Wendover Buckinghamshire


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May 2019
Mon May 20thCreative WritingWrite something including the following words:- Haft (dagger handle), field, spermatic (of sperm), fritfly (small fly destructive of wheat), complaint.
Tue May 21stWalking GroupChesham Vale Meet at The Black Horse Inn, Chesham Vale(HP5 3NS)Grid ref:SP963 045. 5.5 mile walk taking in ancient fields and hedges, old earthworks and woodland. Two gentle climbs and one steeper descent. Four stiles (two right at beginning of walk). If staying for lunch please arrive by 9.45 to order.
Leader JS
Tue May 21stDiscussion 2The topic is: What is to be done with returning ISIS fighters and "brides" who hold British passports?
Wed May 22ndWalking GroupSummer Special
Five Peaks Meet at Halton Village Hall(HP22 5NG)at 9.15am where you will leave your car. Lifts have been arranged to take walkers to start point in Monks Risborough. The walk will finish back at Halton Village Hall.
11.5 mile walk with 1800 feet of ascent made up of 5 hills: Kop Hill, Pulpit Hill, Beacon Hill, Coombe Hill and a climb to the top of Wendover Woods. All of the ascents are very steep and one will require you to clamber. Descents are steep and will need a great deal of care.
This walk is challenging and should only be undertaken by those who are physically fit. Walkers take part at their own risk.
This walk is limited to 10 people.

Leader KT
Thu May 23rdStrollersWeston Turville
Meet in the car park of The Five Bells, Main Street, Weston Turville, HP22 5RW, for a shortened Weston Turville Millenium Trail walk and a 2 mile flat circular walk including the reservoir and Wendover Arm canal, 2 stiles (optional). Lunch at The Five Bells. Leader: PM
Thu May 23rdTheatre Local

An Evening with Michael Parkinson, Aylesbury Waterside, 7.30pm, £20
*** I have 1 ticket that is returned for this show. Please contact Wendy Shute ***

Fri May 24thFilmSuffragette

A 2015 British historical period drama film about women's suffrage in the United Kingdom,
The film stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, and Meryl Streep.
Fri May 24th
→Fri May 31st
Travel TeamAn 8 day Tour of Poland flying from Heathrow.

£1195 per person single supplement £250.00 Halfboard & some packed lunches. Coach travel to Heathrow an additional supplement. Deposit £250.00 made payable to Cox and Kings in April 2018.

Booking in May 2018 cheques made payable to Cox and Kings for £250..00 per person.

The cost of the holiday is based on 20 people so may be reduced dependent on the numbers going.
Please see link from this page for more details.

There are two walking tours booked for this holiday.

Spaces - to book please contact Travel Team B.H.
Mon May 27thUkuleleNo Ukulele - Late Spring Holiday
Tue May 28thStudy DayThames Valley Study Day
History on Film at Yolande Peterson Theatre, St Helen's and St Katherine's school, Abingdon Time 10.00am #

The aim of the course is to examine the value of the four films as works of history. Attention will be given to the screenplay, visual effects, music and so on to demonstrate that realism and a large budget is not always the best way to either stimulate interest or enhance understanding.
To view more details go to History on Film
Tue May 28thArchitecture2 pm. Visit to local, medieval, timber framed, thatched cottage - by kind permission of the owners.
Judy to coordinate.
Thu May 30thComputers BeginnersLast Thursday of the Month Group, no meeting this month.
Fri May 31stComputers BeginnersLast Friday of the Month Group, no meeting this month.
June 2019
Tue Jun 4thDramaNext drama meeting Tuesday 4th June 2.00pm - 4.00pm at Mark Thomas's home
Wed Jun 5thMain MeetingA Passion for Poison
Paul Heslop

Paul Heslop was born in Dilston, Northumberland and joined Newcastle upon Tyne City Police in 1965. He transferred to Hertfordshire 12 years later and was first stationed to Rickmansworth.
Most of his police career was spent as detective, in both forces, including secondments to the Regional Crime Squad on Tyneside, then in the Home Counties and London.
In total he spent eight years as Detective Inspector at Watford (1987-1995) and he finally retired in 1995, with 30 years' service.
Thu Jun 6thWalking GroupCholesbury Meet at The Full Moon, Cholesbury Common. A fairly level walk of 5 miles where we will see dinosaurs but be safe under the protection of a number of fairies!!
We will also walk along the ditch of an Iron Age Fort at Cholesbury. 1 or 2 stiles.
Leader GJ
Fri Jun 7thBowls OutdoorsPlease arrive at 10.15 for play to start at 10.30.

