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
January 2020
Tue Jan 28thLoft TheatreLes Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton

7.30pm, £13.50. Booking deadline 21 January 2020, ref WDU3A Liaisons party

Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France appears in this irresistible award-winning adaptation by Hampton. 
Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont now compete in games of seduction and revenge. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cécile Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has already targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel.
While these merciless aristocrats toy with others’ hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed.
Jennifer Saunders stars in this production of Blithe Spirit, currently touring the country prior to opening in the West End. Her gleefully funny performance as the eccentric clairvoyant Madame Arcati delighted audiences and critics when the show opened in Bath earlier this year. The cast includes Lisa Dillon, Emma Naomi, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Simon Coates, Lucy Robinson and Rose Wardlaw, and the play is directed by Richard Eyre.
Tickets are for the matinee performance and pick-up will be from Warwick Tesco at 10.30 am, giving us time to arrive in Malvern with enough time to find somewhere to eat before the production starts at 2.30 pm. I don’t have a finishing time yet but assume that we will be able to leave Malvern no later than 5.00 pm.
If you think you would like to eat in the Theatre restaurant, I would suggest booking in advance. Their telephone number is 01684 567751.
Cost is £45.00 pp, more expensive than our first visit because of the extra ticket price. I need to confirm my reservation by 2nd December so not much time - the usual problem with theatre tickets.
As usual, cheques should be made payable to Warwick District U3A and sent to Maggie Watts, together with a completed booking form. Maggie's address is in the current edition of Info.
February 2020
Wed Feb 12thOpen Meetings2.15 pm, Royal Spa Centre, Newbold Terrace,
Leamington Spa, CV32 4HN

Annual General Meeting
Heidi Meyer: Perspectives on Afghanistan
Mon Feb 17thOutingBarber Institute of Fine Art, Birmingham History of Art Group
The coach will leave from the Tesco Extra, Cubbington Road, Leamington at 1.00 p.m. Parking is available in nearby streets but not at Tesco's.
The cost will be £14.00 which includes the Driver's tip. If you would like to go please book and pay Pam Ponting at 5, Sir Frank Whittle Gardens, Leamington Spa. CV32 6RF. Please make cheques out to Warwick District U3A. This is only a 20 seater coach so please book asap. You must be a member of the U3A, but not necessarily a member of the History of Art Group
Thu Feb 20thVisits and TripsSWAN LAKE: Birmingham Hippodrome
Matinee Performance
A change from Matthew Bourne - the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s performance of this much loved ballet. Seats are centre stalls and rows Q,R,S. I need to confirm our reservation by 5th January 2020 at the latest.
We will leave Warwick Tesco car park at 10.55 am and should arrive at the Hippodrome around midday, giving everyone time to find somewhere to eat before the performance starts at 2.00 pm. I expect we will leave Birmingham around 5.00 pm.
Price is £65.00 pp, cheques payable to Warwick District U3A should be sent to Maggie Watts (address can be found in Info).
March 2020
Tue Mar 3rdLoft TheatreThe Caretaker, by Harold Pinter
7.30 pm, £13.50
Booking deadline 25th Feb, ref WDU3A Caretaker party
At the top of an empty four-storey house full of junk, Davies, an ageing, filthy down-and-out, is given shelter by the kindly but vulnerable Aston. He quickly makes himself at home until Mick, Aston’s brother, a far more menacing character, arrives. A battle of wits begins as the brothers seek to manipulate the old man to their respective ends. But Davies has his own agenda… Mischievous, scary and brutally funny.
Wed Mar 11thOpen Meetings2.15 pm, Dormer Conference Centre, next to St Peter's Church,
Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AA

