Interest Group News 2021

Latest News from our Interest Groups & External Events (National U3A & TVN)

Many of the Interest Groups are holding meetings via Zoom and are accepting new members to the group.  Click the button below to view the current status of the Interest Groups.

Posted on 18th April 2021

TVN -The History of Gardening Part 1

Part 1 Wednesday 14th May 2021 at 10:30 a.m. on Zoom
Closing Date for applications is Monday, 10th May 2021

Talk by Dr David March

Dr David Marsh, our speaker for this 4-lecture course, is a Trustee of The Gardens Trust, a national campaigning body for the protection and support of our historic parks and gardens and designed landscapes. He is co-chair of their Education and Events committee. The morning will be divided into two sessions of about an hour each with a short break in between. The first lecture looks at when and how the interest in gardening began, and the second explores where the plants in our gardens came from originally. There will be a chance to ask questions following the session.

The cost for the talk is £1 per device and is open to u3a members only. Please book electronically by clicking on the ‘TICKETSOURCE’ icon immediately below the event on www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk This is by far the best and easiest option. You will receive an acknowledgement immediately and the Zoom link approximately 48 hoursbefore the event

If you experience any difficulty, please email the organiser Margaret Sherrington at msherrington2@aol.com giving your name and the u3a to which you belong.

If you have not received the Zoom link by midday on Thursday 13th May,  please check your junk / spam folder before emailing the organiser as above. Please note she is unable to respond to emails on the morning of the event.

To receive notification of forthcoming TVN events as soon as they are published, please email events_info@u3atvnetwork.org.uk

Posted on 18th April 2021

TVN -The History of Gardening Part 2

Part 2 Friday 21st May 2021 at 10:30 a.m. on Zoom
Closing Date for applications is Monday, 17th May 2021

Talk by Dr David March

Dr David Marsh, continues a sour speaker for this 4-lecture course.  He is a Trustee of The Gardens Trust, a national campaigning body for the protection and support of our historic parks and gardens and designed landscapes. He is co-chair of their Education and Events committee. As before the morning will be divided into two sessions of about an hour each with a short break in between. The third lecture looks at the growth of interest amongst the 19th century middle class and how technology changed the face of our gardens, whilst the fourth, and final, lecture considers how the mass media has changed gardening in the 20th century.  There will be a chance to ask questions following the session.

The cost for the talk is £1 per device and is open to u3a members only. Please book electronically by clicking on the ‘TICKETSOURCE’ icon immediately below the event on www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk This is by far the best and easiest option. You will receive an acknowledgement immediately and the Zoom link approximately 48 hours before the event

If you experience any difficulty, please email the organiser Margaret Sherrington at msherrington2@aol.com giving your name and the u3a to which you belong.

If you have not received the Zoom link by midday on Thursday 20th May,  please check your junk / spam folder before emailing the organiser as above. Please note she is unable to respond to emails on the morning of the event.

To receive notification of forthcoming TVN events as soon as they are published, please email events_info@u3atvnetwork.org.uk

Posted on 18th April 2021

Computing Group Meeting 29th April 2021

As part of the next Computing Group meeting, we will be looking at Facebook security and privacy, again!
In 2019, 509 Million Facebook accounts were compromised, this data is now on the internet.  You can check if you have been affected
by putting your email address on the site below and it will show you if your data has been leaked.

If you would like more information email computing@chalfontsu3a.org.uk

Posted on 9th April 2021

TVN -The Sweetest Thing: The History of Sugar

Wednesday 7th May 2021 at 10:30 a.m. on Zoom

Closing Date for applications is Monday, 3rd May 2021

Talk by Ruth Nobbs

Ruth Nobbs (of Charge of the Light Brigade fame) has kindly agreed tocome to us again. This talk was first produced in 2014 for Ruth's Industrial Heritage group.  It covers many aspects of the history of sugar, including: the cultivation, extraction and processing of cane and beet; tracing the dramatic rise of the use of sugar in Britain andits importance to the wealth of individuals and to the country as a whole (even leading to trade wars being fought); and the current state of the sugar industry and consumption today.  With such a wide remit, one of the most contentious aspects of sugar production, the use of slave labour, can only be touched on briefly.As Ruth says, "that is a whole other story"

The event is free of charge, but you must book

Please book electronically by clicking on the ‘TICKETSOURCE’ icon immediately below the event on www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk This is by far the best and easiest option. You will receive an acknowledgement immediately and the Zoom link a few days before the event.

If you experience any difficulty, please email the organiser Sue Berry at events@tvnetwork.org.uk giving your name and the u3a to which you belong.

If you have not received the Zoom link by midday on Thursday 6th May, please email the organiser as above.

