Greater Thame


General main meetings for GTU3A are held on the first Thursday of the month from 2.30pm. These monthly meetings are held in the Thame Barns Centre.

We also hold regular coffee mornings on the second Wednesday of the month in the Mezzanine area in Rumsey's, Thame from 10-11.30am.
These are opportunities to drop in and relax with other GTU3A members. New members especially welcome.

Dates for your Diary
Thu Sep 5th GTU3A monthly meeting in large hall, Thame Barns Centre


Speaker Wendy Price
Thu Oct 3rd GTU3A monthly meeting in large hall, Thame Barns Centre

John Hampden

Speaker Miles Buckingham
Thu Nov 7th GTU3A monthly meeting in large hall, Thame Barns Centre

The Mitfords

Speaker Muriel Pilkington
Thu Dec 5th GTU3A monthly meeting in large hall, Thame Barns Centre

Annual General Meeting and Bring and Share Tea
Wed Oct 16th Mike Price is looking to organise a trip to King Richard III museum, the Cathedral, National Space Museum in Leicester. Wednesday October 16th if there is enough interest. Cost around £27.

Mike would like to know who would like to come along so that he has an idea of numbers before he tries to set it all up. Knowing how many people are likely to be on the trip helps him get the right size coach and sort out the exact costing. If you signed up at the main meeting, you don't need to tell Mike again, thank you

Contact details for Mike are in July 2019 newsletter.
Social Events
Mon Sep 2nd Haddenham U3A film club - Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham at 2pm

Heavenly Creatures (15)
Two teenage girls share a unique bond; their parents, concerned that the friendship is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.
with Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse
Mon Oct 7th Haddenham U3A film club - Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham at 2pm

Lady Sings the Blues (15)
The story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday.
with Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor
Mon Nov 4th Haddenham U3A film club - Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham at 2pm

The Man Who Invented Christmas (PG)
The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine Christmas.
with Dan Stevens, Mark Schrier, Patrick Joseph Byrnes
Mon Dec 2nd Haddenham U3A film club - Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham at 2pm

Notting Hill (15)
The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world.
with Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts
Tue Dec 10th The U3A Christmas Lunch date will be Tuesday December 10th at The Peacock, Henton, near Chinnor.

Those who went last year enjoyed it tremendously – no complaints at all! The menu and booking form will be out later in the year, but please put it in your diary now so that you don’t miss this friendly occasion.
Tue Dec 10th Christmas lunch at the Peacock, Henton.
Mon Jan 6th 2020 Haddenham U3A film club - Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham at 2pm

Woman in Gold (12)
Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.
with Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl
Mon Feb 3rd 2020 Haddenham U3A film club - Youth & Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham at 2pm

Little Voice (15)
A shy reclusive lady is convinced by an invisible entity to sing. Subsequently, she finds herself noticed by a sleazy talent agent and her talent being showcased on-stage. She also meets a kind but nervous man who becomes her best friend.
with Jane Horrocks, Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn
Other Events
Thu Sep 19th Why does health run in the family? 2.00pm, Thursday 19th.September

We have arranged a talk by Dr. Robert A. Beagrie, PhD, Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow, MRC Molecular Haematology Unit, MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital.

Dr.Beagrie wants to talk to us and get feedback on the interest from U3As in this work and whether the talk can be developed for other U3As. I have 9 spaces initially as we are sharing the available spaces with the other local U3As. So please let me know asap if you would like to come along. The meeting will be 2.00pm on Thursday 19th.September in the library, High Street, Long Crendon HP18 9AF.

The following is the input I have from Dr.Beagrie:
In this hour-long session I will explore the relationship between human health and inheritance. Why is it that so many health problems seem to be passed from parents to children, and what have we learned about how this all works from sequencing the human genome? Should I have my genome sequenced, and what could it tell me? We’ll also dive into the future, the exciting new technologies that might change healthcare forever and whether they can really live up to their promise.
There will be an opportunity to ask questions after his presentation.

Organiser - Mike Price - see July/Aug newsletter for contact details
Earth Matters
Wed Sep 11th For the September Meeting I have arranged a visit to Ardley Energy Recovery Facility. This is on the other side of Bicester. The plant is clearly visible from the M40.The date is 11th September and we will need to be at the plant by 1pm. This will be car sharing and the numbers will be limited. Expressions of interest needed – As usual with these visits you will need to be agile and there are strict clothing guidelines. Please contact me if you need more information or are interested in joining us.

Organiser Ann Atkins - see July 2019 newsletter for details.
Garden group

A visit to Claydon House and Gardens is being organised by Marion Wilkes and Sue Oswell for Friday 6 September. The day is flexible and all are welcome to join the whole or part of the day.

Claydon House, which has experienced mixed fortunes, nestles in beautiful parkland enhanced by attractive English country house gardens, which are decorative and productive. More recently a Florence Nightingale centenary garden has been created, commemorating Claydon’s historical connections.

The house itself has elaborate decoration, carvings and chinoiserie in 18th century style, resulting from 300 years of ownership by the Verney family. Florence Nightingale, sister of Lady Verney, was a frequent visitor to Claydon, spending her summers there, with some of her possessions still remaining on view to visitors. The house was given to the National Trust in 1956 but the gardens and courtyard remain in ownership of the Verney family.

Although Claydon is a National Trust property we do need to know numbers in advance, especially for guided tours of house and/or garden as separate ticketing applies.

Transport will be in shared cars. Please let us know if you need transport or if you are able to offer a lift to other members.

For more information and to book your place please contact Marion - see July/Aug newsletter for contact details.
Visiting Country Churches
Thu Aug 22nd Visit St Mary’s Church, Pyrton, Watlington at 2.30 p.m.

Please park at the Village Hall where we will have refreshments after the visit. Donations will be £3.00 for the church and £3.00 for tea. Please let Elizabeth Thomas know if you are able to attend - contact details in the July 2019 newsletter.
Thu Sep 26th Visit to St. John the Baptist Church, Church Green, Burford. OX18 4RX18 4RY.

I suggest we try and get there by 2.15. Lynette Derry will tell us about the church at 2.30. Tea after the talk will be at the Warwick Hall Cafe. Please let Deborah Miller know if you would like to attend - contact details in July 2019 newsletter.
Thu Oct 24th Margaret & Mike Kelly and Ann & Charles Hyde have arranged a visit to the Church of St John the Baptist in Little Missenden, Bucks HP7 0RA.

The nave of the church is over 1000 years old and the outer walls are Saxon and decorated with a collection of rare wall paintings of national importance. Please arrive before 2.30pm to enable subs to be collected (£6: £3 donation for the church + £3 for refreshments) before we are met by the parish priest, The Revd John Simpson (who likes to be addressed as Father John). He will give us a talk and a tour of the church. For further details and to book a place, please contact: Charles Hyde - contact details in July 2019 newsletter.
Thu Nov 21st Harris Manchester College, Judy Glenn
Walks long 2
Mon Sep 2nd David and Pam Harverson will be leading a 5 mile easy walk from Cookham. We will meet in front of The Old Swan Uppers, The Pound, Cookham, SL6 9QE at 9.45 for a 10am start. The walk takes us across a field to join the tow path beside the Thames which we follow round Cock Marsh, once an island and a source of willow used in basket making. After we leave the tow path we have some lovely views and make our back along paths through woodland and over fields to return to Cookham. Those staying on after the walk will take refreshments at The Old Swan Uppers pub.

Contact details in July/Aug newsletter