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WTu3a Newsletter – May 2024

The is now available!

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

The next general meeting is on Thursday 23rd May, starting with the AGM, and followed with a talk entitled “Jenner and his vaccine”.   The story of the development of vaccination is more complicated than you may think and our speaker Steve Bacon explains how Jenner developed the technique and how he got it accepted by society.

This year the Summer Lunch is on Thursday 25th July (and we are hoping for better weather this year!).  There will be no speaker that day, but instead, a fabulous lunch will be provided by Lynne Padgett and her team of helpers, along with afternoon entertainment with the Folk, Blues and Beyond Group and the Handbell Ringers.  This is a members only event and a ticket is required. Details on the flyer.

The fee is £5 per person and tickets will be on sale at the May and June General Meetings.  If you are not able to attend the meetings to buy your ticket, you can pay by bank transfer (Bank:  NatWest, Sort code: 60-01-31, Account number: 50853236 – Ref: Lunch) or by cheque, please contact Sarah Gunn at summerlunch@wtu3a.org.uk for details.

Remember – it’s Membership Subscription Renewal time – thank you to all those who have already paid and for those that haven’t yet done so, the details of how to pay are on the newsletter and website.  

Future Speakers – Click the link here to see details of Speakers planned for our General Meetings at the Rugby Club until November 2024.  Contact Carol Johnson on speakersecretary@wtu3a.org.uk if you have any suggestions for a future speaker.

WTu3a going strong!

News from the Groups

23 May, 2024

Summer Lunch 2024 (for members only)

Thursday, 25th July 

We are holding our Summer Lunch once more on Thursday 25th July (and hoping for better weather than last year!).  There will be no speaker that day, as per previous years, a fabulous lunch will be provided by Lynne Padgett and her team of helpers, along with afternoon entertainment, with the Folk, Blues and Beyond Group, and the Handbell Ringers.  Details on the flyer.

The fee is £5 per person and it a ticket only event.  The tickets will be on sale at the May and June general meetings.  If you are not able to attend the meetings to buy your ticket, please contact Sarah Gunn at summerlunch@wtu3a.org.uk

Visiting Churches – RESTARTING

After a short break of about 18 months, the Visiting Churches Group Leaders, Odette Harris and Geoffrey Howell hope to restart this Summer if there is sufficient interest from members.  

Please email Odette and Geoffrey on churchvisits@wtu3a.org.uk if you are interested and would like to add your name to the new group list.  Plans are in the pipeline to visit Rycote Chapel as the first visit.  Details yet to be finalised.

Image by Anita Smith from Pixabay

Card Making

Thursday, 13th June then 11th July

Following the interest in this new group, a regular time and date has been fixed at 10am on the second Thursday of each month in Weston Turville Chapel Hall. The initial charge is £2 per person.

The group leader can provide supplies and various equipment to experiment with which may have an additional cost of £1-£1.50.  You can bring your own supplies and equipment as well.  

If you are interested in joining this new group please contact Lindsey Beer on cardmaking@wtu3a.org.uk

TRIPS – UPDATE
 
 

NOW FULL (with reserve list) –

  • Highgate Cemetery – Wednesday, 17th July
  • NO DATE AS YET – The National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire –  September (tbc)

To add your name to the mailing list for the above trip please email Mandi Simons on trips@wtu3a.org.uk or speak to her at the Monthly General Meeting.

Science & Technology

Thursday, 6th June -CANCELLED TO BE RE-ARRANGED Visit to Museum of Military Medicine and Milestone Museum, Basingstoke. 

NOW FULLY BOOKED – Thursday, 4th July – Visit – The Hydraulics Research Organisation, Wallingford.

Full details on the above trips are on the flyer here.

To book your place on any of the above, or if you have any thoughts about future visits, please contact the group leader John Beer for more details at science@wtu3a.org.uk.  

GARDEN VISITS

Tuesday, 25th June – NOW FULLY BOOKED

An afternoon visit to Cedar House, Bacombe Lane, Wendover, HP22 6EQ where Sarah Nicholson will welcome us to her Chiltern Hills garden which has a great variety of trees, shrubs and plants leading via a sloping lawn to a delightful natural swimming pond.  The visit will start at 2.30 and will include home-made teas.  

Contact Heather Marshall on gardens@wtu3a.org.uk to add your name to her list for future garden visits. 

 

Gardening

Monday 27th May – NO MEETING

Monday, 24th June and 22nd July – visit to a members garden

The next two meetings on 24th June and 22 July, the group will be visiting a members garden.  Full details to follow.  To add your name to the list contact Jenny Hunt or Rosemary Williams on: gardening@wtu3a.org.uk

The group normally meets at 2pm in Weston Turville Chapel Hall and meets on the fourth Monday of the month. Cost £3. Don’t forget the ‘Swaps Table’.   For more information contact Jenny Hunt or Rosemary Williams at gardening@wtu3a.org.uk

Walking Group 

Tuesday,  11th June and then 9th July.