To receive notification of forthcoming TVN events as soon as they are published, please email events_info@u3atvnetwork.org.uk

Posted on 3rd April 2021

Bridge for Beginners Update

The group is planning to start in a Covid secure way in the next 2 months.   Please contact the group convenor if you are interested in joining the group.

Posted on 2nd April 2021

TVN - 1685

HOW MODERN MEDICINE COULD HAVE CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY

Wednesday 15th April 2021 at 10:30 a.m. on Zoom

Closing Date for applications is Wednesday, 8th April 2021

Talk by Dr Jeffrey Aronson

King Charles II fell ill on Sunday 1 February 1685. HIs illness progressed, despite, or perhaps because of, the efforts of his physicians, using contemporary methods of treatment, based on humoral theory. He died just before noon on Friday 6 February.  He left no heir to the throne, and after the brief reign of his brother, James II, also childless, William III took the throne by force in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. What was Charles's final illness? Could modern medicine have prolonged his life? And could it have provided him with an heir, thereby changing the succession?

Consultant Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences; Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College will tell the history of Charles’ illnesses and discuss the reasons why modern medicine could have changed the course of history.

Programme

10.15.-10.30 Entry to the meeting

The event is free of charge, but you must book

Please book electronically by clicking on the ‘TICKETSOURCE’ icon immediately below the event on www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk This is by far the best and easiest option. You will receive an acknowledgement immediately and the Zoom link a few days before the event.

If you experience any difficulty, please email the organiser Fay Sinai at fay.sinai@cloud.com giving your name and the u3a to which you belong.

If you have not received the Zoom link by midday on 13th April, please email the organiser as above.

To receive notification of forthcoming TVN events as soon as they are published, please email events_info@u3atvnetwork.org.uk

Posted on 31st March 2021

Book Club 2 is Back !

The Interest Group Book Club 2 is restarting.  Click the button below to read their latest update.

Posted on 13th March 2021

TVN - Floral Art

Wednesday 7th April 2021 at 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Zoom

Closing Date for applications is Wednesday, 31st March 2021

Saying it with Flowers

Talk & Demonstration by Katherine Kear

This study day will explore the symbolic meanings given to flowers and how it affected floral arrangements during history.  We are extremely fortunate to have Katherine Kear as our speaker. She is the National chairman of NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies), a national speaker and teacher, a regular broadcaster on the radio and author of several publications on all things floral including myths, legends and folklore. She will offer us two 45 minute lectures and will demonstrate her points in the second by creating a period style of floral arrangement as she talks. 

Programme

10.15 a.m.      Zoom link opens - please log in early
10.30 -11.15   Floral Symbolism
11.15 -11.30   Short break
11.30-12.15    Periodfloral arrangements combined with actual demonstration
12.15 -12.30   Questions and answers

The event is free of charge, but you must book

Please book electronically by clicking on the ‘TICKETSOURCE’ icon immediately below the event on www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk This is by far the best and easiest option. You will receive an acknowledgement immediately and the Zoom link a few days before the event.

If you experience any difficulty, please email the organiser Margaret Sherrington at msherrington2@aol.com giving your name and the u3a to which you belong.

If you have not received the Zoom link by midday on 6th April, please email the organiser as above.

To receive notification of forthcoming TVN events as soon as they are published, please email events_info@u3atvnetwork.org.uk

Posted on 13th March 2021

TVN - The Spring Quiz

Friday 9th April 2021 at 2:30 p.m. on Zoom

Closing Date for applications is Saturday, 3rd April 2021

A new Quiz for TVN members – this time with a Springtime theme

Quizmaster: Avis Furness

Participants will be randomly divided into teams

The event is free of charge, but you must book

Please book electronically by clicking on the ‘TICKETSOURCE’ icon immediately below the event on www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk This is by far the best and easiest option. You will receive an acknowledgement immediately and the Zoom link a few days before the event.

If you experience any difficulty, please email the organiser at akfurness@aol.com giving your name and the u3a to which you belong.

If you have not received the Zoom link by midday on 8th April, please email the organiser as above.

To receive notification of forthcoming TVN events as soon as they are published, please email events_info@u3atvnetwork.org.uk

Posted on 13th March 2021

TVN - The Migration of Birds

Wednesday 14th April 2021 at 10:30 on Zoom

Closing Date for applications is Friday, 9th April 2021

Every year millions of birds fly, often great distances, to sites where they build nests and bring up their young before returning to their winter feeding grounds.  Often they will use the same nesting site year after year. Why do they go to such lengths with all the risks involved? How do they know when to fly and how to fly to their chosen destination when they may never have been there before?  Modern biology does not yet have all the answers, but knowledge is constantly being gained. In his talk Bryan will explore how migration was first observed and how the study of it has developed as well as addressing thesequestions.

Bryan Williams, our presenter, is a retired biologist and a member of Wokingham u3a where he now co-ordinates the Natural History Group and one of two Bird Watching Groups.

