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Poisons of Agatha Christie Kathryn Harkup

Dr Kathryn Harkup


The Poisons of Agatha Christie

Not a live event - but to be run over Zoom

11.00am Thurs 25 March 2021

Kathryn Harkup: Science communicator, chemist & vampirologist.

Kathryn is a chemist and author. She completed a doctorate on her favourite chemicals, phosphines, and went on to further postdoctoral research before realising that talking, writing and demonstrating science appealed a bit more than hours slaving over a hot fume-hood. She writes and gives regular public talks on the disgusting and dangerous side of science.

Kathryn’s first book was the international best-seller A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie, which was shortlisted for a Mystery Readers International Macavity Award and a BMA Book Award. She has also written Making the Monster: The Science of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Her third book, Death by Shakespeare: Snakebites, Stabbings and Broken Hearts was published in March 2020.

Zoom joining details will be emailed to members in good time for the event - just make a note in your diary. If you are not a member but would like to see this talk, please use the contact page (Speakers/Events).

virtual coffee morning virtual coffee morning.

Virtual Coffee Morning Thurs 25 Feb 11.00am

This proved to be a successful test event with over 20 members enjoying a range of chat sessions. We will follow this up with another opportunity soon and possibly make this a regularly available opportunity for some social chat.

shortsWe have added a new page - called SHORTS. This will include short stories and group features. Please take a look and feel free to send us a contribution.

King Lear PrizesKing Lear Prizes Spring 2021 (click logo for details)

The King Lear Prizes is a creative arts competition open to those over the age of 65

Don't forget ...

We are members of the  Thames Valley U3A network  and they organise various events including online 'study days'. You can visit their website at

Here are some of the upcoming events

Thursday 11th March “Brunel to Eden”, a talk about engineering in architecture.

There is no fee for this event as Bjon is a u3a member.
As at 16th February, this event is full and no further applications will be accepted by the Organiser.

Brunel to Eden flyer

Wednesday 17th March 2021 “Sweet Thames” (Part 1) This study day will be held over two mornings.

Thursday 18th March 2021 “Sweet Thames” (Part 2)

4 talks given by different speakers on the Ecology and History of The River Thames.

Cost £3.00 per device
Closing date for applications Wednesday 10th March

Sweet Thames flyer

Wednesday 24th March - Women in Art and Photography.

Closing date for applications Monday 15th March
For details of this event and how to book download the flyer below

Women in Art flyer


creative writingWhether you have a secret ambition or you are experienced or even published, the Hungerford U3a Creative Writing group is a joyful and inspiring place to be.

We meet once a month, currently on Zoom, and swap our writing news, have a live writing exercise and a project is set for the coming month. This is a very relaxed group without pressure or criticism, only positive feedback and encouragement.

Why not start 2021 with a new interest and meet new friends?. You will be made very welcome. Please contact Iris Lloyd via our contact page by clicking here.

Protecting Yourself Against Scams & Fraud

Following from Steve Roberts talk, he has kindly provided a useful fact sheet. This includes some useful web links as well as general advice.

Please be vigilant - this is a headline from today's (Wed 27 Jan) BBC website .....

Victims typically lose £45,000 each owing to investment scams

The information sheet is available here.

Bagels and Bacon

Our 'end of lock-down' Zoom talk! Held on Wed 2 December at 11.00am

Based on his aclaimed book “Bagels and Bacon” ( published by The History Press in 2011)

This excellent talk is now available as a video for members who missed the presentation - click here to access.

Fishy Tales

'Fishy Tales' by Kevin Little. Live Zoom presentation 31 Oct 20

If you missed the talk or would like to hear it again please click here for the video.

Membership Renewals

Membership for 20/21 runs from 1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021.

The fee has been reduced to £8 which will be sufficient, when coupled with our reserve, to cover our necessary expenses (insurance, Third Age Trust, newsletter, admin) and still enable us to get back into general action when circumstances allow.

We have set up an electronic renewals process in addition to the paper forms, and details are available here. If anybody needs help or would prefer to be sent a form by post, please contact our Secretary, Linda Patemen,via the website contact page. Please note that it is ESSENTIAL that we have a completed form to ensure we are abiding by all the data protection rules.

Many thanks to all those who have already renewed - much appreciated considering how little we are currently able to offer. However, we are optimistic that things will improve in the not too distand future.

Chair Yoga - regular sessions each Tuesday

This is not a U3A funded event - but is open to anyone. A small donation if you are able. Go to the page for more info

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


Some groups are finding ways to operate a limited agenda using online facilities - coodinators will contact their members if this is possible.

Use the U3A link on the top menu to find out what other suggestions are being put forward. If anyone is able to help establish any activity during the crisis, please contact us via the Contact page under General enquiries.

If you are looking for ideas while at home - try these links

Theatre Online

YouTube Theatre

National Theatre free streaming has now finished but we recommend a look at what's on offer on YouTube!

Try this link


Table tennis groupOver 20 groups are now up and running. Please visit the Groups page to see the latest information. However, in these difficult times not many are able to meet - other than by video link. If you haven't discovered Zoom we suggest you investigate, even if it's only for communicating with friends and family. For a FREE video conferencing App that is easy to use (and safe now that they have fixed some security issues) it is remarkable.

Meanwhile - table tennis out of action again during lockdown! Check the Groups page for more info.

Organised walks are cancelled for the time being.

Barn Dances - with no end in sight to restrictions, this Group has now been permanently shut down. Our thanks to Mike and Rita for all their past efforts.

More Information

There would normally be meetings of the whole U3A from time to time to listen to specific speakers and discuss progress. If you would like to provide any feedback - or offer to help - please use the contact form, we'd love to hear from you. Regret that these opportunies have been suspended.

You can also use the contact form if you need any further information.

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