Wantage & Grove


See Notice Board on WELCOME page for late changes to this programme.
All Meetings start at 2pm in Grove Parish Church Hall unless stated otherwise.

For more information on activities etc within individual GROUPS, click on the relevant GROUP heading below

Dates for your Diary
Tue Jul 2nd Speaker: Don Summers - Saving millions - life-changing developments made at Grove

Don has lived in Grove for 50 years, and spent his career working for the UKAEA at Harwell and Culham. Around the time of his arrival in the area, Harwell opened an outstation on the technical site of the former Grove airfield. Work formerly conducted at Harwell was continued there and led to hugely important developments that have had world-wide implications. Sadly, with the wind-down of atomic energy work, these developments have not been afforded the publicity they deserve. Some of these will be described and their significance made clear.
Tue Jul 16th Meeting cancelled due to replacement of flooring in church hall.
Tue Aug 6th Afternoon Tea - see Social Events for info.
Tue Aug 20th No meeting
Mon Jul 15th A visit to The BMW Mini factory at Cowley for a 2 hour tour of the works at 1 pm (3.5 Km). Two groups have been booked but you may register interest in case a place becomes available. N B Payment for this visit is required NO LATER than 18th June. (£15 cash or cheque payable to Wantage and Grove U3A)
Please contact George Goldsmith via the Contacts page if interested in attending.

Possible future visits are:
Kelmscott (William Morris’ house)
Afternoon Steamer, Abingdon/Oxford return, 4 hours, £18 per head
Ardley: Converting Waste to Electricity Centre, 2 Hours, free
George would be pleased to have expressions of interest from members. He also suggests that members might like to consider a ‘do it yourself visit’: Drive to Iffley Church (In East Oxford), a magnificent example of Romanesque Architecture built in the 1160s, with a window by John Piper. Then a five minute walk down to Iffley Lock on the Thames and a further five minutes to the riverside pub. Go on – you can do it! (and some of us did on Easter Monday and had a thoroughly enjoyable day out!)
Study Days
Thu Jul 4th First Aid Day at Benson Parish Hall
Fri Aug 30th Kelmscott Study Day The work of William Morris. (waiting list)
Run by Thames Valley Network
for more details go to Thames Valley Network on Links page
Tue Oct 22nd Ukulele Day at Benson Parish Hall
Sat Nov 16th TVN Day at Benson Parish Hall
Social Events
Tue Aug 6th Afternoon Tea at Millets Farm Lakeview Restaurant. Bookings now being taken at main meetings.
Tue Jul 23rd
→Sat Jul 27th
Vera Kastner has organised another holiday, this time to The Isle of Man, from 23-27 July. Accommodation will be at The Empress Hotel, Douglas, and includes bed, breakfast, evening meal and excursions. The cost is £499.00 pp, excluding insurance. (Single supplement £42.00 extra). All single rooms are already booked, with a waiting list, but there are still double and twin rooms available. The holiday is not restricted to members, so if you'd like to bring a friend or relative to share with you, why not join us? You can sign up at a meeting or speak directly to Vera.
Mon Jul 1st Limited colours
Art Appreciation
Tue Jul 23rd tba
Current affairs
Fri Jul 12th We enjoy a wide-ranging discussion of current issues and problems, strongly avoiding party political issues. Please bring relevant news cuttings and magazine articles. New members are always welcome
Film studies group
Tue Jul 9th Florence Foster Jenkins (2018) starring Kelly MacDonald, Irfan Khan and David Denman
Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world - where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined.
N B This is a change from the film “Puzzle”, as originally advertised.
Tue Aug 13th Selma 2014 starring David Oyelowo, Carmen Ojogo and Tim Roth. A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.
Thu Jul 4th Hidcote Gardens National Trust entry £13.50/£15 (with Gift Aid). Meet at Manor Road car park for lift share, leaving 9.30 am.
Thu Aug 1st Rosana, Pat & Greta's gardens in Chandlers Close
Thu Sep 5th Member's garden. Paddock Close, Wantage
Thu Oct 3rd Worcester College Meet at the Porter's Gate on the junction of Beaumont Street, Walton Street and Worcester Street at 2.00 pm. Free admission.
Thu Nov 7th tba
Tue Jul 23rd NO Meeting in July
General Studies
Thu Jul 18th Steam
German Conversation
Thu Jul 4th at a Member's house. The group is now full. Please contact Irmgard about joining the waiting list.
Historic Towns
Mon Jul 22nd Monday 22nd July - which town to study next?
Wed Jul 3rd War writings, especially letters
Music Makers
Wed Jun 26th Grove Village Hall
Wed Jul 10th Grove Village Hall
Wed Jul 24th Grove Village Hall
Musical appreciation
Thu Jun 27th Music alfresco
Thu Jul 25th A Summer concert
Mon Jul 22nd How far should the law go to protect society, and take away freedom of choice? At Penny Wixey’s house.
Poets and their Poetry
Wed Jul 17th Members take turns to choose a poet and outline their life and times (and chair the meeting). The rest of the group each chooses a poem to read and discuss. At Sarah's flat.
Pub Quiz
Tue Jul 9th The Abingdon Arms, Wantage
Tue Jul 23rd The Abingdon Arms, Wantage
Fri Jun 28th at Linda's house
Fri Jul 26th NO Meeting in July
Walking A
Sat Jul 27th Cumnor: 6 miles (Valerie and Rowan). More details to follow.
Sat Aug 24th King William, Hailey: 6 miles (Valerie and Rowan).More details to follow
Sat Sep 28th Details to follow
Sat Oct 26th Details to follow
Walking B
Mon Jul 8th Minster Lovell circular of about 4 miles leaving Minster Lovell car park at 2.15 pm. Easy going; two stiles. Lifts/car share from Manor Road car park departing 1.30 pm. Penny Iles to lead.
Mon Aug 12th Details to follow. Malcolm Gomm to lead.
Mon Sep 9th Hungerford. Details to follow (Trevor)
Mon Oct 14th Oxford college. Details to follow (Keith)
Writing for fun
Fri Jul 19th “The state of the planet” or “Sport” or a subject of your choice.