Photographs above supplied by the Photography for Pleasure Group

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 The Bowls Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium 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. The 3rd Tuesday of alternate months we have a coffee morning at the Watermead Inn where we can get together in a more informal way and chat over cups of tea or coffee. We pride ourselves on being a very friendly group of people who like to come together to learn something new whilst making new friends and learning new skills. So if this sounds like you do get in touch.

IMPORTANT – Suspension of ALL activities

Following the Government’s official statement on 16th March we the Committee feel that we have no option but to suspend all our U3A meetings, trips, outings, functions including Group Meetings until further notice.  

We trust you will follow all the guidelines to avoid getting this virus. If any member is unfortunate and does get the virus please inform the Chairman, Sheila Satterthwaite  because we have to notify Head Office. Please take care and keep well.

Dan wishes to let you know that all coach trips for this year have been cancelled and will be rescheduled for 2021

All Thames Valley Network Day Courses are postponed. Any cheques sent with applications will be shredded

We hope that we will be able to keep in touch with you and keep you up to date by this website or email. 

Sadly there are people out there prepared to take advantage of the situation so Thames Valley Police have warned about strangers calling offering to do shopping, bogus on-line shopping sites and offers of coronavirus self testing kits.(no legitimate company is yet offering these).

The Third Age Trust is providing up to date information on their website and in their National Newsletter


Are you a Rook or a Crow?
You’ll soon find out you know.

If you are a community bird you’ll look,
To see what’s going on, like a rook.
If you are content and happy to lie low.
You are solitary, like a crow.

Whichever you are does not matter.
You can pick up the phone and have a natter.

Some will shine and come to the fore.
Pick up essentials for the needy and lonely next door.

Don’t look up things that get you down.
Out of the window there’s flower waving life. Try not to frown.

This curfew/isolation may be lifted/ relaxed any day.
Then it’s back to socialising with the U3A.

Warm wishes

18th March 2020

Crime Prevention Advice

Recent advice issued by Thames Valley Police

Crime prevention advice – Faraday pouch

There has been a spate of theft of and theft from vehicles in the Aylesbury and the rural areas. Due to this here is some advice regarding keyless entry vehicles

Metal-lined key wallets to stop hi-tech crooks in their tracks.  Note that contactless Debit & Credit cards can also be protected by these bags


Keyless entry and starting for your car is convenient and user-friendly, but it does leave you vulnerable to hi-tech thieves. These criminals use relay attack devices to ‘read’ the key from outside your house. With the code copied, they can simply drive off in your vehicle.
Storing your key in a Faraday bag, lined with layers of metallic material, is the way to foil them and keep your car safe. The key needs to be placed inside the bag from the moment you clip the locks. If it’s large enough, you can also put your mobile phone and credit cards to prevent hacking and fraud. Keep your keyless car safe.

Here is some advice on Faraday bags and even instructions on DIY version 

Thames Valley Network

The Thames Valley Network is putting together the programme for 2020. Here is a brief list of talks/study days already announced.  Full details and application forms will be added to our website as they become available.

  •  8th Apr 2020 – Cyber Crime “Protect your world” at King’s Church, Amersham
  • 23rd Apr 2020 – Understanding Historic Buildings-  Study day at Benson
  • 29th May 2020 – Geology of the Thames Valley – Study day at Benson
  • 24th Jun 2020 – Visit to RHS Wisley
  •  3rd Jul 2020 – The Environment and Biodiversity – Study day at Benson


In this current confusion of TV licences for the over 75s watch out for realistic looking scam emails the  about renewals and refunds. They are trying to get your bank details

If you are in a car park in your car and someone confesses to bumping into your car whilst you were away and invites you out to inspect the damage – lock your car when you get out or risk losing your car, your handbag, phone etc while they distract you.

At this time of year, when so many are using Amazon, the Prime scam is appearing by phone, email or text saying that you have signed up for the Prime service and there is an issue with payment.   If you are in any doubt contact Amazon directly through their website or just ignore the message