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Meets Monthly, third week of month on a Monday at 14:00


One YMCA Orbital Community HUB

*** This group is OPEN to new members ***


Our group has a combination of talks and visits. The talks are mainly by guest speakers. Once a year we have short member talks on a topic such as famous people from the area. We do like to get out and visit interesting places like St Albans cathedral, museums, and historic locations nearby. We are a friendly group and enjoy teas and coffees together at the end of sessions. Bring your own cup, part of our "Getting Greener" policy.

Contact us by phone or email shown in U3A Monthly Newsletter. 


Plans for Year 2024:

15 JAN 2024 2pm
All: Memories of Watford & Local Area. E.g. Leavesden Country Park, Dome Roundabout, Watford Gasworks, Aircrashes, WW2, Pillboxes.

19 FEB Talk. Michael Long 'Tales from the Royal Palace of langely' 

18 MAR (St Patrick's Day) Mike Findlay talk. St Albans1066 - Middle Ages.

15 APR Visit British Schools Museum in Hitchin. £10 each. Shared lifts, meet at the Museum at 10:30am for tea & coffee.

20 MAY VISIT Rothamsted Agricultural Research Station. Meet at 1:45pm
The oldest research station in the World. A guided stroll around the park.

17 JUN Talk. Geoff Harrison The Mundens


19 AUG No meeting this month

16 SEP TALK. Brenda Murphy "The Manor House + in Abbots Langley".

21 OCT TALK. Trevor Baker of Abbots Langley History Society "The History of Abbots Langley in a Nutshell" and covers the period from the Norman Conquest to the present day

18 NOV

2 DEC Christmas Party - ALL LH3 Members Welcome


16 Jan 2023 2pm
Member Talks - local villages. Part 1
Jill Hoy Caldecote Towers in Bushey Heath and Mary Hammond Bushey
Other local villages

20 Feb
Treasurer Report & Plans for 2023
Sign up for visit to RAF Halton 
Member Talks "Churches & Pubs in Herts & Middx"

20 Mar
Talk by Andy Gibbs. British Schools Museum

17 April
Talk by Nik Pringle "Hertfordshire Murders"

Wed 17 May
VISIT RAF Halton Trenchard Museum. Guide Garron Clark-Darby

19 June
Talk by Peter Dawson. Garston Village & All Saints Church

17 July
Talk by Stewart Lewis "The Ovaltine"

21 August No meeting this month

18 Sept
Talk by Mike Parker "The History of Domestic Water in Watford"

16 Oct
Member Talks "Churches & Pubs in Herts & Middx" PART 2

20 Nov 2023
June Hunt's Quiz

4 Dec 2023
Christmas Party


17 JAN 2022 2pm
Member Talks - local villages. Part 1

21 FEB  Member Talks Part 2. 
Review 2021, 2022 Plans, Accounts. Sign up for Visits.

Meetings at YMCA Orbital Centre IN PERSON 
from now onwards
21 MAR 2022 "Miles of Aisles" Talk by Trevor Baker

18 APRIL is Easter Monday so no meeting

16 MAY Michael Parker talk "Water in Watford"

20 JUNE Chiltern Open Air Museum. Meet at 1:50pm at the museum. 
How to get there https://coam.org.uk/plan-your-visit/how-to-get-here/
Chiltern Open Air Museum , Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, Bucks HP8 4AB

18 JULY June Hunt's local history quiz (Watford and surrounds), in groups of 5. Stunning prize for winning group! Cancelled by YMCA due to hot weather. We will run the quiz next year.

15 AUG Teddy Bennell talks. Wall Hall and Munden House. Member talks and if there is time, members own stories of early years. Skools & Education, Coronation day, clubs & experiences.

21 SEP WEDNESDAY VISIT. Bentley Priory Museum, Battle of Britain. Meet at BP in Stanmore, north west London. Use postcode HA7 3HT for Sat Navs. There is a car park inside.
 - Note this is on a WEDNESDAY!!

17 OCT Talk by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust talk "Gobions Wood and “Where the Wild Things Are”

21 NOV Talk by John Whitmore. Subject "Famous People with Connections to St Albans"

5 DEC Christmas Party - ALL LH3 Members Welcome



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