Canal basinPhoto by U3A member Ron Adams

Welcome to Aylesbury Vale U3A website. Here you will find the latest news about membership, regular meetings and the groups that are run from our U3A. We have a regular monthly meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Meadowcroft and Quarrendon Community Centre where we can find out what’s going on in the various groups, meet up with friends, as well as hear informative and entertaining talks by a variety of speakers. Continue reading

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2017 Study Tour (Update)

RailwayA Study Tour to South Wales, based on Swansea, is proposed for June 2017. The planned dates are Monday 26th June to Saturday 1st July (5 nights). The cost is not finally fixed but will be within the normal range £350 to £380, inclusive of visits, but will depend on final numbers. Unfortunately there will be a supplement of £75 for a limited number of single rooms.

Various visits are being investigated but have not yet been finalised. These includes the Royal Mint, St Fagan’s Museum of Welsh Life, The Brecon Mountain Railway, The Big Pit (a coal mine with the opportunity to go underground), The Waterfront Museum and boat trip, The Dylan Thomas Centre and a guided coach tour of the Gower Peninsula.

We have a full list of those showing an interest but we are taking names for a reserve list because inevitably some may not take up the place or drop out later.

You may contact us at Hall@avu3a.org.uk

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Horse Racing

ascot racecourseThere is an opportunity to have a day out at Ascot Racecourse on Friday 2nd September 2016.

The coach leaves Haddenham Village Hall at 10.00 am and will get you to Ascot in time for the first race. The coach leaves at 6 pm after the last race.

The cost of the trip is £34. This covers the cost of the coach and ticket to the Queen Anne Enclosure which provides excellent facilities and viewing areas at ground level.

For further information and to book your place on the trip please contact M. Ackroyd  at ackroyd_m@hotmail.com

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Strictly Sounds of the Sixties Group

sounds of the 60s.jpg2This group continues to meet at the Aylesbury Tennis Club, Wendover Road at a cost of £1.50 a week.

The  meeting on Tuesday 26th July from 2 – 4 pm Greig Sneddon will give a talk on the Rolling Stones followed by John Harwood  playing some favourite tracks and sharing memories of the 60’s.

At the meeting on Thursday 18th August from 2 – 4 pm Jean Ashton is giving a talk titled “Banned from the BBC”. The second speaker is to be announced.

The meeting on Tuesday 27th September from 2 – 4 pm speakers to be announced.

Volunteers to fill the above slots would be most welcome.

If anyone who originally expressed an interest in joining the group and have since changed their minds or now find they are unable to attend meetings, please could they let Peter or Jean Ashton know.

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English Social History Group

social history4Unfortunately, due to medical reasons, I will not be continuing with the Social History Group. I would like to thank all members for their support over the past 22 years and hope someone will come forward to continue.

I have cancelled the booking at The Church of the Holy Spirit for the September meeting and all following meetings.

Thank you once again Geoff Young



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A Festival for Readers and Writers

booksThe Beacon Villages Festival of Books and Writing takes place on Saturday 2nd July 2016 from 10am to 5pm. The venue is Brookmead School, High Street, Ivinghoe, LU7 9EX.

All day tickets cost £25   Session prices – morning £12, afternoon £18, individual £6.50

The festival features the following catagories – Historical, Crime, Romance, Young Adult. There are Author Panels, talks, book signing and opportunities to meet the authors.

There is free parking and light refreshments will be available.

For further information visit their website – www.beaconlit.co.uk or e-mail beaconlit@bvcl.org.uk


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Urgent Notice

Frogmore1There is a rare opportunity to visit Frogmore House and Gardens in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

On Wednesday 8th June Her Majesty the Queen has granted permission for Frogmore to be open to the public in aid of Blind Veterans UK .

It is open from 10am to 5.30pm with the last admission at 4pm. Tickets cost £6.20 per person with the exception of children under 5 years, who visit free of charge.

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ATG Theatre Card offer for U3A Members

theatre3The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) are exclusively offering U3A members the purchase of their Theatre Card at the reduced rate of £25. The normal price being £35. The card can be used in all 38 ATG theatres across the UK.


This gives you one years benefits :-

  • Priority – book your favourite seats first
  • Offers – with savings up to £10 off and even some half price
  • No fees – no extras to pay on most productions
  • Exchange your tickets for free
  • Great restaurant and attraction offers
  • Access to ATG Theatre Card workshop offerings

To purchase your U3A ATG Theatre Card at £25 you can go to our national website at www.u3a.org.uk (link can be found on our Home Page) and log in to Offers in the Members Area. This will involve you registering with the National U3A website if you have not already done this.

Alternatively you can visit your nearest ATG Theatre Box Office. For our U3A members this will most likely be the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury. You are asked to take a copy of the ATG advert with you.

The advert is available on the web and can be printed off using the address below.

If any members have difficulty printing off the advert, I will be be bringing some copies with me to the May Main Meeting, to help out.

The advert can be down loaded by keying in :-


(Please note that in the last group of letters 0 is a zero not a letter)

Best Wishes Moira



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Poetry Group 1

lord-byron[2]If you have an interest/love of poetry and wish to explore this area of study in more depth you now have the opportunity, as Poetry Group 1 has some vacancies. Members, both full and associate, wishing to join this friendly group, would be made most welcome.

Meetings are held fortnightly from September to mid July on a Monday from 3.30 – 5.00 pm at the Grange School.

If you are interested in joining the group or would like further information please contact Peggy Jovanovic, Group Leader, at poetry1@avu3a.org.uk

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Proposed New Group

computer enthus1Hanlie Croeser, a new member, is kindly offering to set up a Computer Enthusiasts group for people who would like to learn or share their knowledge about different computer programs and uses. This is not programming, but rather tips and ideas of how to better use the programs and learning from one another.

The group will meet on a monthly basis where different topics will be covered each month (presented by one of the members or a guest), followed by general discussion about that program or other programs. Members can also ask advice about specific problems during the meetings.

To register your interest in joining this group or for further information you can contact Hanlie at computerenthusiast@avu3a.org.uk


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Proposed New Group

spanish1Are you interested in learning to speak Spanish? If so this could be your opportunity.

Sheila Page, a new member, is kindly offering to set up a Spanish Group, if she gets sufficient interest.

In order to register your interest in joining this group or for further information you can contact Sheila at spanish@avu3a.org.uk

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