Wendover Buckinghamshire

Diary

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Dates for your Diary
January 2019
Fri Jan 18thSocialU3A New Year Dinner with Entertainment at Wendover Memorial Hall
7.00 for 7.30pm

Tickets £23.00 to include a three course buffet style meal.

Please bring your own drinks and glasses.
The entertainment will be provided by our Folk Music Group.

Tickets will be on sale at the December general meeting or apply to the Speakers\' Coordinator
Fri Jan 18thComputers BeginnersGroup 3 (brought forward from last Friday of the month) meeting 2pm Convenor's house
Fri Jan 18thTransportDr Beeching - Axeman or Hero?
Mon Jan 21stGardening 1NO MEETING IN JANUARY
Tue Jan 22ndArchitecture"Buckinghamshire's Great Houses" a talk by Julian Hunt F.S.A.

Mr Hunt is a researcher, lecturer and writer on English local history.
Thu Jan 24thBrewing Studies 1Meeting at Peter S. home
Thu Jan 24thStrollersNo Walk
Thu Jan 24thSalsaSalsa and Latin Dance at St Annes Hall, Wendover, commencing at 2.00pm for 2 hours. This session will be FREE OF CHARGE.
Fri Jan 25thFilmPaddington 2

A live-action animated comedy film, based on the stories of the character Paddington Bear, created by Michael Bond. It is the sequel to the 2014 film Paddington. The film stars Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington, with Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Hugh Grant in live-action roles.
Mon Jan 28thUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre (Tutor away needs cover to open and close centre - will arrange closer to date)
Tue Jan 29thTravel TeamVisit to Arla Aylesbury Dairy

Starting at 13.45 limited to 20 people on each day.

This factory handles one-billion litres of fresh milk daily.
It has a commitment to sustaining British dairy farming as it only processes British milk. Arla designed the dairy to be the first zero carbon milk processing facility in the world.

No places available.

There is no cost for this visit and please share cars.

To book please contact Travel Team B.H.
Wed Jan 30thTravel TeamVisit to Arla Aylesbury Dairy

Starting at 13.45 limited to 20 people on each day.

This factory handles one-billion litres of fresh milk daily.
It has a commitment to sustaining British dairy farming as it only processes British milk. Arla designed the dairy to be the first zero carbon milk processing facility in the world.

No places available.

There is no cost for this visit and please share cars.

To book please contact Travel Team B.H.
February 2019
Fri Feb 1stPudding ExchangeSubject: Monarchy and Parliament 10.30 Convenor's home
Tue Feb 5thOlogySubject: Ornithology - garden birds - 10am St Mary's Centre
Tue Feb 5thDramaDrama Meeting 2.00pm to 4.00pm Barbara's Home
Wed Feb 6thSoft TennisSoft Tennis 2.15 pm Halton Dome
Wed Feb 6thMain MeetingClimbing Everest from Tibet Peter Ellis

I am one of about 400 people who are ‘Seven Summiteers’ - those who have climbed to the highest point of each of the seven continents. This talk is about the final stage, climbing to the top of Everest. A personal story, with lots of photographs.

Over the years I have completed all the 3,000’ peaks of
Scotland (the Munros) twice, and climbed well over 1,000 other peaks in the British Isles. I’ve also climbed about 200 peaks around the world.
Thu Feb 7thWalking GroupPrestwood
Meet at The Polecat, Wycombe Rd, Prestwood, Gt. Missenden (HP16 0HJ, GR:876994) for a 5.8 mile undulating walk through woods and fields, skirting Great Kingshill and Prestwood Nature Reserve.
Leader: DL
Fri Feb 8thPudding ExchangeSubject: Monarchy and Parliament 10.30 Convenor's home
Mon Feb 11thUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Tue Feb 12thArchaeologyHadrian's Wall in Germany -Bob Presentation
Tue Feb 12thTravel TeamSt Paul's Cathedral and The Bank of England

cost: £33
Pick up times: Bedgrove Sainsbury's 8.00 Ashbrook 8.10 The George 8.15

St Paul's Cathedral - Seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London. Original church on this site, founded in AD 604. The present cathedral, dating from the late 17th century, was designed by Sir Christopher Wren.

Arrive approx. 10/10.15 for coffee (not included in cost) in the Wren café and then proceed to enter the cathedral via the main entrance/main steps, bag searching at the main entrance.

Accessibility - many steps in the cathedral to the galleries.

