Hillingdon

Events

Monthly meetings

The meetings are held typically on the second Monday of each month between 10:00 and 12:00, although there may be an occasional change of date if there is a clash with another function. These changes do not happen at short notice.

Members should just turn up at the Winston Churchill Hall, Bury Street, Ruislip before 10am on the second Monday in the month, show your membership card as you enter the foyer and you won't be able to miss us.


Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Mon Mar 9th Monthly Meeting at WCH - Presentation: Ant Grant - "Another Omelette, Mister Gielgud"
Mon Apr 20th Monthly Meeting at WCH - Presentation: Geoff Bowden - "Murder Most Profitable"
Mon May 11th Monthly Meeting at WCH - AGM - Presentation: "Tax, Care and Toyboys 2"
Mon Jun 8th Monthly Meeting at WCH - Presentation: Neil Watson - "The Denham Massacre".
Mon Jul 13th Monthly Meeting at WCH - Presentation: Alan Hooper - "David Lloyd George and the Lost Film Biography".
Mon Aug 10th Monthly Meeting at WCH - Presentation: Nick Cook - "Ban Conkers".
Mon Sep 14th Monthly Meeting at WCH - Presentation: Brian Freeland - "Women of the Raj".
Mon Oct 12th Monthly Meeting at WCH - Presentation: Sean Sinclair - "The Royal Navy and their Battle Against the Slave Trade".
Mon Nov 9th Monthly Meeting at WCH - Presentation: Graham Laurie - "Roald Dahl's War".
Mon Dec 14th Monthly Meeting at WCH - Presentation: Dick Smith - "50 Years as a Town Crier".
Mon Jan 11th 2021 Monthly Meeting at WCH - Presentation: Tony Eaton - "Windsor and the Nazis - Dupe or Traitor?".
Mon Feb 8th 2021 Monthly Meeting at WCH - Presentation: John Field - "Tommy Cooper's Life".
Mon Mar 8th 2021 Monthly Meeting at WCH - Presentation: Ian Keble - "All Done by Kindness".
Outings
Thu Mar 5th

The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries Hall
Cost £20.50. Make your own way to meet outside the hall at 10.15am (nearest underground station Blackfriars). 25 Places available.

The Society was founded by Royal Charter in 1617 in recognition of the apothecaries' specialist skills in compounding and dispensing medicines. They acquired a Hall in Blackfriars in 1632 and had to re-build after its destruction in the Great Fire of London in 1666. It's the oldest extant livery company Hall in the City.

Following refreshments, we will be guided through the magnificent building and formal rooms and told about the historical significance of the site, the history of the society and shown the greatly treasured artefacts on display.

** Status as at 22nd November is that this trip is now fully booked with a wait list in place. **

Contact Janet Perry for more details.

Mon May 4th

Tower of London
Cost £20 per person. Make your own way to meet at the Tower at 10.45am (details on booking). Nearest underground Station is Tower Hill (District & Circle Lines). 50 places available.

Discover London’s castle which is a secure fortress, a royal palace and infamous prison. Explore 1,000 years of history at London’s iconic castle and World Heritage Site. A vsit to see the Crown Jewels, take a legendary Yeoman Warder tour and meet the ravens are all included in the ticket price.

Please Note, this visit is not suitable if you have mobility difficulties due to structures within the castle.

New On-Line Booking for Visits
For those already used to the on-line booking now being used for the London Walks, there is an online booking facility for this trip which opens on the 12th February at 1 minute past midnight and is here Tower of London Online Booking Link.

Paper Application Q2 2020 Visit Forms

** Status as at 14th February is that 19 out of the 25 places have been booked online and 20 out of the 25 places have been applied for using paper forms. **

Contact Maureen McCann for more details of the visit or help with the on-line booking.

Thu Jun 11th

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.
Cost £32 per person. Coach pick up at 9.00am in Ickenham or 9.15am in Uxbridge. Return approx. 18.00pm. 50 places available.