The talk is free of charge, but you must book

Please book electronically by clicking on the ‘TICKETSOURCE’ icon immediately below the event on www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk This is by far the best and easiest option. You will receive an acknowledgement immediately and the Zoom link approximately 48 hours before the event.

If you experience any difficulty, please email the organiser Susie Berry at events@u3atvnetwork.org.uk giving your name and the u3a to which you belong.

If you have not received the Zoom link by midday on 13th April, please email the organiser as above.

To receive notification of forthcoming TVN events as soon as they are published, please email events_info@u3atvnetwork.org.uk

Posted on 17th February 2021

TVN - "Sweet Thames"

17th & 18th March 2021 at 10:30 - 12:30 on Zoom

Closing Date for applications is Wednesday, 10th March 2021

Wednesday

Steve Capel-Davies is a river engineer, with strong links to Wallingford Museum. He has had a lifetime's involvement with the Thames, during which time he developed a great interest in all aspects of its history. He has also been involved with the Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society for more than 30 years. He will set the scene for us, by describing how the Thames has shaped our region.

John Tough will be giving us a history of Tough's Boatyard in Teddington, looking at six generationsof the Tough family on the Thames. The yard was involved with the Dunkirk evacuation, built motortorpedo boats during the War, and many motor yachts and commercial vessels, including the MV Havengore that carried Sir Winston Churchill's coffin upriver in 1965.

Thursday

Cliff Colborne is a long-term member of theThames Traditional Boats Society, and will talk about the development of unpowered boating on this river.

Graham Scholey is the biodiversity technical specialist for the Thames Area Environment Agency.  He will be talking to us about the wildlife and ecology of the Thames area, including a discussion of its less visible denizens (fish, invertebrates, otters, etc) as well as the more visible, as they are essential to how the river works.

Cost for the talk is £3 per device

Please book electronically by clicking on the TICKETSOURCE icon immediately below the event on www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk  This is by far the best and easiest option. You will receive an acknowledgement immediately and the Zoom link a few days before the event. 

If you experience any difficulty, please email the organiser Patsy Thornton patsy@thorntac.co.uk giving your name and the u3a to which you belong.

If you have not received the Zoom link by midday on 16th March, please email the organiser as above.

To receive notification of forthcoming TVN events as soon as they are published, please email events_info@u3atvnetwork.org.uk

Posted on 5th February 2021

TVN - Butterflies within a Changing Environment

Wednesday, 31st March 2021 at 10:30 on Zoom

Closing Date for applications is Wednesday, 24th March 2021

What is a butterfly and how do they differ from moths? Is the changing climate affecting the native species and how are they coping?  What will we expect to see if global warming continues and how can we try and maintain the health of our native species for the future?  Dr. Ian Bedford is Head of Entomology at the John Innes Centre, an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology. He will answer all these questions, and more, in a fascinating talk on his favourite subject, the butterfly.

Cost for the talk is £3 per device

Please book electronically by clicking on the TICKETSOURCE icon immediately below the event on www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk  This is by far the best and easiest option. You will receive an acknowledgement immediately and the Zoom link a few days before the event. 

If you experience any difficulty, please email the organiser Fay Sinai at fay.sinai@icloud.com giving your name and the u3a to which you belong.

If you have not received the Zoom link by midday on 30th March, please email the organiser as above.

To receive notification of forthcoming TVN events as soon as they are published,please email events_info@u3atvnetwork.org.uk

Posted on 29th January 2021

TVN - From Brunel to Eden
A celebration of the Art of Engineering

Thursday, 11th March 2021 at 10:30 to 12:30 on Zoom

Closing Date for applications is Monday, 4th March 2021

Following on from the extremely popular study days on architecture, one of our u3a members, Bjorn Watson BSc MSc, MICE, CEng, has kindly offered to talk about the great 19th Century engineers and how they inspired 20th century structural engineering. Bjorn is a retired consulting civil and structural engineer who has specialised in concrete and seismic engineering and was a director of one of the leading engineering consultancies in the country. He has worked on many high profile projects including the Eden Project, the Lloyd’s Register of Shipping Building in the City of London and the Central Business Exchange
in Milton Keynes.

Since retiring Bjorn has developed his interest in the history of architecture and engineering and lectured to a number of organisations including several professional groups, U3A and Probus Clubs. This promises to be a very interesting day indeed.

Programme (The link will be live from10.00 a.m.)
10.30   The work of some the great civil engineers of the 19th century.
11.15   Questions and answers
SHORT BREAK
11.30   The creative workof some leading 20thcentury structural engineers.
12.15   Questions and answers

This event is free of charge as the speaker is a U3A member

Please book electronically by clicking on the ‘TICKETSOURCE’ icon immediately below the event on www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk This is by far the best and easiest option.  You will receive an acknowledgement immediately and the Zoom link a few daysbefore the event.

