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.

HS2 and its impact on the Chilterns

Our speaker, Keith Hoffmeister of the Chiltern Society has kindly allowed us to make a recording of his talk available to our members. To access the recording you will need the password recently circulated to all members in an email. Please do not share this password with non-members.   The recording will remain on line for a couple of weeks.  You will be well informed (and probably angry!) after watching this.


Bucks Local History Network and Bucks HS2 Archaeology are running a  FREE Web conference on the latest finds, including Stoke Mandeville Church and Fleet Marston on Saturday 15 May at 1.30.   If you are interested here is an outline of the course,  the detailed programme and registration details

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 

Thames Valley Network Courses

If you book an event and do not have the Zoom link 2 days before the event please contact TVN then and not leave it until the last minute


National On-Line Courses

All FREE on-line via Zoom

  • 4th May 2.00 pm – Chair Yoga workshop
  • 5th May 10.30 am – The National Trust
  • 6th May 2.00 pm – The Geology of Britain in the Palaeozoic , the era of early life
  • 10th May 10.30 am – Live Cookery: vegetarian cookery
  • 12th May 2.00 pm – Fire, A century of the volunteer Fire Brigade
  • 12th May 10.30 am – Behind the scenes of Dame Mary Quant
  • 10th May-3rd June 10.00 am – 4 week course – What made us Human?
  • 13th May 10.30 am – Close Shaves & Lucky Escapes with the National Army Museum
  • 14th May 10.00 am – Yoga. Everything and anything you need to know in the third age
  • 28th May 2.00 pm – The big u3a online debate.
  • 3rd June 2.00 pm – The Geology of Britain in the Mesozoic, the era of middle life

Mirthy on-line talks

MirthyTalks  are offering a FREE talk every Thursday which is open to U3A members to join in. They also offer talks for a small fee(£2.99)

The talks are viewed from the comfort and safety of your own home, so click on the link below to register for the talk – there will be a live Q&A with the speaker and a chance to interact with other attendees by typing comments in a chat box. 

After registering for an event, you will receive an email containing a link to attend the talk.  Talks are between 30 mins and 45 mins long

Full Details & Registration


  • 6 May 4.00 pm – Tales from the Elizabethan Underworld
  • 13th May 4.00 pm – Backpacking on a Pension Book – Pt 2 – New Zealand
  • 20th May 4.00 pm – Curiosities of London Pt 2

Charged (£2.99)

  • 5th May 11.00 am – Sherlock Holmes: How it all Began
  • 7th May 4.00 pm – Music of Hope
  • 12th May 11.00 am – Shakespeare Onstage: 1660 to today
  • 19 May 11.00 am – Freewheeling Around Orkney
  • 21st May 4.00 pm – An Afternoon with Liz Shakespeare – Book Club

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?


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

Sounds of the 50s/60s/70s

New presentations appear regularly. 

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

Art & Craft

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