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WTU3A July 2020 Newsletter

The July newsletter has now been published, and it contains some good news in that couple of our Groups are now beginning to restart their activities! Read all about here.

The newsletter also has information about our ‘Virtual’ General Meeting on Thursday 23rd July.

Using Zoom, there will be an introduction by our Chairman followed by a talk by Michael Astrop on Origins and Oddities of English Inn Signs . The link to access the Zoom meeting and the Quiz sheet will be emailed to members a couple of days before the meeting.  We hope you can join us.  

National U3A Newsletter – 🍦July 2020🍦

28 July, 2020

Here is the July🍦 newsletter 🍦from The Third Age Trust. Containing many creative ideas to explore and become involved with, there are many brilliant ideas coming from U3As, which the National U3A will be sharing each week – please check the website and let them know what ideas that you have used and share your results with them. 

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.

WTU3A June 2020 Newsletter

18 June, 2020

ALL MEETINGS, EVENTS AND VISITS ARE NOW CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

The June 2020 Newsletter is now available to read here.  This month includes an update from our Chairman about membership renewals and our AGM. 

If you have anything for the next edition of the newsletter, please send your copy to newsletter@wtu3a.org.uk

 

WTU3A May 2020 Newsletter and also……………….🍾🎉HAPPY 10th ANNIVERSARY!🍾🎉

23 May, 2020

ALL MEETINGS, EVENTS AND VISITS ARE NOW CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

The May 2020 newsletter is now available.  It includes an inspiring insight into how the Patchwork and Quilting Group has been busy in lockdown. 

WTU3A is now 🍾🎉 10 years old!🍾 🎉  

What a great 10 Years its been!  

Thank you to Mandi Simons for taking the initiative and founding Weston Turville U3A in May 2010!  Thank you too, to all our Group Leaders and members over past 10 years in helping make WTU3A great.

 “Learn, laugh and live!”  is the U3A strapline and here is a snapshot of photos over the years showing our members doing just that!

WTU3A April 2020 Newsletter

18 April, 2020

REMINDER – ALL MEETINGS, EVENTS AND VISITS ARE NOW CANCELLED UNTIL 1st JULY 2020

The April 2020 newsletter is available to read here and of course there is not much to report due to the current situation.  The Chairman and the Committee hope that you are all keeping safe and well.  Also, if you have anything for the next edition of the newsletter, please send your copy to newsletter@wtu3a.org.uk by Sunday 17th May.

Mary Duly of the Gardens Visits group says “Something to look forward to; the visit to Thenford Arboretum has been rebooked for FRIDAY 14th MAY 2021. Details will be available at the beginning of 2021 – wanted to get this into your diaries.” 

 

 

WTU3A March 2020 Newsletter

20 March, 2020

ALL MEETINGS, EVENTS AND VISITS ARE NOW CANCELLED UNTIL 1st JULY 2020

The March newsletter is available to read here and sadly, as mentioned above, most of it concerns the shutting down of our activities until 1st July due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Just a little more detail on some of the cancelled events:

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Visiting Churches

19 March, 2020

ALL VISITS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

The schedule for this year is currently in preparation and dates for your diary are as follows.  

CANCELLED
Tuesday 14th April

All Saints, Wing 
We will meet at the church at 2pm.  For more details contact Odette Harris at churches@wtu3a.org.uk.

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Garden Visits

17 March, 2020

 

NEW DATE FOR THENFORD ARBORETUM VISIT – this is now rearranged for 14th May 2021.

Below is the full programme of garden visits planned at present.

For more details see the diary page on the WTU3A website. To book your place, please contact Mary at gardens@wtu3a.org.uk

Thenford Arboretum (Lord Heseltine’s garden). Cost  £23.00 per person including coach.  

 

A stunning and exceptional 6 acre garden imaginatively created over last 30 yrs. The main lawn is enclosed by softly, curving, colour themed herbaceous borders, and many roses and shrubs interestingly planted with cleverly created landscaping features. Clipped topiary yews, pleached hornbeams lead out to the ha-ha and countryside beyond.

