Wendover Buckinghamshire


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August 2022
Thu Aug 18thBrewing Studies 1Meeting at Steve H. home 7.30pm
Thu Aug 18thArt AppreciationMICHELANGELO
Michelangelo Di Livovico Buonarroti Simoni, 1475 - 1564, was one of the greatest renaissance Italian artists that ever lived. He was a sculptor, painter, architect and poet, who influenced the development of Western Art.
Talk by group member - E Ha.
Thu Aug 18thStrollersWilstone Walk- Leader Paddy

A circular walk from the Half Moon pub in Wilstone village, partly along the Aylesbury canal.

Meet at the Half Moon, 60 Tring Road, Wilstone, Hertfordshire, HP23 4PD
Fri Aug 19thBowls OutdoorsAll players and New Members welcome.

Full instruction will be given to beginners. It is important to wear flat shoes or trainers and if possible grey trousers with white top. Cost is £3.50 for Non-Members £2.50 for Bowls Club Members, to cover green fees and refreshments
Tue Aug 23rdArchitectureNo meeting.
September 2022
Thu Sep 1stStrollersCity of London Walk with Paul W. - A City of London Green Badge guide.

Organiser Belinda H.

A two hour walk and with history stops covering not more than 3 miles with frequent stops. If anyone feels particularly tired, they can stop and meet up at the end.

Meet Wendover station by 9.15 to catch the 9.30 train.

Two Spaces
Thu Sep 1stWine AppreciationSt Anne's Hall 7.30pm WINES OF SOUTH AFRICA Pete
Fri Sep 2ndBowls OutdoorsAll players and New Members welcome.

Full instruction will be given to beginners. It is important to wear flat shoes or trainers and if possible grey trousers with white top. Cost is £3.50 for Non-Members £2.50 for Bowls Club Members, to cover green fees and refreshments
Fri Sep 2ndBowls OutdoorsAll players and New Members welcome.

Full instruction will be given to beginners. It is important to wear flat shoes or trainers and if possible grey trousers with white top. Cost is £3.50 for Non-Members £2.50 for Bowls Club Members, to cover green fees and refreshments
Tue Sep 6thOlogy10am meeting at Convenor's home -TEXTILES AND CLOTHING
Tue Sep 6thDiscovering WildflowersCollege Lake Nature Reserve in early Autumn. Meet either at entrance of reserve at 2.00pm, or at 1.15pm for light lunch in the cafe.

Please note change of day from normal "2nd Monday"
Wed Sep 7thMain MeetingMercy Ships UK- Ken and June Brazier

Mercy Ships is a charity providing free medical, dental and eye care, operating mainly in West Africa, particularly Sierra Leone, where a 12 year civil war has destroyed infrastructure and 1000s of lives. Medical care is virtually non-existent or totally unaffordable. Ken and June will share their experiences of working for the charity and the life-changing help it provides.
Thu Sep 8thWalking GroupOakley/Brill
A hilly walk (5-6 miles TBC) from the Chandos Arms, 8 The Turnpike, Oakley, Aylesbury HP18 9QB taking in Brill allowing a look around the village, windmill (closed on Thursdays) and over the common. Leader: SMu
Fri Sep 9thPudding Exchange10.30 - Wendover Cricket Club, Witchell - subject - UKRANIAN PUDDINGS
Fri Sep 9thLatin -IntermediateVisit to Verulameum - leaving car park at Wendover Cricket Club, Witchell at 9.45am
Mon Sep 12thCreative WritingWrite a poem or a prose item on the subject of your Summer Holiday or an event during the Summer.
Mon Sep 12thCreative WritingWrite about your Summer holidays or an event in the Summer

Venue changed this month - contact Convenor if not sure.
Mon Sep 12thChurches & CathedralsVisit to Sarratt and Chenies
Tue Sep 13thGenealogyPlanning activities for the Autumn and Winter - both as a Group and for our individual research efforts.
Wed Sep 14thCountry Dancing2.15pm at St Anne's Hall, Wendover
Thu Sep 15thArt AppreciationART QUIZ
A quiz of art trivia and general knowledge triggered by art.
Quiz by group member - D Ga.
Thu Sep 15thStrollersSmall Dean walk Leader Allan B.

