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This Chess Valley Walk into History was oversubscribed as of 11th June


Proposed visit to Wallingford town, Museum and Castle on 21st July 2010

for the Walks into History Group

 We are planning a visit to the historic town of Wallingford on the Thames on 21st July.

 Wallingford is a delightful historic town originally established by King Alfred to act as a garrison to protect the north eastern border of Mercia with Dane Land to the north. Its castle dates from about that time and was developed by William the Conqueror as a strategic position to defend the main fordable crossing of the Thames west of London. Later the castle was strengthened and extended by various kings and formed an unassailable stronghold for the Royalists in the English Civil War. 

The outing is planned to start at the Museum in the Castle grounds at 10.30am where we shall have a talk on the history of the town and castle by Judy Dewey, the leading local historian, followed by a walk around the town and riverside and lunch. After lunch at 2.00pm we shall meet by the bridge and have a 11/2 hrs tour of the castle led by Judy as our Guide including a visit to the archaeological dig at the site of a ‘main gate’ by the riverside that was discovered last year by geophysics and a trial trench. Judy is an enthusiastic expert as we found out on the TVN Thames Towns Study Day where she gave the talk on Wallingford. 

Wallingford Museum charge 7 per person including the admittance, introductory talk, guided tour of castle grounds and remains and the visit to the dig, which is a bargain! 

We should aim to be at the Museum between 10-10.30am for coffee before the start at 10.30am. You can park in the nearby Long-Stay car park in Goldsmiths Lane. 

Please advise me by e-mail if you would like to go on this one-off offer asap, as I would like to book it up and there is a limit of about 20 for the party size.
There are no places left

Reading U3A

Thames Riverside Project Walk around Historic Reading 1st November 2010

The morning walk, taking in the sites of the town's former industries, will attempt to explain the growth of Reading between the two rivers, the Thames and the Kennet
In the afternoon there will be a PowerPoint presentation on Reading's architecture at the Abbey Baptist Church, Abbey Square (just behind the Central Library)
Drivers should meet Dennis Johnson, the walk leader, at 10.00am on Reading Bridge (easy parking nearby) They will then walk in a group to Abbey Baptist Church.
Those on public transport can go straight to Abbey Baptist Church arriving between 10.00 and 10.30.
After coffee and registration the walk will proceed, leaving the church at 10.30 It will be a 2hr. walk finishing in the town centre at 12.30.
Please bring a packed lunch (free tea/coffee available at Abbey Baptist Church) or eat in the town centre
Re-assemble at Abbey Baptist Church at 1.30pm. for presentation on Reading Architecture.
Places are limited.
Please book your place by sending your name, U3A, telephone number and email address to Mrs. M. Trout at 7 West Chiltern, Woodcote, Reading RG8 OSG enclosing a cheque for 4, payable to Reading U3A, and an SAE if you require a receipt.

Oxford U3A

Date of Walk: Fri. 25 March 2011 
Start time: 10.00am for 10.15am  At Christ Church Main Entrance. 
Distance: 5 miles. 
Finish: Wolvercote after lunch, *bus back to Oxford. (*Bring bus pass if you have one)
Walk leader: JOAN AIREY  Please notify Joan your intention to attend   Phone No. 01865 864088   email address: 
Short description:  We meet at the main entrance to Christ Church from where we will be escorted to the Cathedral for a short introduction to St. Frideswide.  There will be a photo opportunity in Christ Church Meadows before proceeding to walk the Thames Path to Binsey and the Church.  Return to the village of Binsey for lunch at The Perch pub.  After lunch walk on to Wolvercote and then take bus back to Oxford.  Level walking - 5 miles total.
Places of local interest:  Christ Church Cathedral:  The Well at Binsey Church:  Alice in Wonderland connection.
Pub lunch:  Yes, varied menu. 
Meeting point: Main entrance to Christ Church in St. Aldates by 10.15am.  Use Redbridge Park & Ride (parking free at present) and take P&R bus (use bus pass if you have one) which runs along Abingdon Road to Christ Church, St. Aldates.  Redbridge is off the Oxford Ring Road approaching from the south.

