2 pm at Reigate Manor Hotel
River Kwai Railway – The true story – Paul Whittle
Constructed in huge haste and appalling conditions, the 250 – mile Burma-Thai Railway cost over 100,000 lives. Not for nothing did it become known as ‘The Death Railway’. Starting with the fall of Singapore in February 1942, Paul Whittle’s talk covers the reason for the project, its construction, operation and subsequent demise before being partially re-opened. Paul then contrasts the reality with the fiction of the iconic 1957 film.
Paul Whittle is a military historian and railway expert, seen recently on the TV series ‘How Trains Changed the World’.
Just a reminder – if you think friends might be interested in the topics of the Friday meetings they are welcome to attend. They will be offered a visitor badge and asked to sign in so that we have a record of attendance.
Friday 7 February 2020: Funny Ladies – Tricia Thompson
A full list of speakers for 2020 can be found here.
U3A Study Days
Friday 21 February
Mercury and moons of the solar system, the "debunking the moon landings" controversy, and the 21st Century amateur Astromoner.
David Fishwick and Graham Bryant
For further details and application forms please click here
The Royal Holloway University
Citizens Shared Learning Project
All members of U3A are invited to attend a series of half day workshops to be held in this year as part of phase two of the Citizens project's Shared Learning Projects.
U3A members can help delve into the archives to help examine key milestones in the history of liberty, protest, rebellion and reform
Here is the link to the project www.citizens800.org/u3a
Monday 3 February
Discovering Children's Literature - 10.30 to 15.45 - £24
The British Library
Join us for a study day in the British Library Knowledge Centre Theatre to hear five experts speak about the history of children’s literature. You’ll learn about early printed children’s books from the 18th and 19th centuries, such as Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures Underground’, and how they have been collected and cared for at the British Library. You will hear about how well-loved children’s book characters have been created through words and illustrations, and how and why we view these characters with such nostalgia. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the morning and afternoon sessions.
The National Office advertise a range of events and offers for members. To find out more and book a place, visit and login to the members’ area of www.u3a.org.uk.
Details are also published in the newsletter, in the magazine Third Age Matters and in the hall at the monthly meetings.