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.

BOOKING CONDITIONS - Please Note:
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
Meetings
Thu Feb 6th Eleanor Wood - the author of STAUNCH, a project on reminiscences and how they can be used.
Thu Mar 5th Peter Crowhurst - the history of North Laine.
Thu Apr 2nd Sharon Bradshaw - the author of ‘The Monk Who Cast a Spell’, set in 8th century England against a Viking background.
Thu May 7th Jacky Gill from NatWest - Beware the scam!
Thu Jun 4th Judy Theobald - “Life - and other problems” - 30 years in the media.
Thu Jul 2nd Geoff Doel and Will Duke - Sussex music and customs.
Thu Sep 3rd Esther Dawson: Ridgeview Winery
Thu Oct 1st Ian Gledhill “Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside” - a history of seaside entertainment.
Thu Nov 5th Michael Blencowe - Sussex Wildlife Trust.
CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERTS
Sun Feb 9th The first classical music concert of 2020 showcases the Brighton Philharmonic Brass and will include the works of seven very individual composers. Details from Julia Clark, contact information on the CONTACT page.
Sun Mar 1st Penultimate Concert of the 2019/2020 Brighton Philharmonic Orchestral season.
Sun Mar 29th Final Concert of the 2019/2020 Brighton Philharmonic Orchestral season.
GARDEN VISITS
Wed May 13th Visit to the RHS Gardens, Wisley
Cost: £31.20 pp or £19.00 pp for RHS members and guest.
To include a Guided Walking Tour of the Spring Gardens.
RHS Wisley is now fully booked, taking names for the reserve list
Wed Jul 1st Visit to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Cost: £40
Price includes: Admission, a private guided walking tour, day ticket for the Explorer (hop on, hop off land train) and coach. Taking bookings now.
To request a Booking Form email: ann.kerrison@ntlworld.com or pick up a form from Ann at the next General Meeting.
Wed Sep 23rd Visit to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. Cost: £28.50
Price includes: Coach, entry and a welcome talk and introduction to Sir Harold Hillier and a private guided walking tour.
HERITAGE VISITING GROUP
Fri Feb 14th V&A, Natural History or Science Museum, London (your choice) by rail in groups of 3 or more & bus.
0940 Meet Brighton Station (not Preston Park) for 1003 to Victoria. Return rail not valid between 1615-1915. Now booking, cheque please. Cost £13 + own bus fare if no pass.
Fri Feb 28th Middle Street Synagogue, Brighton. It is important you tell me you will be attending as our visit has an upper number limit. SOLD OUT
Fri Mar 13th Wellcome Collection,183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE
by rail in groups of 3 or more to St Pancras International & 800 yard walk or possibly bus. Meet 0920 at Brighton Station or 0925 at Preston Park. Return at time of own choosing. Now booking, cheque please. Cost £13.
Fri Mar 27th Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London by rail in groups to City Thameslink & short walk or bus. Guided tour at 1130 after airport style security check. Why not stroll around Middle Temple afterwards! Now booking, cheque please. Cost £25
Fri Apr 24th Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, Ealing, London. This was the country home of Sir John Soane and will be exhibiting The Rakes Progress by Hogarth. By rail in groups, tube, rail & short walk. Meet 0920 Brighton Station rail to Victoria onto Ealing Broadway about 1130. Return journey at any time. Now booking, cheque please. Cost £31
Fri May 22nd Imperial War Museum - Duxford, Cambridgeshire. By coach - pick ups at 08.30-08.45. Arrive about 1130, depart 1600, back in Brighton about 1830. There is an air display on the following 2 days so there should be air activity! Now booking, cheque please. Cost £32.
Fri Jun 19th Mary Rose, Portsmouth. Guided tour included. By rail in groups and short walk. Meet 0915 Brighton Station. Rail to Chichester, change & on to Portsmouth Harbour. Now booking, cheque please dated 01/06/2020. Cost £30
Fri Sep 25th Buckingham Palace State Rooms. Meet at Brighton Station at 0940 for 1003 service to Victoria (in groups of 3 or more). 20 minute walk to Palace. Self guided tour at 1200 of state rooms ending about 1400. Return rail not valid between 1615 and 1915. First come first served. Likely cost about £35. To make a reservation a cheque for £35 is required. This will be cashed early in the new year when the booking is made.
Fri Oct 9th Hever Castle via Speldhurst Church. By coach pick ups at 09.00-09.15. A guided talk of Speldhurst Church with its Burne-Jones windows on the way to Hever Castle & Gardens, the home of the Boleyn family. Back in Brighton about 18.00.
Now booking, cheque dated 1/6/2020 please. Cost £28
Fri Oct 23rd Supreme Court of United Kingdom (4th Visit), Parliament Square, London by rail in groups to London Bridge & tube. Meet at Brighton Station (not Preston Park) at 0845 for 0902 train. 1100-1200 Guided tour of Supreme Court. Return at time of own choosing. Now booking, cheque (dated 1st June 2020) please. Cost £23.
Fri Nov 13th Glyndebourne Backstage Tour. By car sharing. Arrive for coffee & pastry at 10.00, tour at 10.15 finishing about 10.45-12.00. NB the date and day of the week may change. NOT YET BOOKED. Taking Reservations only
Fri Nov 27th City of London Guildhall including Great Hall (if open), Art Gallery, Library, Roman Amphitheatre, City of London Police Museum & St Lawrence Jewry Wren Church. Meet at Brighton Station 0938 or Preston Park at 0942. Rail to London Bridge. Walk over bridge for 1 mile into city or bus and short walk. Now booking, cheque dated 1/6/2020 please. Cost £13.
SOCIAL OUTINGS
Sat Apr 18th Coach Outing to Lymington. Cost £18.00
Pick up Shirley Avenue 8.30am
Withdean opposite railway bridge 8.40am
Sainsbury’s 8.45am
Black Lion 8.50am all times approx. depending on traffic
Payment by February meeting.
There is a waiting list now but we always have cancellations

