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WTU3A Newsletter – April 2019


The April newsletter has arrived – you can read it in full here.

Our next meeting starting at 2.30pm on Thursday 25th April starts with the Annual General Meeting. 

The second part of the meeting is a quiz with tea and cakes served during the interval.  

We hope you can stay and enjoy a fun afternoon!

Visiting Churches – May to October 2019

14 April, 2019

Our next Church Visit is Tuesday 14th May and details can be found below:

Tuesday – 
14th May 

The Priory Church of St Peter, Dunstable 


It was founded in 1132 by Henry I and is one of the best examples of Norman architecture in England.  It was initially a daughter house of Holy Trinity, an Augustinian priory in Aldgate.

We will need to meet there at 1.45pm for a prompt 2pm start.

For more details or if you need to arrange transport contact Odette Harris at churches@wtu3a.org.uk.

The rest of the schedule is listed below:


WTU3A Newsletter – March 2019

26 March, 2019

The newsletter for March is now available and as Spring has arrived, the Garden visits and Church visits groups are both getting into their stride.  The Historic Buildings group have their first trip arranged as do many more groups that have busy programmes planned. Read the newsletter in full here

The next meeting is on 28th March and the speaker is Leah Lewis from Wheelpower.  


Historic Buildings – Polesden Lacy – 9th May

16 March, 2019

Although it’s been a little while since there was a Historic Building visit, Janet Campbell and Eileen Langford are planning to arrange some in 2019 and say ‘thank you’ to Ceinwynne for arranging all the previous visits.   

The first visit is to Polesden Lacy, Great Bookham, Surrey on Thursday 9th May.  The Cost is £16 for the coach plus entry charge on the day for non NT members.  The visit includes a stop for coffee/shopping in Guildford in the morning before visiting the house. (Not a guided visit).  Further details can be found on the diary page of the WTU3A website


Trips – March to December 2019

16 March, 2019

The trip organising team have been very busy putting together a busy programme for 2019, and hopefully there will be trips of interest for everyone.

With the first trip on 22nd March to Adam Henson’s farm in the Cotswolds now fully booked – the schedule has got off to a flying start!


For those that missed out on the March trip you can find the full schedule of the events planned for later in the year below, including a trip to London in December to the Tutankhamun exhibition and the Christmas lights.


Garden Visits – Mottisfont, Romsey – 13th June

15 March, 2019

Bookings are now being taken for the garden visit to Mottisfont (NT), Romsey in Hampshire.  
The cost is £20 for the coach and £12.70 for non-NT members. 

This property has walled gardens are filled with the fragrance and colour from thousands of roses as it’s home to the National Collection of pre-1900 old-fashioned roses, which reach their peak in June.

Visitors flock to see this world-famous display from over five hundred varieties, so booking early is a must.  


Extreme Visits – Microlight flight – 20th June

9 March, 2019

The Extreme Team have negotiated the exclusive use the Microlight Flight School and its instructors for the day.  

There will be an opportunity for 30 aviators to take the controls for 20 minute flights.  There is a weight restriction on pilots of 100kg. 

We can also commandeer the airfield BBQ for lunch and we may attempt to have a game of Petanque…..

A £49 cheque to “Weston Turville U3A (Travel) to secure your booking.  All the details can be found in the attached flyer here.  

Visiting Churches – April to October 2019

9 March, 2019

The schedule for this year has almost been finalised and full details of the first visit are below.  

Tuesday – 
9th April 

St Mary’s Chuch Wendover 

The present building dates from the 14th century although there has been a church on the site since the 12th century. 

There is a lot of history connected to the church including the rood cross being a place of pilgrimage.  During the Civil War Cromwell’s troops camped in the church (some graffiti can still be seen) and in 1799 the first penny savings bank in the country was started in the vestry.

We will meet at the church at 2pm.  For more details contact Odette Harris at churches@wtu3a.org.uk.

The rest of the schedule is listed below:


WTU3A Local History Group – March to August 2019

6 March, 2019

Hopefully you enjoyed the first 2 talks of 2019 and will find something to interest you in the forthcoming programme. Full details can be found below. 

One of the many lessons I have learnt in putting together the programme for the group over the past years has been that if you have a good speaker ask them back to give other talks. In August 2018 we had a talk from Bernie Knill on the role of Hughenden in the Second World War.  I have been in touch with him and he has agreed to give us a talk on the “History of Hughenden Manor”.  I am sure many of you have been to Hughenden Manor but a talk on the subject will increase our understanding of its history. We can follow this talk up with a guided tour of the Manor and its grounds later in the year.  Meeting is in the WT Chapel Room from 10.30am – 12.30pm.  Entrance will be £3.

I was kindly given the name of John Hockey after he had given talk to the Aylesbury National Trust. The topic concerns heraldry and John has told me that the talk contains a little about the history of heraldry but mainly is about what you can learn from studying a coat of arms (specifically a funeral hatchment – much more interesting than it sounds!). He will then go on to explore lots of other aspects of heraldry along with a few quirky examples. It ends with some heraldry to be found at Ashridge House where the Egerton and other families lived.

“Aspects of Heraldry”by John Hockey.


Meeting is in the WT Chapel Room from 10:30 – 12:30am. Entrance will £3.

I have had some email correspondence with Marlow History Group, and they are willing to provide a guided walk around the historical parts of the town. Having been to Marlow on many occasions it will be an ideal opportunity to find out more about its history and some of the older buildings. They have said they will have 3 guides and so we can have 3 groups of 10 people. I put a sheet out at the February meeting and the uptake has been great and we are nearly full. We may be able to squeeze in one or 2 extra per group so if you have not expressed interest let me know.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CORRECT DATE IS TUESDAY 28THMAY not 22nd as previously advertised. If you signed up but are now not able to make the 28thMay please let me know. I will provide details of meeting place in WT and Marlow, for those who go direct, at the March meeting.

“Guided Walk around Historical Marlow” with Geoff Wood.

The cost will be £2.50 which is payable on the day.

At the March meeting I asked if people would be interested in going to the Pitstone Museum. They have revamped the museum and increased the number of exhibits. There is also an excellent website if you wish to have a look for yourselves. http://www.pitstonemuseum.co.uk/ . They do open for groups and I am exploring a visit on this day. The cost would be £6 per head to include coffee and biscuits and they can take up to 40 people. Further details as I get them.   



I have earmarked this down for a guided tour of Hughenden Manor and Gardens. I will be arranging details with Bernie Knill at our March meeting. So, watch this space.

WTU3A Newsletter – February 2019

24 February, 2019

The February newsletter is now available and this month the newsletter is packed full of information about new trips planned, Thames Valley Network events and much more from our Groups!  Read it in full here

UPDATED: The speaker at the February meeting, Bernard Lockett, who gave us a most enjoyable talk about Gilbert & Sullivan has let us know that the G&S Festival shows will be taking place in Buxton (24-29 July) and Harrogate (7-18 August) this year. Details can be found at www.gsfestivals.org. Also details of the National G&S Opera Company 2019 Tour can be found at www.ngsoc.org