Richmond upon Thames


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
October 2019
Mon Oct 21stCinema Group4pm at Watermans
The Farewell (12a, I hour 40 mins)

English and Mandarin with English subtitles Winner audience favourite at the Sundance film festival 2019.
Opening with the line ‘based on an actual lie’ Lulu Wang’s moving drama tells the story of a family who, on hearing that their ageing grandmother has terminal cancer, decide not to tell her.

All tickets £6 on Mondays, booking already underway. Online booking phone 020 8232 1010
Wed Oct 30thMeetingMONTHLY MEETING
2.30 pm in Clarendon Hall, York House

Theatrical London by Diane Burstein.

This talk treats you to historical vignettes and anecdotes about some of our famous theatres. Discover how theatre developed from the Elizabethan playhouses of Bankside and Shoreditch, through the rise of restoration drama in Covent Garden to Shaftesbury Avenue’s Edwardian and Victorian theatres. Bringing things up to date, we’ll discover the birth of the Fringe and the current vogue for site specific theatre in unusual venues. The illustrated talk will include anecdotes about theatrical personalities, superstitions and traditions.

Members may remember Diane’s highly engaging talk to us on ‘Literary London’ a year ago. She has 20 years experience of working as a registered London Blue Badge Tour Guide, makes regular radio broadcasts on BBC London on the subject of “Secret London” and is a tutor on London themed courses for two leading adult education Institutes – City Lit and Bishopsgate Institute.
November 2019
Tue Nov 5thStudy DaySouth West London Consortium of U3As
Roehampton University, Roehampton Lane, SW15 5PU
10 am to 4 pm
Extinction or Survival : Our future on the planet?
Cost :£15 includes free parking and light lunch

10.15-10.50 Registration and coffee.
10.50 Welcome and introduction.
11-12.30 Environmentalism: the Future of Cities. Speaker Charles Wood (Energy UK)
12.30 –1.15 Lunch
1.15—2.15 Assisted Dying; ‘Do Go Gentle into that Good Night’ : Alcoholism and Euthanasia. Speaker : Kevin McCarron
2.15-2.30 Tea break
2.30– 3.30 Human Hybrids : Human-Animals and Human-Machines Speakers :Ariel Kahn and Amy Waite (Roehampton University)
3.30-3.45 Conclusion

Please contact Libby Barton (by clicking on her name) if you would like to attend.
Sat Nov 9thStudy DayLondon Region Music Day
10am - 4.30pm at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Music of the Czechs
Cost: £25, including refreshments on arrival

10.00 Registration (St. Pancras Room, lower level)
10.45-10.55 Introduction by the Chair of the London Region, Catherine Ware ‘Music of the Czechs: Geographical and historical context’
11.00 – 12.00 ‘Evocations of Prague’ A London Region Music visit to Prague, remembered through a sequence of images, accompanied by poetry, prose and music Hugh Noble, Redbridge U3A
12.05 – 13.05 ‘Bedřich Smetana – a Czech Icon’ A joint presentation with recorded musical excerpts Andrew Mills & Michael Sodring, Barnet U3A
14.00-14.15 ‘Czech folk songs’ Ralph Samel and his Ukelele Group, Barnet U3A Introductions in English. Songs sung in Czech by guest soloist, Sarka Elias
14.20-15.20 'Another kind of Nationalism: The development of the Czech string quartet' Talk with recorded musical excerpts Robert Hugill, U3A in London
15.25-16.25 ‘Dvořák in England’ Talk with recorded musical excerpts Terry Heard, Membership Secretary, The Dvořák Society
16.25 -16.30 Close of day by Don Moore, Merton U3A

For an online booking form and more information, please visit the Events page of U3A London Region website:
Wed Nov 27thMeetingMONTHLY MEETING
2.30 pm in Clarendon Hall, York House

Turner and the Thames by Catherine Parry-Wingfield.

This talk explores the inspiration of the Thames in Richmond for England’s greatest landscape painter, and the lure of this part of the river.

Members may remember Catherine’s fascinating talk to us about Venice in June, when she kindly stepped in as a replacement speaker. She is an art historian specialising in 18th century British and European painting and sculpture, has lectured for NADFAS (now The Arts Society) and major museums and galleries, and founded the Richmond society.
Fri Nov 29thArt History - Impressionism to ModernismWilliam Blake Exhibition at the Tate Britain.

Meet 12 noon at the Meeting Point by the downstairs bookshop

If you would like to join this visit, please contact Pramila Muthiah, mob 07758 355 357, to let her know you are coming.

Please purchase tickets beforehand (£17 seniors)if you are not a Tate member. Nearest tube station is Pimlico, then a 10 minute walk to the Tate Britain.
December 2019
Wed Dec 11thMeetingMONTHLY MEETING
2.30 pm in Clarendon Hall, York House

Christmas – A Celebratory History by Andy Thomas.

In a fascinating and uplifting presentation, Andy uncovers the long and intriguing background to the festive season. The history of Christmas has not been straight forward: banned in Puritan times, its traditions splintered into many guises before it was rehabilitated by the Victorians.

Andy is a historian and researcher. He has written many books, lectures in Britain and abroad, and has made numerous radio and TV appearances. Members may remember Andy’s gripping talk to us about crop circles in November 2017.