22 May 2024

**PLEASE NOTE: Lift out of order**

The lift at Bridge Street is currently out of order. We are expecting this to be fixed by the end of next week but will update you in next week’s Bulletin. Meanwhile, we know this will be difficult for some members and apologise for the inconvenience.

 

What’s on next week


Bank Holiday

The Bridge Street premises will be closed on Monday 27 May for the Bank Holiday, therefore no classes will take place in Bridge Street. A small number of classes meeting elsewhere will take place so check with your course organiser.

 

Tuesday 28 May at 1 pm – The Film Group screening will be La Mif at Arts Picturehouse.
Members are reminded that all U3AC Film Group films start promptly at 1.00 pm.

 

Visit to Barcham Trees

Wednesday 29 May – See details below under Reminders – Events and Visits

 

New items


Summer Events Programme

Thank you to everyone who has helped organise one of the many events which are part of the Summer Events Programme. There are over 50 events available and the Programme is now available – please click HERE. Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. You may initially request 3 events and places will be confirmed on application. If you request further events (up to a maximum of 6) you will be placed on a holding list and be contacted if the event still has places, about a week before the date.

Visit to Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker and Flatford, East Bergholt

**This visit has now been opened up for friends and family, so please encourage everyone to apply.**

A visit has been arranged to visit Kelvedon Hatch Secret Bunker and Flatford on Tuesday 18 June 2024. Application forms are now available from the Office and on the Trips and visits page of the website. Cost £36.50 (or £33.00 for National Trust members). Closing date for applications is Friday 31 May.

 

Reminders – Courses and talks


U3AC cycling group

The U3AC cycling group is open to all U3AC members, and we welcome riders of all abilities, and including those with electric bikes. Our rides are in small, friendly groups and we cycle between 12 and 30 miles, with a refreshment stop. We start from various locations in and around Cambridge. No commitment is required – you can join as many or as few rides as you wish. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact the co-ordinator, Derek Morris at u3ac.cyclingclub@gmail.com.

Our current Rides Programme can be found on the U3AC website Login to the site, and then visit https://www.u3ac.org.uk/extra-groups/cycling-club/

We have 7 rides during May, ranging between 18 and 30 miles. Full details of each ride and contact details for the ride leader can be found in the Rides Programme.

Attending courses when unwell

To prevent the unnecessary transmission of germs we kindly request that you do NOT attend courses if you are experiencing cough or cold symptoms. Please consider your fellow U3AC members, some of whom are particularly vulnerable to infection. Thank you for your cooperation.

Moviemakers film screening

The Moviemakers group will be screening the films they have made this year in the Pink room at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 11 June. There will be a short drama and a couple of documentaries. Running time is approximately 40 minutes, with time for discussion afterwards. To book a place, please contact Laura – laurarsims36@gmail.com

 

Reminders – Events and Visits


Visit to Henry Moore Studios and Gardens, Hertfordshire

A visit to Henry Moore Studios and Gardens has been arranged on Thursday 11 July. Cost £45. Application forms are now available from the Office and on the Trips and visits page of the website. Cost £45. Closing date for applications is Thursday 6 June.

Visit to Barcham Trees

The visit to Barcham Trees on the 29 May has now been finalised and will progress along the lines detailed:

10.00am arrive at nursery, coffee.

10.30am Introduction to the nursery and it’s work by Keith Sacre.

11.30am Walking tour of the nursery looking at tree production.

1.30-2.00pm lunch and discussion.

2.30-3.30pm Walk around the Barcham Garden (under development)

It should be noted that this visit will involve lengths of time both standing and walking outside on at times very uneven terrain, and therefore it is advised that appropriate footwear should be worn. Should anyone be interested in attending please contact the Office. Those who have previously indicated an interest have already been contacted.

Walking tours

The following walking tours will be led by Tony Rogers who is a Green Badge Guide who founded Cambridge Tour Guides with his partner. He graduated from Trinity Hall, was employed by Cambridge University for 30 years looking after its buildings, estates, investments and is a Life Fellow of Hughes Hall.

Contact the organiser, Marie-Joelle Galvez, to register your interest:  mjagalvez15@gmail.com

 

17 June 2024 – 10.00 am – Alan Turing Tour – Private Tour – 1 ½ – 2 hours

The meeting point will be outside The Cambridge Gift Shop on Rose Crescent, CB2 3LL

Alan Turing was the founding father of computer science and a hero of the Second World War for his work at Bletchley Park, Britain’s ‘Ultra Intelligence’ centre, where his team cracked the code of Nazi Germany’s Enigma machine and intercepted messages that led to Allied victories in many theatres of war.

