Annual Theme 19-20. The 1970’s

The annual theme is open to all Farnham U3A members. The meetings are normally held monthly, on Fridays. For a few of the meetings and for any trips, you need to buy a ticket in advance but most meetings are free and you can just turn up, space permitting.  Many groups also offer Open Meetings related to the Theme to which all are invited, space permitting, and these are advertised in the regular email newsletter, U3A Update.

2019/2020 Theme Programme
“The 1970s – The Way We Were”

20 Sept 2019. Adrian MartinPop and Protest   A selection of 1970’s pop songs reflecting the social and political issues of the time from gay rights to the Vietnam War.

Joanne Watson. Sport (and Politics) in the Seventies     A tumultuous decade where apartheid, terrorism, and boycotts had a defining influence on the sporting landscape. Not forgetting the Rumble in the Jungle, a Brit winning Wimbledon and that Aintree favourite Red Rum.

18 Oct 2019. Note change of programme.

Dame Elizabeth Anson. Personal Reminiscences from Government in the 1970’s.

Dr Robert Sykes CBE . Education in the 1970s: Issues still controversial today
Nostalgia is not what it used to be! A view from someone who became a teacher in the 1970s and went on to be a Headteacher of a large comprehensive school.

8 Nov 2019. Note change  of programme

Dr Joan Webber A Hundred Years of Dutch Elm Disease. Alien invasive pathogens and the threat posed by them to our trees and their long termimpact on forest and woodland ecosystems.  How may the use of biological control agents manage tree diseases?

Laurence Anslow Stamping Through the 1970s
This highly illustrated talk looks back at the familiar and unfamiliar postage stamp issues of the 1970s. Emphasis will be on Great Britain, with a selection of subject material from other countries.”

13 Dec 2019 2-4pm. Christmas Event .  U3A members and guest artistes will put you in the mood to be jolly with a box of Christmas crackers in words and music . Tickets £5 available in advance only from the November meeting or from Ann Vickers

17 Jan 2020 Prof Jo Turney Seventies Fashion
Fashion…a decade to remember or forget! What did we wear and why! And how did it influence how we lived?

Dr Ian Wallace  – A time of change & innovation in Medicine and Surgery “. The 1970’s – an era of advances in medicine and surgery – new hips and hearts but new challenges : antibiotic resistance and HIV.

28 Feb 2020 Alan Little How the 70s Music Covered its Tracks   The 70s were the last years of vinyl when the art of the album cover reached its apogee. Music became both diverse and increasingly ambitious in terms of social comment and self-regard as ‘art’. Some of the album covers remain iconic long after the music has been forgotten. This talk will look at some of the best 70’s covers and how they complemented the music.

Bernard Whelan The Student Riots
Demonstrations and riots are regular events in France, what was so special about those of 1968

Thurs March 5th  2-4pm 1970s  WINE TASTING
For the past four years the annual Open Wine tasting reflects the annual theme so this year we look at wines from the 1970s. These are likely to be wines we probably tried in our own glorious youth.  Nine wines in total will be a mixture of the current versions of wines like Asti Spumanti, Mateus Rose, Piat d’Or etc. plus one genuine 1970s Riesling.

Hosted by the Wine group/s tickets £10/head and bookings via Secretary Graham Parlett direct on

13 Mar 2020 please note change of programme

Pam Taylor We Boldly Went
Setting off into the unknown, we made our first forays into space. Relive the excitements and pitfalls of a pioneering time.

Dr. Richard Thomas  Farnham Castle and Me  A personal reminiscence of The Centre for International Briefing from the 1970s, with some untold stories and some gossip.

3 Apr 2020 ( please note change of programme)

Peter Duffy The Art of the Seventies
“The 1970s, a time that evokes little nostalgia in the art world” – Robert Hughes.  To discuss.

Rosemary Wisbey Three Cheers for the Open University
The U3A wasn’t the first institution to offer educational opportunities to more mature members of society.  Rosemary recalls many happy years as a student and tutor in this exciting phenomenon of the 1970s–and delivers the truth about those notorious OU Summer Schools

May 1st (please note change of programme)

Martin Emmett Economics – The “Me Decade”; OPEC, Three Day Weeks and The Iron Lady.

Nigel Dawson  Films, TV and Music of the 70s
What did we watch when there were only 3 TV channels, we had to go to a cinema to watch a film, theatres were no longer censored and music was on 12 inch vinyl records.

All meetings are 10.00 am to 1.00 pm with the exception of December, which is from 2.00pm to 4.45pm

Previous themes: Africa, The Classical World, The Medieval World, The Enlightenment, Nelson, Eminent Victorians, Space, The Renaissance, The Kaleidoscope Year’s (50-68), North America, About Time, The Natural World and Latin America.