Features and Attractions

A natural stream with bog plants and nesting kingfishers, meanders serenely through woodland gardens, with many walks. 

Cost: £12 Car share on this visit. The garden visit will commence at 2pm. 

 

A joint visit with the Historic Buildings group.

Ham House is a rare 17th Century house on the banks of the River Thames.  This will be via coach and includes a house tour and garden tour.  Cost £25, plus the entry fee if you are not a NT member.

Since 1984, owner Gina Price has transformed Pettifers into one of the most influential gardens in England. Ribbons of plants flow through the borders, creating a glowing tapestry of colour.  This garden was featured in the March 2020 edition of Country Living. 

Cost:  £10 plus coach (tbc). 

NOTE: We had hoped to go to Highgrove but unfortunately this was not possible to take a coach load at the time as we had to add lunch which made the tickets too expensive. However we hope to rearrange this for Spring 2021.

RHS Wisley is one of the world’s great gardens, packed with horticultural inspiration. Key highlights throughout the seasons include The Glasshouse, Rock Garden, Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden, The Mixed Borders and the newly-created Exotic Garden. Seasonal must-sees include a carpet of crocus in spring, blooming rose collection in summer, magnificent autumn colour and a crisp Winter Walk. 

Cost: Depending on interest either coach or car share.

Something to look forward to; the visit to Thenford Arboretum (Lord Heseltine’s garden) has been rebooked for FRIDAY 14th MAY 2021.  Details etc will take place at the beginning of 2021.  This is date rearranged from 15th May 2020. 

WTU3A February 2020 Newsletter

24 February, 2020


Welcome to the February newsletter.  Read it in full here. The speaker this month is the critically acclaimed author and speaker, Fran Sandham, and the title of the talk is “Dr Livingstone, I presume”.

Also, to all our budding Pru Leith’s and Paul Hollywood’s, get your wooden spoons at the ready! Information and entry forms for the Bake Off Competition to be held at our Ten Year Anniversary launch at the monthly meeting on 28th May are available via the link here.  Get your entry in by 23rd April. Get ready and….BAKE! 

 

Historic Buildings Visits

12 February, 2020

Update 17.03.20 – Following the Prime Ministers briefing yesterday, we have taken the step of cancelling the trip to Upton House. In the current climate it seemed the correct thing to do to protect ourselves and others.

If you would like any further details please contact historicbuildings@wtu3a.org.uk via the link button below.  Further details can be found on the diary page of the WTU3A website

Upton House was purchased in 1927 by the 2nd Viscount Bearsted and has been remodelled.  The renovations created a made to measure home to showcase a world class art and porcelain collection, including works by Bosch, Stubbs and Canaletto. 
 
Lady Bearsted’s passion for plants is revealed with spring bulbs, herbaceous planting and kitchen garden – all reflected in the mirror pool.  Please note that it is a terraced garden with steps.
 
Please see link below for more details:
 
Travel by coach from The Chandos, Weston Turville at 9.15am.  The coach cost is £13. NT members please remember to bring your NT card. Non-NT members you will have to pay the entry fee on the day as well as the coach price. 
This a joint visit with the Garden Visits group.
Ham House is a rare 17th Century house on the banks of the River Thames at Richmond. The Duke and Duchess of Lauderdale together transformed Ham House into one of the grandest Stuart houses in England and is internationally recognised for its superb collection of paintings, furniture and textiles, largely acquired 400 years ago.
 
Please see link below for more details
 
Refreshments for groups will need to be ordered in advance nearer to the time.
 
Travel by coach from The Chandos, Weston Turville (before 9am – time tbc).  The cost is £25 for the coach, house tour and garden tour.  NT members please remember to bring your NT card. Non-NT members you will have to pay the entry fee on the day as well as the coach price.
Basildon Park is an 18th Century house purchased in the 1950s by Lord and Lady Lliffe and lovingly restored.  We will explore the house on a freeflow basis rather than a guided tour.
 
For more details click on the link below:
 
Travel by coach from The Chandos, Weston Turville at 10.00am.  The coach cost is £16. NT members please remember to bring your NT card. Non-NT members you will have to pay the entry fee on the day as well as the coach price.