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Garden Visits – Old Camps, Thatcham – 16th July

5 May, 2019

Garden Visit Update – 8th May – 1 place now available for Eythrope garden and Waddesdon Manor, including lunch – £40 (bring your NT card).  Contact: gardens@wtu3a.org.uk

Old Camps, Thatcham – bookings are now also being taken for the garden visit to Old Camps Garden (NGS), Thatcham in Hampshire.  Cost: £27.50 including tea/coffee and cake. 

The garden at Old Camps is situated on the site of a Roman encampment, purposefully selected for its position on higher ground and its proximity to Roman Winchester (Venta Belgarum).

The gardens, as featured on Gardeners’ World in 2018, are set over 1.3 acres and take you on a journey to the four corners of the globe. On the way through, you’ll marvel at the formal, yet contemporary design of the gardens from garden designer Adam Vetere.


National U3A Newsletter – 🐣April 🐥2019

2 May, 2019

Here is the 🐣 April 🐥 newsletter 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 update – Wednesday 17th April

14 April, 2019


Our next garden visit is to Chenies Manor House and Gardens on Wednesday April 17th.

The MacLeod Matthews bought a Tudor house (15th/16th century) and furnished it with a very Arts and Crafts style garden.  It has a sunken garden, herbaceous borders, topiary, a fountain court and a physic garden. The ‘Sunday Times Maze’ was made in 1991 after a design competition.

We will meet at the Five Bells Car park at 1.10pm for car share and will leave promptly at 1.15pm to arrive at 1.50pm in time for the gardens opening at 2pm.  Pay £6 on the day.

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:


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:


Food Appreciation – 27th March

24 February, 2019

Our next Food Appreciation lunch will be at the Ellesborough Golf Club on Wednesday 27th March.
A first for us, it will be a 3 course Carvery including coffee & mint creams (see attached menu & details).
Please note if you decide to join us, we need you to let us know your choice just for the Starter & Dessert.  
If you would like to book your place please email foodappreciation@wtu3a.org.uk or see Pam Wilson or Rosemary Williams at the general meeting in February.  Open to WTU3A members only.