Wendover Buckinghamshire


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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!
Thu Jan 30thComputers BeginnersLast Thursday Group meeting at 2pm, Convenors home.
Thu Jan 30thTravel TeamVisit to Dennis Severs house and The Charterhouse cost £40.00.
Option (see below) cost £28.00 only three spaces left
Bedgrove 8.20 Ashbrook 8.30 and George 8.35

Dennis Severs House near Spitalfields is more than just a time capsule. It is a portrait of the lives of a family of Huguenot silk-weavers from 1724 to the beginning of the 20th Century. There will be a short introduction and then free flow through the building.

There are 70 stairs to be climbed in this visit but there are seats in all the rooms if anyone needs a rest.

In order to preserve the quality of our carpets and floors, please refrain from wearing stiletto heels and shoes with deeply ridged soles. Many thanks in advance!

Lunch may be found at any of the numerous venues around Spitalfields.

OPTION If you are unable to manage the stairs in the House there is an option to look around Spitalfields and then join the tour of Charterhouse

Rejoin the coach for the short journey to Charterhouse for a guided tour of this building which has had a varied past since 1348: a monastery, private mansion, boys school and an almshouse, which it remains to this day.

Depart London 3.45 approximately.

3 spaces.

Contact Travel Team B.H. to book.
February 2020
Mon Feb 3rdOperaGroup meeting at 2PM
Mon Feb 3rdScience & TechnologyMeeting at 2.30pm at convenor's home. Members are invited to make a short presentation on the Nobel Prize Winner of their choice.
Wed Feb 5thSoft TennisSoft Tennis. Halton Tennis Centre. 2.15- 3.15.
Wed Feb 5thMain MeetingMy life as a voice artist

Patrick Lunt

You may not immediately recognise Patrick’s name, but it is very likely that you have heard his voice.

It has been heard on both radio and television for many years. He is “the voice” on aeroplanes, ships and ferries, as well as several museums, and even an aquarium!

He was a regular presenter and newsreader on a national radio station for more than 25 years, and has narrated documentaries for several TV channels.

Hear how you get into broadcasting (alright, how he got into it!), encounter some of the characters he has worked with, and find out if there is life after broadcasting…..
Thu Feb 6thWalking GroupFingest
Details to follow
Leader DL
Fri Feb 7thBowls Short Mat10.00-12.30 at Wendover Bowls Club
Sat Feb 8thOtherVirtual Cycle Ride from Syria to Wendover

Wendover U3A was approached by the Wendover Refugee Assistance Project to provide a team to take part in a virtual cycle ride from Syria to Wendover to raise money and awareness of the plight of these refugees. The money raised will go towards supporting the family (English language tuition, resettlement costs etc). Your response was brilliant, we have two teams taking part today.

11.00 a team of eight will cycle for 10 minutes or so each
15.00 a team of eight will cycle for 10 minutes or so each

Please come and along and support them on the Manor Waste
Sun Feb 9thOtherVirtual Cycle Ride from Syria to Wendover

Wendover U3A was approached by the Wendover Refugee Assistance Project to provide a team to take part in a virtual cycle ride from Syria to Wendover to raise money and awareness of the plight of these refugees. The money raised will go towards supporting the family (English language tuition, resettlement costs etc). Your response was brilliant, we have three teams taking part in total.

15.00 a team of six will cycle for 10 minutes or so each

Please come and along and support them on the Manor Waste
Mon Feb 10thChurches & CathedralsEast Anglican Churches/Cathedrals - St Mary's Centre
Tue Feb 11thArchaeologyBelinda - Presentation - Easter Island
Wed Feb 12thTheatre LocalSIX, Musical based on the Six wives of Henry VIII each takes to the mic to tell their tales. Divorced. Beheaded. Live! Aylesbury Waterside. 6pm. £28
Thu Feb 13thSalsaGroup Salsa session 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Thu Feb 13thGardening 3change to programme
Talk by Meriet Duncan on honeybees. Venue at convenor's home.
Tue Feb 18thWalking GroupLacey Green. Meet at the Whip Inn (GR818007) HP27 0PG.Parking along Pink Road. Approx. 5 mile circular walk with 2 moderate climbs and 4 stiles. Lovely views but could be muddy in places. If staying for lunch please arrive by 9.45 to pre-order.

