Our monthly meetings will be held in The Holy Rood Church Centre, Gosport Road, Stubbington on the first Thursday every month starting at 2.00pm. Doors opening at 1.30pm. It's very important to show your membership card on entry.

Parking can be difficult and so all attendees are encouraged to car share wherever possible.

Dates for your Diary
Thu Feb 6th Jeff Evans - Pop on the Box -
Jeff is the author of Rock&Pop on British TV, and tells the fascinating story of 60 years of music on television in this fully illustrated talk, beginning in the 1950s with shows such a Six Five Special and continuing through the decades with programmes including Juke Box Jury, Ready Steady Go, Old Grey Whistle Test as well as a number of programmes that you may just have forgotten. Expect lots of warm memories and more than a few surprises.
Thu Mar 5th Chris Lubbe - My journey from Apartheid to Democracy.
Chris has had the honour of working with some of the greatest world leaders including Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, FW D Klerk. Chris shares his own story and the unique story of South Africa's transition from apartheid to a democracy. It is a story of determination and resilience which is a tribute to the thousands of South Africans who gave their lives in the pursuit of freedom.
Thu Apr 2nd Ashley Grove - From Shetlands to The Scilly Isles
Ashley developed an interest in nature – and birds in particular whilst growing up in the Warwickshire countryside, before setting up as a wildlife photographer in 2005. Ashley now lectures widely and leads regular photographic and birding tours to The Gambia – his favourite destination – as well as other places including Shetlands Isles and Isles of Scilly. He is officially recommended by the RSPB and RHS. Ashley's talk will take us on a journey from the Shetlands right down to the Scilly Isles to show us some of Britain's wonderful bird life.
Thu May 7th Mike Colbourne - Monkey World - My life with Primates
Mike is from Monkey World – the Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset We will look forward to an informative and entertaining talk and learn about the work carried out at Monkey World.
Thu Jun 4th Andrew Negus - Bishops, Buildings and Bones. Part 1 - Winchester BC1100
A return of a popular speaker to Stubbington U3A and this time we shall see how and why the city of Winchester grew from a collection of Iron Age huts into the splendid and artistic capital of England. We shall meet Saints Birinus and Swithins, Kings Alfred, Canute and Conqueror, and most exciting of all the irrepressible Queen Emma! Then there are the rich crafty bishops who created magnificent building, including the two minsters, two abbeys and the longest cathedral in the world.
Thu Jul 2nd Sue Hennessey - Hidden Depths - Women of the RNLI
This is an exciting opportunity for us to find out how women have always been at the heart of the RNLI and its work of saving lives at sea. Sue's talk will transport you to all parts of our coastline and introduce you to many different fascinating women. Expect tales of courage and endurance; enterprise, imagination, loyalty, commitment and immense generosity. Be prepared to shed a tear....but also to laugh out loud!
Thu Aug 6th Sheila Allen & Vivien Role - A Short History of Stubbington.
Talk by two local ladies giving us an interesting and informative talk on the History of our lovely village of Stubbington.
Thu Sep 3rd Jim Jump - The International Brigade
Jim Jump is the chairman of the International Brigade Memorial Trust, a London based charity that keeps alive the memory of the volunteers from the British Isles who fought in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 against the military rebellion led by General Franco with support from Hitler and Mussolini. Over 35,00 men and women, from over 50 countries, left their homes to volunteer for the the Republican forces. More than 2,300 of these came from Britain, Ireland and the commonwealth, of whom over 500 were killed, A fascinating and interesting story told by Jim.
Thu Oct 1st Nick Cook - Ban Conkers! That's Bonkers!
Nanny state gone mad or enlightened care? Decide for yourself as you fasten your seat belt and take a roller coaster ride through the past, present and precarious future of Health and Safety.
We will consider the health hazards from those faced by stone-age flint axe makers to modern dangers such as the perils of simply sitting and the hidden hazards you inhale while flying in today’s modern airliners.
While your final views of this controversial subject are entirely your own, this talk will hopefully help to inform those opinions.
Thu Nov 5th Paul Stickler - The Krays
Paul Stickler is a former UK police officer with a background in murder investigations. An exploration of the myth of the Kray Twins in 1960's East End of London and how their use of violence was affected by factors outside of their control. Paul exposes the audience to often unknown factors which contributed to the twins' ability to rule over East London.
Thu Dec 3rd Judy Theobald - Christmas and other Problems
By popular request, Judy returns to give a talk on Christmas – The Joys, or otherwise of the Festive Season.