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Local History group visit to Magdalen College Oxford on 7th July.

The  Local History group has arranged a visit to Magdalen College, an invitation is extended to other U3A members.

If you would like to join in then you MUST contact Rodney Glew by email

We will be catching the X5 at 9.40am at Buckingham Bus Stand (nearest parking is the Waitrose  car park) – then at Oxford Bus Station take the `Tube` a bus which will drop us off in the High Street just a short walk from the entrance to the college.

Nearby is the Queens Lane Coffee House (supposed to be the oldest coffee shop in Europe). Ed spoke to the manageress and she said she can take us for lunch. As we need to give her some idea of numbers please let Rodney Glew know if you will be coming by the 4th July.

The college also does snacks and light lunches if anyone would prefer to lunch there.
We can use our bus passes on all buses.

£7 admission to college (concessions) with an option to purchase a combined ticket that includes entrance to the University Botanic Gardens. These are located across the road from the college.

Please note that payment is by card only – no cash.

Not too much walking, so this should be a nice trip out.

This is a self guided visit/outing so you can return to Buckingham, on the X5, at leisure, as and when you are ready.

News for Networks

The May 2022 edition of “News for Networks” – the newsletter of Network Link – has been published.
You can see it by clicking on this link:
More information on about Network Link can be found on the Networks page on the u3a website at
and there is a link to sign up to receive News for Networks three times
a year.
The next Network Link Zoom meeting is on 22nd June, and the programme will include items on Subject and Peer Support Networks, plus breakout rooms where you can meet people from other Networks.  I know (because I am keeper of the attendance list!) that several of you have already signed up.    If you would like to register to attend, or need more information, do contact me on the special email address

The Alina Orchestra Upcoming events ( NB 4th June cancelled)

Saturday 21st May, 11am, The Radcliffe Centre, Church Street, Buckingham
Come and Sing! – Join us on 21st May as we celebrate 70 years of the Queen’s reign by coming together to sing songs from all of the decades from the 1950s right up to today including songs by The Beatles, Bob Marley, Queen, Adele, Lady Gaga and Dean Martin.
Thursday 2nd June, 7:30pm, St Edburg’s Church, Bicester

Music for a Royal Occassion – Join Alina Orchestra, led by Musical Director, Hilary Davan Wetton, as we celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

‘Music for a Royal Occasion’ featuring Handel’s Water Music and other ceremonial pieces by Elgar, Boyce and Walton, featuring soprano, Jessica Wise singing ‘Let the Bright Seraphim’.

Saturday 4th June, 7:30pm, The Radcliffe Centre, University of Buckingham
Music from the Royal Courts – This programme of festive and ceremonial music celebrates the contribution of many of the Masters of the Queens and Kings music.
Sadly cancelled

Visit to National Arboretum

Beryl Alan (who is on the British Legion committee) has let the U3A  know that the British Legion are looking to arrange a trip to the National arboretum and would any U3A members be interested in sharing the coach?

July 18th. Cost £20.00 p.p. departing 8.30a.m. from the main bus stop in the town.
Beryl is going on holiday to-morrow for 18 days but will be back in time to take bookings and payments at the next meeting . Cheques or cash to be made out to Beryl – Legion rule!

Contact Beryl for further details

News from the Recorder Group

Membership   The Recorder Group has been meeting successfully on a socially distanced basis at their new venue of Lace Hill Community Centre since the summer of 2021.  During that time we have welcomed some additional members.  We now feel that we have reached the maximum number that can be safely accommodated while socially distanced.  Reluctantly we have decided, on a temporary basis, not to accept new members until the Covid situation improves.  A waiting list has been established.  Prospective new members are invited to contact the Group Coordinator for further information.  It remains the case that, if there is a demand, an informal group of beginners/ returners to playing may be set up on an alternative day.

Live Performances!  Members of the Recorder Group gave four Christmas Concerts in December.  A small group made a very well received return to Gracewell Care Home.  Another small group enjoyed providing music to accompany the Tree Festival at St Edburg’s Church in Bicester.  Diners at the St Peter and St Paul Christmas Lunch sang along with enthusiasm and a large group enjoyed entertaining visitors at Stowe.