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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 2019-20 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
September 2019
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.

Sat Oct 26thOtherMurder Mystery Evening at 7 pm in the Memorial Hall, which will be transformed into ancient Rome for another of our popular murder mystery evenings, ‘Friends, Romans, Murderers…’ staged by the talented Ricky Players. A good fun evening is guaranteed, including a three-course supper served between acts while each table attempts to solve the murder from the clues given.

You can book a whole table of six with your friends or if you come on your own or with a partner or friend we will help you make up a table. Tickets must be purchased in advance: limited spaces available – early booking advised.

Members £20.00 each or non-members £25.00 each. Bring your own drinks. Please note: only one non-member per U3A ticket. Information and a booking form have been circulated to group leaders. Contact Georgie Barton (by phoning 01923 284755 or by clicking/tapping on her name) with any questions.
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”.