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 12.06 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.
• White Christmas – Thursday, 28th November – Dominion Theatre, (evening performance).

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
Mon Jun 10th

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.

Tue Jun 25th

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.

Sunday, 30th June – leave Radlett 9.30am - £20

We will again be visiting the Flower Festival which is held every 2 years in this very picturesque Cambridgeshire village.

At least 20 gardens, several of which will also be refreshment venues, serving light lunches and cream teas, will be open throughout the village for visitors to enjoy. Many of these large gardens lead down to the River Great Ouse. A rich assortment of exhibitions, displays, stalls and entertainment will ensure that there's plenty to keep you busy for the duration of your visit.

Contact Vivien Summers on 01923 856728 vivienmsummers@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Thu Jul 4th

SUMMER BARBEQUE - Café in the Orchard, Shenley
Thursday, 4th July – 7 pm - £26


Once again we invite you to come and enjoy this barbeque dinner on this summer’s evening at the Café in the Orchard. Alex and his team will again serve us a delicious choice of food which will include both a fish option and a vegetarian option (if pre-booked). On arrival, you will be able to get the evening off to a swinging start with a glass of Pimms and once again we will be able to enjoy music from Alan and Carmel Byers.

Contact Corinne Mallach on 0208 905 1409 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.
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.
Radlett - Other Events
Thu May 23rd Radlett Art Society
Thursday May 23rd, Radlett Centre, 7.30 for 8pm, non-member admission £10

William Hogarth: Snipping at the Heels of the Establishment In 18th Century England

English Painter, Printmaker, Pictorial Satirist, Social – Critic and Editorial Cartoonist. His work ranged from realistic portraiture to the comic-like "MODERN MORAL SUBJECTS”. Perhaps best known were his moral series: A Harlot's Progress. ​Lecturer: John Iddon BA MA
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
Thu Jun 13th Radlett Art Society
Thursday ​June 13th 2019 7.30 for 8 pm
Radlett Centre

The World of Man Ray

Lecturer: Barry Venning BA MA

Non-RAS member admission £10
Sun Jun 23rd Radlett Art Society
Sunday 23rd June 2019
Margate (Turner contemporary)

​Departing 9:30 am

Our visit to Margate will focus on the Turner contemporary, an art gallery with some of Turner’s paintings and regular exhibitions. We will have a tour of their current exhibition (“Seaside Photographed, a major new exhibition examining the relationship between photographers, photography and the British seaside from the 1850s to the present”) when we are there. You can spend the rest of your day exploring the delights of Margate including its beach!

For details and a booking form please the our website www.radlett-art-society.co.uk
Wed Jun 26th Purcell School at the Wigmore Hall

We would like to invite you and your members to The Purcell School's Chamber Ensembles Concert at Wigmore Hall on Wednesday 26th June at 13:00.

We are pleased to offer you £5 tickets - available by using the promotional code PURCELL5 online here or by telephone quoting "Purcell5".

Talented pupils from The Purcell School perform works by Poulenc, Grieg, a new work by Purcell student Alex Papp, and more.

The concert will include a saxophone quartet, wind quintet, percussion duo, violin and piano duet, and a flute and piano ensemble.

The Purcell School holds a UNESCO Mozart Gold Medal in recognition of its unique contribution to music, education and international culture, and in 2016, was made a Fazioli Pianoforti Centre of Excellence. The School is well-known for nurturing the very best young talent, including three recent BBC Young Musician of the Year winners, Lara Melda (2010), Martin James Bartlett (2014), and Alexandra Ridout (Jazz Award 2016). Pupils regularly win scholarships to the best music colleges in the UK and abroad, and enjoy frequent success in competitions locally, nationally and internationally. Just a few of The Purcell School's distinguished alumni include Oliver Knussen CBE, Catrin Finch, Nicholas Daniel, Julius Drake, Yevgeny Sudbin, Karim Said, Mica Levi, and Jacob Collier.

"It gives me great hope for the future of the music profession when I hear what these young people are capable of"

Sir Simon Rattle, CBE

If you want to hear about our upcoming events and concerts, subscribe to our mailing list to make sure you are notified straight away! You can register your details here Purcell School Mailing list.
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
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.
Sun Aug 18th ROMEO AND JULIET – SADLER’S WELLS (matinee)
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 Diane Myers on 01923 857007 dianeu3a@gmail.com or book at monthly meeting.

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 Diane Myers on dianeu3a@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Other U3As and National U3A 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/
Thu Jun 13th Thursday 13th June, 2019 - RHS Gardeners World Live & Good Food Show
Cost: £28.00 each includes coach, gratuities and entry to both exhibitions

This event is organised by Bushey U3A but is open to Radlett U3A members.

By popular request, we have arranged a return trip to the BBC Gardeners’ World Live. Every year at BBC Gardeners’ World Live an exciting collection of Show Gardens come to life in a celebration of how imagination and creativity can transform any type of outdoor space. It's an unbeatable way to get ideas for your own garden. Show Gardens are judged to the highest standards of design, planting and inspiration.

The Good Food Show - The Supertheatre is the highlight of the Show where you can watch the best celebrity chefs in the business cooking delicious dishes live. Get tips for fresh seasonal food and plenty of culinary inspiration in this entertaining live Show. It's also a chance to get your own culinary queries answered as our host invites questions from the audience. Advance booking not required, the Interview Stage is free to watch.

See Gardeners World Booking Form - for a booking form and more details
Thu Jun 20th Renaissance Treasures at the National Gallery
Thursday 20th June at 11am at The Sainsbury Wing Theatre, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square.

The Italian Renaissance saw the creation of some of the finest art works ever made, and some of these are now held in trust for the British nation, within the collection of The National Gallery. Join National Gallery experts for a day of talks on iconic paintings and hidden gems of the Italian Renaissance, by artists such as Botticelli, Leonardo and Titian, as well as some less known artists.
We'll draw on a range of devotional and secular paintings to introduce the greatest innovations and stylistic developments in Italian painting. c.1250 – 1560, and learn some tools for looking at paintings. Tickets: £25 per person (lunches & refreshments not provided). Book at: - www.u3a.org.uk/events/educationalevents. No transport provided
Wed Jun 26th Citizens 800 Project 3 Research Retreats at Royal Holloway, Egham, Surrey

Peers vs the People:
Wednesday 26th June 12 till 4.30pm Free including refreshments

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/educationalevents. No transport provided
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.

School 1 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

School 2 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 at: - https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educationalevents. 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/