Runnymede

EVENTS

All members and prospective members are welcome to attend our regular Monthly Meetings. Talks start at 2.00 pm (doors open at 1.50) on the 1st Monday of each month (except bank holidays, when it is one week later) at:

Hythe Centre
Thorpe Road
Staines
Middlesex
TW18 3HD

MONTHLY MONDAY MEETINGS
Please note that there is a normal entry fee of £1 to the monthly Monday meetings, for both members and visitors. Tea/coffee and biscuits is available after the talk for a small charge.

Please note that, apart from the monthly Monday meetings mentioned above, holidays, coach trips and theatre outings are only available to members of Runnymede U3A unless otherwise agreed. Individual group's entries are only available to members of that group unless otherwise agreed with the Group Leader.

Information about the Study Days programme can be found by using the Surrey U3A Network link top right. There, under 'Events', you will find details of each Study Day together with a booking form for each.

U3A Surrey Network Study Days are open to members of all U3As in Surrey and the surrounding area. They are held in the Menuhin Hall, Stoke d'Abernon. Use the link to get the latest information. Prior booking is necessary.


Dates for your Diary
February 2020
Thu Feb 27thWALKINGAdditional walk
Wentworth Golf Course and Coworth Park. 10:00-12:00 4 Miles
Leader: Richard Mason 01932 564773 Mobile on the day 07858 648997
Surrey/Berkshire border. Gentle walk with no stiles taking in Wentworth Golf Course and Coworth Park.
Meet in Sunningdale village free car park in Bedford Lane. (Postcode SL5 0NN)
Directions – from the Wheatsheaf on the A30 at Virginia Water go towards Sunningdale level crossing for about 1.5 miles and turn right into Bedford Lane. The car park is on the left just beyond a row of bungalows. Copy the Google Maps link into your browser for a map.

Nat Grid Ref SU 955675
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/psFvCcks2XrUvMEX8
Sat Navs 51°23'54.5"N 0°37'42.4"W
51.398469, -0.628454
March 2020
Mon Mar 2ndMeetingIt is not all at sea - RNLI - Colin Brown
Colin is a semi-retired Electrical Engineer with experience in managing, quality, training and aircraft maintenance.
The R.N.L.I. is the charity that saves lives at sea. Volunteers account for 95% of people who are selfless, dependable, trustworthy and courageous. The year of inception was 1824, they are on call 24 hours a day.
Thu Mar 12thWALKINGAdditional walk
Thursley Common 10:00 – 12:00 Just under 3 miles.
Leader Peter Hambrook: 01932 346565. Mobile on the day: 07908 899344
This is a classic lowland heathland site and home to Dartford warblers, woodlarks and, stonechats. The tracks are either firm sand or wide boardwalks, so offer easy walking. Some gentle slopes. If you are interested in birds, bring binoculars – you never know what may show.
Meet in the Moat Pond car park, off Thursley Road, Elstead. About 1.5 miles south of Elstead.
Copy the Google Maps link into your browser for a map.

Nat Grid Ref SU 900417
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/c36fipk61nN2
Sat Navs 51°10'00.4"N 0°42'54.3"W
51.166766, -0.715076
Tue Mar 17thBIRD-WATCHINGINDOOR MEETING 10:00 – 12:00
Lyne Village Small Hall, Lyne Lane, Lyne, Chertsey KT16 0AN. This venue has easy parking on site. The room is up the steps after the two green doors, first meeting room on left. There is a small kitchen attached that we can use for a brew-up. Please self-cater if you have special requirements. Details for access: http://www.lyne-village-hall.co.uk/contact-us/location/

I will be giving a presentation entitled ‘An Introduction to Birds’ which I gave originally in 2015. Most of the group today have joined after that, so it will be new to the majority. It reminds us how birds evolved and developed into the variety of types that we have today. It isn’t a very long presentation, so if anyone would like to show some of their own bird photos afterwards, please let me know.
Thu Mar 19thWALKINGLittle Venice London mystery trail -Carol B
Meet at Waterloo station opposite platform 19 at 10.30am. You will need a travel card and pen/pencil. Finding and solving puzzles and clues to get directions for the walk.
Tue Mar 24thSOCIAL HISTORYMy Family History - Jim Harris
Thu Mar 26thWALKINGDorney Court (3miles) 10:00 start

Leader Anne Bennett 01344 843101
Meet at Dorney Court Kitchen Garden Nursery. SL4 6QP. Village Road off Court Lane, Dorney.