Further details from Sylv Elliott at walkers@wtu3a.org.uk

 

Quiz Afternoon

Friday, 24th May then Friday 28th June

Start time is 2.30pm at the Chapel Hall, Weston Turville.  

Individuals and couples welcome.  No need to get a team together. Questions are suitable for all levels of knowledge. 

For more information contact Joy Mantell at quizzing@wtu3a.org.uk

 
 
 
 
Theatre Visits – 2024

At The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury (unless otherwise stated).  To book or for further details, please contact Melanie Evans at theatre@wtu3a.org.uk

Thursday, 23rd May – 7pm – a screening of Titanic – the Musical – Price £14.85.

Milton Keynes Theatre – Wednesday, 12th June – 2.30pm – Everyone’s Talking About Jamie – Price £37.

Thursday, 22nd August – 7.30pm – Ghost the Musical – Price £37.50.

Thursday, 17th October – 2.30pm – Lord of the Dance – Price £44.

Milton Keynes Theatre –Wednesday, 27th November – Time TBA – Come from Away – Price £39.50.

To book or for further details, please contact Melanie Evans at theatre@wtu3a.org.uk.

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MAHJONG

**UPDATE**  MEETINGS SUSPENDED – HOPEFULLY WILL RESTART IN THE AUTUMN

The Mahjong Group is actively seeking new members.  The group is a mixed ability group, though most are relatively new to the game; so whatever your skill level you will be welcome.
 
The venue has now moved to The Chandos Arms in Weston Turville on the first and third Thursday of the month at 2pm.
 
There is no charge, however you are welcome to purchase a drink or coffee etc. from the bar. For more information please contact Ken Shaw at mahjong@wtu3a.org.uk.

 


Rummikub

Tuesday,  18th June the 16th July

The game of Rummikub is based loosely on Rummy (but with a twist).  The group meets the third Tuesday of the month at 2pm at The Five Bells, Weston Turville. Contact the group leader Deborah Brown for more details at rummikub@wtu3a.org.uk.

Coffee Morning

Thursday, 20th June then 18th July

The group (in conjunction with Aston Clinton u3a) meets for tea, coffee or a drink and a chat at The Five Bells, Weston Turville, at 10.30am on the third Thursday of the month.  

Contact Marie Jones for more information on coffee@wtu3a.org.uk.

CHESS

The Chess Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at  Chandos Arms, Weston Turville. We meet for any combination of chess, chat, lunch and/or a convivial glass on Fridays (next one is Friday, 24th May then 14th June).

We welcome newcomers of any (or no!) ability. If you are interested in joining or would like more information, either email Geoffrey Howell at chess@wtu3a.org.uk or phone him on 07916 328202  

Pétanque (weather permitting)

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 petanque@wtu3a.org.uk.

Handbell Ringers (Beginners)

The group meets every two weeks on a Friday morning at 10am at the group leader’s home. For more details and further dates of meetings, contact John Beer at handbells@wtu3a.org.uk

Thames Valley u3a – Currents events

24 April, 2024

Unless otherwise stated all the events below will be on Zoom.  Detailed flyers will be available nearer the time. When available 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, 29th May – Avebury Stone Circle – new light on old stones

10.30m on Zoom by Dr Jane Selwood

Avebury stone circle is the largest and one of the oldest in Britain but still new discoveries tell us more about the circle, the landscape around it and the people who built it. 

Details on the flyer. The fee is £2 per device.  

Closing date for applications is Sunday, 26th May.

Monday 10th June – The Korean War 

10.30am on Zoom.  A talk by Rear Admiral Dr Chris Parry CBE PhD

This talk outlines the geo-strategic background to the Korean War (1950 – 1953), the reasons for British involvement and the scale of the British military contribution. He will review the lessons from the war and the difficulties of operating as a junior partner in a US-led coalition.

Details on the flyer.  The fee is £2 per device.

Closing date for applications is Friday, 7th June. 

Friday, 21st June – Summer Quiz

2.30pm on Zoom

Questions by Avis Furness

Details TBA.

Friday, 27th September – Autumn Quiz

2.30pm on Zoom

Questions by Avis Furness

Details TBA.

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:   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.

National u3a Friends Newsletter – April 2024

23 April, 2024

The April u3a Friends Newsletter is now available.  Sign up here to receive your own monthly email. 

For those that don’t receive the Third Age Matters Magazine, the u3a are announcing u3a Friends Extra. This is a benefits website developed for anyone signed up to the u3a Friends newsletter. You can make savings on well-known brands, shopping, travel, days out and more. The website provides access to a wide range of offers, discounts and additional services and is completely free.

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WTu3a Newsletter – April 2024

23 April, 2024
The is now available!

 

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

Remember – it’s Membership Subscription Renewal time – thank you to all those who have already paid and for those that haven’t yet done so, the details of how to pay are on the newsletter and website.  

The next general meeting is on Thursday 25th April, with a talk entitled “The Island of Crabs”. John Tyler’s presentation is about Christmas Island, a remote speck in the Indian Ocean beyond Java which is dominated by a vast number and variety of crabs, and his talk follows their annual migration.