Enjoy a day at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Follow the trail of our 'Greatest Briton' to discover his most cherished places.

The ticket includes entry to the house (at a time you suit yourself) and entry to the formal gardens, pleasure gardens and park. There are plenty of places to eat or you are welcome to bring a picnic. There are several designated picnic sites or you are free to picnic anywhere in the park.

Paper Application Q2 2020 Visit Forms

** Status as at 14th February is that there are still 14 places available. **

For details contact Pam Mellors.

Social Events
Mon Feb 24th Coffee Morning at THE GOOD YARN in Uxbridge where you can meet up with other members.
(Good Yarn is in Uxbridge High St, opp. Tesco.)
Mon Mar 23rd Coffee Morning at THE GOOD YARN in Uxbridge where you can meet up with other members.
(Good Yarn is in Uxbridge High St, opp. Tesco.)
Sat Apr 4th

HU3A Quiz Night with Fish and Chip Supper
Ticket Cost £10. The evening will start at 7.00pm and finish about 11.00pm (doors open at 6.30pm).

As usual, Neil will be our Quizmaster and there will be prizes for the winners. So come and join us at Ickenham Village Hall.

An application form has now been diasabled as the event is full - Quiz 2020 Form.

Let us know if you are a group of 4 or more.

** Status as 17th February, all tickets are now SOLD OUT and a waiting list is in place. **

Contact Mary Morgan for further details.

Mon Apr 27th Coffee Morning at THE GOOD YARN in Uxbridge where you can meet up with other members.
(Good Yarn is in Uxbridge High St, opp. Tesco.)
Wed Jun 3rd National U3A Day
A date for your diary.

U3As across the country are invited to mark the day by celebrating and showcasing what happens in their U3A.

All U3As are asked to participate, perhaps in partnership with other local U3As.

Planning has now started and if you have any suggestions about what we should include in our day, please contact Rodney or any Committee member.
Mon Jun 29th Coffee Morning at THE GOOD YARN in Uxbridge where you can meet up with other members.
(Good Yarn is in Uxbridge High St, opp. Tesco.)
Summer Schools
Tue Jul 21st
→Thu Jul 23rd
London Region of U3As Summer School 2020
Location: St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Off Fleet St (5 min from Fleet St Station).

There will be a choice of over 30 diiferent talks or workshops and 6 guided walks. The programme will be drawn from a broad range of subjects including; Art, Current Affairs, History, Literature, Music, Science, Social Studies & Travel.

Attendance can be one, two or three days and Tickets will be £38 per day which includes refreshments and a cold buffet lunch.

Registration is now open and programme details will be delivered in February. Contact Catherine Ware at email: chair.london@gmail.com 020 8879 0352

LRU3A Summer School 2020
Chamber Concerts
Wed Mar 25th

Chamber Concert at Cadogan Hall, London
Featuring:
Keith Burstein Memories of Bonn (world premiere)
Bloch Concertino for flute, viola and strings
Hummel Trumpet Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No. 7
Conductor : Christopher Warren-Green

Time: 7:30pm
16 places available
Cost: £34 per person (includes Community Bus)
Meeting point: Ickenham at 5:00pm

** Status as at 10th February is that there are spaces still available. **

Contact Elizabeth Douglas for more details and to book your place.

London Walks
Thu Mar 12th

Spies & Spycatchers London Guided Tour,
Meeting at Piccadilly Circus Underground station (exit 4, Bakerloo Line) at 10.45am. The cost is £8 per member, and you can book and Pay on-Line by using this Link to Online Booking.

Although the online booking is successfully in use now, you can still pay by cheque and Brian will collect in the usual way.

** Status as at 14th February is that this walk is now fully booked with a wait list in place. **

Contact Brian Carse for more details and to be added to his list.

Watch this website or check the next Newsletter for updates and all future events.

