Richmond upon Thames

Events

MONTHLY MEETINGS take place at 2.30pm on the last Wednesday of each month, except December, and are held at the Clarendon Hall, York House, Richmond Road, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ. There is limited car parking for a maximum of two hours but York House is on the bus routes 33, R68, R70, H22 and 490 (Lebanon Court bus stop).

We usually have a speaker, with a varied programme of subjects.

Local and National U3A news items are displayed on a noticeboard in the meeting room together with other items of local interest.

Members pay £1 (please bring your membership card) and non-members £2, which includes refreshments.


Dates for your Diary
January 2019
Wed Jan 30thMeetingMONTHLY MEETING Clarendon Hall, York House 2:30

Hungary from 1945 to 1956 - and Escaping the Uprising by Mihaly Saary
Dr Saary (pronounced Shaari) was born in Budapest. He will begin his talk with a description of the last stages of the 2nd World War, when the Nazis and the Soviets were fighting it out in Budapest, leaving it in ruins. He will then describe Hungary under communism as seen through the eyes of a teenager. He lived through the Hungarian uprising and, when this was savagely crushed by Soviet troops, escaped to the West with his family. Here he qualified in Medicine and specialised in Haematology.

His interests are golf, nutrition and playing the piano. He lives in Hertfordshire and often visits his children and grand-children in East Sheen and in Marlow.
February 2019
Mon Feb 18thStamp and Postal HistoryU3A Stamp Collecting Group

Next Meeting: Monday 18 Feb 1100 – 1200h in Hampton Hill United Reform Church, 35 High Street, Hampton Hill TW12 1NB
Map: http://www.hamptonhillurc.org.uk/location/

Bus route R68 and R70 stop near the church

Theme for the meeting: Post Marks


Leader: Paul Leonard Contact: Tel or text: 078 28 182 352

Advice on collecting, how to look after your stamps and information about specialists and societies. Plus suggestions on donating your stamps to good causes.

Paul Leonard is a member of the Twickenham & District Philatelic Society and also a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society.
Wed Feb 27thMeetingMONTHLY MEETING Clarendon Hall, York House 2:30

Blessed are the Cheesemakers by John Pearson.
John has spent all his working life in the food industry, primarily with Marks & Spencer. Since retiring in 2008 he has consulted for a number of suppliers and retailers. He is an international cheese judge and in 2011 was appointed Cheese Personality of the Year by the British Cheese Board.

His talk today will inform but also amuse with descriptions of some of his encounters with suppliers and impossible customers.
March 2019
Mon Mar 18thStamp and Postal HistoryNext Meeting Monday 18th March 2019 in Hampton Hill United Reform Church, 35 High Street, Hampton Hill TW12 1NB
Map: http://www.hamptonhillurc.org.uk/location/
Bus route R68 and R70 stop near the church

1100 – 1200h. Theme for the meeting: Valuing your collection

Leader: Paul Leonard Contact: Tel or text: 078 28 182 352
Email: paul.leonard.ed@btinternet.com

Advice on collecting, how to look after your stamps and information about specialists and societies. Plus suggestions on donating your stamps to good causes.

Paul Leonard is a member of the Twickenham & District Philatelic Society and also a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society.
Wed Mar 27thMeetingMONTHLY MEETING Clarendon Hall, York House 2:30

The Amazon and its Indigenous People by Sue Cunningham, ABIPP FRGS,

Sue Cunningham's unique experiences of the rainforest and its indigenous inhabitants will capture your imagination. This fascinating first-hand account of the Brazilian Amazon is richly illustrated with Sue's wonderful photography and short video clips
The talk includes climate change, ecosystems and the diverse and different ways of life of tribal people. This is cultural geography in the raw, opening a window on this most inaccessible region of South America and its people.

Sue and (husband) Patrick have many years of personal experience with the tribal communities of the Amazon and have won a Royal Geographical Society award.
April 2019
Wed Apr 24thMeetingPlease note that there will be NO Monthly meeting in April as Clarendon Hall will be required for election purposes.
May 2019
Wed May 29thMeetingMONTHLY MEETING Clarendon Hall, York House 2:30

Egypt, from Nomads to Nation by Janet Diamond

Janet has been a teacher and trainer and now delivers talks on Italy and on Egypt to a range of organisations and groups and on cruise ships.

She travelled with her family as a child and travelling has formed an important part of her life ever since. For 3 yrs she lived in Egypt. She recalls ‘gazing in awe’ at the pyramids and other monuments of Ancient Egypt, and the numerous, wide-ranging questions which took root in her mind. In researching answers, she was amazed by what she discovered.

Her presentation begins with the time before the pharaohs, looking at the landscape and geography of the early settlers; the movement of the semi-nomadic people of the Savannah, away from the grassland to their settling in the Nile Valley.

She investigates their unique geography, fabulous wealth, deep theology, and artistic and creative skills that was the backdrop to the development of this incredible culture.

The talk then takes us through to the unification of Ancient Egypt – ‘The Two Lands’, and to the beginning of pharaonic rule, which set the scene for the culture which went on to achieve the incredible feat of building the world’s first pyramid – The Step Pyramid at Saqqara.