Due to the Coronavirus issues Dacorum U3A have decided to:

    • Cancel all Group and Monthly Meetings for the foreseeable future.
    • Cancel all hall bookings for the foreseeable future.
    • Cancel the paper version of the June Digest, replacing it with an online version on our website.
    • Request that anyone who receives the Third Age Matters magazine, but who does not really read or want it, lets members know so that we can cancel it.
    • We have a Facebook group called U3a Dacorum. Click here to see it. You will have to register to use it.
  • We also have a bulletin board at https://u3adacorum.org/forum for those who don’t like Facebook.

The Third Age Trust at https://u3a.org.uk/ has several projects that may interest you. To see everything you will need to register and login at the bottom right corner of their website.

We are working to put in place:

    • An on-line meeting using Zoom App which has a Video & audio conferencing capability so that even when isolated we can run most of our groups and chat to our friends. Details will be announced by email. The Third Age Trust has some useful tutorials which show how to install Zoom App on either your Laptop/ PC OR a tablet / smartphone.
    • See these links: Using-zoom-on-your-desktop/viewdocument/601  OR   using-zoom-on-phones-and-tablets
    • A regular emailed Newsletter until the Digest is printed again. All members are invited to contribute articles to the editor.

If you have not received any Group News emails recently please email members and  groups with your current email address.

To members receiving this by post, if you have an email address please send it to members and groups.

Group Cancellations as of 15 March

All following group meetings have been cancelled until further notice

Calligraphy – 16 March
Sewing Bee – 17 March
Armchair Traveller – 17 March
Belleplates – 17 March
Painting for Pleasure – 18 March
Circle Dance – 18 March
Contemporary History – 19 March
Classical Music Appreciation – 19 March
Meditation – 24 March
Tea Dance – 24 March
Table Tennis 2 – 25 March
Religions – 26 March
Discussion Group (Hemel) – 27 March
Jazz Appreciation – 26 March
Latin – Until further notice
Table Tennis 1 – until further notice

Computer Support Presentations

The U3A Dacorum Computer Support group meetings include presentations on subjects that might be useful to its members.

U3A Dacorum is not responsible for the correctness of the information in these pages. Note also that computer software changes quite fast so that any advice in the presentations on the selection of particular programs and how to use them may may now be out of date.

These CS Presentations are in .pdf format and can be downloaded from the u3adacorum.org web site – Documents – Computer Support Documents and select the CS Presentation Hyperlink shown in Blue

eDigest 108 Spring 2020

The latest printed version of the U3A Dacorum Digest (108 Spring 2020) has just been published and sent to all current Members.

An electronic version can be viewed on the U3ADacorum web site – Documents – eDigest and select Edition 108 Spring 2020 and flip the pages.



New History Group – POSTPONED


New History Group is being formed

Looking at the issues and challenges of Contemporary British History since the end of WW2.
So it will cover the lives of those who attend and who have their own personal histories of the period.
Starting with an overview of the period – up to 2020 Key events; what happened; who did what; what changed. And then discussing some particular topics so we can compare what was learned – or not.

Why did Churchill win the war and lose the peace?
Where did the British Empire go?
Do we remember rationing?
What changed in General Elections?
Prime Ministers the Queen has known? (There was a very good play about these relationships a few years ago)
Wars we fought and wars we missed?
Do we remember where we were during the Cuba Crisis?
Were the 1950s as boring as people seem to remember?

Meetings will be held in St Johns Hall Boxmoor, on 3rd Thursdays 10 to 12 Starting on 19 March
If you are interested and could attend regularly please contact Alan by email: groups@u3adacroum.org.
Group Page: Contemporary British History

Camera Club – New Group started

A new Group has started ‘The Camera Club

This Group is run as a trial for 3 or 4 meetings and may continue if attendees require it to.
Run by a professional photographer.
It is aimed at those who have a camera (not a smart phone), can be an SLR or a compact with a fixed lens, and who wish to understand its features more. Learn how to use your own camera better, how to take pictures of various subjects and in different situations.
How to improve your picture composition and what makes a good shot.
Theory, presentations, Q & A and practical sessions.

Group meeting 2pm to 4pm
2nd Wednesdays, Starting February 12 Feb, then 11 March, 8 April, 13 May.

