Monthly Meetings

Speakers for Bourne End and District U3a Monthly Meetings 2019

Our monthly meeting is where members can keep up to date with current news and have time to meet other members. If you are not a member and are interested in joining you are welcome to come along – no charge.

They are held in the Community Centre, Wakeman Road, Bourne End and start at 2.00 pm.

February 26th: Graham Twemlow Recording Britain
Celebrating the Country’s Natural Beauty
& Architectural Heritage

At the outbreak of the WW2 an ambitious scheme was set up to employ artists on the home front. The result was a large collection of watercolour paintings and drawings that make up a fascinating record of British lives and landscapes at a time of imminent change. This talk will highlight the works that feature Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire landscapes and landmarks including those painted by locally based artists John Piper and Stanley Anderson.

March 26th: AGM & Michelle Sapwell Hearing dogs for Deaf People
Michelle or a colleague will talk about the remarkable work done by the dogs, how they are trained etc and MAY be able to bring a dog with them but this is not promised!


April 23rd 2019 Vanessa Bull-Domican Wills and POAs

Vanessa is the Managing Director of Black Law solicitors, based in Flackwell Heath. She will be speaking about the importance of making Wills and drawing up Powers of Attorney. Whilst these are topics many people find easier to ignore, it is important for all of us to think about them and a number of our members have requested a talk which would give them information regarding these issues.

May 28th 2019 Valerie Edwards Chenies Manor: History and gardens

Chenies Manor is one of the finest Tudor mansions in the UK. Owned by the Cheyne family from 1180 – 1526 when the house passed by marriage to the Russell family. Sir John Russell became the 1st Earl of Bedford and the Manor was owned by the Bedford family until 1956 when it was purchased by colonel and Mrs McCleod Matthews.
Valerie will be telling us more about the history of the mansion as well as the award winning gardens

Those we have already had in the last year:

  • April 24th: Tom Way. Wildlife on your doorstep
    Tom is an award winning professional fine art photographer. In addition to showing us excellent photos he will talk about how he took the pictures and what equipment he used
  • May 22nd: Richard Poad The Shakers – much more then pretty boxes and fancy kitchens
    Richard is the chairman of the Maidenhead heritage center and will tell us about The shakers who are the longest surviving utopian society in North America and have had a huge cultural influence.
  • June 26th: Dan Allen What did you do in the War Granny? Women in WW1
    Dan is a member of the Victorian Military Society and will talk about the almost unknown history of how women served in the first world war and the contribution they made.
  • July 24th: Charlotte Russell The history of Fairy Tales
    Charlotte will be talking to us about how/why fairy tales developed
  • August 28th: Ian Keeble Dickens as a conjuror, including demonstrations of some of his tricks’
    Charles Dickens was an amateur conjuror for 7 years. Ian will talk about how Dickens was inspired to take up magic. How he wrote about magic and will show us some of Dickens’ magic tricks.
  • September 25th: Gerry Thwaites Royal yacht Britannia
    Gerry served as the senior engineer on the Royal Yacht and will tell us tales of his time on board.
  • October 23rd: Ana Coggon Gardens and Plants of Piet Oudolf – Master of new wave planting
    Ana is a professional garden designer who has won awards for her show gardens. She will talk about Piet Oudolf and show us stunning pictures of gardens he has created in USA, UK and Holland.
  • November 27th: Steve Roberts Tales of a Scotland Yard detective
    Steve is a retired detective and he will talk to us of his experiences as a detective and as part of the flying Squad
  • December 18th: Christmas Quiz and Social Event
  • January 22nd 2019: William French Butler to Royalty
    William worked in the royal household as well as for a number of celebrities in Hollywood.