Bi-Monthly Lectures

Thursdays at 2.00pm in St Barnabas Church Hall, Main Street, Swanland.   Click on image for directions Direction map

Lecture meetings are held at 2.00pm on the first and third Thursdays in each month from September to July. Admission is sent by flyer to each member, there can tea/coffee during but sadly you have to supply your own.

To read a Speakers Biography please click on Speakers Name if link available.
Also if there is a recording of the Lecture you can click on the 'Subject Title' to watch it.

Date: Speaker: Subject: About:
02nd September 2.00pm Christopher Leworthy The Battle Of Britain 'The Battle of Britain' by Christopher Leworthy. Charles has been a volunteer in the 'Churchill War Rooms’ and 'Historic Dockyards' and at present is an official guide at the 'Battle of Britain Bunker' at Uxbridge. What happened 80 years ago in our skies had a big influence on how we live in 2021 an expert account which will cover all aspects of the conflict.
16th September 2.00pm Mervin Nethercoate The Fascination Of Fungi Mervin informs me that September is one of the best months for spotting fungi, not only in the garden but also in our lovely East Yorkshire countryside. They vary in colour and shape; some are edible, some poisonous. But do we know why? This lecture by local u3a member and naturalist Mervin Nethercoate will explain everything you always wanted to know about Fungi.
07th October 2.00pm Dr James Munday How Covid 19 vaccine work... has delivered successful treatments for how our learning from this will potentionally deliver successful treatments for other pandemics, cancers and other diseases in the future.
21st October 2.00pm Val Wise. Mary Wollstonecraft and the town of Beverley British philosopher and feminist. Wollstonecraft was best known for her book – A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792) which was one of the earliest expositions of the equality of women and men.
04th November 2.00pm Colin Bradshaw. Those who served from Athelstan to the Boer War An exploration of the military memorials in Beverley Minster.
18th November 2.00pm Gwyn Woolley; Volunteering  
02nd December 2.00pm Mark Thompson Guided Tour of The Universe Mark is a British astronomer, television presenter and writer who will take you on a journey to explore the weird and wonderful truth about our Universe.
16th December 2.00pm Carols 25th Songs from the Choir
06th January 2.00pm John Scotney Germany's Heartlands John is an experienced speaker especially on civic matters so this lecture is not to be missed.
20th January 2.00pm Ernie Hunter 'It will soon blow over' The story of Fanny Höchstetter and her determination to see Hitler "out"
03rd February 2.00pm Mark Thompson ‘The Lecturer That Didn’t Sleep' Mark Thompson will speak about what happened when he forced himself to go without sleep.
This Lecturer will be Zoomed - you can either watch on Zoom from your living room or be part of the audience at St Barnabas watching Mark on the big screen.
17th February 2.00pm Graham Buckton. Dazzle - Disguise and Disruption In War and Art Graham will show us how colours and images can trick the senses and are a vital part of warfare.
He will present live in the hall to a physical audience and will be filmed with his presentation streamed over Zoom for those of you who choose to watch at home.
03rd March 2.00pm Charles Garland TV Comedy from Script to Screen Charles was on the production team of ‘Dads Army’ and spoke to us in June about his experiences on this endearing sit-com. In this lecture he will deal with the wider aspects of TV comedy.
17th March 2.00pm Chair 26th Annual General Meeting Our last two AGM’s have been held over Zoom so hopefully this will be a ‘physical’ meeting!
A well-attended AGM is vital for the good governance of your u3a so whatever the format of the meeting this should be the first event written in your new 2022 diary.
07th April 2.00pm Mike Storr. Masters of Mirth An affectionate look at some famous Music Hall laughter makers including Robb Wilton., Stanley Holloway and Bernard Miles by Mike Storr who will give examples of their acts including their famous monologues.
21st April 2.00pm Peter Mathers Paradise Revisited. Royal Gardens Of Europe
05th May 2.00pm William Hardcastle. Melton Quarry and It's Processes. Mr William Hardcastle, Head Of Department Quarry Manager Omya UK will talk about the ecology and geology of our local Quarry then will explain what goes on behind the scenes…including the blasting!
19th May 2.00pm Paul Schofield. Look Up, Look Down, Look Around Exploration of Whitefriargate'
02nd June 2.00pm   Bank Holiday  
16th June 2.00pm   Summer Concert u3a Choir, Details to be announced
07th July 2.00pm Jane McKeown. Life as a camp follower Jane will be talking about the role of the 'Army Wife'. There is more to this than just 'following' a husband as wives organise hospitality and are part of the support network for army families. Jane has many stories and humorous anecdotes - it is a pleasure to welcome her back to Swanland.
21st July 2.00pm Malcolm Lawrenson. The Doctor From Tortola The life and achievements of Caribbean-born, John Coakley Lettsom (1744-1815), who became one of London's foremost physicians, culminating in a virtual tour of his famous lost garden at Camberwell.
August No Meetings this month  

The Lectures September 2022 - Onwards can be viewed HERE!