Photographs above supplied by the Photography for Pleasure Group

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 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 at 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.

London Walk Friday 15th Nov

The November walk is due to take place on Friday 15th November, and we will be exploring Soho.
Soho is an area full of history and interest. On the walk we will see the house where the first television took place; the Trident Studios where the recording of such songs such as Hey Jude, Ziggy Stardust, and Bohemian Rhapsody took place. We also come across the unexpected – a restored public swimming pool in Marshall Street. There is a considerable French influence in the area and the pub ‘French House’ was the unofficial headquarters of the Free French in WWII. I am hoping to continue the French theme by visiting an exquisite Art Deco styled restaurant for lunch.
The photos are of the swimming pool and ‘Big Bra and Corset’ from Kalliopi Lemos’s ‘Tools of Endearment’ in Golden Square.

Sign up at the November Meeting or contact leaders

Mature Drivers Course

Free On-Line Course for Mature Drivers

Driving is an important part of life for many residents of Buckinghamshire, enabling independence – but as we age, driving can become more stressful. That’s why, throughout October, Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) is promoting safety awareness for older drivers.  To support mature drivers and their families, TfB has developed an online e-learning module.

The module contains all the information you need to retain independence and continue driving safely for as long as possible and can be accessed via www.buckscc.gov.uk/olderdrivers

The module covers:

  • Fitness to drive – recognising how changes to eyesight and age related conditions may affect your driving
  • Ability – recognise if and how your driving is changing
  • Medication – the law relating to drugs and medication
  • Improving your skills – developing your hazard perception skills
  • Vehicle – choosing a car and knowing what vehicle adaptations are available
  • Licencing – information about licencing and DVLA rules and procedures
  • Driving assessments – which can restore confidence and offer reassurance to families of older drivers


Deputy Leader and Cabinet Transport Member, Mark Shaw said:
“Experienced drivers are generally safer than those with less experience, but as we age, our health can begin to decline, including our eyesight and reaction times. There’s no need to worry, though – there are a number of ways that drivers can help themselves to continue driving safely. A good place to start is by completing the online e-learning module. The module contains lots of useful information from choosing a car, adaptions to help with mobility through to hazard perception training.”


In addition to the e-module, TfB also offer mature driver assessments, which may also help restore confidence, support drivers or just offer reassurance. For more information on driving assessments, and to access the e-learning module, visit www.buckscc.gov.uk/olderdrivers

New Venue for Monthly Meetings

We will be meeting in the Bowls Centre which is to the right of the Main Building, through a metal gate.

Parking.   Please park in front of the Main Stadium – if you have a Blue Badge please use the allocated disabled parking spaces.  If necessary, park in front of the Wooden Huts but please do not block the doorways.

By Bus

The Redline 50 bus leaves the bus station (bay 5) at 9.15 and stops at the Elm Farm shops from where you can walk under the railway into the back of he stadium complex. Much shorter walk than the alternatives below.

From the bus station catch either the 9 or X30/300.    The X30 and 300 are quicker and more direct.

 

The X30 leaves the bus station at 9.15
The 300 leaves the bus station at 9.30
The 9 leaves the bus station at 9.05 and 9.20

In both cases get off at the Stadium approach bus stop (the one before the hospital) – and walk along Stadium Approach – about 10 minsFrom Elm Farm it is possible to walk under the railway to the Stadium.

Coffee Mornings

Aylesbury Vale U3a Coffee Mornings 2019

Held on the 3rd Tuesday of every other month at 11 am at The Watermead Inn, 11 Lakeside, Watermead, Aylesbury, HP19 0FX

Dates in 2019:

19 November

Purpose:  To give new members the opportunity to meet longer serving members in order to get to know people and hear about the groups they have joined or lead.

All members are welcome.   A coffee and biscuit cost £2
Further information from Mary Singleton at social@avu3a.org.uk