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Andover U3A

Our Monthly Meetings

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We hold monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of the month, commencing at 2 pm.

These are held at the Fairground Hall, Weyhill. See here for details of how to get there.

All members are invited to attend our meetings, although numbers may be restricted to the seating available in the hall. Refreshments are normally provided towards the end of our meetings, but not at present due to the Covid pandemic.

Guest speakers are invited to our meetings, covering a wide range of topics. The current programme of meetings and speakers is outlined below.

Monthly meetings in the Fairground Hall will re-commence on 21st September 2021.



Programme of Monthly Meetings 2021/22

Date Speaker Subject Notes
2021
January
19th
Sarah Somerville Shaw House

Berkshire’s Hidden Gem
The Elizabethan manor house at Shaw has many fascinating stories to tell. Built from the profits of the cloth trade in 1581, it has enjoyed visits from royalty, including Elizabeth I and Charles I, as well as being the setting for Civil War battles and accommodation for soldiers during World Wars. Later, Shaw House became a school for local pupils.

Now, following over £6 million of conservation and restoration, the House is a visitor attraction and business and conference centre. Many of its secrets were not revealed until restoration, and Sarah says that it is her pleasure to share them with you.

Virtual Meeting to take place using Zoom.

(Logging in from 1.45 for a 2.00 pm start.)
February 16th Erica Tinsley A History of Andover Virtual Meeting to take place using Zoom.
March 16th Bob Sinfield "The Great Unwatched" Broadcaster, comedy writer, actor and freelance waster Bob Sinfield affectionately nibbles the hand that fed him for 35 years: the radio.

Virtual Meeting to take place using Zoom.
April 20th Fool's Gold Acoustic Music, Acoustic Musicians.

Virtual Meeting to take place using Zoom.
May 18th The 25th AGM

Followed by a talk, given by Anthony Poulton-Smith
 

 

The Saxon Era
The Saxon Era: a revealing look at the so-called Dark Ages, revealing why they were anything but 'dark' and gave us a language, a system of government, many of the imperial measurements, and much, much more.

Virtual Meeting to take place using Zoom.
June 15th Jeff Evans The Questionable History of the TV Quiz Show Jeff's fully illustrated, entertaining talk covers the whole colourful history of the TV quiz show from its earliest days in the 1930s to today, showing how the format developed, celebrating the good, the bad and the ugly, and unearthing some very dodgy dealing along the way.

Virtual Meeting to take place using Zoom.
July 20th Sarah Pyne Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Virtual Meeting to take place using Zoom.
August 17th Dr Francis Burroughes Seated one day at the Organ

Virtual Meeting to take place using Zoom.
September 21st Natalie Hutchins The Work of Age Concern Hampshire This meeting will take place in the Fairground Hall.
October 19th Paul Barwick The White Mouse Nancy Wake's ability to avoid capture when working for the French Resistance earned her the nickname "The White Mouse".

This meeting will take place in the Fairground Hall unless Government Restrictions prevent this.
November 16th Steve Herra Titanic - A Night of Ice This meeting will take place in the Fairground Hall unless Government Restrictions prevent this.
December 14th

NB 2nd Tuesday of the month


Dave Moylan
Christmas Function

Magic and Music Hall
Christmas Function, accompanied by magician Dave Moylan.
2022
January 18th Tracey Digby Guide Dogs for the Blind Tracey is a Community Fundraising Development Officer at The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
February 15th Graham Twemlow Iconic Film Posters of the 20th Century Retired University Lecturer Dr Graham Twemlow writes and lectures on design history and decorative arts subjects. He is interested in all aspects of the applied arts, but with a particular passion for illustrated posters from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century.
March 15th Sarah Slater Working with the Ghosts of Hampton Court Palace Sarah is a Guide Lecturer at Hampton Court Palace.
April 19th Brian Fernley Destination Utah The USAAF in a Typical English Village. Featuring Upottery Airfield in Devon, this talk illustrates the impact of around 1500 American servicemen taking up residence in a quiet English village.
May 17th The 26th AGM

Followed by a talk, given by Rosemary Legrand
Springtime in Japan Rosemary is a former nursery owner and daughter of the late George Hyde, who was a hybridist of azaleas and rhododendrons. Her talk travels around Japan, enjoying the exquisite gardens and fascinating culture.