UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE
The U3A Ethos:
'The idea is for members to share their skills and life experiences; the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them.'
Excursion to Highclere Castle - Tuesday 17th July 2018
The excursion group took a full coach load of members on their second visit to Highclere Castle. (They did go in 2017 but made two bookings as the Castle is only open for a limited period and felt that more of our members would like to go on the trip).
The photographs in this slideshow are a few of the ones submitted. To see more of the pictures follow the link below to open up the Gallery page for this trip.
Swan Upping - Marlow Lock - Tuesday 17th July 2018
Last year the Photography group had a trip out to Hurley Lock to get some pictures of the annual Swan Upping ritual that takes place over the course of one week in mid-July each year.
This year the group decided it was a good event to cover and they went to both Marlow and Henley-on-Thames, and some will go on to Marsh Lock later in the afternoon.
The photograph on the right has the Queen's Swan Marker, David Barber, with Princess Anne. It was taken by a member of the group, John Brewell, and we thought it was worth sharing for other members to see.
Some of the other members will be going to Henley and Marsh Lock on Wednesday 18th July and we will add some of their photographs shortly.
General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
In May 2018 the new regulations regarding the holding of data on individuals became law in the UK.
We have now written a new document that explains the regulations for members. We ask members to read it so they know what these new regulations are about, and what Chalfonts U3A have to do to comply with them.
The document can be viewed by clicking the link below.
We will be removing this notice from the Noticeboard about GDPR later this year.
However we have also included this document at the top of our Noticeboard, so it will still be available to members to see and read. (See above).
TVN (Thames Valley Network) - Study Day - Thursday 1st November 2018
This should be an enlightening day on both medicine and art. To find out more please click the links on the right and it will tell you more about the programme and what he intends to cover, and an Application Form to attend the day.
Peter Abrahams, the renowned scientist, has been invited by the TVN to hold a study day on the interactions of Medicine & Art.
For those interested in art we are sure it will be a very interesting and enjoyable day. Please apply early to avoid disappointment; TVN events like this prove to be very popular as they are circulated to many thousands of members and the hall only holds around 120 people.
Benson is about 35 to 40 minutes drive away so it's not far to go.
11 July - A Talk About Medical Detection Dogs
We had a fascinating talk this month by Geoffrey Farrar-Brown and the work of the Medical Detection Dogs. The work of this charity is helping to not only to diagnose illnesses in people who are cancer sufferers, but also other potentially serious diseases like malaria and diabetes.
We will be putting a full meeting report up on the website in the next few days, with links to the charity website, and videos of their very important work.
On the left is Geoffrey, with his dog, Pepper, with two our members, (Tony and Sue next to him). Geoffrey had a helper, Penny (on the right) and we were also joined for this meeting from our New Zealand guests, Caroline and Barrie, from Christchurch. Barrie and Caroline were given a very warm welcome!
Caroline and Barrie with Penny, one of the volunteers who helps with the events they attend to raise money for Medical Detection Dogs.
Garden Visits Group - 28th June 2018
On a beautiful sunny and very warm afternoon, the group convenor, Jane, arranged for members of the group to visit the garden of one of our members, Sue.
The garden is over an acre in size and full of surprises. The design has developed over the years since Sue and Geoff bought their house 21 years ago. Now it's a full of wonderful plants and throughout the seasons it's a show of colour and scent.
The group picture was taken just after we were all treated to tea, coffee and cake!
We have now put a gallery of the pictures taken on the day for members to see the garden. Click the button (above) and it takes you to the Garden Visits Gallery List. If you prefer to watch the pictures in a Slideshow, with music, there is a link on the left.
Jeff, Jackie and Sue, our Hosts.
(Thanks to them for a splendid afternoon in their garden!)
Excursions Group - Trip to Buckingham Palace - Tuesday 7th August 2018
The next trip is to see the gardens and the State rooms of Buckingham Palace.
It promises to be a lovely day out. If you're interested then please visit the links below that will tell you more. Places are limited so if you would like to go then send in your request quickly.
If you weren't able to make it to our June Monthly Meeting we've now put up a report on Helen's talk.
Click the link below and it will take you to our Monthly Meeting Archive…from there, click on the June 2018 Meeting button.
Monthly Meeting Wednesday 13th June 2018
Despite a few technical difficulties that were overcome (eventually!), our guest speaker, Dr. Helen Fry, gave us an excellent talk on the secrets of Latimer House.
