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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:


WTU3A Local History Group – March to August 2019

6 March, 2019

Hopefully you enjoyed the first 2 talks of 2019 and will find something to interest you in the forthcoming programme. Full details can be found below. 

One of the many lessons I have learnt in putting together the programme for the group over the past years has been that if you have a good speaker ask them back to give other talks. In August 2018 we had a talk from Bernie Knill on the role of Hughenden in the Second World War.  I have been in touch with him and he has agreed to give us a talk on the “History of Hughenden Manor”.  I am sure many of you have been to Hughenden Manor but a talk on the subject will increase our understanding of its history. We can follow this talk up with a guided tour of the Manor and its grounds later in the year.  Meeting is in the WT Chapel Room from 10.30am – 12.30pm.  Entrance will be £3.

I was kindly given the name of John Hockey after he had given talk to the Aylesbury National Trust. The topic concerns heraldry and John has told me that the talk contains a little about the history of heraldry but mainly is about what you can learn from studying a coat of arms (specifically a funeral hatchment – much more interesting than it sounds!). He will then go on to explore lots of other aspects of heraldry along with a few quirky examples. It ends with some heraldry to be found at Ashridge House where the Egerton and other families lived.

“Aspects of Heraldry”by John Hockey.


Meeting is in the WT Chapel Room from 10:30 – 12:30am. Entrance will £3.

I have had some email correspondence with Marlow History Group, and they are willing to provide a guided walk around the historical parts of the town. Having been to Marlow on many occasions it will be an ideal opportunity to find out more about its history and some of the older buildings. They have said they will have 3 guides and so we can have 3 groups of 10 people. I put a sheet out at the February meeting and the uptake has been great and we are nearly full. We may be able to squeeze in one or 2 extra per group so if you have not expressed interest let me know.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CORRECT DATE IS TUESDAY 28THMAY not 22nd as previously advertised. If you signed up but are now not able to make the 28thMay please let me know. I will provide details of meeting place in WT and Marlow, for those who go direct, at the March meeting.

“Guided Walk around Historical Marlow” with Geoff Wood.

The cost will be £2.50 which is payable on the day.

At the March meeting I asked if people would be interested in going to the Pitstone Museum. They have revamped the museum and increased the number of exhibits. There is also an excellent website if you wish to have a look for yourselves. http://www.pitstonemuseum.co.uk/ . They do open for groups and I am exploring a visit on this day. The cost would be £6 per head to include coffee and biscuits and they can take up to 40 people. Further details as I get them.   



I have earmarked this down for a guided tour of Hughenden Manor and Gardens. I will be arranging details with Bernie Knill at our March meeting. So, watch this space.

WTU3A Newsletter – February 2019

24 February, 2019

The February newsletter is now available and this month the newsletter is packed full of information about new trips planned, Thames Valley Network events and much more from our Groups!  Read it in full here

UPDATED: The speaker at the February meeting, Bernard Lockett, who gave us a most enjoyable talk about Gilbert & Sullivan has let us know that the G&S Festival shows will be taking place in Buxton (24-29 July) and Harrogate (7-18 August) this year. Details can be found at www.gsfestivals.org. Also details of the National G&S Opera Company 2019 Tour can be found at www.ngsoc.org

🎭 Theatre Group 🎭

16 February, 2019

Below you can find details of 3 more shows that have been booked for the Theatre Group.  If you are interested and would like to book a place, please see the group leader, Melanie Evans at the monthly meeting or contact her at theatre@wtu3a.org.uk for further details.  Pricing details are below: read more …

History on Film – Thames Valley Network Event Day – 28th May

11 February, 2019
Thames Valley Network U3A have announced an exciting new Events Day – ‘History on Film’ (Harlots or Heroines?), taking place on Tuesday 28th May.  This is in a superb venue where the seating and acoustics should be perfect for the event.  
Full details can be found on the attached flyer and to book your place please complete and return the attached application form as directed.  

WTU3A Newsletter – January 2019

18 January, 2019

Happy New Year to all WTU3A members!

Most of the groups have their 2019 programme well under way, and the new Theatre Visits group has got off to a flying start, so we are very pleased to announce details of another new group starting – Touch Tennis (aka Short Tennis).  

Please contact chairman@wtu3a.org.uk if you are interested in joining Touch Tennis.

Full details are in the January 2019 newsletter – so read all about it here

Science and Technology

16 January, 2019

The programme of events planned for the Science & Technology group from February to September can be found below.

If you would like to book your place or have any other questions please contact John Beer or Roger Everson at science@wtu3a.org.uk.

Thursday – 7th February Talk by Dennis Trebble – “The History of Land Speed records”
Thursday – 7th March Exploration of the world of spreadsheets – Damian Campbell
Thursday – 4th April

Trip – Buzz Rail, Leighton Buzzard

Thursday – 2nd May

Trip – Museum of Military Medicine and The Milestone Museums, Basingstoke

Thursday – 6th June

Trip – Mary Rose Museum and HMS Warrior, Portsmouth Dock

Thursday – 4th July

Talk – TBC

Thurday – 1st August

Workshop – Use of the spreadsheet

Thursday – 5th September

Trip – Brooklands Museum, Weybridge

read more …

Garden Visits 2019

8 December, 2018

Here is the finalised plan for the garden visits in 2019!  For more details see the diary page on the WTU3A website

Bookings currently being taken for Old Church Cottage, Long Marston on 16th February.  Contact Gaynor Edwards at gardens@wtu3a.org.uk.

16th February Old Church Cottage, Long Marston – Full details below
March No garden visit
17th April Chenies Manor House, Rickmansworth           
8th May  Eythrope, Waddesdon
29th May  Huntsmoor (NGS), Bovingdon
13th June Mottisfont (NT), Romsey 
16th July Old Camos (NGS), Thatcham
15th August Packwood House and Gardens (NT), Lapworth
19th September The Grange (NGS), Chalgrove
17th October Stowe (NT), Buckingham

read more …

WTU3A Newsletter – November 2018

17 November, 2018


The final newsletter of 2018 is here!  It includes details about next week’s general meeting on Thursday 22nd November which promises to be a fun, social afternoon.  

There is music from Paul Fincken and the Folk, Blues and Beyond group, seasonal refreshments and the annual Bring and Buy Sale.


WTU3A Newsletter – October 2018

18 October, 2018

The October newsletter is available to read here.  

Marcia Watson, our speaker for our 25th October meeting, who came to talk to us about Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), asked us to pass on her heartfelt thanks to all our lovely members who left money in the GOSH tin.  This came to an incredible……£165. 51!

Marcia undertook her nursing training at the hospital and gave an inspiring talk about the history and ground-breaking work of GSOH.  read more …