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WTu3a Newsletter – June 2022

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Our newsletter for June has now been published and its another 4-page issue!  Read all the latest news here.  

Our next general meeting is on Thursday 23rd June when we have a presentation by Paul Barwick entitled “Nancy Wake; WW2 Spy”.  Nancy became part of the escape route for Allied personnel evading capture from German forces in Southern France, driving an ambulance converted to hold hidden escapees.

July 2022 Raffle Prize

The next event in our 10 yr + 2 Anniversary celebrations is the Hog Roast at our July general meeting.   This starts at 1pm with food served from 2pm.  More details on the flyer here.

There will also be a raffle of a fabulous quilt that the Patchwork and Quilting Group have made be raffled – here is a sneak peek of the prize.

UPDATE:  Garden Visit to Highgrove, Tuesday 5th July 2022. All day visit by coach, cost £42 per person.  There are still has a couple of spaces available. Please contact Mary Duly at if interested.


Thanks to Sylv Elliott’s organisation, 14 members of the Walkers Group had a very enjoyable walking holiday last month at Abingworth, Sussex.  It was a great success as there were three levels of walks each day, so there was something suitable for everyone.



WTu3a going strong!

Thames Valley Network u3a – Study days

24 June, 2022

UPDATE – Thames Valley Network u3a hopes to restart full face to face study day meetings later in the year, but will also maintain some Zoom events as many members have difficulty in getting to study days.

Unless otherwise stated all the events below will be on Zoom.  Click on the links in the boxes below for the flyer with full details of costs and how to book through TicketSource or Eventbrite.


Wednesday, 31st August

A trip to Kelmscott

Details: tbc

Closing date:  tbc


Tuesday, 6th September on Zoom

The Wonderful World of Law

A talk by David Allen

Details to follow

Closing date: tbc


National u3a Newsletter – June 2022 🌞

24 June, 2022

The u3a National newsletter for June is available here. As usual there is plenty to read, take part in and enjoy. Including:

June’s u3a Radio Podcast – Episode 19 – ‘Ukraine, Laughter Yoga, poetry and walking’. 

Members can listen to it on Apple, SpotifyGoogle Podcasts – and it is still available in captioned video form on YouTube.

You can find lots of events on our online events page.  Here is a sample:


Science & Technology

24 June, 2022


John Beer and Roger Everson, are busy planning for future visits, and after Combe Mill on 7th July, the next one will be on 1st September at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.   

John and Roger will be at the next General Meeting for you to express your interest or email at or  

Possible future visits which are being considered is ‘The Great Stink’, a tour which concentrates on the sewerage system of 19th century London.  Another being investigated is the Elizabethan Line Crossrail.  Watch this space!

Combe Mill

Combe Mill is the original sawmill and workshop of the Blenheim Palace Estate. This working industrial museum offers visitors a good insight into what work was like in Victorian times on a rural estate.  Including tea on arrival and before leaving (bring packed lunch).  We have a guided tour and talk about the history of the site.  Cost is £20.  Full details can be found on the flyer here.

Bank Transfer to Weston Turville u3a – Please indicate on the transfer which of the trips it applies to ie Sci Tech Duxford. Bank details are:

Bank:  NatWest
Sort code: 60-01-31
Account number: 50853236

Or cheques made payable to ‘Weston Turville u3a.’ 

The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford – Thursday, 1st September

They will provide a guide at a cost of £8 each. Entrance is free.  Own car. More details to follow.


News from the Groups

23 June, 2022

Sunday, 10th July

The next Grub Club outing is lunch at Chiltern Forest Golf Club, Aston Hill, Halton, Aylesbury, HP22 5NQ at 12.30pm.

Contact Annie Edwards to book your place, email her at

Science and Technology 
Thursday, 7th July, Combe Mill
This is a working industrial museum which were the Blenheim Estate Workshops.  Cost £20 (no coach provided, but refreshments are included). Full details for the above Combe Mill trip can be found in the Science & Technology post on the website. 
The next event is on Thursday, 1st September, which is a visit to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.  They will provide a guide for a cost of £8. The entrance is free.  More details to follow shortly. 
To book your place, please email John Beer & Roger Everson at

Garden Visits

Tuesday 5th July, Prince Charles’ Highgrove.

There may be a few places left.  Highgrove is a series of interlinked gardens created over 40 years which reflect the Prince’s artistic ability.  Cost £42 for garden admission and coach.  

