Monthly Meeting 4 July – Boxmoor Playhouse

Next Meeting – 4 July – Boxmoor Playhouse

The White Mouse Nancy Wake
We look forward to welcoming our speaker, Paul Barwick,  to our first Face-to Face meeting since Covid.  It will be lovely to meet him in the flesh, his previous presentation was via Zoom.

This talk is about The Little White Mouse – Nancy Wake.

This is the remarkable true story of a woman who lived with the daily threat of death  at the hands of the Gestapo during World War 2. Her incredible courage and strength of purpose is an awe-inspiring tale set against a world set on fire. We recall her life from humble beginnings to becoming the Nazi’s most wanted female spy of the war.

They nicknamed her ‘the White Mouse’ due to her amazing ability to escape their clutches. She became one of the most decorated Allied secret agents of the war. We explore her life, lived to the full and salute her tremendous bravery.


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Exploring London – 27 and 29 July

Explore London – Woolwich
Wednesday 27 and Friday 29 July 2022

The July walk will be looking at Woolwich. Participants will be able to travel there in style and comfort on the new trains now operating on the Elizabeth Line.

Henry VIII established a dockyard at Woolwich in 1512. Later Charles II choose it as a site for the manufacture of weapons, a role that was continued for over 300 years.
The earliest building in the arsenal dates from 1696. While some buildings have been demolished others have taken on a new lease of life.
The area declined in the 1970s and 80s, as did many parts of London that relied on industry. However a new era of growth is underway and the new rail link will increase the appeal of the area. Gentrification is under way.
The walk will be the usual length and duration. Roughly 2.5 miles and 2 hours and the usual time of start of on or shortly after 11 am. The walk will take in the Arsenal site and also other parts of the town.

If you wish to apply for this walk,  please email the coordinator via the group page after 09.00 on 1st July 2022 with a maximum of 4 persons per application. Please give your full names and U3A numbers and indicate if you wish to opt out of your email address being shared with other successful applicants. If you have any queries regarding this walk please contact Bernard via Coordinator

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Exploring London – 28 and 30 June

Explore London – Limehouse, Bow Creek and East India Dock
28 and 30 June 2022

From a Danelaw boundary to market gardens, through industrial revolution, Victoria urbanisation, dereliction, and Olympic rejuvenation come and explore along Limehouse Cut, River Lea navigation, Trinity lighthouse and East India Dock.
This 3.5 mile flat linear walk starts at DLR Limehouse and finishes at DLR East India Dock.

This walk will be led by Sue Miller and will take place on Tuesday June 28th and Thursday June 30th.

If you wish to apply for this walk,  please email the coordinator via the group page after 09.00 on 1st June 2022 with a maximum of 4 persons per application. Please give your full names, U3A numbers and indicate if you wish to opt out of your email address being shared with other successful applicants. If you have any queries regarding this walk please contact Sue via Coordinator

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Short Day Trips 2022

2022 TRIPS

I’m proposing to try and run 5 short day trips this year. The first 3 are confirmed.
If you want to go on any of the trips below please email me, Lionel Howard,  here

You are NOT booked on a trip until I receive your cheques, Please book early, seats are booked first come first served basis

Booking Details
Short Day Trips 186                Coordinator  Lionel Howard
Booking Details with dates & prices, for the May to July trips 2022

To book please send a separate SAE. and cheque made out to “U3A DACORUM” for EACH trip, To Mr. L. Howard 25 Crackley Meadow, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7SQ. 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).

For more information on trips please phone Lionel (details in Digest) or e-mail Email Coordinator

Tickets are sent out in your SAE. when there are sufficient seats sold to run the trip

Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Booking details for August & September trips will be published on Group News in May

Please do not send cheques for August & September. I will not accept booking for August & September trips until May.

Leonardslee Gardens.   Wednesday 18th May 2022
Cost £33.00 Per Person. includes Coach, Entrance & Drivers Tip.
Spring is one of the best times for groups to visit Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens.
From March to June this garden comes alive with a riot of colour.
More information:–

Moreton in Marsh .  Tuesday 14th June 2022
Cost £21.00 Per Person. includes  Coach, Drivers Tip
Moreton in Marsh is a thriving market town. Moreton’s High Street is lined with many specialist shops, antique emporiums, tea rooms and delis.
We stay here for two hour to visit the Market and buy lunch, the coach will then pick us up for a tour passing through Bourton on the Hill, Broadway Tower, Snowshill, Stanway, Winchcombe, & Northleach,  stopping at Burford for an hour to have afternoon tea, then leaving to return home.

