Wednesday, 17 August 2022

University of the Third Age

THE Henley branch of the University of the Third Age held its first committee meeting of the year on January 4.

Chairman Charles Whittaker reported on the highlights and activities enjoyed by the members leading up to Christmas 2016.

On November 6 the Henley U3A music group attended a stunning evening of Dvorak, Neilson and Bruch performed by Henley Symphony Orchestra at Reading Concert Hall.

Group Leader Sylvia Pugsley arranged the tickets and transport and was thanked for making the evening so enjoyable and stress-free.

The Henley U3A November talk was entitled “Life in Henley’s Backstreets”. Local historian and author Elizabeth Hazeldine presented her talk to a full house of members and visitors alike.

She revealed historic facts of Henley’s shops to paper bag and parasol manufacturers and of local characters to long-gone breweries.

Her delivery without reference to notes is a testament both to her knowledge and her love of her subject.

November’s coffee morning was held in the Willows coffee shop at Toad Hall garden centre.

Henley U3A members launched into the Christmas spirit with lively conversation together with a measured amount of cake followed by a perusal of the Christmas fayre.

In December the long walks group enjoyed their Christmas lunch at the Packhorse Inn, Mapledurham.

Thirty attendees delivered a vote of thanks to leader Jill Kendall for organising the group’s activities over the previous 12 months.

The group is now looking forward to its annual trip, this year to Bournemouth.

A group of 20 members and friends attended the Regal Cinema on December 7 to watch the screening of the Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker. The performance was delightful and provided an excellent start to the festive season. Members suggested a cinema visit should become a regular feature in the U3A’s social programme.

The chairman thanked all the members for making the outgoing year a success. A special mention went to the members who in 2016 set up three new interest groups: poetry, art appreciation and play reading.

If you would like to know more about the Henley U3A or to become a member, please call or text Charles Whittaker on 07776 366168 or email or visit

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