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20 February, 2020

Update from the Third Age Trust on 3 March 2020

Please see attached latest information here.


Following the confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, the Government and NHS have issued advice for members of the public.  The Third Age Trust wants to share this advice with you.

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

The UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

More information about the virus, as well as symptoms and advice, is available to view on the NHS England website at: Coronavirus or Gov.uk.

Also further detailed information at www.telegraph.co.uk


Aylesbury Vale U3A’s Summer Rock’n’Roll Party!

19 February, 2020

Aylesbury Vale U3A’s Mid-Summer Rock ‘n’ Roll Party is open to WTU3A members to attend.  It’s being held at the Aylesbury Rugby Club on 20th June 2020 from 7.00 – 11.00 pm.  Featuring the Live 50s and 60s Rock’n’Roll Band ‘THE BLUE MOONS‘.

Plus 50s, 60s & 70’s Music DJ.  Rock, Pop, Soul, Motown, R&B. For tickets and information please contact John Wilford – email: sound@avu3a.org.uk. Full details on the attached flyer.


U3A Thames Valley Network Study Day – Understanding Architecture – 25th September

19 February, 2020
There has been such a response to the first planned study day ‘Understanding Architecture’ on 23rd April, which is now fully booked, that the organiser has very kindly arranged to repeat the day.
The new date is Friday 25th September.  Details are on the attached flyer and application form, and if you would like to book for the new date, please use the application, and send it off to Mrs Margaret Sherrington as per the instructions on the form.

Historic Buildings Visits

12 February, 2020

Update 17.03.20 – Following the Prime Ministers briefing yesterday, we have taken the step of cancelling the trip to Upton House. In the current climate it seemed the correct thing to do to protect ourselves and others.

If you would like any further details please contact historicbuildings@wtu3a.org.uk via the link button below.  Further details can be found on the diary page of the WTU3A website

Upton House was purchased in 1927 by the 2nd Viscount Bearsted and has been remodelled.  The renovations created a made to measure home to showcase a world class art and porcelain collection, including works by Bosch, Stubbs and Canaletto. 
Lady Bearsted’s passion for plants is revealed with spring bulbs, herbaceous planting and kitchen garden – all reflected in the mirror pool.  Please note that it is a terraced garden with steps.
Please see link below for more details:
Travel by coach from The Chandos, Weston Turville at 9.15am.  The coach cost is £13. NT members please remember to bring your NT card. Non-NT members you will have to pay the entry fee on the day as well as the coach price. 
This a joint visit with the Garden Visits group.
Ham House is a rare 17th Century house on the banks of the River Thames at Richmond. The Duke and Duchess of Lauderdale together transformed Ham House into one of the grandest Stuart houses in England and is internationally recognised for its superb collection of paintings, furniture and textiles, largely acquired 400 years ago.
Please see link below for more details
Refreshments for groups will need to be ordered in advance nearer to the time.
Travel by coach from The Chandos, Weston Turville (before 9am – time tbc).  The cost is £25 for the coach, house tour and garden tour.  NT members please remember to bring your NT card. Non-NT members you will have to pay the entry fee on the day as well as the coach price.
Basildon Park is an 18th Century house purchased in the 1950s by Lord and Lady Lliffe and lovingly restored.  We will explore the house on a freeflow basis rather than a guided tour.
For more details click on the link below:
Travel by coach from The Chandos, Weston Turville at 10.00am.  The coach cost is £16. NT members please remember to bring your NT card. Non-NT members you will have to pay the entry fee on the day as well as the coach price.

WTU3A January 2020 Newsletter

17 January, 2020

Your first newsletter of 2020 is attached and gives the details of some of the activities that are on during the early part of the year.  Read all the news here.

The first meeting of 2020 is on Thursday 23rd January and we welcome back Tom Way who came to us a couple of years ago. Tom’s talk will be on wildlife photography. Start time is 2.30pm at the Rugby Club.




Trips – The Shard, The Bard, The Bishops and The Brothels – 27th April

16 January, 2020

We have provisionally booked a trip called ‘The Shard, The Bard, The Bishops & The Brothels’ for Monday 27th April 2020.

It is described as very entertaining and gentle walking tour on London’s Bankside using the crystal clear VOX headsets so we can all hear the guide and ending with a visit to ‘The View at The Shard’.

Reasons to book:

  • Borough Farmers Market
  • Bankside
  • The View at the Shard


Science & Technology – February to October

13 January, 2020

John and Roger have been busy making arrangements for the program from February to October and have now confirmed most of the trips.  It is their hope that they have arranged an interesting and memorable set of visits for the year and you will want to join them on their adventures.

If you would like to book your place or have any other questions, please contact John Beer or Roger Everson by email at science@wtu3a.org.uk or at the next general meeting.

