Warwick District


This page lists events that are organised by the WDU3A committee and helpers, such as Open Meetings, the AGM, Education Day and outings.

Click on names to contact them by email.

Do come along to the Open Meetings and make yourself known. Someone will be only too happy to address any queries you may have and will show you the ropes. Committee members will be on hand and should be wearing name tags.

Here is a Dormer place map - the venue of the Open Meetings.

Events organised by a specific group for its members may be found on the appropriate group page.

Dates for your Diary
August 2019
Wed Aug 21stSocial

U3A Skittles Evening with fish and chips
Come and join us whether you want to play or just socialise. Cost is £9.00 each, including small fish and chips. Drinks, (not included) will be available at the bar. Everyone is welcome.
Arrive 7.00 pm for 7.30 start
Leek Wootton Sports Club, Quarry Close, Leek Wootton, CV35 7QJ
Directions: take the Warwick Road towards Kenilworth, turn left immediately after the Anchor Inn, drive 350 yards along Woodcote Lane, turn right into Quarry Close, entrance to the club is halfway along on the left.
If you are joining us, send cheque for £9.00, made payable to Warwick District U3A.
Include your email address (to acknowledge receipt and keep you informed).
Please indicate whether you are playing or watching.

Keith Kitto
September 2019
Wed Sep 4thVisits and TripsTHE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Malvern Theatre
I’ve been looking out for this since the talk by Bernard Locket at one of our Open Days
earlier this year. Finally, the details arrived in my inbox, a bit late in the day so I need
signups as soon as possible. Yesterday even! Here is the blurb from the theatre’s website:

National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, The Pirates of Penzance, accompanied by a
full Orchestra. The Pirates of Penzance is one of the most enduringly popular of Gilbert
and Sullivan’s great comic creations full of memorable melodies you will be humming all
the way home. Jam-packed with sentimental, swashbuckling pirates who are really peers
of the realm, a completely dotty Major General and a bumbling bunch of hopeless but
hilarious policemen, what could possibly go wrong? Frederic, a pirate’s apprentice, falls
instantly in love with Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley. Frederic is due to be
released from his apprenticeship on his 21st birthday, but there’s a problem. Born on
29th February, he discovers that technically he must serve the pirates for another 63 years!
Although very much in love, his dedication to duty is resolute. Can he and Mabel find a happy ever after?

I have an option for tickets in rows J, K and L for the matinée performance but have to
confirm them within four weeks. We will leave Warwick Tesco car park at 10.30am giving
us time to wander through the town and find some lunch before the performance starts at
2.30pm. We should start our return journey no later than 5.15pm. Cost will be £37pp and
cheques payable to Warwick District U3A should be sent to Maggie Watts as usual.
Wed Sep 11thOpen Meetings2.15 pm, Dormer Conference Centre, next to St Peter's Church,
Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AA
Speaker: Philip Bowen – The Tudor Bishops of Worcester (Saints, Sinners, 
Heretics, Refugees, Italians and a Poisoner?)

