Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Immigration Through Ellis Island

If you weren't able to attend this month's meeting, you missed a real treat. Jill talked about the immigration through Ellis island, New York with passion and great knowledge. We thank you for such an enlightening talk.

Tuesday, 29th October 2014

Immigration into America through Ellis Island
 in the 19th Century
Jill Linden

Monday, 21 October 2013

London Studies Visit to the British Library

Visit to British Library 18th October 2013
On Friday, October 18th a group from Edenbridge U3A enjoyed a tour of the British Library followed by lunch, and for energetic members a walk around the Squares of Bloomsbury. 

The British Library, next to St Pancras, is shaped like a ship of knowledge but built of similar brick to St Pancras. It is sent a copy of every publication in the UK and houses many of them in the eight underground storeys beneath the building.  

When readers require a publication, miles of conveyer belt grind into action to ensure books are crated to reading rooms above ground. Another highlight of the visit was seeing the King’s Library of George III.  Its treasures include the 9th century Anglo Saxon Chronicles and Handel’s Messiah. Information on the British Library is on

If you are interested in joining the London Studies Group, contact Sue Bell by email at

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Digital Imaging Feature

Digital Imaging 2nd Year

The meetings will be on the 4th Tuesday morning of each month except  December starting in October until June from 10 – 12.30. Please put these dates in your diaries.

4th Tuesday morning   10am – 12.30pm  except  December

We will be meeting at the Riverhead Bowls Club hall which is on the A25. Going from Riverhead to Westerham it is on the left before you get to the school with a grass roof! Go through the 5 bar gate and turn to the left.

There will be a small charge for the 9 sessions to cover the hall and refreshments. I will be able to let you know the cost when you arrive on the 1st session so please bring your cheque book/cash as I will have to pay for the hall asap.

If you are now unable to come to the course please let me know asap as this will effect the cost for the other members. Please come to the sessions before 10 am so that there is time to set up your lap-tops ready to start at 10 am. If you are unable to come to any of the sessions please let me know, but not by e-mail, on the day before the meeting. Please leave a telephone message.

I will be putting your addresses etc. on a list so please let me know if you would prefer not to be on it. I am pleased to say that Sylvia Jones has offered to help me again this year.

Looking forward to us all getting together and enjoying a fun and happy course.

Best wishes,

Any queries my telephone number is   01732 460578

London Studies British Library

London Studies
Visit to the British Library 
18th October 2013

The British Library is a few minutes’ walk from St Pancras station. We could travel by train to London Bridge (9.09 from Edenbridge) and then either take a bus or a First Capital Connect train to St Pancras depending on timings.

Opening hours are from 9.30am – 6.00pm. Entrance is free but public tours cost £8.00  or £6.50 for concessions. Public tours are at 10.30am  and 3.00pm but are quickly booked up. A group tour can be arranged at £85 for up to 15 people and might allow more flexibility. I have provisionally booked a group tour for 11.15am to allow time for a coffee beforehand (maybe in Gilbert Scott’s St Pancras hotel). For the group tour to be cheaper we would need to have 15 people (£5.60ea) but we could open the trip up to other groups if undersubscribed. Alternatively if our numbers were small we would need to book onto the public tour before it becomes full.

“Discover more about our history, collections and architecture on a tour of the public areas of the Library. The tour includes a visit to the Viewing Gallery where you can see some of the Reading Rooms and find out how books are stored, accessed and delivered.”

The library has several free exhibitions on including a display of Children's Illustrated Classics. This includes classic children’s books from the 20th century such as Paddington Bear, Peter Pan and Willy Wonka, and classic works such as the Just So Stories, The Wind in the Willows and The Hobbit.

Other important books are kept in the Treasures Gallery. This contains about 250 items including a Guttenberg Bible, Beowolf, a Magna Carta, Beethoven’s tuning fork and Handel’s messiah.

We could eat lunch together at the Kings Library restaurant which services a selection of salads, hot dishes and stir fries.

After lunch members who do not want to participate in the optional walk could   spend the afternoon in London independently or return home. Travel to Victoria from St Pancras by underground or by Number 73 bus (St Pancras Stop A) if you would like a more leisurely, scenic route.

Post Lunch Walk
The Bloomsbury Festival is on from the 15th -20th October so I will try to incorporate some of the events/displays into the walk as well as passing  Length of walk to be decided by stamina of participants on the day!

Festival Events

Discover the historical shopkeepers of Marchmont Street through this fascinating temporary installation of commemorative plaques, which reveals who occupied the storefronts from the early 19th century onwards. A special Festival installation from the Marchmont Street Association.

18 Rugby St.

Discover the creative life of this London house, from the 1950s when Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Peter O’Toole were all residents, through to the creative spirit of today. See timeless portraits of both the tenants and the house itself by Bloomsbury artist, Bobby Williams.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you are able to come on Friday 18th October so I can book the most cost effective options.

Kind regards