Leaders BE and AE
Wed Feb 19thWine AppreciationPLANNING MEETING Presenter: Mike. Buffet: Pauline. St Anne's Hall 7.30pm
Wed Feb 19thSoft TennisSoft Tennis. Halton Tennis Centre. 2.15 - 3.15.
Wed Feb 19thHistoryWednesday 19 February 2020, 2.30 pm at St Anne's Hall.
Women at War, Amazon to Squadron Leader - DVD.
Wed Feb 19thDiscussion 1At Gwynne Jenkins' - Free for All
Fri Feb 21stTransportRebirth of the Festiniog Railway
Fri Feb 21stBowls Short Mat10.00-12.30 at Wendover Bowls Club
Fri Feb 21stTheatre LocalThe Kite Runner. Based on the best selling novel by Khaled Hosseini this spellbinding and haunting tale begins in Afghanistan, on the verge of war, where 2 childhood friends are about to be torn apart. Aylesbury Waterside. 7.30pm. £21.50
Tue Feb 25thArchitectureThe Good, The Bad and The Ugly buildings we see around us. Members are asked to describe why their chosen buildings is great or does not meet with approval. Members are also asked to bring a book on architecture and say why it enhances their knowledge of the built environment.
Wed Feb 26thTheatre LocalAnton and Erin. Aylesbury Waterside, 7.30pm, £30.50
Thu Feb 27thStrollersLittle Missenden
Meet and park roadside by the Red Lion, Little Missenden, HP7 0QZ (GR:SU922 989). A gentle, undulating circular walk through woods and fields. 2 to 3 miles. One stile. Lunch at the Red Lion. Leaders PA and MC
Thu Feb 27thSalsaGroup Salsa session 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Fri Feb 28thFilmfilm tbc
March 2020
Wed Mar 4thSoft TennisSoft Tennis. Halton Tennis Centre. 2.15 - 3.15.
Wed Mar 4thTheatre LocalMary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Aylesbury Waterside. Matinee, 2.30pm. £22.50
Wed Mar 4thMain MeetingThe history of Pinewood Studios

Mike Payne
Thu Mar 5thWalking GroupLeader required

Hambleden/Remenham walk has been posponed until later in year.
Fri Mar 6thBowls Short Mat10.00-12.30 at Wendover Bowls Club
Mon Mar 9thChurches & CathedralsVisit to The Lee Old Church and Chalfont St Giles.
Tue Mar 10thArchaeologyMike - DVD To be arranged
Thu Mar 12thTravel TeamCrossness Pumping Station and Rainham Hall (NT) £42 or £51 non NT members (coffee and buffet lunch included at Crossness)
Pick up times:
Bedgrove Sainsbury's 7.45 Ashbrook 7.55 The George 8.00

The Crossness Pumping Station is a former sewage pumping station designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette and architect Charles Henry Driver at the eastern end of the Southern Outfall Sewer and the Ridgeway path.
Constructed between 1859 and 1865, as part of Bazalgette's redevelopment of the London sewerage system, it features spectacular ornamental cast ironwork,

It is suggested that you wear appropriate clothing for exploring a pumping station including flat shoes.
Tours last approximately three hours and include a talk in the lecture theatre on the history of the site followed by a guided tour.

It is possible to get to all parts of the site and to access all the buildings without using steps. Inside the main buildings all visitor facilities (exhibition, cafe toilets and shop are on one level). Access to the first floor and basement in the Beam Engine House is by stairs but there are screens to show what these areas are like if you are not able to access.

After a buffet lunch (included in cost) we will visit Rainham Hall (NT)

Built in 1729 by Captain John Arle the Hall stands proudly at the centre of Rainham village.

The Hall is a rare survivor and remarkably fine example of Queen Anne style architecture. It was designed as a home, to be lived in and used. Nearly 50 different families and inhabitants have resided at Rainham Hall, including merchants, artists, vicars and architectural historians.

