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Thames Valley Network U3A – Forthcoming Events

13 September, 2019

Full details of the events listed below will be posted the TVN website www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk and circulated to U3A’s approximately three months prior to the event in question. Meanwhile please make a note of the dates in your diary if you are interested in attending. 


Trips – Update

9 September, 2019
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Local History Group – September to December

8 September, 2019

We have now finished our visits for 2019, and have finalised the series of talks for the remaining months of the year.

Full details of the programme to December is shown below and as always, do not forget that if you have an idea for a speaker, please contact Glynn White at localhistory@wtu3a.org.uk.  

Colin Oakes will give a talk on ‘Chesham – Boots, Brushes, Booze and Baptists’.  For those of you that have not heard Colin speak before, he is an excellent and amusing speaker.

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

Glynn White will give a talk entitled ‘The Public Houses and Alehouses of Weston Turville until 1918’.  

The talk will cover not only their location in the village but also their owners/tenants and some of the occupations that the landlords/ladies also had.  

Meeting is in the WT Chapel Room from 10.30 – 12.30pm.  Entrance fee will be free.

Bob Keating will be giving a talk entitled: ‘The Rothschilds and the building of Waddesdon’. Many of us have been to Waddesdon and it will be interesting to hear more about the Rothschilds and why Waddesdon Manor was built and much of the history behind it.  

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

WTU3A August 2019 Newsletter

19 August, 2019

The August newsletter is now available here.

The talk at the general meeting on the 22nd August by Andrew Harris is on ‘Heritage and HS2’, with emphasis on the recent investigations at St Mary’s Church in Stoke Mandeville.   

Science & Technology

2 August, 2019

The programme of events planned for the Science & Technology group until December 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.

Wednesday – 2nd October

Trip –
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre and VAMES

Thursday – 7th November

Talk – Fusion developments

Thursday – 14th November

Workshop – Excel spreadsheets for finances

Thursday – 5th December

Talk – Concorde – The Beginning and the End


Isle of Wight trip – 12th-15th June 2020

31 July, 2019


Further to the recent posting we now have enough names to make pursuing this idea realistic.


We have found a very good company called The UK Holiday Group who are able to run this trip for us.  It has NOT been possible to obtain accommodation bookings for a group this size (up to 49 individuals) for only two nights midweek. The good news however is, we have made a group booking for THREE nights departing at 8.30 am on Friday 12th June 2020 by coach from WT to Warner’s Norton Grange Coastal Village, Yarmouth, IOW, bed, breakfast and three course evening meal, including ferry crossing from Lymington to Yarmouth, for £299 per person. 


We have included 10 single rooms at NO SUPPLEMENT, (additional singles may carry a supplement).

This trip will also include 2 full days excursions on IOW, details of which to follow. There is an optional insurance payment of £12 per person which we recommend you take if you don’t already have an annual travel insurance policy.  

If you would like to join us we will need to take your contact details and a £50 per person non-refundable deposit, we will have a table set up at the next monthly meeting to take the deposits.


The company organising this trip for us is ABTA/ATOL registered.



WTU3A Local History Group – May to November 2019

22 July, 2019

The programme for the rest of 2019 has now been completed.  Those who went on the visits to Marlow and Pitstone certainly had an excellent time and hopefully there is plenty to interest you in the coming months, although the visit to Hughenden Manor is now fully booked.

Please note there is a change to the speaker that was originally planned for September so check out the details below.  

The visit to the Hughenden Manor & Gardens. They have offered us a private introductory talk with coffee/tea and a Cake Bite. The cost of this is £3.75 per head payable on the day. We will then be free to visit the Manor, Gardens and the Church where Disraeli is buried. For those who are National Trust members the price is free but for non-members it will be £11.10. Remember to take your NT cards. The plan is to meet at the visitor reception and then go for the talk.


As a substitute for the original speaker Colin Oakes has agreed to come along and give a talk entitled:Chesham – Boots, Brushes, Booze and Baptists

For those of you who have not heard Colin speak before he is an excellent and amusing speaker. This talk from a list of 153 that he has in his catalogue as it is local and subject seems to have an amusing twist.

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

Glynn will give the talk at this meeting and there are a couple of topics he could talk about:

A Historical Pictorial “Walk” around Weston Turville

The Contents of the Weston Turville Historical Society Website

Glynn will ask for you to say which of these you would like at the September meeting and we can go with the majority.

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

Bob Keating will give this talk.  Many of us will have been to Waddesdon and it will be interesting to hear more about the Rothschilds and why Waddesdon Manor was built and much of the history behind it.

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

WTU3A July 2019 Newsletter

20 July, 2019

The July newsletter is now available here.

It’s great news that a couple of new groups are starting, with our third book club already up and running and a Mahjong group likely to start in October.  Contact details are in the newsletter.


WTU3A Newsletter – June 2019

22 June, 2019

The June newsletter is now available – take a look here.  As mentioned in the newsletter the meeting on Thursday 27th June starts at 1.30 for us to have plenty of time to enjoy the hog roast. Although there is no speaker, the usual books, magazines and groups’ tables will be still there. 

Membership cards – Carol Johnson our Membership Secretary would like to advise you that the last opportunity to collect your membership card at a monthly meeting will be this Thursday from 1.15pm to 1.45pm at the membership secretary’s table.
If you wish to have your membership card, but cannot attend the meeting next Thursday, you can send a sae to Carol (address on the membership form) and it will be posted back to you.

Princes Risborough U3A – Midsummer Barn Dance – 21st June

10 June, 2019

Live music !! Dancing to “Kinderhook”

Princes Risborough U3A invites WTU3A members along to a Midsummer Barn Dance on Friday 21st June at Risborough Community Centre, Wades Park, Stratton Road from 7-10:30p.m. 

£12.50 including Ploughman’s supper, tea/coffee.  Please bring own “drinks” and glasses.  Entry by ticket only.  To book your tickets or for further information contact Babs Cooper on social@risboroughu3a.org.uk. Full information on the attacher flyer