At Malling U3A you can be sure of a warm welcome. We meet at Ryarsh Village Hall on the 4th Tuesday of the month throughout the year. Our meetings start at 2pm and we have a lively programme of monthly talks that cover many different subjects and topics given by Guest Speakers who are experts in their field.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are available after the event and there is plenty of time to socialise with the other members.There are always several members of the Committee at these meetings who are only too pleased to answer any queries you may have concerning Group activities or any other aspect of our U3A.


Monthly Meetings Programme

Programme for 2022 


May 24th

Charles Dickens, Conjurer: Ian Keeble

Ian spoke to us in 1918 on the life and work of James Gilray, and in this talk about Charles Dickens, who was an amateur conjurer for around 7 years of his life, he speaks about how Dickens became a conjurer, who inspired him, and how his magic sheds light on his character and his writings - and he also performs some of Dickens' tricks.

June 28th

The AGM, followed by:

The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum: Dr James Taylor, FRSA

This year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the public opening of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, one of the most fascinating historic houses in England. This presentation explores the enchanting Victorian seaside home and eclectic art collection of Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes in Bournemouth.

July 26th

The Life and Times of Max Miller (1894-1963): Alan Haines

This talk looks at the man born Thomas Henry Sargent but known professionally by his stage name Max Miller and billed as The Cheeky Chappie. He was an English comedian who was widely regarded as the greatest stand-up of his generation. He came from humble beginnings and left school at the age of 12, went into the Army in the 1st World War, formed a small Concert Party, and the rest 'is history'. 

August 23rd

The People's Gardener - Jim Buttress

Jim is a highly regarded celebrity horticulturalist, renowned RHS judge and former manager of the Central Royal Parks, as well as being the late Queen Mother's gardener.

September 27th

Sign-up Afternoon. No speaker this month, but a chance to sign up to any of the nearly fifty interest groups which are the life-blood of our u3a.

October 25th

Herbs - Culinary, Cultivation, and Folklore: Jacqueline Aviolet

Jacqueline speaks on a number of horticultural issues - botany, nurseries, the history and cultivation of a variety of plants, and Christmas fruit and vegetables, but this one looks at herbs, their history and their use.

November 22nd

The River Thames - Stories from Greenwich to Chelsea: Emma Matthews

Emma gave us a Zoom presentation in November 2020, giving us a tour of the Cotswolds, where she lives. She is a Blue Badge London Guide, and we now have the opportunity of meeting her face to face as she takes us along the River Thames.