There is a cobbled courtyard and the house is accessible by 2 flights of stairs only to the ground and 1st floors and a small winding staircase from the 1st to 2nd floors. There is seating available on every floor.

leaving Rainham Hall at 4.15pm

Please contact
Travel Team B.H.# to book
Thu Mar 12thTheatre LocalShrek the Musical, Panda Players present this all singing & dancing musical, a mixture of adventure, romance & laughter that will delight ALL ages. Elgiva, Chesham, 7.30pm. £16.50
Thu Mar 12thSalsaGroup Salsa session 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Thu Mar 12thGardening 3Magnolia Gardens tbc
Tue Mar 17thWalking GroupTBA
Leader MT
Wed Mar 18thSoft TennisSoft Tennis. Halton Tennis Centre. 2.15 - 3.15.
Wed Mar 18thHistoryWednesday 18th March 2020, 2.30 pm at St Anne's Hall
Hadrian's Wall - DVD.
Wed Mar 18thDiscussion 1At Mary Robertson's - Subject, Ray Walton - Flooding
Fri Mar 20thTransportTo be advised
Fri Mar 20thBowls Short Mat10.00-12.30 at Wendover Bowls Club

Visit to Greatmoor EFW plant near Calvert, Buckinghamshire. Full address: Greatmoor EFW, Greatmoor Road, Woodham, Aylesbury, HP18 0QE.

Learn about how this plant converts waste to electricty for 44,000 homes using 345,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste.

1.00 pm visit. Details will be given to members regarding where to meet and what to wear. If you have a pacemaker, this visit is not for you.

See www.greatmoor.co.uk for more information.
Wed Mar 25thGenealogySpring Speakers Meeting
Thu Mar 26thWalking GroupPLANNING MEETING – 3 pm Wendover Library Room
Please come and help put together our programme of walks and events for Spring/Summer 2020. If you cannot attend please pass any ideas to Moira or Judy by email or ‘phone beforehand.
Thu Mar 26thStrollersDetails to follow. Leader BH
Thu Mar 26thSalsaGroup Salsa session 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Fri Mar 27thFilmThe Odd Couple -1968

The Odd Couple is a ilm, written by Neil Simon, based on his play of the same name.
Starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. It is the story of two divorced men - neurotic neat-freak Felix Ungar and fun-loving slob Oscar Madison - who decide to live together, even though their personalities clash.
April 2020
Wed Apr 1stSoft TennisSoft Tennis. Halton Tennis Centre. 2.15 - 3.15.
Wed Apr 1stMain MeetingYour holiday flight

Jim Ellis
Thu Apr 2ndWalking GroupParslow’s Hillock (Nr. Lacey Green)

Meet at the Pink & Lily PH, Pink Road, Lacey Green, Bucks HP27 0RJ
(GR 827 018) for a 5.4 mile undulating walk across fields, woodland, and some quiet country lanes & tracks. One short downhill section, on lane.
Circling: Lily Bottom, Speen, Great Hampden, and Redland End, (and passing Hampden House and Church) One stile only.
Leaders DB and SB
Fri Apr 3rdBowls Short Mat10.00-12.30 at Wendover Bowls Club
Wed Apr 8thStudy DayCYBER-CRIME STUDY DAY Protect your world from 10:30 – 16:00 King’s Church Amersham, Raans Road, Amersham HP6 6LX cost £16.00 including sandwich lunch.

The day is intended to help you to protect your internet-connected devices and your on-line identity and footprint, led by Mr Mark Godsland CISMP, MSyl, the Cyber Protect Officer for Thames Valley Police.
PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME 10:30 Registration and tea / coffee 11:00 Protecting your internet connected devices. 45 minutes plus questions 12:00 Protecting your online identity / digital footprint (bring along your working and data connected smartphones or tablets, for audience participation). 45 minutes plus questions. 13:00 Lunch 14:00 Interactive case study of identity theft and a fraudulent account. 45 minutes plus discussion. 15:00 Open question and answer session. 45 – 60 minutes. You are invited to submit questions in advance to u3acyberday@chiltern-u3a.org.uk.

Tea / coffee on arrival and a sandwich lunch are included in the cost of the study day (£16). Please note that the registration fee covers venue hire and refreshments only; Mr Godsland is not charging for his time or travel expenses.

The day is open to all members of U3As affiliated to the Thames Valley Network.
Thu Apr 9thSalsaGroup Salsa session 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Mon Apr 13thChurches & CathedralsNO MEETING - EASTER MONDAY
Tue Apr 14thWalking GroupNote date change
Leader MW
Tue Apr 14thArchaeologyOuting to the Ashmoleon Museum
Wed Apr 15thWine AppreciationMEETING St Anne's Hall 7.30pm
Wed Apr 15thSoft TennisSoft Tennis. Halton Tennis Centre. 2.15 - 3.15.
Wed Apr 15thDiscussion 1At Ray Walton's - Free for All
Thu Apr 16thGardening 3Plant swapping at member's home tbc
Mon Apr 20th
→Fri Apr 24th
Holnicote House, Exmoor. Cost £365 per person. Deposit of £75 required by end September 2019 to secure place.
Please contact SR (holiday organiser) or convenors for details.
Thu Apr 23rdStrollersDetails to follow. Leader DG
Thu Apr 23rdSalsaGroup Salsa session 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Fri Apr 24thFilmfilm - tbc
Tue Apr 28thArchitectureAn Architectural talk by Adam Smith. He is an excellent speaker and we look forward to what will be an informative afternoon.
Wed Apr 29thTheatre LocalSome Mothers do Ave Them, Comedy starring Joe Pasquale at Aylesbury Waterside, 2.30 pm, £26
May 2020
Tue May 5thChurches & CathedralsPLEASE NOTE THIS VISIT IS ON A TUESDAY

