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3 January, 2024


Tuesday, 20th February

This is the first visit of 2024.  Opening for the first time by arrangement with the National Garden Scheme to showcase Katharine Hersee’s collection of snowdrops.  Tuesday 20th February from 2pm and the cost will be £10 as a cash donation to the NGS, and includes a hot drink and slice of cake.

TOUCHWOOD, Grimms Hill, Great Missenden is a 2 acre garden containing drifts of common snowdrops as well as a few unusual ones.

Maximum of 25. Meet at 1pm in car park of the Five Bells for car share. Contact Heather Marshall on to book your place. 

This year’s trips are at the very early planning stage, and these are some of the possibilities. 
  • Hampton Court in spring 
  • The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire in September
  • Highgate Cemetery date to be decided  

So, would you be interested in doing these trips? Have you other suggestions for us to consider?

Criteria is not more than 2 hours by coach, accessible, and combined price of coach and tour is less than £60  each.

Email us on or speak to Mandi Simons at the January monthly meeting.

Image by Rosa Rugosa from Pixabay


Thursday, 18th January

The Mahjong Group is actively seeking new members.  The group is a mixed ability group, though most are relatively new to the game; so whatever your skill level you will be welcome.
The venue has now moved to The Chandos Arms in Weston Turville and they meet on the first and third Thursday of the month starting at 2pm.
There is no charge, however you are welcome to purchase a drink or coffee etc. from the bar. For more information please contact Ken Shaw at
Theatre Visits – 2024

At The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury (unless otherwise stated.  To book or for further details, please contact Melanie Evans at

Thursday, 7th March, The Elgiva, Chesham. 7.30pm – Sweet Charity – Price £TBA

The Panda Players present this musical staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse based on the book by Neil Simon.

Saturday, 9th March, 2.30pm – The Kite Runner – Price £30.00.

West End hit, engrossing and captivating, based on the book by Khaled Hosseini.

Wednesday, 17th April – 7.30pm – Seven Drunken Nights – The Story of the Dubliners – Price £31.50.

A talented cast of musicians and singers brings this iconic group back to life. 

Thursday, 18th April – 7.30pm – Johannes Radebe, The House of JoJo (Dance).  Price £56.00.

A brand-new theatrical celebration jam-packed with roof-raising music, dazzling costumes and of course, world class dance.  

Sunday, 28th April -7.30pm – Madama Butterfly, Puccini – Price £37.75.

One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results.

To book or for further details, please contact Melanie Evans at

Quiz Afternoon

Friday, 26th January

Start time is 2.30pm at the Chapel Hall, Weston Turville.  

Individuals and couples welcome.  No need to get a team together. Questions are suitable for all levels of knowledge. 

For more information contact Joy Mantell at


No Meeting in January then the next one is Monday, 26th February

The group meets at 2pm in Weston Turville Chapel Hall and meets on the fourth Monday of the month.  Cost £3. For more information contact Jenny Hunt or Rosemary Williams at

Science & Technology


Proposed plans for 2024.

POSTPONED from Thursday, 1st February to 15th February – Talk – Chapel Hall. 5.30pm. How to get the most from your Android Mobile phone. 

EXTRA DATE – Thursday, 8th February – Talk – Chapel Hall. 10.30am.  How to get the most from your iPhone.  

Thursday, 7th March – Visit – Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford. Entrance free. 

Thursday, 11th April – Visit – The Museum of Water and Steam in Brentford. 

To express your interest, book your place on any of the above, or if you have any thoughts about future visits, please contact the group leader John Beer for more details at  

Walking Group 

Tuesday,  13th February

This walk is based at the Half Moon in Cholesbury and covers 4 1/2 miles of woodland.  Lunch is available if required.  Further details from Sylv Elliott at


2024 Walking Holiday

Friday, 26th April – Monday, 29th April 2024

Based at the Longmynd Hotel in Church Stretton, Shropshire.  Walks range from 6 to 12 miles, so this is for Walkers only.    

For more information please contact Sylv Elliott at


Tuesday,  20th February

The game of Rummikub is based loosely on Rummy (but with a twist).  The group meets the third Tuesday of the month at 2pm at The Five Bells, Weston Turville. Contact the group leader Deborah Brown for more details at

Coffee Morning

Thursday, 15th February

The group (in conjunction with Aston Clinton u3a) meets for tea, coffee or a drink and a chat at The Five Bells, Weston Turville, at 10.30am on the third Thursday of the month.  

Contact Marie Jones for more information on


The Chess Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at  Chandos Arms, Weston Turville. We meet for any combination of chess, chat, lunch and/or a convivial glass on Fridays (next one is Friday, 26th January).

We welcome newcomers of any (or no!) ability. If you are interested in joining or would like more information, either email Geoffrey Howell at or phone him on 07916 328202  

Grub Club
Unfortunately, there will be no Grub Club at the moment, as unfortunately, Annie Edwards is out of action for a while due to her falling and breaking her leg and pelvis.
We wish her all the best with her recovery. 
Annie says that hopefully Grub Club will resume in the New Year, but if anyone would like to organise a get together before then, please contact her at and she will send out the details for you. 

Pétanque (weather permitting)

Details for pétanque group sessions:

  • They will be every Monday afternoon.
  • Timing 2pm to 4pm
  • Venue is the new terrain behind Weston Turville village hall
  • Parking is available

If you need more information, contact Ken Shaw at

Handbell Ringers (Beginners)

The group meets every two weeks on a Friday morning at 10am at the group leader’s home.  For more details and further dates of meetings, contact John Beer at