Radlett & District

Events

Radlett and District U3A meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 9.45 am for 10.00 am at the Metropolitan Police Sports Club, Aldenham Road, Bushey WD23 2TR. Please bring your membership badge, and your cheque book to pay for trips.

The 602 Uno bus travels from Radlett to the Metropolitan Police Sports Club at Bushey. Click 602 timetable to see the timetable. Concessionary bus passes issued in Hertfordshire can be used on this bus at any time of day. Quite a few Members travel on it, catching the 9:08am or 09:33am at the Red Lion and returning on the 12.09 from the Police Club.

There are many pictures of past Events in our gallery, which can be viewed using the Gallery button to the right above, near the U3A sign. Don't forget to use the Next button to scroll through the many pages of photos.

The Events Committee would like to make you aware of our booking procedure for theatre outings.
We are informed early of group rates available for new shows and as such we have to reserve a fixed number of tickets. We then offer them for as long a time as we can and book people in. Unfortunately we then have to let our members down if they request tickets at a later date, as we have already booked an appropriate size coach and costed the outing accordingly.

It is the personal responsibility of all members and other travellers to decide on the level of their capability as to whether they should participate in any particular U3A event or trip. Members and other travellers must ensure they are fully aware of the itinerary. Thank you for your co-operation.

To send a message regarding an outing or theatre visit note the name of the organiser then click on the carrier pigeon on the right of this page, then click on that name.


Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Tue Dec 11th Tuesday 11th December - Christmas special meeting - Frisson

Frisson have been entertaining audiences with their stylish, four-part harmony singing since they formed in 2015. With their repertoire of classic pop hits, Andrew, Cathy, Di and Helen have enjoyed performing in venues varying in size from convention centres to cafes, and from bars to bandstands – with audiences to match. Having no need for equipment and requiring only little space, Frisson are the ultimate 'pop up' a cappella artistes.
Tue Jan 15th Andy Thomas THE CROP CIRCLE MYSTERY
Please note that exceptionally the January 2019 monthly meeting will be on the 3rd Tuesday (15th January) due to the bank holiday on the 1st January.

THE CROP CIRCLE MYSTERY: With a stunning slideshow, Andy Thomas explores the extraordinary and controversial phenomenon of crop circles, looking at their fascinating history and discussing possible theories which might explain them.
Andy Thomas is a leading unexplained mysteries researcher and author of many books on crop circles, conspiracies and the paranormal, including the acclaimed ‘Vital Signs’ and ‘The Truth Agenda’. Andy widely writes and lectures and has made numerous radio and TV appearances.
Wed Feb 6th “EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE” APOLLO THEATRE (matinee)
Wednesday, 6th February – leave Radlett 11 am - £49

Inspired by a true story, this is the new hit musical for today. Jamie is sixteen, lives on a council estate in Sheffield and does not quite fit in. Supported by his loving mum and surrounded by friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness into the spotlight. This warm, exuberant and funny feel-good musical sensation has been wowing audiences and critics alike.

Contact Diane Myers on 01923 857007 or dianemyers1950@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Local Talks & Social Events
Sat Nov 24th

QUIZ SUPPER with FISH AND CHIPS – Phillimore Community Centre, Phillimore Place, Radlett, WD7 8NN
**FULLY BOOKED – WAITING LIST **
Saturday, 24th November 7pm prompt - £12

Join us once again for this popular Supper Quiz evening at the Phillimore Community Centre. Come and meet new friends, show-off your knowledge and enjoy the fish and chips. Soft drinks will be provided but should you wish you can bring your own wine. Everyone will be welcome and we will be happy to make up teams of eight on the evening. However, if you prefer to make up your own table of eight, please let us know.

Contact Corinne Mallach on 020 89051409 or book at monthly meeting.

Tue Jan 15th CHEESE TASTING

Tuesday, 15th January – 2.15pm – Radlett venue To Be Advised - £8

John Pearson, an international cheese judge, who has spent all his working life in the food industry, primarily with Marks and Spenser, returns to us to give a talk entitled “Blessed are the Cheese Makers.” This will describe some of his encounters with suppliers and impossible customers, followed by a short tutored cheese tasting.

