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U3A's legal helpline service, provided by Arc Legal Assistance,can be accessed by any member on 0344 770 1040 quoting U3A Legal Helpline.

Surrey U3A Network  offer a varied study day programme held at Menuhin Hall, Stoke D'Abernon on the third Friday of the month . The study days are open to all U3A members. Click here for a list of upcoming study days.

We now allow our members to advertise charitable events here. If you have any messages or notices you think would be of interest to our members please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use our contact form.

NotesMilford & District U3A has received a request from Dr Georgina Floridou of the Department of Music at the University of Sheffield to ask if any of our members would like to take part in her research. Her message is here:

"Are you more than 60 years old, healthy, and own an Android phone or tablet? Do you want to contribute to science and win a £5 Amazon voucher or £5 cash if you live in Sheffield? You are cordially invited to take part in an ethically approved research study of the University of Sheffield, which is funded by the British Academy, about music that appears in the mind unintentionally and repeatedly. We are very much interested in your experiences either they are frequent or not so frequent - even if you don't have that kind of experiences, you can still participate.

You will be asked to download an application on your phone/tablet and complete a short questionnaire (each one takes about a minute to complete) in response to 8 push notifications per day for 4 days. You can participate from anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in taking part contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange the details. All your responses will be kept confidential and anonymous. You contribution is invaluable and your help is much appreciated as your responses will help us understand how everyday thoughts unfold across the adult lifespan. You will be notified about the results of the study as soon as our findings become publicly available.

Dr Georgina Floridou,
Music and Wellbeing Research Unit,
The University of Sheffield"


Image of Books and a mug of hot drinkA new Book Group met on the second Tuesday of the month at St John's Milford. At our 1st meeting 6 attended as we discussed 'Anatomy of a Soldier' by Harry Parker, a brilliant first read. Our current read is 'Little Fires Everywhere' by Celeste Ng, available in Surrey Libraries, we will be discussing this on Tuesday 12 November.

If you enjoy reading why not come along and give us a go, if you are interested but haven't read the book by 12th just come along and listen and meet with a friendly group of readers, we would welcome you.

If you would like further details contact Catherine on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01428 682045

The week 7-13 October was Dyslexia Awareness Week so it was rather apposite to have a speaker on Dyslexia. Hazel Radnor from The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity gave us a talk and explained both the pros and cons of this learning disability.  Unusually there were eight email responses after the talk (usually there is only one!) adding to the audience responses at the time. We thought other U3A members would be interested in these so have included anonymised extracts from these emails here:

  1. I think it would be very interesting to view other members comments on the talk.
  1. It was very good to meet you all and to find that so many people already have some connection with dyslexia. Thank you for a lovely lunch and if anyone would like any specific information I would be very happy to hear from them.
  1. Actually, I do know about Dyslexia as my 3rd son has it, probably inherited from my father although it was not diagnosed then.   He was finding it difficult to read because of the 'look and Say' method being used in those days.  We took him to see Mr. MacDonald Chritchly in London and I was fascinated seeing him testing him.  He writes with quite a hooked left hand, but the condition has not prevented his progress in life.  He has become a very good chef.  He learned his trade with Rick Stein and it is interesting that Rick Stein's brother is a professor of Dyslexia and went to my son's restaurant in Norfolk, but my son did not tell him!!
  1. He is so practical and has a very good life with two healthy sons of his own.
  1. When I was teaching biology, I was able to help children with the difficult words which they could learn with my help
  1. I have one grandson who is mildly dyslectic but another who takes after his father and was totally dyslectic. Her mother, who has a PhD, took him at the age of 9 to a specialist in Swanage and I understand that he now has a reading age of 10.5.
  1. Unfortunately I was unable to attend.  Do you have any notes from the lecture, as this is a subject I am very interested in learning more about. (See the contact details below)
  1. I will look into Calibri
  1. My own son is dyslexic, a fact not discovered until he was nearly 40!  We hear the children read at a Primary School and I constantly ask how aware the staff is to the possible problem of dyslexia.  If I find children swapping letters around, etc., I always point it out to the teacher.


Should you require information on this fascinating topic you can contact the Hellen Arkell Dyslexia Centre on: 01252 792 400 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

ComputerManMilford U3A is looking for a membership coordinator. The responsibilites include maintaining the membership base during the year when there is little activity. It should be pointed out that the only time of major activity is during the renewal period every summer. At this busy time there is a team of four extra helpers which makes the task very easy. Many hands etc!

The Beacon computer programme is used which was specifically written for the national U3A and is very user friendly.

If you would like to help out at this vibrant organisation which gives much satisfaction to the over 800 members please contact Diana Bentley 01483 426979 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Merlin Genealogy Solutions are holding a study day in Ashstead, Surry on Thursday 26 March 2020.

This will be held at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Wood Lane, Ashted, KT21 2BE.

There will be four speakers on the topics:

  • Victorian Life Upstairs and Downstairs
  • Irish Ancestry
  • Who do you think they were - Discovering the lives and experiences of our ancestors
  • A Burden on the Parish - Sources for the History of Poor Relief in Surrey

Tickets £14.00, available only online from

Time: 10:00 - 14:00, Registration from 9:30.  Light refreshments will be available but delegates must make their own arrangements for lunch.