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Below are descriptions of current WTU3A groups and activities and where to contact the Group Leaders.  You can also see how many of these are distributed at The WTU3A Month chart.

Should you need to contact any of the group leaders and do not have access to email, please contact the Chairman Ken Shaw, or the Vice Chairman, Chris Bennett at the general meeting.

Starting a new group

Anyone belonging to the U3A may start a special interest group which may consist of just a few like-minded people upwards.  Our current groups range from Art to Walking and details can be found in the Activities page.  If you are interested in starting a new group,  full details about running a group at Weston Turville U3A can be found here, but please contact the Groups Liaison Officer in the first instance at groups@wtu3a.org.uk.

Architecture architecture@wtu3a.org.uk Italian Improvers italian@wtu3a.org.uk
Art art@wtu3a.org.uk Jazz Appreciation jazz@wtu3a.org.uk
Bird Watching birdwatching@wtu3a.org.uk Lawn Green Bowling lawngreenbowling@wtu3a.org.uk
Book Club bookclub@wtu3a.org.uk Local History localhistory@wtu3a.org.uk
Book Club 2 Bookclub2@wtu3a.org.uk Mexican Train (Dominoes) mexicantrain@wtu3a.org.uk
Bridge bridge@wtu3a.org.uk Needlework needlework@wtu3a.org.uk
Beginners Bridge beginnersbridge@wtu3a.org.uk Patchwork and Quilting quilting@wtu3a.org.uk
Social Bridge socialbridge@wtu3a.org.uk Pétanque petanque@wtu3a.org.ukk
Canasta canasta@wtu3a.org.uk Philosophy philosophy@wtu3a.org.uk
Card Making  cardmaking@wtu3a.org.uk Pilates pilates@wtu3a.org.u
Chess chess@wtu3a.org.uk Poetry Reading poetryreading@wtu3a.org.uk
Christmas Meal xmaslunch@wtu3a.org.uk Science and Technology science@wtu3a.org.uk
Crafts crafts@wtu3a.org.uk Scrabble scrabble@wtu3a.org.uk
Digital Photography photography@wtu3a.org.uk Social Bridge socialbridge@wtu3a.org.uk
Extreme Visits extreme@wtu3a.org.uk Singing for Fun singing@wtu3a.org.uk
Extreme re-visits extremerevisits@wtu3a.org.uk Table Tennis tabletennis@wtu3a.org.uk
Family History familyhistory@wtu3a.org.uk Theatre visits theatre@wtu3a.org.uk
Flower Arranging flowers@wtu3a.org.uk Trips trips@wtu3a.org.uk
Folk, Blues and Beyond folk@wtu3a.org.uk Visiting Churches churches@wtu3a.org.uk
Food Appreciation food.appreciation@wtu3a.org.uk Walkers walkers@wtu3a.org.uk
Garden Visits  gardens@wtu3a.org.uk Wine Appreciation wine@wtu3a.org.uk
 Historic Buildings historicbuildings@wtu3a.org.uk  Wheel Chair Loan  Wheelchair@wtu3a.org.uk

Starting a new group

Anyone belonging to the U3A may start a special interest group which may consist of just a few like-minded people upwards.  Our current groups range from Art to Walking and details can be found in the Activities page.  If you are interested in starting a new group,  full details about running a group at Weston Turville U3A can be found here, but please contact the Groups Liaison Officer in the first instance at groups@wtu3a.org.uk.

Architecture

The Architecture group is one of of Wendover U3A’s activitity groups and meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month with the exception of December.  As is customary with neighbouring U3As, ‘foreign’ U3A members are permitted to join groups in other U3As as guests if there is space and a number of WTU3A members are regular attendees of this group.

All meetings take place in the Union Chapel, Weston Turville at 2pm.

The subject is, of course, Architecture a catchall for a wide range of areas to discuss, comment upon and visit. The annual January meeting of the group is a programme planning meeting made rather more inviting and hopefully productive by being held over a lunchtime meal.

The resultant programme is intended to produce a mixture of DVD resources, authoritative presentations and outings.

New members are welcome; please contact Barbara Bittenbender by e-mail if you want to know more about the group. 

 architecture@wtu3a.org.uk

Art

The Art Group meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 2.30- 4.30 pm, presently at a member’s house in Weston Turville. 

We are a newly formed group, small in number, but looking for new recruits.

If you are interested in joining the group, please contact the group leader, for further information.

art@wtu3a.org.uk

 

Birdwatching Group

We have field trips once a month, usually on the last Friday morning of the month, we meet at the Aston Clinton Sports & Social Club car park at 9.00am, sort out car sharing and then go to a local site, Tring Reservoirs, College Lake, Wendover Woods etc. We spend between 2 and 3 hours at the site looking for, identifying and discussing the birds we come across.

