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.

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.


. British Airways Museum – Harmondsworth Heathrow
. Prince of Egypt – Dominion Theatre ( matinee )
. Russian Classics at the Royal Festival Hall
. Cars: Accelerating the Modern World – V & A Museum
. Lord’s Cricket Ground Tour


Coming events that will prove very popular.

Carousel – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Thursday 20th August (Matinee)

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 Feb 11th February monthly meeting
Professor Geoff Barrett will give a talk on The History of Mr Punch.

Professor Barrett has been performing Punch and Judy shows in Hertfordshire for over 40 years.

Now retired he was a ceramicist and teacher.

Mr Punch can be traced to pre-Roman times and has a fascinating history across Europe.

How did he change from a live actor to a glove puppet?

Come and find out and relive those 1950s beach holidays.
Tue Mar 10th March monthly meeting
A talk by David Fletcher - Behind the scenes at the Saleroom

A talk from David Fletcher from BBC TV’s popular ‘Flog It!’
Tue Apr 14th April monthly meeting
Elizabeth Gowing - The Rubbish Picker's Wife

A talk about living and learning - being confused and comforted - with the excluded Ashkali people of Kosovo; an account of the challenges and delights of what happens when you find your community but it's a long way from home.
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.
Tue Jul 14th July Monthly meeting
Local Talks & Social Events
Wednesday 19th February 2020 14:15
Radlett Venue TBA £8

Recalling the lives, careers and music of two legends of the 20th Century’s entertainment scene: Noel Coward and Ivor Novello. Geoff Bowden makes a welcome return to Radlett U3A to give us his unique insight into these two successful composers, actors, film stars and playwrights.

Come and enjoy an afternoon of nostalgia with tea and cake.
Contact Esther Richard on estherj.richard@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Wednesday, 5th February, 2020 – leave Radlett 10 am - £11

A return visit to The British Airways Heritage collection. This will include a talk and a chance to look at the extensive document archive recording the formation, development and operations of British Airways and its predecessor companies as well as memorabilia and artefacts.
Contact Christine Essex on 01923 850154 christine@feedbackconsumer.co.uk or book at the monthly meeting
Tuesday 25th February 2020- leave Radlett 9.30am - £31

This blockbuster exhibition highlights how, over its short 130-year history, the car has become one of the most loved, contested and influential innovations in the world. It has revolutionised manufacturing, transformed how we move, forever changing our cities, environment and economies.

Contact Valerie Gold on 07831 562362 valeriegoldu3a@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Wed Mar 4th

Wednesday 4th March 2020 – leave Radlett 12.45 pm - £12


For all those members who were unable to book for our last tour, join us and see the magic that happens after you click “buy” on Amazon by touring the new automated fulfilment centre at Dunstable. You will be able to see at first-hand how Amazon delivers to their customers.

Contact Christine Essex christine@feedbackconsumer.co.uk or book at the monthly meeting.

Tue Mar 17th

Tuesday 17th March 2020 – leave Radlett 10.15am - £28

Lord’s is the most famous Cricket Ground in the world, steeped in over 200 years of history and tradition. Tours of Lord’s give you the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at the Home of Cricket and explore some of the most famous sights in sport. Led by an expert guide, the Tour includes the Grade II* listed Pavilion, legendary Long Room, Players’ Dressing Rooms with the Honours Boards, etc.

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

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.
Radlett - Other Events
Wed Feb 5th Radlett Music Club
Wednesday 5 February 2020 at 8pm at the Radlett Centre

The Bell String Quartet was established by sisters Hannah and Rebecca Bell and is a group of musicians from The Royal Academy of Music. They can perform music from folksy fun to music with high sophistication.

For us the music to be played is:
Haydn - String Quartet Opus 76 no 4 (Sunrise)
Golijov - Tenebrae​
Brahms - String Quartet No 2 in A minor Op 51

Non-member admission charge for this concert - £16.

For further information please see their website http://www.radlett-music-club.co.uk
Tue Mar 17th Radlett Music Club

Manus Noble - classical guitar and
Jehanne Bastoni - cello

Tuesday 17 March 2020 at 8pm at the Radlett Centre

Manus Nobel make a welcome return to Radlett - this time with New Zealand cellist Jehanne Bastoni.

Music will include:
Luigi Boccherini - La Musica Notturna della Strada
Manuel de Falla - Nana (Suite Populaire Espagnole)
Enrique Granados - Andaluza
Arvo Pärt - Spiegel im Spiegel

Non-member admission charge for this concert - £16.

For further information please see their website http://www.radlett-music-club.co.uk
Sun Mar 22nd

Radlett Art Society
King Tutankhamun Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh
Sunday 22nd March 2020 - Saatchi Gallery
** Now full with waiting list **

The largest number of King Tutankhamun treasures ever to leave Egypt will be in London for an exhibition which organisers say will never happen again. It will have 150 original artefacts from Tutankhamun’s tomb, 60 of which have never left Egypt before. The objects will include a gold inlaid miniature coffin which contained the king’s liver after it was removed during the mummification process, a gilded wooden bed with carved lion feet probably made specially for Tutankhamun’s funeral and a gilded wooden shrine showing intimate scenes of royal domestic harmony. One of two life-sized guardian statues of the king, which flanked the sealed entrance to his burial chamber, will also be among the artefacts leaving Cairo for the first time.

Note the initial batch of tickets has been sold out for this trip but we may be able to get some more. If you would like to book please contact Gary Harding via the Carrier Pigeon or see their website http://www.radlett-art-society.co.uk

Theatre visits
Thu Mar 5th

Thursday, 5th March, 2020 – leave Radlett 11 am - £59.50


Tom Stoppard returns to the West End for the World Premiere of his most personal play yet. Inspired by his own heritage and history, this passionate and heart-breaking drama follows one family’s journey across the tumultuous first half of the twentieth century. Direct by Patrick Marber and produced by Sonia Friedman.

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

Thursday, 19th March, 2020 – leave Radlett 11 am - £38

Embark on an unforgettable adventure through the desert sands and sandstone palace walls of ancient Egypt as two young siblings, who were raised from birth as royal brothers, find themselves suddenly at odds with each other in their own privileged world. Steven Schwartz’s songs from the original film have been augmented by ten new ones and resulted in this glorious new musical of biblical proportions.

Contact Diane Myers on 01923 857007 dianeu3a@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Other U3As and National U3A Events
Mon Jun 8th
→Mon Jun 15th
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/