Wednesday, 25 June 2014

London Studies BBC Feature

London Studies Visit to the BBC
20th June 2014


(Don't miss the video at the end!!!!)

Our largest group to date, nineteen London Studies Group members, set off for a tour of the BBC Television Centre organised by Jan Hart. After passing through security, we immediately saw the newsroom at the front of the building with the news studio and weather centre. We were met by two guides who kept us entertained throughout the whole of the one and a half hour tour. The Centre had cost £1.45 billion and will be
Our guide with the latest audiovisual technology
paid for over many years. The tour included the news studios, the One Show Studio, an opportunity for members to read the news in a realistic mock-up studio as well as give a weather forecast. After a visit to the Radio Theatre in the 1932 part of the building we had the chance to read and perform a radio play complete with sound effects. The guides were very knowledgeable and entertaining and the visit a great success.

Lunch in All Bar One almost next door concluded the day out. This group is a great way of getting to know new people as well as finding out more about the capital which is right on our doorstep.

Why not have a look at the photos to see what we experienced. If you want to see a larger version of any of these pictures or download them, double click on the picture..........


Waiting for the guides
Looking out over the news room
Barry and Jenny read the news
Presenting the weather U3A style
Group at the news desk
Posing in the One Show Studio

Not quite The Archers but radio play Edenbridge U3A style
To see all of the photographs 
from this visit, click here.

Check out the video below of 
Barry and Jenny reading the news.
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right for full screen.

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Chiddingstone Village History

June 2014 Monthly Meeting 
June 24th

`Chiddingstone Village History`
Bob Golds

Molly Ward - Acting Chairman
Lynn tells us about the Theatre and Film Group
The meeting started with a brief introduction from Molly Ward. Molly is acting as Chairman as Sue Bell has now moved out of the area. She explained that we are looking for a Chairman to replace Sue. The committee also needs a secretary. All members will have an opportunity to vote on these appointments as well as the rest of the committee at the AGM at Rickards Hall on Tuesday 29th July 2014 2- 4pm. At that meeting, there will also be presentations from the Group Contacts so that you will have an opportunity to find out what happens in each of the groups and maybe sign up for some of them.

Lynn Swift then told us about the new Theatre and Travel Group and encouraged people to join up for it. Lynn described two future events at the theatre in East Grinstead and Hever Castle. We are pleased to report that a significant number of members joined up for this group on the day. 

After the business of the day, we were pleased to welcome Bob Golds who presented to us a journey through Chiddingstone`s long history from its original pig-dens, to the medieval knights of the parish, the other lords of the manor, and the highs, lows and major events in its development as a village and farming community including 500 years of association with the Streatfeild family`. It was a fascinating talk with lots of detail, photographs and "entertainment" in the form of a quiz in the middle. Bob has a passion for the subject and it certainly came across in his talk. At the end we were certainly much more knowledgeable about our local area only a few miles from Edenbridge.

We'll let the photographs speak for themselves........

Bob has a passion for his subject
Chiddingstone in the context of Kent
Chiddingstone in English History

The Chiding Stone in Victorian Times

Half way through the talk, Bob made sure his audience were paying attention and introduced a quiz. Everyone was asked to stand up and he fired at the audience a series of questions about things he had been telling us. Where you put your hands indicated your answer to the question. Everyone took part. He noted that it was the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn on the day of the talk.

Sit down if you're wrong
We have a winner
Chiddingstone's connections with the Tudors
St Mary's Church
Chiddingstone Castle
The Castle Inn

Once again, we thank you, Bob, for your interesting and inspiring talk. If you want to find out more, go to the 

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Hever Theatre Visit



Edenbridge U3A Theatre Visit
Hever Summer Festival 2014
At Hever Castle
Kent Rep Associates present:

It Could be Any One of Us
by Alan Ayckbourn

Thurs 28th August 8pm.

This was an excellent occasion and extremely well attended by the Theatre Group and others in the U3A. We hope for many more of these in the future.