Details of the first three Surrey U3A Network study days for the coming year have been announced.
On Friday 17 February there’s a double bill, with a morning session entitled ‘My Life in Crime’ led by former Old Bailey judge Richard Hawkins, and Surrey poet John Griffin taking over in the afternoon with ‘My Life in Rhyme’.
On 17 March the network celebrates its 100th study day with a bumper programme under the banner ‘Celebrating Surrey’ that starts with an introduction from the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux. The day includes ‘A Surrey Poet’, poems from John Griffin; ‘The Archaeology of Surrey’ by Jon Cotton, senior curator in pre-history at the Museum of London; ‘Leith Hill Place’ by Anna Trenter, assistant manager at the National Trust property; a cake-cutting ceremony; ‘The University of Surrey’ by Greg Melly, senior vice-president, advancement & partnerships, at the university; and ‘The Surrey Landscape’ by James Herd, commercial development officer at Surrey Wildlife Trust.
‘Comfort and Convenience in the Country House’ is the subject of the study day on 21 April led by Prof Marilyn Palmer MBE, FSA, a retired professor of archaeology and an adviser to the National Trust, English Heritage and the Council for British Archaeology as well as subject adviser in archaeology for the Third Age Trust.
All the study days start with registration at 9.30am and finish at about 4pm. They are held in the Menuhin Hall, Stoke d’Abernon, and the cost is £10 for members (£12 for non-members).