Last update 10 December 2018
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.
|14th January 2.00pm||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 will be explored in Jock’s talk revealing the many factors which led to the outcome and putting Ultra into a more balanced perspective.
|11th February 2.00pm||A Butler to Royalty
William started his career at the age of 16 when he joined the Royal Navy. His duties for the following 5 years while working on the Royal Yacht Britannia included service to the Queen, Prince Phillip and other members of the Royal family During his 25-year career as a butler, William has work with many VIP’s and has attained a high profile within the profession, enabling him to travel the world. William has been on television in the UK and included in newspaper articles promoting butlers in the UK. He feels privileged to have attained “Top London Butler” status among agencies to which he has been assigned.
|William J French|
|11th March 2.00pm||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|
|8th April||No Meeting|
|13th May 2.00pm||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.
|10th June 2.00pm||Pub Names
This talk takes a look at the beginnings of the pub name and the stories behind the imagery on the sign, and how the signs developed. Tony will explain a selection of local names before opening up to a question and answer session.
|Anthony Poulton Smith|