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WTU3A May 2020 Newsletter and also……………….🍾🎉HAPPY 10th ANNIVERSARY!🍾🎉


The May 2020 newsletter is now available.  It includes an inspiring insight into how the Patchwork and Quilting Group has been busy in lockdown. 

WTU3A is now 🍾🎉 10 years old!🍾 🎉  

What a great 10 Years its been!  

Thank you to Mandi Simons for taking the initiative and founding Weston Turville U3A in May 2010!  Thank you too, to all our Group Leaders and members over past 10 years in helping make WTU3A great.

 “Learn, laugh and live!”  is the U3A strapline and here is a snapshot of photos over the years showing our members doing just that!

Virtual Garden Tours & The Chelsea Flower Show

13 May, 2020
Mary Duly of the Garden Visits group says…
Hope you are all well – I thought I would highlight some virtual garden tours that you might be interested in looking at:
The Royal Parks have put a virtual tour of The Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park on YouTube, showing their magnificent display of rhododendrons and azaleas.
The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) have a series of virtual garden tours on their website https://ngs.org.uk. for viewing and we have been informed of a film of the Long Crendon Gardens made by by Cathy Jones, a professional film maker and resident of the village. This week the film is on the NGS website as as part of their Gardens and Health campaign.  I think that it is a  beautiful film and the garden of Mike Price is included, in which he and his Head Gardener – Carol are featured.  https://ngs.org.uk/long-crendon-a-community-of-gardeners/
The Chelsea Flower Show 17-24 May
Although the Show has been cancelled the BBC are to provide special programming celebrating the world renowned RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Alongside new footage from the show’s established presenters programming will showcase highlights from the festival over the past decade. The special series of programmes will include new footage fronted by Sophie Raworth, Joe Swift, Nicki Chapman and Monty Don, alongside themed compilation clips showing the best of the Chelsea Flower Show over the past ten years.

There will also be new input and advice from the Chelsea Flower Show team’s much admired experts including: Adam Frost, Carol Klein, Rachel De Thame, Toby Buckland, Mark Lane, France Tophill and Arit Anderson.

The programming includes:

  • Sunday 17 and Sunday 24 May (BBC One) – Two 60 minute programmes presented by Sophie Raworth and Joe Swift
  • Monday 18 – Friday 22 May (BBC One) – 45 minutes a day presented by Nicki Chapman
  • Monday 18 – Friday 22 May (BBC Two) – 60 minutes a day presented by Monty Don and Joe Swift
Happy Gardening! 

MOT Due? Coronavirus Update

7 May, 2020

Your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after 30 March 2020 – but you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.

U3A Learning Sessions – Friends Against Scams

7 May, 2020



The U3A are delighted to offer a brand new series of free learning sessions on a variety of topics in association with experts from NatWest.


Friends Against Scams Sessions


Aylesbury Vale U3A – Rock ‘n’ Roll Party cancelled

4 May, 2020


As expected the Aylesbury Vale U3A’s Mid-Summer Rock ‘n’ Roll Party due to take place at the Aylesbury Rugby Club on 20th June is now cancelled.   Any WTU3A members who purchased a ticket by cash will receive a full cash refund.  Anyone who purchased a ticket by cheque, the cheque will be destroyed and will not be banked.  If you have any queries please contact John Wilford – email: sound@avu3a.org.uk.


Virtual Garden Visits

28 April, 2020
Mary Duly of the Garden Visits group says…
I would like to give you all Tulip Envy – www.secretldn.com/netherlands-tulip-fields-virtually  gives you a virtual tour of the Keukenhof Gardens in Holland in full bloom, it also leads you into links showing previous years.
Mandi has kindly sent me a link www.theenglishgarden.co.uk/gardens/virtual-garden-tours – among gardens mentioned is Highgrove.
I would also like to mention that in this month’s (May) issue of Gardeners World there is the 2 for 1 Guide for 2020-21 (free) – which you may like to get hoping that later on in the year we may be able to get out an about. 
Keep well, keep safe and happy gardening.”

 PS. Something to look forward to; the visit to Thenford Arboretum has been rebooked for FRIDAY 14th MAY 2021. Details will be available at the beginning of 2021 – wanted to get this into your diaries.

National U3A Newsletter – 🐣April 🐥 2020

19 April, 2020

Here is the newsletter for 🐣 April 🐥2020 from The Third Age Trust. Containing many ideas to explore whilst we find ourselves in these unprecedented times. There are many innovate and brilliant ideas coming from U3As, which the National U3A will be sharing each week – please check the website and let them know what ideas that you have used and share your results.

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.

WTU3A April 2020 Newsletter

18 April, 2020


The April 2020 newsletter is available to read here and of course there is not much to report due to the current situation.  The Chairman and the Committee hope that you are all keeping safe and well.  Also, if you have anything for the next edition of the newsletter, please send your copy to newsletter@wtu3a.org.uk by Sunday 17th May.

Mary Duly of the Gardens Visits group says “Something to look forward to; the visit to Thenford Arboretum has been rebooked for FRIDAY 14th MAY 2021. Details will be available at the beginning of 2021 – wanted to get this into your diaries.” 




6 April, 2020

We have created a new webpage entitled WTU3A@Home.

The aim is to provide information and a little entertainment to keep us going whilst we are staying home and keeping safe.  

You can find this page as a new tab on our menu heading on our website home page, but if you would like to view it now please click below: 

WTU3A March 2020 Newsletter

20 March, 2020


The March newsletter is available to read here and sadly, as mentioned above, most of it concerns the shutting down of our activities until 1st July due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Just a little more detail on some of the cancelled events:

read more …