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                                                                                              Issue 154

 

Registered charity no. 1108125                                                                                                                  July/August 2019

www.westoxfordu3a.org.uk

Newsletter Editor: Elizabeth Stevens      01865 739252           newsletter@westoxfordu3a.org.uk           

 

NEWSLETTER

 

 

This Newsletter 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

 

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 OX2 9DG.   The proceedings start at 2.30pm 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 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 u3atvnetwork.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 which 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 National U3A 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.     

 

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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN

           

We break for July and August after a stimulating year with a broad range of excellent speakers.  I am always

pleased to see you at the meetings and hope you are able to meet others, consider the various Special Interest

Groups and support our activities.  I will be seeing some of you at the Summer Luncheon and wish you all

a good summer.

Lis Froggatt


THIRD AGE TRUST MAGAZINE DIRECT MAIL SCHEME

 

The Third Age Trust produces two magazines for U3A members in the UK: Third Age Matters, a newsletter, 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.  The magazines are mailed directly to subscribing members.  The production costs are covered by the Third Age Trust.  A charge per address is made towards the cost of postage.

If you would like to start a subscription and receive the magazines for the remainder of the 2019 subscription year, provide your name and address with your subscription of 1.50 to Ian Battersby, Kambah, Harcourt Hill, Oxford OX2 9AS.

You can join the scheme at any time during the year and Ian will adjust the subscription price accordingly.




TVN  EVENT DAYS – 2019

 

There are no more study days released yet but do keep looking at the u3atvn website and the board/book at meetings. thank you to all who have participated so far this year , I hope that you have enjoyed yourselves and maybe even learned something new.

Do please tell your friends how worthwhile these days are.

 


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YOUR  NEWSLETTER  from Elizabeth Stevens

 

Please send all contributions, notices, etc. for the next issue covering September/October 2019 to: Elizabeth Stevens, 104 Kennington Road, Kennington, Oxford OX1 5PE (01865 739252) not later than Friday, 23 August 2019.

 

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 WELCOME

 

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.  

 

  

PROVISIONAL LIST OF SPEAKERS FOR 2019-2020

  

  

Date

Speaker

Title

2019

 

 

9 Sept

Liz Woolley

Children and War

23 Sept

John Tyler

The World of Fungi

14 Oct

Nigel Fisher

Wytham Woods: Laboratory with Leaves

28 Oct

Fred Ireland

Behind Bars: Thirty Years as a Prison Chaplain

11 Nov

Jane Rendle & Elaine Adams

ARCh: Ten Years Inspiring Children to Read

25 Nov

 

09 Dec

 

Michael Brown

 

CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON

A Medieval Christmas

 

 

2020

 

 

13 Jan

Dr Tim King

The Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme

27 Jan

John Adams

Walking Coast to Coast

10 Feb

Stephen Barker

Oxford in the Civil War 1642-1646

24 Feb

Peter Tickler

It's Murder in Oxford

9 March

Martin Holmes

Harold Macmillan: A Reputation Revised?

23 March

Shelley Edwards

Keep safe! Avoiding conmen and other risks

6 April

Jenny Mallin

Five Generations of my Anglo-Indian Family

27 April

John Butterworth

Hotel with a Famous Guestlist

11 May

Jon Whiteley

Oxford and the Pre-Raphaelites

18 May

Jane Humphries

tbc

8 June

Angela Panrucker

The Order of the Garter

22 June

Richard McMahon

The Children's Air Ambulance

 


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DETAILS OF SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS (SIG) MEETINGS
 


 

ART HISTORY/APPRECIATION           (10 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.   New members welcome.

 

Tuesday 9 July at 2.30 pm – Two (or possibly three) smaller displays (all free).

Leonardo da Vinci and National Identity on Medals and Money.

2019 is not only the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death, but also the 350th of the first commemorative medal in his honour, struck in 1669. This display shows interpretations of Leonardo as a representative of national identity on medals and money over this period. (It follows our recent visit to the Weston Library’s current exhibition “Thinking 3D”, an area in which Leonardo also made great strides).

The Woodcuts of Naoko Matsubara – over 40 woodcuts to showcase the remarkable career of Naoko Matsubara, a distinguished Japanese artist based in Canada.

The Naked Form in Modern Chinese Art – a selection of images from the 1930s to the present day, having been introduced to China by artists who studied internationally.

 

 

Tuesday 13 August 

Last Supper in Pompeii – explores the powerful love affair of this ancient Roman town with food at the time the volcano erupted. Concessions 11.25 (50% discount for Art Fund Members). Meet inside the main entrance to the Ashmolean at 3 pm for a 3.30 pm guided tour of this exhibition.


 
 

BRIDGE                                                                                     Contact:  Pauline Martin 01865 250870

 

We are a friendly group of 186 players who play on Wednesday afternoons, starting at 2pm and finishing around 5pm, 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.  We play a Chicago system of scoring and table moves with 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 for a couple of trial sessions with us, before joining the group.

   

   

CHURCHES AND PUBS           (27 members)                         Co-ordinator:  Brian Cox (01865 872720)

 

We meet at a church at 11.30 am on the last Friday of each calendar month and lunch together afterwards, 

usually at a country pub near the church. Members are required to pay for their lunch and agree to arrange one of our visits from time to time. 

We now have a large membership and therefore currently maintain a waiting list. If you would to be join us in the future, please send your email address to 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 The Punter pub on Osney Island 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.  

The next meetings are on 1 and 15 July.  No meetings in August.

 

 

 

CRAFT GROUP                                                                        Contact:  Sally Strang (01865 240310) 

 

Several of us enjoyed a visit to an International Textile Fair at Kings Sutton. Our July meeting will be on Friday 19th at Sally's.

 

 

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)

 

With gardens at their best just now the Garden group have been enjoying group visits to several notable local gardens. Further visits are being arranged at dates to suit the hosts. For further information contact Mary Gregory.

  


LANGUAGES                                                                           Contact:  David Taylor (01235 525455)

 

We have completed our study of German for the time being, and we shall now turn to Spanish.  Due to the limitations of space, we cannot unfortunately accommodate any more in the group. 

  

 

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 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).

Walks are planned for the second and fourth Fridays in 2019.  Info will be shared on our e-mail link.  Walking boots are always recommended.

          

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