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WTU3A Newsletter – May 2019

The newsletter for May 2019 is now available and as usual it is brimming with news from the groups with many great trips arranged for the coming months.  Take a look here.

The speaker for the general meeting in May comes from Florence Nightingale Hospice.  Currently celebrating their 30th anniversary year, we will hear all about their superb work.



WTU3A Local History Group – May to September

13 May, 2019

We completed the series of talks for the first few months of 2019 and are now moving into the summer months when we have some guided walks and visits to enjoy.  The last talk we had on 23rd April on aspects of heraldry by John Hockey was particularly informative and very amusing with great anecdotes. 

Full details of the programme to September is shown below. 


“Guided Walk around Historical Marlow” with Geoff Wood.  This trip is now full.

The cost will be £2.50 which is payable on the day.  

The visit to the Pitstone Museum has been confirmed and will start at 10:00am. They have revamped the museum and increased the number of exhibits and there is also an excellent website if you wish to have a look for yourselves. The cost would be £6 per head to include coffee and biscuits and they can take up to 40 people. If the weather is good, they do have a picnic area if people wish to take a packed lunch. The visit will last about 2 hours. 20 people have already signed up and if you wish to go either email me or let me know at the next monthly U3A general meeting.  http://www.pitstonemuseum.co.uk/


Hughenden Manor have offered us a private introductory talk with coffee/tea and a Cake Bite. The cost of this is £3.75 per head payable on the day. We will then be free to visit the Manor, Gardens and the Church where Disraeli is buried. For those who are National Trust members the price is free but for non-members it will be £11.10. Remember to take your NT cards.

The plan is to meet at the visitor reception and then go for the talk. The maximum number for this visit is 35.  We will take names at the next general meeting or if you cannot be at that one you can always email me at localhistory@wtu3a.org.uk.

Mike Harrison works in a family business who carry out Picture and Art Restoration. and one of the restorations he has done was on a picture that has a value of £1M. It sounds like an interesting topic and if it is half as good as the one on heraldry we will be in for a treat.

Meeting is in the WT Chapel Room from 10:30 – 12:30am. Entrance will be £3.

A talk on Waddesdon Manor – to be confirmed

Garden Visits – Old Camps, Thatcham – 16th July

5 May, 2019

Garden Visit Update – 8th May – 1 place now available for Eythrope garden and Waddesdon Manor, including lunch – £40 (bring your NT card).  Contact: gardens@wtu3a.org.uk

Old Camps, Thatcham – bookings are now also being taken for the garden visit to Old Camps Garden (NGS), Thatcham in Hampshire.  Cost: £27.50 including tea/coffee and cake. 

The garden at Old Camps is situated on the site of a Roman encampment, purposefully selected for its position on higher ground and its proximity to Roman Winchester (Venta Belgarum).

The gardens, as featured on Gardeners’ World in 2018, are set over 1.3 acres and take you on a journey to the four corners of the globe. On the way through, you’ll marvel at the formal, yet contemporary design of the gardens from garden designer Adam Vetere.


National U3A Newsletter – 🐣April 🐥2019

2 May, 2019

Here is the 🐣 April 🐥 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.

WTU3A Newsletter – April 2019

20 April, 2019


The April newsletter has arrived – you can read it in full here.

Our next meeting starting at 2.30pm on Thursday 25th April starts with the Annual General Meeting. 

The second part of the meeting is a quiz with tea and cakes served during the interval.  

We hope you can stay and enjoy a fun afternoon!

Visiting Churches – May to October 2019

14 April, 2019

Our next Church Visit is Tuesday 14th May and details can be found below:

Tuesday – 
14th May 

The Priory Church of St Peter, Dunstable 


It was founded in 1132 by Henry I and is one of the best examples of Norman architecture in England.  It was initially a daughter house of Holy Trinity, an Augustinian priory in Aldgate.

We will need to meet there at 1.45pm for a prompt 2pm start.

For more details or if you need to arrange transport contact Odette Harris at churches@wtu3a.org.uk.

The rest of the schedule is listed below:


WTU3A Newsletter – March 2019

26 March, 2019

The newsletter for March is now available and as Spring has arrived, the Garden visits and Church visits groups are both getting into their stride.  The Historic Buildings group have their first trip arranged as do many more groups that have busy programmes planned. Read the newsletter in full here

The next meeting is on 28th March and the speaker is Leah Lewis from Wheelpower.  


Trips – March to December 2019

16 March, 2019

The trip organising team have been very busy putting together a busy programme for 2019, and hopefully there will be trips of interest for everyone.

With the first trip on 22nd March to Adam Henson’s farm in the Cotswolds now fully booked – the schedule has got off to a flying start!


For those that missed out on the March trip you can find the full schedule of the events planned for later in the year below, including a trip to London in December to the Tutankhamun exhibition and the Christmas lights.


Garden Visits – Mottisfont, Romsey – 13th June

15 March, 2019

Bookings are now being taken for the garden visit to Mottisfont (NT), Romsey in Hampshire.  
The cost is £20 for the coach and £12.70 for non-NT members. 

This property has walled gardens are filled with the fragrance and colour from thousands of roses as it’s home to the National Collection of pre-1900 old-fashioned roses, which reach their peak in June.

Visitors flock to see this world-famous display from over five hundred varieties, so booking early is a must.  


Extreme Visits – Microlight flight – 20th June

9 March, 2019

The Extreme Team have negotiated the exclusive use the Microlight Flight School and its instructors for the day.  

There will be an opportunity for 30 aviators to take the controls for 20 minute flights.  There is a weight restriction on pilots of 100kg. 

We can also commandeer the airfield BBQ for lunch and we may attempt to have a game of Petanque…..

A £49 cheque to “Weston Turville U3A (Travel) to secure your booking.  All the details can be found in the attached flyer here.