Meetings are currently held remotely via Zoom, but we are preparing to “go live” in the Autumn. 

If you need advice or help to install or use zoom please contact our Gadget Group Leader Simon Reeks who will be happy to help you Tel: 07449 333296.  There is also a “help” item in the Notices page.

We usually meet on the third Thursday of each month at the Southcourt Community Centre, Prebendal Avenue, Aylesbury HP21 8LF.  Meetings begin with a brief welcome and introduction from the Chair followed by the opportunity to talk to friends and make new acquaintances.  This is followed by a refreshments break that also provides the opportunity for members to meet Group Leaders to find out more about their activities.  Members can also sign up for regular outings and holidays organised by the Travel Team.

The meetings continue with a presentation by invited speakers on a wide variety of topics.

Dates of forthcoming meetings and speakers are listed below.

15 July  at 2pm Paul Ranford – Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo was a designer of war machines, an architect, an engineer, a sculptor and a painter.  This talk is based mainly on Leonardo’s notebooks and reveals the extent of his achievements in the sciences and the arts.

u3a Thames Valley Network  Study days

Thursday 24 June at 10.30am by Zoom – Coventry Cathedral – Icon and Inspiration

The extraordinary story of the rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral as a symbol of peace and reconciliation and its inspiring commitment to the modern.  We will discover the work of Epstein, Elisabeth Frink, John Piper, Graham Sutherland and more.  Alexandra Epps is an Accredited Lecturer for the Arts Society and Guide and Lecturer at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the Guildhall Art Gallery.  She is a qualified Guide to the City of London, offering walks and talks about many aspects of the arts.

Cost for the talk is £2 per device.  Closing date for applications is Monday 21 June.

Coventry Cathedral – Icon and Inspiration 

Tuesday 29 June at 10.30am on Zoom – Black Holes and the Transient Universe

Professor Phil Charles will touch on matters such as black holes, white dwarfs, X-ray binaries in our Galaxy, high energy gamma rays and other mysteries of the Universe.

Cost for the talk is £1 per device.  Closing date for applications is Wednesday 23 June.

Black Holes and the Transient Universe

Tuesday 6th July at 10.30 on Zoom – The Job of a Laughtime

Brad Ashton is an accomplished writer who has worked in comedy for half a century, writing top TV comedy shows in eleven different countries.  In this presentation he will recall the fun he had writing scripts for leading British comedians including Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, Dick Emery, Frankie Howerd, Bruce Forsyth, Hylda Baker, Hattie Jacques, David Frost and Bob Monkhouse.  The talk contains many humorous backstage stories with some startling surprises.

Cost for the talk if £1 per device.  Closing date for applications is Friday, 2nd July

The Job of a Laughtime 

Monday, 12 July at 2.30pm on Zoom – Art as Therapy

Lizzy Rowe is an art historian who studied at the Courtauld Institute in London before joining English Heritage as a guidebook editor.  She currently lives in Oxford where she teaches Art History, as well as giving guided tours and talks. She is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic speaker on a wide variety of related subjects.  On her topic of ‘Art as Therapy’ she will share with us her delight in a range of images, all of which cause pleasure and may lift us above the more mundane aspects of life.  The talk is lavishly illustrated.  Some of the pictures will be familiar, others will widen our horizons.  Lizzy will be happy to answer questions at the end of the talk.

Cost of the talk is £1 per device.  Closing date for applications is Thursday, 8th July

Art as Therapy