Surrey U3A Network


Study Days Re-Open in September 2021

After an eighteen-month gap our study days will re-open in September. We will be following the same COVID-secure arrangements as for the current Summer Festival being run by the Menuhin School through June and July. All the speakers in our planned programme postponed their study days; they are listed below and will be offered new dates in 2021 and 2022.

Landscapes of South-East England - Dr Geoffrey Mead - September 2021 - See Below
The Most Famous Pharaoh of Them All: Tutankhamun, The Boy King - Clive Barham Carter - October 2021 - See Below
The Development of British Style + Life on Antiques Roadshow - Paul Atterbury - November 2021 - See Below

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. Following the experience many have had during the pandemic of attending events virtually, we have decided to offer virtual attendance so that members can view the study days from home. The fee, including coffee/tea and biscuits, is £10 for members and £12 for guests and for virtual attendance is £5. 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 2022

The South East Forum Summer School which is held at the University of Chichester was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. The South East Forum team has made a booking for Summer School 2022 with the University of Chichester starting on Monday 20 June and running until Thursday 23 June. So please put the dates in your diary and look out for the annoucement of the programme of courses and arrangements for booking from the start of December.

International U3 Exchanges

A number of International U3A Exchanges have been arranged by Surrey Network but in the pandemic such links have been put on hold. The Third Age Trust was represented on the International Association of U3As (AIUTA) for more than twenty five years and members were able to attend international conferences in different countries around the world. The numbers who attended were small, but over the years other activities such as visits, exchanges and twinning were developed by individuals or U3As. U3As in Surrey have 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 2022. 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 2016 I was approached by the President of Mauritius U3A, Armoogum Parsuramen, who wished to set up a ink 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 2018. Ian Funnell – 01372 374236

Dates for your Diary
Study Days
Fri Oct 15th The Most Famous Pharaoh of Them All: Tutankhamun, The Boy King
Presented by Clive Barham Carter, Lecturer for the Arts Society
Places are available in the hall or for on-line viewing - Poster for October 2021
Fri Nov 19th The Development of British Style + Desert Island Antiques + Life on the Antiques Roadshow
Presented by Paul Atterbury, Well Known BBC Television Expert on Antiques
Places are available in the hall or for on-line viewing - Poster for November 2021