It seems that pulling the wool over the eyes of senior German officers was a case of treating them with respect and showing them lots of kindness! (Link on the left will tell you more. All fascinating stuff!)
The picture show some of our members with Helen (in the centre) after the meeting.
Presentation to Sooty and Geoff at the AGM on 9th May
Geoff Glover has now stepped down from his role as Vice Chair at the end of our third year.
Geoff was a founding committee member of Chalfonts U3A and appointed as our Vice Chair since we started Chalfonts U3A in March 2015. Geoff often makes a joke that the vice chair really doesn't have a role on a committee but, in his case, nothing could be further from the truth! His contribution to Chalfonts U3A has been immense. Not only has he stepped in to the chair when needed, he has been instrumental in helping to shape what we've achieved from our inception. On behalf of all our members we thank him for his stalwart work over the past three years.
We also acknowledge the tremendous contribution that Geoff's wife Sooty has made to our success. Behind every great man is an even greater woman! We thank Sooty for the support she's given to Geoff over the last three years.
Geoff also acts as convenor in some of our groups and he will continue in these roles.
Our new vice chair, Bob Borwick, was elected unanimously at the AGM. He made a presentation to Sooty and Geoff for the significant contribution they've made to our success with a beautiful bouquet of flowers from all of the members.
AGM - Wednesday 9th May - Slideshow
Prior to the AGM a video was shown to members attending. So that those who couldn't attend the meeting, and those too busy chatting with friends to watch, we have uploaded the slideshow to our youtube channel.
(Remember that the video may play an advert at some point, but you can click it away by pressing the little x in the right hand corner of the ad. If it's shown at the beginning as it starts to play it usually allows the viewer to stop it after around five seconds or so.)
We will be putting up a summary of the AGM in due course. When we've done so we will put up a link to the page here.
Badminton Group - 26th April 2018
What's better to shed a lot of calories than bashing the life out of a shuttlecock?
The group meet every Thursday morning at the CSP Leisure Centre from 10.30am to 11.30am.
The picture shows some members of the group in between their attempts to beat the opposition into submission. (In a friendly way!)
If you'd like to find out more about the group and perhaps join it, then get in touch with Angela, the convenor via the link below.
Creative Writing Group - 19th April 2018
On a beautiful warm April morning the group gathered in the garden of the Madeira Café.
We met for about one and half hours and discussed/critiqued (constructively!) the 600 or so word assignment we'd given ourselves at our previous meeting.
The stories ranged from mortar bombs at Heathrow Airport… to train rides across the south of France… to climbing the lovely hills of the Lake District… to a sad tale of parenthood and letting go of children as they grow up!
Our newest member, Sheila, read out a poem she'd written (based on a decade or so in the past) when she was ten years old. 🙂
We currently have five members but need a few more to join us to make the group really come to life. If you enjoy a relaxed time writing a few words and would like to join the group Denise, our convenor, would love to hear from you.
The picture shows, from the left, David, Tony, Sheila,
Denise (our convenor) and Cecelia.
We try and meet once a month, usually in the third week and choose a day that's convenient for all of us. To contact Denise, go to the Group's main page and send her a message using the Contact Form.
The group picture shows Monica (in the red top), with some of our members after her talk.
Monthly Meeting - 11th April 2018
This month we were treated to a excellent talk by Monica Weller. Her topic was the murder of Dr. Helen Davidson back in the mid-sixties and the fact that the case went cold after extensive police inquiries failed to catch her killer.
Monica was approached in 2009 to investigate Dr. Davidson's murder and in her book she reveals who the killer was.
We had a full house of members and Monica's talk was well received.
We will be putting a full report on the talk into our Monthly Meeting archive pages in the next few days, so please stop by for an update.
Excursion to Bristol - Friday 18th May 2018
Our next day out is to the lovely city of Bristol.
We will be having a private tour of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and then moving on to visit the city and the dockside areas.
More information on the visit can be found by following the link below…
Bus Pass Adventures - Trip to Chesham on 28th March 2018
A few members of the Bus Pass group caught the bus to Chesham and spent a few hours in the town.
The pictures were taken by one of the café staff and he decided he should be in the picture too.
Despite the weather being a bit grey and overcast they all had a great day.
