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April 2017 Announcements
Monday 10 April 2017

Bookham & District U3A

April 2017 Newsletter


Announcements Made at the April Meeting

First time attendees
Lynn welcomed four members who were attending the monthly meeting for the first time - David Snow, Cathryn Jobson, Christine Fahey and Malcolm Field.

May Social
The next social event (Jan's last!) is titled 'Dine and Divas'. It will be held on 24th May, 7.00 for 7.30, and will consist of a sit down meal and entertainment with a selection of well know arias, songs from light opera and the musical shows.
Tickets are £20 each and will be on sale at the April and May meetings as well as being available directly from Jan Dicker. A flyer for the event can be found
here and more details of the organisation providing the entertainment can be found here. There are a few tickets left so it would be wise to secure yours soon! Jan can be contacted on 452251.

Surrey Network and South East Forum
Lynn reminded members of some of the upcoming events which I always cover at the end of this email and also provide links to the appropriate booking forms. For those without internet access, or indeed a printer, Anne Glynn usually has a number of booking forms.

Group Vacancies
Lynn drew members' attention to a number of sign-up sheets, essentially the same sheets as in March:

Knitting/ Needlecraft Group       (new group)                           
London Walking    (new group)
Tai Chi 2      (vacancies)
Travel Experiences      (new group)
Science & Technology  (new group)
A second Gardening Group (new group)
Suggestions for any other group activity not already catered for.

Please contact the Groups' Coordinator, Mike Farrell,  if you wish to add your name to any of these sheets

Other U3A activities

Lynn drew attention to Woking U3A's interest in forming an orchestra and the sailing group run by Fleet U3A. Both of these would welcome members from other U3As.

Senior Moments
There has been a suggestion that the time had come for a new title of the quarterly newsletter. The idea did not seem to be well received, but if you do have a suggestion please contact the Chairman or Secretary by May 31st.

Village Week Quiz
If you were at the meeting and didn't hear about the quiz, you weren't sleeping - it is a late item!!
This will be held on 20th June at 7.30pm. A team of eight is required and the cost will be £32 per table. If you are interested in joining please contact Gillian Arnold on 452046 or by email at

Next Meeting
The date of the next meeting is May 2nd.


The three of the trips announced last month have now been confirmed

  • The Royal Pavilion, museum and gallery, - the date is July 19th, leaving at 9am and returning at 4pm. The cost is £27.50, which includes the use of an audio guide.
  • Historic Rochester on September 19th, again from 9am until 4pm at a cost of £17. Members of the local history society will act as guides and slow walkers (like me!) can be catered for.
  • Houses of Parliament in October or November is still in the planning stage.
  • Stanley Spencer Gallery and a walk is on July 14th, leaving at 9am.  Details of the gallery can be found here. Contact Viv Bignell or Anne Glyn to express interest.

If you signed the interest sheets last month but do not intend to go don't worry - you name only gets on the list once you have completed a form (including emergency contact details!) and paid for the trip. Bookings can also be made at the May meeting.



Group News

This has been covered in the Chairman's announcements, but group leaders are free to provide me with text to advertise their activities or look for new members.

The revised website has been live for a few weeks. I have not been advised of any issues arising from this change but feel free to contact me if you encounter and problems. Or if you have any suggestions for improvements!



The April speaker  was Dr Carole Maddern, talking on Social History of the English Language.

Carole gave a whistle-stop tour of the development of the English language. The number of speakers has risen from around 4 million in 1500 to around 1.5 billion today. She described it as being a very rich language with many words being virtually  synonymous, exemplified by there being around 500,000 words in the English language whereas the Germans have only 185,000 (but some very long ones!) and the poor French having to make do with just 100,000. She highlighted the fact that English pronunciation is not phonetic and illustrated the complexity of mastering the vagaries of pronunciation with a verse by David Truman:


I take it you already know 

Of tough and bough and cough and dough?

Others may stumble, but not you        

On hiccough, thorough, laugh and through?

I write in case you wish perhaps

To learn of less familiar traps:

Beware of heard, a dreadful word

That looks like beard and sounds like bird.

And dead; it's said like bed, not bead;

For goodness sake, don't call it "deed"!

Watch out for meat and great and threat

(They rhyme with suite and straight and


A moth is not a moth in mother,

Nor both in bother, broth in brother.

And here is not a match for there,

Nor dear for bear, or fear for pear.

There's dose and rose, there's also lose

(Just look them up) and goose and choose,

And cork and work, and card and ward,

And font and front; and word and sword,

And do and go, and thwart and cart

Come come, I've barely made a start!

