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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 – 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. 

NEW!!

Thursday, 7th October at 10.30 am on Zoom

Harvest Flowers

Talk and demonstration by Katherine Kear

Closing date: Monday, 4th October

NEW!!

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.

BOOKING
 
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 grubclub@wtu3a.org.uk 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 science@wtu3a.org.uk 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 gardens@wtu3a.org.uk

 

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 localhistory@wtu3a.org.uk.

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 mexicantrain@wtu3a.org.uk 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 mahjong@wtu3a.org.uk

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 churches@wtu3a.org.uk

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

u3a National Newsletter – 🌦August 2021🌦

24 August, 2021

The u3a newsletter for 🌦August. As usual there is plenty to read, take part in and enjoy.  You can find lots of events on our online events page.  Here is a sample:

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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. 

WTu3a Newsletter – June 2021

21 June, 2021
The is now available!

Read it here

Our next meeting will be on Zoom on Thursday 24th June. Hopefully our last on Zoom!

The talk is Gardens for Us and Them by Dr Ian Bedford, a retired Research Entomologist, who will speak on how home gardens can all become valuable stepping stones for our wildlife in the quest to protect the natural reserves.

Click the link here to see details of Speakers planned for our General Meetings from June to November 2021 via Zoom and at the Rugby Club once Government restrictions are lifted.

Free talks from Mirthy for Loneliness Awareness Week 14-18 June

14 June, 2021

From the 14th – 18th of June, Mirthy will be hosting ‘Festival of Belonging 2021’ – 5 days of FREE online events in support of Marmalade Trust’s Loneliness Awareness Week.

Visit this website to learn more – Mirthy Festival of belonging 

From Storytelling to Belly Dancing, DIY poetry to Laughing Yoga, all events will be highly interactive, completely FREE, and focused on building a sense of belonging throughout the U3A community.

Online events are available to attend on the day by Zoom following the link on the website. So there’s no need to book in advance. 

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You may also be interested in other Mirthy Zoom events that are currently available at reasonable prices.  See below.  All the details, dates and prices are in their Event Catalogue:

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WTu3a Newsletter – May 2021

24 May, 2021
The is now available!

Read it here

Our next meeting will be on Zoom on Thursday 27th May.

The talk is on Scam Awareness and Pamela Hayton, a Community Banker from the NatWest, will speak about how to keep yourself from falling victim to ever more sophisticated fraud or scams.

Click the link here to see details of Speakers planned for our General Meetings from May to November 2021 via Zoom and at the Rugby Club once Government restrictions are lifted.