Radlett & District


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 9:10am or 09:35am at the Red Lion and returning on the 12.06 or 12:36 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.

These will not be on sale yet (no advance reservations) but please watch out for booking information on future monthly email updates.

• Quiz Supper – Saturday, 16th November – new venue – Vision Hall, Radlett.
• Blue Check Lunch – Thursday 5th December

We have many other events and outings which are currently sold out but you can add your name to their waiting lists. Please refer to the Radlett and District U3A website for a full listing and committee member contact details.

Dates for your Diary
Tue Aug 13th Passports, Assassins , Traitors and Spies

The speaker is Martin Lloyd.

Martin worked for the Immigration Service for twenty four years. He now writes books, appears on the television, talks on the radio and to groups such as U3A and the Arts Society.

Martin describes himself as an author speaker and cyclist and is described by his previous audiences as an expert and popular speaker and a natural storyteller. His talk is a dramatic account of how the actions of a groups of assassins brought about a change in the passport regulations, how the unmasking of a spy caused a modification in passport design and how for one man the passport itself turns into a killer.
Thu Aug 29th
→Sat Aug 31st

Events must be booked online via the new National U3A website

Third Age Trust Conference and AGM Tuesday 27th – Thursday 29th August
East Midlands Conference Centre, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RJ
Joan will be attending the Conference and AGM again this year. Would someone else like to go as well? The cost of the conference, accommodation, full board and travel will be met by R&D U3A.
Mon Aug 12th

Monday 12th August – leave Radlett 9.30am - £22


Join us for a visit to the historic home of the famous Chelsea Pensioners.
The Royal Hospital is a Grade I and II listed site, a beautiful architectural legacy left to us by Charles II and Sir Christopher Wren. Chelsea Pensioners, have all served as ordinary soldiers in the Armed Forces at some point in their lives, and now, in their later years, find a warm welcome amidst the camaraderie and banter of their fellow veterans.

We will enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful 17th century building and gardens.
Prior to this, we will have a short visit to the National Army Museum which is adjacent to the Hospital. This will give us the opportunity of exploring the museum and taking advantage of their café.

Contact Joan Altman on 01923 404920 joanu3a@virginmedia.com or book at the monthly meeting.

Wednesday, 18th September – leave Radlett 9.30 am - £35.50/£20 for Historic Palaces members

We will have a guided tour to experience the public dramas and private lives of Henry V111, his wives and children in the world of the Tudor Court. Admire Henry’s Great Hall, the infamous haunted Gallery and the Tudor Kitchens. You will also have time to explore the magnificent gardens by the River Thames. Contact Christine Essex on christine@feedconsumer.co.uk or book at the monthly meeting.
Sunday, 13th October – leave Radlett 4pm - £44

80 years ago in October 1939, the two most popular names of the Swing Era met up at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Clarinetist and band leader Pete Long and his 14 piece orchestra recreate this hugely entertaining “Battle of the Big Bands” featuring such hits as “In the Mood,” “Sing Sing Sing,” “Bugle Call Rag”, “One O’Clock Jump.” This outing will be one for all our members who love jazz.

Contact Vivien Summers on 01923 856728 vivienmsummers@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Thursday 17th October – leave Radlett 9am - £25

From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, discover how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street, with over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer's personal archive.

Contact Valerie Gold 07831 562362 valeriegoldu3a@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.

Leave Radlett 12.45 pm - £12

See the magic that happens after you click “buy” on Amazon by touring the new automated fulfillment centre at Dunstable. You will be able to see at first-hand how Amazon delivers to their customers.

Contact Corinne Mallach on 020 8905 1409 corinneu3a@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Radlett - Other Events
Wed Aug 21st Probus Club of Radlett Summer Outing

Do join us for a coach trip to Dorney Court, one of England's finest Tudor Manor Houses in the morning, and then on to the beautiful Savill Garden in Great Windsor Park.

Coach leaves at 9.00 from Christ Church and returns at 5.30

Cost is £35 per person including transport ,entry fees and guided tour. Refreshments not included.

