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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.
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|Wed Feb 27th||Meeting||A Pictorial Tour of the Solar System, A talk by Colin Brown at 2:30 in the Memorial Hall. One of our regular monthly meetings open to all members of Chorleywood U3A.|
The space age can be said to have begun in 1957 with the launch of Sputnik 1, an event that many U3A members may remember. Soon afterwards, spacecraft began to be sent to explore other planets, beaming back pictures of what they found. Over the years, the sophistication of the spacecraft and the quality of the resulting pictures have made enormous progress. Only a few of these intriguing and often spectacular images have made it into newspapers or appeared on TV. This illustrated talk will try to show a sample of what has been missed.
Colin Brown graduated as an electrical engineer and started work with a telephone exchange manufacturer. From there he moved into working on the development of cash dispensers. His boss left to form a consultancy company and recruited Colin to join it. Over time this company specialised increasingly in computer security, which is the field which kept Colin busy until he retired. He was then able to indulge his interest in space and things astronomical, so was delighted to volunteer to lead Chorleywood U3A's "Space and the Universe" group."
|Wed Mar 6th||Outing||Freemasons Hall of the United Grand Lodge of England, London, no cost (by train). |
Freemasons’ Hall has been the centre of English Freemasonry for over 240 years. It is the meeting place for over 1,000 Masonic Lodges and the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England, the oldest Grand Lodge. The current Grade 2 listed art deco building dates from dates from 1927-1933, having been built as memorial to the 3000 members killed during the first world war.
Further details of the visit and a booking form have been distributed to members.
|Wed Mar 27th||Meeting||The Changing Wildlife of the Chilterns, a talk by John Tyler at 2:30 in the Memorial Hall. +One of our regular monthly meetings open to all members of Chorleywood U3A._|
From warm seas, through Ice Ages, tundra and forest to the farmland and beechwoods of today, we travel through a hundred million years to follow the story of the Chiltern landscape and its wildlife.
John Tyler grew up in the Chilterns and has spent his working life in nature conservation, first with a charity creating urban wildlife areas where inner city children could experience nature at first hand, and more recently as the warden of a nature reserve in Kent. His other interests include glow-worms, woodcarving and coracles.'
|Mon Apr 8th||Outing||Leighton House Museum and 18 Stafford Terrace, Holland Park, London, £20 (by train - fare not included.) |
Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). The only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the United Kingdom, it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century, containing a fascinating collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries.
18 Stafford Terrace was, from 1875, the home of Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne, his wife Marion, their two children and their live-in servants. The house gives an insight into the personal lives of the Sambourne family, and also provides a rare example of what was known as an 'Aesthetic interior' or 'House Beautiful' style. The Aesthetic Movement of the late nineteenth century advocated the use of foreign or 'exotic' influences in the decoration of the home. This can be seen by the various Japanese, Middle-Eastern and Chinese objects throughout the Sambournes' home.
Before deciding to go you may wish to know that the visit involves 30-odd steep steps. Further details and a booking form have been distributed to members.
|Thu Jun 6th||Outing||Wilton 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.
|Tue Jul 2nd||Outing||Sezincote House and Garden by coach. |
This 200 year-old architectural curiosity in the North Cotswolds was built in the "Indian Style", a combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. It is thought to have influenced the design of the Brighton Pavillion as a result of a visit from the Prince of Wales in 1807. The house is set in a romantic landscape of temples, grottoes, waterfalls and canals reminiscent of the Taj Mahal.
Details of costs and timings, as well as application forms, will be made available nearer the time.
|Thu Aug 15th||Outing||Frogmore 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.