Chinnor and District U3A Outings, Events & Holidays 2020
Outings coordinated by Peter Hetherington with input from the Steering Group.
Information Sheets available at Monthly Meetings approx. 3 months in advance.
OUTING TO BURY ST EDMUNDS
FRIDAY 16th OCTOBER
Some good news for a change!
We have negotiated a very good price with MOTTS of £27 per head for a day coach outing to Bury St Edmunds, a historic market town in West Suffolk. Only 30 places are available and we will social distance on a 48 seater coach. There will be 10 double seats and 10 singles.
Please reserve a seat as soon as possible – by THURSDAY 10th SEPTEMBER at the latest – so that the coach can be booked.
Note the new earlier date for this outing – selected in the hope of warmer weather.
An application form will follow once the outing is confirmed.
Do not send money at this stage.
The Outings and Event that are postponed are :-
Thursday 3 September Compton Verney House.
The Art Collection we wished to see has been postponed until 2021.
Sunday 27 Sept – 2 Oct MOTTS holiday in Northumberland.
A proposed postponement of this holiday to May 2021 has also been cancelled. Refunds have been made to all participants.
We will consider options for a holiday closer to home in the New Year.
Tuesday 13 October Brooklands Aviation Museum. CANCELLED!
The following Outings and Event are still planned to go ahead :-
Monday 7 December Chinnor U3A Christmas Lunch at Thame Lambert Hotel, Aston Rowant.
Restricted numbers as directed by Central Government and Social Distancing.
The Outings team will discuss during the Autumn Outings, Holidays, and Events programme for 2021.
Thank you for your support and patience in these difficult times.
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 Holidays and Outings Secretary Peter Hetherington or use the Contact Form
WINTER PROGRAMME 2020
Meetings will be held in the Scout Hut, Station Road, Chinnor, from 10.00 am to 12 noon ( tea or coffee first) - TO BE CONFIRMED
SUMMER VISITS 2019
October saw the last visit of the Summer Programme, with a coach trip to RHS Wisley. All the recent rain meant that everything was still green and apart from a few Acers, not many of the trees were changing colour. However, the flower beds and herbaceous borders still contained an amazing array of colours. The weather on that particular day was in our favour, and the rain held off. There was an event going on called 'Taste of Autumn', with lots of stalls selling a huge selection of produce, the most popular of which was homemade fudge. The new visitor centre and extended plant centre proved to be very popular, and as usual, many of us made our way back to the coach clutching our purchases. An excellent day out, as always!
Rycote Park and Chapel - near Thame, Oxon.
Our September visit to Rycote Park, just outside Thame, was a revelation to many of us. We were welcomed by Mrs Sarah Taylor, the owner of Rycote, and taken to the 'Barn' for coffee and cake, and an introductory talk on the history of Rycote. We were then given a guided tour of the grounds, garden and Rycote Chapel itself. An ancient Yew Tree stood in the ground with a girth of 26 feet and said to be at least 1500 years old. The rose garden was a picture, while the walled garden was full of flowers, vegetables, soft fruit cages and of course the obligatory pumpkins. The glass house contained a mixture of exotic plants and a huge Brugmansia (Angel's Trumpts) against the far wall. Altogether a really enjoyable visit.
Read more: Gardening Group
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
The PM has given orders for everyone to limit physical contact by self-isolation, but we feel that Social Contact is the very ethos of our U3A and is essential.
It is a shame that we have to shut down all activity and I am sure the group co-ordinators will have plenty of ideas about keeping in touch. This is even more necessary for those without access to the internet. If you know of a member who cannot keep up to date because of this, I'm sure you will do your best keep in contact with them.
Remember, there is always the telephone. Do not visit friends and neighbours unless you absolutely have to.
Our generation is used to hand-washing and gargling with salt solution.
Keep smiling and be happy.
We hope common sense will prevail rather than panic.
With best wishes
The Chairman's Piece
The world being as it is at the moment, we cannot only think of our Chinnor U3A and how we can improve our lot. We are obliged to accommodate this invisible and hard to fathom virus which is changing our way of living.
A very small number of our members remember the hardships of World War II, when family and neighbours were united against a common enemy. Now we are fighting an unseen enemy, fumbling in the dark as there are no fixed parameters. Most days we are given new dictates from above so now we have to avoid one another as we would an oncoming vehicle. To begin with we were streaks ahead of the game
– copious hand washing was all that was needed to stay out of danger, and we are good at that – but now staying calm and cheerful seems to be the best way to carry on and Chinnor U3A is good at that too.
The possible illness and shopping for necessities aside, it’s the enforced isolation which goes against our instincts and the very ethos of the U3A. Whilst we cannot socialise as we used to do in our interest groups, at coffee mornings and monthly meetings we need to be creative and think of new ways of keeping in touch and communicating. Even the committee misses being able to meet up once a month! We will have to embrace the technology we have at home.
Read more: The Chairman's Piece
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