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.


. Christmas Lunch at the Blue Check Restaurant
. 2 Tickets for Rigoletto
. British Airways Museum – Harmondsworth Heathrow
. & Juliet at The Shaftesbury Theatre (Matinee) – Now open to Family & Friends


Coming events that will prove very popular.

“Pretty Woman” – Piccadilly Theatre – Wednesday, 29th April (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 Dec 10th Our Christmas meeting with Music by duo Gigi and Jo

They will perform music from the 50's and 60s as well as Manilow to Buble with a selection of festive songs too. Join in or just tap your feet.
Tue Jan 14th 2020 January monthly meeting
A talk by Melvyn Leach about his cousin Willy called The Hidden Child

Willy was a 9 year old Jewish boy when in 1942 he was taken in by the Resistance in Belgium.

He spent the rest of WW2 as a hidden child.

He never saw his parents again.

Willy is now in his late 80s.

He went back to Belgium in 2014 with Melvyn to research his history.

Melvyn is a member of Kenton U3A and formerly held senior management posts in secondary education as well as Adult and Community Education in Brent.
Tue Feb 11th 2020 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.
Local Talks & Social Events
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 8905 1409 corinneu3a@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting
Friday 20th December
Christmas Classics Concert at the Barbican

A coach will leave Christ Church at 17:30 returning at about 23:00. The cost is £50 per person to include coach transport and entry ticket.

If interested please contact Stuart Nagler on r.nagler @ btinternet.com
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.
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.

Tue Jan 21st 2020

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.

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
Mon Apr 20th 2020 RUSSIAN CLASSICS AT THE ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL (Evening Performance)
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 07770 467381 sandrau3a@hotmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Radlett - Other Events
Sun Jan 12th 2020 Radlett Music Club
“Piano Music and all that Jazz”

Sunday 12 January 2020 at 3pm at the Radlett Centre
Please note start time

Praised by the New York Times for his “great flair and virtuosity” and the London Times – “a masterly recital”, John Lenehan has made more than 70 CDs and has appeared in concerts throughout the World from Abu Dhabi to Zurich and from Aberdeen to Zimbabwe.

He will play classical works inspired by the jazz idiom and some by jazz musicians paying homage to classical masters. Sitting comfortably in the middle is George Gershwin. This will be a family friendly concert and as usual children can come free.​

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

For further details please see their website http://www.radlett-music-club.co.uk
Wed Feb 5th 2020 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 2020 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 2020 Radlett Art Society
King Tutankhamun Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

Sunday 22nd March 2020 - Saatchi Gallery

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 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

We now have availability for this show and have opened up the booking to “FAMILY & FRIENDS”

& 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.

The role of Juliet will be taken by Cassidy Janson who many of you will remember from her fabulous performance as Carole King in the smash hit musical “Beautiful”.

Contact Vivien Summers on 01923 856728 vivienmsummers@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Thu Mar 5th 2020

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 07770 467381 sandrau3a@hotmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.

Thu Mar 19th 2020 “PRINCE OF EGYPT” – DOMINION THEATRE (matinee)
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 Vivien Summers on 01923 856728 vivienmsummers@gmail.com or book at the monthly meeting.
Other U3As and National U3A 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/