved. Discover our science and visit our world-leading botanic garden, Kew Gardens.” £33.60.pp Includes entry & the Kew Explorer, plus coaching.
Visit now FULL.
Tue Aug 20th West Dean Gardens. Chichester. Booking confirmed not priced
Stunning views, architectural delights and exquisite planting schemes.
Price tbc. £8 pp admission. No tour or talk arranged yet, further details to follow.
Tue Sep 17th Herstmonceux Castle gardens, Hailsham.
Medieval England meets the romance of Renaissance Europe
Price £7 pp. Includes admission and garden guided tour.
Fri Apr 12th Westminster Abbey London, optional new gallery visit. Travelling by rail and tube. Cost £34. Now booking. Cheque please.
Fri Apr 26th Bank of England Museum, London EC2R. Travelling by Rail & Walk or Bus.
Cost £13 Now Booking. Cheque please.
Fri May 10th D-Day Story & Southsea Castle, Portsmouth. Travelling by Coach.
Cost £19. Now Booking. Cheque please.
Fri Sep 27th Heritage Visiting Group Trip 6 of 9. Details available soon.
Fri Oct 11th Heritage Visiting Group Trip 7 of 9. Details available soon.
Fri Oct 25th Supreme Court of UK, Westminster, London. 3rd visit, including guided tour. Travelling by Rail & Tube. Cost £22. Sold out - Taking standby names only.
Fri Nov 1st Heritage Visiting Group Trip 9 out of 9. Details available soon.
Fri Mar 29th Chartwell (Churchill’s House, Westerham)
Cost £16.00 + £14.00 if non Nat. Trust member Dep. Sainsburys 9.00am.
Wed May 1st Pashley Manor Tulip Festival (Ticehurst, E. Sx)
Cost £26.00 Dep. 9.00am
Sorry we are full, but we have a reserve list.
Wed Jun 5th Polesden Lacey (Leatherhead)
Cost £16.00 + £12.50 if non NT member Dep. 9.00am.
Tue Jul 30th Glorious Goodwood Race Meeting (something completely different).
Cost £30.00. Dep. 9.30am
Wed Nov 20th Denbies Wine Estate (Dorking). Includes a 1 hour tour of the indoor winery; tasting of 3 different wines & 2-course lunch with tea & coffee. Plus an opportunity to shop in their gift shops for Christmassy things.
Cost £32.95. Dep. 9.30am.
Thursday 25th April Tickets £20
Smash-Hit Comedy direct from the West End.
A few reservations still available. Cheques by mid-March.
Thursday 20th June. Tickets £27
Adapted from the novel by Paul Hawkins.
A few reservations still available. Cheques by end March.
Rod Stewart Story - withdrawn.
Thursday 11th July. Tickets £22.50.
50th Anniversary of Legendary Rock Musical.
A few reservations still available. Cheques by beginning May.
Mon May 6th Gardens of Herefordshire
6 - 10 May 2019
Now fully booked.

Visits to Sir Roy Strong's gardens The Laskett, Stockton Bury Gardens at Kimbolton, the 14th Century timber-framed house and gardens at Brockhampton Estate, Lower Hopton Farm in Stoke Lacey, a guided tour of Hereford Cathedral, Westonbury Mill Water-Garden with it's delightful follies, the Black and White House Museum situated in the heart of Hereford and The Old Corn Mill at Aston Crews.
Price: £645 pp. (£120 single supplement)

Included in the price: Four nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Three Counties Hotel in Hereford, all listed visits, comfortable coaching throughout and the services of a Brightwater Holidays Tour Manager.
A £100 deposit will secure a place, balance payable 10 weeks prior to travel. Places are limited to a maximum of 30 travellers.
For a full itinerary and Booking Form, please contact
Ann Kerrison. email:
Mon Jul 8th
→Fri Jul 12th
Holiday to Littlecote House (a Warner hotel), near Hungerford and Marlborough in Wiltshire.
Mon. 8th - Fri. 12th July 2019.
Price: £379.00 pp, no single supplement, plus coach cost of around £60.00.

Since taking bookings at the September General Meeting we are fully booked, however we are running a reserve list, so please contact us if you wish to put your name down.
Alan & Caroline Beebe 01273 559108