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National U3A Newsletter – March 2020

21 March, 2020

Here is the newsletter for March 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 us 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.

POSTPONED-Thames Valley Network U3A-Study day on 29th May – Geology of the Thames Valley

11 March, 2020
POSTPONED – Please note any applications already sent will NOT be processed and cheques have not been banked, but will be shredded. If you wish to have a cheque returned, please send an SAE within the next week.  We will try and re-arrange a date later in the year and then send out a new application form. Thank you for your understanding.

Please find attached a flyer and application form for the Thames Valley Network U3A study day entitled “GEOLOGY OF THE THAMES VALLEY (and why we don’t have volcanoes)” which is to be held at Benson on Friday, 29th May 2020.  This is an excellent programme with a first-class speaker, Dr Jill Eyers.  

 
 

Pace 2020 Big Walk – 25th April

9 March, 2020

For the children at Pace walking can be a big challenge, however taking a few tentative steps can lead to greater independence. You can help transform young lives by putting on your own walking shoes and joining us for the 2020 Big Walk.  A poster can be found here.

Pace 2020 Big Walk

There is a choice of three routes that take in the Ridgeway Trail between Watlington and Wendover:

  • 18m – Watlington to Wendover
  • 12m – Chinnor to Wendover
  • 6m – Princes Risborough to Wendover

Sign up here https://thepacecentre.org/thebigwalk/.  Registration will take place at John Colet School, Wendover and parking will be available. After registration, walkers will be shuttled to their chosen starting point by coach. read more …

National U3A Newsletter – February 2020

9 March, 2020

Here is the newsletter for  February 2020 ❤️ from The Third Age Trust.

We now have the results of an in-depth membership survey which the Third Age Trust conducted ten years after a similar survey in 2009.  A total of 202 U3As were randomly selected throughout the UK to take part – they achieved a 77% response rate for which the Trust is very grateful. Although WTU3A was not amongst those that were randomly selected, if you would like to view the results in full click here

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.

Aylesbury Vale U3A Trips – available places

20 February, 2020

Aylesbury Vale U3A Trips organiser, Dan McGregor, has advised us that they have some vacancies on a couple of their forthcoming trips and would welcome any WTU3A members who wish to join them.

  • Wednesday, 1st April is for “A day in Canterbury”, costing £31 per person (which includes entry to the Cathedral). (8 seats available at present). 
  • Monday, 4th May (Bank Holiday is Friday of that week) is for a trip to Petworth House (National Trust) and the City of Guildford, costing £16 pp. (12 seats available to date).

Should anyone wish to join them on one or both, please contact Dan McGregor on outings@avu3a.org.uk to e-mail him with your phone number, after which he will give you all the necessary details.  For those not on email, please phone Dan on 01296 582054.

 

Aylesbury Vale U3A’s Summer Rock’n’Roll Party!

19 February, 2020

Aylesbury Vale U3A’s Mid-Summer Rock ‘n’ Roll Party is open to WTU3A members to attend.  It’s being held at the Aylesbury Rugby Club on 20th June 2020 from 7.00 – 11.00 pm.  Featuring the Live 50s and 60s Rock’n’Roll Band ‘THE BLUE MOONS‘.

Plus 50s, 60s & 70’s Music DJ.  Rock, Pop, Soul, Motown, R&B. For tickets and information please contact John Wilford – email: sound@avu3a.org.uk. Full details on the attached flyer.

 

U3A Thames Valley Network Study Day – Understanding Architecture – 25th September

19 February, 2020
 
 
 
There has been such a response to the first planned study day ‘Understanding Architecture’ on 23rd April, which is now fully booked, that the organiser has very kindly arranged to repeat the day.
 
The new date is Friday 25th September.  Details are on the attached flyer and application form, and if you would like to book for the new date, please use the application, and send it off to Mrs Margaret Sherrington as per the instructions on the form.
 

Garden Visits

16 February, 2020

 

Bookings are now being taken for Thursday 12th March. Lindengate Garden, by Dobbies Garden Center Wendover.  A guided tour of this garden which is run by Lindengate Mental Health Charity commencing at 4.30p.m (tour has to take place after gardeners have left).  One hour tour followed by tea and cake. Cost £10 per person.  Meet at Lindengate for 4.30pm.  Contact Mary at gardens@wtu3a.org.uk

For more details see the diary page on the WTU3A website.

Below is the full programme of garden visits planned at present.

Snowdrops at Waterperry 

60 different snowdrop varieties carpeting the ornamental gardens over the season starting from the end of January and the main show throughout February, enjoy a walk around the gardens to see these little heralds of spring in a magical setting

Entry fee to garden £7.50 pay on day, unless you are an RHS member then entry is free.  Afternoon tea can be had at their Cafe.

 

A guided tour of this garden which is run by Lindengate Mental Health Charity commencing at 4.30p.m (tour has to take place after gardeners have left).  One hour tour followed by tea and cake. Cost £10 per person.  Meet at Lindengate for 4.30pm.

Thenford Arboretum (Lord Heseltine’s garden). Cost  £23.00 per person including coach.  Full monies will be required at March meeting. There are still a couple of places remaining, plus Mary will run a waiting list.”

A joint visit with the Historic Buildings group.

Ham House is a rare 17th Century house on the banks of the River Thames.  This will be via coach and includes a house tour and garden tour.  Cost £25, plus the entry fee if you are not a NT member.

Food Appreciation – 25th February at The Harrow, Bishopstone

16 February, 2020

This month we are going to try THE HARROW at Bishopstone, on Tuesday 25th February. They do a set lunch menu that is a very reasonable price. 
 
The total number of places for this lunch is 30 – UPDATE – this is fully booked at the present time.

 

More details and a sample menu are on the attached flyer. Please contact Pam Wilson at foodappreciation@wtu3a.org.uk if you have any queries. 

Isle of Wight Trip 12-15 June

16 February, 2020

 

For all members that are booked on the trip to the IOW in June it is now time to pay your balances.

The trip organiser, Arlene Bocking, will have a table at the back of the room at the February general meeting (27th Feb).  Payment will be by cheque made payable to Weston Turville U3A(travel).  For any members who are taking the insurance for the trip, please bring your completed forms when you pay.

There are going to be three optional visits whilst we are in the IOW, they will all be made by our coach which is with us for the entire trip;

Ventor Botanic garden, Saturday pm, entrance price £8.50, pay on the day

Rosemary Vineyard,  Sunday late morning, to include guided tour and tasting for £2 per person, pay on the day, then a lunch at your own cost

Osborne House, Monday, entrance price  £13.50 , pay on the day unless you are an English Heritage member

All of the above have a website if you want more information.

Arlene will need to know when you go to pay your balance, which optional trips you would like to come on.

If you have any queries on the above please email on IOW@wtu3a.org.uk