Contact Esther Richard on estherj.richard@gmail.com or book at monthly meeting.
Outings
Tue Nov 20th THE CLOCKMAKERS’ MUSEUM AT THE SCIENCE MUSEUM KENSINGTON
Tuesday 20th November – leave Radlett 10am - £12

Discover the world’s oldest clock and watch collection in its new home at the Science Museum in Kensington. The collection includes more than 1000 watches, 80 clocks, 25 marine chronometers and a number of fine sundials, mapping the history of watch and clock making in London from 1600 to the present day. After visiting this part of the museum, you will have the opportunity of exploring the rest of the museum’s collections.

Note if you wish you can just use this coach trip to visit one of the other museums in South Kensington, such as the V&A or Natural History Museum.

Contact Sandra Clark on 07770 467381 or book at the monthly meeting
Thu Dec 6th CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT THE BLUE CHECK RESTAURANT
Thursday 6th December 12.15pm for 12.30pm start - £26

Join us for a repeat visit to the Blue Check Restaurant in Bushey. This Radlett U3A get together is an opportunity to enjoy a lunch together with your friends. You will have a welcome drink on your arrival and a delicious 3 course meal with lots of choices followed by coffee or tea. Contact Corinne Mallach on 020 89051409 or book at monthly meeting.
Tue Feb 19th WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR – NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Tuesday, 19th February – leave Radlett 9.30 am - £18.50

Now in its 54th year, this exhibition showcases extraordinary animal behaviour and breathtaking diversity of life on earth. Explore the world’s best nature photography, exhibited on one hundred exquisite light panels. These finalists are chosen from over 45,000 entries. After visiting this exhibition you will have time to enjoy the rest of this museum.

Contact Valerie Gold on 07831 562362 or book at the monthly meeting.
Radlett - Other Events
Tue Dec 18th Community Hertsmere computers and a Cuppa

Russell Dyke is holding sessions in the café at the Radlett Centre from 2pm till 4pm on Tuesdays. These are free informal sessions for those needing help with computers, ipads or tablets. No booking needed.
Theatre visits
Tue Nov 27th

VERDI’S “LA TRAVIATA”
Tuesday, 27th November at Milton Keynes Theatre (evening performance) – Depart Radlett 4pm - £48
**FULLY BOOKED – WAITING LIST **

To celebrate 50 years of the Glyndebourne’s tour their recent production of “La Traviata” will visit Milton Keynes. The opera is a tale of two young lovers separated by the cruelty of society and fate. This is one of opera’s most powerful and enduring romances. For those who wish, we will have time to have refreshments in Milton Keynes prior to the performance.

Contact Sandra Clark on 07770 467381 or book at the monthly meeting

Tue Dec 11th

THE LONDON PALLADIUM PANTOMIME – SNOW WHITE
Tuesday, 11th December – leave Radlett 3.30 p.m. - £48
**FULLY BOOKED – WAITING LIST**

Once again we will be able to enjoy the Palladium’s annual pantomime. Brought to you by the same team behind last year’s award winning Dick Whittington, Snow White will have all the sparkle, scale, and spectacle expected from the most extravagant festive theatre production. Starring Dawn French, Julien Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot and Strictly’s Vincent and Flavia.

Contact Diane Myers on 01923 857007 or book at monthly meeting.

Sun Dec 16th

CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT THE CADOGAN HALL
Sunday, 16th December – leave Radlett 4 pm - £30
**FULLY BOOKED – WAITING LIST**

Christmas isn’t the same without attending the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas Cracker. This fun, festive concert features glittering Christmas songs and music, featuring West End star Oliver Tampsett. This sparkling programme includes: It’s the most wonderful time of the year, White Christmas, The Christmas Song, Sleigh Ride, Jingle Bells, Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Winter Wonderland, and many more.

Contact Sandra Clark on 07770 467381 or book at monthly meeting.

Sun Jan 20th

MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE – SADLER’S WELLS THEATRE (evening)
Sunday 20 th January 2019 – leave Radlett 5.15pm. £50
** FULLY BOOKED – WAITING LIST **

Swan Lake returns with a fresh look for the 21st century. Retaining the iconic
elements of the original, Matthew Bourne and award-winning designers Lez
Brotherston (set and costumes) and Paule Constable (lighting) will create an
exciting re-imagining of the classic production.
Thrilling, audacious and emotive, this Swan Lake is perhaps best known for
replacing the female corps-de- ballet with a menacing male ensemble,
shattering convention and taking the dance world by storm.
Contact Sandra Clark on 07770 467381 or book at the monthly meeting.

