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.

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.


TALK BY SAFFRON SUMMERFIELD – Wednesday 30th October



Coming events that will prove very popular.

British Airways Museum Tour – Wednesday, 5th February

Leopoldstadt - Wyndhams Theatre – Thursday, 5th March

The Prince of Egypt – Dominion Theatre – Thursday, 19th March

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 Oct 8th The speaker will be Peter Altman

Details TBC
Tue Nov 12th This meeting will be our AGM to be followed by Deborah Moggach

Details TBC
Tue Dec 10th Our Christmas meeting with Music by Gigi

Details TBC
Local Talks & Social Events
Fri Sep 27th First Aid for All
R&D U3A member Verity Maclachlan has been asked by St Albans U3A to put on a first aid course. Radlett members are welcome.

It is FREE, but donations to British Heart Foundation or Girlguiding are welcome.

Contact Verity through the carrier pigeon on the group web page that has been created on our website for First Aid for All.
Wed Oct 16th British Heart Foundation Restart a Heart Day

Two sessions 10am -12 or 7.45-9.45 pm

Woodland Lodge Guide Hut, Scrubbitts Park Road, WD7 8DD

Donations to British Heart Foundation welcome

Let me know on the day if there are any reasons you cannot physically perform CPR or recovery position on the floor e.g. bad back, bad asthma. You will still be able to learn by instructing someone else!

British Heart Foundation booklet and Certificate of attendance given

Learn how to help someone who is unwell
not breathing
bleeding heavily
having a heart attack or stroke
using an AED ( defibrillator)
and more plus answer questions

Contact Verity through the carrier pigeon on the group web page that has been created on our website for First Aid for All.
Wednesday, 30th October – 2.15pm - venue Radlett To Be Advised - £8

Milton Keynes to Mississippi - reading excerpts from her forthcoming memoir of the same name. A lively and entertaining show, featuring brief history of guitars, in which she plays classical, Spanish and Mississippi Blues music along with her own songs and tunes on 2 Guitars and Cuatro . Anecdotes and stories from a career in music which started in a North Bucks village to performing live on John Peel’s BBC Radio shows, writing songs for BBC R4’s Start the Week, 2 Channel 4 films and playing guitar with Blues musicians in Mississippi cotton field.

Contact Esther Richard on estherj.richard@gmail.com or book at monthly meeting.
Sat Nov 16th

Saturday, 16th November 7pm prompt - £16


Join us for this popular Supper Quiz evening at our new venue at the Vision Hall. Come and meet new friends, show-off your knowledge and enjoy the fish and Chips. All members will be welcome and we will be happy to make-up teams of eight. However, if you prefer to make up your own table of eight, please let us know.

Contact Corinne Mallach on 020 89051409 Corinneu3a@gmail.com or book at monthly meeting.

Thursday, 5th December 12.15pm for 12.30pm start - £26

Join us for a repeat visit to the Blue Check Restaurant in Bushey. This Radlett U3A get-together is an opportunity to enjoy a terrific lunch together with fellow members.
You will have a welcome drink on your arrival and a delicious three course meal with lots of choices followed by coffee or tea.

Contact Corinne Mallach on 020 89051409 corinneu3a@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting
Sun Oct 13th

Sunday, 13th October – leave Radlett 4pm - £44

80 years ago in October 1939, the two most popular names of the Swing Era met up at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Clarinetist and band leader Pete Long and his 14 piece orchestra recreate this hugely entertaining “Battle of the Big Bands” featuring such hits as “In the Mood,” “Sing Sing Sing,” “Bugle Call Rag”, “One O’Clock Jump.” This outing will be one for all our members who love jazz.

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

Thu Oct 17th

Thursday 17th October – leave Radlett 9am - £25


From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, discover how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street, with over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer's personal archive.

Contact Valerie Gold 07831 562362 valeriegoldu3a@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.

Thu Oct 24th

Leave Radlett 12.45 pm - £12

See the magic that happens after you click “buy” on Amazon by touring the new automated fulfillment centre at Dunstable. You will be able to see at first-hand how Amazon delivers to their customers.

Contact Corinne Mallach on 020 8905 1409 corinneu3a@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.