Meeting in Hemel St John’s Hall, Boxmoor

Group Page: Camera Club

Post expires at 11:59pm on Thursday May 14th, 2020

Musical Miscellany – 12 March-July

Thursdays, 10:00-12:00, St. Francis Church Hall, Glenview Road

Early 2020 Programme
DATE: Thursday 12th March 2020 TIME: 10 am – 12 noon.
Time marches on & so does March; hares along indeed. Time to slow down perhaps? Then come to Music Miscellany next Thursday & be entertained as Mike enthralls us all in his inimitable style with a selection of Music from the 60’s (I remember it well).
For a truly sociable, fun morning come to St. Francis Church Hall, Glenview Road, (Top of Beechfield Road), Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1TD. You can park nearby in Glenview Road or Beechfield Road. All welcome; we look forward to seeing you.

April 9th: Maureen will enthrall us with her eclectic choices of music
May 7th NO MEETING (venue is polling station)
June 4th: Michele’s choices will no doubt have a French flavour
July 2nd & July 30th: Joan & James will (separately) enthrall us, aided by yours truly.
August & November slots are still available.
For a truly sociable Thursday morning come to
St. Francis Church Hall, Glenview Road, (Top of Beechfield Road), Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1TD.
You can park nearby in Glenview Road
or Beechfield Road. All welcome.
Contact details: please see The Digest

Group Page: Musical Miscellany

Post expires at 11:59pm on Friday July 31st, 2020

Short Day Trips – 21 April / 21 May / 16 June / 9 July

To book please send a separate SAE. and cheque made out to “U3A DACORUM” for EACH trip with the following details.

Each passengers full name, Membership Number, Telephone Number, Email Address & pick up point (TRING 9:30AM, BERKHAMSTED 9:40AM, GADEBRIDGE P&R 10AM OR HEMEL OLD BUS STAION 10:10AM.
we leave venue 4pm to return home).
Please can you also inform me when booking if you have mobility issues, Thank you.
Send cheques to the address shown in the digest or on the Group News dated 26 February.
For more information on trips please email the Coordinator or contact via the details in the digest or on the Group News as above.

You are NOT booked on a trip until the cheques are received. Please book early, seats are booked – first cheques received first served basis,
Tickets are sent out in your SAE. when there are sufficient seats sold to run the trip.

Tuesday 21st April – Canons Ashby, Daventry, Northamptonshire (National Trust).
Cost: £23.75 includes Entrance, Coach & Drivers Tip. NT members £14.75 Coach & Drivers Tip.
A tranquil Tudor manor house set in rare terraced gardens, with the ‘ancient’ Dryden family at its heart.
Built by the Drydens using the remains of a medieval priory, the house and gardens have survived largely unaltered since 1710 and are presented as they were during the time of Sir Henry Dryden, a Victorian antiquary, passionate about the past.
The warm, welcoming house features grand rooms, stunning tapestries and Jacobean plasterwork, contrasting with the domestic detail of the servants’ quarters.
Stroll in the historic parkland and catch glimpses of early medieval landscapes, while a wander through the priory church reveals the story of the canons of Canons Ashby.

Thursday 21st May – Leonardslee Gardens, Lower Beeding, Horsham
Cost: £26.10 includes Entrance, Coach & Drivers Tip
Enjoy the beautiful landscaped Grade I listed gardens, first planted in 1801.
Restoration began when the present owner, Penny Streeter OBE, acquired the estate in 2017. Penny and her team are dedicated to restoring, maintaining and further improving the gardens and buildings.
Wide selections of refreshments are available from our new restaurants and tea rooms.

Tuesday 16th June – Moreton-in-Marsh (Tour), Gloucester
Cost £19.00 includes Coach  & Drivers Tip
Stopping for the market & lunch, being picked up couple of hours later, to tour through a few interesting places in the Cotswolds. Then stopping at Burford for an hour to have afternoon tea, before leaving to return home.

Thursday 9th July – Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
Cost: £21.75 includes Coach & Drivers Tip
Enjoy a walk round the Shops, Gardens, or just relax on the beach with fish & chips,

Group Page: Short Day Trips

Post expires at 11:59pm on Friday July 10th, 2020