Radlett & District

Other U3As and National U3A Events

Dates for your Diary
Tue Sep 17th U3A Jazz Study Day
Tuesday 17th September 11am- 4pm at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London, NW1 7AY £20 No transport provided.

For a second year, Alan Barnes and his octet have agreed to entertain and enlighten us about jazz, this time focusing on the instruments in the band and the all-important personalities that energise jazz music. This will be the World Premiere of Alan's new project.

Alan entitles the performance 'New Jazz Portraits'. It will feature 8 brand new charts, each being an affectionate portrait of a different member of the band. The pieces have all been written to bring out the strengths of these formidable and very individual stylists whilst also, perhaps, bringing out some lesser known parts of their musical characters.
Alan will also include some surprise musical portraits of other musicians who have been important to his career. As is usual and well understood in the jazz world, Alan's show will be peppered with anecdotes. Of course, swinging, straight ahead jazz will be the priority.
The all-star lineup consists of Bruce Adams on trumpet & flugelhorn; Mark Nightingale on trombone; Alan Barnes on saxes & clarinet; Robert Fowler on saxes & clarinet; Karen Sharp on saxes & clarinet; David Newton on piano; Simon Thorpe on bass and Clark Tracey on drums.
Book at: - https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educational-events. No transport provided
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: - https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educationalevents. 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: -https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educationalevents.
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: - https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educationalevents.
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: - https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educationalevents.
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/