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Our March meeting will be a trip with the Outings group to Quebec House.
Our April meeting we will go to the Tutankhamen exhibition.

A group for anyone interested in finding out about events/people/issues in history and discussing their findings with other members of the group.

See below for forthcoming meetings, & click HERE for HISTORY GROUP PAST MEETINGS to see what we have covered to date.

In January we discussed religion, drama and aqueducts. We hope to do a walk later on in the year with  a guide showing us round Roman London.  We decided to leave it until the weather is a bit better, perhaps in the spring. The walks are every Saturday at 2pm and there is no need to book . We also talked about going to see the Tutankhamen exhibition in London and decided that we would go on the date of our April meeting.Another place we hope to visit is Lullingstone Roman Villa, possibly in March.

All our proposed visits and our monthly meetings have of course been put on hold for the foreseeable future. We are keeping in touch with one another and we have each chosen an historical figure to research and share with the rest of the group. So far we have had contributions on Robespierre and Mrs Beeton. Yet to come are Tradescant, Florence Nightingale, Geoffrey Chaucer, Mother Theresa, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Capobility Brown.

On Friday 5th June we had our first Zoom meeting for the History Group. We talked about anything history-related that had kept us occupied over the last few months. Some members of the group had been doing online courses with Futurelearn -  on Hadrian's wall and on 19th century reform, Peterloo to the Pankhursts, both of which were highly recommended. Others had been reading historical fiction or watching TV programmes, A House throughh Time on BBC2 and The Last Tsar on Netflix were both popular. I have listened to podcasts on the BBC Sounds app. At our next Zoom meeting in two weeks time  we will carry on with the theme of historical characters .

On Friday 19th June we had our second Zoom meeting when Heather talked on Aethelfled and Nick on James Wolfe. We decided that we would have meetings every two weeks and also talked about getting together for a walk. At our next meeting on 3rd July we had talks on Beethoven and Wordsworth, both of whom were born 250 years ago. On Thursday 9th July four of us got together for a walk from Camer Park led by Carole and David volunteered to lead the next walk on Thursday 23rd July in Harvel. We hope to continue with fortnightly walks as long as the weather is fine.

Our Zoom meeting on Friday 17th celebrated the lives of two singers Vera Lynn and Gracie Fields,introduced by Sue and Jan. Our next meeting on 31st July will be on the topical subject of slavery


In January instead of a meeting we went to see the film "Mary Queen of Scots" at Bluewater. We then discussed the film over a meal at Bella Italia.

Our February meeting was on the period 1775-1800. We talked about Herschel, Sheridan, Taxation, the diaries of James Woodforde, the guillotine, the Marseillaise and Mary Wollstonecraft.

In March we started on the 19th century, 1800-1825, and talked about Russia in the Napeleonic Wars,the death of Princess Charlotte, Queen Caroline, Dickens boyhood in Chatham, the eruption of Mount Tambora, slavery, William Cobbbett and the Brighton Pavilion.

In April it was 1825-50 but we are doing it over two meeting as there are now ten of us in the group so there was not enought time for each of us to do a talk and discuss it afterwards. The five topics wer the Treaty of Waikiti in New Zealand, the Tolpuddle Martyrs. Charles Darwin's voyage on the Beagle, 1848 the year of revolutions and the start of Birth, Marriage and Death registration.

The May meeting carried on with 1825-50 with talks on the Chartists, Poor Law Reform, Grimaldi and Angela Burdett- Coutts.

Our September 2019 meeting was a visit to St Margaret's church at Darenth. Some of us did a walk across the fields from David's house where we met the rest of the group. David and the churchwarden told us about the history of this beautiful church. After spending some time looking round, we had a cup of tea in the church hall with cakes that June had made. We discussed what we would like to do for the coming year and decided to do the Romans, followed by the Saxons and Vikings.

At our October meeting Sheila talked about Hadrian's and the Antonine walls, Jan did Roman roads and Heather the Roman Army. We all agree we knew very little about the start oif the Roman Empire so David will tackle this subject at our next meeting with June investigating its collapse. We are thinking of doing a guided walk on Roman London and will decide a date at the next meeting in November.

Our  meeting on November 15th covered the start and end of the Roman Empire, Roman Springhead and cosmetics. We decided that the December meeting would be held a week earlier than normal on the 13th as everyone would be busy around Christmas.

Our December meeting at Carole's house was about Roman Food and Roman London. Carole provided some Christmassy snacks.

There was no meeting in September as several members were away.
Our first meeting in October covered the period from 1700-1725.We talked about transport, George 1, the death of Louis XIV, Sarah Churchill, the South Sea Bubble and the 1715 rebellion.

Our November meeting covered the period 1725-50. The subjects were: Music milestones,theatre,Fleet marriages, the Hawkhurst gang, Bow Street Runners, women pirates, the Black Act and the Foundling Hospital. Our next meeting will be on 21st December and will be about the period 1750-75.

Our December meeting was on the years 17750-75 and we discussed Josiah Wedgwood, canals, the agrarian revolution, Captain Cook, Joseph Arkwright and Samuel Johnson's dictionary. There will not be a January meeting as we are going to the cinema to see Mary Queen of Scots.







Hello, I said Hello....

Yes we are still open, Its about time for a change of attitude.... Things will be a long time getting back to the old normal so let's get busy being positive and planning for our continuing Meopham U3A future.
Group contacts have been emailed by Heather and me, (Gus) asking for information about your groups and your website page and if not much has happened PLEASE be courteous and at least reply  as it all helps us to understand how our U3A is coping.
Face to face meetings of any type are going to be difficult as we all have our own "Bubbles" to feel safe in but online group quizes, coffee mornings or just a phone call can be helpful for many who miss personal contact. 
Help is available and dont be scared to ask / email someone on committee who will point you in the right direction and for many try asking grandchildren for help, I do!!
As you can see from this list many of the groups are keeping the members informed of what is going on.

Amblers:   have done one distanced outdoor walk
Art Appreciation:   meeting fortnightly via Zoom - temporary members welcome
Bee Watch:   email bee sightings
Book Club 1/2/3:   all meeting via Zoom
Bridge:   hoping to organise meetings in gardens in groups of 4
Canasta:   weekly newsletter to keep in touch
Current Affairs1:   meeting fortnightly via Zoom
Cycling/For Softies:   have held one outdoor ride
French Advanced:   meet on Tuesday via Zoom
Improvers 1:   meeting via Zoom
Improvers 2:   meet via Zoom / WhatsApp
Intermediate:   Zoom on Tuesday evening
Genealogy:   Zoom meeting planned for July - new members welcome
German:   meeting twice monthly via Zoom
Guitar:   fortnightly Zoom / WhatsApp contact
History1:   fortnightly Zoom meetings
Italian Beginners:   have met in gardens.
Italian Intermediate:
  Reviewing the situation ready for re-start in September
Meditation:   using WhatsApp for guided meditations
Music for Pleasure:   monthly Zoom - have honorary members
Needlecraft:   all active on WhatsApp
Painting/Drawing:   using WhatsApp to share and discuss work
Patchwork:   garden meetings planned
Petanque:  Awaiting goverment advice as to when restart is possible

Photography:   meet on Cluster to post photos
Quilting:   using WhatsApp to share work
Singing- ladies:   meet weekly on Tuesday morning via Zoom
Singing - men:   fortnightly Zoom meetings
Spanish:   fortnightly Zoom meetings
Wine Appreciation 1:   Zoom meeting on usual Thursday
2:   Zoom meet on Wednesday / WhatsApp group
3:   weekly Zoom meeting