The group are mostly beginners but there are 2 or 3 more experienced birders.

Anyone with an interest in birds is most welcome. All that required is a pair of binoculars and suitable outdoor clothing.

We have in the past joined with the Aylesbury RSPB Group on coach trips further field.

For further information contact Terry Lewis.

birdwatching@wtu3a.org.uk

Book Club 1

There are now three Book Clubs. Book Club 1  meets on the second Wednesday of each month, from 2 – 4pm at a member’s house. We discuss the book of the month, taken from a list drawn up by the members. This group is presently full and cannot accept new members. The group leader is Janet Johnson.

 bookclub@wtu3a.org.uk

Book Club 2

Book Club 2 meets on the second Wednesday of the month between 2 and 4 p.m. at the group leader’s home. 

This group is presently full and cannot accept new members. The group leader is Rosemary Williams.

 Bookclub2@wtu3a.org.uk

Bridge

The original bridge group has been meeting since this U3A first started for sociable bridge with beginners, improvers and more experienced players.

Bridge 2

Bridge 2 is a mixed ability group that meets at the group leader’s house in Weston Turville.  It has been running for some time and meets bi-weekly on Mondays and Fridays. If you are interested in learning how to play bridge this is a good place to start! All learners are very welcome.

Bridge 3

Due to the popularity of bridge and the demands for places another bridge group has now started which is also an all ability group. New members are welcome.

For all Bridge groups Contact David Coleman.

bridge@wtu3a.org.uk

Social Bridge

The Social Bridge group meets at 2.30 pm, every Monday (except Bank Holidays) at The Chandos public house, Weston Turville.

Contact Carol Johnson for more information. 

socialbridge@wtu3a.org.uk

Canasta

The canasta group meets at 2.30 pm, on the first and third Wednesday’s at The Chandos public house, Weston Turville.

We play the Classic Canasta version of the game which is a form of rummy. It is a mixed ability group with the emphasis on entertainment whilst playing cards!

New members always welcome. Contact the group leader if you wish to join in.

 canasta@wtu3a.org.uk

Computers

The Weston Turville U3A computer group which ran in conjunction with Aston Clinton and Wendover U3As is now closed in its current format. However computer assistance will remain on an ‘as required’ basis.

If you need assistance with a particular computer issue contact Mandi Simons who will get someone from the volunteer list to try and assist you.

 computers@wtu3a.org.uk

Crafts

We are a small, friendly group who meet on the second Wednesday of the month in the Chapel Hall, Weston Turville from 10.00am – 12.00 to explore a range of different crafts. Our aim is to have “starter” sessions of many different crafts. We hope you will take something home with you from each session – either a completed project or something you can continue (or not!) to work on at home.

The programme for the next year is decided by the members at the December meeting and everyone is given the opportunity to suggest a different craft that they would like to show or try. Guest demonstrators are invited when required and we occasionally organise outings to local craft shows or exhibitions. A full list is published on the U3A Website under diary.

If you would like to join us, please get in touch with the group leader for more information.

crafts@wtu3a.org.uk

 

Digital Photography

This monthly practical photography group primarily visits nearby countryside, villages or interiors that might ‘make a good picture’. In doing this members share ideas and share ideas about picture composition and the use of the many combinations of camera controls. The current group have a wide range of skills and it is the objective of the group, like that of the U3A, to both learn and assist others in their learning. Above all, this group should have fun making images that please them. 

If visits are rained off we often remain at The Chandos,  often looking at our successes and disasters and determining how they got the way they are and how to replicate or avoid it ‘next time’ or take part in some prepared activity.

We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 2pm, usually starting at The Chandos Arms in Weston Turville. Please contact the group leader, Mike Bean, for further information.

photography@wtu3a.org.uk

Extreme Visits

The Extreme Group aims to provide unusual opportunities to:-

  • Learn a diverse set of new skills ranging from sushi making; Krav Maga; piloting a hovercraft; control a skid; Clay Pigeon Shooting; hunting for fossils in Milton Keynes; bell ringing, day time astronomy or even lock picking.
  • Experience activities or places you may not wish to visit alone or feel might be age-inappropriate, such as, visiting “the IceBar”; a bell foundry, a day at the races, explore Street Art or competing in a simulated 24 hour Nurburgring endurance race event
  • Challenge your limits with events such as Ice Karting, climbing over the O2, White Water Rafting, Abseil the Spinnaker

These may sound far-fetched, ‘Extreme’ even, but that’s the point and the examples are all past or in plan events.  We are always looking to raise the bar and suggestions (even from your bucket list) are always welcome.