Nat Grid Ref SU 925791
Sat Nav’s 51.30.14 N 0.40.03 W
51.50386 N 0.667664 W
April 2020
Mon Apr 6thMeetingThe Friends of Bushy and Home Parks - Pieter Morpurgo
The Friends is an association for all who enjoy these parks. As a friend you can support vital conservation measures to maintain these rural and beautiful parklands.
Thu Apr 9thWALKINGThames Path from Laleham to Penton Hook (3.3miles) 10:00 start

Leader Sue Ewen 01932 254540
Start Car Park at Laleham Park, Thames side, Laleham KT16 8RN (on side of river).

Nat Grid Ref TQ 052677
Sat Nav’s 51.23.57 N 0.29.16 W
51.39938 N 0.48794 W
Thu Apr 16thWALKINGPainshill Park -Di H
Meet carpark Painshill Park ( Portsmouth Rd, Cobham KT11 1JE Closest sat nav ref is KT11 1AA) Entrance concessions £8.
If the weather is awful, we will meet at Wisley RHS as there is very little shelter at Painshill park! Please bring your RHS membership card if you are a member. I will let everyone know on the day via email by 9.00 if the venue is not Painshill Park-Caroline
Tue Apr 21stBIRD-WATCHINGThursley Common 10:00 – 12:00
This is a classic lowland heathland site and home to Dartford warblers, woodlarks, stonechats and redstarts, all of which should be more visible/audible at this earlier than usual date. We will probably be too early for hobbys and most dragonfly species however. We will not be able to cover it all in two hours, so will concentrate on the core area around the bog. You will be able to turn back to the car park before we reach the halfway point if you wish. The tracks are either firm sand or wide boardwalks so offer easy walking. Meet in the Moat Pond car park, off Thursley Road, Elstead at GR: SU 900417 Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/c36fipk61nN2
Tue Apr 28thSOCIAL HISTORYLocal Pubs - Emma, Chertsey Museum
May 2020
Thu May 14thWALKINGRanmore Common (short walk) 10:00 start

Leader Carol Beasley 07512 553 677 01932 888615
Start at Stony Rock National Trust Car Park. Hogden Lane, Ranmore Common, approximate Postcode RH5 6SY (This is part of the Polesdan Lacy Estate)

Nat Grid Ref TQ 124504
Sat Nav’s 51.14.31 N 0.23.26 W
51.242219 N 0.390661 W

A short easy walk on Ranmore Common.
Thu May 21stWALKINGWestminster and Whitehall – Joan
Meet at Waterloo station opposite platform 19 at 10.30 then walk along to Westminster Bridge, cross river to Parliament Square then a circular route taking in some landmarks (e.g. Victoria Tower Gardens; Smith Square; Whitehall; Downing Street; Great Scotland Yard) before returning to Waterloo, stopping off for lunch and coffee along the way.
June 2020
Thu Jun 11thWALKINGBasingstoke Canal & Hook Heath (4 miles) 10:00 start

Leaders Lynda & Richard Mason 01932 564773 Mobile (on day of walk only) 07858 648997

Start at Car Park in St.John’s Ly, Off St John’s Road, Woking GU21 7SQ
Nat Grid Ref SU 979579
Sat Nav’s 51.18.41 N 0.35.47 W
51.31030 N 0.59660 W

Pleasant canal side walking and Hook Heath. (Lunch if required at The Rowbarge)
Thu Jun 18thWALKINGTwickenham-Katie and Ken
meet 10.30am
DETAILS TO FOLLOW
July 2020
Thu Jul 9thWALKINGWraysbury and Ankerwycke (3 miles) 10:00 start

Leader Malcolm Stewart 01932 841919 07891 104 635
Start at car Park adjacent to Wraysbury Lawn tennis Club, The Green, off B376 Windsor Road, Wraysbury. TW19 5NA.

Nat Grid Ref TQ 004741
Sat Nav’s 51.27.28 N 0.33.18 W
51.45783 N 0.33.18 W

Level walking across riverside meadows in this historical site.
Thu Jul 16thWALKINGPolesdon Lacey – Anne B
Meet in the car park at Polsedon Lacey . Please use post code KT23 4PZ. National trust property so free for NT members, please remember to bring your NT membership card!
September 2020
Tue Sep 22ndSOCIAL HISTORYFashion and the Titanic - Grace Evans, Chertsey Museum