Walton on the Naze  Wednesday 6th July 2022
Cost £23.50 Per Person includes Coach, & Drivers Tip
A day to relax on the beach by the sea or explore the town in your own time


Snowshill  Manor and Garden, Gloucestershire. (National Trust). Tuesday 16th August 2022 
Cost £32.40 Per Person, includes Coach, Entrance & Drivers Tip,  NT Members £21.00.
Snowshill is the unconventional home of the eccentric Charles Wade, who delighted in creating a stage for his life and passions. The garden is the perfect place to unwind and explore Wolf’s Cove model village and the Priest’s House.
In the manor house are Charles Wade’s eclectic collections.
More information:–

Upton House and Gardens , Edgehill, Banbury, Warwickshire (National Trust) Tuesday 6th September 2022
Cost £32.20 Per Person, includes Coach, Entrance & Drivers Tip.  NT Members £20.50.
Lord and Lady Bearsted’s 1930s country retreat.
Honey-coloured country house with dramatic terraced gardens and world-renowned art collection..
More information:–

Please Note You should make a risk assessment for yourself as some venues are uneven and with steps etc. For more details of venues Please email Lionel at here.
It is recommended that you take a lateral flow test before attending U3A trips.
The wearing of face coverings has now ceased to be a legal requirement. The wearing of a face covering is therefore completely discretionary. However, given that the virus has not gone away, you may consider it prudent, as an act of charity and in the interests of the Common Good, to still wear a face covering as invariably you will come into contact with some people you do not normally meet.
Please bring a face covering with you, as some of the venues we visit still require you to wear face coverings inside

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Group names changed

As groups have been started, stopped and changed about, their names have changed. So we have made some of the names more logical and standardised the formats, e.g. where there were some groups with the same name, they are now <name> A, B, etc, instead of 1 and 2. This will also make it easier, we hope, for members to find their groups.

You can sort the columns, using the arrows at the at the top.

Group NumberOriginal Group NameNew Group name
177Card Making BrkhmstdCard Making B (Bk)
048Card Making HHCard Making A (HH)
082Creative Writing JCreative Writing C
090Discussion Group E (Brkhmstd)Discussion Group E (Bk)
019Genealogy BrkhmstdGenealogy A (Bk)
051Genealogy HemelGenealogy B (HH)
095Italian Language & CultureItalian (Language & Culture)
156Italian Step 2Italian (Step 2)
027Literature Group A (Brkhmstd)Literature A (Bk)
028Literature Group B (Brkhmstd)Literature B (Bk)
030Literature Group E (Boxmoor)Literature C (HH)
157Lunch Club 1Lunch Club A
203Lunch Club 2Lunch Club B
092More ItalianItalian (More)
067Opera - IntroductionOpera (Introduction)
041Play Reading 2Play Reading A
042Play Reading (Brkhmstd)Play Reading B
050Shorter Walks BShorter Walks
217Table Tennis 1Table Tennis A
224Table Tennis 2Table Tennis B
195Writing: Testing the WatersWriting (Testing the Waters)

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Groups Restarting Meetings Post Lockdown

We are pleased to announce that the following groups have started / will restart their meetings, face-to-face.
Note that a few have confirmed that they are continuing on Zoom for the moment and one is working entirely via email.
Note also that there have been some minor name changes to standardise the formats, there is a list here.
There is a list of the cancelled groups here and of those suspended here.
See the Group Pages for further information.

