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 Feb 2nd Speaker: Graham Harrison - Chloroform - Sense and Insensibilities
Graham is part of a three-people partnership and family business who have over 25 years' experience of delivering educational workshops and entertainments to the heritage sector and whose adult talks programme has grown in size and popularity since it's beginning about 6 years ago.
NOTE: This talk will be presented online by Zoom, full details will be emailed to members.
Tue Feb 16th Speaker: Philip Caine - From Barrow to Baghdad
Born in 1950 in Barrow-in-Furness, Philip’s working life began in the hotel business. His career then developed in the oil industry and 30 years were spent in places such as the North Sea, Algeria, Nigeria, Kazakhstan and Russia. From 2003 he spent 7 years in post-war Baghdad working with the American coalition, then a further 3 years running oil services companies in Dubai. Philip retired in 2015 and began writing and public speaking and has since spoken at over 400 venues and written 8 fictional adventure thrillers.
NOTE: This talk will be presented online by Zoom, full details will be emailed to members.
Tue Mar 2nd Speaker: Brian Freeland - Richelieu: The Cardinal and His 'City'
Brian is a speaker, playwright and author. His theatre career started in 1959, direct from National Service and has taken him to 43 different countries including 3 residences in the Middle East, 8 tours of the Indian sub-continent and 2 circumnavigations of the globe. He has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, London Festival Ballet Companies, Scottish Opera, Nottingham Playhouse, Manchester Library Theatre and John Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop Company. Approaching retirement he started to ‘branch out’ - directing, writing scripts and giving talks.
NOTE: This talk will be presented online by Zoom, full details will be emailed to members.
Tue Mar 16th Speaker: Ian Keable - A Century of Deception
Ian has a degree from Oxford University; qualified as a Chartered Accountant and then became a professional magician. He now divides his time between performing magic, giving talks and researching and writing.
NOTE: This talk will be presented online by Zoom, full details will be emailed to members.
Tue Apr 6th Speaker: Graham Twemlow - The Great British Poster Artists: The Golden Age of Posters in Britain
A retired University academic, Graham writes and lectures on design history and decorative arts subjects. He is interested in all aspects of the applied arts, but with a particular passion for illustrated posters from the mid 19th Century to the mid 20th Century. An experienced speaker, he has given talks at venues such as the Royal Society of Arts London, the Grolier Club New York, Christie’s South Kensington, the Ashmolean Museum Oxford and numerous other venues in the UK.
NOTE: This talk will be presented online by Zoom, full details will be emailed to members.
Tue Apr 20th Speaker: Nick Martin - Secrets of the Wildlife Garden
Nick is an amateur wildlife photographer with a passion for nature and the countryside. He offers a range of illustrated talks which he adapts to the needs of different audiences, as well as images, wildlife photography workshops and wildlife interpretation advice for leaflets etc.
NOTE: This talk will be presented online by Zoom, full details will be emailed to members.
Study Days
Wed Feb 3rd 10 am Encouraging chess in u3a via Zoom.
Mon Feb 8th 2 pm Egyptology: an introduction to ancient temples via Zoom.
Thu Feb 11th 10.30 am National Army Museum Talk - the British Army in Germany since 1945 via Zoom
Wed Feb 17th 2 pm u3a Ukulele Jam - Neil Abraham of Dulwich & District u3a invites you to join him for an open mic session - all abilities welcome! via Zoom
Thu Feb 18th 2.30 pm Maths activities and games Interactive session via Zoom.
Tue Feb 23rd A talk on musicals using Zoom
Tue Feb 23rd 2.30 pm Maths problems and puzzles workshop Interactive session via Zoom.
Wed Feb 24th A Taste of Japan using Zoom
Thu Feb 25th 2 pm Wellbeing in Nature interactive talk via Zoom
Thu Mar 11th 2 pm Wellbeing in Nature (repeat talk) via Zoom
Wed Mar 17th The Thames and its Boats via Zoom
Wed Mar 24th A Taste of Japan using Zoom
Social Events
Fri Feb 19th 11 am coffee morning via Zoom
Fri Mar 19th 11 am coffee morning via Zoom
Wed Jun 2nd National u3a Day - the annual event, which will take place in Volunteer Week on the first Wednesday in June, will show the amazing and diverse things that our members get up to and challenge preconceptions of what being an older adult means. The 2021 event will be enhanced by the multitude of projects, activities, outcomes and new approaches to communication that have emerged as a consequence of the 2020 Pandemic Lockdown period.
Mon May 24th
→Fri May 28th
I would like to remind participants that our holiday is amended to take place on Monday 24th - Friday 28th May 2021, as previously advised.  All is in order; the deposits paid are safe and I will be writing to participants again shortly. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further details or information. 
Vera Kastner
Art Appreciation
Mon Feb 22nd Self portraits: Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Antony Gormley (via Zoom)
Mon Mar 22nd Grayson Perry (via Zoom)
Thu Feb 4th Sissinghurst Castle Garden 2.30 pm via Zoom
Thu Mar 4th Polesden Lacey via Zoom 2.30 pm
Genealogy 2
Mon Feb 15th 11 am via Zoom
Mon Mar 15th 11 am via Zoom
Mon Feb 22nd 2 pm via Zoom
Walking A
Sat Mar 27th Meet at Manor Rd carpark for 10 am start (no car sharing). Possible walk to Challow, Childrey and Letcombe Regis. Leaders: June and Alan Grunwald. Walkers must register beforehand.
Sat Apr 24th Walk from Grove to Ardington. Details to follow.