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Weston Turville U3A Newsletter – November 2017

The final Newsletter of 2017 …

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Tring U3A 10th Birthday Celebration Exhibition – 14th December

16 November, 2017

Tring U3A celebrates its 10th birthday at the end of this year and on Thursday December 14th they are holding an exhibition in the Victoria Hall in Akeman Street from 10 am to 3pm.

There will be displays from the various groups we have and the singing and ukulele groups will be performing at 11am.

Light refreshments will be available all day and U3A members are very welcome to join us.

Church Visits Group – Change of Group Organisers

12 November, 2017

After four seasons of organising visits to local churches John Richardson and Margaret Baynes have chosen to ‘retire’ and pass this role to new organisers. They  were very pleased that Mrs Odette Harris and the Revnd Geoffrey Howell have volunteered to take over from them for the 2018 season (April to October).

Odette will deal with all ‘admin’ (e.g. emails, notices, lists amendments, telephone calls etc.) and be your point of contact.    She will be e-Mailable on  which will redirect to Mike Bean (Webmaster) until Odette has decided where Church Visits mail should go. In the meantime anything ‘Church Visits’ related I’ll pass on to her.

For the other main aspect of organisation we have the Revnd Geoffrey Howell, a retired vicar, who will choose and liaise with the churches involved – one might think he has and inside track on this!

Thank you to John and Margaret for supporting the group over the past 4 years.  Accumulating 48 active members and arranged visits to  31 churches in these 4 years, and 41 churches in total since the Group started; and all group members pass on their grateful thank-yous to both Odette and Geoffrey for offering to take over this U3A Group next year.

Science & Technology Events …

26 October, 2017

John Beer has been very active setting up Science & Technology group visits and meetings for the next few months.


* November 2nd – ‘History of Fireworks’  Colin Tufnell (Aston Clinton U3A Sci and Tech group). He will talk to us about fireworks – including a demonstration of fusing as part of the talk. That should go with a bang!
* December 7th – a member of Tring U3A Sci and Tech group will explain to us the development of the Bar code.
* January 4th – no meeting.
* February 1st – ‘Why Things Move’. Paul Brown of ATG will explain!  This will be interesting, quirky and enjoyable.
  * March 7th (yes, a Wednesday!) – a morning trip to the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury for a behind the scenes look at the equipment and arrangement for a stage production.
  * April ?? – tentative arrangements to join with other groups for a trip to a transport Museum in London. Details will follow.

Other events/trips are being investigated, details will follow.

If you are interested in any of the trips or learning more about the S&T meetings please contact John Beer by e-Mail ( or at a U3A meeting.

Christmas Lunch – Pendley Manor – 15th December

14 October, 2017

FINAL CHANCE TO BOOK as reservations close on 31st October 2017. 

There are still spaces available. 

Cost is £28 per head. 

To reserve your place contact: Mary Duly at

Soft Tennis with Wendover U3A – too successful!

29 September, 2017

There seems to be a great demand for  the Soft Tennis experience with Wendover U3A at Halton Tennis club of which Lindsay Smith, the activity coordinator, sadly reports that the numbers who have applied just about exceeds the number of players as they can currently cope with!

The group may be able to support more members in the future and this will be posted on this site as before.




Local History Group Meetings

25 September, 2017

WT U3A Local History Group Meetings – September 2017 to February 2018

Now that summer is officially over we are back to talks at the WT Chapel Rooms on the 4th Tuesday of each month. I hope that you have all had a good summer with holidays and no doubt grandchildren duties. With regards to the forward programme I have talks arranged through February 2018 (what? another year will have gone by!) and I hope that there is sufficient variety of topics that you will find interesting.

Glyn White.

Meetings are posted in the Diary and detailed below

Tuesday 26th Sep 2017 – “Amy Johnson,  ‘ The Aeroplane Girl”
Tuesday 24th Oct 2017 “Claydon House and the Verney family”
Tuesday 28th Nov 2017 – “Shops and Shopkeepers of Princes Risborough”
Tuesday 26th Dec 2017 – No Meeting
Tuesday 23rd Jan 2018 – “The famous Aylesbury Duck and the not so famous Aylesbury Prune”
Tuesday 27rd Feb 2018 – “Archaeological Findings from the Proposed Developments around Weston Turville”

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Weston Turville U3A Newsletter – September 2017

24 September, 2017

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Wendover Architecture Group Update

27 July, 2017

 The lead convenor of Wendover’s architecture group, Helen Horlock, would like to advise Weston Turville U3A members who are interest in that group of some changes to the way the group operates.

Meetings are in Weston Turville at the Union Chapel hall and the Architecture Group pages on Wendover’s U3A website give information about  visits/lectures/meeting format etc. We are invited to view the web page and have a look at what they are doing!
Although the group is fairly full at present,  there are a few spaces and are happy to accommodate anyone who may be interested in joining their friendly and active study group.

Here is a direct link to the Wendover Architecture Group webpage

Extreme Visits – Coracle Regatta – August 28th

19 May, 2017

This is not to watch, quaint though it might be. It’s not to learn, well not entirely. It’s to take part in a challenge between Weston Turville U3A and Bath U3A as a one hour event at the Ironbridge Coracle Trust’s annual Regatta on August 28th!

There will be instruction – all of 1 minute it is understood – so it should be quite a spectacle.

The price would be £20, £10 to the Trust plus £10 to a Cancer charity. read more …