Friday 12th August, Wormsley Walled Garden near Stokenchurch

This garden is on the Getty estate.  Cost. TBA. By car. 

Contact Mary Duly at


Visiting Churches

Tuesday, 12th July – St Mary’s, Chesham

The talk/tour will start at 2.30pm. If anyone is interested who is not on the email list please contact Odette Harris At


Details for pétanque group sessions:

  • They will be every Monday afternoon.
  • Timing 2pm to 4pm
  • Venue is the new terrain behind Weston Turville village hall
  • Parking is available

If you need more information, contact Ken Shaw at


The Chess Group is trying to restart.  If you are interested, please contact Geoffrey Howell at

Bake Off success!

31 May, 2022

The Cakes

The Winners and the Bake Off Team

The Cake Eaters

Aylesbury Vale u3a – inviting WTu3a members to…

24 May, 2022

A Taste of Suffolk – Wednesday 6th July 

A chance to visit a part of the country, rich in history but sadly little known by most people.  To visit two very interesting places, Kentwall Hall, one of the finest Tudor moated houses in England with extensive, interesting gardens. Have a look at their website .

In the afternoon the trip moves on to Long Melford, one of the great ‘cloth’ towns which enabled it to build a lavish ‘wool’ church. The main street has an interesting collection of independant shops, galleries, antique shops, tea rooms etc so there will be plenty to see and do. Have a look at their website to find out more

The cost, including admission to Kentwell Hall is £37 pp.  Full details of this and other trips are on the website. To book or find out more contact Dan:

NEW!  Arundel – Monday, 1st August

The trip will start with a visit to the Castle.  The included Gold Plus Ticket price gives full access to the buildings and gardens.  Afterwards you may wish to take a stroll into the historic town of Arundel.  

The cost including coach and ticket is £42.  Full details of this and other trips are on the website. To book or find out more, contact Dan McGregor:

WTu3a Newsletter – May 2022

23 May, 2022
The is now available!


Our newsletter for May has now been published and its a bumper issue!  Read all the latest news here.  

The General Meeting on Thursday 26th May is our Annual General Meeting and the first of our 10 yr + 2 Anniversary events – the Bake Off.  

Included in the newsletter are the dates of all the forthcoming events planned for our continuing 10 yr + 2 Anniversary celebrations. 

A special mention must go to the Maureen Reeves and the very talented Patchwork and Quilting Group.

Their recent project has been to make four small quilts with designs representing the four seasons. The photos here show Spring (tulips), Summer (beach huts), Autumn (squirrels).  The Winter quilt is not yet finished.  

A raffle of another quilt made during lockdown is being planned for the July Hog Roast. Details in the newsletter. 

Membership renewals – Your membership renewal is now due.  If you have any queries please contact Simon Evers at


WTu3a Newsletter – April 2022

24 April, 2022
The is now available!


Our newsletter for April has now been published. Read all the latest news here.   

This months talk at the General Meeting on Thursday 28th April i“An Actor’s Life” where Jeff Rozelaar will enlighten us with his amusing anecdotes from experiences on the stage and film sets.

Membership renewals 

Your membership to WTu3a is now due for renewal and the details have been sent out, and the good news is that Committee decided to keep the membership fee at £10 until April 2023! 


Garden Visits

27 March, 2022


Mary Duly, our Garden Visits Group Leader, has arranged the following Garden Visits.  

Full details below and on the diary page on the WTU3A website.

Highgrove – Doughton, Tetbury GL8 8TQ

Highgrove is the private home of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. The house is not open to the public, but the Gardens are open between April and October.

The series of interlinked gardens has been created with imagination and passion over some 40 years and reflects The Prince’s natural artistic ability. Managed organically and sustainably, the gardens have become an important haven for a rich variety of flora and fauna.

An all day visit by coach.  £42 per person.  Maximum number of 52 people. Times tbc.

Please contact Mary Duly at to book your place.

Wormsley Walled Garden – Stokenchurch, Bucks, HP14 3YE 

Dating back to the mid-1700s, Wormsley’s original Walled Garden was created by Richard Woods, a contemporary of Capability Brown.

The Walled Garden was redesigned with sections for flower and vegetable gardens.

On acquiring Wormsley in 1985, the late Sir Paul and Lady Getty embarked on restoring it to its former beauty. 

Maximum number 30 people.  Details to be finalised. 

Contact Mary Duly at to book your place.