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However many times you visit Cambridge the City always seems to have something new and interesting to offer. Individual University Colleges, dating back to 1209, include King’s, famed for its choir and towering Gothic chapel, Trinity, founded by Henry VIII, and St John’s, with its 16th-century Great Gate. University Museums have fascinating exhibits on archaeology and anthropology, polar exploration and many other branches of science.

For our visit we have booked a conducted tour which will be led by highly trained and entertaining guides who will share their in-depth inside knowledge of the city. The tour will take approximately one and a half hours. Walking will be on flat ground at a leisurely pace and will include regular stops. We will see the historic heart of the city including the golden Corpus Clock; The Senate House and Old Schools, the outside of stunning colleges such as King’s, Corpus Christi and Trinity, and the Old Cavendish Laboratory, home of many world-changing scientific discoveries.

Our guides will give us fascinating insights on student life and on more than 800 years of University history.

We will visit King’s College grounds and spend time in the Chapel, famous for the annual Christmas service broadcast of Nine Lessons and Carols.

Kings College, Cambridge, Uk, University

Henry VI was only 19 when he laid the first stone of “the College roial of Oure Lady and Seynt Nicholas” on Passion Sunday, 1441.

The Chapel is one of the finest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in existence, with the largest fan ceiling in the world. The lighting and windows cast a magical spell all the year round.

In the chapel there is an exhibition of the history of the college and we will also see the “Adoration of The Magi” painting by Rubens.

After our guided tour you will be able to spend time visiting the grounds of other colleges (for some there is a small charge) and attractions near the town centre. These include:

* the Fitzwilliam Museum, a huge showcase of classical and modern art and artefacts including Asian ceramics, armour, coins and paintings (free admission).

* the University Botanic Garden associated with the university Department of Plant Sciences. There are 16 hectares (40 acres) of gardens and plants, plus glasshouses and a cafe.

* the Backs, a picturesque area where several colleges of the University back on to the River Cam, their grounds covering both banks of the river.

Cambridge, Uk, Architecture

You may like to ride along a stretch of the river in a punt steered by an experienced student; or, if you are adventurous, self-steered! One visitor described this as follows:

“On the river it gives those relaxing in a punt a memorable view of our heritage of Gothic English Architecture being built from the mid 1400's to the early 1500's.”

Cambridge offers an enormous variety of pubs, restaurants and cafes for lunch, or you may prefer to take a picnic in the Backs and eat it watching the experienced and totally inexperienced punters on the river.

We will leave Cambridge at 4.30pm and, traffic permitting, hope to arrive back in Meopham by 6pm.

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

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