Instruction will be given to beginners.

It is important to wear flat shoes or trainers and if possible grey trousers/skirt with white top.

Cost is £3.00 to cover green fees and coffee.

New Members welcome.
Mon Jun 10thDiscovering WildflowersCollege Lake: Arable weeds and other wildflowers.
Meet in cafe / visitor centre at 2.0pm, or earlier for a snack lunch.
Mon Jun 10thChurches & CathedralsVisit to Dorchester + - to be confirmed
Mon Jun 10thUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Wed Jun 12thWalking GroupSummer Special
Wingrave Meet at The Rose and Crown, The Green, Wingrave HP22 4PD. Map Ref: 870190.
Please note we will meet at 11.00am to allow for finishing at 6.00pm at The Rose and Crown for an early evening meal.
12 mile undulating walk with good open views taking in part of the walk from Aston Abbots we walked on Tuesday 19th February. We will stop for a quick drink en route at The Unicorn in Cublington but will not stay to eat so please bring a picnic lunch.
It will be possible for non walking partners to join us for the evening meal at The Rose and Crown but please advise Jerry if you plan to do this.
Leader JG
Wed Jun 12thWine Appreciation7.30pm Library Room WINE FACTS AND FIGURES. Presenter: Paul. Buffet: Pat & Irene
Thu Jun 13thGardening 3Visit to a garden in the Open Gardens Scheme
Mon Jun 17thGardening 1Visit to Waterperry Garden and Nursery OX33 1JZ. Nursery open to the Public but Garden Entry £8.50pp Tea (not included in price) in café. Leader LD.
Mon Jun 17thTravel TeamForge Mill Needle Museum & Jinney Ring Craft Centre Cost: £34
(includes coffee and lunch) THERE ARE STEPS AT THE MILL

Pick up times: opposite The George 8.25 opposite Ashbrook 8.30
Bedgrove Sainsbury’s layby 8.45

Forge Mill is the last surviving needle scouring mill in the world and is now converted into a Museum that tells the fascinating and
gruesome story of needle making in Victorian times.

Arrive for 10.30
coffee and cake, guided tour of Mill, free time to view exhibition and enjoy the grounds,
(options visit to Bordesley Abbey visitor centre)
Leave for welcome and lunch at Jinney Ring Craft Centre traditional craft centre where skilled craftsmen and women are at work)
Followed by free time to view working craft units, gift shop and


SPACES — contact Travel Team M.E. to book
Tue Jun 18thWalking GroupWhipsnade and Dunstable Downs Meet in the car park at The Old Hunters Lodge (LU6 2LN) GR: TL013181 for a 4.5 mile circular walk including part of the Icknield Way trail. One moderate descent and one climb, no stiles. Please arrive in time to order lunch. Menu is available to view on line.
Leader BE
Tue Jun 18thDiscussion 2The topic is: Is it the media, or politicians, who are responsible for lowering the quality of political debate and resulting policies?
Wed Jun 19thHistoryHolidays - Pilgrimages to Packages - BH
Wed Jun 19thDiscussion 1At Ray Walton's - Free for All
Thu Jun 20thComputers BeginnersLast Thursday of the month Group, meeting at 2 p.m. Convenor's house.
n.b. Meeting has been brought forward by a week, for this month only.
Fri Jun 21stBowls OutdoorsPlease arrive at 10.15 for play to start at 10.30.

Instruction will be given to beginners.

It is important to wear flat shoes or trainers and if possible grey trousers/skirt with white top.

Cost is £3.00 to cover green fees and coffee.

New Members welcome.
Fri Jun 21stComputers BeginnersLast Friday of the month Group, meeting at 2 p.m. Convenor's house.
n.b. Meeting has been brought forward by a week, for this month only.
Mon Jun 24th
→Fri Jun 28th
Walking GroupWalking Group Holiday 24-28 June 2019
At Nythfa House in Brecon, South Wales.
Organiser: SR
Mon Jun 24thUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Tue Jun 25thArchitectureConvenor for this meeting - Belinda B
Oxford architecture. In readiness for our visit next month, presentations on the city architecture.
Thu Jun 27thStrollersWiggington
Meet in the car park of The Greyhound, Chesham Road, Wiggington, HP23 6EH for a circular walk in Tring Park and Wiggington Village. Beautiful tree lined avenues and views of Tring. No stiles, some gentle slopes. Lunch at The Greyhound. Leader: DG
Fri Jun 28thFilmThe Sound of Music

Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp,
July 2019
Wed Jul 3rdMain Meeting“Invasion 1940 – What If?”
Tony Eaton

June 1940: The Nazi war machine has swept through Belgium, Holland and France in just 6 weeks. The unstoppable Germans are now at the Channel. Only the RAF stands in the way of inevitable invasion and defeat.
Historians now agree that a German victory was by no means certain and that Hitler knew if “Operation Sea Lion” had gone ahead, it would have been an unmitigated disaster.
In this new talk, Tony separates the facts from the fiction and reveals that in ensuring that ‘Sea Lion’ never happened, the RAF had a hidden partner who remains still largely unrecognised today.
Mon Jul 8thChurches & CathedralsMeeting at 10am in St Mary's Centre - subject: Stoke Mandeville old church and activity (tbc)
Mon Jul 8thUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Thu Jul 11thGardening 3Cuttings - venue tbc
Mon Jul 15thGardening 1EARLY NOTIFICATION of a Coach Outing to Wisley which will be open to other members of Wendover U3A.
Mon Jul 15thGardening 1Coach trip to RHS Wisley. Leader JY. Open to all U3A members at main U3A meeting in May Cost Non RHS members £30. RHS members £18.
Tue Jul 16thDiscussion 2The topic is: Should the UK have a policy of trade, not aid?
Wed Jul 17thTravel TeamVisit to Aston Hall and Soho Museum Birmingham

Cost £46 Includes tours/light lunch + drink, afternoon tea & cake

Departure times: opposite The George 8.05 opposite Ashbrook 8.10 Bedgrove Sainsbury's layby 8.15

Aston Hall was one of the last great Jacobean houses to be built. there will be a guided tour to see the hall’s magnificent interiors, which boast elaborate plasterwork ceilings, grand fireplaces and carved woodwork, and view the outstanding collections of period furniture and artworks on display. Outside is Lady Holte’s formal Garden to be enjoyed.

Soho House was the elegant home of the industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton from 1766 to 1809. The house has been beautifully restored and reflects the fashions and tastes of the late Georgian period and a favourite meeting place of the Lunar Society, a leading Enlightenment group. The Lunar Society would meet every month on the night of the full moon to dine, conduct experiments, and discuss philosophical matters of the day.

LEAVING Birmingham at 4.00pm

Launching in April - Contact Travel Team B.H. to book
Wed Jul 17thWine AppreciationVisit to Chiltern Valley Wine. Organiser: Mike (details TBA)
Wed Jul 17thHistoryNo meeting in St Anne's Hall.
Visit to Aston Hall and Soho House, Birmingham.
See Travel Team Information.
Wed Jul 17thDiscussion 1At Gwynne Jenkins' - Gwynne Jenkins - Aspects of Capitalism
Mon Jul 22ndUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Tue Jul 23rdArchitectureOxford walking tour with Green Badge Guide- "Architecture and Academia".

We walk from South to North, roughly following a chronological time line from ancient to modern architecture.
Starting in the city centre, view a College hall plus chapel, then see other sites enroute to the Blavatnik Building with tour of the Andrew Wiles building.
Duration of tour 2.5 hours.
Rendezvous 1.45pm in Oxford at central location. Full details to be posted later/talk to convenor.
Organiser - Helen

Tour FULL - Waiting list in operation.
Thu Jul 25thStrollersWotton Underwood
Meet at Yeatwood Farm, Wotton Underwood,
HP18 0RL (Home of C S Alpacas) for a fairly flat walk. Drive back down the road for lunch at the Akeman Inn, HP18 0QJ. Leaders: MC & PA
Fri Jul 26thFilmLittle Voice

A British musical film written and directed by Mark Herman and made in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.
The screenplay is based on Jim Cartwright's play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.

Starring Brenda Blethyn, Jane Horrocks, Michael Caine, Ewan McGregor, Jim Broadbent, Philip Jackson and Annette Badland
August 2019
Wed Aug 7thMain MeetingPop in Coffee Morning
Group Displays
Wed Aug 7thMain Meeting

The Graham Dawson Memorial Photography Competition 2019

At the August Meeting there will be the Annual Photographic Competition Display: the rules are as below.

It is open to all Wendover U3A Members

The photo must have been taken since 1st July 2018.
The photo can be on any on any topic, taken on any camera, including phone.
The photo must be printed, and may be mounted, on paper or card (overall dimensions must be no larger no larger than A4).
A title may be placed on the front of the photo or mount.
The photographer's name must be on the back of the photo or mount.
Only one entry per member of Wendover U3A.
Give hard copies to the organiser, at the June, or July, Wendover U3A meeting, or deliver to his home by 31st July.
Please email a digital copy to photocomp@wendoveru3a.org.uk by 31st July.(members with access with to relevant technology).

