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The Memorial Hall In normal times, monthly meetings for all members of Chorleywood u3a 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 programme of 2020-21 Monthly Meeting Topics. Further details of the speakers and their talks will be added on this EVENTS page a few weeks before the talks take place.

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 2021
Wed Feb 24thMeetingMyths and Legends of the Stars by Valerie Calderbank. (Chorleywood u3a monthly meeting to be held on Zoom at 2:30 pm. All members will receive an invitation enabling them to join it.)

This talk shows how other cultures have attempted to interpret the night sky. What
legends exist in these cultures? It includes tales from the Aborigines, Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks and Chinese.

Valerie Calderbank graduated in Physics from King's College, London where she specialised in Nuclear Physics and Biophysics. She was recruited by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority where she headed up a business unit developing software solutions for companies in the Aerospace, Defence and Oil industries. When she took early retirement in the 1990s, she was able to pursue her lifelong interest in Astronomy and bought her own telescope. She subsequently completed a Diploma with Liverpool John Moore's University in practical observational Astronomy – gaining a distinction. The Royal Astronomical Society appointed her as a Fellow in 2011 and she now lectures extensively on Astronomy both at home and abroad, particularly on cruise ships.
March 2021
Wed Mar 24thMeetingWalking the World by our very own Alun Price-Davis, who will talk about his experiences as a Volunteer Leader for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. (Chorleywood u3a monthly meeting to be held on Zoom at 2:30 pm. All members will receive an invitation enabling them to join it.)

Alun Price-Davis has led walking holidays all over the world, as well as snowshoeing holidays in a number of countries in Europe. He first started leading walking and climbing holidays in the mid-1960s.

After attending a Winter Survival Course at Glenmore Lodge he gained the Mountain Leadership Certificate in 1972 and subsequently the International Mountain Leadership qualification in 2008, which is increasingly being required in order to lead walking holidays in the mountains of Europe. Alun has climbed in Britain and the Alps. With age (and possibly with increasing wisdom?), he has switched to snowshoeing rather than downhill skiing in the winter.
April 2021
Wed Apr 28thMeetingClem Atlee by Andrew Baker. (Chorleywood u3a monthly meeting to be held on Zoom at 2:30 pm. All members will receive an invitation enabling them to join it.)

“And a little mouse shall lead them” How, despite his lack of charisma, did Clement Attlee’s Government give Britain a new direction after the war? How did that agenda come to shape a new and remarkable cross-party consensus?

Andrew Baker taught in Grammar Schools for over 40 years and is the author of a best-selling book on Contemporary British Politics. Drawing on his experience of over 22 years as Headmaster of Westcliff High School for Boys, he recently published a further volume on Education and the Pursuit of Values: A Headmaster’s Reflections. He now works as a freelance lecturer and also as an education consultant.