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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.

You will also find any planned educational visits and theatre outings listed on this page.

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
May 2022
Wed May 25thMeetingTales of a Roving Reporter: a talk by Alan Jones. (Chorleywood u3a monthly meeting at 2:30 pm. We are planning this as an in-person meeting in the Memorial Hall, which we will also make available on Zoom.) -- LATE CHANGE FROM THE PREVIOUSLY PLANNED SPEAKER. --

Twenty years of weird, wonderful and downright crazy stories, from nudists, to royalty, dangerous animals and nervous Bishops. Anything can happen and go wrong when there is a “Live Microphone”. Enjoy anecdotes from the unfortunate experiences of a radio reporter and discover what really happens “On” and “Off Air”!

Alan Jones enjoyed a long career as a BBC Journalist, which has provided him with a wealth of anecdotes to fill his talk. Alan will take us on a journey of his misadventures along the south coast, recalling the “unfortunate” experiences of a Roving Reporter.
June 2022
Wed Jun 22ndMeetingThe Palace of Knightsbridge – AKA Harrods: a talk by Richard Furnival-Jones.
(Chorleywood u3a monthly meeting at 2:30 pm. We are planning this as an in-person meeting in the Memorial Hall, which we will also make available on Zoom.)

The story of how Harrods grew from a small family shop in the 1840s with a staff of two plus messenger boy to today’s huge Knightsbridge department empire with 330 departments and thousands of staff. Fascinating facts included Oscar Wilde and Lillie Langtry being among the first customers to be given credit and customers being offered smelling salts or brandy after surviving a trip on England’s first escalator in 1898.

Richard Furnival-Jones was a trainee in the food hall in 1963. He worked his way up to become food hall manager before retiring after more than 40 years. Sharing his entertaining memories and stating that “Harrods is a family. When I went to work there I became part of that family.”
Thu Jun 23rdOutingVisit to Brookwood Cemetery and the Savill Garden (Windsor Great Park). Travel will be by coach, leaving Green Street, Chorleywood at 9:00 am, with an addtional pick-up at the White Horse a couple of minutes later. We expect to arrive back in Chorleywood by 5:30 pm. The cost will be £38.50, which includes a suggested donation of £5:00 to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. An optional cream tea at the Savill Garden is also available at an additional cost of £6.75.

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Full details, including an application form, have been sent to members. For any additional information contact Sue Brocklehurst by clicking on her name, or by phoning 01494 762889.
July 2022
Wed Jul 27thMeetingWilliam Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement: a talk by Mark Lewis. (Chorleywood u3a monthly meeting at 2:30 pm. We are planning this as an in-person meeting in the Memorial Hall, which we will also make available on Zoom.)

Celebrating the life and work of this illustrious poet, artist and social reformer, who pioneered a movement that reacted against the soulless machine production of the Industrial Revolution and attempted to promote joyful labour, the enjoyment of fine craftsmanship and simplicity of expression.

Mark Lewis is a designer-maker, specialising in silversmithing and jewellery, and also a landscape artist. He has a degree in 3-D Design and worked for a major jewellery and silver manufacturer in London, before establishing his own workshop in 1981. In 1985 he entered full-time teaching, although he continued to maintain a freelance consultancy. Mark has had a wide-ranging art and design teaching career in adult, further and higher education institutions, mostly in London. Until the summer of 2009, he was a Principal Lecturer in the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design at London Metropolitan University. He was a part-time lecturer at Birmingham City University, Holts Academy and the University of Creative Arts in Surrey. Mark currently lectures part-time at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in London.