Wed Aug 7thPhotographyThe Graham Dawson Photographic Competition will be displayed and judged today at the Main Meeting.
Mon Aug 12thChurches & Cathedralspossible visit - tbc
Mon Aug 12thUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Thu Aug 15thTheatre LocalThe Addams Family. Vivo D’Arte Youth Theatre’s 3rd year at the Aylesbury Waterside 7pm, Tickets £18.
Mon Aug 19thGardening 1Meet 2pm at 10 Witchell for members garden visit with tea. Leaders R and JS
Wed Aug 21stHistoryNO MEETING!
Thu Aug 22ndStrollersWeedon - Blackberry Walk
Meet and park on the roadside in Weedon HP22 4NL (GR:SP814 182) for a walk collecting blackberries and plums (bring a container). A couple of stiles. Lunch at The Bell, Hardwick HP22 4DZ. Leader: MB
Mon Aug 26thUkuleleNo Ukulele - August Holiday
Tue Aug 27thArchitectureVictorian architecture!
Morning tour of Royal Albert Hall. "Inside Out" architecture tour.

Afternoon tour of Royal Courts of Justice
Queen Victoria opened this building in 1882. The architect was George Edmund Street who designed the whole building from foundation to varied carvings and spires.
See the Courts' most stunning rooms(Great Hall; Bear Garden; Painted Room) plus Judicial Robing Gallery. SkyFall, Mission Impossible. Silks and Dr Who have all been filmed here!

Cheques payable to Wendover U3A travel. £24.50 Tour Full

Helen & Belinda to co-ordinate.
September 2019
Wed Sep 4thMain Meeting“The Future of Energy: fossil fuels, fracking, nuclear power and renewable energy – Where to go next?”
Martin Hodson

Martin Hodson is a plant scientist and environmental biologist, and a former Principal Lecturer, and now Visiting Researcher at Oxford Brookes University.
He is also Associate Member of the Institute of Human Sciences at the University of Oxford and Operations Manager for the John Ray Initiative.
He has over 100 publications, mostly in international science journals. His recent books include: The Ethics of Climatic Scepticism  (with Margot Hodson, 2015) and A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues  (with Margot Hodson, 2015).
Sun Sep 8thTravel TeamSunday 8 - Friday 13 September
Study holiday to Suffolk with McCallum Holidays Ltd. staying at The Ipswich Hotel, Copdock

£415 + single supplement £75 - deposit of £50pp required payable to McCallum Holidays Ltd. payment by cheque only

Suggested visits - may be subject to change

Ickworth (NT) Constable country guided tour, Ipswich, Gainsborough's House, Melford Hall (NT)
Landguard Fort Felixstowe, Sutton Hoo (NT)
Orwell river cruise, Lavenham

FULL- contact Travel Team V.L. to book
Mon Sep 9thChurches & CathedralsVisit to Chalgrove - arrive 11am - further details to follow
Mon Sep 9thUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Wed Sep 18thWine Appreciation7.30 pm Library Room Presenter: Bill. Buffet: Elisabeth & Gill A.
Thu Sep 19thTheatre LocalMadagascar, The Musical. Aylesbury Waterside, Matinee 2.30pm, £16
Thu Sep 19thGardening 3Please note this is the 3rd Thursday
Visit to a member's garden Marion L.
Fri Sep 20thGardening 1NB - NOT OUR USUAL MEETING DAY.
Meet 2 pm at Lindengate - next to Wyevale on FRIDAY 20th SEPTEMBER for a talk by the staff and a walk round the site. Cost £7.50pp incluing tea and cake. Leader AS
Mon Sep 23rdUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Tue Sep 24thArchitecture"To make a museum: the fulfilment of Walter's ambition." Talk by guest speaker.
The story behind the Tring Natural History Museum, Walter Rothschild and the architect William Huckvale.
Thu Sep 26thStrollersLeader and Walk required, volunteers please contact Strollers Convenor. Thank you.
Fri Sep 27thFilmOnly Yesterday

