Welcome to our website
The website of the Chinnor and District U3A. A place to find information about the 30+ groups which make up our U3A and to explore the fields of interest they pursue. Please scroll down the page to see the most recent happenings.
We are a constantly evolving U3A and new groups are always on the horizon.
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The Chairman's Piece
As a U3A we continue to grow with over fifty new members joining us in the previous year and another thirteen in November. We are not yet at the stage where we need to form a new U3A but the increased numbers are starting to raise one or two issues. One of these is that due to Health and Safety regulations we are limited to having no more than 150 people in the Village Hall at any ne time. In August we had 144. Members should be aware that our monthly meetings are on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and as and when we reach 150 members, additional members will regretfully have to be turned away. One other problem associated with our monthly meeting is the car parking restrictions. If necessary, we will place a ‘Car park full’ sign before the drive up to the rear car park. This will help save the frustration of driving up to the car park only to find there are no available places. May we request that members help to avoid this problem by car sharing with neighbours and friends whenever possible.
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WINTER PROGRAMME 2018-19
Meetings will be held in the Scout Hut, Station Road, Chinnor, from 10.00 am to 12 noon ( tea or coffee first)
The first meeting was on Wednesday 21st November 2018 ‘Eat Your Greens in 1918’ - A talk by Michael Brown (The Historic Gardener)
THERE WAS NO MEETING IN DECEMBER
Wednesday 16th January 2019. ‘Bugs and Garden Plagues’ - A talk by Geoff Hodge ( Garden writer, book author and broadcaster)
Wednesday 20th February 2019. ‘The late Spring /early Summer Garden’ - A talk by Kathy Brown (owner of The Manor House Garden, Stevington, Bedford)
Wednesday 20th March 2019. ‘Bordering on Insanity’ - A talk by Timothy Walker (Author of ‘Plant Conservation-why it matters and how it works)
SUMMARY OF MEETINGS
In November we started off our Winter Programme with a talk by Michael Brown (the Historical Gardener) called ‘Eat Your Greens’. In the month that marked the centenary of the end of the First World War, Michael made references to the war in his talk which was essentially about the history of growing vegetables. He showed pictures of the soldiers growing their own vegetables, they asked their relatives to send them seeds and set up gardens in the trenches. Going back to ancient times the people sacrificed puppies to appease the gods so that their vegetables grew well. In the fifteenth century the first gardening book was written, which included sketches of ‘raised beds’, but it wasn’t until the twentieth century that Gardening was considered something to occupy people. There were many older varieties of vegetables that we would never consider fit to eat today, notably the cabbage plant whose stalk remained in the ground and growing all the winter long, but the leaves were chopped off to cook and eat, but these were so tough they needed to be boiled all day long to render them edible. This brings a whole new significance to ‘Eat your Greens’.
We started off 2019 with one of our most entertaining speakers. Geoff Hodge (garden writer) who has been to talk to us twice before, (and we always invite him back), came to talk about ‘Bugs and Garden Plagues’. He arrived carrying three big boxes of products, and a lawn-rake, and we put up two big tables to set them all out. It is a skill in itself to make a talk about insecticides, fungicides, pheromone traps and the like, so entertaining that no-one’s attention wandered for a minute. At the end he gave the lawn-rake to the first person to answer the question ‘What insect spins a web?’ The obvious answer ‘spider’ was thrown out as a spider is not an insect, so there was a thinking pause, then one clever person gave the correct answer – ‘Moth’, and she was later seen walking back home through the village, lawn-rake in hand! It was a really memorable meeting.
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Chinnor and District U3A Outings, Events & Holidays 2019
Outings coordinated by Sheila and Peter with input from the new Steering Group.
Information Sheets available at Monthly Meetings approx. 3 months in advance.
OUTINGS LIST 2019 - Download PDF File
Runnymede, Thames River Cruise to Windsor and Guided Tour of Windsor Guildhall: Monday 29"‘ july 2019. Cost: £25 inc gratuities.
Our coach will take us to Runnymede, where we will have about an hour and a half, giving an opportunity to visit the Magna Carta Memorial and the John. F. Kennedy Memorial as well as having refreshments at the nearby café.
You may find time to visit “The Jurors” artwork marking the 800th Anniversary do the Magna Carta in 2015 or, a bit further along, the “Writ in Water” artwork. (No charge to see any of these sites)
We then take a very short coach journey to catch the boat which goes from the Salters Steamers base in the Runnymede Pleasure Grounds. We enjoy a cruise on the River Thames for about one and a half hours. There will be tea/coffee, soft drinks and beer on the boat but you should bring your own picnic which you can eat aboard. In Windsor we walk at a leisurely pace up to the Guildhall, passing the Castle.
At the Guildhall we will have a guided tour of this Grade 1 Listed building.
We will leave Windsor at about 4.15pm.
Download the full details and booking form.
CONSTABLE COUNTRY AND SUFFOLK COAST
Monday, 24th to Thursday 27th June, 2019. 4 days.
Cost £330. Half Board. The Mill Hotel, Sudbury.
No singles available.
Two outings are included. Also interesting places
to visit on our journey out and back.
Please apply to Sheila Tunstall - Please click the contact form link below - for further information and booking form."
Sheila will organise a THEATRE Visit during the year.
OUTINGS WILL BE ADVERTISED ABOUT 3 MONTHS IN ADVANCE AT THE MONTHLY MEETING.
Other Holidays and Outings are organised separately by some of our Interest Groups.
To submit details of Holidays & Outings please contact the site webmaster via the Contact Form
The Aims and Objectives of the Computer Group is to encourage members of the U3A to become computer literate, so that they can communicate, especially with their grandchildren on equal terms, wherever they may be. To share knowledge with fellow members and to encourage all members to take an active part in the proceedings of the group.
Subjects covered include Word Processing, Databases, Spreadsheets, Powerpoint presentations, the Internet (the World Wide Web), E-mail, Desktop Publishing, Digital Photography, Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware and FireWall protection.
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