If there is no suitable topic, we won’t simply put an event together because there is a monthly/quarterly schedule to work to.  Information about pending activities is available by email, the website and at monthly meetings. 

extreme@wtu3a.org.uk

Extreme Re-Visits

It’s Déjà vu all over again – almost literally!

The Extreme Visits team have had a programme of extraordinary activities and are continuing to create more for the future but there is demand for reprising some of past events in their original form, recombined in different ways and/or scaled up or down.

New members and those who just could not get to the original events (and those who could not get enough of it!) will get this opportunity of a reprise … probably with some twists to make it even more interesting/exciting!

Damian Campbell will propose to repeat Extreme visits as above to members and, if taken up, will use the contacts and logistics of the earlier event to build on the U3A’s experience.

Please pass on a description of any of the past events you’d like to be one of the chosen to Damian.

extremerevisits@wtu3a.org.uk

Family History

The Weston Turville U3A Family History group offers a practical approach to researching your ancestors.

It is not formally led but utilises the skills and knowledge of the members to assist you with compiling your own family trees, overcoming those obstacles that occur with most family tree researches and giving advice on recording and storing the information you have found out.

A laptop or tablet with internet connection is an advantage but not essential!

The group meets on the third Thursday at 10 -12.00pm. at 250 Wendover Road, Aylesbury. Contact the group leader for further information.

 familyhistory@wtu3a.org.uk

 

Flower Arranging

We meet once a month on the second Monday from 2.15pm – 4.30pm at Buckland Village Hall.

Using seasonal flowers we create classic and contemporary floral arrangements.

We welcome beginners and new members to our group.

 flowers@wtu3a.org.uk

Folk, Blues and Beyond

This group is aimed at anyone with an enthusiasm for this broad range of music.

The first half of each meeting is spent playing recordings of and discussing the music.

The second half is an informal ‘singaround’, with members invited to sing and/or play, or just to listen to others.

Meetings are on the third Wednesday of month, from 10.00am – noon and take place at members’ homes.

Numbers are limited but if you are interested please contact the group leader, Paul Fincken, to answer any questions about the group’s activities and the availability of spaces.

 folk@wtu3a.org.uk

Food Appreciation Group

This group organises special lunches, eg: Beaujolais Nouveau and Burns Night, arranging lunch time visits to pubs within the area, as well as look at other “foodie” events to explore. 

Numbers will be limited at each event governed by how many the chosen location can accommodate.  Look out for announcements at general U3A meetings and on the web site as they are usually oversubscribed.

Contact Pam Wilson or Rosemary Williams for details.

 food.appreciation@wtu3a.org.uk

Garden Visits

We will be looking to find many varied examples of different gardens to explore.

These will appeal not just to the garden lover but to the photographer, the flower arranger and the artist.

From early spring to autumn our garden visits will take us to local gardens opening especially for our group and also visit other gardens further afield each chosen on the basis of different seasonal attractions.

Full details may be found in the Diary on the website, announced at general meetings and in the monthly newsletter.

gardens@wtu3a.org.uk

Historic Buildings

This group is for those people interested in old buildings, including dwellings, places of work, education and agricultural buildings. Many of the buildings are local and typically a guided tour is arranged, giving access to places which are not normally open to the public.

Transport is arranged through car sharing and most outings are a half day or less in duration.

The proposed visits are circulated by email and at the monthly meetings. For further information contact the group leaders.

 historicbuildings@wtu3a.org.uk

Italian Improvers

The group meets once a month at the leader’s house, nominally on the second Monday morning from 10 – 12, but this varies according to members’ availability.  We started as a Beginners group of keen Italiophiles with basic tourist phrases and after a year have now progressed to Improvers, by expanding our vocabulary and working through the grammar.  We use a variety of activities, both in the monthly sessions and also for homework, to improve our speaking, reading and listening skills, but it is not a conversation group.

We are a small group, limited by the venue, and at the moment are at capacity, but if interested contact the group leader.

italian@wtu3a.org.uk

Jazz Appreciation Group

This group meets on the third Wednesday of the month 2.00 to 4.00pm at the group leader’s home.

We explore the development of jazz during the 20th century to date and the profiles of the musicians and bands performing. We select a different subject each month and members can bring their own selection for all to listen to on either CD or cassette.

Contact group leader for more information.

jazz@wtu3a.org.uk

Lawn Green Bowling (seasonal)

The season for Lawn Green Bowling starts in April.  The group plays at The Chiltern and Wendover Bowls Club, in Dobbins Lane, Wendover. 

