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WTu3a Newsletter – July 2021

The is now available!

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Thursday 22nd July is our first meeting after the restrictions have been lifted!  We can at last meet face-to-face once more. 

Our Picnic Party, starting at 1.30pm, offers a chance to meet friends that you may not have seen for months and to listen to live music from the Folk, Blues and Beyond Group.  The weather looks set to be good so it should be a great afternoon!

There is no speaker this month, but click the link here to see details of Speakers planned for our General Meetings from August to November 2021 at the Rugby Club. 

Weston Turville u3a is back in style!

27 July, 2021

Our first face-to-face monthly meeting since February 2020 saw a fantastic turnout for our ”Picnic in the Park” themed meeting which took place on 22nd July.  

The weather was marvellous, the conversation flowed and the entertainment from the Folk, Blues and Beyond Group added to the wonderful atmosphere of the afternoon.  

Below are some photos of the afternoon, along with photos showing just what a great u3a we are as members take part in the Extreme Groups activities such as Zipp e-scooter runs and paddleboarding at Watermead Lake, and the Walking Group’s first walk organised by new Group Leader Sylv Elliott. 

More Groups starting up!  Grub Club, Food Appreciation, Garden Visits, Walkers, Historic Buildings see more below.

 

The Grub Club’s first meeting back after restrictions being lifted is at the (newish) Wild Raven Farm Shop and Cafe in Rowsham for tea, cake and chat, taking place on this Friday 30th July at 2pm.

Please contact Annie Edwards on grubclub@wtu3a.org.uk if you would like to join in.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pam Wilson of the Food Appreciation Group says “Well we’re back after 17 months locked down and our first lunch will be at The Chequers Inn, Weston Turville on Wednesday 25th August”.  
 
Attached are the full details for the lunch and the set menu for your information. Contact Pam on foodappreciation@wtu3a.org.uk to book your place. 

Garden Visits are back!

The first visit is on Friday, 20th August to Pettifers at Wardington near Banbury.   The visit starts at 2pm and the cost is £10 per person.

For more details and to book your place contact Mary Duly on gardens@wtu3a.org.uk. There is a limit of 30 people, so you need to be quick. 

 

 

Walking Group

 

 

The next walk is on Tuesday 10th August. Contact Sylv Elliott on walkers@wtu3a.org.uk

 

 

Historic Buildings – Starting in the Autumn

Mandi Simons and Cathy Terry are trying to find a suitable location for a visit at the end of September or early October before the weather turns too bad.  So if you don’t want to miss out, contact Mandi on historicbuildings@wtu3a.org.uk to be added to her contact list.  

Local History Group

19 July, 2021

The Local History Group will be starting later in the year and although details are still being worked out below you will find the dates for your diary.  

Please note the change to our normal meeting venue, day and times.  We are now meeting at Weston Turville Village Hall at 2.30pm on the third Tuesday of the month.  

Details tbc.

Meeting is in the WT Village Hall from 2:30pm – 4:00pm.  Entrance will be £3.

Details tbc.

Meeting is in the WT Village Hall from 2:30pm – 4:00pm.  Entrance will be £3.

Details tbc.

Meeting is in the WT Village Hall from 2:30pm – 4:00pm.  Entrance will be £3.

Thames Valley Network u3a event – New!

19 July, 2021

The Events team are taking a break over August, but are already planning many more talks for the rest of the year, but here are the details for their latest offering:

UPDATE – EVENT CANCELLED  – Wednesday, 28th July at 15:00 on Zoom – Designing and Building a Garden

Full details below:

BOOKING
 
The easiest and best option is to book electronically by clicking on the TICKETSOURCE’ icon immediately below the event on the TVN website

You will receive an acknowledgement immediately and the Zoom link a few days before the event.

PLEASE CHECK THAT YOU ENTER YOUR DETAILS CAREFULLY WHEN YOU BOOK.
If you have booked an event and do not get the link 2 days before the event, please message TicketSource to advise.  DO NOT LEAVE IT UNTIL THE DAY OF THE EVENT AS YOU WILL NOT GET A REPLY.  
 
Please note: Increasingly,  TVN events are becoming fully booked well before the actual date.  Nevertheless, we are disappointed to find that something like 20% of those who have booked places, fail to join on the day.  If you find that you are unable to join an event for which you have booked, please inform the organiser as soon as possible so that your place can be offered to someone else.

The full list of events currently available to book are shown below:

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National u3a Newsletter – 🎾 July 2021 ⚽️

19 July, 2021

The u3a newsletter for ⚽️ July.🎾 Plenty to read, take part in and enjoy. Including:

Virtual Running Event

Run for the world is holding a special chrarity event for the u3a movement.  You can choose from 3km, 5km, 10km or 21.1km to complete in a single activity anytime before the end of 2021.  Best of all, 25% of the entry fee will go to the u3a movement to help provide equipment and opportunities for exercise and sport groups.  

Also, you can find lots of events on our online events page.  Here is a sample:

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WTu3a Newsletter – June 2021

21 June, 2021
The is now available!

Read it here

Our next meeting will be on Zoom on Thursday 24th June. Hopefully our last on Zoom!

The talk is Gardens for Us and Them by Dr Ian Bedford, a retired Research Entomologist, who will speak on how home gardens can all become valuable stepping stones for our wildlife in the quest to protect the natural reserves.

Click the link here to see details of Speakers planned for our General Meetings from June to November 2021 via Zoom and at the Rugby Club once Government restrictions are lifted.

Free talks from Mirthy for Loneliness Awareness Week 14-18 June

14 June, 2021

From the 14th – 18th of June, Mirthy will be hosting ‘Festival of Belonging 2021’ – 5 days of FREE online events in support of Marmalade Trust’s Loneliness Awareness Week.

Visit this website to learn more – Mirthy Festival of belonging 

From Storytelling to Belly Dancing, DIY poetry to Laughing Yoga, all events will be highly interactive, completely FREE, and focused on building a sense of belonging throughout the U3A community.

Online events are available to attend on the day by Zoom following the link on the website. So there’s no need to book in advance. 

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You may also be interested in other Mirthy Zoom events that are currently available at reasonable prices.  See below.  All the details, dates and prices are in their Event Catalogue:

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Visiting Churches Group restarting

14 June, 2021

Two visits are currently planned.  Details are below.  

Odette Harris will send details to everyone on her mailing list but please email her on churches@wtu3a.org.uk if you would like to be added. 

All Saints Church, Wing

This is a Grade I listed parish church. Its masonry was largely built in the 8th to 11th centuries during the Anglo-Saxon period, making it one of the oldest surviving churches in England.

St Michael’s, Stewkley

This is perhaps one of the best-preserved of all the Norman churches in England. It is believed to date from 1150.

Trips – The Tower of London – 10th September

14 June, 2021

Our Trips team,  Jane Lennard and Mandi Simons, have planned the following visit to see:

The Tower of London and the Crown Jewels.  

There will be a Blue Badge-led trip round the Tower followed by a viewing of the Crown Jewels (after the crowds have gone) and then fish and chips at Kennedy’s.  Full details below.

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WTu3a Newsletter – May 2021

24 May, 2021
The is now available!

Read it here

Our next meeting will be on Zoom on Thursday 27th May.

The talk is on Scam Awareness and Pamela Hayton, a Community Banker from the NatWest, will speak about how to keep yourself from falling victim to ever more sophisticated fraud or scams.

Click the link here to see details of Speakers planned for our General Meetings from May to November 2021 via Zoom and at the Rugby Club once Government restrictions are lifted.