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The Memorial Hall Monthly meetings for all members of Chorleywood U3A usually take place on the fourth Wednesday of the month in the War Memorial Hall on Common Road, WD3 5LN, from 2:30 until 4:00 pm. Click here for a map - the Hall is adjacent to Betjeman Gardens and there is a car-park opposite.

Click on the coloured text to see the full list of 2018-19 Monthly Meeting Topics. Further details of the speakers and their talks will be added on this EVENTS page as they become available.

Information about forthcoming theatre outings is now included on this page. Click on the link on the right to see a list of past theatre outings.

For the activities of an individual interest group go to its page via the GROUPS page.

Dates for your Diary
July 2019
Wed Jul 24thMeetingCharles Dickens the conjurer. A talk by Ian Keable at 2:30 in the Memorial Hall. Our 9th birthday meetings open to all members of Chorleywood U3A.

Charles Dickens was an amateur conjuror for around 7 years of his life. His best known show was on the Isle of Wight in 1849 when he wrote a highly amusing and informative playbill to promote his appearance. This playbill, in which Dickens called himself the “Unparalleled Necromancer”, provides the focus to learn about Dickens and his conjuring. The talk includes some Dickensian tricks performed by Ian.

Ian Keable graduated from Oxford University, qualified as a Chartered Accountant and then became a professional magician!  He is a member of the Inner Magic Circle and has appeared on television performing his own brand of comedy magic. This is Ian’s second visit to us, having previously talked about James Gillray – The First Ever Political Cartoonist.
August 2019
Thu Aug 15thOutingFrogmore House and Savill Garden, near Windsor, by coach. Cost is £34 which includes coach, guided tour of Frogmore House and entry to Savill Garden.

Frogmore House has been a favourite royal retreat for more than 300 years. It became a royal residence in 1792 when it was bought by George III's wife, Queen Charlotte. The interests and talents of several generations of the royal family influenced Frogmore's interior as you see it today. For almost 20 years, Frogmore was the home of Queen Victoria's mother, The Duchess of Kent. Queen Victoria often visited Frogmore during her long widowhood and worked on her papers there. The future King George V and Queen Mary, with their children, were frequent residents between 1902 and 1910, and The Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) spent part of their honeymoon there in 1923.

Although we can view Frogmore gardens from the house, we are not able to visit them. So after our tour, we re-join the coach for the short drive to Savill Garden, one of the finest royal gardens within Windsor Great Park. The 35 acre gardens were created in the late 1930s by Sir Eric Savill, under the royal patronage of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Designed for year-around interest and colour, the herbaceous and formal rose gardens should be at their best.

Application forms have been circulated to members. For more information contact Wendy Boatman on 0192 3283330 or email her by clicking/ tapping on her name.
September 2019
Mon Sep 9thOutingAn all-day visit to BROOKLANDS MOTOR MUSEUM, the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation. Brooklands Museum is on the site of the world's first purpose-built motor racing circuit. The cost is £30.00 including coach and an introductory presentation. Booking forms have been circulated to members. For more information contact Wendy Boatman on 0192 3283330 or email her by clicking/ tapping on her name.
Wed Sep 25thMeetingA History of Verulamium, a talk by Simon West at 2:30 pm in the Memorial Hall. One of our regular monthly meetings open to all members of Chorleywood U3A.

The talk will cover the settlement at Verulamium from its late iron age origins through to the late roman period, and the growth and changes that occurred in the town during this time.

Simon West is the field archaeologist and planning archaeologist at St Albans City and District Council and has been working there since the late 1980s. He has led all the major excavations in this time including the Folly Lane excavations, Turners Hall Farm villa and bathhouse and the Verulamium museum extension.
October 2019
Wed Oct 23rdMeeting

Life and the Logic of Love, a talk by Colin Parkes at 2:30 pm in the Memorial Hall. One of our regular monthly meetings open to all members of Chorleywood U3A.

The talk will consider three questions:

  • the nature of attachments. Given that we have evolved from non-human animals, do animals have similar emotions of love and grief as humans?
  • The complications of bereavement and other losses. Why do some people become mentally ill after bereavement?
  • The causes and responses to armed conflicts. Why do human beings kill each other ?

Dr Colin Murray Parkes OBE, MD, FRCPsych, LLD has lived in Chorleywood for nearly 60 years. He is a psychiatrist, researcher and author, who, early in his career, worked closely with John Bowlby on problems of bereavement and loss, and with Dame Cicely Saunders at St Christopher's Hospice, Sydenham from its inception in 1966. He played a major role in developing Cruse Bereavement Care into the foremost voluntary organisation for bereaved people in the UK and worked in disaster areas including Rwanda following the genocide in 1994. This changed the course of his researches and led to his role as editor and contributor to Responses to Terrorism: Can psycho-social approaches break the cycle of violence? Other books include Bereavement: Studies of grief in adult life, Love and Loss: The roots of grief and its complications and editor and contributor to Death and Bereavement across Cultures.

November 2019
Wed Nov 27thMeetingConservation in the Galapagos Islands a talk by Dr Mark Collins at 2:30 in the Memorial Hall. One of our regular monthly meetings open to all members of Chorleywood U3A.

The talk begins with the geological origins of the Galapagos 1.5 million years ago, currents and winds, and the colonisation of the islands by plants, animals and humankind. The history of mapping of the Galapagos since the 17th century and the use (and abuse) of the islands over the centuries by pirates, whalers, surveyors, scientists and colonists will be described. We will also hear about an ambitious five-year programme to save one island in particular, Floreana, by eradicating invasive species and working alongside the human inhabitants towards sustainable livelihoods.

Dr Mark Collins is Chair of the Galapagos Conservation Trust and a tropical ecologist who trained at Oxford University, Imperial College and the Open University. His 40-year career began with research in the savannas and forests of East and West Africa and Southeast Asia, including numerous scientific expeditions. Later he became executive director of environmental and international organisations. Amongst his 11 books and 140 articles and papers, He was awarded the 2000 Royal Geographical Society Busk Medal “for contributions to conservation policy and research”.