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TV Network U3A – Archaeology Study Day – 21st November-FULLY BOOKED

5 August, 2019

** UPDATE** – Unfortunately this event is now fully booked and the waiting list has been closed.  TVN apologise if you have not been able to get a place, as although the success of their study days is great, they do not like disappointing people.

**FULLY BOOKED** Thames Valley Network (TVN) have announced details of a study day on “Britain’s Ancient Past – from the arrival of the first hominids to the Roman invasion”, taking place at Benson on Thursday 21st November.  

The study day fee is £13.00. This includes coffee/tea on arrival, buffet lunch and information handouts.

The programme of the day can be found on the attached flyer.  If you would like to book your place, please complete the attached application form and return it as instructed.  As always details will also be on the Thames Valley Network U3A website u3atvnetwork.org.uk along with the list of other planned study days.


Science & Technology

2 August, 2019

The programme of events planned for the Science & Technology group from September to 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.

Thursday – 5th September

Trip – Brooklands Museum, Weybridge

Wednesday – 2nd October

Trip –
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre and VAMES

Thursday – 7th November

Talk – tbc

Thursday – 5th December

Talk – the background to Concorde

read more …

Garden Visits – Stowe – 17th October

2 August, 2019

Bookings are now being taken for the garden and house visit to Stowe(NT).  

In the eighteenth century, the powerful Temple-Grenville family chose to create an idyllic landscape filled with temples. Amidst these large gardens, they built the most lavish temple of all, Stowe House. 

Stowe House is not owned by The National Trust so there is an entry charge for all visitors.  The cost for NT members is £5.50 (house entry).   For non-NT members the cost is £11.70 (gardens) plus £5.50 (house entry), so a total of £17.20. A garden tour has been booked. 

For more details see the diary page on the WTU3A website.


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.



Visiting Churches – St James the Great, Bierton – 13th August

27 July, 2019

The next visit is to:  

Tuesday – 
13th August

St James the Great, Bierton


The earliest parts of the church are thought to date back to the 14th century and the main structure has changed little since then. In the 15th and 16th centuries the walls of the north and south aisles were raised  and extra windows added.  The present roof & stained glass windows are 19th century.  The church has 7 bells, the oldest dating back to 1678.

We will meet at the church at 2pm.  For more details or you would like to arrange transport, contact Odette Harris at churches@wtu3a.org.uk.

The rest of the schedule is listed below:


Historic Buildings – The Vyne – 25th September

23 July, 2019

The next visit is to The Vyne, near Basingstoke on Wednesday 25th September. The Vyne is a warm red-bricked Tudor mansion built in the 16th century for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII’s Lord Chamberlain, which later passed into the hands of the Chute family, who cared for the house and estate for over 300 years.

It was remodelled to its present configuration in the mid-17th century with the addition of a classical portico and summerhouse, firsts of their kind in England.


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.


🎭Theatre Visits🎭

24 June, 2019

Roll up, roll up to get your tickets to see more new productions at Waterside Theatre Aylesbury – details and pricing are below:


Extreme Visits – Curling – 10th October

22 June, 2019

We have been offered a Curling experience at the National Centre near Tunbridge Wells (don’t worry, not on skates) on Thursday 10th October.

They need a deposit with the booking so we’ll have to work the logistics out once we know numbers as we will be limited to 30 or 60 curlers. Price is £25.00. Some details are attached here.