Wendover Buckinghamshire


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Dates for your Diary
July 2019
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
Thu Jul 25thComputers BeginnersLast Thursday of the Month iPad Group
Meeting 2pm at the Convenor's home
Visit to Cublington open gardens (postponed from 13 June)
Fri Jul 26thFilmNote change of film - Look Back in Anger (changed from 22 November)

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.
Fri Jul 26thWalking GroupLondon Meet at Wendover railway station by 08.55 to sort out tickets (4 people for the price of 2, or bring your rail card) & catch the 09.10 train to Marylebone. Walk to Baker street and into Regent’s park, walk through the Rose Gardens then along Regent’s Canal -Primrose Hill-Camden Lock (lunch stop), then on to Kings Cross.
Possible extension to Regent Canal tunnel & return to Marylebone mid to late afternoon. About 5-6 miles with one climb.

Although this appears similar to Stephen’s walk in August the routes taken will be different!
Leader ME
Fri Jul 26thComputers BeginnersLast Friday of the Month iPad Group
Meeting 2pm at the Convenor's home
August 2019
Thu Aug 1stWalking GroupChesham Treasure Hunt
Details to follow
Leader ME
Thu Aug 1stWalking GroupChesham Treasure Hunt. Meet at Water Meadow car park, Chesham HP5 1LF. Parking charges apply. I will issue treasure trail instructions (£1) to groups of 2/3 and it will hopefully take walkers 2 - 2 1/2 hours to complete a route of 2.5 miles. The route is mainly flat and on pavements and through the park. Various options are available in the high street after the walk for people to eat lunch if they wish. Suitable for dogs but on leads all the time.
Leader ME
Fri Aug 2ndBowls OutdoorsPlease arrive at 10.00 am,

Smooth soled shoes are essential and preferably grey trousers with a white top.

New Members beginners or established players are welcome, bowls may be borrowed.
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.
Thu Aug 8thWalking GroupStrawberry Tea Great Hampden at home of David and Susan Brown. More details to follow.
Leader for the short walk: PA
Leader for long walk: Leader needed
Mon Aug 12thDiscovering WildflowersCoombe Hill. Meet at National Trust carpark at 2.00 pm
Mon Aug 12thChurches & CathedralsMeeting tbc if enough members are available.
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.
Fri Aug 16thBowls OutdoorsPlease arrive at 10.00 am,

Smooth soled shoes are essential and preferably grey trousers with a white top.

New Members beginners or established players are welcome, bowls may be borrowed.
Mon Aug 19thGardening 1Meet 2pm at 10 Witchell for members garden visit with tea. Leaders R and JS
Tue Aug 20thWalking GroupSydenham (near Chinnor) Meet at "The Crown Inn" (OX39 4NB: GR: SP 729 018) opposite the village Church for a 5.2 mile almost level walk across quiet fields visiting Copcourt, Postcombe, the edge of Aston Rowant and finally Kingston Stert. Roadside parking only opposite the pub. Car sharing would help with limited parking space. Six easy stiles and two step overs.
Please arrive by 9.45am to allow time to pre-order lunch.
Leaders DB and SB
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. Meeting point door 12 at 11.10, tour commences at 11.15am

Afternoon tour of Royal Courts of Justice
2.20pm Meet on the steps at the front of the building - tour commences at 2.30pm
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.
Wed Aug 28thWalking GroupLondon Parks & Paddington Basin Depart Wendover 0931 to Marylebone to include Zone 1 unless you intend to use bus pass for bus from Trafalgar Square to Marylebone / Baker Street (Route 453). The walk is mainly in parks and canal towpaths.

Coffee at Wetherspoons (Metropolitan Bar) on arrival in London. Walk over Regent’s Park, Regent’s Park Canal to Little Venice, Paddington Basin and Paddington Station. Lunch at individual’s choice of outlets. Afternoon will start with stroll through mews to Lancaster Gate, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park, Wellington Arch, St James’ Park, Horseguards and Victoria Embankment Gardens.

No stiles. Dogs can be taken on Chiltern Railways and the Underground but must be carried on escalators to protect their paws. Royal Parks are dog friendly.
Leader SM
September 2019
Wed Sep 4thSoft Tennis1st meeting after the summer break
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).
Thu Sep 5thWalking GroupTBA
Leader DL
Fri Sep 6thBowls OutdoorsPlease arrive at 10.00 am,

Smooth soled shoes are essential and preferably grey trousers with a white top.