Below are further details, including detail sheets on the events planned:

February 6th – The first meeting of the year has become uncertain. Our planned speaker has unexpectedly had to withdraw and at the moment we may have to resort to the next in the series of wonder material talks by John Beer. ‘Plastics’ is the next in line unless we can organise another speaker. This will be in the WT Chapel Hall at 2.30pm.
We are to take a coach trip up to London to the ‘Wellcome Collection, Museum and Library’ in Euston Road.  There are two permanent exhibitions on Health and Genetics.  This will be a whole day visit.  Cost £20 to leave WT at 9.30am. There are good places to eat in the building or around the site. Full details on cost and timings can be found in the attached information sheet.
We are to visit the Milton Keynes Museum which has an interesting location, artefacts and a telephone museum with working exchange.  The site will be opened especially for us and we are to combine this with the Local History group. Journey by own cars.  Leave WT at 9.30am. Entry cost is £7 for over 60’s otherwise £8. Lunch for £8. Full details on the attached information sheet.
We are to visit Steam – The museum of the Great Western Railway at Swindon.  This will be by coach and will take up the day. Cost is £25. Leave WT at 9.15am.  See the detail sheet for more information.
A day coach trip to RAF Duxford in Cambridgeshire to see the Aircraft collect and Tank Museum. Cost is £30. Leave WT at 9.00am.  See the detail sheet for more information. 
We will have the talk cancelled from February – ‘Electricity is Wonderful – a history and examination of its advantages.’  Time 2.30pm at WT Chapel Hall.
Workshop – to be confirmed. Any ideas?
A visit to the new ‘The Silverstone Experience’ at Silverstone. Journey by own cars. Leave WT at 9.45am. Entry cost is £14 over 65’s, £17.50 for other adults.  See the information sheet for full details.
A visit to the BMW Mini factory for a guided tour during the afternoon. Journey by own cars. Meet WT at 12.00pm for 1.30pm tour. Costs nominally £16.  Fixed maximum number will be 30. See information sheet for full details.
The remainder of the year is unplanned.

Local History – January to May 2020

9 January, 2020

Here is the programme for the Local History group until May 2020

Full details are shown below. 

Colin Flack of Chinnor will be giving a talk on the History of Chinnor. This will take the format of a presentation of original photographs taken in the early 1900s. These were of the glass slide format so some interesting photos.

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

A talk by Ian Waller entitled “THERE’S NONE AS QUERE AS FOLK!”. Ian has given talks in the past to the WT Historical Society and is an excellent and entertaining speaker.  The topic concerns communities with their own traditions, peculiarities and dialect. Many of these originated in early history and through to the modern day. Much has been preserved in pictorial, written and even oral histories. This talk gives examples of such traditions (often humorous) and puts them into the context of village and town life.

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

A talk by Geoff Lodge of the Wendover U3A entitled: The life of Cecelia Payne. Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, original name in full Cecilia Helena Payne, (born May 10, 1900, Wendover, Eng.—died Dec. 7, 1979, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.). She went to Cambridge Uni in 1919 and in 1923 received a fellowship to study at Harvard. She is reckoned to be amongst the 100 women trailer blazers.

British-born American astronomer who discovered that stars are made mainly of hydrogen and helium and established that stars could be classified according to their temperatures.

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

In conjunction with the Science & Technology Group we have arranged a visit the Milton Keynes Museum which has an interesting location, artefacts and a telephone museum with working exchange. This will be a whole day visit and we will car share. Details of times and costs are in the attached flyer.

Colin Oakes, who gave the talk on Chesham, is back to give us a talk on the history of Amersham.

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

To follow up on Colin’s talk I have spoken to Amersham museum to arrange a visit and a walk through the old town. They can manage 30 people in 2 groups of 15. The plan would be to meet at the museum for tea/coffee etc at 10:15am. Then for group 1 to go off at 10:30am and group 2 at 10:40am. The walk lasts 60 -90 minutes.  The museum is then open for the whole day so people can either go to the museum straight after the walk or have a bite to eat and then go to the museum. Museum has been expanded since our last visit some 8 years ago.

The cost will be £10 to include the walk and the visit to the museum with an extra £2 if you wish to have tea/coffee etc.  I will be taking numbers from the February meeting onwards.

To be confirmed.

Extreme Velodrome Experience – April 20th

8 January, 2020

We have persuaded Lee Valley Velo Park to offer an 80 minute Velodrome experience for 16 bicyclists on 20th April at 11:00! This is normally only offered on Friday evenings.

Lee Valley Velo Park’s indoor velodrome is the fastest track in the world. Everyone from beginners to elite riders can ride the track at this iconic venue on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

For those that just want to experience cycling in this iconic venue and to those that want to develop their track cycling. This introduces riders to the whole track cycling experience as well as developing the key skills needed to be confident and safe.

Bikes and all equipment provided…read attached for more details. 

Until the January general meeting, this adventure is open to WTU3A members only. Should there be spaces left it will be offered further afield. To book your place email The Extreme Team. 

WTU3A November 2019 Newsletter

25 November, 2019

The November 2019 newsletter is now available to read here. The next newsletter will be in January.

Please note that for this month only we are meeting in St Mary’s Church at 2.30pm and seasonal refreshments will be available.  Our last speaker of the year is Glynn White who will be talking about Weston Turville.