St. Clement Danes church, London
Wed May 6thSoft TennisSoft Tennis. Halton Tennis Centre. 2.15 - 3.15.
Wed May 6thMain MeetingA Playbill of his Most Famous Show

Ian Keable
Thu May 7thWalking GroupTBA
Leader BE
Thu May 14thTheatre LocalKevin and Jo Clifton, stars of Strictly present Burn the Floor. Aylesbury Waterside, 7.30pm, £31
Thu May 14thGardening 3Visit to Chenies
Tue May 19thTravel Team Gloucestershire And Warwickshire Steam Railway and Hidcote Manor Gardens Cost £27.00 non NT £40.00
Pick up times: opp. the George 8am opp. Ashbrook 8.05 Bedgrove 8.15

Arrive Cheltenham Racecourse station (opened in 1912 situated in racecourse grounds) and take the steam train via Gotherington, Winchcombe, Hayles Abbey halt, Toddington and ending at Broadway (re-opened in 2018, 58 years after it was closed to passengers and demolished.

Then by coach to Hidcote - Winthrop’s Café serving hot food or Grab and Go Barn Café serving lighter snacks (or bring a picnic).
The garden is divided into a series of ‘outdoor rooms’, each with its own character.
The formality of the ‘rooms’ melts away as you move through the garden away from the house.
Leaving Hidcote at 3.45pm

Booking from February Main Meeting afterwards contact Travel Team M.E.
Wed May 20thDiscussion 1At John Currell's house - Subject John Currell - TBA
Thu May 21stTheatre LocalMillion Dollar Quartet - Inspired by the famous recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. Aylesbury Waterside 2.30pm Matinee. £26.50
Fri May 22ndFilmThe wrong Arm of the Law - 1963

Starring Peter Sellers, Lionel Jeffries, Bernard Cribbins, Davy Kaye.
In London, when Australian gangsters disguised as "Bobbies" rob British criminals, the panicked British mobsters seek an alliance with Scotland Yard in order to eliminate the foreign competition and return things to "normal".
Tue May 26thArchitectureVisit to the Garden Museum in Lambeth, London. We will look at how gardens evolved to compliment the built environment. We will take the train from Wendover and then use the underground in London. Some walking will be required.
June 2020
Wed Jun 3rdMain MeetingJason and the Argonauts

Nick Cook
Thu Jun 4thTheatre Local9 to 5 Musical at the Waterside. 2.30pm Matinee £32
Mon Jun 8thChurches & CathedralsVisit to Hillesden, Keaches Chapel and Winslow
Thu Jun 11thGardening 3Preston Bisset Gardens or taking cuttings
Tue Jun 16thWine AppreciationTUESDAY MEETING Library Room 7.30pm
Sun Jun 21st
→Fri Jun 26th
Travel TeamA Holiday to Cumbria

Wendover U3A Cumbria Holiday 21st June 2020 5 nights 6 days

Cost £495 per person £125 single supplement
Staying at the Derwentwater Hotel, Portinscale, near Keswick.

A £50.00 deposit per person is required.

For more details please see linked page.

The Costs for Visits are not included £68.00 approximately (based on 2019) prices non National Trust and English Heritage members.

please contact Travel Team B.H. to book
Tue Jun 23rdArchitectureVisit to a Orchard House Garden at Coleshill, near Amersham. Members will be asked to make a £12 donation to charity if attending this event. Coffee and light refreshments are included.

