General Notices

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Thursday 22nd February: we return to the Barbican Hall to hear the LSO. Conductor - Robin Ticciati, violin soloist - Alina Ibragimova. Programme: Brahms – violin concerto; Franck – Psyche Suite; Ravel – Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2. Cost £29 inclusive of coach and gratuity. Last date for booking 20th January.

Tuesday 27th March: We return to the Royal Festival Hall and the RPO conducted by Charles Dutoit with Alban Gerhardt cello. Programme is Strauss – Don Juan, Mozart – Symphony No 35, Haffner and Strauss – Don Quixote. Cost £28 all-inclusive and last date for booking 22nd February.

Thursday 26th April: Royal Festival Hall to hear the RPO, conducted by Pinchas Zuckerman who is also the solo violinist. Programme is: Sibelius, the Swan of Tuonela; Bruch, Violin Concerto; Elgar, Sospiri and Elgar, Variations on an Original Theme ‘Enigma’. Cost £28 all inclusive; last date for booking is 20th March.

Booking forms from me or at the Concert Group table at monthly meetings.
Valerie Morey


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Anniversary Booklet Cover

CLICK HERE to view the above booklet which describes the history and development of our U3A and has been prepared for our 25th anniversary. (Note the document is quite large, over 3M, and may take time to download.)

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We are unable to run the tour to Portsmouth , but have been offered Swansea as an alternative for the same dates.
We will be staying at The Marriott Hotel, Swansea. Itinerary to include ; Tewkesbury on the outward journey, visits to The Royal Mint, Aberdulais Falls (NT), Welsh National Botanic Gardens, a boat trip on the river Tawe, a ride on the Gwili Steam Railway and a half day free to explore the delights of Swansea. We will call at Swindon on the way home with the option of the McArthur Glen shopping outlet or the Steam Museum ( admission not included )
The basic price remains at £435pp, Insurance £23.75 if required, Single Supplement £75. There will be a £5.20 charge for the Falls for non NT members.

An introduction for interested members:

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Once again, from 16th May to 4th October 2020, the villagers of Oberammergau in Bavaria perform their world famous Passion Play, a tradition which first started in 1634. The performance commemorates Christ’s journey into Jerusalem, His death and resurrection. It involves more than 2,000 villagers, a full orchestra and a vast stage.

Our proposed Oberammergau Passion Play tour will be a five-day tour exclusively for our group, combining the remarkable experience of the passion play with a trip to the castles and lakes of Bavaria.

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Based at the York House Sea Front Hotel, in Eastbourne from Sunday April 15th to Friday April 20th 2018 We will use Norman Allen Group Travel.

Day 1: depart Hertford/Ware, visit Ightham Mote (National Trust, NT) en route to Eastbourne.
Day 2: Blue Badge guided tour of Eastbourne (comfort stop Queens Hotel) followed by afternoon guided visit to Michelham Priory (lunch stop).
Day 3: morning visit to Bateman’s (NT): lunch and photo stop at Bodiam Castle (NT), afternoon in Hastings (opportunity to visit Jerwood Gallery or fishing port and beach).

Day 4: morning Guided tour of Charleston Farmhouse. Lunch (included) and afternoon guided visit to Firle Place.
Day 5: morning visit to Berwick Church followed by free time to visit Lewes and have lunch. Afternoon visit to Monks House (NT).
Day 6: return to Hertford stopping at Knole (NT).
Cost £495 per person sharing a double/twin room (or plus £91 single supplement for sole use of double room). Gratuities are included but not entry fees: free for National Trust members, otherwise allow ~£50.
Although priority booking is for the two Architecture Groups, there is usually room for other U3A members. Please contact me if you are interested or for booking forms.
Val Morey