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WTu3a Newsletter – September 2021

The is now available!

 It’s a packed full edition! Read it here

This months talk at the General Meeting on Thursday 23rd September is A is for Arsenic and the speaker is Dr Kathryn Harkup. Her talk is an exploration of the poisons used by the Queen of Crime, Dame Agatha Christie, in her bestselling detective stories. 

2022 Diaries are now available to pre-order at the meeting.

Membership cards will also be available to collect for those that have not yet done so.

Click the link here to see details of Speakers planned for our General Meetings from September 2021 to January 2022 at the Rugby Club. 

WTu3a back in style!

Thames Valley Network u3a – NEW Zoom talks & Brandenberg Choir

8 October, 2021

Details of the further talks October are now published. Click on the links in the boxes below for the flyer that has full details of costs and how to book through TicketSource. 


Tuesday, 26th October at 2.30pm on Zoom

An Autumn Bouquet

By the Choir of St Bartholomew the Great * The Brandenburg Camino Choir

Closing date:  Friday, 22nd October

Below are the events planned until December.  Full details on each event will follow in due course.


u3a National Newsletter – September 2021

7 October, 2021

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


September’s u3a Radio Podcast – Episode 10 – Globetrotter, farm, chair.


Feed into the u3a Vision for the Future

u3a is developing its vision for the future and wants to hear from you.  Full details are on the u3a Newsletter Express of 1 October 2021. You can comment using the email address or by completing the online survey on our website

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

Live Cookery Demonstration – Autumn Warmers
Monday, 18 October, 10.30am

Our vegan recipes this month include Herby Tofu Scramble, Wild Mushroom Pudding with onion gravy, and to finish, Strawberry Bakewell Tart.

This is one of our regular events with Vegetarian for Life in which Roving Chef Alex shows us how to make delicious vegan food.

The Climate Emergency: is COP26′ ‘Our Last Best Chance’?
Thursday, 21 October, 10.30am

This is the second in our series of talks aimed at raising awareness about the climate emergency.

With the United Nations COP26 climate talks coming up, Brenda, a member of Trust u3a group Countdown to COP26, will talk about the conference, climate change and how we can make a difference. Read more on what can be done on our u3a blog, Sources.

As usual check the website regularly for the latest news, tutorials and events, some of which are listed below. Our ongoing initiatives are continuing so have a look at our learning pages to see everything that you can get involved in.

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.

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Theatre Visits – 1 spare ticket for 9-5 and more shows below

28 September, 2021
Melanie Evans, the Theatre Visits group leader has one available ticket for Thursday’s showing of Dolly Parton’s 9-5 Musical.  If you are interested please contact her immediately on
Also, now available to book are more new productions at Waterside Theatre Aylesbury – details and pricing are below:
Date Production Venue Cost

28th October at 7.30pm

‘Magic of Motown’ 

Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

£32.50 Payment required ASAP Prior to next meeting

24th November at 2.30pm

‘The Play that goes wrong’ 

Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury £25.00

31st January 2022 at 7.30pm

‘Burn the Floor’ Kevin Clifton

Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

£56.00 (stalls)


17th February 2022 at 2.30pm

‘Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker’

Milton Keynes Theatre,
Milton Keynes


£32.00 (stalls)
If you are interested and would like to book a place or further details, please contact the group leader, Melanie Evans at

National u3a Newsletter – September 2021 🍃

18 September, 2021


The u3a newsletter for September 🍃. Read it hereAs usual there is plenty to read, take part in and enjoy, including the seventh episode of the u3a podcast


Thames Valley Network u3a – Two news Zoom talks

13 September, 2021

Details of the first two talks in October are now published. Click on the links in the boxes below for the flyer that has full details of costs and how to book. 


Thursday, 7th October at 10.30 am on Zoom

Harvest Flowers

Talk and demonstration by Katherine Kear

Closing date: Monday, 4th October


Tuesday, 12th October at 2.00pm on Zoom

Everything Blue (in the Asmolean Museum collections)

By Jude Barrett

Closing date:  Thursday, 7th October

7th October, 10.30am on Zoom – Harvest Flowers. A talk and demonstration by Katherine Kear.

Katherine is making a welcome return to TVN.  Those members who attended the event last April will remember that she is the National chairman of NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies).

The cost of the event is £1 per device. See flyer for full details.

12th October, 2.00pm on Zoom – Ashmolean “Blue” Items. A talk by Jude Barrett, from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford will be speaking on the BLUE items of interest in the museum. 

This is a free event.  Full details on the flyer.

