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West Oxford U3A

The West Oxford U3A is a local charity organisation for retired and semi-retired people to come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward.  Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them.

Our talks are always held at the Dean Court Community Centre, Pinnocks Way, OX2 9DG.  Buses 4 and S1 go very nearby.

Many thanks,

Pam Eyton  Vice chair  West Oxford U3A

 Upcoming Events:

14 September:  Cymon Snow – “The Washingtons of Sulgrave Manor”

Cymon Snow is an actor who ran his own theatre company ‘Yeta’ for seven years.  For the last three years, he has been General Manager at Sulgrave Manor, where he has led all sorts of people on tours round the house and its estate and helped them to understand the significance of its place in history.  This promises to be an entertaining and informative session.

Followed before tea by max 5 mins with Margaret Sherrington, on TVN


28 September:  Michael Keith-Lucas – “How Plants Grow”

Prof. Michael Keith-Lucas retired from Reading University Plant Sciences Department several years ago but was appointed a Hon. Fellow and Consultant.  He has many research interests and will talk today about his work in pollen identification and the use of pollen identification and other techniques in forensic science.  It should give us a fascinating insight into how these methods can help to solve cases of fraud, theft, bombings and even murder.

Followed before tea by max 5 mins with John Grimshaw, on Listening to Music


12 October          Chris Dingley – “Tax, Care and Toyboys”

Chris Dingley is part of a professional team who lecture widely on matters both legal and financial.  This talk will aim to update us on how to mitigate the implications of inheritance tax and discuss the proposed changes to this.  He will also discuss the funding of long term care which, for at least 1 in 10 of us, may cost over £100,000.  The third part of the talk considers sideways disinheritance and the problems which may arise from ‘extending’ the family in later life.  Some families find they are faced with unexpected, not always welcome, surprises following the death of a relative.

Followed before tea by max 5 mins with Brian Cox on Churches and Pubs


26 October:        Mervyn Powell – “The Biafran Civil War and its Aftermath”

Mervyn Powell was teaching geography at a school in Nigeria when the civil war started in 1967.  He returned to the UK several years later and was one of the principal lecturers at Westminster College before he retired.  His illustrated talk will explore the reasons behind the civil war and the consequences of this conflict up to the present day.

Followed before tea by max 5 mins with Terence Carter, on Art History & Appreciation

 Further Dates

Date Speaker Title
9th Nov Reggie Hayworth Cotswold Wildlife Park
23rd Nov Bernard Lockett The Musical Theatre of Gilbert & Sullivan
11th Jan Nick Middleton Deserts – Their Use and Abuse
25th Jan Dave Maycock Brass Rubbings – Short Talk and Practical Demonstration
8th Feb Francis Hanford General Short History of RAF Halton
22nd Feb Brian Woolnough Charity Work in India – Tear Fund
14th Mar Claire Sexton The Ageing Brain
21st Mar Andy Smith Life in the Music
11th April Ian Jones 40 Years of Bomb Disposal
25th April Gary Dawson Fire, Rescue and Home Safety
9th May Helen Marshall Oxford’s Future in a Rural County – C.P.R.E.
23rd May Karen Wiseman Odd Men and Necessary Women – Blenheim Palace
13th June Angela Panruker Pub Signs and Their History
27th June Alan Lavender M.B.E. Chef to Four Prime Ministers