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
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.
Tue May 14th You'll die laughing! A 100 years of Russian History in Humour - Stephen Dalziel

Stephen Dalziel is making a return visit to our monthly meeting.
He has spent his whole professional life and most of his personal life
involved with Russia. He was a military analyst, a BBC correspondent and
has run the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce. He says there have been many laughs along the way and his talk is fittingly entitled "You'll die laughing! A 100 years of Russian History in Humour". The 100 years goes from the Russian Revolution in 1917 up to the modern day.

Russians are not the dour unsmiling people with no sense of humour that we
imagine. However, the repressive nature of the Soviet system meant that the
best jokes were only told in trusted family circles and amongst friends. A
joke out of place could lead to serious consequences, especially in Stalin's
time. The jokes of the last 100 years reflect the changing political
fortunes from Stalin to Krushchev to Gorbachev. And what do Russians laugh
about now?
Friday, 10th May – leave Radlett 10 am - £16

Established for over forty years in this magnificent parkland, you will be able to meet hundreds of designer-makers from across the UK at this annual extravaganza promoting the very best of British crafts. The show features traditional skills such as glassblowing, leatherwork and weaving to contemporary designs in art, jewellery, fashions and ceramics. As well as being able to purchase these beautiful gifts, you will also be able to enjoy the speciality food and drink marquees and attend inspiring talks, demonstrations, masterclasses and lively entertainment.

Contact Christine Essex on 01923 850154 or christine@feedbackconsumer.co.uk 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
Monday, 10th June – leave Radlett 9.30am - £26

Following the wonderful talk given by Michael Kushner at our last November meeting, this is our opportunity to now have a guided tour during a visit to Bletchley Park. Explore, experience and enjoy the once top-secret world of iconic Codebreaking Huts and Blocks set within an atmospheric Victorian estate. Bletchley Park is a place of exceptional historical importance. It remains highly relevant to our lives today and for the future. It is the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology. It played a major role in World War Two, producing secret intelligence which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict. During the tour we will see the complex code-breaking machines, including the most famous of them all, the “Enigma Machine.”

Contact Sandra Clark on – 07770 467381 – sandrau3a@hotmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Tuesday, 25th June – leave Radlett 9am - £16

It’s summertime! Join us for a day by the seaside. Spend time exploring the wonders of the Brighton Pavillion, 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 just spend the day eating ice cream and relaxing on the beach. Nearer the date we will let you have a short list of the main attractions and their costs should you wish to obtain tickets in advance.

Contact Valerie Gold on 07831 562362 or book at monthly meeting.
Thursday 18th July – leave Radlett 10am - £28 – (£13 National Trust Members)

The mansion, at the heart of this estate, is evidence of Elsie Bambridge's success in creating a home. Intimate rooms contrast with beautiful and unexpected Georgian interiors, including Soane's breathtaking Yellow Drawing Room and wonderful plunge bath. The fascinating basement corridor offers a glimpse into life below stairs. Stroll around the colourful parterre garden and wander through the Pleasure Grounds to the Walled Garden, abundant with fruit, vegetables and beautiful herbaceous borders. At Home Farm discover our shire horses, rare breed sheep, cattle and pigs.

Contact Corinne Mallach on 020 8905 1409 or book at the monthly meeting.
Radlett - Other Events
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 (note date) at 7.00PM - Note changed time
Cost £12 including supper

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 laura@glgreen.demon.co.uk and Radlett@dor2dor.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 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 Apr 24th “THE PRICE” WYNDHAM’S THEATRE (Matinee)
Wednesday, 24th April – leave Radlett 11am - £55

The Price was written by Arthur Miller and follows two estranged brothers as they meet for the first time in 30 years in their childhood home after receiving news that their father had passed away. Following a critically acclaimed run at the Theatre Royal Bath, The Price transfers to the Wyndham’s Theatre with David Suchet and Brendon Coyle reprising their roles. The transfer marks the play’s 50th anniversary

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

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 .

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.
Other U3As and National U3A Events
Fri Apr 26th An Afternoon at Historic Southwark Cathedral
Friday 26th April 1.30 – 4pm.

Enjoy an afternoon exploring the history of Southwark Cathedral. Join U3A members to listen for an insight to the connections between Southwark Cathedral and the ancient area of Bankside. Hear the many historical links with local entertainment and the Borough Market which is London's oldest food market. Enjoy refreshments served by the refectory. Explore the Cathedral shop and Church Yard. Discover the links between the church and the theatre. Southwark Cathedral was the scene of baptisms, burials and marriages for the actors and playwrights who graced the stage of Elizabethan and Stuart theatre. Cost: £15.00 with refreshments. Book at: - https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/. No transport provided.
Wed May 15th ASPECT OF ART Study Day
Wednesday 15th May 2019 10.30am to 3.30pm am
at Woolmer Green Village Hall SG3 Cost £12 including buffet lunch
The Rise and Fall of Rembrandt – this will mark the 350th Anniversary of Rembrandt’s death by charting his turbulent career. Speaker – Rupert Dickens
The Wallace Collection – Rupert Dickens an official Guide Lecturer for the Wallace Collection
London Through Artists’ Eyes - A general talk in the sense that it covers a range of artists across three centuries and more, and the various ways they have depicted London and London life. Speaker – Mark Lewis
To book contact Barbara Cordina
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 Aug 12th National Summer Schools

Monday 12th to Thursday 15th August 2019 Aston University, Birmingham.
Tuesday 10th to Friday 13th September 2019 Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester.
More information available soon
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/