Russian Cultural Group

From March, the Group will meet once a month on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 2:00 pm. Meetings are held at the Downley Community Centre, School Close, High Wycombe, HP13 5TR.  More location details and maps.

The Group continues to attract excellent support, and we look forward to an interesting talk in May on a "revolution" in Russian Art. Further details below.

U3A News

We are taking a small change of direction in our future plans for the Russian Group. After trying for some time to adapt the Russian Club to the ethos of the U3A, we reached an impasse with the U3A Committee. Their view is that we have not moved fast enough in this direction, and we were not following their customs in exactly the way they wanted us to.  They have now announced that they have withdrawn their support for the new group after only two (very successful) meetings, a move that took us all by surprise.   

We would like to reassure all our supporters and friends that the Russian Cultural Club will continue to meet as before, every third Thursday of the month at 2.00 at the same venue  -  the Oak Room, Downley Community Centre, Downley, HP13 5TR.

Those of you who joined the U3A specifically to become part of the Russian Cultural Group are eligible for a refund.
To request a refund, please contact Terry Boreham (U3A Membership) on 01494 533191.  

The U3A members are most welcome to our meetings but we have no option but to charge an entry fee of £2.00 for everyone that attends, in order to help cover the cost of hiring of the hall.

Current U3A members who have any questions or concerns should address such matters to U3A officials.

  Older News

Spring 2017
We have a lovely new meeting room at Downley.

For more information, and how to find us,
see the Maps page.

20th April - "Lara"

Lara’, the untold love story that inspired ‘Doctor Zhivago’ 
  an illustrated talk to be presented by Nadia Ainsworth.

A new time, and a new place:
2:00 pm, Thursday 20th April
Oak Room, Downley Community Centre. (Map, and how to find us)

Next: 18th May - Russian Art and the state

It is 100 years since the 1917 October Revolution and this illustrated talk will explore a "revolution" in Russian Art, 1917 to 1932 - one of the most significant periods in modern world history. The talk will be given by Barbara von der Heyde.

2:00 pm, Thursday. 18th May.
Oak Room, Downley Community Centre. (Map, and how to find us)

15th June - Dickens's Russia and Russia's Dickens.

Charles Dickens's published works were known in Russia from the early stages of his career: he was excerpted and then soon afterwards translated into Russian from the late 1830s onwards and has retained a popularity from that time forward. Dostoyevsky acknowledged his influence and Tolstoy particularly praised his writing in David Copperfield.

In this talk, Dr Tony Williams will explore these and other connections between Dickens and Russia. Dr Williams is a frequent speaker on Dickens, both in this country and overseas, and is currently President of the International Dickens Fellowship.

2:00 pm, Thursday. 15th June.
Oak Room, Downley Community Centre. (Map, and how to find us)

21st September - Sochi, Russian Winter Olympics

 By Sandra Hurst, details to be announced.  

2:00 pm, Thursday. 21st September
Oak Room, Downley Community Centre. (Map, and how to find us),

Russian Club January Meeting, E.G.M. - update

The HW Russian Club is pleased to announce that members attending the January 2017 meeting made many useful and valuable suggestions about how the Club might adapt to present circumstances. In particular, they affirmed overwhelming support for a proposed evolution of the Club, involving a switch to daytime meetings close alliance with the U3A.   Other ideas, such as an increased presence or interaction on "social media" were put forward, and the Club is happy to support these ideas wherever practical.

Members were also keen to thank the organisers and acknowledge the hard work put in over many years by Committee members, past and present. Special mention go to Nadia and Elsa, who have devoted much time, energy and thought to ensuring the success of the Club in recent times.

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