Wendover Buckinghamshire


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November 2019


Dunkirk is a 2017 war film written, directed, and produced by Christopher Nolan that depicts the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II. Its ensemble cast includes Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy
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.
Tue Nov 26thDramaNext Drama meeting at Carol's Home today 2.00 - 4.00pm
This group needs new members please contact convenor for more details
Thu Nov 28thStrollersWaddesdon Manor
Meet and park in Waddesdon Manor Car Park HP18 0JH for a 2½ mile stroll to Windmill Hill Farm and Lord Rothschild’s winning architectural house. This is a flat walk with no stiles. Lunch at The White Lion. See your programme for more information. Leader LS
Thu Nov 28thComputers BeginnersLast Thursday of the month iPad Group 2pm. at the Convenor's house.
Fri Nov 29thComputers BeginnersLast Friday of the month iPad Group 2pm. at the Convenor's house.
Fri Nov 29thTheatre LocalMy Mountain Life by Simon Yates. Best known for his role in Joe Simpson’s Touching the Void, one of the most accomplished exploratory mountaineers gives an illustrated lecture of the most remote and rarely explored mountain ranges of the world. Aylesbury Waterside, £17.25
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
Tue Dec 3rdOtherThames Valley Network Christmas Concert by the Brandenburg Singers at 2.00 pm St James Church, Sussex Gardens, Paddington, London W2 3UD

Your Christmas celebrations start here. Our concert, including popular carols, Christmas music, audience participation and seasonal readings will send you home singing. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served in the interval and there will be an address on an item of interest.

Bob Porter, Musical Director of the Brandenburg Singers, studied at the Guildhall School of Music and he has worked with every major professional orchestra in London. He is a Freeman of the City of London and is passionate about Choral Music, cricket, red wine and jazz.

The Brandenburg Choir is a rich and experienced group of musicians, drawn from choral societies, gospel choirs, cappella ensembles and chamber singers.

St James Church is the second building on the present site. The foundation stone of the present building was laid in 1882 by Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein. Two years later, Oscar Wilde married Constance Lloyd in the completed church. During the second world war St James suffered considerable damage and it was reopened in 1958 by the Duchess of Kent. The present organ is one of the finest in any parish church.

The church is within walking distance of Paddington Main Line and Tube stations The concert will begin at 2:00 pm and will finish at approximately 4:15 pm. Tickets are £19.50 to include the concert, mulled wine and mince pies.

For further information call 01491 825864
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.
Wed Dec 4thMain MeetingWendover U3A New Year Dinner tickets on sale today

Friday 17 January 2020
7.00 for 7.30pm
At Wendover Memorial Hall
£23 per person – price includes 3 course hot buffet style meal and coffee.

Followed by in-house entertainment provided by U3A members.

Please bring own drinks and glasses.
Thu Dec 5thWalking GroupAshley Green
From The Golden Eagle, Ashley Green (GR 977055, Sat Nav HP5 3PW, 10 mins from Tring down A41). A max 5 mile sometimes undulating walk – quiet lanes & fields. One long uphill section. No stiles.If staying for lunch please arrive in good time to order.
Leader LS
Mon Dec 9thGardening 1Bring and Share Christmas Lunch starting at 1pm in St Anne's Hall Wendover.
Mon Dec 9thChurches & Cathedralssocial meeting - St Mary's Centre
Mon Dec 9thUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Tue Dec 10thArchaeologyChristmas Party
Wed Dec 11thSinging for FunThe Singing for Fun Christmas Concert
at Halton Village Hall 10.30
Tickets £1.00 including Stollen and Mullled wine.
Wed Dec 11thLatin -BeginnersMeeting as usual - 10am - 12noon in St Mary's Centre
Thu Dec 12thGardening 3Christmas table decoration at member's home
Tue Dec 17thWalking GroupChristmas Walks followed by Mince Pies and Sharing Plates
Meet at Wendover Cricket Pavilion, Witchell, HP22 6EG
10am - Long walk departs - Leader DG
11am - Short walk departs - Leader BH
Both walks return approx. 12.30pm to Cricket Pavilion where warm mince pies, teas & coffees will be available. In addition please bring a small plate of finger food to share. No charge
Wed Dec 18thWine Appreciation7.30pm St Anne's Hall WINE SECRETS Presenter: John. Buffet: Gill
Wed Dec 18thHistoryWednesday 18 December 2019, 2.30 pm at St Anne's Hall.
The Festival of Britain, 1951 - GL.
Wed Dec 18thDiscussion 1At Marion Woodman's - Christmas Free for All
Mon Dec 23rdUkuleleUkulele Class 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St. Mary's Centre
Thu Dec 26thStrollersNo Strollers Walk this Month - see Walkers Programme for details of Long & Short walks on Tuesday 17/12/19
January 2020
Thu Jan 2ndWalking GroupTBA
Thu Jan 2ndStrollersCoombe Hill
Meet in the car park at Coombe Hill. The walk is about 2 miles with no stiles and one minor gradient. It is a circular walk taking in the woods behind Coombe Hill and the monument. See your programme for more details. Leader BG
Wed Jan 8thMain MeetingA very secret war – bugging the Nazis in World War Two

