Aylesbury springPhoto 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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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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Music Hall Trip

SONY DSCAre you interested in having a fun evening at a Music Hall? If so this trip could be for you.

It is being held at the Mercure Hotel, St Albans on Sunday 11th September, the pick up time will be approximately 4pm. The cost of the trip is £49 and is open to all. More details of the trip can be found in the current issue of Third Age Matters.

Pattie, Leader of the Theater Group, needs you to register your interest in going on this trip and will have to take payment at the April Main Meeting, at the latest.

To register your interest and for more information you can contact Pattie at theatre@avu3a.org.uk 

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Sounds of the 60s Music Group

sounds of the 60s.jpg2This is a new group being set up by Peter and Jean Ashton. If you are interested in reliving that heady decade through it’s music, this could be the group for you.

Peter and Jean held a successful inaugural meeting on Tuesday 23rd February at 2pm in the Tennis Club, Wendover Road, Aylesbury with 26 members attending . Two further meetings have been arranged. For information on these and to register your interest in joining this group please contact Peter or Jean at soundsofthe60s@avu3a.org.uk  

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New Group

ukulele1Good news! Andy and Sandra Carter have started the 3rd Age Strummers group where beginners can learn to play the Ukulele through a spirit of fun, friendship and joy of music. The first meeting is on Wednesday 6th April in the main hall of Meadowcroft Community Centre from 1.30 – 3.30 pm

For further information please see the Study Groups page.

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