The tour will focus on Turing’s dramatic life before, during and after his studies at Cambridge – where he graduated from King’s College with a degree in mathematics and became a Fellow in 1935 – the tour also covers Cambridge’s long history of code-breaking and intelligence work such as Gordon Welchman who developed the ‘traffic analysis’ intelligence-gathering technique that most recently located Osama Bin Laden and Bill Tutte who cracked the Lorenz Code.

Price per person:  £13 per person for a group of 15 people.

Closing date 31 May 2024 – the minimum of 15 people must be reached to be viable – members and friends are welcome.

Payment will be made directly to Tony Rogers account and details will be given at closing date.  Bank transfer only.

 

18 June 2024 – 10.00 am – Literary Cambridge Tour – Private Tour – 1 ½ – 2 hours

The meeting point will be outside The Cambridge Gift Shop on Rose Crescent, CB2 3LL

Cambridge University has produced an astounding 110 Nobel prize winners. This is the city in which the atom was split, where the Electron, Neutron and Proton were discovered; and where the discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA was announced in a local pub! It’s a city of radical and revolutionary thought, having produced religious and literary iconoclasts, and scientists who challenged the teachings of the Christian Church as they unravelled the workings of the physical world.

This tour will follow in the footsteps of Isaac Newton, Alan Turing, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Rosalind Franklin and Charles Darwin and include some of the sights that inspired William Wordsworth, Lord Byron and the influential Chinese poet Xu Zhimo.

£13 per person for a group of 15 people

Closing date 31 May 2024 – the minimum of 15 people must be reached to be viable – members and friends are welcome.

Payment will be made directly to Tony Rogers account and details will be given at closing date. Bank transfer only.

 

19 June 2024 – 10.00 am – Cambridge Spies Tour – Private Tour – 1 ½ – 2 hours

The meeting point will be outside The Cambridge Gift Shop on Rose Crescent, CB2 3LL

In the revered halls of Cambridge University, where centuries of intellectual pursuits echo among ancient spires, a compelling narrative emerges – one that uncovers the University’s entanglement in the covert intrigues of espionage. Notable figures such as Sir Francis Walsingham, a Cambridge-educated spymaster, established formidable intelligence networks instrumental in thwarting threats against Queen Elizabeth I.

Beyond the exploits of the notorious Cambridge Five during World War II Cambridge played a pivotal role in shaping Britain’s emergence as a global intelligence leader.

In 2016, contemporary espionage concerns added a new layer to Cambridge’s narrative. Intelligence experts, including former MI6 head Sir Richard Dearlove, resigned from the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar (CIS) amid fears of Russian influence.

Now, in 2024, we are compelled to reflect on the delicate balance between academia and covert influences at Cambridge, adding new chapters to Cambridge’s history of espionage from Tudor spies to modern intrigue.

Price per person: £13 per person for a group of 15 people

Closing date 31 May 2024 – the minimum of 15 people must be reached to be viable – members and friends are welcomed

Payment will be made directly to Tony Rogers account and details will be given at closing date. Bank transfer only.

 

20 June 2024 – 10.00 am – From The Romans to DNA – Private Tour – 1 ½ – 2 hours

The meeting point will be outside The Cambridge Gift Shop on Rose Crescent, CB2 3LL

On this private tour you will see and learn about the key sights in the historic heart of Cambridge e.g. famous colleges such as Trinity, St. John’s, King’s, Gonville & Caius, Corpus Christi and St Catharine’s; you will also see the world-famous Old Cavendish Laboratory where 29 Nobel Prize winners made an extraordinary contribution to the sciences. Other famous sights along the way include: the 11th century St. Bene’t’s Church, the historic Eagle Pub, where airmen gathered in World War II, the University’s Senate House and the University Church of Great St Mary.

This tour includes the entrance visit to Queens’ College which has some of Cambridge’s most iconic and beautiful buildings.

Price per person: £19 per person for a group of 15 people – this price includes entry to Queens’ College.

Closing date 31 May 2024 – the minimum of 15 people must be reached to be viable – members and friends are welcome.

Payment will be made directly to Tony Rogers account and details will be given at closing date.  Bank transfer only.

 

Reminders – Other


Gallery area

The Wednesday Art Group (ART 10) are very proud to show some of this year’s work in the Gallery area at Bridge Street.  A collection of amateur artists who occasionally work to a theme, we enjoy not only seeing and taking note of other people’s skills, but also engaging with a strong social element within the group.  The show will hang until 10 June.

Facebook

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Other organisations

U3AC supports other local organisations by listing their activities on the Other organisations page of our website https://www.u3ac.org.uk/news/other-organisations/