Exciting events at Portsmouth's U3A – Carole Chapman of Portsdown U3A

Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst being arrested
Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst being arrested

There are some really interesting events coming up at Portsdown U3A this winter.

Like all U3As, we enjoy learning for its own sake and through our own efforts. We cover the north of the city of Portsmouth, but we welcome all-comers. Our interest groups are wide-ranging and you should have no trouble in finding something that suits you.

We also hold general meetings on the third Wednesday of each month (except August) at 2pm in Cosham Baptist Church, Havant Road.

We normally have a speaker, followed by a chance to meet other members and have a cup of tea. Our next meeting is on November 21, and is a bit different as it is our AGM.

However, once we have completed the business, John Haskell will be presenting a short film, Copenhagen.

Visitors are welcome at General Meetings, for a small charge of £2. Our annual fee is only £16 and, at this time of year, you pay an even better £12 that covers you until March 2019. 

On November 28 June Purvis, Professor of Women’s and Gender History at Portsmouth University, will give our annual lecture. It is on the Campaign for the Parliamentary Vote for Women in Edwardian Britain. 

The speaker will be June Purvis and it will include biographies of Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst. Appropriately, we are currently involved in a project led by Royal Holloway, University of London: Citizens: 800 Years in the Making. This explores the history of liberty, protest, rebellion and reform from Magna Carta to the 21st Century.

At Portsdown, we are looking at the activities of campaigners for female suffrage in the Portsmouth area and, on November 28, our work will be on display.

Our lecture is a free event, but admission is by ticket only.

You can get tickets from me on November 21. Alternatively, call (023) 9269 7009. Or you can email carolecpc99999@googlemail.com.

For further information, go to portsdownu3a.org.uk