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Monthly Meeting – 6 August 2024
Exploring London – 22nd and 25th July – The Batterseas
Monthly Meeting – 1 July 2024
Exploring London – 20 and 21 June 2024 – Spitalfields and East End
Cancelled Groups
New Constitution Adopted
Equality and Diversity
Web Conferencing using Zoom, Skype & Jitsi etc.


Last Updated: 6 Jul ’24

 

 

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Monthly Meeting – Monday 6 August 2024

BOXMOOR PLAYHOUSE, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD
MONDAY 5 August, 10:00 REFRESHMENTS
10:30 Annual General Meeting
11.00 Presentation
doors open 09:45

Paul Barwick

“Georghi Markov and
the Poison Umbrella Murder”

In 2023 Paul Barwick thrilled and mystified us with his presentation about Gareth Williams and the Mystery of the Body in the Bag. He now introduces us to Georghi Markov.

This is an extraordinary story of murder and revenge.
In 1978 Bulgarian journalist Georghi Markov was assassinated on Waterloo Bridge with a microscopic pellet containing the deadly toxin Ricin, fired from a modified umbrella supplied by the KGB. With the Cold War raging, Markov was a thorn in the side of the Bulgarian Prime Minister Todor Zhivkov.
We recall the tragic events that shocked the world over 44 years ago. We look at the deadly poison Ricin and examine the evidence against the main suspect for the assassination.

No fee to be paid

Contact: Groups via this link (select addressee: Groups)

The meeting will be hybrid, if you wish to participate on Zoom, use the link that will be supplied in the Group News closer to the date.
If you experience difficulty with the sound, turning on Captions, at the bottom of the Zoom screen on a PC or by clicking on More … on an iPad, should assist greatly.

Boxmoor Playhouse
72 St John’s Rd
Hemel Hempstead
HP1 1NP

Parking round the Moor   OR    55 – 57 Park Road, HP1 1JS
X5 bus from Berkhamsted Town Hall  to St John’s Church, walk 10 minutes
Buses are every 30 minutes: 21 and 51 past the hour, return 10 to and 20 past the hour, but check

See Hemel Map

Last updated: 6 Jul 2024

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Exploring London – 22nd and 25th July – The Batterseas

Exploring London, Monday 22nd and Thursday 25 July

July Walk: The Batterseas. – Village,  Park. and Power Station

This flat linear walk is under 3 miles, lasting approximately  two hours.   Please note there are some steps.

We will view the elegant houses in Battersea Village and St. Mary’s Church before taking the Thames Path to Battersea Park and finally exploring the very modern Battersea Power Station, with both beautiful new and old architecture and points of interest in between.

The nearest station to the start will be Clapham Junction and at the end the Northern Line runs from Battersea Power Station to Euston but you may like to investigate  Uber Boats,  which run 3 times an hour, and can take you back to The Embankment.

If you wish to apply for this walk, please email Sue at Coordinator after 9.00 on Monday 1 July with a maximum of 4 persons per application.  Please give your full names and U3A numbers; and indicate if you can do either date.
If you miss the 1st,   please still do apply and If you have no preference and are able to do both dates,  please let Sue know so numbers can be balanced on both walks.

Remember if you apply for others, you are responsible for passing on messages.
Please indicate if you are NOT willing for your email address to be shared with other successful applicants.

If you have any queries regarding this walk, please contact Hilary via Coordinator. Late applications will be accepted.

Rail unions must give 14 days notice of any proposed strike action, so if this becomes a problem at any time before the walks, dates may have to be rearranged.

 

Last updated: 28 Jun 2024

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Monthly Meeting – Monday 1 July 2024

BOXMOOR PLAYHOUSE, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD
MONDAY 1 July, 10:00 REFRESHMENTS, 10:30 PRESENTATION
doors open 09:45

Alan davis

“Rainbows, Haloes and Glories”

Alan Davies is Professor Emeritus, Mathematics, at the University of Hertfordshire where he was Head of Department until his retirement.  Since then he has spent most of his time working with school pupils and presenting mathematics and science to general audiences of all ages.

Atmospheric conditions give rise to a variety of optical phenomena.  The most commonly occurring is the rainbow, which, as its name suggests occurs due to the passage of sunlight through raindrops.
We shall start by looking at a variety of rainbows. As we move down through drop-size we shall meet fogbows and then the so-called glories.  As well as water droplets, the atmosphere contains ice crystals. A light ray can take many different paths through an ice crystal and this gives rise to a much greater variety of optical outputs, including haloes.

No fee to be paid

The meeting will be hybrid, if you wish to participate on Zoom, check the Group News nearer the date for the link

Contact: Groups via this link (select addressee: Groups)

Directions
Boxmoor Playhouse
72 St John’s Rd
Hemel Hempstead
HP1 1NP

 

Parking round the Moor   OR    55 – 57 Park Road, HP1 1JS
X5 bus from Berkhamsted Town Hall  to St John’s Church, walk 10 minutes
Buses are every 30 minutes: 21 and 51 past the hour, return 10 to and 20 past the hour, but check

Last Updated: 4 June 2024

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Exploring London – 20 and 21 June 2024

Explore London – Spitalfields and the East End
Thursday 29the and Friday 21st June 2024

The June walk will be through the heart of the old East End exploring the three great themes that defined the area, the industries the authorities did not want inside the city walls, the immigration that was attracted to the area over a period of 400 years by lure of jobs and lastly the impoverishment of its people.
The walk starts and ends at Liverpool Street Station and is about 2 miles in length.

