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WTU3A Newsletter – January 2019

Happy New Year to all WTU3A members!

Most of the groups have their 2019 programme well under way, and the new Theatre Visits group has got off to a flying start, so we are very pleased to announce details of another new group starting – Touch Tennis (aka Short Tennis).  

Please contact if you are interested in joining Touch Tennis.

Full details are in the January 2019 newsletter – so read all about it here

🎭 Theatre Group 🎭

16 February, 2019

Below you can find details of 3 more shows that have been booked for the Theatre Group.  If you are interested and would like to book a place, please see the group leader, Melanie Evans at the monthly meeting or contact her at for further details.  Pricing details are below:

Date Production Venue Cost

5th May at 7.30pm

Remembering the Musicals with
Alijaz and Jeanette’

Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

£26.25 (Back of Circle 2 – as tickets are popular and pricey)

26th July at 2.30pm

‘Avenue Q’ – A very enjoyable musical comedy, featuring puppets and humans.
Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury £24 (stalls)

7th November at 1.30pm

‘Nativity the Musical’ – A new show based on the film.  Hilarious, high energy show featuring children.


Waterside Theatre,
£19 (stalls)


History on Film – Thames Valley Network Event Day – 28th May

11 February, 2019
Thames Valley Network U3A have announced an exciting new Events Day – ‘History on Film’ (Harlots or Heroines?), taking place on Tuesday 28th May.  This is in a superb venue where the seating and acoustics should be perfect for the event.  
Full details can be found on the attached flyer and to book your place please complete and return the attached application form as directed.  

Mid Bucks U3A – trip to Family Tree Live – 26th April

27 January, 2019
The Mid Bucks U3A Family History Group is proposing to organise a trip to Alexandra Palace to visit the Family Tree Live event on 26th April 2019, if any WTU3A members would be interested in going on this trip please contact April Smart. Full details in the attached flyer

Swire Ridgeway Arts Prize 2019

22 January, 2019

For Artists, Photographers and Poets.  

The Friends of The Ridgeway annual arts competition – the Swire Ridgeway Arts Prize is open to any WTU3A members who would like to take part.  

A Flyer along with the Competition Rules and Entry Form for the 2019 Competition are attached.  read more …

Garden Visit – 8th May – Eythrope & Waddesdon Manor

21 January, 2019

There is a visit planned for Wednesday 8th May to the Rothschild family’s private gardens at Eythrope on the Waddesdon Estate at 10.45am.  A tour round the garden will be followed by lunch – inspired by produce from the garden – at Waddesdon Manor and in the afternoon there is a tour of the manor at 2.30pm.  

The cost is £40 and a cheque for this amount will secure your booking – be quick as it is likely to fill up fast! Contact Gaynor Edwards at  



TVN U3A Study Day – 30th April – “The Interactions of Medicine, Science and Art”

18 January, 2019

Thames Valley Network have announced details of a second study day on “The Interactions of Medicine, Science and Art” which is being repeated by popular demand as the first had a long waiting list and was voted excellent by most of those attending.  

The programme of the day can be found on the attached flyer.  If you would like to book your place, please complete the attached application form and return it as instructed.  As always details will also be on the Thames Valley Network U3A website along with the list of other planned study days.

Science and Technology

16 January, 2019

The programme of events planned for the Science & Technology group from February to September can be found below.

If you would like to book your place or have any other questions please contact John Beer or Roger Everson at

Thursday – 7th February Talk by Dennis Trebble – “The History of Land Speed records”
Thursday – 7th March Exploration of the world of spreadsheets – Damian Campbell
Thursday – 4th April

Trip – Buzz Rail, Leighton Buzzard

Thursday – 2nd May

Trip – Museum of Military Medicine and The Milestone Museums, Basingstoke

Thursday – 6th June

Trip – Mary Rose Museum and HMS Warrior, Portsmouth Dock

Thursday – 4th July

Talk – TBC

Thurday – 1st August

Workshop – Use of the spreadsheet

Thursday – 5th September

Trip – Brooklands Museum, Weybridge

read more …

Polar Exploration – Thames Valley Network U3A Study Day – 4th April 2019

15 January, 2019

Arctic Geopolitics: History, Geography and Present Circumstances

This is a continuation of our enquiry into the political and climate change effects within the Arctic. This next study day will focus on sovereignty and how it affects all aspects of exploration. We are delighted to welcome back Dr Robert Headland and Lt. Commander John Ash, both from the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), part of the University of Cambridge.

Here is the information flyer and booking application form for the follow up Polar Exploration study day.  The last one was very popular so it is suggested that you get your application in quickly if you are interested.

🎭Theatre Group Update🎭

9 January, 2019

*UPDATE* There are still tickets available for ‘The comedy about a bank robbery’, please contact Melanie Evans at if you are interested.  Please be advised that your cheque is required NO LATER THAN 15/01/19.  Unfortunately, as there is no meeting before that time, cheques (made payable to ‘Weston Turville U3A Travel’) should be POSTED (or dropped in) to the group leader, Melanie Evans, by that date.  Please email Melanie at for the address to send/drop in your cheque too.  Pricing details are below:

Date Production Venue Cost

14th March at 2.30pm

The comedy about a bank robbery’ Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

£21 (was £27) – cheques are required NO LATER THAN 15/01/19