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MONTHLY MEETINGS 2015

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Date Subject Speaker
January 12th SATIRIST TO INSANITY
celebrating the bicentennial of JAMES GILLRAY (1756-1815)
Ian is an authority on 18th century graphic satirical art. James Gillray was a caricaturist famous for his political and social satires. A natural successor to William Hogarth, he fearlessly parodied politicians and the royal family alike. Eventually he accepted a pension in return for toning down his satirical bite. He can be seen as a forerunner to the likes of Gerald Scarfe and “Spitting Image.” Sadly, he died insane in 1815.
Ian Keable
February 9th ALL YEAR ROUND COLOUR IN YOUR GARDEN
Geoff is a member of Alton U3A and a broadcaster and gardening consultant. He was head gardener of the thirty-acre Mill Court estate near Alton for 35 years before retiring in 2012. Geoff gave an illustrated talk showing plants that will give your garden colour for all seasons. As well as flowers he included foliage and other garden items, some familiar and others that you may like to try.
Geoff Hawkins
March 9th THE MUSICAL THEATRE OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN
Bernard is an author and broadcaster and a lifelong devotee of Gilbert and Sullivan music. He gave an overview of the beginnings of the music and trace its popularity into the 21st century. The talk was illustrated with a music CD and a DVD presentation showing a selection from theatrical performances.
Bernard Lockett
April 13th LONDON'S LOST ROUTE TO THE SEA - The Arun Navigation and the Wey & Arun Junction Canal
Graeme talked about why the Canals were built; briefly on their days as commercial ventures; their decline and abandonment. The second part of the talk covered the restoration being done to recover the whole canal route. Click here for the website.
Graeme Lewington
May 18th
Special Meeting held during the Haslemere Festival to celebrate Haslemere U3A’s Twentieth Anniversary.
THE RISE AND FALL OF THE ENGLISH SWITZERLAND
An illustrated talk by Marion Dell, U3A member, lecturer and writer with a special interest in the literary history of the Haslemere area. She told us how the beauty and pure air of Hindhead led to it becoming a bohemian retreat for influential artists and writers at the end of the nineteenth century, and how its popularity led to its downfall.
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Dr Marion Dell
June 8th
PORTRAIT OF A FRENCH VILLAGE
Richard is an artist and author who has a home and studio in the picturesque village of St Geoire-en-Valdaine in the foothills of the Alps, south-east of Lyons. He has known the village and its inhabitants for over 50 years and his talk described how the village has changed over that time and include anecdotes about some of the village “characters.”
Richard is also a well known cartoonist and has worked for the Times, Daily Telegraph and the Guardian. His talk included some of his Fleet Street experiences and will be illustrated by his cartoons and paintings.

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and
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Richard Cole
September 14th The Amazing World of Magic
John, an Associate Member of the Inner Magic Circle, told us about the history of magic including the oldest magic trick and how to avoid the scams based on it. He also talked about two of the most famous magicians and demonstrated some different styles of the magician's art.
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John Field
October 12th Life of Emma Hamilton
Dr. Bob France, a lecturer and tour guide at Uppark, told us the amazing story of Emma Hamilton (1765-1815); how she rose from the slums of the North-West to become the most portrayed woman in Europe, the confidante of a queen, the lover of England's greatest naval hero, and finally her dramatic fall from fame.
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Dr. Bob France
November 9th AGM followed by Highclere Castle.
Diana is head guide at Highclere Castle, seat of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, one of the finest stately homes in England and now famous as the setting for "Downton Abbey". Diana's visual presentation and anecdotes bring to life the real history of the castle and the fictional stories of the TV series.
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Diana Mitchell

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