Dr Helen Fry
Thu Jan 9thGardening 3Christmas lunch tba
Wed Jan 15thDiscussion 1At Martin Thomas's - Subject, Martin Thomas TBA
Thu Jan 16thTheatre LocalJoseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a brand new production of this magical Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical with additional new choreography comes to the Aylesbury Waterside. 2.30pm Matinee, £25
Fri Jan 17thSocialWendover U3A Dinner tickets on sale at the AGM Wednesday 6th November

7.00 for 7.30pm
At Wendover Memorial Hall
£23 per person – price includes 3 course
hot buffet style meal and coffee.

Followed by in-house entertainment provided by U3A members.

Please bring own drinks and glasses.
Tue Jan 21stWalking GroupTBA
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 30thTravel TeamVisit to Dennis Severs house and The Charterhouse cost £40.00.
Option (see below) cost £28.00
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.


Contact Travel Team B.H. to book.
February 2020
Wed Feb 5thMain MeetingMy life as a voice artist

Patrick Lunt
Thu Feb 6thWalking GroupTBA
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 13thGardening 3Seed swapping at member's home
Tue Feb 18thWalking GroupTBA
Wed Feb 19thDiscussion 1At Gwynne Jenkins' - Free for All
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
Wed Feb 26thTheatre LocalAnton and Erin. Aylesbury Waterside, 7.30pm, £30.50
Thu Feb 27thStrollersLittle Missenden
Meet and park at the Red Lion, Little Missenden, HP7 0RB for a 2 ½ to 3 mile flat circular walk. Lunch at the Red Lion. Leaders PA and MC
March 2020
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 GroupHambledon Lock via Remenham to the FlowerPot pub.
This 5 mile walk follows the Thames upstream to Remenham and returns via the Flower Pot pub at Aston. There is only one short hill on a country lane.
Directions: on the Marlow to Henley road (A4155), turn right at Mill End, towards Hambleden and after 200 yards, you will see a public car park on your left, free and with a WC. We retrace our steps to the river and cross Hambleden lock to begin our circular walk with lovely views of the Thames.
Leaders PH and ME
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.

Launching in December. 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 12thGardening 3Magnolia Gardens
Tue Mar 17thWalking GroupTBA
Leader MT
Wed Mar 18thDiscussion 1At Mary Robertson's - Subject, Ray Walton TBA
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
April 2020
Wed Apr 1stMain MeetingYour holiday flight

Jim Ellis
Thu Apr 2ndWalking GroupTBA
Leaders DB and SB
Tue Apr 14thWalking GroupNote date change
Wed Apr 15thDiscussion 1At Ray Walton's - Free for All
Thu Apr 16thGardening 3Plant swapping at member's home
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
Wed Apr 29thTheatre LocalSome Mothers do Ave Them, Comedy starring Joe Pasquale at Aylesbury Waterside, 2.30 pm, £26
May 2020
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
June 2020
Wed Jun 3rdMain MeetingJason and the Argonauts

Nick Cook
Thu Jun 11thGardening 3Preston Bisset Gardens or taking cuttings
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
July 2020
Wed Jul 1stMain MeetingGrandma Flew Spitfires

John Webster
Thu Jul 9thGardening 3Waterperry Gardens or garden borders
August 2020
Wed Aug 5thMain MeetingCoffee Morning at St Mary's
September 2020
Wed Sep 2ndMain MeetingExciting wildlife around the world

Tom Way
Thu Sep 10thGardening 3Preston Bisset gardens tba
October 2020
Wed Oct 7thMain MeetingThe musical theatre of Gilbert & Sullivan

Bernard Lockett
November 2020
Wed Nov 4thMain MeetingAGM followed by:
Passports, Assassins, Traitors and Spies

Martin Lloyd
December 2020
Wed Dec 2ndMain MeetingPlants, murder and medical mysteries

Sandy Primrose
May 2021
Mon May 10th
→Fri May 14th
Walking GroupWalking Group Holiday 2021
Abingworth Hall, South Downs.
Further details in due course.