Coronavirus Update (18/03/2020)
The Committee has decided that there will be no more meetings
until September. You will be informed of any changes to our plans and these will also be posted on this website. There
will be no Newsletter at the end of April but, hopefully, there will be some
good news by the time the June Newsletter is due.
The March/April 2020 Newsletter remains on this website as originally
published. Please contact Special Interest Group leaders directly for the current
situation with Special Interest Groups.
is published on the Internet simultaneously with the printing. If any material relating to any individual
should not be so published, please contact the Editor.
Welcome to West Oxford U3A
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 u3atvnnetwork.org.uk and our own website westoxfordu3a.org.uk
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.
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
read all of this Newsletter – there is a great deal of interest. Details are given of the many Special Interest
Groups you could join – or indeed start one!
Thames Valley Network (TVN) arrange day courses at very
reasonable prices; apply early to avoid disappointment and get on their mailing
list for early information.
information – National U3A Day is Wednesday, 3 June.
MATTER - NEW SUBSCRIPTIONS NEEDED
The previous Newsletter included notice that all subscriptions will end
in February 2020. If you would like to receive the magazines from April 2020, you should contact Ian Battersby,
at a Monday meeting or by post (Kambah, Harcourt Hill, Oxford, OX2 9AS) by the 12th March 2020 and
include your subscription of £3.10 for the year. You can start a subscription at any time during the year
and the cost will be adjusted accordingly.For
new members: The Third Age Trust produces two magazines for U3A members in the
UK: Third Age Matters is published five times a year and Sources,
an educational journal which focuses on a different subject each issue, is
published three times a year. Sample copies are available for inspection
on our table at Monday meetings. The magazines are mailed directly to
subscribing members’ homes. The production costs are covered by the Third
Age Trust. A subscription charge per address is made towards the cost of
STUDY DAY LATEST
8 April: Cyber
crime ‘Protect your world’, Kings Church, Amersham - plenty
of places left. Sounds like
a must for those who use
computers a lot.
23 April: Architecture
Day, Benson – full, but we hope for a repeat.
29 May: Geology
of the Thames Valley and why we don’t have volcanoes in Benson, Benson.
3 July: Environment and Biodiversity at Benson.
23 September: Understanding
Architecture, Benson. This is a repeat of
the Study Day on 23 April.
holiday to Istanbul.
At Benson there will be a Quiz day. This
will be on all aspects of quizzing and, after lunch, teams
will take part in a quiz.
usual, I shall release details/application forms as they become available but
please keep checking the website
if there is something you are particularly interested in as they may be
released in between meetings.
YOUR NEWSLETTER from Elizabeth Stevens
send all contributions,
notices, etc. for the next issue covering May/June 2020 to: Elizabeth Stevens, 104 Kennington Road, Kennington,
Oxford OX1 5PE (01865 739252) not later
than Friday, 24 April 2020.
A reminder that the current issue can always be
found on http://www.westoxfordu3a.org.uk/
MONDAY TALKS IN DEAN COURT COMMUNITY CENTRE, PINNOCKS WAY – EVERYONE
Meetings are normally held on the 2nd and 4th
Mondays of each month from 2.30 pm onwards. There is always an opportunity for
tea and biscuits and a chat from approx 3.45pm.
All are welcome, and we extend an open invitation to any visitors who
might like to come along and meet us.
March: Martin Holmes: Harold
Macmillan: A reputation Revised?
Dr Martin Holmes is a local historian specialising
in post-war and contemporary British politics.
As well as being a well-known lecturer in U3A circles, he taught
politics at St. Hugh’s College 1987-2009, where he remains a member of the
SCR. He has published six books and many
articles on Governments and Prime Ministers from both sides of the political
spectrum and each decade. He makes a
return visit to West Oxford U3A to talk on the intriguing title “Harold
Macmillan: A Reputation Revised?” A
prime minister remembered for patrician unflappability, the Profumo scandal,
the winds of change; what is his true legacy?
March: Shelley Edwards: Keep
Safe! Avoiding Conmen and Other Risks
Scams, identity theft, conmen on the doorstep and
the telephone and the web … The list of risks that modern technologies expose
us to can seem to be ever expanding. But
there are many ways that we can protect ourselves, often simply through greater
awareness and taking straightforward precautions. Shelley Edwards, Community Liaison Officer
with Oxfordshire County Council, will enhance our awareness of the kinds of
risks we may be open to, and will give us advice on keeping safe both ourselves
and our neighbours in the community.
Five Generations of my Anglo-Indian Family
Jenny Malin, award-winning author and broadcaster,
will be reaching back over her family history to tell us about ‘Five generations
of my Anglo-Indian family during the British Raj’. Based on her recently published book, ‘A
Grandmother’s Legacy’, Jenny’s talk will cover many aspects of life in India in
those days from the railways to food, with recipes handed down from generation
April: John Butterworth: Hotel with
a Famous Guest list
Career journalist for 44 years, 28 of them as a
newspaper editor, John Butterworth now speaks nationally on a wide range of
topics. His subject today will be ‘The
Hotel with a famous guest list’, a historic hotel in the Midlands that, as a
result of a decision taken in 1779 that brought new jobs and industries to the
region, found itself frequented by wealthy and influential guests.
DETAILS OF SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS (SIG) MEETINGS
ART HISTORY/APPRECIATION (5 members) Contact: Terence
Carter (01865 863379)
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. Tuesday
10 March at the Bodleian Library.
– “The Art of Advertising”, in the Treasury, Weston Library, Broad Street. Meet just inside the main entrance to the Weston
Library at 2.30 pm. The exhibition follows the story of early advertising
communication, drawing from the Bodleian’s renowned collection of printed
ephemera (one of the largest in the world). It illustrates how advertisements
reflect social attitudes, as well as showing some of the finest examples of
advertising illustration and commercial art. Admission is free.
2020 – There
will be no meeting, due to the proximity of Easter. In May 2020, we
shall hope to visit the Young Rembrandt exhibition in the Ashmolean
Museum. Watch this space!
Martin 01865 250870
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
CHURCHES AND PUBS (30 members)
Contact Brian Cox (01865 872720)
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 informationcan be obtained from the co-ordinator who is email@example.com.
CINEMA GROUP – 1 (new members welcome) Contact: Lis Froggatt (01865 249828)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
CINEMA GROUP - 2 (10 members) Contacts: Pam and David Eyton (email@example.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.
The next meetings are on 2
and 16 March and
6 and 26 April.
Contact: Sally Strang (01865 240310)
The next meeting of the Craft group will be on Friday 20th March. We
hope to go to an exhibition of Alice Kettle’s work at the Said Business School & I will confirm with
Craft Group members when I have the details.
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.
Contact: Mary Gregory (01865
Activities will pick up soon as gardens emerge from winter dormancy.
Since these are arranged on an ad hoc basis anyone not on the mailing list should contact Mary Gregory – firstname.lastname@example.org
David Taylor (01235 525455)
present we are reading a number of texts (mainly short stories) in English, of
Russian literature from the 19th and 20th centuries. This should take us a further three months or
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)
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.