Guided tour at 11.15am approx. 90 minutes with access to the cathedral floor, the crypt and the galleries in the dome area.

Lunch in Wren’s café (not included in cost)

Leave at approx. 2pm to proceed to The Bank of England. (walk of approx. 15 minutes)

The Bank of England was founded as a private bank in 1694 to act as banker to the Government.

Look around the museum and collect together for a 3pm presentation ‘Bank of England, Past & Present’
Approx. 1 hour

LEAVING BANK OF ENGLAND at 4.15pm

Full - waiting list. To book contact Travel Team V.L.
Wed Feb 13thCountry Dancingdancing as usual in St Anne's Hall 2.15-4.15pm
Thu Feb 14thSalsaSalsa 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
Thu Feb 14thGardening 3Seeds and seed swapping at Marian E.
Thu Feb 14thComputing Excel 4 BeginnersMeeting at Convenor's home.
Fri Feb 15thTransportBy Rail in Central Europe
Mon Feb 18thGardening 1Meet at 2pm in the Cricket Club Wendover. Bring a bulb and be prepared to talk about it and take part in a general discussion on bulbs.
Tue Feb 19thWalking GroupDetails to Follow.
Leader: JG
Wed Feb 20thWine Appreciation7.30pm St Anne's Hall PLANNING MEETING Presenter: Mike
Wed Feb 20thSoft TennisSoft Tennis 2.15pm Halton Dome
Wed Feb 20thDiscussion 1At Gwynne Jenkin's - Free for All
Fri Feb 22ndFilmMarley & Me

A 2008 American comedy-drama film about the titular dog, the screenplay is based on the memoir of the same name by John Grogan. The film stars Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston as Marley's owners.
Mon Feb 25thUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Tue Feb 26thArchitectureAn insight into Balinese architecture.Talk by D.A
Plus a short quiz!
Tue Feb 26thDramaDrama Meeting 2.00pm to 4.00pm- venue to be confirmed
Thu Feb 28thStrollersWilstone
Meet and park at the Half Moon, 60 Tring Road, Wilstone, Tring HP23 4PD (GR:906 143) for a circular walk along the Aylesbury Arm of the canal returning across fields. Lunch at the Half Moon. Leader: PA
Thu Feb 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
March 2019
Tue Mar 5thStudy DayTHE DRAMA OF DUNKIRK STUDY DAY
THE RIVER & ROWING MUSEUM, HENLEY-ON-THAMES, RG9 1BF


See link page for more details and application form.
Wed Mar 6thSoft TennisSoft Tennis 2.15 pm Halton Dome
Wed Mar 6thMain MeetingUnder The Influence Andy Smith

I sing and play a selection of different musical pieces which have shaped my repertoire, playing and life….and explain why!!
With my array of instruments, lots of well known songs and amusing anecdotes, I'll send your members home with a song in their hearts, and a smile on their face!
Thu Mar 7thWalking GroupSwan Bottom
Meet at the Old Swan (HP16 9NU, GR: 902056) for a 4.5 mile walk across mixed Chiltern woodland and open fields, skirting Lee Common and The Lee. An undulating walk but no steep climbs. 5 stiles.
Leaders: D&SB
Mon Mar 11thUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Tue Mar 12thArchaeologyThe History of Gardens - John Yabsley - Presentation
Thu Mar 14thTravel TeamShuttleworth Collection and Moggerhanger House

cost £28 Spaces

Pick up times: opp. The George 8.25
opp. Ashbrook 8.30
Bedgrove Sainsbury's layby 8.45

Under the custodianship of The Shuttleworth Trust the collection comprises vintage aircraft and vehicles - free flow visit.

Lunch at Shuttleworth (not included in cost) then leave for 2.30pm guided tour of Moggerhanger House – tea in the Woodland café (not included in cost)

Moggerhanger Park is a 33 acre estate in the middle of beautiful Bedfordshire countryside and is owned by The Moggerhanger House Preservation Trust which is a charity for the preservation of the House and grounds.

Moggerhanger House is a Grade 1 listed house designed by the eminent architect, Sir John Soane Designed in 1792 as the country home of the Governor of the Bank of England, Godfrey Thornton.

