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
February 2018
Mon Feb 26thSocial

Our next quiz is on Monday February 26th at 2 p.m. for a prompt start at 2.30 p.m. at the Royal Leamington Spa Bowling Club in Victoria Park. There is parking in Archery road (4 hrs.) and, normally, in the old tennis court (on the left at the far end of Archery Road).

As usual, the questions and answers will be displayed as well as being read out, which it is hoped will make it easier for the teams. Members and friends welcome – come as a team (maximum 4 people), or as individuals and we’ll find a team for you.

Free tea, coffee and biscuits! Cost per person £2.50 (pay on the day). This cost includes the initial starter round before the quiz proper – there will be a prize for this round.

If you have any queries, please contact:

Deborah Bates334700
Tue Feb 27thLoft TheatreHANDBAGGED, by Moira Buffini

Tuesday, 27 February, 7.30pm. £12. Booking deadline 20 February, ref WDU3A handbagged party

Handbagged is a funny and insightful examination of the relationship between Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher. It is a widely acclaimed fresh, exciting and intelligent piece of theatre, which moves from comedy slapstick to moments of almost unbearable pathos.
March 2018
Wed Mar 14thMeetingOpen Meeting - David Howe - Partners of Prime Ministers
Celebration of our branch's 25th anniversary
Wed Mar 21stStudy DayEducation Day 2018
At the Trident Centre, Warwickshire College, 10.00 a.m - 3.00 to 4.00 p.m.

The speakers are:
- Dr Tim Brain, former Chief Constable of Gloucestershire on 'Modern Policing‘
- John Boyd QC on 'Making Sense of Brexit‘
- Glen Burley, Chief Executive of Warwick Hospital on the Health Service, National and Local.
As usual, there will be time for questions on these topics.
To order tickets, please send a SAE, and a cheque for £15.00, made out to Warwick District U3A, to:

Roger Williams
21 Lillington Close
Leamington Spa
CV32 7RW
Thu Mar 29thVisits and TripsTHE PLAY THAT WENT WRONG
Birmingham Hippodrome

Very short notice but I have only just had information for this. After receiving rave reviews on its West End run, The Play That Went Wrong is now on tour and will be at the Hippodrome the last week in March.

I have reserved tickets for the matinee performance on the 29th March. Price will be £40 per person - I got a slightly better deal from the theatre this time. The aim is to arrive in Birmingham around midday, giving us time to have some lunch before the show starts at 2.00pm. We’ll return to Warwick as soon as the performance finishes.

To reserve a place, please send your cheque made payable to Warwick District U3A to Maggie Watts, 21 Ladbroke Hall, Ladbroke CV47 2DF. For more information contact Maggie Watts by email or phone 814953. Click on my name to email me.
April 2018
Tue Apr 3rdLoft TheatreGHOSTS, by Henrik Ibsen

3rd April, 7.30pm. £12. Booking deadline 27 March, ref WDU3A ghosts party

A scorching examination of claustrophobic family life in a small Norwegian town in the 1890s, and coming to terms with the secrets of its past.
Wed Apr 11thMeetingOpen Meeting - Heidi Mayer - Lord Leycester Hospital
Tue Apr 17thVisits and Trips

A Visit to Bletchley Park

Easter 2018 will see the opening of Hut 11A and a new exhibition: Hut 11A: The Bombe Breakthrough. The exhibition will explore the challenge posed by Enigma and how Alan Turing, Gordon Welchman and others devised a machine to help solve it.

The day is free to do as you wish and there are several other exhibitions to investigate - for example, Secrecy and Security: Keeping Safe Online, linking data processing during WWII with today’s cyber threat. The Road to Bletchley Park - the first major exhibition to explore code breaking in WWI. Or you may be be interested in Off Duty: High Spirits in Low Times - life beyond code-breaking.

With all that, you will need some rest and recuperation so there are a couple of eateries - Hut 4 houses the café where a selection of hot and cold meals is served and you will find a Coffee Shop in the Visitor Centre.

For more information about the Park and perhaps to better plan your day, there is lots of information on their website.

The coach will leave Warwick Tesco at 9.30am and at 4.30pm for the return journey.
Price is £28 which includes admission and coach. Let me know if you want a coach-only price.

Click on my name below to email me.

Maggie Watts01926 814953
May 2018
Fri May 4th
→Tue May 8th
Visits and Trips

Art, Chateaux and Gardens of Normandy - 5 days 4 nights

Travel by executive coach, from local pick up points, to Dover/Calais ferry. We will stay in Rouen. In summary, we will visit Monet's gardens at Giverny and the nearby museum of Impressionists, the Chateau and Park de Beaumesnil, the stunning contemporary gardens Le Jardin Plume, created in 1997, Honfleur (including museum and 90 minute boat ride along the Seine estuary). On the way home, a tour of Chateau de Miromesnil.
£614 twin/double room, £159 single supplement, based on B & B plus a three course meal on arrival. Insurance £38 (excludes existing medical conditions).
There is still limited availability on this trip in particular for twin/double room occupants - contact Jean for further information. You can see details of this tour by clicking on View Your Tour at www.tailored-travel.co.uk and quote waru181
Or you can click on the link below to easily view and download details of the trip

Tailored Travel Normandy trip

Please note that the departure date is a day later than was originally told to members who have already registered interest, because of changed ferry times.

Jean Hardwick494147
Wed May 9thMeetingOpen Meeting - Roger Butler - Journey along the Silk Road
Thu May 24th
→Fri May 25th
Visits and Trips

Liverpool Excursion - The Terracotta Army Exhibition

Overnight 24/25th May. A few places still available!!!

Arrangements for this excursion are taking shape. We will stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Express on Albert Dock. This seems like a good location, on the waterfront and close to Tate Liverpool and other museums.

We will leave from Warwick Tesco car park at 9.00am on the 24th May - I’ll check with Tesco management about leaving cars there overnight.

I have reserved tickets for us for the Terracotta Army Exhibition for 12.30, hopefully giving us time for a light snack beforehand. The World Museum is in the same area as the cathedral and the Walker Gallery and it may be that some of you will want to visit those before heading on to the hotel. Otherwise, the coach will collect us around 2.00 and take us to the hotel to check-in. The rest of the day will be free to do as you wish but I will investigate dinner venues with a view to making at least one dinner reservation for those who want to eat as a group.

I am also planning optional guided tours at Tate Liverpool and propose that we do that on Friday morning after breakfast. There are various tours/talks available. One is a talk on the gallery itself and lasts about an hour. Other possibilities are guided tours of a chosen exhibition halls or of a particular art style.

Price should be between £75 and £80 per person and includes coach travel, hotel (with breakfast) and entry to the Terracotta Army Exhibition. There is a single occupancy supplement of £33.

For more information click on my name below to email me.

Maggie Watts01926 814953
June 2018
Wed Jun 13thMeetingOpen Meeting - Sarah Haynes - Birmingham's Coffin Museum
July 2018
Wed Jul 11thMeetingSocial Meeting
August 2018
Sun Aug 19th
→Thu Aug 23rd
Visits and Trips

Visit to the Western Front – Aug 2018

Ann Bailey886216/07745 165493
September 2018
Wed Sep 12thMeetingOpen Meeting - Merleen Watson - Hearing Dogs
October 2018
Wed Oct 10thMeetingOpen Meeting - Graham Sutherland - The Darker Side of Warwick
November 2018
Wed Nov 14thMeetingTo be announced
December 2018
Wed Dec 12thMeetingSocial Meeting