Chorleywood

Events

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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 by clicking on its name in the list on the GROUPS page.


Dates for your Diary
February 2020
Wed Feb 26thMeetingSingapore to Bangkok - a talk by Colin Gent at 2:30 in the Memorial Hall. One of our regular monthly meetings open to all members of Chorleywood U3A.

Whilst in the Royal Navy Colin took some leave and he and the Navigating Officer decided to drive through Malaya and Siam to Bangkok. Colin’s fully illustrated talk is about this journey and the difficulties they encountered.

Colin Gent is a Chorleywood U3A member and a Chartered Engineer. He and spent most of his career at Kodak Ltd. Before joining Kodak, he spent three years in the Royal Navy as an Electrical Officer, serving in a Destroyer in the Far East.
March 2020
Mon Mar 9thOutingBackstage Tour of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. A wonderful opportunity to see behind the scenes at one of the UK’s outstanding cultural institutions.

Application forms and further details have been circulated to members. Further enquiries to Dave Carter on 01923 282485, or click/tap on his name to send him an email.
Wed Mar 25thMeetingMadame Pompadour and the Court of Louis XV - a talk by Rupert Dickens at 2:30 in the Memorial Hall. One of our regular monthly meetings open to all members of Chorleywood U3A.

Madame de Pompadour was a fascinating character who rose from a modest background among the Parisian bourgeoisie of the early 18th century to become the most powerful woman in France by virtue of her position as the main mistress of Louis XV. She was highly intelligent and well-read, a great fashion icon, and an important patron of the arts. At one point she was a de facto prime minister of France because of her role as counsellor to the King. But although she held great power and wealth, her position was precarious, being dependent on the whim of one capricious man.  She was the subject of jealousy and intrigue and needed to use all her resources to survive the plotting of her enemies at court. The talk will be illustrated by a large array of sumptuous Rococo artworks including the many portraits commissioned from painters such as Francois Boucher and Maurice Quentin de la Tour. 

Rupert Dickens is a London-based art historian with a special interest in European 17th and 18th century painting. He works at the Wallace Collection as a guide conducting public and private tours and lecturing on aspects of the collection. Rupert is also a tour director for the Cambridgeshire company, ACE Cultural Tours, accompanying groups on art-themed tours to the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Austria and Italy. He studied art history at Birkbeck College before undertaking a Masters in Dutch Golden Age Studies at University College London. Before that Rupert had a 26-year career as a BBC journalist ending as an editor in radio news. 
April 2020
Thu Apr 23rdOutingVisits to Apsley House, home of the Duke of Wellington (11:00am-12:30pm), and the Wellington Arch (2-00-3:00pm) both located near Hyde Park corner. Participants will travel by public transport. Further particulars and an application form have been circulated to members. if you have questions, please contact Dave Carter on 01923-282485.