Wendover Buckinghamshire

Main Meeting

All members are welcome to attend our Main Meetings which are held in St. Mary’s Church, Wendover on the first Wednesday of each month. The meetings start at 10am and finish around 11.50am.

We are delighted that our Main Meetings have resumed in the church, but while Covid remains with us the format is a little different from what we have been used to. On arrival members are asked to take a seat and remain seated during the introduction from the Chair. This will be followed by a presentation by an invited speaker and announcements about forthcoming events and activities. We encourage members to wear a mask for the benefit of others. Please see the Risk Assessment Checklist for St Mary from this page before attending.

There will be free movement round the church during the second part of the meeting, when you can talk to friends and make new acquaintances. Members who wish to leave at this point will have the opportunity to do so. This is the time when members can meet Group Convenors to find out more about Wendover u3a’s various study groups and activities. Wendover u3a currently has about 60 study groups offering a wide range of subjects to learn and enjoy. Members can also sign up for regular outings and holidays organised by the Travel Team. To learn more, simply click on the buttons at the top of the page. We are not currently serving refreshments but please feel free to bring your own.

For those not yet ready to attend in person, Main Meetings are being live streamed and can be accessed via YouTube with this link Main Meeting Live Link and select u3a Main Meeting. Recordings can be accessed for about a week after the meeting.

We have invited speakers on a wide variety of topics and dates of forthcoming meetings and speakers are listed below.

Parking at the Church

Parking near the Church is restricted due to the narrowness of Church Lane from the London Road end and large vehicles often have to use the Lane to deliver goods to the school. To ease congestion on Main Meeting days, we suggest that a one-way system is used i.e. entering Church Lane from the London Road and when leaving the meeting, to continue in the same direction to eventually turn left into Hale Lane to drive back into Wendover.

For members with accessibility needs, there is space opposite the Lych Gate where up to four cars may be parked. If no space is available, drive a little further down Church Lane where there is a right-hand turn into a car park situated at the back of the Church. This car park provides limited space for parking and easy access into the Church.

Our Monthly Speakers are:

Dates for your Diary
Wed Feb 2nd The Chiltern Landscape – Doug Kennedy

Doug is a photographer, ecologist and environmental campaigner who has written 7 books on English landscapes and natural history, including the Chilterns and Aylesbury Vale. Doug’s talk will be illustrated with photographic images of the Chiltern landscape.
Wed Mar 2nd An Actor’s Life- Jeff Roselaar

A collection of informative and amusing anecdotes relating to a number of productions, both amateur and now professional. The presentation will include stories from the film sets and concludes with extracts from principal parts played by Jeff.
Wed Apr 6th Wheelpower The National Charity for Wheelchair Sport -Chris Rattenbury

Wheelpower provides opportunities for people with physical impairments to take part in sport. Based in Stoke Mandeville, the home of the Paralympic movement, WheelPower is at the heart of wheelchair sport. From first-timers to Paralympic medallists, Wheelpower supports and promotes participation in sports at all levels, whatever the age or ability of the participant.
Wed May 4th Licensed to Thrill- Keith Muras

Keith has worked in the Diplomatic Service for 23 years, focussing on security and intelligence dimensions for international issues. In his talk Licensed to Thrill, Keith will share his recollections of work and play in Soviet Russia in the early 80s, working with and against the all-powerful Soviet State.
Wed Jun 1st Falklands Recollections 40 years on -Jim Ellis

Jim reminisces on his two Falklands experiences on this 40th anniversary of the 1982 conflict. His first was as a member of the Harrier team on board a Sealink ferry that was no match for South Atlantic waves, eventually arriving to set up base on a muddy, bomb-damaged Stanley airfield littered with abandoned aircraft, weapons and ammunition. He then contrasts this with a return four years later for the move from Stanley to the brand new RAF Mount Pleasant.
Wed Jul 6th East End of London – from the Huguenots to the Bengali’s -Howard Slater

Howard is a retired lecturer who has been giving talks on a wide variety of historical subjects for over 30 years. His talk will take members around the streets of the East End, giving a flavour of the history and culture of the area.
Wed Sep 7th Mercy Ships UK- Ken and June Brazier

Mercy Ships is a charity providing free medical, dental and eye care, operating mainly in West Africa, particularly Sierra Leone, where a 12 year civil war has destroyed infrastructure and 1000s of lives. Medical care is virtually non-existent or totally unaffordable. Ken and June will share their experiences of working for the charity and the life-changing help it provides.
Wed Oct 5th Eva Braun, Victim or Contriver- Melanie Gibson-Barton

The Life of Eva Braun – Victim or Contriver’ will present the story of the woman who devoted her life to Hitler from first meeting him in a shop through the years leading to his rise to power in Germany. While listening to the talk the audience will be asked to consider whether Eva was a victim or a contriver in her story.
Wed Nov 2nd AGM & Polio My Journey- Wendy Bridge
Wed Dec 7th Hearing Dogs for the Deaf- Mandy Phillips

Hearing Dogs for the Deaf is a UK charity providing training for assistance dogs to enhance confidence, companionship and independence for a deaf person. Dogs are trained to alert deaf people to important and life-saving sounds they would otherwise miss – sounds that many people take for granted like the doorbell, alarm clock and even danger signals like the fire alarm. Being aware of these – thanks to a hearing dog – makes a real difference to deaf people’s lives and can even save them.

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