A dreadful language?

Man alive, Who mastered it when I was five!

She briefly covered the timeline from 449 AD through to the present day, highlighting the impact of invasions and cultural revolutions, before finishing with a brief look at the 'North-South Divide' (Kirk vs Church, Dyke vs Ditch etc.) and the origin of place manes e.g. (ham - a farming settlement, ton - an enclose area or village).

The May speaker will be Chris Dingley. 
Important information will be delivered in an informal and clear way covering inheritance tax, long tem carecosts, lasting power of attorney and wills.

The thought provoking content will include:

  • Tax
  • Long Term Care
  • Toy Boys (Sideways Disinheritance)
  • Lasting Power of Attorney
  • A Will is not enough


National U3A events
Events organised at national level can be found on the U3A website by clicking here. Please be aware that these events are usually fully booked soon after announcement so it pays to access register on the U3A website and you will then receive emails directly when events are announced.
You will, of course, need to register before you can access all of the content.

Spring Concert - Brandenburg Festival Chorus
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 from 14:00 to 16:00 (BST) Temple Church
EC4Y 7BB London

At the time of writing there are 29 tickets remaining.


The concert will be introduced and conducted by Robert Porter, the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London’s Artistic Director. The programme will include a selection of a cappella and organ favourites, and the ever popular Vivaldi Gloria. The Brandenburg Singers is a small hand-picked group drawn from the finest of the members of the 150 choirs that perform in the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London – the largest choral festival in the UK.

Seating is unreserved. There is a maximum of 2 tickets per booking.

Interval refreshments, including wine, available for a modest extra charge.


West End Sing Out
Tuesday, 9 May 2017 from 11:00 to 16:00 (BST)

Working with Louisa Ridgeway.

The Ambassador Theatre Group’s West End Creative Learning team has created this one day bespoke event to bring together up to 150 U3A members from across the UK to enjoy the experience of working together with a professional West End Musical Director.

The group will fill the auditorium of one of our West End Theatres with a series of songs from various West End musicals. You’ll be taken through a series of warm-up exercises , spend time learning songs, working with the MD on vocal qualities, tone and harmonies in preparation for a recording of the pieces before the end of the day, a CD copy of which will be sent to you after the event.

Previous choir experience and the ability to read music is not necessary and the Sing Out is designed for all abilities and all voices.


Surrey Network Study Days
The information below is taken from the Surrey U3A Network website which can be accessed by clicking here.  Reproduced below is information on the various study days for which booking is open. The website has more details on conferences and summer schools as well as an outline of events and study days running through 2017.

Friday, 21st April 2017 the talk is by Professor Marilyn Palmer entitled
Visiting country houses is a very popular leisure pursuit in the UK, and those who run such houses are becoming aware that their visitors are not just interested in architecture, paintings and furniture but in how the household and their servants lived and worked, inspired by popular TV programmes such as Downton Abbey and The Edwardian Country House. After this study day, you will not look at a country house in the same way again!
More information and a booking form can be found

Friday May 19th 2017 The talk presented by Val Woodgate is entitled Signs & Symbols - The Hidden Messages in Paintings. Val is a lecturer and guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern & other London Galleries and for the National Trust.
The language of symbols is a fascinating study, and one that is essential for a full understanding of art, whether mediaeval or modern.  During this Study Day she will  look at works of art from the 14th to the 20th centuries to examine the way in which artists have used signs and symbols to give deeper layers of meaning to their work.
More information and a booking form can be found

Friday  Jun 16th 2017 Einstein 101 & His Continuing Legacy, presented by Roger Luther.
An elementary introduction to Einstein’s contributions to modern physics, together with a brief look at the life of the man himself.  On the 101st year since he published his theory of General Relativity - spectacularly confirmed in Feb 2016 with the discovery of gravitational waves - we will look at the entire range of work of this iconic scientist.  No previous knowledge of maths or science is required! 
More information and a booking form can be found

South East U3A Forum
The South East Forum Summer School will be held at the University of Chichester from Monday 19 to Thursday 22 June 2017. Full information is available by clicking the following links and the course fees are lower than in 2016. The summer school poster has the list of courses, the synopsis of all eleven courses will enable you to choose a course and the booking form has prices and notes about the accommodation and booking process.

The Annual Conference on the theme Learn, Laugh and Live! will be held at the Meridian Hall, East Grinstead on May3rd. The keynote speakers are Sam Mauger, the new CEO of the Third Age Trust, and Marianne Talbot from Oxford University talking on "Is moral truth relative or absolute?"

More details can be found on the South East Forum website by clicking