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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. 

membership@avu3a.org.uk

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

On-line Talks

A number of organisations are offering on-line talks viewed from the comfort of your own home.  Most are free but some attract a small fee ( per machine). In all cases you need to book in advance using the links supplied.  In return you will receive the link needed to log in - you will not need any special software. If you have not received the email with the link 2days before the event please get back in touch with the organisers. Currently, in addition to our own Zoom meetings, talks are available from

Cybercrime

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

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

Membership Renewal/New Members

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.

WHICH? Scam Alert Service

WHICH are offering a free scam alert service which will provide you with up to date information about any known current scams. You can either look at the website occasionally or sign up to get the latest information sent directly to your mailbox (you can unsubscribe at any time) Have a look at their website

u3a Radio

You can listen to a series of podcasts ranging over a wide variety of subjects which are designed to be of interest to us

 

Bus Passes

Although you may not have used it recently - have you checked your bus pass?

You may find that it ran out on your last birthday.

You can renew online.

or ringing the automated telephone service

 01296 873 011.

 

 

What’s New?

Quizzes

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 involved

Quizzes

Sounds of the 50s/60s/70s

New presentations appear regularly. 

Sounds of 50s/60s/70s

For Amusement

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 U3A

For Amusement

Art & Craft

Examples of work being done by our painting and art and craft groups 

Art & Craft

Old Aylesbury

Contributions from Ron AdamsPat Baker   and Richard Clark  showing the Aylesbury of the past

Watermead Aerial Photo

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.

Background information
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.

Confined to Quarters

We have created a new area of the website with various activities and information to help ease us through this difficult period. Hopefully you will find something there to entertain/inform/interest you.

Visit Area