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                                                                                                   Issue 163


Registered charity no. 1108125                                                                                                                       June 2021


Newsletter Editor: Elizabeth Stevens                                        newsletter@westoxfordu3a.org.uk           






Welcome to West Oxford U3A


The U3A exists for a group of people to get together to do things with everyone taking equal responsibility.

We meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays except for July, August and December.  Our ‘year’ begins in September and ends with the AGM, either on the last Monday meeting in May or the first Monday meeting in June.   Once the membership fee is paid there is no further charge, although visitors make a donation.  Membership of West Oxford U3A does not cover membership of Oxford U3A or Headington U3A.


The meetings take place at Dean Court Community Centre, Pinnocks Way, Botley.   The proceedings start at 2.30 pm and (fairly short) notices are given before or after a talk as set out on your programme.  Tea and biscuits are always served after the talk with cake at the end of each term.   Please stay and use this time to get to know new people and meet friends


A list of the Special Interest Groups is on your programme and are open to anyone who would like to join.  Just contact the person referred to as arranging the meetings.  If there is a group you would like to start then, if you think the Committee can give you some help, please ask.


The membership fee entitles you to the West Oxford U3A Newsletter which is sent out every other month, by email or (for those without a connection) by post.  The Newsletter is full of information about forthcoming events, both those arranged by this branch and also those organised by Thames Valley Network.  Please be certain to look at the notice board at the back of the room for additional details of outings and study days and also on www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk as well as this website.


A membership subscription is paid annually to the National U3A office and there is a newsletter which you can subscribe to receive or can be viewed on-line.  If you would like to receive the National U3A newsletter then please contact the Secretary who will tell you the cost.  You are entitled to attend the Summer Schools and other events, details and costs are on the National U3A website.


During the year there is a New Members’ coffee morning for which an appropriate invitation is sent.


Do raise any queries when attending the meetings or write to secretary@westoxfordu3a.org.uk


Lis Froggatt  




There are currently no meetings in the community centre but a series of Zoom meetings have started.

An invitation to join on Zoom will be automatically sent to you unless you wish to opt out, in which case please email ingalillmartin@gmail.com and tell Inga of your decision.

The 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 up until June 2021 are detailed in the Talks section.

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. 





A Message from Lis Froggatt, Chairman



Dear U3A member,


The AGM on 24th May went successfully and the Committee elected comprises Beverley Birmingham, Ian Battersby, Liz Jones, Elizabeth Stevens, Hugh Manson, Lorna Kohen, Doreen Slater and myself. June Hoddinott decided not to stand for re-election, and I am grateful for the help she has given. The Committee will meet soon and, amongst other matters, will decide the membership fee due for September this year, so expect the request for payment, and details of how to do this, after that meeting.


The talks continue on Zoom, and I do encourage you to install the free programme - it is not difficult - and to consider inviting others to watch the talks if you already watch with Zoom.

I will be writing again about the membership fee, and a reminder of meeting again in September, but otherwise have a good summer!

The talks for June are:


14 June: Jenny Mallin – 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 subcontinent. 


28 June: Jeff Evans – 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.


Best wishes

Lis Froggatt









Our Treasurer, Ian Battersby, writes:
(Ready for February 2021)

The Third Age Trust produces two magazines for U3A members in the UK: Third Age Matters, a general newsletter with lots of holiday advertising(!) is published three times a year. The magazines are mailed directly to subscribing members’ homes. The production costs are covered by the Third Age Trust. A charge per address is made towards the cost of postage. This year the charge is 3.00
The last subscription year ran from March 2020 to February 2021 and is now over. If you would like to receive the magazines for the 2021 subscription year, please inform Ian Battersby by 1st March 2021 either by e-mail (preferred) or by post to his address: Kambah, Harcourt Hill, Oxford OX2 9AS.

