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AGM – 7 August 2023
Short Day Trips 2023
Exploring London 25 and 31 May – A Gentleman’s London – St James’s
Monthly Meeting – 5 June 2023
Exploring London 27 and 29 Jun – Maida Vale and Little Venice
February ’23 – Group Amendments
New Constitution Adopted
Equality and Diversity
Web Conferencing using Zoom, Skype & Jitsi etc.

Last Updated: 26 May 23, adminA



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Exploring London – 27 and 29th June 2023 – Maida Vale & Little Venice

Exploring London June Walk – Maida Vale & Little Venice

The June walk will be led by Sue Miller. Maida Vale is one of the prettiest and most picturesque areas of London, home of red-brick mansion blocks from the Victorian and Edwardian eras and elegant neoclassical stucco mansions with tree lined avenues.
None of this existed until 200 years ago, woods and fields had long occupied the stretch of land north of Paddington, but the area had no name of its own.
Then a battle changed everything. When, in 1806, the British troops inflicted a burning humiliation on the Napoleonic army at Maida — a small Calabrian town few Italians would be able to pick out on a map — a patriotic pub on Edgware Road named itself The Hero of Maida, in homage to commander Sir John Stuart. As houses began to creep in on the surrounding pasture, the name stuck and Maida Vale was born.
This is a 3.5 mile flat linear walk finishing at Warwick Avenue Tube Station.

If you wish to apply for this walk, please email Bernard at Coordinator after 9.00 on 1st June 2023 with a maximum of 4 persons per application.  Please give your full names and U3A numbers and preferred date.
Remember if you apply for others, you are responsible for passing on messages.

If you have any queries regarding this walk, please contact Bernard 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: 26 May 23, AdminA

Post expires at 11:59pm on Saturday July 1st, 2023

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Exploring London – 25 and 31 May

Explore London – A Gentleman’s London – St James’s.
 Thursday 25 May and Wednesday 31 May 2023

We will explore the elegant shopping streets for handmade boots, shoes, hats, etc. Not forgetting wine and cigars, as well as passing the elegant men’s clubs and some horrendously expensive restaurants.
Beautiful elegant houses built in the 17 century, including Spencer House, a short stroll in Green Park,  before admiring St James’s Palace, the smallest square in London, The Mall and lots more.

If you wish to apply for this walk,  please email the coordinator via the group page after 09.00 on 1 May 2023 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 Susan via Coordinator
A list of names and further walk details will be emailed a few days later.
I am hoping that there will still be some Coronation decorations for us to admire, so I do hope you can join us.

Last updated – 30 April 2023, AdminA

Post expires at 11:59pm on Wednesday June 7th, 2023

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Monthly Meeting – Monday 5th June 2023

Monday 5 June, 10:00
doors open 09:45

Dabs and DNA Detects Criminals

Chris Truran joined the Metropolitan Police in 1975. He trained as a Scenes of Crimes Officer (SOCO) and worked in central, north and north west London. During his 38 years he examined over 25,000 crime scenes ranging from Shop-lifting to Murder. When he started examining crime scenes, DNA was in its embryonic stage.

He will talk about the development of fingerprints at the beginning of the 20th century up to the first crime solved using DNA. He covers the first criminals convicted by fingerprints, the Brighton Bombing, Lockerbie, the Tsunami, James Hanratty and DNA from a daughter that solved a 30 year old murder by her father.

No fee to be paid

The meeting will be hybrid, if you wish to participate on Zoom, Please check the Group News Email for the link.

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

Boxmoor Playhouse
72 St John’s Rd
Hemel Hempstead


Parking round the Moor   OR    55 – 57 Park Road, HP1 1JS
500 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: 6 Apr 23, adminA

Post expires at 11:59pm on Friday June 30th, 2023

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Short Day Trips 2023

trips for 2023.

(1)  Polesden Lacey (National Trust)   Wed 17th May 2023

Cost £32.25 Per Person, includes Coach, Entrance & Drivers Tip.  NT Members £19.00 Per Person, includes Coach & Drivers Tip.
Edwardian country retreat of socialite, Margaret Greville. Home to her extensive collection of paintings, ceramics and fine French furniture.
Highlights include exceptional views, the walled rose garden, herbaceous border,
More information
(2)  Clacton                                         Tue 14th June 2023

Clacton on sea, Essex. Wed 14th June 2023

Cost £22.00 Per Person, includes Coach & Drivers Tip.
Clacton has a lovely clean sandy beach with palm trees and is a great place to visit… Lots of attraction and places to eat and buy fish and chips and ice cream.

(3)  RHS. Wisley Gardens              Tue 18th July 2023

Cost £31.95 Per Person, includes Coach, Entrance & Drivers Tip.  RHS Members £18.00 Per Person, includes Coach & Drivers Tip.
Visit the Mixed Borders or Glasshouse Borders during summer and you’ll be sure to get plenty of inspiration (and maybe a little envious).
And a visit wouldn’t be complete without stepping inside the spectacular Glasshouse, where you can take a journey around the world in plants.

(4)  Worthing                                      Wed 16th August 2023

Cost £20.00 Per Person, includes Coach & Drivers Tip.
A great place to relax and visit the pier.

(5)  Cambridge City Centre            Tue 19th Sept 2023

Cost £19.00 Per Person, includes Coach & Drivers Tip.
Visit the famous old colleges, the site of the Old Cavendish laboratory, where 29 Nobel prizes were won.
Visit the 16th century Eagle Pub where airmen used to gather in WWII
Marvel at the grandeur of King’s College Chapel, which has become the symbol of Cambridge
Visit St. Benet’s Church, which dates from the 11th-century and is the oldest church in the county

Please Note You should make a risk assessment for yourself as some venues are uneven and with steps, steep slopes etc. .

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.

Booking details

You are NOT booked on a trip until I receive your cheques, Please book early, seats are booked first come first served basis
Please book with the following details.
Telephone Number, Email Address, Each passenger’s Membership Number, full name, & pick up point (TRING 9:30AM, BERKHAMSTED 9:40AM, GADEBRIDGE P&R 10AM OR HEMEL OLD BUS STATION 10:10AM, we leave venue 4pm to return home).
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.

For more information on trips please phone Lionel on 01442 266011 or


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

Please book early to avoid disappointment.

See dates
Email Coordinator

For more information on trips please phone or Email Coordinator

Last updated: 3 Mar 23, AdminA

Post expires at 11:59pm on Saturday September 30th, 2023

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Web Conferencing using Zoom, Skype & Jitsi etc.

Web Conferencing

Even though the major threat from Zoom seems to be passing on, a few groups are still using Zoom, either for the entire meeting or as a “hybrid” meeting, i.e. some  members physically in the venue, others at home, to allow “less mobile” members to attend.

We now have two U3A Dacorum Zoom Accounts set up. (Zoom 1 & Zoom 2)

We have also put together a “Beginners Guide to Zoom” in an attempt to make it easier for U3A Coordinators & Members to have regular  “Scheduled” Zoom meetings.
The “Beginners Guide to Zoom” is divided into different sections:-
Using Zoom on a Desktop or Laptop,
Using Zoom on a Tablet or SmartPhone,
Using Screen Sharing,
Joining a Zoom Call for the First Time
Click this link to see the User Guide Zoom Users Guide

It is intended to assist all U3A coordinators to setup a Zoom video conference, or U3A Dacorum members to Join a Zoom meeting when invited by a Coordinator.

Last updated: 16 Mar 23, AdminA

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