(No one has yet declared how much they spent on shoes, handbags or golf equipment?)
You can see other trips they've made on their Gallery page (Link below).
If you'd like to be added to their group member list please contact the Group Convenor (Dorothy) by using the link to the Contact Form for the group (Again below).
Trip to Royal Historic Dockyard at Chatham - 13th March 2018
On Tuesday 13th March our Excursions Group took a coach to visit the Historic Dockyard at Chatham, Kent.
The Excursions Group took fifty of our members on Tuesday 13th March to see this delightful piece of naval history. This dockyard is the oldest naval dockyard in the world. Compared with the other two major dockyards, Portsmouth and Devonport, it's much smaller. It packs in a great deal of incredible exhibits; several ships, a submarine, the Ropery--which is commercially manufacturing rope today--and lots of other exhibits too numerous to mention. It made it a memorable day.
We've now put up a dedicated page about the trip and the link to the gallery below. You can look at more than 200 pictures, taken by our members at a slower pace than the slideshow on the right!
8th May - Elgiva Theatre, Chesham
Professor (Lord) Robert Winston Speaks…
Want to know more about how to learn?
Robert Winston is giving a talk at the Elgiva Theatre and his topic is about improving your learning.
He is one of the most instantly recognisable scientists in the country and is a compelling speaker, bringing complex issues to life with infectious enthusiasm and energy.
He will take a Q&A session at the end of his talk.
Find out more about his talk here…and book tickets if want to go and see him. Be warned; his talks sell out quickly, so you have to be quick too.
Concessionary tickets are £10 for seniors (£17 is the normal price) plus an online booking fee of £2.50 per transaction for booking online.
National U3A Summer Schools
This year we have two schools, held in July and September, providing an exciting programme covering 19 courses. There is a wide range of subjects on offer including Opera, French, Cryptic Crosswords, Maths, Art Between the Wars, Musicals and writing a TV Soap!
This is only possible because our tutors – who are members of U3As from across the UK – bring with them an impressive array of experience and knowledge. They give up a significant amount of their time to provide attendees with a high quality, active learning experience which is both participatory and enjoyable.
21 March 2018 - World Down Syndrome Day
This is a 'must-watch' video! 50 mums pay a loving tribute in song to their beautiful Down syndrome children to raise awareness that but for one extra chromosome their incredible children would be perfectly normal. As it is they are perfect to their mums, and they should be to all of us.
One of the mothers has said she is amazed after thousands of people watched a video celebrating their children. Rebecca Carless, 35, from Coventry, joined 49 other mothers from an online support group to make the video ahead of World Down's Syndrome Day.
It has since been watched and shared by people all over the globe, including celebrities such as James Corden.
She said seeing the reaction from people online had been "mad".
We share this with our members so they can witness the wonderful celebration of love, care and understanding.
We hope you enjoy it as much as the mums and children did in making it!
If any member wants to know more about Down's Syndrome and help to fund research you can go to the UK website by clicking the link above.
(Christina Perri's lyrics are on a video and you can read them and listen to her version at the link below.)
Monthly Meeting - 14 March 2018
This month we had a talk about the Oregon Trail by our guest speaker, Roger Shaw. This amazing story saw in excess of half a million people migrate from the east coast of the United States to the west coast. Roger entertained us for an hour and shared a lot of information about the journey these brave people made.
We've now put our report on Roger's talk on the website. Follow the link below to see and read it.
National U3A Newsletter - February 2018
In addition to sending out the latest edition of Third Age Matters to all members of the movement, Head Office are now sending out a monthly newsletter.
On the left is a copy of the February newsletter.
It opens as a 'flipbook' in your browser and mimics a real book but within your browser.
If you prefer to read it as a document we have also created it for you in that format. Again, all you have to do is click on the link below and it will open up in a separate window for you.
February Monthly Meeting - Talk
At our meeting this month we were given an excellent talk by Bernie Knill on the life and times of Benjamin Disraeli and the house he lived in until his death.
We will be putting up a full report with photographs and links to useful websites about Disraeli shortly.
The photograph show Bernie (third from the right) with a fresh mug of tea in hand made by our team of supporters who keep us from drying up every month.
We have now put a synopsis on Bernie's talk on the website. Please follow the link below and you can read it and see the photographs he used in his presentation.
Change to the Header on our Website…
After feedback from some members we've now moved all of our navigation menus on to the main menu bar.
