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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.

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.


Thames Valley Network U3A – First Aid Day – 4th October

5 September, 2019
Exciting news!!  The First Aid study day which was postponed from earlier this year, will now be on October 4th, at Benson.   There was a lot of interest in this event, and numbers are limited to 60, so if you would like to attend, please get your application in as soon as possible.   The cost will be £14, including lunch.  
See the attached flyer for more details and complete the application form to attend. This event can also be found on the Thames Valley Network U3A website u3atvnetwork.org.uk.

Theatre visits update

17 August, 2019

Last curtain call for tickets for Madagascar the Musical, by Dreamworks who also did Shrek the Musical.  the performance is Thursday, 19th September at 2.30pm.  The cost will be £16 for seats in the Stalls at Waterside theatre.

There are 8 tickets left for ‘Madagascar the Musical’ and bookings must close by Monday 19th August. Please contact Melanie Evans at theatre@wtu3a.org.uk to book your ticket(s).  


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.

Isle of Wight – 12-15 June 2020 – Update

5 August, 2019

BOOKINGS UPDATE on the Isle of Wight 10 year Anniversary celebration trip to the IOW……

As at 2pm on Sunday 4th Aug  we have 20 names for our trip. Please would all of you who showed interest initially please confirm to iow@wtu3a.org.uk whether OR NOT you want to join this trip.  Single rooms (with no supplement ) are going fast……..

Please find attached a flyer with further details about the trip. 



Garden Visits – Stowe – 17th October

2 August, 2019

Bookings are now being taken for the garden and house visit to Stowe(NT).  

In the eighteenth century, the powerful Temple-Grenville family chose to create an idyllic landscape filled with temples. Amidst these large gardens, they built the most lavish temple of all, Stowe House. 

Stowe House is not owned by The National Trust so there is an entry charge for all visitors.  The cost for NT members is £5.50 (house entry).   For non-NT members the cost is £11.70 (gardens) plus £5.50 (house entry), so a total of £17.20. A garden tour has been booked. 

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


Isle of Wight trip – June 2020

26 July, 2019

It is proposed that as part of the 10 year celebration of Weston Turville U3A we run a midweek three day, two night trip to the IOW in June 2020.

It would include return travel from Weston Turville, dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation and transfers in IOW.

We are anticipating that this can be done for approx. £250 per person. The hope is to then include as many of our regular activities/groups as we can as optional extras. Or just go and relax!

If you think you may be interested in this trip please click below to contact the organiser (iow@wtu3a.org.uk).  If we have enough interest we can then proceed to obtaining prices for travel and accommodation and give an accurate price per person.

WTU3A General Meeting – 25th July 2019 – Update

25 July, 2019

Dear Members

Late afternoon on 24th July, Lindengate Mental Health Charity cancelled the speaker booked to give us a talk at our meeting on the 25th July.  Our contact informed us that the director of Lindengate advised that  volunteers should not attend at the Lindengate site due to the high temperatures forecast for tomorrow, and therefore the speaker is unable to attend our meeting.

The Committee have not been able to organise an alternative speaker at such short notice, so if you wish, please do use this meeting as a social event, as the group leaders tables, books, games and magazines will still be available.  However it is likely that the meeting will finish earlier than usual (i.e. 3-3.30pm).

Kind regards

WTU3A Committee

Historic Buildings – The Vyne – 25th September

23 July, 2019

The next visit is to The Vyne, near Basingstoke on Wednesday 25th September. The Vyne is a warm red-bricked Tudor mansion built in the 16th century for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII’s Lord Chamberlain, which later passed into the hands of the Chute family, who cared for the house and estate for over 300 years.

It was remodelled to its present configuration in the mid-17th century with the addition of a classical portico and summerhouse, firsts of their kind in England.