Tuesday, 24 September 2013

London Studies Visit to Chelsea Hospital and Physic Garden

Royal Hospital
The Chapel
The first meeting of the London Studies Group took place on Friday 20th September 2013. We have decided to meet on the third Friday of each month. 

Eight of us went to the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, the home of the Chelsea Pensioners, and the Physic Garden Chelsea, the second oldest botanical garden in the country.

We were very fortunate to be shown around in the Chapel and the Great Hall by one of the Pensioners. It was very informative and he had a great sense of humour. His talk was a real bonus. We visited the Museum and grounds (site of Chelsea Flower Show) which are quite extensive. They also served a good lunch in the cafe.

To find out more about the Royal Hospital, visit Royal Hospital Chelsea

U3A Group in the Chapel
Chelsea Pensioner gives a tour of the Chapel
Royal Hospital Great Hall
Interesting Facts
Physic Garden Chelsea
In the afternoon we walked on to our next visit, a mere 10 minutes away.
Chelsea Physic Garden
The Chelsea Physics Garden was established as the Apothecaries’ Garden in LondonEngland, in 1673. (The word "Physic" here refers to the science of healing.) This physic garden is the second oldest botanical garden in Britain, after the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, which was founded in 1621.
Its rock garden is the oldest English garden devoted to alpine plants. The largest fruiting olive tree in Britain is there, protected by the garden’s heat-trapping high brick walls, along with what is doubtless the world’s northernmost grapefruit growing outdoors. Jealously guarded during the tenure of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, in 1983 the Garden became a registered charity and was opened to the general public for the first time. The garden is a member of the London Museums of Health & Medicine.

Experimental Vegetables
To see more photographs of the day out, why not CLICK HERE?

To find out more, visit Physic Garden, Chelsea 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

U3A Ambles Feature

Here is an update for all those who are a member of this group or others who might wish to join
Mike Reed has kindly offered to lead an amble studying general natural history in the meadows of Edenbridge / Cowden of up to 2 hours starting from the Co-op going west in October.  
During the winter months Oct to March the ambles will be in and around the villages surrounding Edenbridge, ie Godstone, Limpsfield, Four Elms, Leigh, Penshurst, Chiddingstone Hoath, Chiddingstone, Hever, Mark Beech, Cowden, Marsh Green, Lingfield etc.
We will meet at the Library car park at 10.25 sharp to car share (donation to driver) or you can arrive independently to start at 11am.
Please wear suitable footwear / rain-gear and refreshments as appropriate.
The plan is that we ask questions about what we see as we amble through and someone in the group will no doubt be able to supply an answer.
As soon as the 24th September meeting has been held, and any new members signed up,members will receive an email with the dates and locations for October and for subsequent months during the last week of each preceding month.  There is an equal preference for Saturday and Sunday, so there will be one of each per month and hope everyone can make one or both.
Come prepared with cash (or picnic in good weather) as I hope we may eat / drink together afterwards.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

London Studies Planning

London Studies Planning

The Royal Hospital Chelsea
A group of U3A members met in Costa Coffee, Edenbridge to plan for this new group to start in the middle of September.

It was agreed that we will officially meet on the Third Friday of the month at an appropriate London main line station if we are on a visit  ( e.g  by W.H. Smiths at London Victoria)  but this should not deter people from travelling up together from Edenbridge or Oxted.

We agreed that people should take it in turns to organise outings but that members could do this in pairs if they prefer.  Mary and Stephen Harding agreed to organise the first visit in September and  the visit in November. Sue Bell will organise the visit in October. We agreed on the following:-
The Old Operating Theatre

Friday September 20th        Royal Hospital Chelsea and Chelsea Physic Garden
Friday October 18th            The British Library
Friday November 15th        The Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret

We decided that each visit would comprise of a place of interest in the morning and an optional walk to discover the surrounding area in the afternoon.

If you are thinking about planning a visit, the 2 for 1 brochures in the railway stations often have discounts available  for train users.

The British Library