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Monthly Bulletin – November 2019

from David Griggs, Chairman, Chorleywood U3A


Monthly Meeting – our next meeting on 27th November incorporates our AGM so the meeting will commence slightly earlier at 2.15pm (doors open at 2pm).

Following the AGM the speaker will be Dr Mark Collins, Chair of the Galapagos Conservation Trust and a tropical ecologist who trained at Oxford University, Imperial College and the Open University. His topic is Conservation in the Galapagos Islands. The talk will cover the geological origins of the Galapagos, the history of mapping of the Galapagos since the 17th century, the use (and abuse) of the islands over the centuries by pirates, whalers, surveyors, scientists and colonists and will describe an ambitious five-year programme to save one island in particular, Floreana.

New committee members wanted. Four (out of the 15) members of the current committee will be standing down at the AGM, after many years of service and we are looking for replacements. This is a great opportunity to bring your fresh ideas to the running of your U3A. Nomination forms can be obtained from Katina Smith, our Secretary (phone 01923 283313 or click her name to email), and must be submitted by 20th November 2019.

A message from Hilary Jeaffreson who will be retiring as Tea Coordinator after the AGM:
“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

Christmas Celebration 2019 - you are warmly invited to our Christmas Celebration at Christ Church, Chorleywood on Friday 13th December from 5-6pm. Individual members and groups will entertain you with words and music and there will be many favourite carols for you to sing. We love audience participation! Afterwards, share mulled wine and mince pies with friends till 7pm. The retiring collection will be on behalf of Herts Young Homeless, a local charity which supports young people aged from 16-24 who are homeless or in danger of becoming so.

There are still copies of our book Exploring Chorleywood: A Pictorial History, researched and written by five of our members, available from the bookshop. It would make a great Christmas present. The authors will all be in the bookshop on the late night shopping evening - 6th December.

U3A 2020 Diaries - nearly all sold! We now have just a few 2020 U3A diaries left so please contact Katina Smith (01923 283313 or click her name to email) if you would like to purchase one. They cost £2.75 and will also be available at the general meeting on Wednesday 27th November.

Do you live in the Moor Park/Sandy Lodge area? If you do we have some members living in that area who are keen to car share. If you are interested contact Katina Smith on 01923 283313 or click her neame to email.

Our Scrabble Group needs more boards. If you have one available either as a donation or as a 'permanent loan' please contact Carol Trinder on 01923 775385.

Congratulations to the Chorleywood Commoners who were winners of the Herts Network Quiz last month beating 25 other teams. Well done to Lyndon Berry, Eleanor Clarke, Debbie Edwards, Rik Edwards, Alex Fowkes and Jill Menghetti.

Groups are the lifeblood of our U3A as most of you will know from experience. If however there is no group for something you would like to do or the group is full, please talk to Jill Menghetti on 01923 284485. We may be able to help.

Monthly meetings – reminder: our monthly meetings which usually have a speaker covering a variety of topics are open to all members - no booking required, just turn up. Most of these are held at the Memorial Hall and car drivers are reminded that if using the car park opposite then a free ticket should be obtained from the machine and displayed on the windscreen to prevent getting a parking fine. Doors open from 2pm for prompt 2.30pm start. (2.15pm in November for the AGM). Any amendments to this are advertised each month. Your prompt arrival is requested as latecomers may distract the meeting and/or speaker's presentation. As well as listening to the speaker, it is a chance to socialise, keep up to date with events planned for our U3A and have a cuppa. The meetings are only for members but if you know anyone who might be interested in joining Chorleywood U3A, you may bring them along to one meeting and sign them in as your guest. If, following this taster session, they then decide to join us, they can complete an application form that day. There's no obligation to join that day unless they wish to attend other meetings in which case, they should join before or not later than the second meeting. This also applies to prospective members requesting a group leader to attend a one-off taster session of any interest group meeting, prior to joining the U3A.


The Herts Network is planning to hold a study day next April on the History of London and Immigration - diversity since early 1900’s. Further details will follow.

Rickmansworth U3A are organising a holiday for 7 days in the AUSTRIAN LAKE DISTRICT from 22nd–28th September 2020. Anyone interested please contact: Margaret Czekalowska: or Michele Bennett: for further details.


June Whitaker - Memorial Exhibition and Sale. June was one of our members who died in August. A memorial exhibition of her works has been arranged by her daughter and has been described as a reminder of how brilliant she was at everything from life drawings to local scenes and pretty animals. The sale and exhibition will be held from 2-4 pm on Sunday 24th November in Chenies Baptist Church.

The Chiltern Choir invites you to its autumn concert, on Saturday 30th November at St Mary's Church, Rickmansworth, starting at 7.30. The choir will be singing four contemporary, but very accessible, choral masterpieces by Jonathan Dove (Missa Brevis), Cecilia McDowell (Stabat Mater), Bob Chilcott (Little Jazz Mass) and Will Todd (Songs of Peace). Tickets - £13 in advance (from choir members, Chorleywood Bookshop or, or £15 on the door.