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Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month  at the Hawley Memorial Hall, Blackwater and are from 2.00pm - 3:30pm (doors open 1.40pm). We make a nominal 2 entrance fee to cover our costs including tea and biscuits after the proceedings.

We have arranged an interesting mix of speakers for this year as shown below.  Further details will be posted here and in the Newsletters when available.

**Please remember to switch your mobile phones OFF during the talks**

The 2018/2019 Programme and information notes:


















Kensal Green Cemetery, The Catacombes

Richard Anderson

Princes and Paupers, The great and the good, the famous and infamous are amongst over 1500 notable personalities who are buried at Kensal Green.  Richard who is a tour guide at Kensal Green has many weird and interesting facts like .........who was responsible for the word Macbeth never to be spoken on stage?  A most fascinating and intriguing talk.






Orang-Utans, Sun Bears and Dragons

Tony Buckle

Tony who is a member of our own U3A talks about the plights of Orang-Utans and Sun Bears, who having been displaced from their forest habitat has given rise to the Borneo Orang-Utan Survival Foundation which has created sanctuaries in Borneo where rescued animals are taken into care and are prepared for their eventual return to protected forests.  The talk will describe the natural history of the Orang-Utan and Tony will give an account of how, together with volunteers he spent two weeks working in one of these sanctuaries followed by a visit to the Komodo National Park in Indonesia where he encountered Komodo Dragons.






Christmas Party

No Speaker. but there will be entertainment

Bring a small plate of food to the Hawley Memorial Hall and join in the fun of the party.






Diana Mitchell

Highclere Castle and the Downton Abbey Effect

Diana is the Head Guide at Highclere Castle and will give us an insight into the effect the television series Downton Abbey has had on the castle






Colin Johnson

Graphic Profiler

Colin will show us how geographic profiling supports the investigations into identifying murderers.






Peter Reese

Samuel Franklin Cody:  The Flying Cowboy

Cody straddles 2 continents, America and Britain and 2 eras, the Wild West of America and later a pioneer of aviation where his achievements led to the foundations of today’s aviation industry and to Farnborough becoming synonymous with flying.






David Allen

The Weird and Wonderful World of the Law

A hugely enjoyable romp through the legal world, encountering raging judges, dotty clients and weird cases.  Hear about daft old laws still in place and political correctness gone raving mad.






Patricia Bland

Pets as Therapy

Patricia will be talking about her involvement with the Pets as Therapy charity.She will be bringing one of her Flatcoated Retrievers with her, and hopefully another volunteer with their dog, as this will enable more of us to interact with them.






Angela O’Connell

NGS: National Gardens Scheme

Did you know that the NGS is the most significant Charitable funder of nursing charities, donating 55 million so far.  Angela gives a very informative and interesting talk about how the NGS was formed and its workings.








If we are lucky with the weather, we will have a picnic out on the green outside the Hawley Memorial Hall, if not it will be inside.  Bring a plate of food to share and we will supply drinks and quizzes and games.







Tony Weston

A Woman of Wax - Madame Tussaud


Born in France in 1761, Marie Tussaud created her first sculpture at the tender age of 16, of Voltaire.  She was imprisoned during the French Revolution and whilst there she made death masks of executed nobles.






Tom Way

Wildlife Photography

Tom is an award winning Fine Art Wildlife Photographer based in the U.K.  Tom photographs both in the U.K. and overseas, with his biggest passion being Africa, where he leads a number of Photographic Wildlife Safaris.  Come and see his amazing and beautiful photos on the big screen, and learn some of the secrets to getting those special shots.






Jill Ashley

Working at Broadmoor Hospital

Jill worked as a nurse at Broadmoor for 16 years, mainly with young offenders. Her talk begins with a brief history of the Hospital, followed by her description of a typical day on a ward.  Jill finishes with some stories of infamous people who were patients and her work with them.






Anita Mays

The Beauty of the Planet

A very welcome return to Anita, who previously gave us a talk entitled Flygirl Adventures.  This talk is about the fabulous and amazing things she has seen from the planes, i.e. Aurora Borealis, moonscapes, tropical storms and St. Elmo’s Fire.  A moving and reflective talk of the fantastic and miraculous workings of the atmosphere around our unique Planet.







No Speaker, but there will be entertainment

Bring a small plate of food to share to the Hawley Memorial Hall and join in the fun of the party.


The Hawley Memorial Hall address is: Fernhill Road,  Blackwater, Camberley, Surrey, GU17 9BW
CLICK HERE for a map

To find The Hawley Memorial Hall, turn off A30 on B3272 Hawley Road. After mile turn right at the traffic lights into Fernhill Road.  After 100 yards turn right into the Memorial Hall. The U3A meets in the older hall at the end of the road and there is an extensive car park is behind the hall.

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