A 2.5 mile walk from Wendover Witchell cricket club car park via Small Dene Lane ascending into the woods with great views before returning down Bacombe Lane. Good paths with no stiles. Some steady climbing with one short steeper section. Lunch at The Shoulder of Mutton.
Thu Sep 15thTheatre LocalIn the Footsteps of Elephants. Saba Douglas Hamilton, acclaimed conservationist and TV presenter shares inspiring stories from her life amongst elephants. Waterside, 7.30pm £29
Fri Sep 16thBowls OutdoorsAll players and New Members welcome.

Full instruction will be given to beginners. It is important to wear flat shoes or trainers and if possible grey trousers with white top. Cost is £3.50 for Non-Members £2.50 for Bowls Club Members, to cover green fees and refreshments
Fri Sep 16thTransportRailways in the UK and abroad - captured on camera (KG)
Sat Sep 17thTheatre LocalIn the Name of Love- the Diana Ross Story. 7.30pm at the Aylesbury Waterside. £29
Tue Sep 20thWalking GroupLittle/Great Kingshill
Meet at The Full Moon, Hare Lane, Little Kingshill, HP16 0EE for a moderate 5.5 mile circular route around the Kingshills. One stile. Total ascent 320 ft. Lunch will need to be pre-ordered. Leaders: MCl/DGa
Wed Sep 21stHistoryHistory of Westminster in Portraiture -PW.
Wed Sep 21stDiscussion 1A "Free for all" chaired by Marion

at Mary`s House
Fri Sep 23rdFilm7.30pm in St Anne's Hall
THE NOTEBOOK - from the best selling novel by Nicholas Sparks
Starring Ryan Gosling, James Garner, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands.
As teenagers Allie and Noah begin a whirlwind courtship, but they are separated by Allie's upper-class parents. Several years pass and when they meet again, their passion is rekindled.
Find out what happens next.....
Tue Sep 27thArchitectureMeeting in hall. Subject to be confirmed.
Thu Sep 29thTravel TeamMilton Keynes including the Museum

Booking from June

Travel in own cars and sharing, meet at the Museum for coffee at 10.00 followed by a guided tour through the various galleries and the farmhouse and the various themed galleries. Have a light lunch included in the price before departing for the Film Museum tbc.

Anticipated cost in the region of £29.00
Contact Travel Team B.H.
October 2022
Wed Oct 5thMain MeetingEva Braun, Victim or Contriver- Melanie Gibson-Barton

The Life of Eva Braun – Victim or Contriver’ will present the story of the woman who devoted her life to Hitler from first meeting him in a shop through the years leading to his rise to power in Germany. While listening to the talk the audience will be asked to consider whether Eva was a victim or a contriver in her story.
Thu Oct 6thWalking GroupChorleywood
Meet at Chorleywood Station at 10.00 am. (take 09.31 off-peak train from Wendover due to arrive at Chorleywood at 09.58 (may differ with Autumn leaf timetable); there are car parks in the vicinity of Chorleywood Station for those who would prefer to drive. Please note that Paul and Gill will NOT be checking names at Wendover Station. The walk is mainly flat, but a couple of hills (one gentle, one moderate); no stiles. Approximate distances: 6 ½ miles before lunch, half a mile after lunch to return to station. Points of interest include: two historic houses and three nature reserves. Lunch will be at the Black Horse, Chorleywood Common. Leaders: PMa/GCo
Mon Oct 10thDiscovering WildflowersWaxcaps and other fungi of Prestwood churchyard.
Meet in church car park at 2.00 pm.
Thu Oct 13thChurches & Cathedralsvisit to St Albans Abbey
Tue Oct 18thWalking GroupCaptain's Wood
Meet at The Black Horse Inn, Chesham Vale, HP5 3NS (Grid ref: SP 963 045). An easy 5.8 mile walk with two gentle climbs and one steep descent (total ascent 155m/500 ft), taking in ancient field patterns and hedges, old earthworks and the home of a famous author. 2 stiles (one unsuitable for large dogs). Leader: BEm
Wed Oct 19thHistoryTen Pound Poms - BL.
Thu Oct 20thArt AppreciationCIVIC ART
Over many centuries, art has been used to communicate with an audience. Art is, and was, displayed in squares, churches and other places where people gather. It might commemorate people or deeds and display great wealth and power. This is a brief look at civic art we can readily visit and other works which can be seen around the world.
Talk by group member - B Br.
Thu Oct 20thStrollersAshley Green walk, Leader Lindsay S.
More details to follow