If you wish to apply for this walk,  please email the coordinator via the group page after 09.00 on Saturday 1st June with a maximum of 4 persons per application.

Remember if you apply for others, you are responsible for passing on messages. Please give your full names and U3A numbers and preferred date. If you have any queries regarding this walk please contact John via Coordinator

Last updated – 27 May ’24

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Group Cancellations

We are sorry to say that the following groups have been cancelled, for various reasons.
If you would like to re-start the group, please contact the Groups Secretary
You do not need to run the group by yourself, often someone is will to help.

A Cappella (147)
Belleplates (062)
Board Games (070 and 212)
Bowls (006)
Creative Writing A (077)
Computer Support (069)
French and Fun (015)
French Conversation (014)
Garden Appreciation (016)
Geology 1 and 2 (021 and 184)
Line Dancing (022)
Music Appreciation (034)
Painting Unlimited (09)
Painting for You (196)
Recorder Ensemble (148)
Sign Language (227 and 189)
Short Day Trips (186)
Shorter Walks A & B (050)
Sunday Scrabble (055)
Swimming Berkhamsted (226) But see Swimming (221) ex HH
Ukulele 2 (192)
Whist (091)

Last Updated 6 Jul ’24

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Industrial History Visit – 15 May 2024

Coach Trip – Wednesday 15th May – Combe Mill

The Industrial History group will be visiting Combe Mill and the Oxford Bus Museum, which includes the Morris Motors Museum on Wednesday 15th May. There are a few places available on the trip, which is now offered to any U3A Dacorum member who would like to come on the trip.

The programme is as below –
0900       Departure from former Park & Ride stop by Gadebridge Park on Leighton Buzzard Road, Hemel Hempstead
1030        Arrival at Combe Mill – tea and coffee will be provided on arrival

There will be a presentation about the Mill, which will need to be in two groups as there is limited space. While the first group is at the presentation, the second group will be free to look round the Mill (which will be in steam). This second group will then be able to see/hear the presentation. Throughout the visit the various parts of the Mill, which was the sawmill for the Blenheim Estate, will be staffed by volunteers who will be able to talk about “their”  part of the Mill. It is by all accounts a very interesting place.

1245        Departure from the Mill
1300        Arrival at Oxford Bus Museum (and Morris Motors Museum)

There is no presentation at the Museums; you are free to tour as you wish. There is a café at the Museum

1600        Departure for return to Hemel

The cost of the trip, which will include the coach trip, driver’s tip, entrance fees and tea/coffee at Combe Mill will be in the region of £36 per person depending on the number of participants.

For more information about the venues, have a look at their websites at  https://www.combemill.co.uk/    and      https://www.oxfordbusmuseum.org/

It looks like it will be a really interesting day and I hope you will be keen to sign up for it.

If you want to reserve a place, please send an email to the Coordinator

Last Updated: 20 Mar ’24

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Monthly Meeting – 4th March 2024 Berko

Northchurch Social Centre, Berkhamsted
MONDAY 4 March, 10:00 REFRESHMENTS, 10:30 PRESENTATION
doors open 09:45

Mark Lewis

“The Sentinels of the Sea,
The History of Lighthouses”

Mark’s passion for lighthouses began in his childhood years. Mark is a long-standing member of the Association of Lighthouse Keepers and serves on its committee as Education Officer.
During the last twenty-five years, Mark has enthusiastically shared his professional interests and hobbies by giving talks to Probus, Rotary, Wls, U3As, National Trust Associations, art and historical societies, antique clubs, luncheon clubs, church groups and other community organisations.

Sentinels of the Sea is a general introduction to “pharology” -the study of lighthouses and other navigational aids.
The talk will discuss the prototype – the Pharos of Alexandria, and the evolving history of lighthouse construction, methods of illumination, operation and maintenance, the lives of the keepers, including some of the extraordinary heroic stories associated with them.

No fee to be paid

Contact: Groups via this link (select addressee: Groups)

The meeting will be hybrid, if you wish to participate on Zoom, use the link that will be supplied in the Group News closer to the date.
If you experience difficulty with the sound, turning on Captions, at the bottom of the Zoom screen on a PC or by clicking on More … on an iPad, should assist greatly.

Northchurch Social Centre                                        
Bell Lane
Northchurch
Hertfordshire
HP4 3RD

Parking at the centre   OR
X5 bus from Marlowes stop H – Ride 21 Stops to Darr’s Lane, walk 6 minutes
Buses are every 30 minutes: 10 to and 20 past the hour, return 12 and 42 past, but check

Last updated: 22 Feb 2024

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