The group will meet on the 1st and 3rd Friday’s of the month at the club from 10.00am and the cost will be £3.00 a session. Bowls can be provided and it would be preferred if grey trousers or skirts for ladies and white tops were worn. It is essential to wear flat shoes which have no heels whatsoever. This group will be run with an existing group from Wendover U3A.  There will be lots of people who can show you the ropes and coaching can be available. If you would like to join this group please contact the group leader.

Lawngreenbowling@wtu3a.org.uk

Local History

This group is for members who would like to know more about the area where they live. We have decided to concentrate on local history within Buckinghamshire and we have a mixture of visits and speakers which explore this ancient county.

We meet once a month at the Chapel Hall in Weston Turville and visits are arranged on an ad hoc basis. The meetings are on the fourth Tuesday at 10:30-12:30 pm.

For further information contact the group leader.

 localhistory@wtu3a.org.uk

Mexican Train (Dominoes)

Mexican Train, also known as simply Trains, is a game played with dominoes. The object of the game is for a player to play all the dominoes from his or her hand onto one or more chains, or “trains”, emanating from a central hub or “station”.

This group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday each month at 2pm at The Chandos Arms, Weston Turville.

It is an all ability group, no previous experience required.

Contact the group leader or if you wish to join us.

mexicantrain@wtu3a.org.uk

Needlework

This sociable and friendly group remains as popular as ever. We continue to work on our own projects, many of which have been completed and admired and new ones started.

We meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 2.30 – 4.30pm. Please contact Joan Bridges, the group facilitator for meeting details if you wish to attend.

 needlework@wtu3a.org.uk

Patchwork & Quilting

We hold our Patchwork & Quilting meetings on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday in the month at Weston Turville Chapel. The more experienced quilters meet in the morning from 10am-12pm and beginners meet in the afternoon from 2pm–4pm. 

Members of the group make quilts of all sizes – wall hangings, table runners etc. using a sewing machine and modern cutting equipment.

The Group leader is on hand with both groups to provide guidance with individual projects and tuition in the basic skills and technics. The aim of the group is to introduce people to this creative and addictive craft and provide an opportunity to develop a range of skills in a friendly supportive environment.

Displays of work completed by members of the group have been much admired and are a testament to their skills, talent and enthusiasm.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact the group leader for more information.

Quilting@wtu3a.org.uk

Pétanque (Boules) – Seasonal
 
A Pétanque Group takes place during the summer months. The venue is Aylesbury Rugby Club commencing at 2pm every first and third Monday of the month.  All the dates are in the diary found here:
 
If you wish to participate please or wish to know more, please contact the group leader for more information. Or simply turn up on the day.  
 

Philosophy Group 

What is it all about? Who am I? What should I do? What is society? These and others questions, which often produce controversial answers and sometimes no clear answer at all, are what we discuss and talk about in the philosophy group.

We have been looking at different difficult questions and the assumptions behind them.

We meet on the 3rd Friday of the month between 10.30 and 12.30. If you are interested in joining this group please contact the group leader.

 philosophy@wtu3a.org.uk

Pilates

Pilates is a non-impact form of exercise suitable for all ages and abilities. Our instructor Jill Currie has been in the fitness industry for over 25 years, and has been teaching Pilates since 2007.

Jill has specialised in the management of lower back pain and is registered as a level 4 trainer on the register of exercise professionals.

Since qualifying Jill has continued to attend a variety of courses and workshops which have enabled her classes to develop into a unique blend of Pilates, footwork, myofascial release, relaxation … and so on.

The Weston Turville U3A has Pilates sessions every Tuesday during school term times, at Aston Clinton Guide Hall between 12 and 1pm.

The classes are small and personal to ensure a high standard of instruction, supervision and expertise. All equipment is provided by Jill. Because of the restricted class sizes anyone interested in joining this group should contact the group leader in the first instance.

pilates@wtu3a.org.uk

Poetry Reading

The poetry reading group meets once a month on the third Thursday at 2.30 in members houses. 

The way the group works is that a topic is set for the month and members research poems and read them in turn at the meeting. 

You will be introduced to new poetry and new poets in a relaxed atmosphere – the only limit is the imagination of our members. 

If you are interested in joining the group please contact Jim Whitston at the address below. 

Do not be concerned if your accommodation is too small to host the meetings – we have enough members with suitable homes to keep us going.

poetryreading@wtu3a.org.uk

Science and Technology

The Science and Technology group meets on the first Thursday of each month at 2-30pm in the Chapel Hall unless out and about on a visit.