Then, please pay the 3.00 subscription either by internet BACS transfer to: Name - West Oxford U3A; Sort code 30-19-83; Account No., 00101463 (much preferred, please give your surname and initials to the Reference) or by cheque, written to J I Battersby, sent to the above address. Ian will transfer the funds into the U3A account without leaving home.
You can join the scheme at any time during the year and Ian will adjust the subscription price accordingly.






ART HISTORY/APPRECIATION           (5 members)             Contact:  Terence Carter (01865 863379)


Visits to the Ashmolean Museum normally take place on the second Tuesday or the second Thursday of each month, meeting just inside the main entrance to the Museum. For other locations, directions will be given. There are spaces available in this group.   

BRIDGE                                                                                       Contact:  Pauline Martin 01865 250870


We are a group of 20 players meeting every Wednesday afternoon, starting at 2.00pm and finishing around 5.00pm, with a break for tea. Players sign up for the dates that suit them, some more regularly than others. Partners are decided on the day.  Anyone who is free to play can do so.  We meet either at West Oxford Community Association (where everyone pays an agreed small fee to cover the costs of renting the room), or in each others’ homes, (at no cost), playing a Chicago system of scoring and table moves and taking time to discuss bidding and card play, informally, as required. 

Whilst this is not a group for total beginners, we welcome new players who have a reasonable knowledge of the game, enjoy playing socially and might like to join us.



CHURCHES AND PUBS           (30 members)                         Contact Brian Cox (01865 872720)


The group meets on morning of the first Friday of each calendar month to visit a church followed by lunch together afterwards, usually at a local pub.

We are currently a very large group, so it is not possible to recruit additional members at present.  Further information can be obtained from the co-ordinator who  is briancox30@btinternet.com.



CINEMA GROUP – 1   (new members welcome)                Contact:  Lis Froggatt  (01865 249828)


Cinema Group 1 is the renamed Cinema Group 3, but that is the only difference.  We meet monthly on the second Tuesday at West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, at 12.30 pm to discuss over lunch films we have seen and plan to see.  New members most welcome   lis.froggatt@entitledto.co.uk



CINEMA GROUP - 2   (10 members)                                      Contacts:  Pam and David Eyton  (pameyton@gmail.com)


We meet on the second Thursday of the month to discuss a variety of films (mainly from the Phoenix) over a shared meal in a member’s house.   The membership is restricted to 10 because of the dining arrangements. 

If you are interested in going on a waiting list or being invited when space is available, please e-mail Pam.  



COMPUTER  USERS’ GROUP  (7 members – new members welcome)   Contact: Richard Sills (01865 721644)


All meetings will be held at The Map House, Vernon Avenue, OX2 9AU at 10.30 am.  



CRAFT GROUP                                                                         Contact:  Sally Strang (01865 240310) 



DISCOVERING MUSIC  (7 members – new members welcome) Contact: John Grimshaw (01865 861949)


These convivial meetings are normally held on the third Thursday of each month, at 2.15 pm.  We meet in members’ homes and the host introduces and plays recordings, usually on CD or DVD, of broadly classical music which can be secular or sacred and can include extracts and arias from opera.  Members freely express their reactions.  We may finish with something in lighter mood.



GARDEN CLUB                                                                        Contact:  Mary Gregory (01865 865887)



LANGUAGES                                                                           Contact:  David Taylor (01235 525455)




SCRABBLE                                                                               Contact:  Margery Dent (01865 862534)


The group meets mostly on the 3rd Monday of the month or on an agreed alternative, from 2 – 4.30 pm.  We meet in the homes of different members.  Please ring if you are interested in coming.



WALKING GROUP      (15 members)                                  Contacts: Sally Roberts (721596) and Norman Robinson (862845)


Walks normally commence at 10.00 am on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month and are arranged a few weeks in advance.   It is important to note that if bad weather threatens, you should ring the named leader of the walk, on the day, to check whether it is going ahead; otherwise you may have a wasted journey. (If it is actually raining, the walk will almost certainly be cancelled).

Info will be shared on our e-mail link.  Walking boots are always recommended.






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