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
We held our AGM on 20th July and there were ninety-eight members present to see the new Committee voted in.
The AGM also gave us a chance to express our thanks to all those people who give so much of their time to this wonderful organisation: to the Group Co-ordinators and all who help within their groups; and thanks, too, to all who help at Monthly Meetings. Some do a lot every time, others help out now and again. You all help to make these meetings successful and enjoyable.
We also enjoyed a talk by Ann Hine from the Gardening Group, who showed us a Power Point presentation of gardens visited over the past few years. Altogether it was an enjoyable afternoon. A special welcome to all of our newer members who joined in November 2016 or May this year. Here’s hoping you are beginning to settle in – joining Groups and making friends too.
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A CRY FOR HELP !!
Our group is by far the largest within the Chinnor U3A with over 120 members. Each Winter, there are monthly meetings with guest speakers and tea and coffee is on tap at these meetings. Each Summer, there are monthly outings from April through to October, some local ones which we drive to and some by coach to places further afield.
These events do not just happen. They have to be organised and arranged and this is done for the benefit of members, by a very small and dedicated group, most of whom have been doing this for some considerable time.
Now, we need YOUR help, as there are several vacancies on the committee. Therefore, we are asking for volunteers to assist us in organising these events. The more helpers we have, the less amount of work each individual has to do, as the work load can then be shared.
The last visit of the summer
In October we had a coach trip to Essex where we visited Wickham Place Farm Garden and RHS Hyde Hall. The weather was not in our favour for the first part of our trip and Wickham Place Farm, although potentially a beautiful garden, was between seasons, and might perhaps be a Spring or mid-summer visit. Hyde Hall, however, never disappoints and has amazing planting for all year round colour and beauty. Thankfully, the rain eased off and so this part of the trip was much more enjoyable.
WICKHAM FARM GARDENS
RHS HYDE HALL
This was the last of our summer outings and the winter monthly meetings start again on Wednesday 15th November at 10.00 a.m. in the community pavilion.
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Chinnor and District U3A Outings, Events & Holidays 2018
Outings coordinated by Sheila and Peter with input from the new Steering Group.
Information Sheets available at Monthly Meetings approx. 3 months in advance
JANUARY: NO OUTING.
FEBRUARY: 8th "The Play that Goes Wrong" Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Matinee performance
This play has been running for some time in London and has been enjoyed in Australia and New York. It has received many awards and described very favourably by many critics. Time for a good laugh. A good old fashioned farce. Let's go and have a good laugh. A matinee at this time of the year and not too far from home seems a good idea. I hope you agree.
Click here for an application form
FEBRUARY: 19th BENTLEY PRIORY (home of Fighter Command for Battle of Britain). Peter H. FULLY BOOKED.
Bentley Priory Museum tells the history of the Priory, a beautiful Grade 2 listed country mansion, from the impressive architecture of Sir John Sloane, to stories of former residents including Queen Adelaide (Spouse of William 4th).
Bentley Priory played a pivotal role in World War 2 and was Headquarters Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Explore this important history, through the stories of The One, Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding, The Few, the British and Allied Airmen, and The Many back room staff.
MARCH: 23rd BLETCHLEY PARK (repeat visit by popular request). Sheila/Pat S.
£28pp to include coach, entry ticket, audio guide and gratuities.
Bletchley Park, once the top-secret home of the World War Two Codebreakers, is now a vibrant heritage attraction. Step back in time to experience the stories of the extraordinary achievements of the men and women who worked there. More confidential information has recently been revealed.
For full information sheet and application form CLICK HERE.
APRIL: 16th Warner’s NIDD HALL Holiday (Trip and Hotel fully booked) Sheila
MAY: 10th KENWOOD HOUSE AND FENTON HOUSE. Peter H
JUNE: 12th AVEBURY, N. Trust House, Stone Circles and White Horses. Andrea S.
JULY: 24th POPPY FACTORY and RIVER TRIP (repeat visit) Peter and Janet L.
AUGUST: TEA PARTY Wednesday, 29th August. Sheila
SEPTEMBER: 7th - 14th Riviera Travel Cruise on DANUBE. Sheila and Peter H.
SEPTEMBER: 15th Gilbert and Sullivan, Pirates of Penzance, Wycombe Swan. Sheila.
SEPTEMBER: 27th CAMBRIDGE and Punting on the River Cam. Fliss A.
OCTOBER: 31st LEICESTER to include tomb of Richard 3rd (and another attraction) Thelma J.
DECEMBER: 7th CHRISTMAS LUNCH Oxfordshire Golf Club. Sheila
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.
The group who are helping us with these Outings are: Pat Samuel, Andrea Sommerhalder, Peter and Janet Lambert, Fliss Akehust and Thelma Jones.
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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