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 Sep 9th Monthly Meeting at WCH - Presentation: Phillipa Radford-Hancock - "British Red Cross - Past, Present and Future"
Interest Group of the Month - Mahjong
Mon Oct 14th Monthly Meeting at WCH - Presentation: Rev Ken Tombs - "Trinidad to Havana"
Mon Nov 11th Monthly Meeting at WCH - Presentation: Howard Slater - "Audrey Hepburn growing up in WW2"
Mon Dec 9th Monthly Meeting at WCH - Presentation: Tricia Thompson - "Love Me Tender - The Life and Music of Elvis"
Mon Jan 13th 2020 Monthly Meeting at WCH - Presentation: Richard Shelby - "The Women I Have Married"
Mon Feb 10th 2020 Monthly Meeting at WCH - Presentation: Ronald Koorm - "Outstation Eastcote"
Mon Mar 9th 2020 Monthly Meeting at WCH - Presentation: Ant Grant - "Another Omelette, Mister Gielgud"
Outings
Wed Aug 21st

Frogmore Paper Mill, Hemel Hempstead
Cost £35.00. Coach pick up in Ickenham at 9.00am and Uxbridge at 9.15am. Return approx 7.00pm. 44 places avaiable.

Frogmore Paper Mill has been making paper since 1774. In 1803 the first of what went on to be called a Fourdrinier Paper Machine, was developed and installed. This was a way of making paper in a continuous sheet and launched the revolution that made paper the cheap, plentiful product that we all use every day of our lives. You will see the 1895 and 1902 Fourdrinier machines and many letterpress machines.

There will be refreshments on arrival, after which we shall have a guided tour of the mill and can view an exhibition with audio/visual accompaniment and also have a go at paper making. There will a buffet lunch provided as there is no suitable place nearby. In the afternoon there is a short boat trip before returning home.

** Status as at 14th August is that this trip was very popular and full with all 44 places booked. There is still a waiting list with quite a few on it. **

Contact Andrea Gohil for more details.

Tue Sep 3rd

Jane Austen’s House and Museum and Whitchurch Silk Mill
Cost £36.00. Coach pick up 9.00am in Ickenham and 9.15am in Uxbridge. Return approx 7:00pm. 50 places available.

Our first stop is Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire. It is the only house where Jane Austen lived and wrote that is open to the public and is the most treasured Austen site in the world. This is where Jane's genius flourished and where she wrote all her novels. Visitors are able to wander through the house and garden. Particular highlights include her jewellery, first editions of her books.

We then visit Whitchurch Silk Mill, the oldest silk mill in the UK still in its original building on the banks of the river Test. It is a Georgian water mill that has continued to weave silk since 1817 and still uses 19th century machinery. We will have a guided tour of the water wheel and Victorian machinery. There is a shop selling scarves, ties and cushions made from the Mill's exclusive silks.

Trip includes a cream tea at the Silk Mill.

** Status as at 14th August is that this trip is still fully booked and with a wait list in place. **

Contact Maureen McCann for more details.

Mon Nov 18th

Waterman’s Hall, London
Cost £15.00. Make Your Own Way to meet outside Monument Station (Circle and District Line) at 10.00am then a short walk to the hall. 35 places available.

The Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames is a City Guild founded in 1514 after receiving assent from King Henry VIII to regulate the profession. The Company moved to St. Mary at Hill in 1780 where it remains today. It is a working guild still actively involved in the life of the River and those who work on it. The elegant Georgian Hall is used as one of the City of London’s finest venues. The tour starts with refreshments and lasts about an hour and a half.

** Status as at 14th August is that this trip is now being considered as fully booked with 42 applicants for the 35 places. **

Visits (Qtr 4 2019) Application Form

Contact Andrea Gohil for more details

Thu Nov 28th

Winchester Christmas Market
Cost £15.00. Coach pick up at 9.00am in Ickenham, 9.15am in Uxbridge. Return approx. 18.00pm. 50 places available.

Enjoy the Christmas Market (claimed to be one of the best in Europe) which is set in the Cathedral Grounds. A chance to buy those last-minute Christmas presents as well as exploring the city itself. Plenty of places to have lunch both by the Cathedral and in the town.

** Status as at 14th August is that this trip is now being considered as fully booked with 57 applicants for the 50 places. **

Visits (Qtr 4 2019) Application Form

Contact Pam Mellors for more details.

Tue Dec 10th Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5HX
Cost £5.00. Make your own way to meet outside at 10.45am (Nearest Station Green Park). 30 Places available.

Marlborough House is almost 300 years old, was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and has the status of a Royal Palace. Today it is home to the Commonwealth Secretariat. We have booked a tour (approx. 90 minutes) and will be guided through all the fine rooms, given a history of the building and its occupants and an insight into the work of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Status Update: As at 14th August and due to delay in confirming the visit date, the closing date for applications is now 19th August.


Visits (Qtr 4 2019) Application Form

Contact Janet Perry for more details.
Mon Jan 27th 2020

Trinity House, Trinity Square, EC3N 4DH
Cost £10.00. Make your own way to meet outside at 2.45pm, nearest underground station: Tower Hill. Note, return will be approx 19.00pm. 25 places available.

