Monthly Meetings 2020

!!! Monthly Meetings are Back !!!

Attend from the comfort of your armchair using Zoom

Due to the current Coronavirus situation
the Committee has decided to run the
monthly members meeting via Zoom.

September's meeting will be at 2.00 am on Wednesday 14th October 2020

Upcoming Monthly Meeting Talks

Wednesday 14th October 2020 - 2pm via Zoom

The Real world of auctioneering

Barrie Twyman who works for Amersham Auction Rooms. Hewill give a talk on how the Auction operates and some stories on the workings and costings of the sales.Sounds like it will be fascinating to hear about the ‘real world of auctioneering’.


If you attended the meeting and enjoyed it you can send an email to


This is a Zoom meeting, Chalfonts U3A members will receive an email with the Zoom meeting details 48 hours prior to the meeting.

You can find more information about The Amersahm Auction Rooms by clicking the link below:

Past Monthly Meeting Talks

Wednesday 9th September 2020 -  2pm via Zoom

Jewels of London’s Art Galleries and Museums

Annamaria Dall'Anese is a London blue badge guide whose talk is entitled ‘Jewels of London’s’ Art Galleries and Museums’. Annamaria has a vast knowledge of London and its history ranging from Roman London to modern-day Street Art.

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This is a Zoom meeting, Chalfonts U3A members will receive an email with the Zoom meeting details.

You can find more information about Annamaria by clicking the link below:

Wednesday 12th August 2020 -  2pm via Zoom

Harley Davidson Motorbikes

Jimmy Young, no not that one, but a man of many talents having spent his life in various senior roles in commerce.  His talk is on the iconic Harley Davidson motorbike, their riders, and experiences.  I am assured this is not a technical talk but highly entertaining.

You can find out more about 'Hogs' in the UK by watching this short video about the Harley Davidson Owners Group UK

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This is a Zoom meeting, Chalfonts U3A members will receive an email with the Zoom meeting details.


Wednesday 15th July 2020 -  11am via Zoom

The History of Cartoons

The speaker is Ian Keable who gave us an interesting talk in January on a Century of Deception and Hoaxes in the 18th Century. This month's talk is entitled The History of Cartoons, tracing their development from Punch in 1843 to the present day.

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This is a Zoom meeting, Chalfonts U3A members should have received an email with the Zoom meeting details.

You can find more information about Ian by visiting his website, click the link below:

Cancelled - Wednesday 13th May 2020 -  2pm

A Female in Fleet Street

Deborah Brady was a photojournalist working in Fleet Street in the late 80s and 90s covering many of the biggest stories and will give a talk entitled “A Female in Fleet Street.”


Cancelled - Wednesday 8th April 2020 -  2pm

Treacherous Games

Our guest speaker in April is one of our own members, Professor David Brodie.

David spent many years lecturing on sports science and related topics at Liverpool University and then moved down to Chalfont St Peter and took up a post at the New Buckingham University.

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David is the author of “Treacherous Games” and “Beggar on a bicycle”, which is his memoirs on raising money for charity and documents his trip around Ireland.

David will be sharing a personal journey from the early days of sports science to some recent advances in cardiovascular health, including a range of research activities and their practical outcomes

Wednesday 11th March 2020 -  2pm

Where do novelists get their ideas from?

Author Bobbie Darbyshire will give a talk entitled “Where do novelists get their ideas from”?  She won the 2008 fiction prize at the National Academy of Writing and her latest book is called “The posthumous adventures of Harry Whittaker”


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You can view Bobbie's books on Sandstone Press, and her facebook group by clicking ong the links below:

Wednesday 12th February 2020 -  2pm

Bulstrode Revisited - The Splendours and Scandals Of A Buckinghamshire Mansion

Denise Beddows in one of our own members and is a well known local author.

The talk was entitled ‘Bulstrode revisited’,  which followed on from her previous talk about the Bulstrode estate having uncovered new information about one of its past occupants in particular Ambrose Bennet an alcoholic judge and persecutor of the local Quaker community.



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The talk was very well received and Denise's book is now available on Amazon (Link below.)

Denise also convenes our Creative Writing Interest Group. To find out more about the group this is the link to their page…



Wednesday 8th January 2020 -  2pm

A Century of Deception: Hoaxes in the 18th Century

Our guest speaker this month was Ian Keable who is a member of The Inner Magic Circle.

He surprised us with a magic trick to start his talk, and he then spoke about his research the deceptions that took place in 18th Century, which is a subject of a book he's written that will be published later in 2020.


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This months meeting was chaired by our Vice Chairman, Mike Lawson.

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You can visit Ian's website by clicking the link…

Thank you for Scannappeal Donation

We have received a thank you email from Roy J Collis DL in £80.00 we raised for the Scannappeal for High Wycombe, and Stoke Mandeville Hospitals after his talk on the 11th December 2019

Dear Bob,

I enjoyed my visit to the Chalfonts branch of U3A on 11 December, and I would like to thank you and your members for the donation of £80.00.

As agreed I have passed this on to the local charity, Scannappeal, to support their fundraising for new state of the art MRI Scanners for High Wycombe and Stoke Mandeville Hospitals.

They are trying to raise £1.5 million for these machines and every contribution is very welcome.

I hope that you and your members will have a very successful 2020.

Best regards,

Roy J Collis DL