Future Speakers – Click the link here to see details of Speakers planned for our General Meetings at the Rugby Club until November 2024.  Contact Carol Johnson on speakersecretary@wtu3a.org.uk if you have any suggestions for a future speaker.

Our thanks must go to Ash Webber of Webber Training, who has provided us with two very useful, interesting and informative sessions for 100+ of our members. If you missed the sessions, Ash has three simple steps to follow.  Read them on the flyer here.  

Thanks too, to Carol Johnson our Speaker Secretary for spotting this and bringing it to WTu3a.

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WTu3a Newsletter – March 2024

20 March, 2024
The is now available!

 

Our newsletter for March has now been published. This month it’s a 6-page edition!  Read it here.  

*Reminder* – Defibrillator / CPR Training session – 18th April, 2pm, Weston Turville Village Hall 

With almost 50 members already registered, if you would like to attend, and haven’t yet done so, please register your interest for this session at Chris Bennett at defib@wtu3a.org.uk to add your name to the list. 

The next general meeting is on Thursday 28th March, with a talk entitled “Passports, Assassins, Traitors & Spies” Passport stories from history by Martin Lloyd. This is a slight change to the previously advertised talk (although still on the subject of Passports), where we hear stories of how three passports have played their influential role in the course of history; an attempted assassination which altered the regulations for issuing passports; the capture of a spy which caused a worldwide modification to the design of the document and for one person the passport itself which turned into a killer. 

Click the link here to see details of Speakers planned for our General Meetings at the Rugby Club until November 2024.  Contact Carol Johnson on speakersecretary@wtu3a.org.uk if you have any suggestions for a future speaker. 

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WTu3a Newsletter – February 2024

17 February, 2024
The is now available!

 

Our newsletter for February has now been published, Read it here.  

The next general meeting is on Thursday 22nd February, with a talk entitled “The Sky At Night” by Gordon Rogers. 

Update on Defibrillator / CPR Training session:  

The Defribillator / CPR training session held recently was excellent and we are planning another in mid-April for those that missed out, or have heard just how good it was and now wish to attend. Full details will be available in due course.  Please register your interest for this next session at Chris Bennett at defib@wtu3a.org.uk to add your name to the list. 

Flower Arranging Group Leader, Gaynor Edwards, is retiring from leading this very successful group for 11 years.  We would like express our thanks for her dedication to WTu3a over the years.   If you would like to pick up the reins so the group can restart please contact Chris Bennett at chairman@wtu3a.org.uk

Click the link here to see details of Speakers planned for our General Meetings at the Rugby Club until November 2024.  Contact Carol Johnson on speakersecretary@wtu3a.org.uk if you have any suggestions for a future speaker. 

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WTu3a Newsletter – January 2024

22 January, 2024
The is now available!

 

Our newsletter for January has now been published, and includes news of what is happening in the groups as we kick off 2024.  Read all the rest of news here.  

The next general meeting is on Thursday 25th January, with a talk entitled “The History of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane” by Pete Allen.  

Update on Defibrillator / CPR Training session:  

The session arranged for Thursday 8th February at the Village Hall is now fully booked, but the list for the next one is open and already proving popular.  If you wish to register your interest in the next session email Chris Bennett at  defib@wtu3a.org.uk to add your name to the list.  

Click the link here to see details of Speakers planned for our General Meetings at the Rugby Club until November 2024.  Contact Carol Johnson on speakersecretary@wtu3a.org.uk if you have any suggestions for a future speaker. 

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WTu3a Newsletter – December 2023

24 December, 2023
The is now available!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR MEMBERS

Our newsletter for December has now been published, and includes news of what some of the groups are planning for 2024. Read all the rest of news here.   

The first General Meeting in 2024 is on the 25th January with a talk entitled The History of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane by Pete Allen.

Defibrillator Training:  After a show of hands at the last meeting proved this would be something many of you would be interested in attending, a couple of sessions consisting of a talk and a defibrillator demo are currently in the planning stage.   More details to follow.

Our Speaker Secretary, Carol Johnson, has booked Speakers into the new year, so click the link here to see details of Speakers planned for our General Meetings at the Rugby Club until November 2024.

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WTu3a Newsletter – November 2023

25 November, 2023
The is now available!

 

Our newsletter for November has now been published, and includes news of what is happening in the groups.  Read all the rest of news here.  

The next general meeting is on Thursday 30th November which along with mulled wine and mince pies, there will be Christmas Entertainment with of a feast of anecdotes and music on a seasonal theme.  

There is no General Meeting in December, so we will return in 2024 on the 25th January with a talk entitled The History of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane by Pete Allen.

Defibrillator Training:  After a show of hands at the last meeting proved this would be something many of you would be interested in attending, a couple of sessions consisting of a talk and a defibrillator demo are currently in the planning stage.   More details to follow.

Our Speaker Secretary, Carol Johnson, has booked Speakers into the new year, so click the link here to see details of Speakers planned for our General Meetings at the Rugby Club until November 2024.

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