New Members beginners or established players are welcome, bowls may be borrowed.
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 & CathedralsMeet at St Mary's lychgate at 10am for a visit to Chalgrove - arrive 11am.
Mon Sep 9thUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Tue Sep 10thWalking Group10 miles circular walk using the train to the start point.
Further details later
Leader GC
Tue Sep 10thArchaeologyGroup visit to Flag Fen
Tue Sep 17thWalking GroupWiggington Meet at The Greyhound Wiggington (HP23 6EH, GR Ref: SP938101) A 5 mile walk taking in part of the Grand Union canal via The Cow Roast to the Tring Station exit. Then along the Ridgeway back up to Wiggington via the corner of Tring Park. No steep ascents or descents. Leader MW
Wed Sep 18thWine Appreciation7.30 pm Library Room Presenter: Bill. Buffet: Elisabeth & Gill A.
Wed Sep 18thHistoryThe Peterloo Massacre - GJ
Wed Sep 18thDiscussion 1At Marion Woodman's - Marion Woodman - Land Ownership
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 20thBowls OutdoorsPlease arrive at 10.00 am,

Smooth soled shoes are essential and preferably grey trousers with a white top.

New Members beginners or established players are welcome, bowls may be borrowed.
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 26thStrollersDetails to follow. Leaders: AS & AP
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
Tue Oct 8thArchaeologyCoins and Artefacts - Talk by John Hill
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
Wed Oct 16thDiscussion 1At Rita Fermor's - Free for All
Mon Oct 21stGardening 1TBA Leader BG
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
Tue Nov 12thArchaeologyAncient Gardens - Talk by John Yabsley
Thu Nov 14thGardening 3Using our produce - venue tbc.
Mon Nov 18thGardening 1Annual Meeting commencing at 2pm in the Cricket Club Witchell followed by a power point presentation by John Yabsley on Hotel Cordial Botanic Garden - Moyen Playa Gran Canaria. Leader MLC
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 22ndFilmNote change of film - the Sound of Music

The Sound of Music is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Set in Austria on the eve of the Anschluss in 1938, the musical tells the story of Maria, who takes a job as governess to a large family while she decides whether to become a nun.
Mon Nov 25thArchitectureU3A study day - The architecture of London. RIBA course exploring the changing face of London's built envirohment - from the perfect symmetry and proportions of the Georgian era to today's glass towers.
Key themes for study include Georgian architecture, the "Long 18th century", Victorian London, 20th century modernism and architectural photography.

See Third Age Trust magazine or u3a.org.uk/events
Mon Nov 25thUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Tue Nov 26thArchitectureTowering buildings.
Just a Minute presentations by the group.
From Scottish brochs, Eiffel and the leaning Tower of Pisa to the Shard! Learn about the scientific advances contributing to the construction of the world's tallest buildings.
December 2019
Mon Dec 2ndTravel TeamWinchester Cathedral and Christmas Fair cost £23

pick up:Bedgrove Layby 8.30
Ashbrook 8.40 The George 8.45

Guided tour of Cathedral then free time to visit the Christmas Fair.

Fifteen centuries of English history lie behind the massive Cathedral you see today. It stands at the heart of historic Winchester, once the seat of Anglo-Saxon and Norman royal power, on the site of an early Christian church and has been a place of worship ever since.

The Christmas Market is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets. The pretty wooden chalets are situated in the Cathedral’s historic Close surrounding an open-air real ice rink.

Leaving Winchester at 3.30pm

Full - waiting list

Contact Travel Team M.R to book
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 9thGardening 1Bring and Share Christmas Lunch starting at 1pm in St Anne's Hall Wendover.
Mon Dec 9thChurches & Cathedralssocial meeting - venue to be confirmed
Mon Dec 9thUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Tue Dec 10thArchaeologyChristmas Party
Thu Dec 12thGardening 3Christmas decorations at Jacky B.s home
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!
June 2020
Sun Jun 21st
→Fri Jun 26th
Travel TeamA Holiday to Cumbria

This will be on sale in August at the Coffee morning in St Mary's Church.

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

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

A £50.00 deposit per person is required at the Coffee Morning/Meeting on Wednesday 7th August as the hotel requires the deposit by the end of August.

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.

After Wednesday 7th August, please contact Travel Team B.H.