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Chorleywood u3a – Newsletter 45 May 2022

Dear members,

We hope this newsletter finds you well. However, we do still request that you do not attend any u3a event or meeting if you are feeling unwell and/or have symptoms of Covid. We also ask that, if possible, you take a Covid test before attending.

Thanks to all of you who have sent contributions. Keep them coming to:
David Griggs – Chairman
Katina Smith – Secretary

Where people's names are shown in coloured text, you can click or tap on the name to send them a message.

We are continuing to review the way the newsletter is distributed, and hope things have started
to improve. We confirm the main newsletter will be distributed around the middle of each month and suggest that you look on the Chorleywood u3a website to check if it is there if you feel you haven't received it. This will contain details of the forthcoming monthly meeting, and Zoom link. Please note we shall no longer be sending a reminder of this on the Monday before the meeting. However as this is a recurring meeting the Zoom link will remain unchanged month to month.

For family reasons the previously advertised speaker, Steve Herra, is unable to give his talk this month. His replacement is Alan Jones, who has enjoyed a long career as a BBC Journalist, providing him with a wealth of anecdotes to fill his talk which is entitled Tales of a Roving Reporter.

Alan will take us on a journey of his misadventures along the south coast - 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”!

We are again running this as a hybrid meeting with the speaker live in the Memorial Hall, but also available to see and hear through Zoom for those of you preferring this form of access.

Here is the Zoom invitation:
Chorleywood U3A is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: monthly meeting
Time: May 25, 2022 02:30 PM London
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 922 9357 7493
Passcode: 261196

Please log on from 2:20pm onwards.

Dates for you diary Please put the following monthly meeting dates in your diary.
22nd June – The Palace of Knightsbridge (aka Harrods) – Richard Furnival-Jones*
27th July – William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement – Mark Lewis*
24th August – The Art of Underground Travel – David Burnell
28th September – History of Cartoons – Ian Keable
26th October – May Savidge Moves House – Christine Adams
23rd November – Off the Record: Album Art – Rupert Dickens
*Please note these dates have been swapped

We are planning to book a Coach Theatre Trip to London's Gielgud Theatre to see "To Kill a Mockingbird", Aaron Sorkin's new play based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

The date of the matinee performance 17th August, the price £55 per ticket plus the cost of the coach travel. Further details nearer the time. If you are interested in joining us please let Georgie Barton know. (Click on her name to send a message.)

Were you inspired by our member Nick Hood's recent talk on the Music Hall Era? Would you be interested in visiting Brick Lane Music Hall, which is celebrating 30 years of its' existence this year? It promises to be a very entertaining performance and enjoyable occasion. A lunchtime show with three course lunch on 4th September is £45 per person plus the cost of the coach travel. If interested let Georgie Barton know as soon as possible.

VILLAGE DAY : Saturday 9th July 12 noon until 4pm
As usual we will be having a stall at Village Day on Saturday July. This is a great day for us to promote the u3a and gain new members. So please do come and visit us and bring friends and neighbours who might be interested in joining us.

We are also looking for helpers on the day to meet and greet prospective new members. If you can spare an hour during the day please let Katina Smith know.

St Andrew’s Church are holding a plant sale in the Church Car park on Saturday 28th May from 10.30am until 12.30pm.

Diana Whitney says she and several other U3A members have been busy growing a variety of bedding plants, tomato plants and herbs and there is also an opportunity to bring any excess plants you may have too!

All proceeds to the Hillside project. Refreshments also available.

Visit 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 additional 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.

Click on the coloured text for further information.

For any additional information contact Sue Brocklehurst by clicking/tapping on her name, or by phoning 01494 762889.

The Chiltern Choir's summer concert brings you a selection of popular songs that swing. Tap your feet to favourites such as Ain't Misbehavin, I got Rhythm, Over the Rainbow, Night and Day, Begin the Beguine, In the Mood - and many more, including a selection from Mama Mia

The concert is at Sarratt Village Hall on Saturday 2nd July from 6.00 - 7.15.
Tickets are £13, under 18s free, available from the website, or on the door depending on demand.

St Albans U3A has a swing band (j3a ) that rehearses in London Colney, and prior to Covid had gigs at other local u3a’s.

We are looking for a trombonist and lead Alto to join us. Bob Power is our Musical Director who arranges our music and regularly conducts the band with sympathetic guidance. Most of the arrangements are not particularly demanding and several allow anyone who wishes to improvise, but there is no compulsion or expectation.

Should you be intrigued by this, come and try us for a couple of weeks and see if it’s for you.
We meet on 3 Monday afternoons a month, with breaks in line with schools. Please contact Roger by clicking/tapping on his name.

East of England Regional Conference,Thursday 19 May in Chelmsford.
The theme of this conference is The u3a – Past, Present and Future. All u3a members in the East of England (which includes Chorleywood) are invited to join the regional conference which will be an opportunity to network and discover new ideas.To book a place go to:

North West Region Summer School
Tuesday 16 - Friday 19 August; University of Cumbria, Fusehill Street Campus, Carlisle.
At the North West Summer School, there are opportunities to learn Archaeology, Art, Geology, Literature, Ukulele, Art Appreciation and Colourful Knitting. To find out more go to:

Japan: Lasting Impressions – Tuesday 24th May at 10:30am
Hilary Jones of Flintshire u3a is joined by her son Dan, who will be Zooming in live from Japan to share his experiences.

This event will be held online via Zoom – to register go to

Recognising that a little help can go a long way, especially in these challenging times, Chorleywood Film Club is launching a Young Filmmakers Bursary Scheme.

Up to four Bursaries - each worth up to £200 - will be available to help local young filmmakers in school years 4 -13 achieve their creative ambition and pursue their passion for film. Each Bursary will be awarded to help fund film related activities which could include: attending an educational course, the purchase of some new film equipment, film making or film editing software.

For full details on how to apply for a bursary and the Terms & Conditions of the Bursary Scheme see the Club’s website:

Applications close at midnight on Tuesday 31st May 2022.