Haslemere U3A

Last update 25 September 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
14th October 2.00pm History of the Portsmouth Road
The Portsmouth London Road was a route of strategic importance, the vital link between the capital and the nation’s greatest naval fortress. From the 17th century onwards major events of our nation’s history were linked to the road, with famous and notorious people from all levels of society travelling its length. Among its alternative names were both the Royal and Assassin’s Road, giving clues to a dramatic past. Travelling the road’s old route today in the enclosed comfort of our cars it is easy to overlook the fact that this was, until the mid 20th century, one of the busiest and most important roads in the country.
Jennifer Goldsmith
11th November 2.00pm AGM OF HASLEMERE U3A
followed by - A funny thing happened on the way to the station.
A talk by Allen Chubb. In ten years as a Special in London, from his first arrest in 1975 soon after starting his training when be broke up a gay-bashing in Chiswick it's a compelling account of police work in busy parts of London, involving over 50 arrests, sometimes of violent people often when off duty, plus a few humorous stories.
Admission free; non-members welcome
The Committee & Allen Chubb
13th January 2.00pm Chatham Dockyard – Rise and Fall of a Military-Industrial Complex
Supported by Power Point, and using a unique and rare set of photographs and other illustrations, this talk looks at Chatham naval dockyard, which was once the largest of all the naval dockyards. While later overshadowed by Portsmouth, it regained its top-ranking position during the mid-19th century, being the first government-owned dockyard to build iron-clad warships. In later years it specialised in submarine building. As well as looking at the type of work undertaken, a glimpse will be taken of the workforce as well as the everyday family life of those employed (both officers and men).
Philip Macdougall
10th February 2.00pm The Job of a Laughtime
International TV scriptwriter, Brad Ashton, provides an hour of laughs with his humorous backstage stories about all the top comedians he’s worked with during his career. They include Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, Dick Emery, Frankie Howerd, Bruce Forsyth, David Frost, Bob Monkhouse and even the great Groucho.Marx. You’ll enjoy the glimpse behind the curtains, revealing some of the strange and funny things that occur before the camera rolls.
Brad Ashton
9th March 2.00pm The History of Crosswords
Susan worked for a company that published crossword magazines for nearly twenty years, and had overall responsibility for the words that are -- or are not -- considered suitable for inclusion in crosswords, as well as writing clues and editing the work of outside crossword compilers. Susan now teaches short courses in how to solve cryptic crosswords at Guildford Institute. She is co-editor of “The Puzzler Crossword Solver’s Dictionary” published by Penguin. Susan began her career as a teacher of modern foreign languages.
Susan Purcell
11th May 2.00pm Controlling 9/11
The events on the ground are well documented – but what of the unseen heroes of that day? Phil was an air traffic controller for nearly 40 years and was on duty on the 11th September 2001. In this fascinating presentation Phil will tell the story of his colleagues at the Boston, New York, Washington and Cleveland air traffic centres as they battled to understand what was happening in the busiest piece of sky in the world. Phil had full access to every transmission and phone call made that fateful morning and he uses these to dramatic effect. It is however his experience as a controller, instructor, examiner and human factors specialist that gives an unprecedented insight into the most fraught 4 hours in the history of air traffic control.
Philip Holt
8th June 2.00pm The Crop Circle Mystery
With stunning visuals, Andy explores the extraordinary phenomenon of crop circles, the intricate shapes which appear in fields around the world each year and still defy total explanation despite media scepticism and much debate. This inspiring presentation reveals the fascinating history of the mysterious patterns up to the present and explores both the amazing designs and the many varied and imaginative theories put forward to explain them over the years.
Andy Thomas

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Past meetings 2019

Date Subject Speaker
9th September 2.00pm My experiences as a stunt performer
With over 20 years’ experience in the film and television industries, Lucy discusses with us what is a stunt. She talks about the different and varied areas of work that stunt performers do, from Stunt Doubling to Motion Capture. Lucy tells all about her personal journey into stunts, about the highs and lows of her career and shares her experiences , both scary and hilarious at times, doing the job she loves.
Lucy Allen
10th June The history of Big Ben
Tim spoke about this symbol of London with a Virtual Tour. He also gave 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)
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