Wendover Buckinghamshire


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March 2019
Mon Mar 25thUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Tue Mar 26thArchitecture"Bridge over Troubled Water."
Did you know that Art Garfunkel trained as an architect?
"Just a Minute" presentations on bridges! Old and new bridges, canal, road and rail bridges.....

Plus a Quiz on Bridges!
Tue Mar 26thDramaNext Drama Meeting at Steve Simler's 2.00pm to 4.00pm

St.Anne’s Hall from 2.30pm to 5.30pm for an afternoon showcasing performances from Country Dancing, Singing For Fun Ukulele and Drama.

Entrance is charged at £1 and includes refreshments

Please come along and support all of us!

Thu Mar 28thWalking GroupPLANNING MEETING – 3 pm Wendover Library Room
Please come and help put together our Programme of walks and events for Spring/Summer 2019. If you cannot attend please pass any ideas to Mo, Ro or Ma by email or ‘phone beforehand.
Thu Mar 28thStrollersTowersey
Meet at The Three Horseshoes, Chinnor Rd, Towersey, Thame OX9 3QY (GR:734 050) for a 3 mile circular flat walk. No stiles. Parking and lunch at The Three Horseshoes. Leader: SE
Thu Mar 28thComputers BeginnersLast Thursday of the month Group, meeting at 2 p.m. Convenors house.
Thu Mar 28thSalsaSalsa and Latin Dance at St Annes Hall, Wendover, commencing at 2.00pm for 2 hours. This session will be at the new rate to be confirmed
Fri Mar 29thComputers BeginnersLast Friday of the month Group, meeting at 2 p.m. Convenors house.
Sat Mar 30thRail RoversProvisional Visit to Cardiff

Leaving from Haddenham, cost will be about £38.

We will need 17 or more travellers to make the visit viable.

Further information & cheques paid at the March main meeting.
April 2019
Tue Apr 2ndOlogymeeting in St Mary's Centre - subject - deserts
Wed Apr 3rdSoft TennisSoft Tennis 2.15pm Halton Dome
Wed Apr 3rdMain MeetingVolunteering in Cambodia Carol (Scottie) McCutcheon

"Giving the children who live and work on the rubbish dump in a remote village, a chance to learn Khmer and English, so they can have the chance in life."
Thu Apr 4thWalking GroupWendover Woods
Meet in new car park opposite Cafe in the Woods (HP22 5NF)
Walk above Halton Camp towards Hale Lane and back around to return to the café. 5 mls. The new cafe and terrace promises lovely views across the Chilterns, hopefully it will be open by now but if not the existing cafe does drinks and snacks and there are loos.
A new vehicle number plate recognition system is in operation for the car park, cost £3.50 4 hours or £6 all day, payable on exit (Forestry Commission members exempt.)
Leader: LL & JL
Mon Apr 8thDiscovering WildflowersAnnual urban floral walk around Wendover.
Meet at Convenor's house at 2.00 pm.
Mon Apr 8thChurches & CathedralsVisit to Iffley and Oxford - to be confirmed
Mon Apr 8thUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Tue Apr 9thArchaeologyPresentation by Gwynne - To be Arranged
Thu Apr 11thTheatre LocalFiddler on the Roof at the Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 7.30pm.£16
Musical set in Imperial Russia in 1905 which centres on Tevye, the father of 5 daughters and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon his family’s lives. Songs include If I were a Rich Man,Sunrise Sunset,Tradition.
Thu Apr 11thGardening 3Visit to Kew Gardens
Mon Apr 15thGardening 1Meet at 2pm in the Stable Courtyard by the café at HUGHENDEN MANOR. LEADER PADDY A.
Tue Apr 16thWalking GroupDetails to follow.
Leader: ME
Tue Apr 16thDiscussion 2The topic is: Alcohol is legal. Should cannabis be available "on prescription"?
Wed Apr 17thWine Appreciation7.30pm St Anne's Hall. THE SAME BUT DIFFERENT Presenter: Stephen. Buffet: Lois
Wed Apr 17thSoft TennisSoft Tennis 2.15pm Halton Dome
Wed Apr 17thHistoryThe Way We Were, the 1950's and 1960's - DVD
Wed Apr 17thDiscussion 1At Anita Hiscock's - Free for All
Mon Apr 22ndUkuleleNo Ukulele - Easter
Tue Apr 23rdArchitectureIllustrated talk on Napier: New Zealand's art deco gem.
In 1931 Napier was flattened by an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale.It was quickly rebuilt. Out went brick parapets, gables and heavy facades....what happened next?
Come to the talk by J.S to find out!
Thu Apr 25thStrollersAnother walk tracing the Women's Suffrage Movement - Aylesbury

Catch the 9.54 bus from Wendover Clock Tower or meet at the bus station at 10.26.

An easy walk on pavements and returning via the canal to the town centre or catching a bus to Wendover from Broughton.

