IMPORTANT! 

There is no right turn into the Community Centre when driving on the A413 from the Amersham direction.

You have to travel to the roundabout and come back on yourself and then take the first left into the centre.

Meeting Place:
Chalfont St Peter Community Centre
Gravel Hill, Chalfont St Peter
SL9 9QX
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Take your seats…We ask that members be seated a few minutes before the talk begins, so that our guest speaker may commence their presentation on time.

NOTICES - Any notices to be given will be done prior to the guest speaker's talk.

Monthly Meeting Format - The monthly meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. Start time is 2pm prompt.

On completion of the talk we serve tea and coffee with biscuits. We ask members to give a 50 pence donation please.

2019 Monthly Meeting Talks

Wednesday 10th July 2019 - 2pm

Our guest speaker this month is John Tyler.

John is a local naturalist, who will be giving an illustrated talk on The Changing Wildlife of the Chilterns.

From warm seas, through Ice Ages, tundra and forest to the farmland and beechwoods of today, we travel through a hundred million years to follow the story of the Chiltern landscape and its wildlife.

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John has always been fascinated by wildlife. Having studied Zoology and Conservation at university, he worked with the Ecological Parks Trust (now the Trust for Urban Ecology), creating and managing urban nature reserves so that children could learn about nature at first hand.

Their first site was built from scratch on a former lorry park at the foot of Tower Bridge in the heart of London (picture left), where visitors could explore a pond, a meadow or even a sand dune within sight of St. Paul's cathedral.

After a four year stint in London he spent the next 22 years as the Warden of the Sevenoaks Reserve in Kent, a string of flooded gravel pit lakes fringed by woodland and managed by a small independent charity.

Here he was given a more or less free hand to develop the reserve, from the initial surveys of plants, fungi and animals, through drawing up a management plan, to the nitty-gritty of digging ponds, building islands, laying out a nature trail and guiding school groups.

All this was achieved with a small staff, minimal bureaucracy and a large gang of dedicated volunteers.

This immensely rewarding and enjoyable situation came to an abrupt halt in 2005 when the reserve was taken over by the Kent Wildlife Trust, so it seemed like an ideal time to move on to something new.

Since then John has been based in Buckinghamshire, giving talks on a range of natural history topics and leading guided walks.

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Outside working hours he still finds time to help as a volunteer on some of the local reserves managed by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust and to indulge his interest in woodcarving and coracle-making.

Although he enjoys all aspects of the countryside he has a particular fondness for insects, is a former Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and has for many years studied glow-worms.

John is also a keen wildlife photographer.

Wednesday 12th June 2019 - 2pm

Our guest speaker this month is Mike Casson.

After leaving the army Mike was accepted into the Tower of London as a Yeoman Warder (aka Beefeater) in early 1988. He lived and worked there until June 2003 when he took early retirement to concentrate on his other interests.

He has appeared on various TV programmes and is currently working on an historical novel and a book on anecdotes from the Tower.

‘Experience the Tower of London’ is the essential guidebook to a future visit or makes a fantastic memento of a wonderful day out in London. Make the most of your visit to the Tower with six bespoke tours to ensure you see all the highlights. With fascinating historical insights and amazing stories, discover the Tower of London's rich history as medieval royal palace, fortress, prison and place of execution; arsenal, royal mint, menagerie and crown jewel house. Explore this formidable citadel as it was and is now.  This souvenir guidebook contains all the highlights and best things to see and do at the Tower of London and is the perfect introduction to the Tower’s fascinating history.
* Six guided tours to make the most of your visit to the Tower
* Fold out Tower of Londo
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Wednesday 8th May 2019  

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The AGM will start at 2.00pm prompt and will be followed by a presentation and update on HS2.

The Purpose:

  1. To bring members up to date with what's happened over the past year

  2. To present our accounts for the period,

  3. To elect any new officers to the committee.

    We are showing a slideshow of our first four years, prior to the AGM, from 1.30pm to1.55pm

     

     

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Election of Committee

There will also be the opportunity for any member to stand for election to the Chalfonts U3A committee. Please submit your name using the Contact Form if you wish to stand for election to serve on the committee. (Click on mail icon…)

Please remember to state which position you wish to stand for. 

Wednesday 13th March 2019 - 2pm

Guest Speaker - Peter Ellis

Peter's talk is about two of the world's most fascinating mountains.

Climbing Everest from Tibet (the picture on the right) and probably the one mountain in the world that most people could name. Famous for Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tensing who climbed it in 1953 and were the first to reach its summit.

If time allows he will also be talking about the Vinson Massif in Antarctica, which is much less known. It's a large mountain massif… 21 km long and 13 km wide lying within the Sentinel Range of the Ellsworth Mountains over-looking the Ronnie Ice Shelf, near the base of the Antarctic Peninsula located about 1,200 km from the South Pole. (See picture below.)

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Wednesday 13th February 2019 - 2pm

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Our guest speaker this month is Stefan White

Stefan's subject will be…

Skullduggery In The Shrubbery

Stefan tells the true and fascinating story of John Tradescant, the 17th century plant collector and adventurer whose treasures were stolen by a rascally lawyer who then took the credit and founded the Ashmolean Museum with the stolen collection. Witchcraft, intrigue and treachery all feature in this insight into a turbulent period of history.

Wednesday 9th January 2019 - 2pm

Jean's talk will unveil a lot of the amazing snippets about the English language that we will laugh at and be agog at. Jean has given this talk to a wide variety of audiences and the feedback we've had has been excellent. Be prepared to be enthralled about facts and figures that will astound you!

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Our guest speaker this month is Jean Meakin MA.

Jean's subject will be…

The Curiosities of the English Language.

Jean has had a career of school and university teaching in the UK and also abroad and is a highly experienced, qualified teacher.

Jean's talk will unveil a lot of the amazing snippets about the English language that we will laugh at and be agog at.

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