If interested please contact Stuart Nagler at r.nagler@btinternet.com
Theatre visits
Thursday 25th July – leave Radlett 11.30am - £38

Join us for the first of two visits this summer season to this atmospheric venue to see Shakespeare's fantastical fable of desire, confusion, jealousy and growing up. "Lord, what fools these mortals be!" Through live music, playful adventure and physical invention, see the lovers' world transformed into a place of magic, laughter and healing, as we journey into the woods.

Contact Sandra Clark on – 07770 467381 – sandrau3a@hotmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Sun Aug 18th

Sunday, 18th August – leave Radlett 12.30 pm - £40


Matthew Bourne’s ballet, Romeo and Juliet, is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story set to Prokofiev’s music. As always Matthew Bourne’s trademark story telling is bursting with youth and vitality. Contact Sandra Clark on sandrau3a@hotmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.

Thu Aug 22nd

EVITA – Regents Park Open Air Theatre (matinee)
Thursday, 22nd August – leave Radlett 11.30am - £38


The second visit of the summer season to the Open Air Theatre will be to see the iconic musical Evita. This tells the story of Eva Peron who rose from a life of poverty to being the First Lady of Argentina which made her the world’s first major political celebrity, winning the adoration of the people. We will be able to enjoy Tim Rice’s and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s chart-topping score including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Oh What A Circus and Another Suitcase in Another Hall.

Contact Vivien Summers on 01923 856728 vivienmsummers@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.

Wed Sep 4th

Wednesday, 4th September – leave Radlett 9.30 am - £57


Join us once again for a visit to glorious Chichester to see the iconic Rogers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma. This always proves to be a great day out in this lovely Sussex town. Josie Lawrence plays Aunt Ella, Hyoie O’Grady plays Curly and Amara Okereke plays Laura.

Contact Vivien Summers on 01923 856728 vivienmsummers@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.


Wednesday, 13th November – leave Radlett 4.30pm - £55

Join us for Glyndebourne’s first ever production of Verdi’s own favourite opera, reimagining this classic drama for our own age. Rigoletto is a tragedy of Shakespearean scope, a disturbing psychological portrait of a man caught in a corrupt world, an outsider in a system built of power and privilege. The dramatic score, heavy with menace includes many of Verdi’s greatest arias.

Contact Sandra Clark on 07770 467381 sandrau3a@hotmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.

Thursday, 28th November – leave Radlett 4.30 pm - £56

For fans of Hollywood Musicals and the music of Irving Berlin, this production of “White Christmas” is a must. The story follows two veterans in the wake of WW11 when they decide to form a showbiz duo and bring their love of music and dance to the stage. The iconic song “White Christmas,” written by Berlin and a staple of every Christmastime since, features within the show together with other classic songs such as “Blue Skies” and “Sisters.”

Contact Vivien Summers on 01923 856728 vivienmsummers@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Other U3As and National U3A Events
Wed Jul 24th Citizens 800 Project 3 Research Retreats at Royal Holloway, Egham, Surrey

The resulting research will then feed directly into Royal Holloway’s Citizens project and its 2019 free online course, 'Peterloo to the Pankhursts: Radicalism and Reform in the Nineteenth Century', enriching the learning of thousands. We will start with a briefing in the Arts Building F001 (12.00-13.00) and then move on to the Computer Centre PC LAB 1 (13.00-16.30).

The Home Rule Crisis -Ireland on the brink of Civil War

Wednesday 24th July 12 till 4.30pm Free, including refreshments
What was the press reaction to the Home Rule crisis?
Join us as we delve into online newspaper archives to discover the reaction to the Ulster crisis and threat of Civil War in Ireland in 1914.
Join us as part of the Citizens 800 Project as we delve into online newspaper archives to discover the press reaction to the 'Peers vs. People' debate following attempts by the House of Lords to frustrate Chancellor of the Exchequer Lloyd George's 'People's Budget' of 1909, prompting a Constitutional Crisis.

