Latest News from our Interest Groups…

Posted on 19th July 2019

Group Convenors &
RUG Meeting

On Thursday 18th July 2019 our Group Coordinators, Sue Fisher and Nigel Trotman, held their annual meeting for the Chalfonts U3A Group Convenors and RUGs.

Not all of the convenors/rugs could make it to the meeting but the photograph on the right shows most of them.

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Posted on 10 July 2019

Our Excursions group had a delightful day down in Lacock, Wiltshire.

We took around 50 members to this famous location that is now totally owned by the UK National Trust.

Famous for its Abbey and the connection with the Fox Talbot family, one of whom was the inventor of the concept of the negative in photography. William Fox Talbot is often credited as being the first inventor but his was purely the idea of producing multiple copies from the negative that transformed photography into the medium we know today.

This beautiful location was thoroughly enjoyed by those who went on the trip.

We will be putting together a larger gallery in due course, and perhaps a slideshow with music too, when time allows.

Thanks very much to Tricia and Val for another great day out!

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Posted on 2 July 2019

We now have three independent groups that can help our members with learning and improving their Spanish language skills. Which group you choose to join is up to you.

All groups are meeting in members' homes.

To find out more please contact the convenors for the groups…links to all of their main pages is on the right. From there you will find the link to their Contact Form (on the left hand side of the page.)

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Posted on 24 June 2019

New Experiences Climbing The 02! - June 2019

32 of our group members made the trip to south London to climb the 02. Fortunately we all managed to do this safely and all 32 made it back to our home base!

To see more pictures of their adventure together follow the link to the gallery page below.

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If you want to join this group visit their Interest Group page and ask the convenor to join their list.

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Posted on 27 May 2019

23 May 2019

Canal Boat Trip - 23 May 2019

Several members went on our first canal boat trip of the year.

To see the pictures of their day together (in glorious bright sunshine!) follow the link to the gallery page below.

If you want to join this group visit their Interest Group page and ask the convenor to join their list.

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Posted on 27th May 2019

This month we visited Langley Park, famous for its connection to the landscape gardener, Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.

A number of us went to see the rhododendrons, which are often at their best in May in the Temple Garden. Several of us managed to make the short trip and we've now started to build a gallery of some of the pictures taken on the day.

There are plenty of opportunities to capture the park in this delightful setting. If you want to look at the photographs please click on the link on the right and it will take you to the Photography Group Gallery page.

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From the left: John Hardwick, Joan Brewell, Steve Patel, John Brewell, Vince Barker, Johnny Baker, Phil Larman and Cathy Williams.

Posted on 4th April 2019

Excursions - Visit to Loseley Park,

Watts Gallery & Artists' Village

We've planned a visit to the world famous house near Guildford, Loseley Park. The gardens are some of the finest formal ones to be found anywhere in the world.

In addition we've arranged a visit to the Watts Gallery and the Artists' Village where there are some splendid works to be seen.

To find out more please visit the link below where you will find a fact sheet and a booking form.

Posted on 26 March 2019

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From the left (standing): Robert, John B., Richard, John H.

Seated are Grace and Margaret.

Photography Group - Visit To Black Park

Our bunch of fair weather photographers had their first trip of the year to see what they could capture at Black Park.

Apart from the odd few spots of rain it stayed dry. Seven members made the short journey and spent an hour or so seeing what pictures they could take.

Black Park was chosen by our Cathy. She set a simple challenge; to take a picture of a single tree or one that had a reflection in it. We were also allowed to take pictures of anything in the park, just in case there were no trees or reflections to be had. 🙂

We ended with tea and coffee at the cafe before venturing back home.

Some of the pictures taken are now on the website. Follow the link below if you'd like to view them.

Posted on 22 March 2019

Garden Visits Lunch Party

The Group held its first Lunch Party at the Chalfont St Peter Community Centre.

Our guest speaker was Timothy Walker, who talked to us about how to encourage wildlife in the garden.

About Timothy…

He was born and brought up in South Buckinghamshire and at the age of 13 went to school in Abingdon.   From there he read Botany at University College Oxford. In 1995 he was awarded a Master of Horticulture by the Royal Horticultural Society of London. From January 1986 to July 2014 he  worked at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden & Harcourt Arboretum, firstly as General Foreman, then as Horti Praefectus (from 1988) and finally as Director (from 2002). Between 1992 & 2000 the OBGHA won 4 gold, 2 silver-gilt, and one silver medal at the Chelsea Flower Show London. Since 1986 he has been giving lectures to gardening clubs, horticultural societies, WIs, and many other types of group.  He has given more than 1,500 talks in Britain, Ireland, North America, and Australia to more than 100,000 people in audiences ranging from 20 to 350. 

Posted on 17 February 2019

On Friday 15 February the group made a trip to the Baps Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden.
We have now posted a gallery of the photographs taken during the trip. Click on the link below…

Posted on 10 February 2019

The group are arranging a trip to the BMW Mini Plant at Cowley on Tuesday 19th March.

For more details click the link on the right.

Posted on 10 February 2019

At the beginning of 2019 we started a new group for those who would like to play chess.
The convenor of the group, Tony Micallef, welcomes any member that would like to join and play friendly games.
To find out more click on the link on the right and it will take you to the group's main page.