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Monthly Bulletin – May 2019

from David Griggs, Chairman, Chorleywood U3A


Monthly Meeting – our next monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, 22nd May in the Memorial Hall (2:30pm – doors open at 2pm). The Speaker will be Dr Haydon Bailey. He has a PhD in Chalk micropalaeontology, is a Chartered Geologist and has worked as a consultant micropalaeontologist in the oil and gas industry for forty years. He’s been Chairman and Industrial Liaison Officer of The Micropalaeontology Society and is a past President of the Geologists’ Association, as well as Geological Adviser to the Chiltern Society. Since 2012 he has been Honorary Lecturer on the MSc course in Applied & Petroleum Micropalaeontology at the University of Birmingham.

His topic will be Living in the Chiltern Area for the Last 100 Million Years. What would it have been like in Chorleywood a hundred million years ago and how has it changed over subsequent significant periods in geological time? The region saw the impact of major glaciation during the Ice Age, being right at the front of major ice sheets, what did these do to the Hertfordshire landscape? Finally with the onset of climate change and “global warming”, what might we see in the Chilterns in the future?

An all-day visit to Frogmore House and Savill Garden will take place on Thursday 15th August. Frogmore House has been a favourite royal retreat for more than 300 years. It became a royal residence in 1792 when it was bought by George III's wife, Queen Charlotte. Savill Garden is one of the finest royal gardens within Windsor Great Park. The cost is £34 to include coach, guided tour of Frogmore House and entry to Savill Garden. A booking form has been circulated to members.

An all-day visit to Brooklands Motor Museum will take place on Monday, 9th September. The birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, Brooklands Museum is on the site of the world's first purpose-built motor racing circuit. The cost is £30.00 including coach and an introductory presentation. A booking form has been circulated to members.

Our new, second, scrabble group will start meeting on the third Tuesday morning of the month, 10am-12 noon at the Junction, Christ Church, with the first one on 21st May. Carol Trinder is the leader.

We would like to start an Apple users group, for people to help and learn from each other. If this interests you please contact Jill Menghetti.

Transport Co-ordinator – we are looking for a volunteer from the membership to organise lifts/taxis for any members in need (particularly to main monthly meetings) and ways to help members in to the hall. If you are interested in taking on this role please contact me or any member of the committee.

Doris Mahood passed away peacefully on Thursday 16th May after a short illness aged 95. Her funeral will take place on Wednesday 29th May at 3pm at GreenAcres Chiltern, Potkiln Lane, Jordans, Chalfont St Peter, HP9 2XB followed by refreshments at Cedar Village, Dog Kennel Lane, Chorleywood. There will be family flowers only at the funeral but donations, if desired, can be sent to South Bucks Down’s Syndrome (SBDSG) c/o Beacon Funeral Services Ltd., 27 Rose Avenue, Hazlemere, High Wycombe HP15 7PH

Change of Venue for 9th Birthday Meeting on 24th July 2019. This meeting will now take place at the MEMORIAL HALL at the usual time of 2.30 – 4.00pm and not at Christ Church as previously advertised.


National Summer Schools

The two national summer school are booking fast.
Aston University, Birmingham - 12th to 15th August

  • Singing for Pleasure
  • Creative Writing - The Big Novel
  • Linguistics - Child Language Acquisition
  • Music - Jazz - The Sound of Surprise
  • Literature/Philosophy - Irisland
  • Film - International Films

Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester - 10th to 13th September

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Garden History - Influential Women in English Garden History
  • Latin for Roman Britain & Beyond
  • Mathematics - Surprised by Maths
  • Opera - Donizetti's Three (and a bit) Queens

For more details and to book a place, click here.

Places are now booking for the U3A Exclusive event at the National Gallery on 20th June from 11am – 3.45 pm. The Italian Renaissance saw the creation of some of the finest art works ever made. Join National Gallery experts for a day of talks on iconic paintings and hidden gems of the Italian Renaissance, by artists such as Botticelli, Leonardo and Titian, as well as some less known artists. For more information and to book a place please go to

Barbara Lewis, former National U3A Chairman, is seriously ill with an incurable cancer. She has written a memoire booklet called ‘Tea with Barbara’ with some of her favourite things. This is available free of charge with a C5 sae from National Office (The Third Age Trust, 52 Lant St, London SE1 1RB). The booklet also includes details of a new fund she has established to help fledgling U3As for which she is seeking support from membership. Donations can be sent to Third Age Trust.


Meet Lord Alf Dubs at Christ Church on Wednesday 19th June at 2.30pm. Alf Dubs is a British politician and former Member of Parliament for Battersea. He came to England in 1939 when he was just six years old as one of over 600 children that were bought out of Czechoslovakia by the Kindertransport organised by Sir Nicholas Winton. As someone who has experienced life as a refugee, perhaps it should not come as any surprise that he sponsored a Bill through Parliament to bring a new generation of unaccompanied child refugees to the UK through safe and legal routes. Today, he is the strongest and most visible supporter of the Safe Passage Charity that has been able to bring over 1700 young people to the UK who are qualified to come here because they have close relatives that are resident in the UK.

While there is no entrance fee, this is a Fundraising Event to support the excellent work that is being done by the Safe Passage organisation and therefore all donations will be welcomed. The doors will open at 2:00pm, the event will start at 2:30pm and at 4:00pm, there will be an opportunity to enjoy a Cream Tea together for just £5 per person. To book your tickets, email Brian Donelly (by clicking on his name) or send a text message to 07834-770-442. Also they would like volunteers to help with the cream teas to contact Brian.

Ping Pong for Parkinson's will be held at the Rickmansworth Tennis Club on Friday 24th May from 11:45am to 1:15pm, and every Friday thereafter. Please note this is different to the information given out at our last monthly meeting. All people affected by Parkinson’s and their carers will be welcome. Coaching will be available.

Jordans Music Club are holding their 76th Summer Festival on Sunday 2nd June, Sunday 16th June, Sunday 30th June and Sunday 14th July. The concerts are held in the Jubilee Hall, Seer Green and begin at 7.30pm. For more information visit their website.



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