We meet on the third Thursday of each month at the Southcourt Community Centre, Prebendal Avenue, Aylesbury HP21 8LF starting from 1300hrs.  Meetings begin with a brief welcome and introduction from the Chair followed by the opportunity to talk to friends and make new acquaintances.  This is followed by a refreshments break that also provides the opportunity for members to meet Group Leaders to find out more about their activities.  Members can also sign up for regular outings and holidays organised by the Travel Team.

The meetings continue with a presentation by invited speakers on a wide variety of topics.

Details of forthcoming meetings and speakers to be held at the community Centre are shown followed by the Thames Valley Network programme.

21 September  -Adam Smith – Travelling England with John Byng
In the 1780’s and 1790’s John Byng (1743-1813) had an annual holiday travelling in England. We will look at extracts from the journals he kept to entertain his family on his return from those trips.

20th October  -Tony Ring –  Wit, Wisdom and Lyrics of PG Wodehouse
Tony likes to include a section about Wodehouse in the theatre – including musical theatre – as it is an area of his work which is not as well known as it should be. (In 1917 he had lyrics in five new shows appearing on Broadway simultaneously, a record which it is believed has still not been equalled; while in 1928, he was co-author of three new straight (ie non-musical) plays appearing simultaneously in the West End of London.) Some audience participation.

17 November – Eve Bacon of Live’n History Spices and Medieval Society
Eve has a passion for spices that were used in the past. She explains where the Medieval person thought they came from and how they illustrated Society.

15th December  -Jonathan Jones – Christmas Cracker
A miscellany of prose & poetry for the festive season

u3a Thames Valley Network Events

The Weird & Wonderful World of the Law Tuesday 6th September 2022 2.30 – 3.30pm on Zoom

We again welcome back David Allen who will regale us with his strange experiences of even stranger laws that are still in effect today.  Those of you who have seen David before know that his unique sense of humour and storytelling will guarantee us an amusing and informative afternoon.

Cost for the talk is £1 per device.  Closing date for applications is Sunday 4th September.

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Autumn Quiz Time – A new Quiz for members – Friday 16th September at 2.30pm on Zoom

As 2022 is the u3a’s 40th anniversary, expect some questions about the history of our organisation – we are giving you the chance to do some advance research!

Participants will be randomly divided into teams.  This event is free of charge.  Closing date for applications is Wednesday 14th September.

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The Art of Botanical Illustration – Wednesday 21 September 2.30-3.30 on Zoom

David Marsh, a Trustee of the Gardens Trust and their Education Co-ordinator, has kindly agreed to return to give us an explanation of why and how botanical art came into being.  What makes it special?  Why do people still bother when we have digital cameras?  This talk shows how botanical art has evolved over the past 1500 years, and why it is still essential to the identification and classification of plants.  And in case you think that’s all a bit serious there are lots of beautiful pictures that make it worth an hour of your time.

Cost of the talk is £1 per device.  Closing date for applications is Monday 19 September.

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The Battle of Agincourt 1415 – Tuesday 4 October at 10.30 on Zoom

In October 1415 a small force of weary, hungry and demoralised Englishmen led by King Henry V, inflicted a crushing defeat on an army of fresh, well-armed Frenchmen, many times their number.  How did this happen?  Or did Shakespeare get it wrong?

Patsy and Ted Thomton will share with you the the tale of the events that led up to the conflict, and then the unfolding of the clash of arms itself on 25th October.  Where possible, they will quote from eye witness accounts.  This event is free of charge.

Closing date for applications is Saturday 1st October.

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