Board Games 2 – 17 January

We’ve all heard of it,
but when did the Prohibition in USA begin?
we could tell you now for the Rekorderling but
why not grab your motorbike and SIDECAR
Bring John Smith and Heine-Ken and come to Board Games on Friday 17th
Murphy might join us and Carl-ing so come along by 2:15 to the Guides Hut Queensway.
We can play Schnapps or perhaps SAUTERNE at RUMikub.

Forwarding apologies but, Laura will have to be Absinthe.

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Post expires at 11:59pm on Saturday January 18th, 2020

Camera Club – New Group

A new Group is being started ‘The Camera Club

This Group is run as a trial for 3 or 4 meetings and may continue / be extended 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, 11 March, 8 April, 13 May with the possibility of extending

Meeting in Hemel possibly St Johns Hall

If this is for you please email as soon as possible, and watch Group News for further information.

Magic (Introduction)

The Magic Group will meet on Friday 17th January in the Buglas Room at Leverstock Green Community Centre between 2:00 and 4:00 pm.

This week we will look at a few tricks that make things disappear. Whether they reappear, change form, or are transported elsewhere will depend on the trick, the magician and good fortune.
I have a couple of new tricks that I am practising furiously, so there may be a comedy element as well!
Whether you have a trick or two to show, or would just like to watch, then please just come along.

As usual, John will contribute one of my favourite tricks, but it’s a secret!

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Post expires at 11:59pm on Saturday January 18th, 2020

Armchair Traveller – 21 January

The Armchair Traveller Group will be meeting at St John’s Church Hall, Boxmoor next Tuesday January 21st at 2:00 pm.
This month we a travelling to Georgia with Sue Miller, her presentation is titled Georgia – Myths, Mountains, Monasteries and the Black Sea.

Thanks John

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Post expires at 11:59pm on Wednesday January 22nd, 2020

Music Appreciation – Classical – 23 January

Classical Music Appreciation [Group 035] – next meeting
DATE: Thursday 23rd. January from 10.00am to 12 noon.

SUBJECT: Bring Your Own
Sue will be leading our ever popular audience participation format; so please let us know the details of any work you would like us to include. Preferably no longer than 10 minutes, details of composer, item, performer(s), track number and duration.
VENUE: At St Francis Church Hall, Glenview Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1TD.
Newcomers are welcome to join our friendly group, just turn up. Contact details are in your Digest magazine.

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Post expires at 11:59pm on Friday January 24th, 2020

Painting for Pleasure – 16 January

036 Painting for Pleasure will be on Wednesday 16th January 10 am to 12 noon, at Adeyfield Community centre, the Queen’s Square, HP2 4EW

The subject this month is “Bridges within a canal, river or city setting.” Use the medium of your choice. If you would rather choose something else to paint, please do so.

The cost for the session is £1 50.

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Post expires at 11:59pm on Friday January 17th, 2020

Swimming (Watford) – 17 January

The first U3A Swimming Group get-together of the New Year will be, as usual, on the third Friday of the month, so this month it will be Friday 17th January.

We will meet between 02.30-02.45 at the Watford Leisure Centre – Woodside, Horseshoe Lane, Garston, Watford WD25 7HH.
The swimming session starts at 3 pm and finishes at 4pm and hopefully we will all have time to have a cup of tea and a chat together afterwards.
If you could let me know on if you are coming, I will wait for you in Reception.
For those who will be new to the group: there is plenty of free parking; entry cost is pounds sterling 2.30; you need a one pound coin, which is returnable, for the locker. Just a reminder: I am not a lifeguard or swimming coach, just someone who likes swimming. There are trained lifeguards at the pool.

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Post expires at 11:59pm on Sunday January 19th, 2020

Science & Technology – 29 January

Happy New Year to all our members.

Our first meeting for 2020 will be on Wednesday 29th January, beginning at 2 00pm at our usual venue of St Joseph’s Hall, Horsecroft Road, Boxmoor. It is now almost traditional for us to welcome Colin Richards from Watford U3A as the first speaker of the year. He has given us several informative and entertaining talks in the past and this time the title will be “Big Brother is watching you“.
The presentation will show how big data and machine learning algorithms are used by the major internet companies, like Google, Facebook, Amazon etc., to track our movements, sell us things, influence our votes and even modify our mood and behaviour. He will explain in a short introduction what the terms big data, algorithms & machine learning mean in this context.
This is something that affects all of us in our daily life and as usual, all are welcome to attend but enquiries should be addressed to

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Post expires at 11:59pm on Thursday January 30th, 2020

Musical Miscellany

Thursday 16th January 2020 TIME: 10.00am – 12.00 noon.

Good day everyone. A very happy new year & decade from the Music Misc team.
Our 1st meeting of the decade will be presented by Peter & is entitled Peter’s New Year Selection Box. Guaranteed not to cause weight gain &, whatever the weather, to involve Peter’s excellent super dry humour.
For a sociable & entertaining 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.

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Post expires at 11:59pm on Friday January 17th, 2020

Magic Group

The Magic Group will welcome the New Year at 2:00 pm on Friday 3rd January, in the Buglass Room at the Leverstock Green Community Centre.

We’ll look again at a few mentalism tricks, including:
1) A demonstration of clairvoyance, telepathy and precognition.

2) Reading a random page from a book.

3) Predicting a card selected from an invisible pack.

As usual, everyone is welcome to demonstrate and practise their tricks on each other, and John Eaton will keep any high spirits under control!

Curious? Then please, just drop in for an afternoon of fun.