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WTU3A Newsletter – November 2018


The final newsletter of 2018 is here!  It includes details about next week’s general meeting on Thursday 22nd November which promises to be a fun, social afternoon.  

There is music from Paul Fincken and the Folk, Blues and Beyond group, seasonal refreshments and the annual Bring and Buy Sale.


Garden Visits – Old Church Cottage, Long Marston – 16th February

17 November, 2018
Our first garden visit in 2019 is to Old Church Cottage, an NGS garden in Long Marston.
Church Cottage is a 400 year-old thatched cottage. The garden has many species and varieties of snowdrops, cyclamen, crocuses, irises and other spring bulbs.  Adjoining the cottage is a disused churchyard with ancient yews, and a Norman tower being the remnant of a Chapel of Ease.
Garden featured in The English Garden 2018 and in Garden Answers.

read more …

“The Drama of Dunkirk” Thames Valley Network U3A Study Day – 5th March 2019

8 November, 2018

The intention of this Thames Valley Network U3A study day is to further our understanding of one of the most important operations of the 2nd World War – the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force under the constant bombardment of the German guns.  Full details are here

These events usually get booked up quickly, so if you are interested in attending you are advised to send in your application form quickly.

For further information, please contact Patsy Thornton, Tel: 01344 774812.  



National U3A Newsletter October 2018 🍂

29 October, 2018

Here is the 🍂 October 🍂 newsletter from The Third Age Trust.  

For previous editions of the national newsletter, see the newsletter archive.  Did you know that you can sign up to receive the national U3A monthly newsletter direct to your email inbox?  If you wish to do this, please complete the form on the U3A website here.

TVN Workshop for Convenors – 27th November

29 October, 2018

“How to be a happy and successful Convenor” 😀.  

A Thames Valley Network U3A Workshop on Tuesday, 27th November 2018 from 10.30am – 3.30pm  at Benson Parish Hall, Benson, Oxon OX10 6LZ.  Coffee is served from 10.00am.

This workshop is a ‘must’ for all Group Co-ordinators and Group Leaders, and details can be found here.  However, this is a popular workshop and you will need to email to see if there is still availability.  

WTU3A Newsletter – October 2018

18 October, 2018

The October newsletter is available to read here.  

Marcia Watson, our speaker for our 25th October meeting, who came to talk to us about Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), asked us to pass on her heartfelt thanks to all our lovely members who left money in the GOSH tin.  This came to an incredible……£165. 51!

Marcia undertook her nursing training at the hospital and gave an inspiring talk about the history and ground-breaking work of GSOH.  read more …

Local History Group – October ’18 to March ’19

11 October, 2018

WTU3A Local History Group Meetings from October 2018 to March 2019

Here is a reminder of the Local History meetings schedule to the end of the year and up to March 2019. As usual, suggestions for talks/visits etc are very welcome.  Please contact Glynn White at

Meetings are posted in the Diary and detailed below:

Tuesday 23rd October “Aylesbury – recent history and lost heritage”
Tuesday 27th November “I’m not really old, it’s those tablets”
Tuesday 25th December No meeting (Christmas Day)
Tuesday 22nd January 2019 “The Art of metal detecting”
Tuesday 26th February 2019 “The Battle at Chalgrove Field”
Tuesday 26th March 2019 “The History of Hugenden Manor”

read more …

Food Appreciation – Beaujolais Nouveau evening – 15th November

6 October, 2018

C’est encore le moment! Le Beaujolais nouveau est là!  Or for folk like me who aren’t fluent in French…..

Its that time again!  Beaujolais Nouveau is here!

This is the 6th year of holding this event and its taking place at The Chequers Inn in Weston Turville on the evening of Thursday 15th November.  All the details can be found here.


Brandenburg Christmas Concert – 12 December

2 October, 2018

Please find attached a flyer for a traditional Christmas Concert with the Brandenburg Singers from The Brandenburg Choral Festival of London taking place in London on 12 December courtesy of the Thames Valley Network (TVN).  

As a member of TVN, WTU3A members are eligible to attend.  You just need to complete the application form and send off with a cheque for £19.50 per person.  

Bring and Buy – 22nd November Meeting

25 September, 2018

Following on from the success of last year’s Bring and Buy, we are holding the event once again at our November general meeting.  

We are kindly asking for donations of items which you may no longer need or want, that are in good, saleable condition. Items can include things such as: Bric-a-Brac, toiletries, gift sets, other unwanted presents etc. Please – no bulky items!

The proceeds of the Bring and Buy will be donated to Project Linus UK who donate quilts to sick children.  Read more about the charity at

Please bring your items along to the September and October meetings and give to any Committee Member.


Also – the Quilting Group will be holding a raffle and the 1st prize (along with other prizes!) will be a gorgeous quilt made by the group leader Maureen Reeves.