Georgie Hale: Shipwrecked in Antarctica
Tue Mar 17thLoft TheatreThe Children, by Lucy Kirkwood 7.30pm, £12.00
Booking deadline 10th March, ref WDU3A children party
Two ageing nuclear scientists live in an isolated cottage on the coast,
as the world around them crumbles. Then an old friend arrives with a
frightening request and the implications are shattering. These are very
real people in a very real, seemingly simple, domestic situation,
facing life-changing choices.
Fri Mar 20thVisits and TripsThe Wallace Collection
Following the interest in the recent talk by Ann O’Flanagan,
an outing to the Collection has been arranged. Numbers will be
limited so before doing anything else, Maggie would like to take
names and then finalise the excursion.
The plan is to travel to London by coach, giving us time for lunch
before our guided tour of the permanent exhibition starts at 2.00pm.
This should last around an hour, maybe a bit longer, and there will
be time afterwards to visit the exhibition "Forgotten Masters:
Indian Painting for the East India Company".
This one will not be guided.
Coach travel will be between £16.00 and £20.00 per person,
depending on the size of coach. The price for the tour of the
Wallace Collection will be notified later, when we have a better
idea of what we will be doing. Please do not send any
cheques until a final price has been confirmed.
Please contact Maggie (details in Info magazine) and she will confirm
details later.
April 2020
Tue Apr 7thLoft TheatreAnne Boleyn, by Howard Brenton
Tuesday, 7th April, 7.30 pm, £13.50
Booking deadline 31st March, ref WDU3A Anne party
Howard Brenton’s award-winning play moves away from the popular image
of Anne Boleyn as a doomed siren, to offer a compelling portrait of a great
English heroine. This vibrant and clever play celebrates the life and legacy
of Anne Boleyn – the second wife of Henry VIII - who helped change
the course of our nation’s history.
Wed Apr 8thOpen Meetings2.15 pm, Dormer Conference Centre, next to St Peter's Church,
Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AA

Chenine Bhathena: Coventry: City of Culture 2021
Wed Apr 29thVisits and TripsAston Hall and Soho House
Aston Hall and Soho House are linked historically with two of Birmingham’s
most famous industrialists, Matthew Boulton and James Watt Junior.
Aston Hall is one of the prime examples of Jacobean architecture in England and
was the home of James Watt Junior from 1817–1848. We will arrive at 11.00am in
time for tea or coffee and cake before being given a guided tour of the house.
There should be time afterwards to explore the garden before taking the coach
to Soho House, where we will have a sandwich lunch before our second guided
tour of the day.
When Matthew Boulton bought Soho House it was a small farmhouse. Over the
course of 50 years he gradually altered and modernised it, including installing
what was perhaps the first central heating system in an English house since
Roman times. On display are a selection of articles made by Boulton in his
Birmingham factory - buttons and buckles, clocks and vases and silver and
Sheffield plate tableware. Soho House was the venue for the Lunar Society so
we can expect some stories of the philosophical and modernising
ideas of the time.
Cost will be £38.00pp: cheques should be made out to Warwick District U3A and
posted to Maggie Watts (address in Info magazine).
Pickup time is 9.45 from Warwick Tesco car park.
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.

Waiting list only

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.

Click here for brochure: Tuscany and Umbria

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.

Wed May 13thOpen Meetings2.15 pm, Dormer Conference Centre, next to St Peter's Church,
Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AA

Peter Barratt – Alice Hawkins (Suffragette)
June 2020
Fri Jun 12thVisits and TripsChatsworth House
We will be visiting the RHS Flower Show at Chatsworth, but if you prefer, you
can just visit the house. We will travel by coach for which the cost will
be £10.00.
If you are visiting Chatsworth House, it is recommended that at least two and a
half hours will be needed to visit the house and stroll round the gardens. Cost
of this will be £17.00.
If you are visiting the Flower Show, it is a five to ten minute walk. We have
been given a group price of £29.00. This means that RHS members will pay slightly
more than the standard member price of £28.25 but you can pay only the
coach fare and arrange your own Flower Show ticket if you prefer.
The plan is to leave Warwick at 8.30am, arriving about 10.30am.
Summary: Coach £10.00, House £17.00, Flower Show £29.00.
Please contact Maggie (see Info magazine for details) to confirm
interest and also say which you would like to do (House or Show),
even if you have already told her you’re interested in the trip.