We will visit a superb example of a garden that has been designed in recent years for the owners of Orchard House. It compliments the setting of the house and reflects the owner's great interest in gardens. It has also featured in magazines and we will be able to enjoy the many special features this garden offers with our private visit.
Fri Jun 26thFilmGenevieve - 1953

It's time for the annual London to Brighton antique car rally, and Alan McKim and Ambrose Claverhouse are not going to let their friendship stop them from trying to humiliate each other.
July 2020
Wed Jul 1stMain MeetingGrandma Flew Spitfires

John Webster
Thu Jul 9thGardening 3Waterperry Gardens or garden borders
Mon Jul 13thTravel TeamQueen Elizabeth Park (Olympic Park) and Boat Trip Cost £36.00
A Blue Badge guided walking tour through the North Park-wetlands, and viewing the various stadia. the duration is two hours.
Lunch at the various cafes or a picnic followed by a forty five minute boat trip through the park.

Booking from April Main Meeting afterwards contact Travel Team L.S.
Mon Jul 13thChurches & CathedralsVisit to Dorchester Abbey
Wed Jul 22ndWine AppreciationSUMMER PICNIC TBA
Fri Jul 24thFilmLife of Brian 1979

Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah
August 2020
Wed Aug 5thMain MeetingCoffee Morning at St Mary's
Mon Aug 10thChurches & CathedralsMonuments - meeting in St Mary's Centre
September 2020
Wed Sep 2ndMain MeetingExciting wildlife around the world

Tom Way
Thu Sep 10thGardening 3Preston Bisset gardens tba
Mon Sep 14thChurches & CathedralsVisit to Sarratt and Chenies - tbc
Tue Sep 15thTravel Team

Whitchurch Silk Mill and the Vyne £26.50 or £37.50 (non NT member)

Pick up times Bedgrove 8am Ashbrook 8.10 The George 8.15

Whitchurch Silk Mill is a Grade !!* listed building and the oldest silk mill in the UK still working in its original building. Guided tour of Victorian winding and warping machinery, water wheel, looms and gardens.

Please be aware this is a working mill and there will be stairs to climb - there is a lift to all floors

Lunch on a free flow basis at The Vyne - the site was visited by Tudor monarchs and has a chapel whose stained glass windows are of national importance.

Booking from May Main meeting afterwards contact Travel Team V.L.

Tue Sep 15thWine AppreciationTUESDAY MEETING Library Room 7.30pm
Fri Sep 25thFilmTwo Ronnies - The Picnic & By the Sea 1976

The Picnic, starring The Two Ronnies, and written by Ronnie Barker under the pseudonyms "Dave Huggett and Larry Keith". The film followed the extended family of "The General", played by Barker, as they went on an eventful picnic in the Devon countryside.

By the Sea Created by Ronnie Barker and Starring Ronnie Barker Ronnie Corbett Barbara New
October 2020
Wed Oct 7thMain MeetingThe musical theatre of Gilbert & Sullivan

Bernard Lockett
Mon Oct 12thChurches & CathedralsVisit to Marlow
Fri Oct 23rdFilmMalcolm 1986

Stars Colin Friels, John Hargreaves, Lindy Davies, Chris Haywood.

Malcolm is a chronically shy mechanical genius who has just been fired for building his own tram. He gets Frank, who has just been released from jail, to move in to help pay the bills. Malcolm, with Frank's help, turns to a life of crime.
Wed Oct 28thWine AppreciationMEETING St Anne's Hall 7.30pm
Wed Oct 28thGenealogyAutumn Speakers Meeting
November 2020
Wed Nov 4thMain MeetingAGM followed by:
Passports, Assassins, Traitors and Spies

Martin Lloyd
Mon Nov 9thChurches & CathedralsDVD - Churches and how to read them - meeting in St Mary's Centre
Fri Nov 27thFilmBlithe Spirit 1945

Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward

Starring Rex Harrison Constance Cummings Kay Hammond Margaret Rutherford

Charles and his second wife, Ruth, are haunted by the spirit of his first wife, Elvira.
Medium Madame Arcati tries to help things out by contacting the ghost.
December 2020
Wed Dec 2ndMain MeetingPlants, murder and medical mysteries

Sandy Primrose
Mon Dec 14thChurches & CathedralsChristmas meeting - tbc
Wed Dec 16thWine AppreciationCHRISTMAS EVENT St Anne's Hall 7.30pm
February 2021
Wed Feb 3rdTheatre LocalStrictly Ballroom - Aylesbury Waterside, 2.30pm Matinee. £26
May 2021
Mon May 10th
→Fri May 14th
Walking GroupWalking Group Holiday 2021
Abingworth Hall, South Downs.
Further details in due course.