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The Memorial Hall In normal times, monthly meetings for all members of Chorleywood u3a 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 printable full programme of 2021-22 Monthly Meeting Topics. Further details of the speakers and their talks will be added on this EVENTS page a few weeks before the talks take place.

For the activities of an individual interest group, go to its page by clicking on its name in the list on the GROUPS page.


Dates for your Diary
August 2021
Wed Aug 18thMeetingEnglish Inn Signs - their local and regional significance - Zoom presentation by Dr Janet Pennington commencing at 10:00 am. The event is organised by the Herts Network of u3as and you must register in advance to be sent the link enabling you to participate. Click or tap +-+HERE+-+ to see a flyer giving instructions for registration and telling you more about the speaker and her talk.
Wed Aug 25thMeetingFive Generations of my Anglo-Indian Family - a talk by Jenny Mallin. (Chorleywood u3a monthly meeting to be held on Zoom at 2:30 pm. All members will receive an invitation enabling them to join it.)

The talk is based on the speaker's self-published, award winning book which gives a unique insight into a family of British ancestry who were living in India during the British Raj. It covers recipes from her grandmothers and their history; the provenance and the reason her British family were living in India in 1798; as well as the history, development and involvement of her great grandmothers' husbands in the Military, Railways, Telegraphs, and Education in India from the 19th century right up to 1947.

Jenny Mallin’s earliest memories are of her mother in the kitchen, tapping a wooden spoon against the side of the metal dekshi and then tasting her curry sauce, checking the seasoning. From that moment, Jenny was hooked and her mother continued to nurture her love of cooking throughout her childhood. Her book “A Grandmother’s Legacy" was winner of "Best in World Cookbook 2017. Now a writer and public speaker, Jenny has had a successful career at the BBC in television production.
Thu Aug 26thOutingCoach outing to Kew Gardens, leaving Chorleywood at 9:15am, returning about 4:30pm. The coach company is understood to have invested in additional sanitising and air filtration precautions. Cost £33 per person with a £2 discount for over 65 year olds. Details and an application form have been circulated to members. For additional information please contact Dave Carter by clicking or tapping on his name. Outing subject to modification in the event of any new COVID restrictions.
September 2021
Wed Sep 22ndMeetingYou'll Die Laughing: 100 years of Russian History in Humour - a talk by Stephen Dalziel. (Chorleywood u3a monthly meeting to be held on Zoom at 2:30 pm. All members will receive an invitation enabling them to join it.)

Russians are often thought of as being dour and humourless. But nothing could be further from the truth. In Soviet times many jokes were political and told only in close company, ‘around the kitchen table’. In post-Soviet times the newly-wealthy were often the butt of jokes but now some of the political jokes are making a comeback.

Stephen Dalziel started learning the Russian language at school, and while studying for his degree in Russian Studies at the University of Leeds, spent a year on a British Council Scholarship at Kiev State University in the USSR. In 1982 Stephen joined the Soviet Studies Research Centre at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. In 1988, Stephen moved to the BBC where he was to spend 16 years as a broadcaster on radio and television. He reported on and from the USSR and then Russia and Ukraine on the collapse of the Soviet Union and the chaos of the post-Soviet years. After leaving the BBC he spent five years as Executive Director of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce. Stephen now works freelance, giving presentations; media and presentation training; editing; writing; and translating from Russian to English. Stephen’s first book, The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire, was published in 1993, and he is currently publishing his latest book, Russia: Collected Wisdom.