Radlett & District


URGENT – All groups, meetings and outings cancelled until further notice
See the news page www.radlettu3a.org.uk/news for the message from our Chairman

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.

It is imperative that we have contact details for every outing participant. If you do not have a mobile, then a committee member must be given contact details for your companion on that outing.

Please wear your U3A badge whenever you attend an event. This must have an ICE (In Case of Emergency) number on the back so that we can contact a friend or relative if there is a problem.

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.


. Royal Opera House Backstage Tour – Covent Garden
. Trooping the Colour Rehearsal – Reviewed by HRH The Prince of Wales – Horseguards Parade
. Visit to the National Stud and Newmarket Racecourse
. The Simon and Garfunkel Story - Aylesbury Waterside


Coming events that will prove very popular.

. Carousel – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Thursday 20th August (Matinee)
. The Drifters Girl – Garrick Theatre London Wednesday 14th October (Matinee)
. Hello Dolly – Adelphi Theatre London – Thursday 10th December (Evening Performance)

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

If you are paying for other members at the monthly meeting, please let the organiser have a list of the names and the events/outings you wish to book.

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 Apr 14th April monthly meeting
Elizabeth Gowing - The Rubbish Picker's Wife

Elizabeth Gowing was educated at Magdalen College Oxford and trained to be a teacher. She worked in primary education in London until moving to Kosovo in 2006. There she founded the NGO The Ideas Partnership supporting people in Kosovo. In 2016 the then President of Kosovo awarded her the Mother Theresa Medal for her humanitarian work. In 2017 she was named by PM Theresa May as a point of light for volunteering round the world and in 2018 the new President of Kosovo gave her Kosovan citizenship by decree. She is a regular contributor to Radio 4.

Her talk is a true story of living and learning with the excluded Ashkali people of Kosovo. Hatemja is a rubbish picker’s wife who lives in the poorest community in the poorest country in Europe. When Elizabeth is befriended by her, the women learn with, from and about each other. This is an account of the challenges and delights of what happens when your community is a long way from home.
Tue May 12th May monthly meeting
Peter Hordern A Protection Officer's Life

Peter has lived in Radlett for most of his life starting in 1954 and since retirement has become Chairman of the Radlett Horticultural Society. He also works at least one day a week as a farmhand for the National Trust at Wimpole Estate near Cambridge.

He had a full career in the Metropolitan Police and spent most of it in the Special Branch. One of his responsibilities was the personal protection, in this country, of government ministers, visiting heads of state and other 'at risk' persons including the odd dodgy author. Peter spent about twelve years in this role. Special Branch also protected all government ministers abroad when they went to designated 'at risk' countries including Rwanda, Algeria, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Palestine, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.

Peter’s talk will be about these twelve years, the people he met, the problems he encountered the places he visited and some surprising truths about how public images can be misleading.
Local Talks & Social Events
Wed May 27th

Wednesday 27th May 2020

Radlett - venue to be advised £8

This talk recaps the origins of the Mafia and how it took root in America during the early 20th century and the fight for supremacy amongst the 5 New York Mafia crime families. The Mob used Hollywood Stars like George Raft and Frank Sinatra to entice ‘high-rollers’ into their casinos in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Cuba and London. The Mafia loved Sinatra and he was very, very close to them which raises the Question, “was Frank Sinatra a ‘Made’ man in the Mafia ?”.
Contact Esther Richard on estherj.richard@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.

Mon Apr 20th

Thursday 2nd April 2020 leave Radlett 16:00 £31

Pablo Heras-Casado presents three vivid Russian works with the Philharmonia Orchestra joined by one of today’s most exciting young pianists, Daniel Kharitonov. He will be playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1 which was the piece that first brought him to the attention of a worldwide public when he played it in the 2015 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition aged just 16.

The orchestra will also play Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

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

Wednesday 20th May 2020 – leave Radlett 9.45am - £28

This Backstage Tour includes an introduction to the colourful history of the theatre, an insight into the redevelopment of the Royal Opera House and a look at aspects of current productions. As the Royal Opera House is a fully working theatre, each tour is a unique experience, and may include opportunities to see The Royal Ballet in class, or the magnificent backstage technology in operation.

Contact Corinne Mallach on 020 8905 1409 corinneu3a@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Saturday 6th June 2020 NO COACH - £10

The custom of Trooping the Colour dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle and were therefore trooped in front of the soldiers every day to make sure that every man could recognise those of his own regiment.

In London, the Foot Guards used to do this as part of their daily Guard Mounting on Horse Guards and the ceremonial of the modern Trooping the Colour parade is along similar lines.

