Wendover Buckinghamshire


Wendover U3A Newspaper – June 7 2021

It is June, “June is bustin’ out all over” as they sing in Oklahoma. Everything is growing and people are out and about, in their gardens or just walking. They are not writing items for this newspaper so it is a bit short.

Parliamentary Scandals, Surely Not.

This is title of the main meeting zoom talk by Colin Oakes on Wednesday July 7th.
Our parliament in Westminster is one of the oldest in the world. During its long history it has had many scandals from the parliament of clubs, through the new post of "prime Minister" leading to the Dictatorship of Robert Walpole and onto MPs with constituencies of less than 50! In living memory many have said our parliaments have become more scandalous. Let us see if that is true

Visit Buckingham Palace Gardens

Buckingham Palace Gardens and an optional visit to the Queen’s Gallery Monday 9th August- Spaces Available
Cost for both venues £46.00 or Palace Gardens only and free time £34.00
Bookings will be taken via the Travel Team B.H. ink on the Travel Team web page when applying for a place if you are travelling with a friend, please could you put both names on the email.

Departure times, Bedgrove 8.10, Ashbrook 8.20, The George 8.25,

There is an approximate five-minute walk from the coach to the garden entrance from the coach drop off point. This is a unique opportunity as Buckingham Palace Gardens have never been opened to the public before providing an opportunity to wander around the garden’s winding paths at your own pace and experience the beauty and calm of this walled oasis in central London. Among the many features to discover are the 156-metre Herbaceous Border, the Horse Chestnut Avenue, the plane trees planted by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and the famous lake with its island that is home to the Buckingham Palace bees.

Bring a picnic to eat on one of the lawns overlooking the Palace. Limited refreshments will be available to purchase. There is an approximate fifteen-minute walk from the exit of the gardens to the coach pick up point and the Queen’s Gallery.
Thank you
Belinda H.

Art 2 Group

This time the theme was Things You May See in a Garden. This included any type of wildlife but we suggested concentrating on eyes. This subject was chosen to reflect our first Art in the Garden in 2021. Several of us enjoyed a lovely, sunny afternoon in a beautiful garden. As might be predicted there was as much chatting as painting, good to meet fellow painters face to face after some nine months. Such a lot of catching up to do. Despite the good company and warm weather some painting was achieved. The high temperature was most welcome but watercolours dried more quickly than is ideal.
Best wishes,

o There are more pictures to view on the Art Two Collection 4 page from this page. Editor.

June C. Derek Y. Chris B. Vee B.
June C. Derek Y. Chris B. Vee B.


1. 2012 A stop at a staircase of 10 locks for coffee then on to Britain’s largest collection of individually designed gardens created by the late Geoff Hamilton for BBC Gardener’s World, finishing up at one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe opened in 1976. Osprey were re-introduced here in 1996.
2. 2013 The National Maritime Museum, Royal Astronomy Centre and Queen’s House are all situated in this area of London. Then a cruise through the barrier built to control the flow of our major London River.
3. 2014 This place is the site of the world’s first working Fourdrinier paper machine. Then to a country house which was the headquarters of the Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain and the 2nd world war.
4. 2015 A museum, the home of Concorde, and the first purpose-built motor racing circuit, constructed in 1907.
5. 2016 In Wiltshire going back to a circle dating around 2600 BC after visiting a 16th c. manor house.
6. 2017 The southern part of the land of the shamrock welcomed visitors to its capital, a sea cruise, traditional farm visit, jaunting car ride and a flying boat museum.
7. 2018 The Mill at Sonning hosted this performance of a New York tale of gamblers, petty crooks, nightclub singers, as well as strait-laced missionaries.
8. 2019 This is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, with the greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral. We visited a Christmas market 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.

Talks by Other U3A Groups

On June 1st Aston Clinton Family History Group hosted a talk about dating old photographs. It provided an interesting insight into those old photographs we have tucked away. There were examples of early photographic techniques which sometimes were printed back to front which is why men’s handkerchiefs appear to be on the wrong side. Also did you know that men’s trousers only had creases after 1884.
You have missed this talk but keep your eyes open for others.

Thames Valley Study days.

Coventry Cathedral – Icon & Inspiratio Thursday 24th June – Coventry Cathedral – Icon and Inspiration

A talk by Alexandra Epps about the extraordinary story of the rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral as a symbol of peace and reconciliation and its inspiring commitment to the modern.
The cost for this talk is £2.00 per device
Closing date for applications Monday 21st June

Black Holes and the Transient Universe Tuesday 29th June – Black Holes and the Transient Universe

You will not need a degree in physics to understand these mysteries, Professor Phil. Charles will explain.
Cost per device is £1.00
Closing date for applications is Wednesday 23rd June

To book either event please follow the linkThames Valley Network Study Days.