Apparently some folks hadn't realised there were menus on various links to other things. So, with a bit of manipulation we've moved them and hope we've made it easier for you to find what you want.
As always please give your feedback on the change if you wish. We hope it makes it easier for you to find your way around.
The Change… All the menus to access our various pages are now in the Main Menu block across the bottom of the Header section (the bit at the top of every page.)
Events Menu - Now Called Monthly Meetings
Extraordinary General Meeting - Third Age Trust
The Third Age Trust's EGM will be in the Great Hall of Birmingham University from 11am to 3.30pm on 21 March 2018.
It has been called to make changes following a debate on the U3A structure and will also feature a panel discussion on ageing well; it will be chaired by our founder, Eric Midwinter.
ALL MEMBERS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND
You can book online by going to the main National U3A website. (Link below.)
New Pilates Group Has Started…
We now have a pilates group up and running. The convenor is April Morgan.
The group already has a full complement of members but we are looking to get a second group going if we can.
You don't have to be an expert but any group needs to have someone to look after it and ensure it's doing what we want it to do, i.e. serve our members. If you're wanting to join the second group please get in touch with April and she will do her best to help.
Link on the left will take you to the Pilates Contact Form.
The February Newsletter
Our latest February newsletter is available to read online. Press the button below to get access to our Newsletter Archive…
Our walking groups are organising their annual trip to places 'not local'. This year they're off to the Abingworth Hall on the South Downs in October.
Annual Walking Group Trip In October 2018
The take up on this trip has been very fast. All places are now filled. If you wish to go on to the reserve list then please contact the Group Convenor via the link below and register your interest.
Details of the Trip…
The three day weekend will start on Friday 12th October at HF Holidays Abingworth Hall on the South Downs, with departure on Monday 15th October, and will include the following:
Breakfasts on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Evening meals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Packed lunches on Saturday and Sunday.
Guided walking on Saturday, and Sunday.
Some form of evening entertainment on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
For those who do not wish to walk each day there are plenty of interesting places to visit in the nearby countryside and coast.
We have a selection of rooms as follows.
- Classic twin
- Classic Double
- Classic Single
Numbers are limited, and provisional bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis.
We need to inform HF Holidays of numbers by Monday 12th February to guarantee our booking.
The discounted price per person will be in the region of £240.00, dependant on the final numbers booked.
6 to 10 Miles Walking Group - 25 January 2018
Members of the group went on a lovely walk around the area of Runnymead, Englefield Green and Windsor Great Park.
It was a beautiful sunny day and we finished off with a pub lunch at The Fox & Hounds.
In the picture, from the left:
Margaret, Teresa, Wendy, Angela, Suzanne, Ros, April, Rachel, Marion and Dennis.
And we mustn't forget Tilly, Marion's beautiful dog! For those that don't know, Tilly is an honorary member of both our walking groups, and also an honorary member of Chalfonts U3A. (As are all members dog's of course!)
If you would like to join the group then please contact the Group Convenor via our Contact Form. (Link below.)
Visit To Morgan Car Factory
- Thursday 18 January 2018
The Excursions group took 47 members to see how Morgan cars are made.
Morgan is an iconic brand with a proud history. The tour of the factory was certainly an eye-opener. No robots to do the work, and a process that sees every one of their cars built by hand.
The average time to make one car, from start to finish, is around 37 hours. With a full order book and around 70% of their production going to export, they may not be the largest car company in the world, but they make a unique sought after product.
To see the pictures of our tour click on the link below.
Some of our members with the Morgan car. Most cars don't hold their value. Morgan cars certainly do!
10 January 2018
The January talk was by Blue Badge Tourist Guide, Graham Horn, titled A Long Walk across England.
In the spring of 2007 he set out on a journey to walk the Macmillan Way from Lincolnshire to Dorset 300 miles in 18 days. His narrative combines pictures showing some of England's most attractive villages, hidden and historic gems, and the pleasure of strolling through the pretty countryside.
We have now put a report on Graham's talk on his walk down the MacMillan Way in our Monthly Meeting Archive.
Click on the link above and it will take you to our dedicated page. Then click on the link to Graham's talk.
6 to 10 Miles Walking Group - Christmas Walk
This is a photograph of our group members who came on our very snowy December walk followed by a Christmas lunch in Wendover.