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Monthly Bulletin – September 2019

from David Griggs, Chairman, Chorleywood U3A


Monthly Meeting – our next monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, 25th September in the Memorial Hall (2:30pm – doors open at 2pm). The speaker is Simon West, District Archaeologist with St Albans District Council, who will be speaking on the History of Verulamium. Simon is the Council's field archaeologist and planning archaeologist and has been working in St Albans since the late 1980s, leading all the major excavations in this time including the Folly Lane excavations, Turners Hall Farm villa and bathhouse and the Verulamium museum extension. The talk will cover the settlement at Verulamium from its late Iron Age origins through to the late Roman period, and the growth and changes that occurred in the town during this time.

Membership renewal last reminder - we are delighted that most of our members have renewed their membership for another year and their cards have been issued to them which leaders will ask to see at their next group meetings. However, there are a few members who have not yet renewed so if you want to retain your membership please either send your form and payment to the Membership Secretary asap or bring them to our general meeting on Wednesday 25th September at the Memorial Hall and cards will be issued at the same time. Memberships will automatically lapse if subscriptions are not received by 30th September. If you have any queries or need help, please contact the Membership Secretary on 01923 774314.

"Friends, Romans, Murderers ..."

Are you a super sleuth? We are organising A Murder Mystery Evening on Saturday 26th October at the Memorial Hall. You can win amazing prices for solving the mystery. The cost is £20 per head, including a three course meal, or £25 for non-members. Please complete the booking form which has been sent to membersand return, with your cheque, to Georgie Barton at the address shown. Or phone Georgie on 01923 284755. We need to finalise the arrangements by 23rd September, at the latest, so please do let Georgie have your forms and payments as soon as possible.

This autumn we plan to run a “Learning to be Retired Course”. The course will be led by one of our members – Mike Lansdown – and held at the Junction. There will be six sessions to be held on October 11, 18, 25 and November 8, 15, 22. (10am–Noon). A booking form has been sent to members and should be returned, with your cheque, to Julia Pich at the address shown.

Visit to Denbies Wine Estate - our U3A wine appreciation group is running a trip to Denbies Wine Estate on Friday 11 October. There are a few spaces left at the moment and they would like to hear from anyone who would like to join them. The details are as follows: enjoy the Classic Wine Tasting Experience for a cost of £8.50 each The tour which lasts about 50 minutes includes a cinema viewing, a walking tour with guide and finishes with a tasting of 3 classic wines in the cellar. Lunch afterwards in the Conservatory restaurant. The coach cost will be around £19.00 so the total excluding lunch will be about £27.50. The journey is around an hour and a half. The tour starts at 11am so they will leave Chorleywood at around 9 am to arrive in good time. Trips to vineyards are always a lot of fun and also an opportunity to taste some excellent English wines.

There are now two space in our U3A Wine Appreciation group. They meet once a month, usually in the afternoon of the first Friday of the month, have a very convivial time and also find out a lot about different wines.

If you would like to know more about the trip or the wine group, please contact Wendy Boatman

07724 252530, 01923 283330

The Chorleywood U3A website news page contains a link to our twitter feed. If you have any pictures/stories pertaining to U3A activities please e-mail these to Nick Hood

One of the three guiding principles of the U3A movement is The Mutual Aid Principle. This is achieved by members providing their time and knowledge when they lead interest groups, organise social events, cultural visits and study days. Another way of making a volunteer contribution is to take on a committee role and we are looking for members interested in joining us on the committee from November 2019. To explore this further contact a current committee member, e.g. at the monthly meeting or via the website.

A message from Hilary Jeaffreson who will be retiring as Tea Coordinator later this year. “Surely there is someone among our 500 or so U3A members who would enjoy taking on this fun job! I have been doing it for 9 years and feel it's time to move on. It's not too onerous:- provide teas at our monthly meetings and occasionally at other events. Collect a small team of helpers (I am sure some of mine would still be willing to help, including me). Keep a box of basics:- tea-pots, jugs, sugar, coffee, tea- etc. and provide milk and biscuits. There are always people to help and support and the best part is you get to talk to everyone! Please contact me if you have any queries and I look forward to hearing from you.”

Hilary Jeaffreson 01923 283715

U3A 2020 Diaries

We have now received the 2020 U3A diaries which will be available for purchase at the general meeting on Wednesday 25th September at a cost of £2.75 each. If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like a diary please contact Katina Smith on 01923 283313.

Problems receiving emails?

You have probably seen in the papers recently of problems with Microsoft blocking certain emails claiming that they contain spam. This problem has now been sorted out with Microsoft but if you feel you are missing some emails, and especially recent editions of the U3A bulletin please look in your spam/junk folder where they will most likely be. Click on the ‘not spam’ tab and move them into the Inbox folder. Also put our email address of into your address box which will help delivery. If you have a Yahoo, Live, Sky, TalkTalk or Outlook account this is more likely to affect you. If you need further advice Mike Field has very kindly offered to help. His telephone number is 01923 283319.


Following hot on the heels of the success of their last Study Day entitled "ASPECTS OF ART", the Herts Network are pleased to announce details of their next Study Day "OUR ENVIRONMENT - Take Care of the Earth and she will Take Care of You" - which will be held on Wednesday 25th September 2019, at Woolmer Green Village Hall, SG3 6XA, from 10.15am to 3.30pm. This is open to all members of our U3A. A booking form has been circulated to members and gives full details of the programme and how to book tickets. They have been able to maintain a charge of £12 per person which will include a buffet lunch and tea/coffee.

All member U3As are invited to take part in the Herts Network Bridge Tournament to be held in Woolmer Green Village Hall, SG3 6XA, on Friday 11th October 2019 from 12.30pm to 4.30pm. Initially two teams per U3A may take part, subject to review nearer the time depending on availability. Cost will be £12 per team of 4, including refreshments. A booking form containing full details has been corculated to members. If you have any questions, please contact the Tournament Director, details on the form. A trophy will be awarded to the winning team.

The Herts Network Quiz will take place this year at Woolmer Green Village Hall on Friday 25th October, 1pm to 4pm. We are aiming to field two teams of six, and there are still places available. If you are interested in taking part please email me, David Griggs by clicking/tappping on my name.

Orchards East is an environmental and community history project based at the University of East Anglia. It is devoted to understanding the past, present and future of orchards in the East of England. U3A have been approached to ask if we would like to be involved in the Oral History part of the project in Hertfordshire. They are looking for people who worked in orchards, owned orchards or have any connection with orchards in Hertfordshire to come forward. Do you have a story to tell? Alternatively would you be interested in learning how to record their memories? You can learn more on Orchards East website or contact Jennifer Simpson, National Shared Learning Project Coordinator by clicking/tapping on her name.


Amersham Concert Club has a new venue for its 53rd season! Their opening concert at the Amersham Free Church, Sycamore Rd, Amersham HP6 6AJ is at 7.30pm on Saturday 21st September. The renowned Piatti Quartet will play Debussy's String Quartet, Beethoven's Rasumovsky Quartet No.8 Op.59 No.2 and Winter's Edge by Mark Anthony Turnage, a Piatti commission which received it's world premiere earlier this year at the Wigmore Hall. Tickets (price £15) are available from 01494 765420, The Record Shop, Amersham, Perfect Pitch, Chesham or on the door.