Tuesday 19th November – leave Radlett 10.30am - £34

We have organised a guided tour of the New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in White Hart Lane, N17. The tour will take us behind-the-scenes of the new world class Stadium, including even the changing rooms and ice baths!

The Stadium has been designed to be a multi purpose one with seating for over 62,000.

It features the world's first dividing, retractable football pitch which reveals a synthetic turf pitch underneath for NFL London Games, rugby union, concerts and other events. Whether you are a Spurs fan or not, it certainly is a super stadium to visit.

Contact Sandra Clark on sandrau3a@hotmail.com or book at monthly meeting.
Wed Jan 1st 2020

Wednesday, 1st January 2020 – leave Radlett – 11.15am - £45


Celebrate the New Year with a concert of classical favourites traditionally heard at the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year concert and Britain's own Last Night of the Proms.


Grieg 'Morning' and 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' from Peer Gynt
Puccini 'O soave fanciulla' from La Bohème
Verdi 'Brindisi' from La traviata
Strauss Champagne Polka
Suppe Overture from Poet and Peasant
Tchaikovsky 'Waltz of the Flowers' from The Nutcracker
Handel alla Hornpipe
Arne Rule, Britannia!
Puccini 'Nessun Dorma' from Turandot
Elgar Land of Hope and Glory

Ilona Domnich soprano
Anthony Inglis conductor

London Concert Orchestra

Contact Joan Altman on 01923 404920 joanu3a@virginmedia.com or book at monthly meeting.

Tuesday, 21st January, 2020 – leave Radlett 9.30am - £25

The legend of Tutankhamun captured imaginations globally when, in 1922, his tomb was unearthed by the British explorer Howard Carter and financier Lord Carnarvon. This exhibition, Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, will unveil more than 150 original objects from the tomb with 60 pieces travelling out of Egypt for the first and final time. Come and discover the most famous of the Pharaohs as you follow his passage into everlasting life, before the artefacts are permanently installed within the Egyptian Grand Museum.

Contact Valerie Gold on 07831 562362 valeriegoldu3a@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Theatre visits

Wednesday, 13th November – leave Radlett 4.30pm - £55

Join us for Glyndebourne’s first ever production of Verdi’s own favourite opera, reimagining this classic drama for our own age. Rigoletto is a tragedy of Shakespearean scope, a disturbing psychological portrait of a man caught in a corrupt world, an outsider in a system built of power and privilege. The dramatic score, heavy with menace includes many of Verdi’s greatest arias.

Contact Sandra Clark at sandrau3a@hotmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Thu Nov 28th

Thursday, 28th November – leave Radlett 4.30 pm - £56

For fans of Hollywood Musicals and the music of Irving Berlin, this production of “White Christmas” is a must. The story follows two veterans in the wake of WW11 when they decide to form a showbiz duo and bring their love of music and dance to the stage. The iconic song “White Christmas,” written by Berlin and a staple of every Christmastime since, features within the show together with other classic songs such as “Blue Skies” and “Sisters.”

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

Thursday, 12th December – leave Radlett 11am - £40

& Juliet is the irreverent and fun-loving new West End Musical that asks – what if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she decided to chose her own fate? This is Juliet’s story now. A high- octane songbook accompanies this fresh spin on a classic tale. We are invited to run away to Paris with Juliet and her girlfriends where she is able to relish freedom, romance and fun.

Contact Diane Myers on 01923 857077 dianeu3a@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Other U3As and National U3A Events
Wed Sep 25th Herts U3A Network Study Day - OUR ENVIRONMENT - Take Care of the Earth and she will Take Care of You

Wednesday 25th September 2019, at Woolmer Green Village Hall, SG3 6XA, from 10.15am to 3.30pm.

This is open to all members of U3As. Click for an Environment study day booking form, which gives full details of the programme and how to book tickets. The charge of £12 per person which will include a buffet lunch and tea/coffee.
Mon Oct 7th U3A Explores Science at the RI 2019
Monday 7th October from 13:45 to 16:45 -The Royal Institution of Great
Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS Cost £21.50.

Linda Geddes: Chasing the Sun The clocks ‘fall back’ at the end of the month, but what effect does this have on our bodies and minds? Linda Geddes will discuss the science of sunlight and how you can exploit your relationship with light and darkness to improve your health, sleep and productivity.