Caroline Beebe 01273 559108 / 07887524561
Fri May 1st Coach Outing to Petworth House. Cost: Coach only National Trust members £14.00, Non Members entry & Coach £27.50
Pick up Shirley Avenue 9.00am
Withdean opposite railway bridge 9.10am
Sainsbury’s 9.20am
Varndean 9.25am
Black Lion 9.30am all times approx. depending on traffic
Payment by March meeting
Caroline Beebe 01273 559108 / 07887524561
Wed Jun 10th Coach Outing to Tenterden am then Gt Dixter pm entry to House and Garden. Cost £28.00
Pick up Shirley Avenue 9.00am
Withdean opposite railway bridge 9.10am
Sainsbury’s 9.15am
Varndean 9.20am
Black Lion 9.25am all times approx depending on traffic
Payment by April meeting
Caroline Beebe 0127 559108 / 07887524561
U3A ANNUAL SPRING BREAK
Wed May 6th
→Sun May 10th
PPU3A SPRING BREAK 2020 - SCOTLAND.
Gardens of Dumfries and Galloway - 6th-10th May 2020


An exclusive 5 day tour, tailor made by Brightwater Holidays and includes 9 fabulous visits: Dumfries House and Walled Garden, Glenwhan Gardens, Logan Botanic Gardens, Broughton House Gardens, Threave Gardens, Sweetheart Abbey, Corn Mill, Rammerscales House and the Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed House for an Art Lover.

Return flight Gatwick to Glasgow. Staying in the Holiday Inn Dumfries. Cost £795 (based on 30) (£130 s/s) includes all transportation, comfortable coaching throughout, accommodation, dinner, bed & breakfast, and accompanied by David MacLennan our Brightwater Tour Manager. £200 deposit to secure booking.

For full brochure and booking form email : ann.kerrison@ntlworld.com