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WTU3A August 2019 Newsletter

The August newsletter is now available here.

The talk at the general meeting on the 22nd August by Andrew Harris is on ‘Heritage and HS2’, with emphasis on the recent investigations at St Mary’s Church in Stoke Mandeville.   

Thames Valley Network U3A – Forthcoming Events

13 September, 2019

Full details of the events listed below will be posted the TVN website www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk and circulated to U3A’s approximately three months prior to the event in question. Meanwhile please make a note of the dates in your diary if you are interested in attending. 


Thames Valley Network U3A – Committee Members’ Workshop – 26th November

12 September, 2019
There will be an interactive workshop on 26th November at Benson for committee members – current and potential.   So if you are a committee member, or are thinking of joining your committee, this is for you.  
There will be a chance in the afternoon sessions to talk to other U3As about your issues and problems,  so if your U3A doesn’t usually attend TVN meetings, here is an opportunity to come and meet people and share your experiences.  This event is free, including lunch – but you must book in advance.  See the attached flyer for more details and instructions and complete the application form to attend. This event can also be found on the Thames Valley Network U3A website u3atvnetwork.org.uk.

National U3A Newsletter – 🌞July & August🌞

10 September, 2019

Here is are the newsletters for 😎 July and August 🌞from The Third Age Trust.  

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.

Trips – Update

9 September, 2019
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Local History Group – September to December

8 September, 2019

We have now finished our visits for 2019, and have finalised the series of talks for the remaining months of the year.

Full details of the programme to December is shown below and as always, do not forget that if you have an idea for a speaker, please contact Glynn White at localhistory@wtu3a.org.uk.  

Colin Oakes will give a talk on ‘Chesham – Boots, Brushes, Booze and Baptists’.  For those of you that have not heard Colin speak before, he is an excellent and amusing speaker.

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

Glynn White will give a talk entitled ‘The Public Houses and Alehouses of Weston Turville until 1918’.  

The talk will cover not only their location in the village but also their owners/tenants and some of the occupations that the landlords/ladies also had.  

Meeting is in the WT Chapel Room from 10.30 – 12.30pm.  Entrance fee will be free.

Bob Keating will be giving a talk entitled: ‘The Rothschilds and the building of Waddesdon’. Many of us have been to Waddesdon and it will be interesting to hear more about the Rothschilds and why Waddesdon Manor was built and much of the history behind it.  

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

2020 U3A Diaries

6 September, 2019


The 2020 Diaries are now available to order at a cost of £3.25 each.

If you wish to purchase one (or more!), please place your order with Jenny Hunt (Secretary), no later than the general meeting on 24th October.  

Your payment will be required with your order. Delivery should be in November/ December.  Please contact Jenny Hunt at secretary@wtu3a.org.uk or call on 07831 241877

Garden Visits – The Grange, Chalgrove – 19th September

5 September, 2019

The next garden visit on the afternoon of 19th September is to The Grange at Chalgrove, Oxfordshire.  The owner tells us that her garden is featuring in the September issue of The English Garden magazine.  There are still spaces available. The cost is £8.00 which includes garden entry, tea or coffee and cake.  This NGS Garden is open just for our group.


🎄Christmas lunch – 12th December-Updated 🎄

5 September, 2019


The 2019 Christmas lunch is taking place on Thursday 12th December at Pendley Manor Hotel, Tring.  Full details are here

For your £31 you will get a three course lunch, Christmas crackers, raffle and tea or coffee with mini mince pies. The full menu is available to view as a PDF or as a Word document. read more …

Extreme Visits – Curling – 10th October

5 August, 2019

We are in the process of organising a Curling experience at The English National Curling Centre at Fenton’s Rink near Tunbridge Wells on Thursday 10th October.  Event details are attached.

Don’t get too worried, it’s not on skates and they can supply non-slip shoes and even “curling cues” for static delivery without needing to bend.  Further details of how they accommodate senior citizens here.
The rink is really only 1 1/2 hours drive from Weston Turville and we had originally considered a coach, but now many are looking to stay overnight and visiting local attractions such as Bodium Castle while in the area.
We have found a local wedding venue (Salomons Estate), without a wedding on 10 Oct. who are offering dinner, bed and breakfast at a delegate rate of £55 + £20 single room supplement. (Deposit required).  
So while the event is still taking shape – is anyone else interested in joining us?  If so, contact the extreme team.