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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 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.
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|Dates for your Diary|
|Wed Nov 27th||Meeting||Floreana: rebirth of an island in the Galapagos 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 will be preceded at 2:15 by our Annual General Meeting.|
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. See also the poster on the right.
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”.
|Fri Dec 13th||Other||Christmas celebration at Christ Church Chorleywood from 5pm to 6pm followed by mulled wine and mince pies. All members are very welcome to join us in carol singing and verse. This year we are delighted to include a musical item by our newly formed Ukuleles group.|
|Wed Jan 22nd||Meeting||A Career as a Media Pundit on Business Rescues - a talk by Nick Hood at 2:30 in the Memorial Hall. One of our regular monthly meetings open to all members of Chorleywood U3A.|
Nick’s first ever foray into the world of public relations made his son a hero at his university and outraged his daughter at hers. Nick will reveal how he found himself broadcasting on the radio about multinational tax avoidance to the Caribbean community in South London from the Gents toilet in the Mound Stand at Lord’s and why he spoke to 180m people on BBC World Service about the collapse of Marconi, while standing naked in a hotel bathroom in Peterborough.
Nick Hood, a Chorleywood U3A member, is a former Chartered Accountant and Licensed Insolvency Practitioner, who has been a business pundit in the broadcast, print and online media since 2000. He will be explaining the challenges of de-mystifying business jargon and condensing complex issues into 90 second interview responses, revealing the tricks of the pundit’s trade and sharing war stories from nearly twenty years of broadcasting.
|Wed Feb 26th||Meeting||Singapore 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.
|Wed Mar 25th||Meeting||Madame 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.