This is the second visit to Trinity House, which is a charity granted a Royal Charter by Henry VIII in 1514 and dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers. It also provides education, support and welfare to the seafaring community. We’ve arranged a guided tour of their headquarters which is Grade 1 listed building, over 200 years old with a suite of 5 state rooms. The tour will be followed by refreshments.

** Status as at 14th August is that this trip is very popular and is now being considered as fully booked with 41 applicants for the 25 places. **

Visits (Qtr 4 2019) Application Form

Contact Rosemary Noyes for more details.

Study Days
Tue Sep 17th U3A UK Jazz Study Day 2019, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Rd, London. Cost £20 Link to U3A UK Jazz Day website
Sat Nov 9th U3A London Region Music Study Day: Music of the Czechs. At King’s Place. Save the day. Details to follow.
Social Events
Mon Sep 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.)
Mon Oct 28th 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 Nov 25th 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.)
Other Events
Tue Aug 27th
→Thu Aug 29th
National Conference and AGM 2019: To be held at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham. 36th Annual General Meeting of the Third Age Trust will be held Thursday 29th August 2019, Registration opens 14.00pm on the Tuesday and Welcome meeting is at 16:00pm. Workshops on the Wednesday and AGM at 11:15am on the Thursday.
U3A National Conference 2019 Website
Chamber Concerts
Thu Nov 21st Chamber Concert at St John's Smith Square
Wagner - Siegfried Idyll, Prince Albert - Four Lieder
Interval
Edin - Simple Gifts, Mozart Symphony No 39

Christopher Warren-Green - Conductor
Apollo 5

Paul Edin's Gifts was commissioned and premiered by LCO

Contact Elizabeth Douglas for more details and to be added to the list of interested members.
London Walks
Mon Sep 30th Old Westminster Guided Tour, Meeting at Westminster Underground Station (Jubilee line) at 10.45am. The cost is £8 per member, and there is a New Way to Pay this time.

Successfully tested on the last walk you can now book on-line by following this U3A London Walk link. However, Brian will still be collecting cheques in the usual way.

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.
Rambling
Thu Aug 22nd Northwick Park to Sudbury Hill via Harrow on the Hill

Time/Meet: Meet at 11.00am at Northwick Park Underground Station on the Metropolitan Line.

The Walk: A five mile linear walk from Northwick Park Underground Station, finishing at Sudbury Hill Underground Station (Piccadilly Line) via Harrow on the Hill, passing Harrow School. There will be some hills to climb where, weather permitting, you will be rewarded with excellent views and there will be no stiles.

Lunch: The lunch stop will be at The Castle Pub at the top of Harrow on the Hill or for an alternative choice walk down to South Harrow (approximately 6 minutes). Those bringing a packed lunch, could eat it at the top of Harrow on the Hill while admiring the view.

Queries: Contact Alan Hooper for more details.

Next Ramble: TBA
Sunday Concerts
Sun Oct 13th SCHUMANN Overture, Manfred, MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto & BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7

Performed by: Resident Orchestra - Philharmonia Orchestra

Cost: £34 -Price includes Coach and Ticket.

Venue/Time: Royal Festival Hall at 3pm

Coach Departure 12:30 from Ickenham & 12:45 from Uxbridge.

Contact Harvey Butnick for more details or apply via link to form here Sunday Concerts 2019 Application Forms.
Sun Nov 3rd STRAVINSKY Fireworks, RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 1 & TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake, excerpts

Performed by: Resident Orchestra - Philharmonia Orchestra

Cost: £34 -Price includes Coach and Ticket.

Venue/Time: Royal Festival Hall at 3pm

Coach Departure 12:30 from Ickenham & 12:45 from Uxbridge.

Contact Harvey Butnick for more details or apply via link to form here Sunday Concerts 2019 Application Forms.
Sun Dec 15th GRAND CHRISTMAS CLASSICS
ADAM O Holy Night, DARKE In the bleak mid-winter, RUTTER The Twelve Days of Christmas, SCHUBERT Ave Maria, BACH Christmas Oratorio , Opening Chorus Plus Carols for all.

Performed by: Resident Orchestra - Philharmonia Orchestra - The Bach Choir - Mary Bevan -Soprano

Cost: £38 -Price includes Coach and Ticket.

Venue/Time: Royal Festival Hall at 3pm

Coach Departure 12:30 from Ickenham & 12:45 from Uxbridge.

Contact Harvey Butnick for more details or apply via link to form here Sunday Concerts 2019 Application Forms.
Sun Feb 9th 2020 RUSSIAN CLASSICS
BORODIN Overture Prince Igor,RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 2, PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5

Performed by: Resident Orchestra - Philharmonia Orchestra

Cost: £34 -Price includes Coach and Ticket.

Venue/Time: Royal Festival Hall at 3pm

Coach Departure 12:30 from Ickenham & 12:45 from Uxbridge.

Contact Harvey Butnick for more details or apply via link to form here Sunday Concerts 2019 Application Forms.
Theatre Visits
Wed Dec 4th Come From Away at The Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road,
London at 2:30pm

In the wake of 9/11, this musical tells the story of how a small town in Canada welcomed in thousands of people left stranded by the attack on the Twin Towers, you’ll find out about what brought the community together in the face of adversity. The musical may only be 100 minutes long, but it definitely packs a punch.

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

Cost: £43.00. 50 places available.

Use this link..... Come From Away - Application Form to download the application form.

Contact Jill Rhodes if you want more details.