Odiham District

Monthly Meetings

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August when we take a summer break) there will be a monthly meeting in the Cross Barn in Odiham. The event is free and is open to all Odiham and District u3a members - you don't have to join a group to take part.

You must book your place at the meeting

Because there is an upper limit to the number who can be present in the Cross Barn in Odiham, you must book your place at the meeting.

A few notes on using the booking application:

  • Ignore the "login" button at the top right of the first screen. It is for administrators only.

  • THIS POINT IS ABSOLUTELY KEY : You must add at least one place to your booking before you select the "Add to Cart" button. The default number of places is zero, so if you don't select at least one place, you will have no booking. If you don't subsequently receive an email with your booking in it, then this is almost certainly because the default of zero places was used in your "booking".

  • If you have booked but cannot attend the monthly meeting, please send a message to Tech Support so that we can cancel your ticket and release the place for someone else.

For those who cannot attend the meeting in person there will be a zoom recording sent out after the meeting, subject to the speaker agreeing to this. There is help on using Zoom.

5th June : Working for Auntie - life as a graphic designer at the BBC by Christine Green

Christine started her BBC career as an assistant graphic designer and her first job was animating an extremely large amount of Lego. 

She went on to work on a wide range of programmes including "Our Friends in the North", "Tracy Beaker", "Children's Hospital" and the Queen's Christmas speech and later got the opportunity to direct programmes about art and design for the Schools department and found she was living her dream at Television Centre London W12, one of the most exciting and famous addresses in Britain.

On leaving the BBC Christine started on a varied teaching career - she has run the Film and Animation School at Kingston University, taught at the Oxford Photographers' Workshop, run workshops for BAFTA and has a PGCE from Goldsmiths College. 

These days she runs numerous courses on textiles, paper cutting, patch working, lettering and a bit photography, for students of all ages and regularly gives talks to interested groups like ours.

3rd July : The 1908 London Olympics. Ian Porter

The 1908 London Olympics was in real terms the first modern Olympics, the previous three Games being very limited in scope. It's a tale of cheating, drug abuse, politics, poor organisation, snobbery, ugly nationalism, aggression and unhealthy rivalry. Not exactly what was envisaged by its founder. No change there then!

Ian is a historian, novelist, London walks guide and public speaker on history subjects.  His particular expertise is 19th and early 20th century women's history such as the Suffragettes, Women in the Great War, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson: First Woman Doctor, with a wider range of subjects also.  At our talk on the 1908 Olympics he will offer for sale his two most recent novels, Suffragette Autumn Women's Spring (set on the Titanic and then in Canada and London 1912/14) and A Plague On Both Your Houses (set in both London & Berlin in 1918/19).  And, hot off the press, copies of his new novel just published - set in Whitechapel in 1888, it's titled Whitechapel Autumn of Error.

4th September : Steaming On! - The best of Britain's heritage railways. Paul Whittle

Train travel from a more leisurely time, featuring many of our 120+ preserved railways. The scenery, the stations, locomotives and carriages lovingly restored, and the many volunteers who give their time and enthusiasm to recreate the ‘romance of the rails’.

Major Paul Whittle served in the Royal Corps of Signals, Territorial Army, for 34 years, being awarded the Territorial Decoration (TD).  His professional career was mainly in the City of London and in 1999 he was appointed a Freeman of the City. He has been a public speaker for almost 20 years, raising funds for charities in Myanmar (Burma), India, Nepal and elsewhere. A keen traveller, he has visited almost 70 countries, often lecturing on cruise ships for Fred Olsen and P&O Cruises. 

He has visited the battlefields of the Crimean War, the American Civil War, the Russian Eastern Front and the French Maginot Line defences, becoming a knowledgeable military historian.  With an additional interest in heritage transport, Paul is a member of several UK heritage railways and is also the Vice Chairman of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society

2nd October : Bees & Honey: Tradition, Myth, Symbol & Magic. Peter Smith

Bees and honey have been with us from the earliest times so it's no wonder they appear in many of our oldest myths and legends.

We take a light hearted look at some of these stories to influence us and how different aspects of bees and honey permeate our popular culture.

We also take a look at some of the old traditions in beekeeping and how many of them are still alive and well.

6th November : Satellite imaging isn't just pretty pictures. Robin Wilson

Hundreds of satellites orbit the Earth every day, collecting data that is used for monitoring almost all aspects of the environment.

This talk will introduce to you the world of satellite imaging, take you beyond the 'pretty pictures' to the scientific data behind them, and show you how the data can be applied to monitor plant growth, air pollution and more.

Robin can adjust the talk to be more or less technical, as required by the audience, and if he's given enough notice he'll try to include satellite images of the area where the group he is speaking to is based.

4th December : The golden age of children’s TV. Jeff Evans

Join author and TV historian Jeff Evans on a journey through your childhood as he tells the fascinating story of children’s television in the UK.

Jeff’s colourful talk covers the period from the start of television to the 1970s, truly a golden age for those of us who grew up glued to the small screen when we returned home from school.

Some people will remember the earliest TV stars such as Muffin the Mule and Andy Pandy; others will recall with great fondness series such as Crackerjack, Ivor the Engine, Thunderbirds, The Magic Roundabout and the rather spooky The Singing Ringing Tree.

This talk features them all, and much more besides.