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 9:08am 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.

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

Day out to Hemingford Abbots Flower Festival and Open Gardens, Sunday, 30th June

“A Midsummer’s Nights Dream on Thursday, 25th July matinee and
“Evita” on Thursday, 22nd August matinee

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

Born in Barrow in Furness, in the North of England, Philip's working life began in the hotel business. Ten years later he took a position working on offshore oil rigs in the North Sea and began a career that spanned over thirty years operating projects across three continents. His expertise in support & facilities management took him to many remote and hazardous locations such as Alegeria, West Africa, Kazakhstan & Russia.

The end of the Iraq War in 2003 took Philip to Baghdad, where he directed the operations and project management of multiple accommodation bases for the American Coalition. This being the most challenging, hazardous & demanding of locations which required him to provide and deliver full support for over 30,000 troops on nine separate locations throughout Baghdad and Northern Iraq. Signing up for an original six month contract, Philip ending up working the project for almost seven years.

After working all over the world Philip returned to Barrow where he now lives with his family. He began writing after retirement in 2015 and his novels are fictitious adventure thrillers, inspired by his international experiences. His first novel, PICNIC IN IRAQ, was published in summer 2015.

Tom is a professional fine art wildlife photographer based in the UK. He has been awarded in various international competitions including European Wildlife Photographer Of The Year and the Sony World Photography Awards. Tom favours a fine art style approach to photography and regular exhibits his work in galleries and exhibitions.

He spends the majority of his time overseas focusing on large mammals around the world. Tom’s main passion is Africa where assignments have seen him focus on Elephant and Lion in Kenya and Leopard in Zambia. Tom leads a number of photographic wildlife safaris in partnership with Busanga Safaris to destinations such as Zambia, Kenya and Uganda. Tom also guides for the UK’s leading photographic tour operator: Natures Images. Tom’s UK workshops are extremely popular and give people the opportunity to join Tom photographing Kingfishers, Badgers, Little Owls and Red Foxes.
Tue Apr 9th Tuesday 9 April Speaker Isobel WIlliams Subject Shackleton

Isobel Williams qualified as a doctor at St George's Hospital in London and practised for many years as a consultant chest physician. Now retired, Isabel became an author and speaker on Polar matters and has written the biographies of three Antarctic heroes. Dr Edward Wilson, a friend and confidante of Captain Robert Scott, who lead 2 expeditions to the Antarctic, had also trained at St George's and this sparked her interest in Polar matters.

In this talk, Isobel will explain Shackleton's life and times and his 3 important expeditions to Antarctica, with particular focus on the Endurance expedition of 1914-1916, which was remarkable for its courage, endurance and outstanding leadership. Shackleton and all of his 27 men escaped successfully from the icy grip of the Weddell sea, after many months of incredible hardship. Apart from the Endurance expedition, Shackleton also got to within 100 miles of the South Pole in 1909, the first to get so far on the Atlantic plateau. He was a remarkable and charismatic leader.
Tuesday, 19th February – leave Radlett 9.30 am - £18.50

Catch this wonderful exhibition showcasing extraordinary animal behaviour and breath-taking diversity of life on earth before it embarks on a worldwide tour. Explore the world’s best nature photography, exhibited on one hundred exquisite light panels. These finalists are chosen every year from over 45,000 entries. After visiting this exhibition you will have time to enjoy the rest of this museum or explore the other South Kensington museums and attractions.

Contact Valerie Gold on 07831 562362 or book at the monthly meeting
Thu Mar 21st

Thursday, 21st March – a.m. departure Radlett 9.30am - £28

Spanning 1947 to the present day, this exhibition will trace the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house and Dior’s relationship with Britain. After seeing the history of this fashion house you will have plenty of time to visit the many other exhibitions on show. Contact Valerie Gold on 07831 562362 or book at monthly meeting.

Thursday, 16th May Leave Radlett 10am - £27 (£15 RHS members)

Come and visit one of the world’s great gardens packed with horticultural inspiration. Beginning with a private guided walking tour which will take in the majestic beauty of the Glass House, explore the stunning rock garden and see the rest of the gardens in their early summer glory. After the tour, you will be able to take advantage of one of the many restaurants and cafes in the grounds and suitably refreshed you can continue browsing at your leisure through the afternoon. Do not forget to visit the plant shop and maybe bring back a specimen plant for your own garden.

Contact Corinne Mallach on 020 89051409 or book at the monthly meeting
Radlett - Other Events
Thu Feb 7th Radlett Music Club - Thursday 7th February 2019 8pm at the Radlett Centre
Solarek Piano Trio

“The Schumann – Brahms Triangle”
These artistes are noted for their informative and entertaining introductions to the music they play. This evening they include readings from diaries and letters between Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms.

Clara Schumann - Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17
Robert Schumann - Fantasy Pieces Op. 88
Brahms - Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101

Non-member admission £15 - Free for young people under 26
Thu Feb 14th Radlett Art Society Thursday February 14th 2019 Radlett Centre 7.30 for 8 pm
The Young Picasso – what really happened in the Bateau Lavoir?

This ramshackle tenement in Paris, was inhabited by Catalan artists and French poets. Picasso lived here from 1904 to 1912. His work developed from the Rose Period, upbeat and optimistic, into his African-influenced Period on to Analytic Cubism, amply illustrating how his ideas constantly evolved. He was also a favourite of the American collector, Gertrude Stein who became his principal patron. His drawings and paintings were often exhibited at her Salon in Paris in those early important years.

