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
April 2020
Wed Apr 29thMeetingMONTHLY MEETING

May 2020
Wed May 27thMeetingMONTHLY MEETING
2.30 pm in Clarendon Hall, York House

LIVING BUILDINGS by Sir Donald Insall

Sir Donald has written a book of this name (a new edition just published) and, drawing on this, will introduce some philosophies and principles presented in the work of architectural conservation today. He describes buildings as ‘virtually alive’, and discusses what this implies for our care of them: from the "daily care" of William Morris through repairs and improvements, to almost total restoration of the Palace of Westminster and the post-fire restoration of Windsor Castle.

Sir Donald Insall CBE was founder, sixty years ago, of what is now the country's leading architectural conservation practice, and later served as Founder-Commissioner of English Heritage. His team have been responsible for the exemplary national pilot study and conservation programme for the City of Chester, and were Co-ordinating Architects in the post-fire restoration work at Windsor. He has lectured widely
July 2020
Mon Jul 20thStamp and Postal HistoryAll face to face meetings are cancelled while concerns over the Coronavirus impact remain.

However, if you were a stamp collector in your youth and you still have your stamp collection, why not get out your album, postcards and loose stamps and enjoy it again?

Whether you are in ‘self - isolation’ or at home with others, postage stamps are a wonderful way to relax and enjoy what was ‘the world’s greatest hobby’’.

For Example

An example of a Queen Victoria stamp used in London & a similar stamp overprinted for use in Zululand


A postcard used in 1899 showing Richmond Hill & sent to Germany


A Postcard sent from Truro, Cornwall to Clydesdale Gardens in Richmond

Enjoy your Stamp Collection Again !

Richmond U3A Stamp & Postal History 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.