This rehearsal the week before the actual ceremony on the Queen’s birthday will be reviewed by HRH The Prince of Wales.

As there will be very tight security we are not offering a coach for this visit and you will be required to make your own way there and be responsible for arriving on time.

You will be given your own ticket shortly after payment together with full instructions for the day including the correct entrance to use.

Contact Joan Altman on 01923 404920 joanu3a@virginmedia.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Thursday 11th June 2020 – leave Radlett 11.30am - £22

We will have a guided tour of the West Cemetery, which is home to the most impressive architectural features of Highgate Cemetery — the Chapel, Colonnade, Egyptian Avenue, Circle of Lebanon, Terrace Catacombs and the mausoleum of Julius Beer. Following this you will be able to explore the East Cemetery, where you will find the imposing mausoleum of Karl Marx.

Please note that this is a very hilly outing with uneven surfaces, so please wear appropriate footwear. Also, the café is a long walk from the cemetery entrance so we would recommend bringing sandwiches to eat in the coach or in the delightful parkland.

Contact Corinne Mallach on 020 8905 1409 corinneu3a@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Saturday, June 20th 2020 – leave Radlett 9am - £44

We are pleased to announce having booked not just “A Day at the Races” but much more than that.

On Saturday June 20th, we will travel by coach from Radlett up to Newmarket where, after Tea & Biscuits on arrival, we will have a tour of the magnificent 500-acre National Stud with our own private guide. The National Stud is home to some of the leading stallions of the racing world. We will then be taken to the Racecourse where we will find many suitable places to have lunch before the start of the 2020 Midsummer Race Meeting. With the hope of beautiful weather, this promises to be a great day out for us.

Contact Valerie Gold on 07831 562362 valeriegoldu3a@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Thursday 2nd July – leave Radlett 9am £16
Optional entrance to The Pavilion an extra £13.20 normal cost £15.50

It’s summertime! Join us for a day by the seaside. This year we are offering the opportunity of exploring the wonders of the Brighton Pavilion as we have obtained a reduced group rate for the entrance to this historic exotic palace. You may also enjoy the alternative life style offered in the Lanes, or for the more adventuresome of you, taking the British Airways i360 and seeing the town from above – plenty to do for everyone. Should the sun shine you could always just spend the day eating ice cream and relaxing on the beach.

Contact Valerie Gold on 07831 562362 valeriegoldu3a@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Radlett - Other Events
Sat Apr 25th
→Sun Apr 26th
Sat 25th April and Sun 26th April - 10.00am to 1pm

Please come along to see our brand new Museum. This will be the first opportunity for you, the public, to view the Museum. There will be guides on hand to show you around and the opportunity to ask questions and have a cuppa too!

There is a wonderful collection of a large variety of archive material as well as a more current collection.

The collection includes fascinating photos of Old Radlett plus numerous map, books, and local stories.

The museum is sited behind the Village Institute, with ample parking.

Anyone wishing to get involved in volunteering in any way whatsoever, please contact Stuart Nagler at r.nagler@btinternet.com
Theatre visits
Wed Apr 29th

PRETTY WOMAN – THE MUSICAL - Piccadilly Theatre
Wednesday 29th April 2020 (Matinee) – leave Radlett 11.00am - £45

Vivian and Edward are unlikely soulmates who overcome all odds to find each other… and themselves. Experience the moments you love from the movie—and get to know these iconic characters in a whole new way—in this dazzlingly theatrical take on a love story for the ages.

Brought to life by a powerhouse creative team representing the best of music, Hollywood and Broadway, Pretty Woman: The Musical is guaranteed to lift your spirits and light up your heart.

Contact Diane Myers on 01923 857007 dianeu3a@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.

Sun Jun 14th LAST NIGHT OF THE SPRING PROMS – Milton Keynes Theatre
Sunday 14th June 2020 – Matinee - leave Radlett 12 noon - £40

Join us for an afternoon of uplifting classics crowned with a Great British Proms flag-waving finale including old favourites – Hornpipe, Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory.

The programme will include the following;-
Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 5
Elgar - Nimrod
Mascagni - Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
Strauss - Blue Danube Waltz
Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake Suite
Puccini - Nessun Dorma
Rossini - Galop from William Tell Overture

Contact Sandra Clark on sandrau3a@hotmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Thursday 25th June 2020 – leave Radlett 4.45pm -£37

Direct from the successful run at London’s Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, a SOLD OUT Worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including 'Mrs Robinson', 'Cecilia', 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Homeward Bound' and many more.

Contact Diane Myers dianeu3a@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.