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 printable 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.

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE RETURN OF OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS IN ON-LINE FORM

Dates for your Diary
July 2020
Wed Jul 22ndMeetingA talk: Shakespeare’s World by Rosemarie Swinfield. (Chorleywood U3A monthly meeting to be held on Zoom at 2:30 pm. All members will receive an invitation enabling them to join.)

William Shakespeare was a country boy from a comfortably off family in the market town of Stratford-on-Avon who made his name in London - a dangerous, violent city in the 1500s. He is our greatest playwright but we know so little about his life. However we can learn a lot about the world he lived and worked in. In this talk come and follow him into Elizabethan London.

Rosemarie Swinfieldis an international lecturer and make-up designer who has worked widely here, the United States, Australasia and Scandanavia. Her work has varied from making up Lady Thatcher at no 10 and applying Christopher Lee’s fangs for Dracula to lecturing American graduate students on the ruthless control of his nobles by King Louis XIV at Versailles. She is the author of three books on hair and make-up for the Stage and lectures extensively on the fashions, style and etiquette of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
August 2020
Wed Aug 26thMeetingA talk: The Real Rock Follies: The Great Girl Band rip-off of 1976 – or “Three little actresses against a mighty show-biz giant!”.by Annabel Leventon. (Chorleywood U3A monthly meeting to be held on Zoom at 2:30 pm. All members will receive an invitation enabling them to join.)

Thames Television’s Rock Follies, a raunchy drama about three women aiming to be the first all-girl band in England, was a huge hit. But they had stolen the whole idea. The real group – Rock Bottom – battled for justice against the big boys, stood up in the High Court against betrayal, theft and treachery – and lived to tell the tale. Original band member Annabel Leventon tells it like it is – a high stakes rollercoaster all the way to the highest court in the land. Annabel will talk about her book and chart a show business life spent breaking the rules in the most unlikely ways. ‘Riotous, hilarious, riveting.’ Stephen Fry; ‘You’ll never read a more gripping story’ Miriam Margolyes

Annabel Leventon grew up in Rickmansworth, went to Watford Grammar School and got a scholarship to Oxford where she read English and pursued her passion for theatre. A singer, actress, songwriter, embracing Shakespeare, rock music and comedy, from pop and rock to film and TV, Annabel’s career spans it all. She was nominated Actress of the Year for her role in Hair!, was a Transylvanian in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, played comedy in Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell with Peter O’Toole, was Sir Andrew Aguecheek for the Royal Shakespeare Company, a dyke chicken in Olivier-award-winning musical Honk! at the National Theatre, and a founder member of the seventies rock group Rock Bottom. Her recent memoir The Real Rock Follies is available from Chorleywood Bookshop.
September 2020
Wed Sep 23rdMeetingA talk: Wildlife on your Doorstep by Tom Way. (Chorleywood U3A monthly meeting to be held on Zoom at 2:30 pm. All members will receive an invitation enabling them to join.)

We will hear about all the fantastic wildlife there is to see and photograph on our doorsteps, from deer to hedgehogs and from owls to foxes. Tom will not only be showing us his wildlife images from our local areas but also describing all the stories behind how he took the images. This talk also branches out to talk about our coastlines and the northern areas of the UK, showing images of the very charismatic puffins and red squirrel.

Tom Way is recognised for his both powerful and engaging portraiture of Africa's large mammals. Favouring a fine art black and white style of photography, his images are widely exhibited in galleries and exhibitions to then adorn the walls of people’s homes. His work has been awarded in the worlds’ leading photographic competitions including European Wildlife Photographer Of The Year and The World Sony Awards.