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Wendover u3a Newspaper – March 1st 2021

It is March 1st; we have made it to another month. According to an old saying March comes in like a lion and goes like a lamb, I think that means the weather is getting better and Spring is nearly here.

Spring has sprung, the grass is ris,

I wonder where the birdies is

They say the bird is on the wing,

But that’s absurd, from what I heard

The wing is on the bird.

Jason and the Argonauts

This month the main meeting was a talk about Jason and the Argonauts, and now for something completely different. Next month on Wednesday March 3 at 10.00 am the talk will be called “Grandma Flew Spitfires”. John Webster is from the Maidenhead Heritage Centre, where a permanent exhibition tells the forgotten story of courage, skill and sacrifice and an archive provides a lasting memorial to these little-known men and women.

Discovering Wildflowers Group

This Group has organised a Zoom talk about Aston Clinton Ragpits and would like to offer the opportunity to all members of our u3a. The talk is at 7:3pm on Thursday 11th March. Login details will be given in the Chairman’s Letter or contact groups@wendoveru3a.org.uk
Many of you will know the Aston Clinton Ragpits tucked into the corner of the Upper Icknield Way and Aston Hill, a BBOWT site with what must be one of the highest densities of native orchids in the country. The count in 2019 revealed in excess of 46,600 on a little site of 6 acres, in June it is just a sheet of flowers. This talk from Phil Townsend, a warden of the site, gives a fascinating insight into the flora and fauna of the reserve and has really beautiful photographs of orchids and pollinators including some wonderful butterflies. This talk is a fascinating way to spend 45 minutes and there will be an opportunity to ask Phil questions afterwards. Let's hope we'll be able to visit it in the summer!
Jenny S

Gardening Group 3

One of our members, when joining her French group on zoom, was asked about her hobbies. She talked about gardening and found two words which may make you smile
Weeds are known as “les mauvais herbes” (bad or naughty plants) and succulents are “les plantes grasse” (fat plants). I think we can all agree that the naughty plants are just that!
Veronica L.

Art 2 Group

Here is the first group of Art 2 pictures from the last week. The subject was Still Life with Handles. The idea was to do a painting / drawing of anything with handles (cup, mug, jug etc) at an oblique angle so that the handle was a bit more difficult to represent correctly. This was perhaps a bit too tricky; most have opted for an easy side on representation but have produced some very nice results - skill is ever increasing. I can understand that, I had a go and binned it then another rather half-hearted go. Some more Op Art and Cartoons have been submitted so a good number this week.
Chris B. and June C.

Vee B. Vee B. June C. Chris B.
Vee B. Vee B. June C. Chris B.

Walking Group

Since our last restricted group walk on 9th December, we have seen a gap of over 3 months in our schedule due to the latest lockdown. Following the announcement of the 4-step plan to ease lockdown, we have re-jigged our future schedule of walks and hope to be able to resume with a walk on 6th April when the Rule of 6 will be available to us again. We have a schedule of walks in place with 2 walks per month between April and August. From the 6th July walk onwards we should be able to operate with an unrestricted group size and we also look forward to getting back to walk leaders being able to organise pub lunches! The schedule of the next 10 walks is on our webpage and we look forward to welcoming members back to regular exercise with our group.
Brian E.


The Strollers are planning to try having two walks per month from April on the second and fourth Thursdays until normal U3A activities are allowed to resume. With the first one booked for Thursday 8th April and our regular one on the fourth Thursday. Our March meeting will take place as a Zoom coffee morning and hopefully this may be the last before some normality is allowed to return. Needless to say the size of the group will have to be limited to six initially. Belinda H

March Travel Team Quiz

Near Waltham Abbey This is the latest quiz from the Travel Team. Do you know where these places are?

1. 2002 The River Cam runs through this university city.
2. 2003 In conjunction with the walking group, a holiday complex in this Devon town to suit all tastes.
3. 2004 A favourite residence of Henry VIII and a trip along the river.
4. 2005 The principal seat of the Dukes of Norfolk.
5. 2006 Outside Oxford we visited this Bayerische Motoren Werke factory.
6. 2007 A holiday to a place where the largest city is Johannesburg.
7. 2008 We visited this place just after floods had caused devastation in the area.
8. 2009 A guided tour of a building used as a museum by the Borough of Enfield and later a visit to a place where nitro-based explosives were made.
9. 2010 The place where HMS Victory was built.
10. 2011 We visited the Headquarters of the National Trust and then in the afternoon a place housing the Farringdon Collection of Old Master paintings.

Cumbria Holiday 2021 Travel Team

Derwent water
This Travel Team holiday which was carried over from 2020 was planned to go to start on June 20th 2021, the day before the provisional easing of the covid regulations for this type of activity. McCallum holidays are trying to rebook this holiday with a day later start date but at present the hotel is closed, making contact difficult.

The coach that we will be using has a purifier fitted to the aircon and Gordon, our driver will have had his two vaccinations. There is a little availability in all room types at present. Please contact Travel Team B.H. if you wish to join this holiday.
Belinda H.

Old Laptop Have You Got an Old Laptop?
DO YOU HAVE AN OLD LAPTOP THAT YOU ARE NO LONGER USING? If so, it could be given to a school pupil for their home learning. Some of the local schools are still desperate for laptops for some of their pupils. Pete at Wendover Computers has been helping to clean and prepare them for the children’s use.
Please get in touch with Wendy S. our Theatre Visits Convenor Theatre

Art Appreciation Group

There is a free talk on 'Women in Art and Photography' being organised by the U3A Thames Valley Network if you are interested. It is free but has to be booked on-line. Date is 24th March 2021 and it starts at 10.15 AM via Zoom. If you are interested please contact the Art Appreciation Group through the link on their group page.

Thames Valley Network
All members of Wendover u3a are members of the Thames Valley Network.
There are many study days listed, some will be via Zoom and others are from last year when they were cancelled, why not find out if there is one that you would like to attend. Bookings are being taken for Sweet Thames, and Butterflies within a Changing Environment as well as the one above at present. Thames Valley Network Study Days
Belinda H.