Opera Appreciation 1
Wed Jun 17th

Opera Holland Park Theatre - Rigoletto
Description: Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi. Starting at 7:30pm, this is a new production with an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, surtitles in English. Performed by the City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus.

Cursed by nature and despised by society, the jester Rigoletto’s only love is his daughter, Gilda. But when Gilda falls in love with Rigoletto’s master, the ruthless Duke of Mantua, the corruption of court life escalates and Gilda is abducted. Humiliated and disgraced, Rigoletto hires an assassin.

Tickets: Still to be confirmed but should be £55-£60 including transport.

** As at 10th February, this trip is now full and a wait list is in place.**

For more details contact Elizabeth Douglas.

Also watch for updates in the Newsletter and this web site.

Wed Jul 22nd

Opera Holland Park Theatre - The Merry Widow
Description: The Merry Widow by Franz Lehár. Starting at 7:30pm, this is a new production with music by Franz Leháran and Italian libretto by Victor Leon and Leo Stein with surtitles in English. Performed by the City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus.

Hanna Glawari is wealthy, single and a target for gold-digging French aristocrats. At a glamorous Parisian party, the Pontevedrin ambassador Baron Zeta conspires to keep Hanna’s fortune in Pontevedro, commissioning Danilo to seduce and marry her.

Tickets: Still to be confirmed but should be £55-£60 including transport.

** As at 10th February, this trip is now full and a wait list is in place.**

For more details contact Elizabeth Douglas.

Also watch for updates in the Newsletter and this web site.

Rambling
Wed Feb 26th February Ramble - Aldgate to Greenwich.

Time/Meet: 11am outside Aldgate Underground Station (Metropolitan & Circle Lines)

Walk: A walk of approximately 6 miles from Aldgate to Greenwich. Lunch will be in the Canary Wharf area where there are various options. If you bring a packed lunch, the nearby riverside area is a possibility, weather permitting. For anyone wanting a shorter walk, it would be possible to leave here and return by the Jubilee Line.

Any queries contact Alan Hooper.

Next Ramble: To Be Advised
Theatre Visits
Thu Mar 19th

Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall, Southbank, SE1, at 2:30pm

YOU HAVE BEEN SUMMONED FOR JURY SERVICE...

Step inside the magnificent surroundings of London County Hall and experience the intensity and drama of Agatha Christie’s gripping story of justice, passion and betrayal in a unique courtroom setting. Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. The stakes are high - will Leonard survive the shocking witness testimony, will he be able to convince the jury, and you of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose.

SEE YOU IN COURT.

The trip includes the coach and the matinee performance. Coach departs 12:30 from Ickenham & 12:45 from Uxbridge.

Cost: £44.00. 50 places available.

Link to Theatre Trip Application Form was removed when the trip was full.

** Latest News as at 29th January am, this Trip is FULL and a waiting list is now in place. **

If you want more deatils or want to be added to the Waiting List contact Najla Matti or Margaret Smith via the Click to Send Message here.

Thu Jul 2nd ~~~~~ A Date for your Diary ~~~~~

Two into One at The Mill, Sonning Theatre at 2:15pm, the Matinee show.

Written by Ray Cooney and directed by Ron Aldridge, imagine you are a Cabinet Minister in the government, you might find it a little difficult to arrange an afternoon of nookie in a London hotel with a young lady. The problem is not so much that the Minister and the young lady are both married (not to each other obviously!) but that the young lady is the personal secretary to the Leader of the Opposition. - an utterly hilarious play that will have you rolling in the aisles and all the way home.

The trip is expected to include the coach, a 2 course lunch with coffee, and the matinee performance but is subject to change while negtiations proceed.

Coach departs 10:30 from Ickenham & 10:45 from Uxbridge for a 12:30 lunch.

Cost: Expected to be between £60-£65 (includes all above) 50 place available but is subject to change.

Contact Carol if you are interested or want further information.