We aims to explore all areas of the Sciences and the Technologies they support, both present and past through visiting speakers and making visits to places of interest.

Contact group leader for more details.

science@wtu3a.org.uk

Scrabble

The Scrabble group meets at 10.00am on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in the 5 Bells Public House in Weston Turville.  

There is no charge for attending, but each member is expected to buy a drink during the session for the use of the premises. 

Please contact the organiser at or ring prior to attending for the first time.

Weston Turville scrabble players can also attend Aston Clinton U3A scrabble group held at The Hub in Aston Clinton 1000 – 1230 on first and third Wednesday of the month.

There is some friendly (?) rivalry between the two U3A’s and members from both U3A’s can attend both or either group.

scrabble@wtu3a.org.uk

Singing for Fun

The singing group is in collaboration with the Wendover and Aston Clinton U3As and is held on the second Wednesday of the month between 10.30 and 12.00pm at Halton Village Hall.

The group consists of singers of all abilities and everyone is encouraged to participate and have fun.

Contact the group leader, Liz Mitchell, for more information.

singing@wtu3a.org.uk

Social Bridge

The Social Bridge group meets at 2.30 pm, every Monday (except Bank Holidays) at The Chandos public house, Weston Turville.  Contact Lewis Ayres for more information. 

socialbridge@wtu3a.org.uk

Table Tennis

The Table Tennis Group meet weekly on a Wednesday and Thursday from 2.30 – 4.00pm at Aston Clinton Youth Club, situated adjacent to The Hub, Aston Clinton Park.

Table Tennis offers a lot of fun and exercise and is a game that can be enjoyed at any level and at any age!

Contact the group leader, John Cowling, for details and any changes to the schedule.

 tabletennis@wtu3a.org.uk

Theatre

The Theatre Group aims to provide trips to the theatre to see a wide range of plays, dramas, comedies and musicals. We try to use local theatres (eg in Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Oxford and Milton Keynes) as much as possible, but occasional trips further afield (e.g. London) may also be included.  The dates and costs will vary according to the booking arrangements. 

Trips will be advertised in the monthly Newsletter and on the website.  Please contact the group leader, Melanie Evans for any further details.

theatre@wtu3a.org.uk

Trips and Tours

The Trips organisers create a variety of sometime eclectic and invariably interesting day-trips throughout the year open to all WTU3A members.

WTU3A members will be notified of planned and finalised trip details through the newsletter and published on the web-site and recorded in the diary.

Sign-up sheets will be available at general meetings.

Alternatively you can contact the group leaders, but in either case part or full payment will probably be required in advance.

trips@wtu3a.org.uk

Visiting Churches

Our group makes an afternoon visit to a fairly local church on the second Tuesday each month from April to October.

We meet, usually by 1.15 pm, at the far end of the Five Bells car park and ‘car share’ to travel for arrival times of 2.00-2.30pm. 

The Visiting Churches group aims to visit churches of historical interest that have unusual architecture or wall paintings and have a story to tell.  Some will be within a half an hour journey, and some will be further if they are of special interest. We arrange a speaker to give a brief history of the church building and to point out items of interest.

We ask members to make a donation to the church concerned of £5, collected on the day.  The visit usually includes refreshments, generally provided by the church, though this may vary from time to time.

Information on forthcoming visits will be available at the monthly meetings or you can contact the group leaders.

churches@wtu3a.org.uk

Walkers

The walkers meet on the second Tuesday each month at the Chandos Arms, Weston Turville at 10.00am where transport arrangements for that day’s walk are arranged.

The walks last up to two hours and do include some hill climbing and stiles but we do not walk very fast as we prefer to enjoy the company and the countryside whilst we walk.

A lot of the walks end at a tea spot so we can indulge in suitable refreshment before returning home.

All U3A members are welcome to join us for a walk on an ad-hoc or regular basis and well-mannered dogs can be taken on most walks as well.

It is important to remember we are not ‘ramblers’.

Please contact the group leader for further information or just turn up outside the pub at 10 am on the second Tuesday.

 walkers@wtu3a.org.uk

Wine Appreciation

A group for Wine Lovers – come and join like-minded people who want to explore many different wines in different ways. We taste, we talk and hope to include a couple of visits. All associated with wine and the enjoyment thereof!

We taste wines by the grape, by the region or by the country.

Meetings are held on the 3rd Friday of every month between 7.15 & 9.00pm at The Chapel Hall, Weston Turville. Come along and share with us what is a very enjoyable evening. None of us are experts but we all enjoy wine.

Contact the group leaders for more information.    

wine@wtu3a.org.uk