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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.

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.


Garden Visit – Thenford Arboretum – 15th May 2020

19 October, 2019
Thenford Aboretum, Nr. Banbury, garden visit on Friday 15th May 2020 is confirmed and we have received the requested allocation of tickets.
If you are interested, and have not already indicated so, please let gardens@wtu3a.org.uk know.  We will let you know costs at beginning of the New Year.  Travel will be by coach.  No monies are required for the time being.
Please note: The Arboretum covers an area of some 70 acres and terrain is quite rough and is not suitable for the less sure-footed.  Sensible footwear should be work.  The garden is open from 2pm – 5.30pm and we plan to be there for the full duration.

🎭 Theatre Visits 2020 🎭

8 October, 2019

Now announced for the early part of 2020, roll up to get your tickets to see more new productions at Waterside Theatre Aylesbury – details and pricing are below:

Date Production Venue Cost

6th February at 6pm

A new musical about the 6 wives of Henry VIII

Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury


21st  February at 7.30pm

‘The Kite Runner’ – Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption.
Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury £19.50

26th February at 7.30pm

‘Anton and Erin Dance Show’ the nation’s favourite ballroom stars are back with their brand-new show for 2020.

Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury



4th March at 2.30pm

‘Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein” 

Waterside Theatre,

29th April at

‘Some Mothers do ‘ave ’em’ 

With Joe Pasquale. Hilarious mishaps and DIY disasters are bringing the house down!

Waterside Theatre,



If you are interested and would like to book a place or further details, please contact the group leader, Melanie Evans at theatre@wtu3a.org.uk.

WTU3A September 2019 Newsletter

24 September, 2019

The newsletter for September is now available and it’s packed with information on forthcoming group activities and much more. Read it in full here.

The speaker for the meeting on 26th September is Philip Caine. His talk is entitled “Barrow to Baghdad and back”.



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. 


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.