Haslemere U3A

Last update 23 May 2019


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Monthly meetings are held at 2.00-4.00pm on second Mondays in the Main hall.

Members and guests are welcome, but special meetings may be restricted.
Guests may come to any two meetings in the year before joining the U3A.

There is no charge for attendance. Tea and biscuits are provided after the speaker.

Organised by Don Stacey (644423).

Click here for past meetings.

Date Subject Speaker
10th June 2.00pm The history of Big Ben
Tim will talk about this symbol of London with a Virtual Tour. He will also give us some amusing stories about some of the characters involved in its design and construction.
Tim Redmond Guide at the House of Parliament (Palace of Westminster)

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Past meetings 2019

Date Subject Speaker
13th May Turner and Impressionism
Allen, one of our members, has also worked as a volunteer at Petworth House for the last six years, giving talks and tours on the art collection there, the most important in the National Trust. He has made a detailed study of J.M.W. Turner and his work and will speak on this painter's links with Impressionism, displaying many paintings to illustrate his theme.
Allen Chubb
11th March Life in the Tower of London
Following a career in the Army, which he joined at the age of 15, Alan was recruited to become a Yeoman Warder at Her Majesty’s Tower of London in 1998. He was promoted to Yeoman Sergeant and then Yeoman Gaoler. Alan, together with his wife Pat, who he married in 1974, tell us of their experiences of working in the Tower – Pat, with the Crown Jewels, and Alan, who subsequently achieved the position of Chief Yeoman in 2012.
Alan and Pat Kingshott
the wonderful work carried out by this Hospital, one of the largest in the World for childrens' heart surgery, which developed the first heart and lung bypass machine for children. The NHS only meets day-to-day running costs and the Hospital aims to raise £50 million a year from the public for redevelopment and funding of research.
Alan Doig
14th January
Battle of the Atlantic and Ultra Code breaking in World War II
Having served in the Royal Navy for 30 years as an anti-submarine warfare specialist Jock retired in 1944 but continued to work as an historian for the Navy. During the Second World War, the longest conflict was the German attack on shipping, largely by submarines. A huge British achievement was Ultra, the decryption of German radio signals. In the years since its revelation in the 1970s it has become established in the public consciousness as the most important factor in the Battle of the Atlantic, as the struggle was dubbed by Churchill. Many books and films, such as Enigma by Robert Harris – a book made into a film – and the more recent The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch, have reinforced the perception as Ultra being the most crucial – or even the only - factor. Many historians, too, have fallen into this trap. This subject was explored in Jock’s talk revealing the many factors which led to the outcome and putting Ultra into a more balanced perspective.
Jock Gardner