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Dear members
Welcome to the main October Newsletter with details of Committee opportunities, and of our second hybrid monthly meeting coming up. There’s also some group news, invitations to some regional Zoom meetings, a couple of things we hope make you smile, as well as our usual quizzes.

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

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David writes:
At the end of November I will have completed my three-year term as Chairman of Chorleywood u3a. With your approval I am standing for re-election. For these three years I have been splendidly supported by Gillian Pugh in the role of Vice-chairman. Gillian has now decided to step down from the committee. We are therefore looking for a member to take over this position and if this could be you please contact me (or any other committee member). It is important for the health of our u3a that we have a turnover of committee members and ensure the introduction of fresh thinking. We have other committee vacancies – roles could include assistant treasurer, assisting the Groups co-ordinators, theatre and similar visits. If you value our u3a please step forward.


On Wednesday 27th October at 2:30pm. the Speaker will be Sarah Slater who has worked at Hampton Court Palace for the last twelve years as a Guide Lecturer, Tourist Guide and State Apartment Warder. She leads guided tours of the Palace, with the option of wearing an historical costume. In Working with the Ghosts at Hampton Court Palace she will talk about her experiences; what it is like to wander the galleries late at night on her own in the dark; the history, stories and sightings of ghosts over the years.

The September meeting – our first since the start of the Covid pandemic with both the speaker and members present in the Memorial Hall – was a success.

The October meeting again will be a hybrid event with the speaker in the Memorial Hall, but also broadcast via Zoom. We hope that many of you will take the opportunity to meet again in person. In the Memorial Hall we shall be following the Parish Council Risk Assessment arrangements, including QR procedures, a copy of which will be available. Members attending in person must be either double vaccinated or have had a recent negative non lateral flow test, and be free of any Covid symptoms. You will be advised to wear masks when moving around in the hall and seating will allow for social distancing. No tea will be available, but please bring your own drinks if you want.

A link for joining the meeting via Zoom has been sent to all members of Chorleywood u3a.

Dates for you diary Please put the following monthly meeting dates in your diary.

24th NovemberThe Chiltern Open Air Museum – Andrew York + AGM (please note this is a change to the programme previously published)
Friday, 17th DecemberChristmas Event (note this will be at 5pm - details will be announced later)
26th JanuaryThe Music Hall Era – Nick Hood
23rd FebruaryHistory of Spoken English – Charlie Haylock
23rd MarchNew Orleans to New York and others (music with anecdotes) – Roger Browne
27th AprilEdith and I: an Edwardian traveller in Kosovo – Elizabeth Gowing
25th MayCunard History and Glamorous Stars – Steve Herra
22nd JuneWilliam Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement – Mark Lewis
27th JulyThe Palace of Knightsbridge (aka Harrods) – Richard Furnival-Jones


Group in Regents Park London Walks
The London Walks group have completed their first walk of 2021 – a very enjoyable tour around Regent’s Park with lunch taken on Primrose Hill. Another walk is planned for October.

Patchwork Shared in the Sunshine
Before the pandemic struck, the Patchwork group just had time to plan and organise a group quilt. Once we went into lockdown it meant only meeting by Zoom to discuss progress and any difficulties. Trying to create a shared project at a distance was certainly challenging.

Patchwork QuiltOver the months the blocks were completed and were left on each other’s doorsteps to be sewn together and bound. Finally, it was complete and here we are sharing it together. It was the first time most of us had seen it in its entirety and it was lovely to get together in the garden one sunny day this September to share it.

Our quilt is a ‘quilt as you go’ lap quilt and hopefully it will go on display for you all to see very soon. It will then go to a charity, probably one for children in care.

Our talented members are: Dee, Mary, Myra, Fiona, Iona, Jill, Chris, Anona, Eleanor and Tricia.

New Group
VERSE AND WORSE Starting on January 22nd
Valerie Newberry is setting up this new group, to meet on the fourth Friday morning of the month at 10am, which will take a fresh look - sometimes quirky - at a range of verse: old and new, serious or light-hearted, humorous, frivolous, resistance poetry, verse for special occasions, and other suggestions. Members may even try their hand at writing their own. If you are interested, and for more details, please contact Valerie by clicking on her name, or phone 01923 777675.

Groups Re-opening

Would you like to improve your photography even with a basic camera or smartphone? Then join the practical photography group and find out what your camera or phone is really capable of producing.

Topics will include understanding the controls, moving away from relying on programme mode, landscapes, portraits, close ups, wildlife, sport and action plus a different subject to photograph after each session.

These topic pictures will be shared with the group and possible ways to improve them discussed.

So, if your photographic horizon doesn’t stretch beyond the grandchildren come and join us for practical and fun sessions starting in the afternoon of Monday 15 November and thereafter on every third Monday in the month.

Please indicate your interest to David Hiddleston (click on his name to email).

The Computer and Technology group will be held on the second Monday of the month from 2.30pm to 4pm and started again on Monday 11th October in the Common Room of the Memorial Hall. The meeting was to decide on the topics for the coming year plus a review of the latest Windows 10 and Windows 11 news. This will include information relating to how to go about replacing an old slow computer when there are very few new machines available at a sensible price.

The next meeting will be Monday 8th November from 2.30pm to 4pm
Please bring your new membership cards with you.

Our table tennis group meets every Thursday afternoon from 2pm to 3.30pm at the William Penn Centre. Contact Joy Clews if you are interested in joining or just turn up for a taster session.