Armchair Traveller: St John’s Hall, start Tuesday 17 August
Art Club: Gadebridge Community Centre, started 23 July
Arts, Crafts and Skills: Zoom
Astronomy – Practical: St Mary and St Joseph Church Hall
Badminton (New Group): Hemel Hempstead Leisure Centre, starting 9 December
Book Reading Group: St John’s Church Hall, start 20 September
Bus Trippers: Various Locations, start 9 March 22
Calligraphy: Leverstock Green Village Halle, start 6 September
Card Making A (HH): Sundew Road, start 5 October
Card Making B (BK): Open Door Cafe, Berkhamsted (change to venue), start 21 Jan 22 (ex Zoom)
Classical Music Appreciation: St Francis Church Hall, start 14 October
Computer Programming: Zoom
Computer Support: St John’s Church Hall, start 24 September
Creative Writing B: Wrensfield, start 15 October (Note: Change to Friday from Thursday)
Creative Writing C: by Email
Cribbage & Scrabble: Adeyfield Community Centre, start 13 September
Cycling: Various outdoor locations, start 2 September
Exploring London: Various London locations, start 28 September
Exploring Towns and Villages: Various outdoors, start 16 September
Flower Arranging: Highfield Community Centre, start 9 September
Folk Singing: Adeyfield Free Church (change to venue), start 8 September
French Book Club: Highclere Drive, HH
French Conversation Advanced: Zoom
Garden Visiting: Various outdoors, started June
Gardening A: Various outdoors, started July
Genealogy A (BK): Zoom
Genealogy B (HH): St Paul’s Parish Room (change to venue), start 20 September
German Improvers: St John’s Hall, started 2 August
Industrial History: St John’s Hall, start 15 September
Italian (Language and Culture): St john’s Hall, start 23 September
Italian (More): Zoom Various member’s homes (Note: change to days)
Italian (Step 2): Adeyfield Community Centre, start 10 September
Japanese Language and Culture: Various homes, started 26 August
Jazz Appreciation: St Francis, start 7 October
Latin – Beginners: Various homes, started 23 June
Latin – Intermediate: Various homes, started 23 June
Literature A: Various homes in Berkhamsted, started November
Literature B: Various homes in Berkhamsted, started August
Literature C: Zoom
Local History: St John’s Hall: start 28 September
Lunch Club 1: various locations, start 12 October
Lunch Club 2: various locations, start 26 October
Magic Introduction: Buglass Room, Leverstock Green Village Hall, start 3 September
Mahjong: St John’s Church Hall and Bovingdon, start 15 September (Note: change to locations)
Military History: St John’s Hall, start 1 September
Musical Miscellany: St Francis Church Hall
Money Matters: St John’s Hall, 13 September
Nature Study: Outdoor meetings
Needlecraft: Potten End
Opera – Introduction: Bovingdon, start 24 September
Out with Friends: St John’s Hall and various outdoor locations, start 3 September
Painting for Pleasure: Guide HW, start 28 September
Painting for You: adeyfield Community Centre, start 24 September
Patchwork: Guide Headquarters, 6 October
Pencil Drawing: Adeyfield Community Centre
Philosophy: Friends Meeting House, HH, started 19 October
Photography: St John’s Hall
Playing Early Music: Various members’ homes, start 27 September
Play Reading B: Zoom
Play Reading B (141): Location changed to Berkhamsted: starting 7 September
Poetry Appreciation: Piccotts End, started June
Poetry Writing: Gravel Lane, start 11 October
Practical Astronomy: St Mary and St Joseph Church Hall, start 9 September
Railways: Continuing on Zoom, ongoing
Reading: Middle Way, Berkhamsted
Russian: Briar Way, started May
Science and Technology: St John’s Church Hall (Change of venue), start 27 October
Sewing Bee: Adeyfield Community Centre, start 7 September
Shorter Walks: Various outdoor locations, started 17 June (Note: now only once per month)
Swimming (Berkhamsted) (was Watford): Berkhamsted Leisure centre, start 21 October (Note: change to location)
Table Tennis A: Adeyfield Community Centre, started 8 August
Table Tennis B: Adeyfield Community Centre, started 11 August
Tea Dance: Apsley Community Centre: started 31 August
Ukulele: Grovehill Community Centre: started 4 August
Urban Sketchers: Various locations, started 6 June
Walking: Various locations, started 1 June
Wild Flower Study: Various locations, started 30 June
Wine Appreciation: St John’s Hall: started Friday 30 July
Writing: Testing the Water: Berkhamsted, started 3 June

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Groups Suspended (for now)

The following groups are temporarily (we hope) suspended for various reasons.
If you believe that you could run one pending the coordinator being available again, please contact the Groups Secretary, on the main contact page.

Bus Trippers (183) – due to start again in 2022
Chaucer (225)
Circle Dance (011) – until 2022
GOAL (036)
Discussion (HH) (010)
Knit and Natter (175) – start date to be confirmed
Knit and Natter (198) – no current plan for re-starting but under review
Literature E (083)
Modern British History (149)
Quiz (053)
Rug Makers (213)
Shakespeare (056)
Spanish with Fun (187)

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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

A Cappella (147)
Belleplates (062)
Board Games (070 and 212)
Bowls (006)
Creative Writing A (077)
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)
Recorder Ensemble (148)
Sign Language (227 and 189). May start again next year.
Shorter Walks A (050) (Shorter Walks B (050) is continuing)
Sunday Scrabble (055)
Swimming Berkhamsted (226)
Ukulele 2 (192)
Whist (091)

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