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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Garden Group 2017

Christine Reading and Barbara Fraser have reset up the garden group.
We will meet on the 4th Friday of the month at the Meadowcroft Community centre when we are having a meeting.
We will congregate at Jansell Square, Bedgrove, around Martins newsagents when we go out local visiting to organise cars, or at the appointed venue.
We are starting our first visit in April and continue monthly through the summer. ( no visit in August ) There is 1 coach trip arranged for this year and it is on the designated Friday.

Friday April 28th: Ascott NT house and garden. Meet 1-30pm for 1-45 off ,at Bedgrove. Cost to non NT members £5-00 gardens only. £10-00 for both. Refreshments available.

Friday May 26th: Waddesdon NT. Meet 1-30 for 1-45 off at Bedgrove.
Cost to non NT members, £10-00 grounds only . refreshments available.

Friday June 23rd: Preston Bissett Nursery for talk and demonstration includes refreshments . cost £4-00. Meet at 1-30pm for 1-45 off at Bedgrove.

Friday July 28th: All day coach trip to Nymans house and garden plus guided tour around garden NT. Refreshments available. Leave Bedgrove, Jansell Square layby at 9am. Cost around £18-00 for NT members.

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U3A National Office

Dear Members

The National office wish to inform you that their Celebration of 1,000 U3As can now now be viewed on their You Tube Channel.

Secondly U3A members can now purchase a 3 month National Art Pass for just £10. Visit artfund.org/u3a for more information. You have until 20th March 2017 to take advantage of this offer.

Thirdly  use the discount code U3A2017 for 10% of all services at my-history.co.uk

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New outing added

We drive to Folly Bridge in Oxford and board our private boat for a two-hour river cruise to Abingdon, where we have a delicious afternoon tea in the Crown & Thistle Hotel.
Hiring a private boat is extremely expensive but if we can fill this trip, there will be a considerable refund. Our booking is not guaranteed until we have paid a large deposit and therefore we need to collect the money for this trip in March. The signing-up list will be on the board at the meeting on 8th February, or you can email us at Outings@avu3a.org.uk
Cost £47pp. (afternoon tea is included) Depart Jansel Square, Bedgrove 12.15, return 6.00pm approx.

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Dates for Your Diary

Look on the Coach trip outings page for details of new trips for 2017. Gay and Ian have again arranged a variety of trips for a wide range of interests and tastes. Everything from Historic Houses, Castles, Gardens, Trains and Animals – something for everybody. All dates for trips (including June) are now correct. Times the coach departs are exact – please don’t be late and allow time for traffic jams! However return times are approximate as again traffic can be unpredictable.

Click here for further details.

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It’s True!

More pictures can be viewed here.

Aylesbury Vale U3A does indeed have talent. Lots of it.

After coffee and festive nibbles we were in for a treat. Presented as a radio show, many members entertained at the December meeting. Led by Sheila who hosted and (with much hard work) produced the show. There was much merriment and singing. Jokes, poems and readings were interspersed with opportunities to join the excellent singers with old favourites.  As with all Christmas  entertainments there was even a version of Cinderella. In which we learned that Prince Charming (Greig) was very handsome and Cinderella (Marg) was “Alright”.  Showing off their new found skills the AV Strummers accompanied songs on their ukeleles to round off a superbly entertaining show.

Well done to all those who took part. You all deserved the standing ovation.

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Salsa Group

Are you interested in joining a Salsa Group?

Isalsa1f so Wendover U3A is seeking members from other U3As in the area, to join their group. Beginners are welcome

Please contact Jackie Rickard at Groups@avu3a.org.uk for further information.

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2017 Coach Trips

Gay aSaffron Waldennd Ian have again been hard at work planning more coach trips for 2017. They are to be highly recommended and there is something for everyone. You never know what you are going to learn. The first trip in March  is to Leicester to the National Space Centre and the Richard III visitor centre. The second visits Essex and Audley End House and Saffron Walden.

Details of the first two coach trips of the new year are to be found here,


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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.

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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