7.30pm in St Anne's Hall
Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 - a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.
Fri Oct 21stTransportFlying Boats at Southampton Water (SR)
Tue Oct 25thArchitectureVisit to Old Amersham. To be confirmed.
Wed Oct 26thWine AppreciationSt Anne's Hall 7.30pm WINES OF ITALY Stephen
Wed Oct 26thTheatre LocalSPIKE. A funny new play by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman that delves into the unique comedy mind of Spike Milligan. Matinee 2.30pm at Aylesbury Waterside. £26
November 2022
Wed Nov 2ndMain MeetingAGM & Polio My Journey- Wendy Bridge
Mon Nov 14thDiscovering WildflowersFilm showing of "Fantastic Fungi". Meet at Gill's house at 2.00 pm.
Mon Nov 14thChurches & Cathedralsin house meeting at the Cricket Pavilion
Tue Nov 15thWalking GroupTBA
Leaders: BEd/AEd
Wed Nov 16thTheatre LocalBLOOD Brothers. One of the best musicals ever written tells the captivating and moving tale of twins separated at birth, who grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences. Aylesbury Waterside, 7.30pm. £33.50
Wed Nov 16thHistoryCaptain Robert FitzRoy - GL.
Thu Nov 17thArt AppreciationFIVE MINUTES OF ART
Open session where members can talk for 5 - 10 minutes about a piece of art of their personal choice.
Co-ordinated by group member - M Wo.
Thu Nov 17thStrollersWalk Leaders Lillian and Paul G

Details to follow
Fri Nov 18thTransportMembers Forum - 5-10 minute talks by members on a transport subject
Wed Nov 23rdTheatre LocalThe Jersey Boys, Waterside Theatre, Matinee 2.30pm. £25
Fri Nov 25thFilm7.30pm in St Anne's Hall
Chocolat 2000 - A French woman and her young daughter open up a chocolate shop in a small remote village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.
Tue Nov 29thArchitectureNOTE CHANGE OF DATE TO 5TH TUESDAY - 29 November 2022 at 2.00 pm in Union chapel Hall, Weston Turville.

Julian Hunt visits to talk on Farm buildings and mills.
December 2022
Wed Dec 7thMain MeetingHearing Dogs for the Deaf- Mandy Phillips

Hearing Dogs for the Deaf is a UK charity providing training for assistance dogs to enhance confidence, companionship and independence for a deaf person. Dogs are trained to alert deaf people to important and life-saving sounds they would otherwise miss – sounds that many people take for granted like the doorbell, alarm clock and even danger signals like the fire alarm. Being aware of these – thanks to a hearing dog – makes a real difference to deaf people’s lives and can even save them.
Thu Dec 8thWalking GroupBradenham
Leader: SMu
Thu Dec 8thTravel TeamTOP HAT production at The Mill at Sonning
Cost: £92.50pp (including coach travel, meal and show)


Restaurant open and serving dinner from 6.15pm – 8pm
Performance starts 8.15pm

TOP HAT brings the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age and the magic of the world-famous dance partnership of Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers to the stage. This 2011 musical based on the 1935 film of the same name, tells the story of Broadway sensation Jerry Travers who dances his way across Europe to win the heart of society girl Dale Tremont. With an uplifting and entertaining script, this show celebrates 1930s song, style and romance. Underpinning every scene are Irving Berlin’s magnificent songs including Puttin’ On the Ritz, Cheek to Cheek, Isn’t This a Lovely Day and of course Top Hat, White Tie & Tails.