Reading U3A
TOWN STUDY – HIDDEN READING – May 11th, June 8th, Abbey Baptist Church, Reading, 2 p.m.  July 13th, times and venues to be confirmed. 

Reading U3A’s Town Study Group chooses three towns each year to study and to visit.  We have three monthly meetings for each town– two meetings where members present the results of their researches into the current town, and then in the following month we have a trip to the town with a guided walk and visits to places of interest.  Recent towns have included Farnham, Marlborough, Romsey, and we are currently studying Letchworth Garden City.

We have decided, as part of the Riverside Project, to concentrate on Reading as our next town.  We will be looking at “Hidden Reading” – aspects of the town which are little known, even to our own members.  In May and June we will meet at Abbey Baptist Church (behind Reading Central Library) and hear from those members who have volunteered to research different topics and present their findings, and then in July we will organise some walks and visits.  The only charge for the May and June meetings will be 40p for tea and biscuits; for the July walks and visits there may be a small charge (we will be able to confirm this when the programme has been finalised). 

We would be delighted if members of other U3As in the Thames Valley Network would like to join us for any or all of those three meetings.  If you would like to come, or would like further details, please contact me by telephone, text or email.
Avis Furness, Reading U3A, 0118 946 2186, 07960 588084,

Windsor Town Walk for Tuesday 5th July

Amanda, a blue cross guide will gently walk us around the interesting and informative sights and buildings of historic Windsor; amusing and illuminating, it is sure to entertain us.
Meet at 10.15 at the Cinnamon Cafe (next to Windsor Tourist Information Centre) in
Windsor royal shopping area.  
The walk is around two hours on the 5th July.  There are plenty of places for lunch afterwards.  
Parking in
Eton is cheaper than Windsor, but parking at Home Park is not too expensive.
Don't miss this entertaining event
5.25pp to secure your place, to Mrs Jackie Taylor,
Mandalay, Binfield Road, Wokingham, RG40 1SL; payable to U3A TVN.
Enquiries to email
Latest date for bookings is 20th May.


Reading U3A is organising a visit to Mapledurham House and Watermill, the oldest working watermill on the Thames, on August 9th.
A 5-mile walk from Reading to Mapledurham will be organised, but for those unable or unwilling to do the walk there will be the opportunity to travel by boat from Caversham.
The cruise takes about three-quarters of an hour.


11.00-----The walking party meets on Reading Bridge and sets out from there, taking a  picnic lunch. Lin Godfrey will be the walk leader.

 2.00pm---The boating party embarks at Caversham jetty (next to the Crowne Plaza)

 2.45pm---The two groups join forces at Mapledurham and have a guided tour of the House and Watermill.

 5.00pm---Everyone embarks for the return journey.

 5.45pm---Arrival in Caversham 

At Mapledurham the walkers and the boating party will join forces and have a guided tour of the House and Watermill.

The walkers may have a short time to wait at Mapledurham for the arrival of the boat but they can use the time to explore the grounds, where there are some interesting trees and statues, and perhaps visit the church. 

Caversham is only a very short bus ride from Reading Town Centre 

Cream teas, homemade cakes etc. will be available in the tea-room in the Old Manor House. Plenty of time before the boat leaves at 5.00 pom
At the end of the afternoon the whole party can return to Caversham on the boat.


APPLICATION  FORM    Copy & Paste into Word document                    

The cost of this excursion will be 16.50 for members of U3As affiliated to the Thames Valley Network and 18.50 for non-affiliated members, to include the guided tour of the House and Watermill and river cruise in one or both directions.

Please make cheques to U3A THames Valley Network

Please indicate whether you wish

a)___to join the walking party
b)___to travel by boat  

Please reserve me_______tickets at 16.50 each (or 18.50 each) for the Mapledurham visit                                                                                                                                          

Name_____________________________          Email______________________________  

Name of U3A______________________           Telephone___________________________ 

I enclose a cheque for _____ 


Please enclose a SAE or include an email address if you require an acknowledgement. 

Applications should be submitted by July 30th but late applications will be accepted if the event
is not fully booked. 

Applications should be sent to:- 

Mrs M Trout, 7 West Chiltern, Woodcote, Reading, RG8 OSG