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                                                                                              Issue 145

 

Registered charity no. 1108125                                                                                           January/February 2018

www.westoxfordu3a.org.uk

Newsletter Editor:            

 

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.
 

SUBSCRIPTION

The annual subscription was due on 1 September.  IF YOU HAVE NOT PAID THIS IS THE LAST NEWSLETTER YOU WILL RECEIVE.  We are asking you to send a cheque for 15.00 per member, made payable to West Oxford U3A direct to Mrs. Liz Jones, 68 Montagu Road, Botley, Oxford OX2 9AQ, with a stamped envelope (6” x 4”) for receipt of your membership card.  Alternatively, you may make a BACS transfer of the same sum to us at Sort Code: 30-19-83, Account No. 00101463 quoting your initials and surname in the Reference.

 

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN

 

We have had a good term with lots of interesting talks finishing with a very enjoyable lunch organised by Lorna.

The Summer Lunch for 2018 will take place on MONDAY 9th July, hopefully some of the members who cannot make a Wednesday will be able to come.

 

During the term we sadly lost Philip Stevens who had been a member for many many years; a member of Churches and Pubs and Group Leader for the Local History group.  Elizabeth Stevens has retired as Secretary after many years of sterling service.   She has offered to continue as editor of the newsletter which is much appreciated.  Lis Frogatt is doing two jobs for now but we desperately need a new Secretary and some new Committee members.  If someone is prepared to volunteer we can co-opt them at any time.

 

Ian Ross has resigned from the sound team so we also need a new sound person and another member of the Speakers Committee.  If you feel you can help please talk to Frank, John or Russell about sound and Rosemary or Cressida about speakers.  No job is too onerous if there are enough people to help.

 

We will be hosting the Group Leaders and Helpers lunch on February 26th before the afternoon meeting.

Please note the AGM will be held JUNE 25th 2018

 

There is a new defibrillator machine on the wall at DCCC

 

I hope you all a have lovely Christmas and New Year and I look forward to seeing you all on January 8th 2018.

 

 

THIRD AGE TRUST MAGAZINE DIRECT MAIL SCHEME        

 

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.  The production costs are covered by the Third Age Trust.  A charge per address is made towards the cost of postage.      

The present subscription year runs from March 2017 to February 2018, at which time all current West Oxford U3A subscriptions will end.  If you would like to receive the magazines next year (2018), look out for details of how to start a subscription and the postage contribution in your next Newsletter.  You can start a subscription at any time during the year.

 

 

TVN Study days - 2018

 

Please note that there is a link to the TVN website from the Links Button on this website.

TVN have excelled themselves again in 2017 with many varied and very enjoyable study days.  Most have been booked out very quickly.

 

2018 is looking to be another good year although the programme is not yet complete.  As always, any suggestions for a study day are very welcome and all things considered.  So far we have:

 

Photography:   1 March in Benson TBC.

 

The work of William Morris: 10 May.  The flyer and application form are already on line.  This gets full very quickly so, if interested, please check the U3A TVN website for details ASAP. The cost of this is 32.00, starts at 10.00am and finishes at 3.30pm.  This includes a cold buffet lunch plus tea/coffee.

 

History of the Thames:  Late May/early June at Crowmarsh Clifford.

 

Polar Exploration:  September.  Details to follow but Margaret Sherrington is in charge of this one.

 

Website Building with Wordpress:  17 October in Benson.

 

Medicine and Art:  November.

 

More will be advertised as they become available so please keep checking the blue book/board at the meetings to keep up to date.

 

Please check TVN and our website regularly for additions as several others are in the pipeline

 

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                                                                                YOUR  NEWSLETTER from Elizabeth Stevens 

 

Please send all contributions, notices, etc. for the next issue covering March/April 2018 to: Elizabeth Stevens, 104 Kennington Road, Kennington, Oxford OX1 5PE (01865 739252) not later than Friday, 23 February 2018.

 

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.  

 

8 January:       Ian Keable – Charles Dickens, Conjuror

Ian Keable is a magic historian and a professional magician.  He will reveal the significance of magic in Charles Dicken’s life.  Dickens, well known as an author, developed an interest in magic and conjuring while writing a Christmas Carol, first performing as a magician in 1849.  Ian may include mind-bending sleight of hand mysteries with a spooky Victorian Literary twist.

 

12 February:   Dr Tim King   Ants, Ant Intelligence and Anthills

Ants have much in common with humans. After discussing the importance and cultural impact of ants,Tim King will discuss the nature of intelligence and how groups of ants solve problems. Then he will outline his own research on local ants who build the familiar anthills.

After a doctorate on ants and plants at Oxford University, Tim spent 19 years in teaching at independent schools  and also lecturing at Oxford and the Open Universities. He has written books and scientific papers . the latest book is ‘Could an Ant ride a Bicycle’?