Contact Travel Team C.B.
Mon Dec 12thChurches & CathedralsChristmas Meeting - tba
Wed Dec 14thWine AppreciationSt Anne's Hall 7.30pm Presentation with Quiz John G
Thu Dec 15thArt AppreciationART QUIZ
Annual art quiz.
Quiz by group member - J Ma.
Thu Dec 15thStrollersWendover walk Leader Belinda H.
Followed by a bring and share lunch
More details to follow
Fri Dec 16thTransportTransport Christmas quiz (SR)
Tue Dec 20thWalking GroupWendover
Christmas Walk
Leader: TBA
Tue Dec 27thArchitectureNO MEETING
January 2023
Exhibitions of French Impressionist art in Boston and New York in the 1880s led to many American artists travelling to Paris to study this new modern art and to join artist colonies in Giverny. This documentary looks at how they created their own style of Impressionism.
Talk by group member - D Ga.
Fri Jan 20thTransportTBA
February 2023
Fri Feb 17thTransportEnd of the Runway: A tribute to over one hundred years of flying at Filton Airfield, Bristol (KG)
March 2023
Thu Mar 2ndWalking GroupTBA
Leader: MTo
Fri Mar 17thTransportEngine cleaner to fireman on British Railways Part 3 (SR)
Tue Mar 21stWalking GroupTBA
Leader: FBr
April 2023
Mon Apr 24th
→Fri Apr 28th
Abingworth Hall (South Downs)
June 2023
Wed Jun 14thTheatre LocalStrictly Ballroom. The hit Musical based on the iconic Film starring Kevin Clifton and directed by Craig Revel Horwood. Aylesbury Waterside, 2.30pm Matinee, £26.
August 2023
Thu Aug 24th
→Tue Aug 29th
Travel TeamNewcastle holiday and Kyren

The Travel Team have been looking at a holiday for 2023 and it was suggested to go to the Durham area so that we could see the Kynren.

The Kynren is -A production’ of two thousand years of history, myth and legend rush by in 90 minutes as we join young Arthur on his epic quest. Rebellions, wars, magic, majesty, celebration and heartache are vividly brought to ground-shaking life in a dazzling outdoor-theatre spectacular.
From Boudicca’s battles with the Romans to two world wars, via Vikings, Tudors and the fate of Charles I, Kynren’s a spellbinding, family-friendly experience delivering thrills, shocks, tears, laughs.

The show only runs in the school holidays and into early September and the only availability we can get for hotels is from Thursday 24th August returning on the Tuesday so you will not miss out on the September Main Meeting.

The holiday would include half board at and coach travel for the holiday, the visits would be at an additional cost. The Kynren price is included.

Last year the number of people we had booked for Cumbria was forty so hopefully we would come into the cheapest price. Apparently all groups are holidaying at home next year so the demand everywhere in the UK is very high and as you will appreciate prices have risen tremendously since booking Cumbria..

Please can you let me know now whether you are interested in this holiday as soon as possible and that you would like to come and would be paying a £75.00 deposit in September (so we can place a hold on this hotel) . We have to place a hold on this hotel before the end of the month if we are going to proceed. I am sending this email to you as you came on the last holiday if you know anyone else that might be interested, please forward this email on to them. Travel Team B.H. .

Accommodation: ​The Gibside Hotel
Departure Date:​Thursday 24 August 2023
Accommodation Includes: ​6 days (5 nights) Dinner, Bed and Breakfast ​
Room Allocation:​14 x Singles & 14 x Doubles/Twins all with private facilities ​

Fully Inclusive Price:​£649.00 per person, based on a minimum of 40 passengers
​£679.00 per person, based on a minimum of 35 passengers

Single Supplement:​​​​ £180.00 per single

The Gibside Hotel​​​​​​​​ Whickham
Set in the old village centre of Whickham, The Gibside Hotel provides en suite accommodation, free Wi-Fi throughout, a restaurant and a bar. The property is just 5 minutes' drive from the A1M motorway and MetroCentre at Gateshead, reaching Newcastle centre in an 8 minutes journey. All bedrooms are en suite and offer a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere, combined with all the facilities required during your stay, including tea and coffee making facilities. Guests can enjoy dinner at Paco's, the hotel's à la carte restaurant, and the Sphinx Lounge Bar, with a bistro-style menu and panoramic views. The hotel is situated in the centre of historic Whickham village, yet closely situated to Newcastle city centre and is also surrounded by some of the North East's finest heritage. The hotel has a lift.