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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
April 2019
Wed Apr 24thMeetingA Life at Sea A talk by Captain William Wells at 2:30 in the Memorial Hall. One of our regular monthly meetings open to all members of Chorleywood U3A.

An entertaining and anecdotal talk looking back on the highs and lows of a sea-going career lasting 110 days short of 49 continuous years.

Captain William Wells was still a schoolboy, when he won a scholarship and, leaving his native New Zealand, he travelled to the UK where he underwent his basic officer training before embarking on his career in the British Merchant Navy and the Royal Navy Reserve. Promoted to Captain by the age of 28, he then became a Trinity House licensed pilot in the Port of London operating on the River Thames between Gravesend and London Bridge. He was chosen by the Cunard Line to be their Principal Guest Speaker for the final cruise aboard the QE2 and the maiden cruise of her replacement the new Queen Elizabeth, in October 2010
May 2019
Tue May 21stOutingLord’s Cricket Ground under the guidance of one of the MCC's experienced tour guides. Travel to Lord's will be by train from Chorleywood Station. The tour starts at 10.30 am sharp and will last for approximately 100 minutes. We expect to return to Chorleywood by 4pm at the latest.

The tour includes parts of the ground not open even to MCC members, such as the Players Dressing Rooms. The itinerary also covers the famous Cricket Museum behind the Pavillion.  The cost will be £18 each for concessions and £22.50 for adults, assuming we have at least 20 people. Lunch afterwards will be at the iconic Lord's Tavern next to the Grace Gates entrance. Lunch (as well as train travel) will be on a self-pay individual basis. The booking form has been circulated to members and should be returned to Carolyn Leventon (Phone 01923 282456 or click/tap on her name to send a message.)
Wed May 22ndMeetingLiving in the Chiltern Area for the Last 100 Million Years A talk by Dr Haydon Bailey at 2:30 in the Memorial Hall. One of our regular monthly meetings open to all members of Chorleywood U3A.

What would it have been like in Chorleywood a hundred million years ago and how has it changed over subsequent significant periods in geological time? The region saw the impact of major glaciation during the Ice Age, being right at the front of major ice sheets, what did these do to the Hertfordshire landscape? Finally with the onset of climate change and “global warming”, what might we see in the Chilterns in the future?

Dr Haydon Bailey has a PhD in Chalk micropalaeontology, is a Chartered Geologist and has worked as a consultant micropalaeontologist in the oil and gas industry for forty years. He’s been Chairman and Industrial Liaison Officer of The Micropalaeontology Society and is a past President of the Geologists’ Association, as well as Geological Adviser to the Chiltern Society. Since 2012 he has been Honorary Lecturer on the MSc course in Applied & Petroleum Micropalaeontology at the University of Birmingham.
June 2019
Thu Jun 6thOutingWilton House near Salisbury by coach.

Wilton House has been the country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years. The current building in Palladian style dates from around 1640. Inigo Jones was involved in the design but the extent of his contribution is uncertain. The house has some impressive state rooms containing many paintings by artists such as Van Dyck, Rubens, Rembrandt, Teniers and Reynolds. The surrounding park and gardens are also renowned and include a bridge over the river subsequently copied at other stately homes.

Further details and a booking form have been distributed to members.
July 2019
Tue Jul 2ndOutingSezincote House and Garden by coach. CANCELLED (Replaced by visit to Bletchley Park - see below).
Tue Jul 2ndOutingCoach outing to Bletchley Park, home of the British codebreaking operation which considerably shortened the Second World War. You will be able to see both the machines used by our enemies to encode their messages, and the machines and procedures used to crack those codes. The buildings where the work was done are still there, and you can get a feel for what life must have been like for the (mostly young) people working there on absolutely vital, top secret, projects.

The cost will be £29.50. Further details and a booking form have been distributed to members and should be returned to Carolyn Leventon. (Phone 01923 282456 or click/tap on her name to send a message.)
August 2019
Thu Aug 15thOutingFrogmore House and grounds, near Windsor, by coach.

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.

The gardens were laid out for Queen Charlotte with winding lakes, wooded mounds, glades, walks and bridges in the Picturesque style. Fine specimen trees were planted and various garden buildings were erected. The Royal Mausoleum is located in the gardens, but not open to the public.

Further details of the visit as well as application forms will be made available nearer the time.