SCHEDULE OF TALKS FOR 2021
from 2.30 Notices, The Talk
Dean Court Community Centre
from 3.30 tea and biscuits*
DEAN COURT COMMUNITY CENTRE, PINNOCKS WAY, OX2 9DG
are currently no meetings in the community centre but a series of Zoom meetings
An invitation to join on Zoom will be automatically sent to you unless you wish to opt out, in which case please email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell Inga of your decision.
talks will be twice a month, as always on a Monday at 2.30; this is all
free to you as a member, but please let anyone interested know that
membership of our U3A for £5 will cover all the talks, whether by Zoom
or in person, up to September 2021.
The talks begin at 2.30pm but Inga requests you to join via the link at 2.15pm.
This would be very helpful to Inga so thank you in advance.
For most of us this new initiative of zoom meetings has been a steep learning
curve and some of us may not yet be completely confident in its use. Inga is
offering to host and run a small learning group ( by zoom of course!) for those
members who are apprehensive. Could you email Inga and let her know if you are
|The Art of World War II. |
is an art historian living and working here in Oxford teaching Art
History in primary schools. In ‘normal’ times she is a guide at the
Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers museums as well as leading guided tours of
the city for an Art Appreciation group.
The Salt Routes.
freelance journalist and author of 77 books, Anthony is also a very
experienced speaker whose subjects range from the origins of towns and
villages to animal myths, pub names and even privies. He has been
interviewed on the radio and is in demand as a guest speaker.
|Reading the Countryside.|
you learn how to spot the clues, a walk in the countryside can reveal
so much more about its wildlife, history and prehistory. There are even
signs that will help you to find your way and to forecast the weather.
Tyler, who has always been fascinated by wildlife, started his career
creating and managing urban nature reserves around London. He spent 22
years as warden of the Sevenoaks Reserve in Kent. Now based in Bucks,
he gives talks on a wide range of natural history topics, leads guided
tours, and helps as a volunteer on some local reserves. He is a keen
In this talk, John will help us make the
most of our excursions into nature, by sharing with us his wealth of
knowledge and passing on many useful tips on how to read the
Conkers and Skipping Ropes: Childhood in the 30s. 40s. and 50s.|
Thompson, Associate Member of Trinity College of Music, is a frequent
speaker at lunchtime events. Her talks are often music-related, but she
has a very wide repertoire of other topics. Two years ago Tricia spoke
to us about Victorian Medical Quackery, which was very well received,
and she has been invited back by popular demand.
Tricia will look at a different period - the middle part of the
twentieth century - which seems, on one hand, so long in the past, on
the other hand, only yesterday. The talk may prompt members of the
audience to recall and share their own memories of those golden(?) days.
speaker, Annamaria Dall’Anese, a London Blue Badge guide, will give us
a virtual journey to London, and back 500 years, for a tour of
Shakespeare’s London, discovering the places where the Bard lived and
worked, including the Blackfriars Playhouse and the Globe Theatre. We
will also get a taste of what it was like to go to the theatre and be
living in our capital city in the earlier Elizabethan era.
Yvonne and Nicola
|Guide Dogs make a difference.|
are all filled with admiration when we see a trained guide dog working
in support of a person with a sight impairment or other disability,
helping them to manage life’s daily tasks. In this talk we will be
given insights into the life of a guide dog, from puppy to retirement;
early socialisation and then the carefully structured training
programme to become a qualified guide dog. The speakers, Yvonne as the
owner of a brood bitch and Nicola with her own guide dog, are closely
involved personally in this work.
|The hotel with a famous guest list. |
journalist for over 44 years, 28 of these as a local newspaper
editor, John Butterworth now speaks on a wide range of topics that
reflect his experience in this field.
The hotel in question is an
historic one in the Midlands which, as a result of a decision in 1779
that brought new jobs and industries to the area, found itself
frequented by wealthy and influential guests.
|Barrow to Baghdad and back again.|
a published thriller writer, Philip's real life, which forms the
substance of his talk, is equally exciting. Since leaving school, he
has worked for nearly 50 years in management in the hotel and oil
industries, living not only in Britain but also in Africa, The Middle
East, Kazakhstan and Russia. This is no travelogue as the title might
|Walking the Centuries: Oxford by a Blue Badge Guide.|
Covid hit, Oxford was always full of visitors, many of them with Blue-
or Green-Badged Guides introducing them to the city’s glories, history
and quirks. If the visitors can look at us,we can look at the visitors.
Mahoney Greatorex lived in Oxford for over 20 years, teaching at St.
Barnabas, ultimately as Deputy Head. Following the death of her husband
Mike, Mahoney, Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Mansfield College
and her subsequent re-marriage and move to Norfolk, she held a series
of school headships until her retirement. Then, finding herself at a
loose end … she gives us the sequel in this talk.
|Genetics of Human Disease.|
is it that so many health problems seem to be passed from parents to
children? What have we learned about how this all works from sequencing
the human genome? Should I have my genome sequenced, and what could it
Our speaker on 24 May will be Robert Beagrie, Sir
Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory of Gene Regulation
in the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at the JR who
will introduce us to this fascinating area. He will also talk a little
about the future of “genomic medicine”, the exciting new technologies
that might change health care forever and whether they can really live
up to their promise.
|My Ancestors and their Professions in the British Raj.|
From research into the
history of her family in India over more than 200 years, the writer Jenny Mallin offers talks on
various aspects of their lives under the British Raj. Her book “A Grandmother’s Legacy” won the “Best in
the World Cookbook” award from the Gourmand World Cookbook Society but in this Zoom talk Jenny
concentrates mostly on the five generations of the men in the family and their work in the
|Pop on the Box.|
Freelance journalist, Jeff
Evans tells the story of 60 years of music on TV beginning in the 1950s with shows such as Six-Five
Special and Oh Boy! Then on to Ready, Steady Go!, Top of the Pops and The Old Grey Whistle Test, as
well as a number of programmes you may have forgotten. Expect warm memories and tapping feet.
*Special teas, with home-made cakes, are arranged from time to time (see Newsletter for details).
More up-to-date details may be available in the current newsletter