New Group: Classical Greek


Miranda is starting a new group. This is a beginners group for those who would like learn the basics of Classical Greek. Please go to the Classical Greek page for more information.

April 2019

IN A NUTSHELL  - where you can read what our wonderfull groups have been up to!

IN A NUTSHELL - where you can read what our wonderfull groups have been up to!


Mae’r Grwp Gymraeg Canolradd wedi bod yn siarad am y Ddraig Dderw ym Methesda.

The Welsh Intermediate Group has been talking about the Oak Dragon in Bethesda, which has been stopping the traffic on the A5. Miranda.

Apple Computers Group: learnt about backing up their files. Rod.

Walking Group: did a 4 mile round walk from Sandridge, ending with a pub lunch. Grace.

Museums and Galleries Group: visited the Van Gogh exhibition at the Tate - brilliant! Patricia.

Wings and Wheels: went to Duxford Imperial War Museum near Cambridge and saw an amazing collection of aircraft. Terry.

Table Tennis Group: all play to win, but the games provide us with so much laughter that the final scores are not so important. Hand-eye co-ordination; gentle aerobic and weight-bearing exercise; keeping joints mobile; and then the part where so many of us fail: trying to remember the score! Fran.

Grumpy Old Men: the topic of this month’s grump of the month was ‘cars with very loud exhausts disturbing the tranquility of Brickett Wood’. The locals need their beauty sleep! Andy.

Local History: saw and discussed a film ‘A County at War: Life on the Home Front in Hertfordshire’, referring to WW1.  Staggering numbers of troops were gathered on heaths, parks, grounds of country houses and other open spaces in the county prior to mobilisation. David.

Current Affairs: In May we discussed the following topics:

  • Should Huawei be excluded from our security system?

  • Views on having to drive an electric car by 2030.

  • Should the Jeremy Kyle Show be discontinued by ITV?

  • Should we bother to vote in the European elections?

  • What wider issues does the new Alabama Abortion Law bring up for discussion?

  • Our possible solutions to the Irish Border issue. Pauline.

Classical Greek: This new group will be starting soon. No previous knowledge needed. Planning meeting 31st May. Please visit the Classical Greek page for more information. Miranda.

May 2019

Calling all Cryptic Crossword Addicts!

Cryptic Crossword 8 and the Solution can now be found on the Cryptic Crossword Compilers Groups page.
Crossword 9 coming soon.

April 2019

Jazz in the Third Age – Five Years On

Jazz in the Third Age (j3a) is celebrating its inception five years ago with a concert for members of U3As in the St Albans area. They will be performing at Homewood Road URC Main Hall in St Albans on Monday 24 June at 2:30pm.

j3a aims to be inclusive for musicians whether active, inactive, new to or returning to jazz. The emphasis is on having fun whilst rehearsing, improving and performing in public. They currently have members from nine U3As. See their website:

Their repertoire ranges from Red Nichols, through Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington to Gerry Mulligan and Charlie Parker and the music is accessible to all music lovers.

Entrance will be by advance ticket purchase only – please contact Ray Wilson via email - to reserve a place and arrange payment (£5).

March 2019

Beacon News

Beacon is the name given to the programme that U3A’s use for record keeping and it is going through a major upgrade. Read the first of their regular newsletters. Just click Beacon News.

Congratulations to Derek who has joined the Beacon User Forum and the Beacon Upgrade team.

March 2019

60’s NIGHT!

1st June at Townsend School from 7pm

Come and join us for a fun evening of 60’s music with the Beaucrees live band. Come on your own or with a friend, bring your own drinks, remember the days of mini skirts and back-combed hairstyles, and relive the golden oldies. Dance if you feel like it, or sit back and indulge in the nostalgia! Tickets are £15 and include a fish and chip supper.
(Veggie alternative available on request).

How to get tickets:
Either bring your cheque to the table beside the travel table at the next monthly meeting.
Or contact Rick Hanson for further details.
Thank you!

Cheques only please, made payable to Verulam U3A 60s Night.

Cheques only please, made payable to Verulam U3A 60s Night.

2019 Activities Guide

You can find a printable copy of the 2019 Activities Guide here.