Lecturer: Hilary Grise MA Fine Art (UCL) MA (Lon)

Non-member admission £10
Wed Mar 27th Wednesday 27 March - Radlett Horticultural Society Talk

“What Do I Do with this Space” by Darren Lerigo, 8pm at Vision Hall Radlett - everyone welcome!
Sat Mar 30th RADLETT AND DISTRICT MUSEUM - SATURDAY 30th MARCH 2019 (Date updated and now confirmed) at 7.30PM

A Supper Quiz in aid of the Museum will be held at St Johns Church Hall, Gills Hill Lane Radlett. Make up your table of 8 or join another table. It will be a fun evening.

For further info and to book your place please contact info@radlettmuseum.com
Thu Apr 25th Thursday 25 April - Radlett Horticultural Society

Members event day trip to Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Mill. For further details and membership enquiries please see our website www.radletthortsoc.co.uk
Sat May 4th Saturday 4 May - Radlett Horticultural Society

Spring Plant Sale, 2-3pm at the Scout Headquarters, Scrubbitts Park Road, Radlett - come early to get your plants for summer!
Thu Jun 6th Thursday June 6 - Radlett Horticultural Society

Members event Day trip to South Park House & Gardens plus Cathy Brown’s Garden. For further details and membership enquiries please see our website www.radletthortsoc.co.uk
Wed Jun 12th Wednesday June 12 - Radlett Horticultural Society

Talk ‘All about Roses’ by Jacqueline Aviolet, 8pm at Vision Hall - all welcome
Sun Jul 7th Sunday July 7 - Radlett Horticultural Society

Members Garden Walkabout 2-5pm. New members are welcome to the Walkabout by joining on the day - for further details please contact our Chairman via our website www.radletthortsoc.co.uk
Theatre visits
Wed Feb 6th

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 dianemyers1950@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.

Thu Feb 14th

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 sandrau3a@hotmail.com or book at the monthly meeting

Sun Mar 3rd

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 sandrau3a@hotmail.com or book at the monthly meeting

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.
Wed Apr 3rd

Wednesday, 3rd April – leave Radlett 11am - £45

Following its sold-out record breaking engagements across the USA, this joyous new musical shares the incredible real-life story of the 7,000 air passengers from all over the world who were grounded in Canada during the wake of 9/11, and the small Newfoundland community that invited these “Come from Away” into their lives. As uneasiness turned into trust and music soared into the night, gratitude grew into friendships and their stories became a celebration of hope, humanity and unity.

Contact Diane Myers on dianemyers1950@gmail.com

Wed May 15th “9 – 5” SAVOY THEATRE (matinee)
Wednesday, 15th May leave Radlett 11am - £45

This musical tells the story of three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the girls manage to reform their office or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit? Inspired by the cult film, with a score by Dolly Parton this musical stars Louise Redknapp, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen, Bonny Langford and Brian Conley.

Contact Diane Myers on 01923 857007 or book at the monthly meeting.
Thu Jun 20th “ON YOUR FEET!” THE LONDON COLISEUM (matinee)
Thursday, 20th June Leave Radlett 11am - £52

Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s smash-hit musical comes to the London Coliseum stage direct from Broadway. On Your Feet! is their inspiring love story and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami to finally to international super stardom. This exhilarating musical features some of the iconic pop songs of the era, including “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”, “Conga”, “Get On Your Feet”, etc.

Contact Diane Myers on 01923 857007 or book at the monthly meeting .
Other U3As and National U3A Events
Mon Feb 4th The British Library Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts & Book Art
Monday 4th February 2019 from 10:30to 4pm at The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

A day at the British Library hearing from experts about the sophisticated art found in manuscripts from the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. The talks will explore the interconnected cultural world of illuminated manuscripts from Britain, Ireland and continental Europe. There will be a book signing with the curator of the new Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition over lunchtime. Lunch is not provided. Tickets £24 Book at: - https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educational-events.
Mon Mar 11th Royal Institution
Monday 11th March 2019 Join other U3A members for an afternoon of talks on scientific topics. Booking information available in the new year at https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educational-events.
Thu Mar 21st National Gallery Satire to Sublime: British Art Hogarth to Turner
Thursday 21st March 2019 11am to 3.45pm.

Find out how painters grappled with the rapid changes of life in 18th and early 19th century Britain. Learn about key developments in British painting 1745 – 1845, focusing on portraits, landscapes and scenes of everyday life in the National Gallery Collection. Listen to gallery experts on Hogarth’s satirical look at British life, Wright of Derby’s provocations around scientific ethics and Turner’s confrontations with modernity and progress. Tickets £25 Bookings open mid-January at https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educational-events.
Sun Jun 9th
→Thu Jun 13th
Mill Hill U3A - Trip to Liverpool 9th to 13th June 2019

Enjoy a visit to the thriving city of Liverpool - with its glorious maritime history rejuvenated dockside and a bustling city centre. During your stay we have included a 3-hour coach tour of Liverpool, visits to the U-Boat Story Museum, Port Sunlight Village, Chester and the Anderton Boat Lift and more.

For further details see here Liverpool flyer and here Liverpool details or from the Mill Hill U3A website here http://millhillu3a.co.uk/travel-group/
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/