At Hawkhurst U3A, beside our Interest Groups, we also have a full programme of other events.
Monthly Meetings MONDAY 21 SEPTEMBER AT 2PM - WILD IN OMAN: TERRY FONES Terry is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Association and has been a leader on three British Exploring Society expeditions to Svalbard, Yukon and Oman. He was asked to lead a two month expedition to Oman at the invitation of the Omani Ministry of Conservation. The purpose was to study the fauna and flora of an area of Dhofar, specifically to prove the presence or absence of the Arabian leopard. The team consisted of scientists together with nine UK gap year students. In the field they were joined by Omani students and Ministry personnel. Monday lectures via Zoom will also take place on 19 October and 16 November at 2 pm. Thursday 1 October at 10 am an illustrated talk via Zoom: Women Can Fly (at Seven Miles a Minute) by Sally Dearman-Cummings (log in to Zoom from 9.30 onwards) Following in her brother's footsteps and jumping from the landing window and off the garden fence and out of perfectly serviceable aeroplanes, Sally saw the light and became a pilot, first civil and later military. In this talk she shares what led her to becoming the first woman through the RAF's fast-jet flying training system, some animal facts relating to military flying, and how to attract or repel noisy jets depending on your proclivity. Thursday lectures via Zoom will also take place on 5 November and 3 December at 10 am.
Monday 19 October at 2pm an illustrated talk via Zoom: Crime and Punishment by Eric Jackson, JP (log in to Zoom from 1.30 onwards) A journey through crime and punishment from the time of Alfred the Great up to the present day. What crimes were committed, how were they dealt with and the development of the jury system to replace trial by ordeal or combat. The establishment of the Quarter Sessions and Assizes and the introduction of prison as the principal means of punishment. Also capital punishment and its abolition and ending with some thought-provoking statistics.
Outings There is also a series of outings which can last just a few hours or a whole day; these include Blue Badge tours, theatre trips, concerts, exhibitions and visits to historic buildings. Details are listed below.
Social Events Of equal importance is the Social side of Hawkhurst U3A. Coffee and Cake mornings and Pub Lunches are regular events, and gatherings such as a Winter Quiz or Summer Garden Party are planned. These social functions will also offer members the opportunity to meet and talk to other members from different Groups. Details are listed below. All social events are currently on hold due to coronavirus. As we are constantly evolving we welcome not only your support at these events, but also your suggestions as to how you would like your U3A to develop. Our current programme of events is shown below; this is regularly updated, so please check the website often. If you have any queries, please email the Social Secretary by visiting the Contacts page.