Distance 3 miles approximately. Lunch venue to be confirmed. Leader: BH
Fri Apr 26thFilmAnger Management

An American comedy film starring Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, and Marisa Tomei.
When an annoying passenger, and a case of mistaken identity, causes Dave Buznik to lose his temper on an airline flight, he is sentenced to anger management classes. Buznik learns his therapist is the passenger, who proves to have a rather interventionist style of therapy.
Tue Apr 30thStudy DayThames Valley Study Day
The Interactions of Medicine, Science and Art at Benson Parish Hall, Wallingford.

TVN is very fortunate  to have as our speaker for the day, Professor   Peter  Abrahams,  who  is  kindly  repeating  the  study  day  for  us by popular demand. Peter is a world renowned anatomist, examiner for over 35 years for FRCS and MRCS and many awards too numerous to list here in the fields of anatomy  and education. For more details Medicine and Art
Tue Apr 30thTravel Team

Delapre Abbey and Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum
Cost: £37 (change of cost) (includes coffee, meal and boat trip) Spaces Available

Pick up times: opposite The George 8am opposite Ashbrook 8.05 Bedgrove Sainsbury's layby 8.15

As a Grade II* listed building, Delapré Abbey is within the top eight per cent of heritage
properties in the UK, and is one of just 46 sites listed by Historic England as a registered battlefield.

Arrive for coffee before a guided tour which will include information on the restoration then time to explore the stable block and walled garden and grounds.

After lunch at a Toby Carvery leave for Stoke Bruerne.
The canal Museum is at the heart of the village on the Grand Union Canal. Housed on two floors of an historic corn miil. Free audio guide.

followed by boat trip.


Contact Travel Team B.H. to book

May 2019
Wed May 1stMain MeetingThe Joys of English
Tim Moorey

Back by popular demand after his fascinating talk last year on Crossword Puzzles.
Thu May 2ndWalking GroupPiddington
Meet in the car park behind the Dashwood Arms (HP14 3BH, GR: SU807 942) for a 5.3-mile circular walk taking in ancient woodland and rolling Chiltern county side. The walk includes two moderate climbs and one (optional) stile. If staying for lunch, please arrive by 9.45 to allow time to pre-order.
Leader: PM
Thu May 9thTheatre LocalWitness for the Prosecution. Experience the intensity and drama of Agatha Christie’s gripping story of justice, passion and betrayal. Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. Can he survive the shocking witness testimony and convince the jury of his innocence. Thame Theatre, 7.45pm, £9.
Fri May 10thGardening 3Please note this is the 2nd FRIDAY
Colour in the garden with Edwin Rye - venue tbc
Mon May 13thChurches & CathedralsVisit to Rycote Chapel followed by St Mary's Thame.
Further details to follow
Tue May 14thArchaeologyHorses in Art -Belinda - Presentation
Wed May 15thHistoryThe Cog Railway, Mount Washington USA - R & WL
Wed May 15thDiscussion 1At John Currell's - John Currell - TBA
Fri May 17thTransportGroup member, Stuart R. will be enlightening us
about his experience of working on the footplate of
a steam locomotive in part two of "Cleaner to Fireman"
Mon May 20thGardening 1Meet 2-2.30pm at Preston Bissett Nurseries, Bushey Lane, Preston Bissett, MK18. Talk and Tea.
Tue May 21stDiscussion 2The topic is: What is to be done with returning ISIS fighters and "brides" who hold British passports?
Thu May 23rdTheatre LocalAn Evening with Michael Parkinson, Aylesbury Waterside, 7.30pm, £33.75
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.
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.
June 2019
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.
Mon Jun 10thChurches & CathedralsVisit to Dorchester + - to be confirmed
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 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


Launching in March— contact Travel Team M.E. to book
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
Mon Jun 24th
→Fri Jun 28th
Walking GroupWalking Group Holiday 24-28 June 2019
At Nythfa House in Brecon, South Wales.
Organiser: SR
Tue Jun 25thArchitectureConvenor for this meeting - Belinda B
Oxford architecture. In readiness for our visit next month, presentations on the city architecture.
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)
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.
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 £44 Includes tours/light lunch + drink, afternoon tea & cake
Departure times to be announced.

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
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.
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
Mon Aug 12thChurches & Cathedralspossible visit - tbc
Thu Aug 15thTheatre LocalThe Adams Family. Vivo D’Arte Youth Theatre’s 3rd year at the Aylesbury Waterside
Wed Aug 21stHistoryNO MEETING!
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
Wed Sep 18thWine Appreciation7.30 pm Library Room Presenter: Bill. Buffet: Elisabeth & Gill A.
Thu Sep 19thGardening 3Please note this is the 3rd Thursday
Visit to a member's garden Marion L.
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.
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
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.(Price to follow.)

Details from Judy and Jenny S
Wed Oct 23rdWine Appreciation7.30pm St Anne' Hall BACK TO BASICS. Presenter: Derek. Buffet:Thalia & Beryl
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.
Tue Oct 29thTravel TeamMansion House (to be confirmed) and Royal Albert Hall (grand/front of house tour) to be confirmed

Cost and pick up times to be confirmed.

Launching in June - contact Travel Team M.B. to book
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
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.
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
Thu Dec 12thGardening 3Christmas lunch
Wed Dec 18thWine Appreciation7.30pm St Anne's Hall WINE SECRETS Presenter: John. Buffet: Gill
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!