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Visiting Churches

19 March, 2020


The schedule for this year is currently in preparation and dates for your diary are as follows.  

Tuesday 14th April

All Saints, Wing 
We will meet at the church at 2pm.  For more details contact Odette Harris at churches@wtu3a.org.uk.


Garden Visits

17 March, 2020


NEW DATE FOR THENFORD ARBORETUM VISIT – this is now rearranged for 14th May 2021.

Below is the full programme of garden visits planned at present.

For more details see the diary page on the WTU3A website. To book your place, please contact Mary at gardens@wtu3a.org.uk

Thenford Arboretum (Lord Heseltine’s garden). Cost  £23.00 per person including coach.  


A stunning and exceptional 6 acre garden imaginatively created over last 30 yrs. The main lawn is enclosed by softly, curving, colour themed herbaceous borders, and many roses and shrubs interestingly planted with cleverly created landscaping features. Clipped topiary yews, pleached hornbeams lead out to the ha-ha and countryside beyond.

Features and Attractions

A natural stream with bog plants and nesting kingfishers, meanders serenely through woodland gardens, with many walks. 

Cost: £12 Car share on this visit. The garden visit will commence at 2pm. 

A joint visit with the Historic Buildings group.

Ham House is a rare 17th Century house on the banks of the River Thames.  This will be via coach and includes a house tour and garden tour.  Cost £25, plus the entry fee if you are not a NT member.

Since 1984, owner Gina Price has transformed Pettifers into one of the most influential gardens in England. Ribbons of plants flow through the borders, creating a glowing tapestry of colour.  This garden was featured in the March 2020 edition of Country Living. 

Cost:  £10 plus coach (tbc). 

NOTE: We had hoped to go to Highgrove but unfortunately this was not possible to take a coach load at the time as we had to add lunch which made the tickets too expensive. However we hope to rearrange this for Spring 2021.

RHS Wisley is one of the world’s great gardens, packed with horticultural inspiration. Key highlights throughout the seasons include The Glasshouse, Rock Garden, Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden, The Mixed Borders and the newly-created Exotic Garden. Seasonal must-sees include a carpet of crocus in spring, blooming rose collection in summer, magnificent autumn colour and a crisp Winter Walk. 

Cost: Depending on interest either coach or car share.

Something to look forward to; the visit to Thenford Arboretum (Lord Heseltine’s garden) has been rebooked for FRIDAY 14th MAY 2021.  Details etc will take place at the beginning of 2021.  This is date rearranged from 15th May 2020. 

Local History – March to June

12 March, 2020

UPDATE 16.03.20 – Following the Prime Ministers news conference on the coronavirus and the recommendation of avoiding gatherings, crowded places etc. This is particularly directed at our group’s demographic. Therefore, the decision is to cancel all meetings of the WT Local History Group up to and including June 2020. There are no meetings planned for July and August but hopefully the situation will get better and we can resume in September.

Any suggestions for talks or visits for later in 2020 are welcome, please contact localhistory@wtu3a.org.uk

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 and artefacts. 

The Collection contains: Connected Earth featuring the history of communications and a fully working telephone exchange, Farm exhibits, A street of shops, A Victorian house containing Musical instruments, a Victorian school, Local Archaeological artefacts, The history of Dr John Radcliffe and the trust he set up.

Entry for over 60’s £7, Standard lunch £8 = Total fee £15.The museum is open just for us on this day so we have free range to explore as we wish.

This will be a whole day visit and we will car share.

Meet at 5 Bells at 9.30am to share cars to arrive at 10.30am for Tea and coffee available at café. 11.00am start tour of site, stop for lunch at 12.30pm after which continue to explore exhibits as you wish. Return at approx. 3.00pm.

Details of times and costs are in the attached flyer.

Update – Booking for this is now complete and if you have not paid please send a cheque to John Beer.

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, a visit to Amersham museum and a walk through the old town has been arranged. 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.

This visit is now full.  To all those who have signed up, information will be coming out in the next couple of weeks.

Note that this is not our normal Tuesday date as it is the second Tuesday of the month. This is a Visiting Churches Group visit to Rycote Park. As they can accommodate up to 40 people it was suggested that many of the Local History Group would like to go.

The Rycote Park area is very historical and has had the Time Team there.  On 9th June we will meet at a barn for a 2pm talk & refreshments then we will go for a walk around the park & go into the chapel.  The chapel is 15th century with many intriguing features but it is small.  There’s a yew tree to the south of the chapel which was planted in 1135 for the coronation of King Stephen.  It was supposed to have been brought as a seedling from the garden of Gethsemane.  The cost is £12 and a cheque made payable to Weston Turville U3A (Travel) to Odette Harris will be needed by the meeting on 28th May. 

If you would like to come along, please Glynn White know and he will put together a list of Local History Group members and liaise with the Visiting Churches Group. For those of our group who want to come along we will meet in the 5 Bells Carpark at 1pm for carshare.

We are investigating the possibility of Thame U3A providing a talk on the History of Thame, and we are waiting to hear if  they have someone who could meet our requirements.

If this fails Glynn White may present a slide show of old postcards of Weston Turville with photographs of the building and places as they are today.

No meeting planned.


No meeting planned. 

WTU3A February 2020 Newsletter

24 February, 2020

Welcome to the February newsletter.  Read it in full here. The speaker this month is the critically acclaimed author and speaker, Fran Sandham, and the title of the talk is “Dr Livingstone, I presume”.

Also, to all our budding Pru Leith’s and Paul Hollywood’s, get your wooden spoons at the ready! Information and entry forms for the Bake Off Competition to be held at our Ten Year Anniversary launch at the monthly meeting on 28th May are available via the link here.  Get your entry in by 23rd April. Get ready and….BAKE! 



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


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.




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.

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.

WTU3A October 2019 Newsletter

20 October, 2019

The October newsletter is now available.  Read it in full here.

The speaker at the general meeting on 24th October is Adam Smith who specialises in architectural history and his talk is entitled “The Rothschilds and the Vale of Aylesbury”.




A number of events to celebrate our 10th Anniversary have been arranged and we hope all our members will participate in at least one of the events.  Events which take part within a general meetings will be free of charge to members. 

Here are the dates for your 2020/21 diary:

This is our launch event at our general meeting.   It will be an afternoon of tea and cakes with our version of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ with prizes awarded.  Full instructions and information will be available nearer the time.