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The University of the Third Age

(Welwyn Hatfield)

General Meetings.

Doors open at 9:45, tea and coffee are served from 10:00 to 10:30. The meeting starts at 10.30 am with notices, followed by the talk.
Meetings labelled "Hat", will take place in Breaks Manor Youth Centre, Link Drive, Hatfield, AL10 8TP. If you're online, you can click here for a map.
Meetings labelled "WGC" take place in the Ludwick Family Centre, Hall Grove, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 4PH. If you're online, you can click here for a map. There's sometimes a problem with parking for cars at Ludwick - if you don't mind a walk you could try parking in Caponfield - click here for a map.

There have been complaints from residents about the parking on the road in front of Ludwick Family Centre. If you plan to park here, please could you ensure that you 'follow the trend' and park on the same side as those cars already parked. This ensures that delivery lorries and emergency vehicles can pass through. Many thanks.

If you want to display notices on the projector, or notice boards, at the meetings, contact Tony Tutton on 01707 328943, or E-mail him: "tonytutton@yahoo.co.uk".

Please note that, for health and safety reasons, we have to limit attendance at these meetings to 170

Please note that the Welwyn Hatfield U3A does not endorse any products or services provided by the speakers at our meetings.

For information on recordings of talks from past meetings, click here.

Planned meetings for Autumn 2022

14 Sep WGCTony Earle – “The Thames Barge”
Thames Barges we see today are survivors of a fleet of over 2000 that carried goods to London. Tony’s talk outlines their history and use up to the present day, illustrated with a model and pictures.
21 Sep
U3A Day! - details to be announced later.
28 Sep WGCSteve Dimmer – “Walt Disney – the Struggles of a Legend”
Walt Disney is a name that conjures up magic and happiness. Yet in his life, Disney was constantly battling to realise his ambitions. Steve explores the life of this extraordinary man and the trials he overcame. Liberally illustrated with clips from landmark films and sprinkled with anecdotes that will inform, entertain and surprise.
5 Oct HatGill Hodgekinson-Price – "Highgate Cemetery"
In this talk we will learn about the construction of the Victorian burial ground and explore many of the famous (and perhaps infamous) current day occupants
12 Oct WGCDavid Callaghan – “René Lalique”
Lalique is better known to the general public for his work in glass, but this talk introduces some of the extraordinary jewels he created. Lalique’s ideas and technical achievements became a huge inspiration to other designers and craftsmen. The talk concludes with a “tour” of his lasting monument – the “Glass Church” of St. Martin in Jersey.
19 Oct HatPlease note early start
10am - James Hinkins - "Appraisals for Older Drivers"
James is Lead Driving Assessor at Herts Ability, a charity based in WGC. He will tell us about a new service designed to "review and rev-up your driving skills" aiming to support drivers in continuing to be safe on the road and retaining their independence.
10:30am - Stephanie Bevan – “Hertfordshire Careline”
Established by North Herts Council in 1982, the Herts Careline supports the independence and safety of thousands of residents by the provision of sensors, alarm buttons and other devices which call for help in an emergency. Their control room, in Letchworth, takes around 1800 calls every day.
26 Oct WGCDavid Felton – “Walking from Lands End to John O'Groats”
On 15 May 2017 David Felton set off on the adventure of a lifetime, walking from Land's End 1,269 miles north to John O'Groats in 82 days. In this talk, David outlines the highs and lows of his long walk, using 100+ beautiful photos.
2 Nov HatTony Eaton – “The Curious Disappearance of Major Glenn Miller”
Tony has a particular interest in unravelling some of the hitherto unresolved air mysteries of the 2nd World War and is a recognised authority on the disappearance of the famous bandleader Glenn Miller. Having been a member of the Glenn Miller Society since 1955, Tony is the main contributor to its International 'Moonlight Serenader' magazine.
9 Nov WGCCarole Hawkins – “Tales from the Chalk Face"
Carole is 21 with 46 years experience! She has been Head of 3 schools and has worked as an independent advisor to independent schools for many years. She has also written several books including the biography of Peggy Batchelor, "Never a Dull Moment" and she is an occasional public speaker and presenter.
16 Nov HatRoger Wotton – “Angels, Putti, Fairies & Dragons”
Artistic impressions of these beings usually depict them as having wings, enabling them to move from the realm of their existence to another world - ours. We will survey images of angels, putti, fairies and dragons and consider how each uses their wings for flight.
23 Nov WGCChris Truran – “A funny thing happened to me on the way to the Old Bailey"
Criminals sometimes do unbelievably stupid things that get them arrested. While fingerprints and Forensics capture many there are plenty more times when they have brought about their own downfall. Very much a light-hearted look at the criminal world
30 Nov Hat Colin Oakes – “Christmas Traditions – Samain to Twelfth Night”
Colin is an archaeologist who, as well as giving talks, takes groups on walking tours and coach tours in London and the South East.
11 Jan HatDamien O’Dell – “Adventures of a Ghosthunter”
(postponed from Feb 2022) Damien will share with us personal encounters with ghosts in over 20 years of investigating haunted properties.

For proposed meetings dates for 2023, click here (PDF). (PDF)

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).

The next New Members Welcome meeting will be on Monday 31st October 10 am (prompt!), at the WGC Cricket Club, 288 Knightsfield, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 7NQ.

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

For an overview of when the study groups meet, click here.

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