Welcome to Aylesbury Vale u3a
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 currently using Zoom because of the lockdown. When this is lifted we will revert to meeting 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, also through Zoom. When the lockdown is lifted it will revert to 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.
We are holding our regular Monthly Meeting using Zoom until the situation changes.
Some groups continue in various ways or are making contributions to this website.
Please contact the group leader for the latest information
Our Spring 2021 Newsletter is now available
- 16th May 2.00 pm - The Kindertransport(tat)
- 18th May 10.30 am -Gershwin and his Music (£2)(tvn)
- 19 May 11.00 am - Freewheeling Around Orkney(m)
- 20th May 4.00 pm - Curiosities of London Pt 2(m)
- 21st May 4.00 pm - An Afternoon with Liz Shakespeare - Book Club(m)
- 21st May 10.30 am - The History of Gardening Pt 2 (£1)(tvn)
- 28th May 2.00 pm - The big u3a online debate.(tat)
- 1st June 10.00 am - Staying Safe On-line - same speaker, similar to our May meeting(tat)
- 2nd June 10.00 am Ross Parks & The Montgomery Bus Boycott(tat)
- 3rd June 2.00 pm - The Geology of Britain in the Mesozoic, the era of middle life(tat)
- 4th Jun 10.30 am - The British Prime Minister(tvn)FULL
- 8th June 10.00 am - u3a Chess Network Meeting(tat)
- 8th June 2.00 pm 8 week course Genealogy for Beginners(tat)
- 10th Jun 10.30 am -'The Lady and the Generals'(tvn)
- 16th Jun 10.30 am - Oxfordshire and the Spanish Civil War (tvn) (£1)
- 30th Jun - 'Sweet Thames' - The Thames and its Boats (£3) - repeat(tvn)
We had an excellent General Meeting on May 12th on the subject of Cybercrime
- If you missed it then we strongly advise you to sign up(free) for when he gives a similar national presentation for the Third Age Trust on June 1st.
Here are some links that Barry Suggested
- Thorpe Bay U3A Fraud Alerts. The webpage maintained by Barry and Essex Police
- Have I been pawned ? the website to check whether your email address has been part of a data breach. If so urgently change your password
- National Cyber Security Council for national information service giving all the latest information and advice
Jane Trow kindly made some notes on the talk which may be found here
Thames Valley Alert (Trading Standards) Newsletter here with more useful advice and warnings
The current membership year ends on 31st July but to spread the load of the renewal process you may renew from 1st May to cover you until 31st July 2022. We welcome new members, again from 1st May and their membership fee will too cover them until 31st July 2022.
It would be most helpful if those able to could make their payments by bank transfer - full details on the forms.
The forms are now available by following this link but please do not submit them until 1st May.
Reminder Ken, our membership secretary, will be standing down at the end of this renewal year so if you think that you might be interested in the post please contact Ken who will be pleased to explain the role and offer every assistance in the transition.
Every Thursday Mike McCabe contributes a new Quiz on a variety of subjects - the answers follow one week later. Try them yourselves and get family and friends involvedQuizzes
Sounds of the 50s/60s/70s
New presentations appear regularly.Sounds of 50s/60s/70s
Includes:- some amusing candidates for safety awards, suggestions for maintaing a level of insanity in old age, some politically incorrect adverts of old, some more cartoons and another collection of amusing videos selected by Chiltern U3AFor Amusement
Art & Craft
Examples of work being done by our painting and art and craft groupsArt & Craft
Phil Toler responded to our requests for pictures of Aylesbury with this photo. It was taken in August 2018 of Watermead village. In the foreground are the two lakes with the larger one on the right suffering a blue-green algae bloom which can be compared with the clear smaller lake on the left. Phil says that is the only time this has happened in the 26 years he has lived here.
Cyanobacteria or ‘blue-green algae’, a type of blooming algae, can produce toxins. These toxins can kill wild animals, livestock and pets. They can also harm people, producing rashes after skin contact and illnesses if swallowed.
Algal blooms block sunlight from reaching other plants in the water. They also use up oxygen in the water at night which can suffocate fish and other creatures. Oxygen is also used up when the bloom decays.