Gustav Kuhn: Experiencing the impossible Magicians create illusions that allow you to experience the impossible. Gustav Kuhn will use science, interactive demonstrations and magic to explore the psychology of magic and explain why our mind is so easily deceived. He will illustrate that the world you experience as being real is in fact simply an illusion. Understanding how and why our brain is fooled will dramatically change the way you judge yourself and others, and it will also provide you with a new appreciation of your brain’s amazing capacity.

Harry Cliff: Beyond the Higgs In 2012, the announcement of the Higgs boson made headlines around the world. But what has been going on at the Large Hadron Collider since? What is the future of the world’s biggest physics experiment? And what intriguing hints of new physics are around the corner? Physicist Harry Cliff will be your guide.

Book at: - U3A Educational Events https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educational-events No transport provided
Fri Oct 11th Herts Network Bridge Tournament 2019
Friday 11th October from 1.30 till 4.30pm at Woolmer Green Village Hall, SG3 6XA
Each U3A is invited to play in our friendly Acol Bridge Tournament. Teams of 4, just £12 per team - includes refreshments. All players must be U3A members. Initially maximum 2 Teams per U3A. Each team would be required to bring a Bridge Table, Cloth & Bidding Boxes. A flyer with further details is attached to the web pages of both Radlett U3A bridge groups.
Fri Oct 25th Herts Network Quiz 2019
Friday 25th October from 1pm till 4pm at Woolmer Green Village Hall SG3 6XA.

Could you lead the Network Quiz team this year? Without someone to organise our team, Radlett U3A won’t be entering. Further details and an entry from are available on the Quiz Team Group page on the Radlett website.
Thu Nov 7th The Pre-Raphaelites at the National Gallery

Thursday 7th November from 11am till 3.45pm at The Sainsbury Wing Theatre, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square.

Discover how National Gallery paintings, including van Eyck, Titian, Hogarth and others, inspired the young and rebellious Pre-Raphaelites as they brought about a revolution in British painting. Join National Gallery experts for a study day exploring the radical Victorian paintings of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Which paintings inspired them or shaped their views, and why? And just how Pre-Raphael were the Pre-Raphaelites really? Tickets: £25 per person (transport, lunches & refreshments not provided). Book at: - U3A Educational Events https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educational-events
Wed Nov 20th
→Thu Nov 21st
Beneath Your Feet - Hidden Depths of Roman London

Wednesday 20th November or Thursday 21st November from 10.30am till 4pm at the Guildhall Art Gallery, Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 5AE.

The Archaeologist of London’s Guildhall Art Gallery will lead this study day in the remains of London’s Roman Amphitheatre to discover more about the City’s ancient history. U3A members will also take part in a Roman lamp-making workshop to create their own authentic clay oil lamps. The day ends with a guided visit to the nearby Temple of Mithras, a unique experience in the heart of the City of London. The day will include a 10 minute walk. Guildhall Art Gallery and London’s Roman Amphitheatre are full accessible. Welcome refreshments are provided at 10.30 am and the study day starts at 11.00 am to 4.00 pm. Lunch is not provided. The gallery opens at 10.00 am if you wish to look around before the event. £23.50 per person. Transport is not provided.

Book at: - U3A Educational Events https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educational-events
Mon Nov 25th The Architecture of London at the Royal Institute of British Architects

Monday 25th November from 10.30 till 3.30pm at The Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD

The Royal Institute of British Architects cares for one of the largest and most diverse architectural collections in the world. Travel through four centuries of London’s architectural development on this exclusive study day, hosted within the Institute’s iconic art deco headquarters. Introducing rare examples from a collection of over four million items including models, drawings, photographs, books and personal archives, you’ll explore the changing face of London’s built environment – from the perfect symmetry and proportion of the Georgian era to today’s breathtaking towers of glass. You’ll learn the key elements of major architectural styles such as Gothic Revival and Modernism, and become familiar with the work of some of Britain’s greatest architects. Tea & coffee will be served on arrival at 10.30 am. £25 lunch and transport not provided.

Book at: - U3A Educational Events https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educational-events
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/