Book at: - https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educational-events. No transport provided
Mon Aug 12th National Summer Schools

Monday 12th to Thursday 15th August 2019
Aston University, Aston Street, Birmingham, B4 7ET

Art History & Archaeology – Ancient Civilisations of the Americas
Creative Writing – The Big Novel
English Poetry -During the Reign of Queen Victoria 1837-1901
Film - International Films
Italian - La Bella Italia - Lingua e Cultura
Linguistics - Child Language Acquisition
Literature/Philosophy – Irisland
Music - Jazz – The Sound of Surprise
Ukulele - Play Ukulele
Singing - Singing for Pleasure

Tuesday 10th to Friday 13th September 2019
Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, GL7 6JS

Crosswords - Cryptic Crosswords for Beginners
Drama - Mid Twentieth Century Drama
Garden History -Influential Women In English Garden History
History - Bede and the Conversion of England
Language - Latin for Roman Britain and Beyond
Literature - Shakespeare and the Props Department
Mathematics - Surprised by Maths
Opera - Donizetti’s Three (and a bit) Queens
Philosophy - Introduction to Philosophy
Making Music – Recorder Ensemble

The cost for a residential full board student accommodation is £340.00 and day delegate, non-residential, is £120.00 per person. Optional hotel accommodation at Aston University from £395 single occupancy and double occupancy from £377.50 per person.

Book here: - Summer Schools. No transport provided.
Tue Sep 17th U3A Jazz Study Day
Tuesday 17th September 11am- 4pm at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London, NW1 7AY £20 No transport provided.

For a second year, Alan Barnes and his octet have agreed to entertain and enlighten us about jazz, this time focusing on the instruments in the band and the all-important personalities that energise jazz music. This will be the World Premiere of Alan's new project.

Alan entitles the performance 'New Jazz Portraits'. It will feature 8 brand new charts, each being an affectionate portrait of a different member of the band. The pieces have all been written to bring out the strengths of these formidable and very individual stylists whilst also, perhaps, bringing out some lesser known parts of their musical characters.
Alan will also include some surprise musical portraits of other musicians who have been important to his career. As is usual and well understood in the jazz world, Alan's show will be peppered with anecdotes. Of course, swinging, straight ahead jazz will be the priority.
The all-star lineup consists of Bruce Adams on trumpet & flugelhorn; Mark Nightingale on trombone; Alan Barnes on saxes & clarinet; Robert Fowler on saxes & clarinet; Karen Sharp on saxes & clarinet; David Newton on piano; Simon Thorpe on bass and Clark Tracey on drums.
Book at: - https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educational-events. No transport provided
Mon Jun 8th 2020
→Mon Jun 15th 2020
Mill Hill U3A Trip to Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 & Lake Garda, Venice & Verona
12th to 20th June 2020
Deposit required by 31st January 2019

In 1633, in the middle of the Thirty Years War, Bavaria was being swept by a plague epidemic and more than 80 lives had been lost in Oberammergau alone. The local elders vowed that if the village were purged of the plague, they would ‘keep the Passion tragedy every 10 years’. The epidemic came to a standstill and in 1634 the villagers fulfilled their solemn promise for the first time. Ever since they have loyally kept their vow and in 2020 Oberammergau will, for the 42nd time, be staging the Passion Play telling the story of Christ’s Passion, from His entry into Jerusalem and ending with the Resurrection and Ascension.

The roofed auditorium has seats for nearly 4,500 spectators. The terraces rising towards the back of the auditorium ensure a good view from every seat of the open air stage, where the play is performed whatever the weather.

The Play is performed exclusively by amateur actors, who were either born in Oberammergau or have lived there for the past 20 years. In 2010, over 2,000 of the 5,300 or so inhabitants were involved either on stage or backstage. A special feature of the Oberammergau Passion Play is its living tableaux: colourful scenes from the Old Testament, which are woven into the story of the Passion in the form of still life pictures.

The music, with choral and prologue performances, was composed between 1811 and 1820 by Oberammergau’s teacher and church musician Rochus Dedler. The music directors added their own compositions and some contemporary touches for the
Passion Plays in 2000 and 2010.

For further details and a booking form see here Oberammergau trip or from the Mill Hill U3A website here http://millhillu3a.co.uk/travel-group/