Last update 12 November 2019
MONTHLY MEETINGS 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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|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
|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
|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.
||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)
||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.
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