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Out With Friends – Dec 2013

Jazz at Sonning Mill

A group of members travelled to Sonning Mill to enjoy an evening meal before being wonderfully entertained by the Dutch College Swing Band. This Dixieland band, formed in the forties, consists of 8 musicians combining saxophone, brass and stringed instruments to produce foot tapping music, which delighted the audience. Their ability to play so many instruments, their joy in their music and their sense of humour combined to give us all a great evening and a determination to see the band again on their next visit to the UK.

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Jazz evenings; Live screenings of Ballet and Opera; Visit to Ashmolean Museum; Quiz Evening Continue reading Out With Friends – Dec 2013


Out With Friends – Sept 2013


Several of us travelled to Warwickshire to visit Ragley Hall, a Palladian mansion built in the 17th century and set in 400 acres of gardens, woodland and landscaped park.

The original house was built by Robert Hooke and has not been altered or enlarged since that time. It is the home of the Marquis of Hertford and is filled with paintings, ceramics and antique furniture collected by generations of the family.

The unusual highlight is a large modern mural on all walls and the ceiling of the south staircase by Graham Rust, which took 14 years to complete. It depicts colourful plants, birds and animals seen by members of the family during their travels the family crest and the family peering over a gallery.

We also enjoyed the carriage museum, the gardens and the lake before visiting Alcester before returning to Risborough.


Out With Friends – Jul 2013

Tour of the Foundling Museum

About a dozen members travelled to London to have a guided tour of the Foundling Museum to learn about the history of the home for abandoned children and view the wonderful art collection.

The home was founded by Thomas Coram, a mariner, and Hogarth and Handel were sponsors. It ran from 1739 until 1954 and during that time 25, 000 children were cared for and were found employment. We were amused by the surnames chosen by the staff for the children eg virtues, famous people and weather conditions.

Hogarth gave a picture to Coram to help him raise funds and persuaded other artists, such as Gainsborough, Reynolds and the sculptor Rysbrack to do the same. This collection of pictures became the first public art gallery. Continue reading Out With Friends – Jul 2013


Out With Friends – May 2013

May 2013


  • Holiday in Woolacombe
  • Pasadena Roof Orchestra and dinner
  • Visit to Adam’s Farm
  • Visit to Chenies Manor


  • Visit to Foundling Museum
  • Trip to Ludlow
  • Tuesday and Sunday Lunches

The suggestion of visiting Adam’s Farm, the rare breeds farm in the Cotswolds, proved so popular that together with members from neighbouring U3As, we filled two coaches for the day visits. Continue reading Out With Friends – May 2013