Aylesbury ValeWelcome 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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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!

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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 (Greg) 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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Gardening Group

Pelagoniums_640WCalling all members who wish to be part of the Gardening Group. At present there is one volunteer who is prepared to be either a Deputy Leader or a Joint Leader of this currently suspended group. This is a fantastic opportunity to get this popular group up and running once more. However it needs one more volunteer to come forward to take the Leaders position or be part of a Joint Leadership approach. Sadly if no one comes forward, this group will be disbanded. Anybody wishing to volunteer please contact the Group Co-ordinator at Groups@avu3a.org.uk
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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 cliffsnearbrandycove
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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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