This meeting will be our AGM and will be held in the Christian Centre and online via Zoom. The Brinks-Mat talk will follow. Speaker Ian Brown started as a beat constable in the Lake District and rose to become Detective Inspector in the Metropolitan Police. His 30-year career involved the Krays, the Sweeney, armed robberies, […]

Siobhan Clarke is a guide lecturer for Historic Royal Palaces based at Hampton Court Palace. She describes how our Christmas rituals evolved from Christian liturgy, pagan rites and the influence of the monarchy. She explores Christmas at court from the middle ages to the present day and how the royals have influenced our own celebrations, […]

Dorking & District u3a’s own Geoff Saunders speaks from personal experience of the Haida People of North America, whose history precedes the arrival of European settlers by thousands of years. The Haida are one of Canada‚Äôs First Nations whose home centred on a group of islands off the coast of British Columbia, close to the […]

Climbing 7,000ft up through tea estates to the Raj-era hill station of Darjeeling, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a triumph of civil engineering. Opened in 1881 it was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1999. Many of the trains are still hauled by the British-built steam locomotives dating back to 1892. Paul Whittle’s talk […]