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The University of the Third Age

(Welwyn Hatfield)

General Meetings.

Planned meetings for Autumn 2021

8 Sep HatTony Tutton – “My Life in Music – Coronation to Corona”
Tony Tutton invites you to take a trip through his life and love of music from 1950s to present day, covering his early musical influences, his various bands, celebrities, great music and original songs along the way up to the present day.
15 Sep WGCLen Little – “The Training and Use of Police Dogs”
Len was a frontline Police Dog Handler in Hertfordshire for 17 years, a Home Office approved Police Dog Trainer for 12 years and finally a Winston Churchill Fellow in 1987. He worked in the then West Germany with the German Police and Customs Service specialising in Specialist Search Dogs Training.
22 Sep HatSimon Gilbert – “Another Opening, Another Show”
Simon was the subject of a 3-page article in February’s TAM magazine. He sang opposite big stars at the Edinburgh Festival and in Drury Lane Theatre and was the singing voice for Peter O'Toole singing “Impossible Dream” in the film "Man of La Mancha". With this song he reached the finals of the TV programme, "Britain's Got Talent"
29 Sep WGCIan Keable – “The Art of Trickery”
Ian will show us how magicians have appeared in art throughout the centuries, from early artists using the magician to symbolise the mysterious and the unknown, associating them with astrology and tarot cards, through to cartoonists and satirists delighting in linking politicians with skulduggery with images of them featuring the Three-Card Trick, Vanishing illusions or pulling a Rabbit out of the Hat.
6 Oct HatChris Truran – “Digital Forensics – Who's Watching You”
Chris joined the MET in 1975 he trained as a Scene of Crime Officer (SOCO). During his career he examined over 25,000 crime scenes ranging from shoplifting to murder.
13 Oct WGCColin Oakes – “Sweeney Todd – Fact and Fiction”
Colin is an archaeologist who, as well as giving talks, takes groups on walking and coach tours in London and the South East.
20 Oct HatJo Laurie – “Air Miss”
An illustrated talk of Jo’s career in the WRAF (not quite “Private Benjamin”, the film with Goldie Hawn, but close!)
27 Oct WGCMalcolm Wells MBE – “So Far, So Good”
Malcolm is an ex- army musician (Cello) and medic who saw service in the Gulf War. He has played for Royalty on many occasions during his 24-year service. He was a national speaker for Canine Partners which brought him into contact with well-known figures
3 Nov HatGeoff Bowden – “Doin’ What Comes Naturally – Life & Times of Irving Berlin”
Geoff’s career was as a Chartered Librarian but his love was Musical Theatre. He formed his own musical revue group touring England and Wales. Since 2009 he has been editor of “The Call Boy”, the official magazine of The British Music Hall Society.
10 Nov WGCMeet the Groups
17 Nov HatTony Eaton – “Windsor and the Nazis – Dupe or Traitor?”
German files, now declassified, shed light on the relationship between the Duke and the Nazis, while British files are still the subject of the 100-year non-disclosure rule accorded, uniquely, to the Royal Archives. Tony assesses the facts and rumours.
24 Nov WGCMervyn Edwards – “Policing Environmental Protests”
Mervyn served for more than 30 years with Thames Valley Police and retired in 2002. Over half his service was spent as a marksman with the Tactical Firearms team and he was also in charge of Special Operations and was part of the National Network Group
1 Dec HatSteve Dimmer – “A Christmas Carol”
A one-man show in which a single actor takes you thorough Dickens’ immortal classic tale of Yuletide redemption, playing all the characters and even providing the sound effect
8 Dec WGCChristmas Party – Please bring your own food – drinks will be provided
15 Dec Mill GreenChristmas Lunch – Tickets on sale in October

For those helping set up the hall for the Wednesday general meetings...

Preparing tea & coffee: please click here (PDF).

Setting up the computer & projector: please click here (PDF).

For an overview of the outings planned by the various study groups, click here..

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