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Virtual Garden Tours & The Chelsea Flower Show

13 May, 2020
Mary Duly of the Garden Visits group says…
 
Hope you are all well – I thought I would highlight some virtual garden tours that you might be interested in looking at:
 
The Royal Parks have put a virtual tour of The Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park on YouTube, showing their magnificent display of rhododendrons and azaleas.
 
The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) have a series of virtual garden tours on their website https://ngs.org.uk. for viewing and we have been informed of a film of the Long Crendon Gardens made by by Cathy Jones, a professional film maker and resident of the village. This week the film is on the NGS website as as part of their Gardens and Health campaign.  I think that it is a  beautiful film and the garden of Mike Price is included, in which he and his Head Gardener – Carol are featured.  https://ngs.org.uk/long-crendon-a-community-of-gardeners/
 
The Chelsea Flower Show 17-24 May
Although the Show has been cancelled the BBC are to provide special programming celebrating the world renowned RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Alongside new footage from the show’s established presenters programming will showcase highlights from the festival over the past decade. The special series of programmes will include new footage fronted by Sophie Raworth, Joe Swift, Nicki Chapman and Monty Don, alongside themed compilation clips showing the best of the Chelsea Flower Show over the past ten years.

There will also be new input and advice from the Chelsea Flower Show team’s much admired experts including: Adam Frost, Carol Klein, Rachel De Thame, Toby Buckland, Mark Lane, France Tophill and Arit Anderson.

The programming includes:

  • Sunday 17 and Sunday 24 May (BBC One) – Two 60 minute programmes presented by Sophie Raworth and Joe Swift
  • Monday 18 – Friday 22 May (BBC One) – 45 minutes a day presented by Nicki Chapman
  • Monday 18 – Friday 22 May (BBC Two) – 60 minutes a day presented by Monty Don and Joe Swift
Happy Gardening! 

MOT Due? Coronavirus Update

7 May, 2020

Your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after 30 March 2020 – but you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.

U3A Learning Sessions – Friends Against Scams

7 May, 2020

   

 

The U3A are delighted to offer a brand new series of free learning sessions on a variety of topics in association with experts from NatWest.

 


Friends Against Scams Sessions

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Aylesbury Vale U3A – Rock ‘n’ Roll Party cancelled

4 May, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

As expected the Aylesbury Vale U3A’s Mid-Summer Rock ‘n’ Roll Party due to take place at the Aylesbury Rugby Club on 20th June is now cancelled.   Any WTU3A members who purchased a ticket by cash will receive a full cash refund.  Anyone who purchased a ticket by cheque, the cheque will be destroyed and will not be banked.  If you have any queries please contact John Wilford – email: sound@avu3a.org.uk.

 

Virtual Garden Visits

28 April, 2020
Mary Duly of the Garden Visits group says…
 
I would like to give you all Tulip Envy – www.secretldn.com/netherlands-tulip-fields-virtually  gives you a virtual tour of the Keukenhof Gardens in Holland in full bloom, it also leads you into links showing previous years.
 
Mandi has kindly sent me a link www.theenglishgarden.co.uk/gardens/virtual-garden-tours – among gardens mentioned is Highgrove.
 
I would also like to mention that in this month’s (May) issue of Gardeners World there is the 2 for 1 Guide for 2020-21 (free) – which you may like to get hoping that later on in the year we may be able to get out an about. 
 
Keep well, keep safe and happy gardening.”

 PS. Something to look forward to; the visit to Thenford Arboretum has been rebooked for FRIDAY 14th MAY 2021. Details will be available at the beginning of 2021 – wanted to get this into your diaries.

National U3A Newsletter – 🐣April 🐥 2020

19 April, 2020

Here is the newsletter for 🐣 April 🐥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 them 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.

WTU3A@Home

6 April, 2020

We have created a new webpage entitled WTU3A@Home.

The aim is to provide information and a little entertainment to keep us going whilst we are staying home and keeping safe.  

You can find this page as a new tab on our menu heading on our website home page, but if you would like to view it now please click below: 

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.

Visiting Churches

19 March, 2020

ALL VISITS CANCELLED UNTIL 1st JULY 2020

The schedule for this year is currently in preparation and dates for your diary are as follows.  

CANCELLED
Tuesday 14th April

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

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Garden Visits

17 March, 2020

 

NEW DATE FOR THENFORD ARBORETUM VISIT – this is now rearranged for 14th May 2021.

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

For more details see the diary page on the WTU3A website. To book your place, please contact Mary at gardens@wtu3a.org.uk

Thenford Arboretum (Lord Heseltine’s garden). Cost  £23.00 per person including coach.  

 

A stunning and exceptional 6 acre garden imaginatively created over last 30 yrs. The main lawn is enclosed by softly, curving, colour themed herbaceous borders, and many roses and shrubs interestingly planted with cleverly created landscaping features. Clipped topiary yews, pleached hornbeams lead out to the ha-ha and countryside beyond.

Features and Attractions

A natural stream with bog plants and nesting kingfishers, meanders serenely through woodland gardens, with many walks. 

Cost: £12 Car share on this visit. The garden visit will commence at 2pm. 

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.

Since 1984, owner Gina Price has transformed Pettifers into one of the most influential gardens in England. Ribbons of plants flow through the borders, creating a glowing tapestry of colour.  This garden was featured in the March 2020 edition of Country Living. 

Cost:  £10 plus coach (tbc). 

NOTE: We had hoped to go to Highgrove but unfortunately this was not possible to take a coach load at the time as we had to add lunch which made the tickets too expensive. However we hope to rearrange this for Spring 2021.

RHS Wisley is one of the world’s great gardens, packed with horticultural inspiration. Key highlights throughout the seasons include The Glasshouse, Rock Garden, Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden, The Mixed Borders and the newly-created Exotic Garden. Seasonal must-sees include a carpet of crocus in spring, blooming rose collection in summer, magnificent autumn colour and a crisp Winter Walk. 

Cost: Depending on interest either coach or car share.

Something to look forward to; the visit to Thenford Arboretum (Lord Heseltine’s garden) has been rebooked for FRIDAY 14th MAY 2021.  Details etc will take place at the beginning of 2021.  This is date rearranged from 15th May 2020.