21st October – Little Men in Red Hats. A talk by David Marsh

The cost of the talk is £1.00 per device. Full details can be found on the flyer.  The closing date for applications is Friday, 2nd July.


28th October – The Music of Carol King. A talk by Clive Aronson

Details to follow.

9th November – Basque Refugees. From Colin Carritt

Details to follow.

10th November – A talk by Jefferey Aronson Subject to be confirmed

Details to follow.

23rd November – Thames Wildlife by Graham Scholey

Details to follow.

24th November – Van Gogh, The Golden Years from Keith Appleby

Details to follow.

9th December – Christmas Flowers. A demonstration by Katherine Kear

Details to follow.

The easiest and best option is to book electronically by clicking on the TICKETSOURCE’ icon immediately below the event on the TVN website

You will receive an acknowledgement immediately and the Zoom link a few days before the event.  PLEASE CHECK THAT YOU ENTER YOUR DETAILS CAREFULLY WHEN YOU BOOK.

If you have booked an event and do not get the link 2 days before the event, please message TicketSource to advise.  DO NOT LEAVE IT UNTIL THE DAY OF THE EVENT AS YOU WILL NOT GET A REPLY.  
Please note: Increasingly,  TVN events are becoming fully booked well before the actual date.  Nevertheless, we are disappointed to find that something like 20% of those who have booked places, fail to join on the day.  If you find that you are unable to join an event for which you have booked, please inform the organiser as soon as possible so that your place can be offered to someone else.

News from the Groups

24 August, 2021


Wednesday, 29th September

The next Grub Club’s meeting is lunch at Orchard View Farm, Meadle at 12.30pm.

Please contact Annie Edwards on as soon as possible if you would like to join in as the venue will need to know the numbers. Maximum 20. 


Science and Technology is back!
Tuesday 5th October  (note not the usual Thursday) – Milton Keynes Museum .  
Full details are on the flyer.  The cost is £16 per person including lunch.  
Thursday, 4th November – The Silverstone Interactive Museum.  
Full details are on the flyer. The cost will be £17.50.  
If you wish to go on either trip please either email John Beer at or book your place at the General Meeting. 


Garden Visits




Thursday, 16th September

A visit to Turn End Gardens, Haddenham. Cost £8.50. The visit commences 2pm

Party size is 20, with 8 spaces currently available.   For full details on the visit and to book your place contact Mary Duly on


Local History Group




Tuesday, 21st September – Scenes of Weston Turville 100 years apart

A slide presentation by Glynn White. 

Tuesday, 19th October – History of Amersham

This talk is by Colin Oakes, who had previously given a very interesting talk on Chesham.  

Tuesday, 16th November – The life of Cecelia Payne 

This talk is by Geoff Lodge of the Wendover U3A.

Full details regarding the change of venue and entrance fees are on the flyer.  Contact Glynn White on

Mexican Train – Starting again

On the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at The Chandos, Weston Turville, starting at 2pm.  Please inform Mandi Simons on if you are attending. 

Mahjong – Starting again

The group has now restarted and meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at the The Chapel Hall, Weston Turville.  Further details from Ken Shaw at

Church Visits – Starting again

Tuesday, 12th October – St Michael’s, Stewkley.  

This visit has been rearranged due little interest for the previous date.  If anyone is interested in joining the list, please contact Odette Harris at

Please note there will be no visit in September due to unforeseen circumstances.  

WTu3a Newsletter – August 2021

23 August, 2021
The is now available!

Read it here.  It’s full of information on the groups that have restarted. 

Thursday 26th August is our first General meeting where we resume our normal format with a Speaker!  At last we can enjoy a talk without the limitations of Zoom. 

The Speaker is Bernie Knill and his talk is entitled “Hughenden and Benjamin Disraeli – the most unlikely Prime Minister”.  Click the link here to see details of Speakers planned for our General Meetings from August to November 2021 at the Rugby Club. 

Membership cards will also be available to collect for those that have not yet done so.

WTu3a Newsletter – July 2021

18 July, 2021
The is now available!

Read it here

Thursday 22nd July is our first meeting after the restrictions have been lifted!  We can at last meet face-to-face once more. 

Our Picnic Party, starting at 1.30pm, offers a chance to meet friends that you may not have seen for months and to listen to live music from the Folk, Blues and Beyond Group.  The weather looks set to be good so it should be a great afternoon!

There is no speaker this month, but click the link here to see details of Speakers planned for our General Meetings from August to November 2021 at the Rugby Club.