Surrey U3A Network


Study Days - Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic the March, April, May and June study days were postponed in early March. After discussions with the Menuhin Hall and in the light of continuing uncertainty about the safe planning of future U3A events the committee decided to postpone the September, October and November study days until our programme could recommence. As of early December the vaccine news is very good but it will be some time before our members will have been offered vaccinations and we can then arrange a new programme. All our speakers postponed their study days and it may be useful to know that the ten set of speakers below will be offered new dates as soon as the opportunity arises for a safe re-start.
Geography & Landscapes of South East England - Dr Geoffrey Mead
The Most Famous Pharaoh of Them All: Tutankhamun - Clive Barham Carter
The Development of British Style - Paul Atterbury
Understanding Turner: The Man, His Life & His Work - Professor Maria Chester
The Art and Objects of the Mughal Emperors - Ursula Weekes
Industrial Archaeology - Professor David Perrett
The Art of Drawing - Colin Wiggins
Illuminated Manuscripts of the Medieval Period - Imogen Corrigan
The Story of Polar Exploration & the Recent Impact of Security Considerations & Climate Change – Lt Cdr John Ash & Bob Headland
Gravity Wave Astronomy - Dr Chris North

Study days are open to all U3A members and guests are very welcome. They are held in the Menuhin Hall, Stoke d'Abernon; starting at 9.30am with registration and running from 10am to 4pm. The fee, including coffee/tea and biscuits, is £10 for members and £12 for guests. Attendees should bring a packed lunch. Prior booking is necessary. Click on any study day link below for a programme and booking form. You can use the on-line form on the Contact page to send a message to John Kennedy, Booking Secretary. If you would like to comment on the organisation or content of the study day or would like to offer ideas for the future please use the Feedback Form and send it to John Kennedy as an email attachment or fill in the same form which will be available at the study days and hand it to any member of the committee. For information the list of study day titles over fifteen seasons is given here, together with a poster of a typical study day. When study day hand-outs or presentations are available for download they will be mounted here for a period of at least three months. Surrey Network treats your privacy rights seriously and our Privacy Policy can be found by following the link. History of Study Days.


The following presentations can be requested via the Contacts Page from Ian Funnell, Website Editor.
Maria Chester's study day on The Aztecs - "Eagle Warriors of the Sun"
Simon Usherwood's study day on "The UK in a Changing Europe"
David Fishwick's study day on Astronomy - "Mercury & Moons of Solar System"

South East Forum Summer School 2020 & 2021 - Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

The South East Forum Summer School was to be held at the University of Chichester from Monday 15 to Thursday 18 June 2020. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic the summer school was cancelled. All students and tutors were informed and all deposits were refunded. The organising committee were very sad that they had to disappoint our members but messages received indicate that members understood the need and welcomed the early decision before the lockdown was announced.

Update in November 2020 from the Summer School Organisers - We are very sorry to say that we will not be running a Summer School at the University of Chichester in June 2021. We have consulted the people who had booked for 2020 and ascertained their views. As the social side of the event is key, we would not want to run virtual courses on Zoom. With the current uncertainty about COVID-19 and the restrictions imposed we cannot, with hand on heart, assure the safety of attendees even if we attempted to social distance everyone. The vast majority of our audience and tutors are over sixty five so we feel they would be very wary of attending. We do however plan to run the Summer School again in 2022 and have made a booking with the University of Chichester starting on Monday 20 June 2022. So put the date in your diary and we will plan to meet you for a celebration of being able to run our event once again.

International U3 Exchanges

The current situation concerning International U3A Exchanges by Surrey Network is described below. The Third Age Trust has been represented on the International Association of U3As (AIUTA) for more than twenty five years and members have been able to attend international conferences in different countries around the world. The numbers who attended have been small, but over the years other activities such as visits, exchanges and twinning have been developed by individuals or U3As. In 2015 the Trust set up its International Committee which intends to build on all these initiatives. On the national website under Resources there is a link to the International website. U3As in Surrey have already been involved in exchanges with Japan, Poland, Sweden and Spain. The exchange with Poznan U3A in Poland started in 2013 and is an on-going relationship. In 2018 a group travelled to Poznan for four nights in May and a delayed return visit will hopefully take place in 2021. Poznan U3A has about 1200 members and its English Language interest group has about 100 members. All our hosts have a working grasp of English and on previous exchanges we have been helped by having members of the Surrey party who were native Polish speakers. As well as this Polish link I am aware that the exchange with Spain is likely to continue. In addition I was approached by the President of Mauritius U3A, Armoogum Parsuramen, who set up the link between Mauritius and the UK. Ten members were chosen for an exchange trip to Mauritius in February 2017; the UK members came from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Chester plus five members from Surrey U3As; Ashtead, Fetcham, Horley and Horsley. There was an AIUTA conference in Mauritius in November 2019. Ian Funnell – 01372 374236

Dates for your Diary
Wed Apr 28th South East Regional Spring Gathering - Zoom Meeting - Details on Regional Website
Wed Jun 2nd First National U3A Day - Suggestions for Organisers from Sue Stokes, National Lead for U3A Day
Study Days
Fri May 21st Planned study day in 2021
As of February 2021 the re-opening date for study days is uncertain.
Fri Jun 18th Planned study day in 2021
As of February 2021 the re-opening date for study days is uncertain.
Fri Sep 17th Planned study day in 2021
Fri Oct 15th Planned study day in 2021
Fri Nov 19th Planned study day in 2021