He grew up and went to school locally and is now back doing further research at Oxford University

           

26  February:   Sir Muir Gray            The Elixir of Life -  how to increase your ability and reduce your risk of disability, dementia and dependency

Sir Muir Gray was born in Glasgow  came to Oxford in 1972 to work in the Dept of Primary Healthcare. Since then he has, from senior positions in the NHS, done an enormous amount of work on screening in various field such as foetal , maternal and child screening and also breast cancer. More recently he has turned his attention to the problems of ageing  with the aim of encouraging people to live well for longer. This work has generated various books, Sod 60 and later Sod 70 plus others, no Sod 80 as yet!

Latterly he has set up a company, Better Value Healthcare [BVHC] whose aim is to promote the practice of value based healthcare for both individuals and organisations



FULL 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. Please let Terence know if you would like to attend. There are spaces available in this group.

 

January 2018 – No meeting.

 

Thursday 8 February, at the Ashmolean Museum: “Qu Leilei: A Chinese Artist in Britain” (postponed from December 2017)

 

Qu Leilei was born in 1951 and immigrated to England in 1985, having been a founding member of the avant-garde “Stars Group” in the late 1970s. The exhibition illustrates the progression of his technique, and his incorporation of western ideas. Meet at the Museum at 2.30 pm for this free but unguided exhibition.

 

BRIDGE                                                                                    Contact Annie Lorton, 01367 718331

 

We are a really friendly group of around 20 players who have a game every Wednesday starting at 2.00pm and finishing around 5.00pm.  We meet in each other’s houses and all can play bridge to an enjoyable level.  We alternate the sessions with one being a bit more structured playing Chicago, and the other {Splinter} session being a time to learn through playing Rubber Bridge, with pauses to discuss hands as required. 

 

This is not a group for total beginners but please enquire if you have a basic knowledge of Bridge and would like to know more.

 

CHURCHES AND PUBS            (15 members)                         Contact:  Brian Cox (01865 872720)

 

We visit a church monthly on the first Friday of each month and lunch together afterwards, usually at a nearby pub. Any member of WEST OXFORD U3A can join at no extra charge.  The only conditions are to pay for one’s lunch and to arrange and lead one of our visits from time to time.  Further information and a copy of our programme can be obtained from briancox30@btinternet.com


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

 

Cinema Group 1 continues to meet on the second Tuesday of each month at The Punter on Osney Island at 12.30pm.  Everyone welcome for a discussion about films seen, recommended and plans to view new films.

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.  

We meet as usual on 15 January  and 5 and 19 February.

 

CRAFT GROUP                                                                        Contact:  Sally Strang (01865 240310)

 

We are planning a post-Christmas meal at the Plough, Wolvercote, on Friday, 19 January.

 

GARDEN CLUB                                                                                    Contact: Mary Gregory (01865 865887)

  

The Garden Club will not be dormant in the New Year, keeping busy with some sofa-gardening on DVD while waiting for the spring bulbs to show.  Dates of venues for the sofas will be circulated, or contact Mary Gregory, Mary@nandmg.me.uk

 

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.

 

LISTENING TO 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.

 

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 JANUARY 2018.  Info will be shared on our e-mail link.  Walking boots are always recommended.

             

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                                                                                   A VISIT TO THE ORCHID FESTIVAL AT THE BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW 

A visit to the Orchid Festival at the Botanic Gardens, KEW

on Wednesday 28 February 2018

 

A gorgeous orchid display to banish the winter blues.  The orchids are intertwined with the trees in the Princess of Wales’ Conservatory, which is the first stop on a visit which could include for example the warmth of the Palm House and the tree top walkway which has a lift.   Art lovers should not miss the Marianne North Gallery.   This Victorian traveller arranged for every inch of wall in the gallery she designed to be covered with her botanical art which is displayed by continents.
 
A hop-on hop-off train costs 5.   There is a free Winter Treasures one hour tour of highlights both inside the glass houses and in the gardens at 12 noon (meet at the guides’ desk at Victoria Gate Plaza at 11.45).   There are five cafes.
Cost:  Entrance, coach and driver’s tip 32.00
 
Coach pick up:             Hid’s Copse Road at 8.30 am
                                     Seacourt Bridge Pub at 8.45 am
                                     Seacourt Park & Ride at 9.00 am
 
We expect to start back at 3.30 pm

 


TO PRINT THE BOOKING FORM BELOW PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK WHICH WILL OPEN IT IN A SEPARATE WINDOW 

 

Kew Booking Form

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BOOKING FORM                                                                                                         West Oxford U3A


KEW Orchid Festival, 28 February 2018

 

 

To: Joyce Encer, 37 Barn Close, Cumnor Hill, Oxford OX2 9JP                                      Phone 01865 861949

 

I/We wish to book ....... places   

 

Enclosed cheque for ..............payable to West Oxford U3A

 

Name(s) ......................................................................................................................................................................

 

Address.........................................................................................................................................................

 

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Board the coach at ............................................................  Contact phone.................................................

 

Email................................................................ Mobile no  .........................................................................

(for emergency on the day only)                    

 

Acknowledgment will be by email unless a stamped addressed envelope is enclosed

 

DEADLINE for applications: 8 January

 

CANCELLATIONS : We can only refund in full if there is a waiting list or if you find a replacement

 

                           

 
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