There will be a visit and tour of Middleton Hall, North Warwickshire, on Wednesday 18th September. We will leave Tesco car park at 10.45 am and drive to Tamworth. Here, we will be able to find a café or restaurant for lunch (not included), or perhaps have a picnic in the castle grounds by the river, leaving time to explore the town or visit the castle (reasonable mobility required and additional cost of £6.50).
We will then make the short journey to Middleton Hall with tea or coffee on arrival (included). Here we can choose one of three tours each lasting 1 hour. The Architecture tour will focus on the buildings ranging from Mediaeval to Victorian that comprise the moated mansion house. The History tour will explore the people who have lived at the hall, including a commander at the Battle of Hastings, a Tudor explorer, and Cassandra, Duchess of Chandos. The Garden tour includes the walled garden (with its original heated walls), which is planted in the Georgian style. (The Architecture and History tours will involve stairs.) We will finally have some time at leisure, perhaps to visit the Tudor Barn and Courtyard with its café, antique, and craft shops, before we leave for home.
For more information about Middleton Hall, visit its website or contact John Morgan
Cost will be £18.00 and payment and form should be sent to Maggie Watts, contact details in Info magazine. Remember to specify what tour you would like to be included on.
October 2019
Tue Oct 1stLoft TheatreThe Theatre of Music Hall, by Sean Glock
7.30pm, £13.50. Booking deadline 24 September, ref WDU3A Music party.
A joyful celebration of the great names of Music Hall, which produced the first stars of entertainment, from Marie Lloyd and Sir Harry Lauder to Maggie Smith and Kenneth Williams.
 Watch the company of performers tread the fine line between tears and laughter through song and tongue in cheek innuendo, to titillate, flirt and chastise you – all led by a Chairman………a gavel……….but chiefly………YOURSELVES.
Sun Oct 6thLoft TheatreFor your information. One performance only, so no U3A outing:
The Songs of Noel Coward
Wed Oct 9thOpen Meetings2.15 pm, Dormer Conference Centre, next to St Peter's Church,
Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AA
Speaker: Philip Caine – From Barrow to Baghdad
Thu Oct 10thVisits and TripsBLOOD BROTHERS
Birmingham Hippodrome, 7.30 pm

Willy Russell’s award winning BLOOD BROTHERS is coming to the Hippodrome in October. Affectionately christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’, it inevitably brings the audience to its feet with songs such as Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged Tell Me It’s Not True.

However, I have a problem. I wasn’t able to get a block booking so I have seats together in two different locations, with two different prices. So - front circle rows F and G, all at £44 and stalls rows L,M and N (all at the side), a mixture of £44 and £36. This is because I didn’t want seats further back than that. The coach fare is £11. I will allocate seats, as far as I can, according to people's preferences. I have until 28th August to confirm the tickets so please let me know asap.

Pickup will be 4.15pm from Warwick Tesco car park. I will, of course, check that nearer the date.
Please note my new phone number in Info 151. Or contact me by email Maggie Watts
Sat Oct 19thLoft TheatreFor your information. One performance only, so no U3A outing:
Into the Breach
November 2019
Wed Nov 13thOpen Meetings2.15 pm, Dormer Conference Centre, next to St Peter's Church,
Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AA
Speaker: Anne O’Flanagan – The Wallace Collection
Fri Nov 15thVisits and TripsTutankhamun and The Roaring Twenties
Friday 15th November
Pickup time: 9.00am
For more details and to sign up, contact Maggie Watts

The discovery of the boy king’s tomb in 1922 by Howard Carter in an expedition financed by Lord Carnarvon of Highclere Castle stirred up 'Egyptomania' in England. The 3,300 year old Egyptian designs influenced the art and architecture of the Roaring Twenties.
Cost: £53.00 per person

Click here for further information: Tutankhamun
December 2019
Fri Dec 6thVisits and TripsDate for your diaries

Our Christmas market trip this year will be to Lincoln. There will be more details in the October Info but the date to note is Friday, 6th December.
Wed Dec 11thOpen Meetings2.15 pm, Dormer Conference Centre, next to St Peter's Church,
Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AA
Christmas Social
May 2020
Sun May 10th
→Fri May 15th
Visits and Trips

Proposed trip to Tuscany and Umbria: 6 days 5 nights 10th – 15th May 2020.
£799 pp; £99 single supplement.

A few twin/double rooms are still available.

EasyJet flights Luton/Pisa/Luton (flight times to be confirmed); staying at 3* Hotel Villa Ricci located in Chianciano Terme, Tuscany. Two days half board and three days B&B with optional farewell dinner in a local restaurant or Tuscan farmhouse. UK airport transfers from Warwick are included.

We will be visiting Pienza (where parts of the English Patient was filmed), Siena, Florence, Perugia and Assisi. If flight times permit, we will visit Pisa.

For further details please see Tuscany trip details and booking form or click on the tab View Your Tour at Tailored Travel and quote waru201 or contact Jean on 01926 494147 email Jeanhardwick41@btinternet.com.