A 1991 Japanese animated drama film based on the 1982 manga of the same title.
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the film was released for the first time in an English-language format, featuring voices of Daisy Ridley, Ashley Eckstein and Dev Patel.
October 2019
Wed Oct 2ndMain MeetingThe London Underground
Tony Earle
Thu Oct 10thGardening 3? Hartwell Nurseries tbc
Mon Oct 14thChurches & CathedralsNO MEETING ON THIS DATE
Mon Oct 14thUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Wed Oct 16thChurches & CathedralsNOTE: CHANGE OF DAY AND DATE

Visit to St Albans Cathedral - details to follow
Tue Oct 22ndArchitectureWalking tour of St Pancras and Kings Cross.
Free tour. Walking 1.5 hours

Depart Wendover Station at 9.10am. Tour at 11 am. Guided walk by local expert around the development at Coal Drops Yard, viewing new plus industrial buildings and learning about the history of the site.
See the Heatherwick Studios design and marvel at the "Kissing" roofs!

After lunch we will go on another guided tour this time featuring St Pancras station.(£13) Cheques payable to Wendover U3A

TOUR FULL Please contact convenor in order to add your name to the reserve list.

Details from Judy and Jenny S
Wed Oct 23rdWine Appreciation7.30pm St Anne' Hall BACK TO BASICS. Presenter: Derek. Buffet:Thalia & Beryl
Thu Oct 24thStrollersCliveden
Cliveden House, Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead SL6 0JF. Meet in the NT car park for a circular walk in the grounds. Lunch in the NT Cafe. Leaders: LL & PW
Fri Oct 25thFilmStardust

A romantic adventure fantasy film. Based on Neil Gaiman’s 1999 novel of the same name, the film features an ensemble cast led by Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller, Jason Flemyng, Mark Strong, Rupert Everett, Ricky Gervais, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Peter O’Toole, with narration by Ian McKellen.
Mon Oct 28thUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Tue Oct 29thTravel TeamThe Mansion House visit has been cancelled and a proposed visit to Crossness Pumping Station has been postponed due to difficulty with timings.

Therefore there will be no day visits in October.
November 2019
Wed Nov 6thMain MeetingTapestry- A programme of music songs and poems

An entertaining musical Tapestry of vocal and instrumental enjoyment, songs, monologues, poems and comedy.
Thu Nov 7thTheatre LocalNativity the Musical at the Aylesbury Waterside. Matinee at 1.30pm, £19.
Mon Nov 11thChurches & CathedralsVisit to All Saints,Marlow & St Peter's Bisham - to be confirmed
Mon Nov 11thUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre -no Steve as away need someone to open and close
Thu Nov 14thGardening 3floral Christmas decorations
Tue Nov 19thArchitectureFunctional architecture Tour of ARLA.
Aston Clinton. 10 am tour in connection with our theme on Functional architecture. Numbers limited.
Contact Helen - convenor
Fri Nov 22ndFilmLook Back in Anger

A 1959 British film starring Richard Burton, Claire Bloom and Mary Ure. . The film is based on John Osborne's eponymous play about a love triangle. The film and play are classic examples of the British cultural movement known as kitchen sink realism.
Mon Nov 25thUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Tue Nov 26thArchitectureTowering buildings.
Just a Minute presentations by the group as we learn about scientific advances contributing to the construction of the world's tallest buildings.
December 2019
Wed Dec 4thMain MeetingThe Transformation of St Pancras
Nigel Lowey

Our speaker had an amateur interest in St. Pancras over ten years, which led to him to getting further involved and being described as an historian of the building.

St. Pancras was a 14-year-old Christian boy who was martyredin Rome in AD304 by the Emperor Diocletian.  In Britain he is better known as a railway station. This talk is for anyone with an interest in history, world-class architecture, elegant engineering, or a great story; it describes how the fantastic mid-Victorian Gothic railway cathedral came to be built, and how the long-neglected building underwent a breath taking transformation.
Mon Dec 9thChurches & Cathedralssocial meeting - venue to be confirmed
Mon Dec 9thUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Thu Dec 12thGardening 3Christmas lunch
Wed Dec 18thWine Appreciation7.30pm St Anne's Hall WINE SECRETS Presenter: John. Buffet: Gill
Mon Dec 23rdUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
January 2020
Tue Jan 28thArchitecture"WORKHOUSES & GEORGE GILBERT SCOTT" A talk by guest speaker Julian Hunt FSA

George Gilbert Scott(1811-1878) was born in Buckinghamshire and started his career as a leading designer of workhouses. Over 800 buildings were designed or altered by this architect of the Gothic Revival.

The talk will illustrate how the Tindal (Hospital) Aylesbury may be connected to St Pancras Station, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, King's College London Chapel....and many more buildings!