Last update 20 October 2019
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 Philip de Jonge (656668).
Click here for past meetings.
|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).
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.