LEAVING MOGGERHANGER PARK at 4.30pm

Contact Travel Team V.L. to book
Thu Mar 14thTheatre LocalThe Comedy about a Bank Robbery. Aylesbury Waterside, 2.30pm Matinee. £20. From the creators of The Play that goes Wrong this show is another fast and furious comedy caper.
Thu Mar 14thSalsaSalsa 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 15thTransportTo be confirmed
Mon Mar 18thGardening 1Meet at 2pm at ASCOTT, Wing, Leighton Buzzard MK18 4ND. DON'T FORGET YOUR NATIONAL TRUST CARDS.
Tue Mar 19thArchitectureFunctional architecture - Tour of Greatmoor-energy from waste facility. 10.30am Free. Numbers limited to 15. Tour takes approx 2 hours.
Please note that the generator in the turbine hall creates a powerful magnetic field which may affect medical devices such as pacemakers.
We will be provided with steel capped boots, hardhat, hi-viz jacket, safety glasses and gloves.( Do not wear skirts!)
Organiser Stephen M.
Tue Mar 19thWalking GroupLittle and Great Kingshill
Meet at The Full Moon, Hare Lane, Little Kingshill HP16 0EE (GR 893992) for a 5 mile walk, mostly level or gently undulating, one steep descent followed by one incline, no stiles.
Leader: JS
Wed Mar 20thSoft TennisSoft Tennis. 2.15pm Halton Dome
Wed Mar 20thDiscussion 1At Mary Robertson's - Ray Walton - Foreign Aid
Thu Mar 21stTheatre LocalAbigail’s Party by Mike Leigh is one Britain’s most celebrated comedies set in 1970s suburbia starring Jodie Prenger. Aylesbury Waterside, 2.30pm, Matinee. £24.25
Thu Mar 21stGardening 3Please note this is the 3rd Thursday
alternative date for BBOWT talk
Fri Mar 22ndFilmA Passage to India

A 1984 British epic historical drama film written, directed and edited by David Lean.
Set in the 1920s during the period of the British Raj, the film tells the story of the interactions of several characters in the fictional city of Chandrapore,
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.....
Wed Mar 27thDrama"DRAMA AND MUSIC EVENT"

St.Anne’s Hall from 2.30pm to 5.30pm for an afternoon showcasing Drama, Ukulele, Singing for Fun and Country dancing. A full list of events and timings will hopefully soon be posted on this diary page.

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 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
April 2019
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 8thUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Tue Apr 9thArchaeologyPresentation by Gwynne - To be Arranged
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
Wed Apr 17thSoft TennisSoft Tennis 2.15pm Halton Dome
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 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.

LEAVING STOKE BRUERNE at 4.45pm

Launching in January 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
Fri May 10thGardening 3Please note this is the 2nd FRIDAY
Colour in the garden with Edwin Rye - venue tbc
Tue May 14thArchaeologyHorses in Art -Belinda - Presentation
Wed May 15thDiscussion 1At John Currell's - John Currell - TBA
Mon May 20thGardening 1Meet 2-2.30pm at Preston Bissett Nurseries, Bushey Lane, Preston Bissett, MK18. Talk and Tea.
LEADERS JOHN & GILL G.
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 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.
Thu Jun 13thGardening 3Visit to a garden in the Open Gardens Scheme
Mon Jun 17thTravel TeamForge Mill Needle Museum, Redditch & Jinney Ring Craft Centre
Cost: £34 (includes coffee and lunch)

Pick up times: opp. The George 8.10 opp. Ashbrook 8.15
Bedgrove Sainsbury's layby 8.30

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.

Guided tour of Forge Mill, time to view exhibition and ground.

Leave for Jinney Ring Craft Centre – traditional craft centre where skilled craftsmen and women are at work.

Brief welcome and 2 course lunch in the Farmhouse Restaurant.
Free time to view working craft units, gift shop and gardens


LEAVE at 4.00pm

Launching March 2019

Contact Travel Team M.E. to book
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 25thArchitectureOxford 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.
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.
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.
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
Wed Jul 31stTravel TeamTo be confirmed - further details to follow

Crossness Pumping Station & Bhaktivedanta Manor (Hari Krishna) Aldenham
August 2019
Wed Aug 7thMain MeetingPop in Coffee Morning
Group Displays
Tue Aug 27thArchitectureVictorian architecture!

Morning tour of Royal Albert Hall. "Inside Out" architecture tour.£13.50

Afternoon tour of Royal Courts of Justice £11
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.

Helen 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

Spaces - contact Travel Team V.L. to book
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 3Subject to be confirmed
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!

Details to follow. Contact convenor.
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.
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 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.
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.
Thu Dec 12thGardening 3Christmas lunch