News Roundup

Interested in joining a Photographic Group?

We are pleased to announce that a new Photography Group will start in September. The Group will meet at the Ash Victoria Hall on the second Friday of the month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm starting on Friday 13th September 2019.

The meetings will follow a similar format to those successfully run by Glyn Morgan for many years, initially within the U3A and more recently independently.

The monthly photo subject, with members submitting up to three photos, will be a major feature where the emphasis will be on the story behind the picture rather than its technical excellence.

We recognise that more and more people are using smart phones and tablets to take photos but then are at a loss as to how to edit, store, print or share them, so we will try and explore and explain many of the possibilities and some of the techniques.

Without Glyn’s technical knowledge we will look towards covering technical topics using videos and internet download with some real live demonstrations and hopefully some visiting speakers

The revival of the Photography Group has only been possible by U3A members coming together and collectively organising and running the Group. We hope you will support this approach and sign up at the AGM on Thursday 29th August 2019.

If you are interested please download the below “expression of Interest” form and bring it along to the AGM. If you are unable to make the AGM please give it to any member of the committee

Ash U3A expression of interest form photograpy

The form is designed to establish your main interest. If you have difficulty in understanding or completing it we can help you on 29th August.

For those people who sign up, we will be asking you to submit up to three photos (in any format) that illustrate your photographic subject interests, Also at the first meeting on Friday 13th September we will agree the monthly photo subjects for October, November and December and agree the programme of technical topics.

Theatre Visits

We are hoping to arrange at least one theatre visit every 2 months – possibly monthly if there is interest.    

We hope to get the first theatre visit in October and have devised a questionnaire to help  us – see attachment .

U3a Theatre Group Questionnaire

If you are able to download a copy and can bring it to the AGM on 29th August, that would be most helpful.

Ash Peace Day Fete

A huge tick from the Parish Council Chairman for tying in with the Peace Day theme, we also recruited two new members, with another member renewing their membership for next year.

Display of 112 rosettes produced by local school children for each of the local soldiers killed in the First World War.
Display of 112 rosettes produced by local school children for each of the local soldiers killed in the First World War

“Next monthly Meeting”

Janet Matthews “Guildford Cathedral”

Doreen’s Cakes for Charity

Social Craft Group Leader, Doreen Seddons’ Cake Sale on 29 June raised well over £200 for the Surrey Sight and Surrey Ambulance charities.

Doreen was delighted.” It took a lot of hard work by some of my team and neighbours, but it was well worth while. It is always satisfying to know you have done your bit and these charities are in desperate need of money”

A message from Penny Thomsett

The Victoria Halls Charity Quiz Nights have finished their summer session with Dave Brown making during the 2019/20 season a brilliant £6,763.00 for the various charities.

He wished to thank Ash U3A for all their help in making this season the success it has been, and can I add my thanks to that. for all the support you have given me.

An Appeal on behalf of the Creative Writing  Group

If you are interested in writing prose or verse, Roger Moss is holding a meeting on restarting the Writing for Pleasure – being renamed Creative Writing – Group at 14 Newton Way, Tongham, GU10 1BY at 10 am on Thursday 5 September,

You can contact Roger on 01252 312759 or

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If you are interested in finding out more about us, please contact our Membership Secretary, Gay Buckingham, on 01252 656210,  or use our Contact Form , who will provide you with membership details. Click here to download a copy of the Membership Application Form.