Last update 23 May 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 Don Stacey (644423).
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|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
|Tim Redmond Guide at the House of Parliament (Palace of Westminster)
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||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.
||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
|Alan and Pat Kingshott
|11th February 2.00pm
||GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN
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.
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.