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 2018
Mon Apr 23rdStamp and Postal HistoryU3A Stamp Collecting Group

Next Meeting: 23 April 2018 1100 – 1200h in Hampton Hill United Reform Church, 35 High Street, Hampton Hill TW12 1NB

Bus route R68 and R70 stop near the church

Theme for the meeting:
Cinderella Stamps

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 Apr 25thMeeting


May 2018
Wed May 30thMeetingMONTHLY MEETING Clarendon Hall, York House 2:30

An Introduction to the ‘Panorama of the Thames’ Project by Jill Sanders and John Inglis

This project is creating a contemporary record of the Thames Riverside between Hampton and Tower Bridge. The riverside is changing so rapidly that, during the course of their work, many of the buildings they have recorded have already changed or been replaced. The project includes historical panoramas, providing the opportunity to compare the present with the past. It is funded entirely by local community groups, and individuals who care about the riverside.

John’s background is in films, editing and latterly photography. As a film professional he specialised in visual effects and has put this capability to good use with the unique seamless images of the river bank in the Panorama of the Thames project.

Jill trained as a journalist and worked in various media, as well as in the charity and local government sectors. She enjoys researching and writing, and has been working with local historians on the editorial in the book and website.
June 2018
Wed Jun 27thMeetingMONTHLY MEETING Clarendon Hall, York House 2:30

Russia Past and Present by Michael Beech

This talk is intended to present to the audience some interesting and stimulating aspects of Russia, the largest and possibly the most enigmatic country in the world.

We will be looking at the many beautiful buildings in Moscow, and St. Petersburg, including the jaw dropping opulence of the Kremlin and the Hermitage, and see how this contrasts with the countryside where some of the people live a meagre existence.

We also look at how Russia is slowly emerging from the constraints of 60 years of communism and how it is grudgingly and reluctantly becoming more ‘welcoming’ whilst trying to develop and evolve without losing its individuality and identity.
July 2018
Wed Jul 25thMeetingMONTHLY MEETING Clarendon Hall, York House 2:30

The Capable Mr. Brown by Russell Bowes

“The Capable Mr. Brown" - we all know his name, but what do you know about Brown's family life, the people he worked for and what else was happening in England at the time? Where did the new style of landscape gardening he is famous for come from? This talk takes a look at the life and career of Lancelot "Capability" Brown - a man who changed the face of England for ever – and explodes a few myths along the way. Born into poverty and obscurity, he became renowned across the world as the father of the English landscape garden movement. But who was he?”

Russell Bowes is a freelance garden historian who has been giving talks since 2000. He was awarded the University of London Diploma in Garden History in 2003. He has given talks as far afield as Durham and Falmouth, for the Imperial War Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Chelsea Physic Garden, The Eden Project and nearly 80 branches of the U3A, as well as for many branches of the National Trust Members’ Association and local horticultural societies. He is currently renovating an overgrown 130’ garden and has declared war on the local squirrels.
August 2018
Wed Aug 29thMeetingMONTHLY MEETING Clarendon Hall, York House 2:30

Magistrates in the Community.

This talk will look at the history of the magistracy, but will mainly focus on the role and work of magistrates in the criminal justice system - and beyond.

Details of speaker(s) to follow