Thu Feb 7th “SONGS For NOBODIES”, AMBASSADOR THEATRE (matinee)
Thursday, 7th February

Please note this outings has been cancelled due to lack of interest.
Thu Feb 14th “VALENTINE’S DAY GALA”, THE ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL (evening)
Thursday, 14th February – leave Radlett 4.15pm - £26


This Valentine’s Day, enjoy an evening of romance with some of the most ardent, passionate music ever written. The Philharmonia Orchestra embarks on a whirlwind tour of turbulent operatic love stories by Verdi, Bizet and Mascagni, and Tchaikovsky’s aptly named Fantasy Overture for Romeo and Juliet. Contact Sandra Clark on 07770 467381 or book at the monthly meeting.
Sun Mar 3rd “THE BEST OF JOHN WILLIAMS”, THE ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL (matinee)
Sunday, 3rd March – leave Radlett 11.30am - £30


Nothing can compare to the iconic film scores of John Williams. Enjoy this sensational concert packed full of the Hollywood heavyweight’s most celebrated music performed by the London Concert Orchestra with its conductor Anthony Inglis. The concert will include music from ET, Jaws, Hook, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and many more! Contact Sandra Clark on 07770 467381 or book at the monthly meeting.
Thu Mar 14th “THE BODYGUARD”, MILTON KEYNES THEATRE (evening)
Thursday, 14th March – leave Radlett 4.00pm - £53


The international, award-winning, smash-hit musical based on the blockbuster film, The Bodyguard is back with Alexandra Burke following her triumphant West End run and sell out UK tour in the starring role of Rachel Marron. This romantic thriller features a whole host of irresistible classic songs including Queen of the Night and I Will Always Love You. Contact Vivien Summers on 01923 856728 or book at the monthly meeting.
Thu Mar 28th THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME – PICCADILLY THEATRE (matinee)
Thursday, 28th March – leave Radlett 11 am - £40

The smash hit National Theatre production returns to London for a limited season. Winner of 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awards, this play brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to thrilling life on stage. It tells the story of a 15 year-old boy who has an extraordinary brain, is exceptional at maths while being ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. His detective work takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

Contact Diane Myers on 01923 857007 or dianemyers1950@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Sun Apr 7th BACH’S ST. MATTHEW PASSION – THE ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL

Sunday, 7th April – leave Radlett 9 am - £49

This performance by the well-renowned Bach Choir gives a rare opportunity to experience this work sung in English. The Florilegium Orchestra with its conductor David Hill and famous soloists perform arguably the greatest choral music ever written. This will be performed in two parts with a lengthy interval after the morning performance in which you can bring a picnic or visit one of the many eateries on the South Bank. The afternoon performance then starts at about 3 pm.

Contact Vivien Summers on 01923 856728 or book at the monthly meeting.
Other U3As and National U3A Events
Thu Nov 29th Beneath Your Feet - Hidden Depths of Roman London
Choice of dates either Wednesday 28th or Thursday 29th November at Guildhall Art Gallery, Guildhall Yard, London, EC2V 5AE

Delve into the hidden archaeological world that lies buried beneath the City of London with a day inspired by the Romans. Explore London’s Roman Amphitheatre and handle some genuine Roman artefacts with a trained archaeologist. Have the rare opportunity to view a Guildhall painting not on public display (David Roberts' oil on canvas The Forum, Rome, 1859) to explore why the Forum was so important in the Roman world.
Welcome refreshments are provided. Lunch is not provided. The gallery opens at 10.00 am if you wish to look around before the event.
Tickets £22 Book at: - https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educational-events
Tue Dec 18th U3A Christmas Concerts 2018 with the Brandenburg Singers and Organ
Choice of dates either Monday 3rd 2pm or 5.30pm or Tuesday 18th December 2pm


only at The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy, Savoy Hill, London, WC2R 0DA
Designed to whet your appetite for the coming season, the concert will include traditional carols and refreshments of mulled wine and mince pies. The concert will be introduced and conducted by Bob Porter, the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London’s Artistic Director. The Chapel belongs to her Majesty the Queen in her Right as Duke of Lancaster. It is a ‘free’ chapel or ‘peculiar’, not falling within any bishop’s jurisdiction, but remaining within the Church of England. It is the last surviving building of a hospital founded by Henry VII for homeless people in 1512. It is a beautiful, intimate space for concerts with a fine acoustic and splendid Walker organ. The Brandenburg Singers is a small hand-picked group drawn from the finest of the members of the 150 choirs that perform in the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London. Tickets £19.50 Book at: - https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educational-events