If you experience any difficulty, please email the organiser Margaret Sherrington at msherrington2@aol.com with your name and the u3a to which you belong.

If you have not received the Zoom link by midday on 10th March please email the organiser as above.To receive notification of forthcoming TVN events as soon as they are published please email events_info@u3atvnetwork.org.uk

Posted on 15th January 2021

TVN - Music from the Musicals

Tuesday, 23rd February at 10:30 a.m. on Zoom

Closing date Monday 15th February 2021

Payment of £3.00 per device should, if possible, be made by bank transfer

Clive Aronson will be giving a unique insight into the musicals we all know and love. He has had his own radio programme (which he started purely as a charity one-off eventduring lockdown last year) which has proved so successful that he now runs it weekly with a different slant each session.

Clive will illustrate the music with clips, both visual and on audio. The session will be divided as follows:

10.15.-10.30 Entry to the meeting
10.30 –11.15 Music from the Musicals
11.15 –11.30 Short break
11.30 –12.15 Hooray for Hollywood

Posted on 29th January 2021

TVN - The Americans Elect a President

Friday, 12th February 2021 at 10:30 on Zoom

Closing Date for applications is Monday, 8th February 2021

Our presenter is Mark Lovett who has been a member of Wokingham u3a since 2007 prior to which he was a teacher of History and Politics at Wellington College for 27 years.  (Many members will remember his excellent talks and tours of the college during both The Riverside and Pathways Projects) He also lectured part time at Reading University for six years and served as a Magistrate from 2006 to 2018 becoming Chairman of the Berkshire Bench in 2012 until 2014. He is currently a Voluntary Guide at Winchester Cathedral and writes occasionally on American History and Politics for a small group of interested parties.

There is no fee for this event as Mark is a u3a member

Please book electronically by clicking on the ‘TICKETSOURCE’ icon immediately below the event on www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk This is by far the best and easiest option.  You will receive an acknowledgement immediately and the Zoom link a few days before the event.

If you experience any difficulty, please email the organiser Susie Berry at events@u3atvnetwork.org.uk giving your name and the u3a to which you belong.

If you have not received the Zoom link by midday on 11th February please email the organiser as above.

To receive notification of forthcoming TVN events as soon as they are published please email events_info@u3atvnetwork.org.uk

Posted on 24th January 2021

TVN - Inspiring Photography

Tuesday, 9th February at 10:15 to 12:45 on Zoom

Closing date Tuesday 2nd February 2021

The fee for the event is £2.00 per screen.
To attend please Click on the “Ticket Source” button on our website atwww.u3atvnetwork.org.uk
or send a printed application form together with a cheque to the address on the application form.

Our event looks at composition and techniques with the emphasis on wildlife photography and, as we cannot travel at present, a virtual safari to enjoy from your home.

The speaker, Bob Brind-Surch, is a professional zoologist and teacher as well as an experienced photographer and naturalist passionate about his work and sharing his observations of wildlife with others. Bob has been a keen naturalist from a very young age and a photographer from his late teens.

Bob is a foremost a naturalist who photographs what he observes rather than a photographer specialising in wildlife. This is very important to him and goes back to why he started taking photos in the late 60s.

You can learn more about the event by clicking th flyer below.

Posted on 15th January 2021

TVN - Quiz

Wednesday, 3rd February 2021 at 2:00 p.m. on Zoom

This event is free of charge for members. 

If you would like to take part, please send an email tvnquiz@gmail.com

Posted on 1st January 2021

TVN - Inspiring Photography Event

Wednesday, 20th January at 10:15 to 12:45 on Zoom

Closing date Friday 11th January 2021

Payment of £3.00 per device should, if possible, be made by bank transfer

Our study morning aims to inspire you to improve the composition of your photographs. Whether you are using the camera on your phone or a top of the range Digital Single Lens Reflex, the talks will focus on recognising the best photos to take and how to capture them.

Re-Posted on 1st January 2021

TVN - Understanding Architecture Event

Monday, 25th January & Tuesday, 26th January 2021 on Zoom

Closing date Friday 18th January 2021

£5.00 per application for the two days

This event proved so popular in September that we are repeating it.

The aim of these presentations is to inform members how to “read” buildings, how to understand
what they are seeing and what it symbolises; also to provide a brief history of architectural progress
from 18th century to modern times. It is hoped this will enrich your future travels at home and
abroad.

We are very fortunate to have Dr Geoffrey Tyack, FSA, FRHistS as our speaker for both days. He is

a Fellow Emeritus of Kellogg College and President of the Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical
Society. He has many publications to his credit and considerable experience teaching groups of all
ages. Each of these four lectures will be around 45 minutes in length, copiously illustrated with
photographs and allowing 15 minutes for questions afterwards.