February 2, 2020 / Meetings

Friday 6 March

Monthly meeting

2 pm at Reigate Park Church, Park Lane East, RH2 8BD

Henry VIII – England’s Favourite King – Tony Harris

Tony Harris, actor/ historian and raconteur specialises in first person presentations of big characters in English history. He brings his particular brand of lecture to us in the shape of Bluff King Hal – Henry VIII.

He first played the role at Hampton Court Palace where he lived for two years while he performed as The Tudor tyrant for the benefit of thousands of tourists. His largest single audience was 20,000 people on one memorable night at Wembley Arena. Tony’s four costumes cost up to £2,000. He is the resident monarch at the Mary Rose museum in Portsmouth where the latest development is to be a hologram of Tony which will greet visitors in perpetuity!


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 3 April Behind the Scenes at the BBC – Peter Woodley

A full list of speakers for 2020 can be found here.

February 2, 2020 / Coffee Mornings & Computer help

Tuesday 10 March

Coffee morning, Book Swap and Computer Help

10.15 to 11.30 in the café area of St Joseph’s Community Centre, Ladbroke Road, Redhill, RH1 1LF. Everyone is welcome.

Dates for the rest of the year: Thursday 23 April, Tuesday 19 May, Thursday 18 June, Tuesday 7 July, Thursday 10 September, Tuesday 6 October and Thursday 12 November

February 2, 2020 / U3A Evenings

Wednesday 25 March

U3A Evenings: Learning in a social setting

Reigate Manor Hotel, Reigate Hill, RH2 9PF from 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Doors open from 7.00pm

A Taste of Egypt

Come and enjoy the food, drink and legacy of Egypt in good company

Tickets £10 available from Sally Baker on sally.baker@rru3a.org.uk or 01737 221766

February 2, 2020 / Outings


A full list of outings for 2020 can be found here.

Contact Jane Rayner outings@rru3a.org.uk



February 1, 2020 / Holidays

Thursday 8 October 2020

Autumn 2020 Holiday

The Industrial Heritage & Art of the Black Country & the Potteries.

5 days from £455 departing 8 October 2020

For further details contact Sally Baker on sally.baker@rru3a.org.uk or 01737 221766



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Surrey U3A Network

U3A Study Days

Friday 20 March:
Geography and Landscapes of South East England
Dr Geoffrey Mead

South East England has a rich assemblage of landscapes whose origins lie in the underlying rocks and soils. The sands, clays and limestones dictated farming and settlement patterns, rural industries and landownership; these past activities have a direct link to the 21st century and a constantly evolving social landscape. This study day looks at representative landscapes, both inland and coast, in Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

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

National Events

Thursday 12 March 

Close encounters of an Animal Kind- 11.00 to 15.45  - £25

Join National Gallery experts to hear about the rich history of animal symbolism in Western art from the Renaissance to the present day, in works by artists such as Uccello, di Cosimo, Titian, Hogarth, Stubbs and Rousseau.

From paintings of dragons to unicorns and ordinary animals, like cats, dogs and horses, we’ll explore how artists have responded to man’s complex and changing relationship with the natural world.

Monday 16 March

U3A Explores Science at the Ri - 13.45 to 16.45 - £21.50

Join U3A members and explore science through a variety of fascinating talks including: Zoe Griffiths : Outrageous statistics: Sex, lies and surveys and Susan Stepney: Can a slime mould compute? There will be question and answer sessions following each talk.

Monday 30 March

Discovering Children's Literature - 11.00 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.