U3A in London Update – 1 July 2024

This information was published on: July 01, 2024

Shelley Lea sent us these great pictures of the Yoga class she coordinates.

The timetables for the week

This update, The full timetable, the Town Hall room timetable and the Zoom timetable are available in the Common Room and on the corridor noticeboard. 

From the U3A Company Secretary

Our next Executive Committee Meeting (ECM) will be held on Thursday 11 July  at the Old Town Hall in Room1.22 and via Zoom (link below) at 9.45 am. You are welcome to attend as an observer.

Membership Renewals

Subscription for 2024 to 2025 The Executive Committee has resolved that the subscription for 2024-25 will be £50 for the year (or part year). Those entitled to a reduced subscription will pay £10.  Renewal of membership at this rate can now be paid in the usual ways: direct to our bank; by cheque; or by credit or debit card in the Office. Note: we will NOT be issuing receipts for payment, so please check your bank account for confirmation. If you do need a written receipt, please send us a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Should any of your personal details have changed, please let us know when you renew and we will amend them on our database.

Monday Talk

On Monday 1st July we have a real treat in store with David Farbey giving a talk on The Normandy Landings that took place 80 years ago in June 1944.  


From Dalia Kay: Pilates

on Monday 12 –12:45, Class cancelled until mid-July. Dalia writes:I am so sorry but I have to travel again and realistically won’t be back till mid-July.’

From Chislaine Freedman: French Absolute Beginners

on Wednesday at 3.10pm, Classes on 3rd and 10th July cancelled


From Wally Howard: Film Classes

Week Commencing Monday 1st July 2024 

All take place at 2.00pm in Room 1.22
Monday 1st July 2024 NO CLASS

Wednesday 3rd July 2024
Following  on from The Dust Bowl, John Ford’s epic: THE GRAPES OF WRATH,
Starring Henry Fonda.  From the book by John Steinbeck

Thursday 4th July at 2pm A tribute to Gene Wilder, Mel Brooks and Marty Feldman: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

From Ken Baldry European History

On Wednesday  July 3rd 11.40 – 12.40 in Room 2.21

The next talk is Talk 144, ’The Search for the North-West Passage’, with 121 slides The following week it is Talk 145, ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’ with music and 202 slides.

From Rachel Tyndall: Walks on Wednesdays

Chessington Circular This 5.2 mile circular walk is promoted as a lovely summer walk.  We will start at Chessington South station which is in Zone 6.  The 12.17 from Waterloo which also stops at Vauxhall, Clapham Junction and various other stations in south west London arrives at Chessington South at 12.53. Please let me know (email or text) by the evening of Tuesday 2nd July if you intend to join me.  Walks will be cancelled if the weather is bad: persistent rain or too much heat.  No walk next week – July 10th

From Yvonne Dove: Secular and Mythological Art

At 11.40 on Thursday 4 July in Room 1.33.

This week we will be examining the life and career of the 18th century portrait painter and founder of the Royal Academy of Art, Joshua Reynolds. We will explore his works including Portrait of Mai (Omai), The Hon. Miss Moncton and The Age of Innocence.

To make you smile

(Contributed by a U3A member)  Here are two conversations between a woman and her husband: 

Wife:          Do you drink beer?
Husband:  Yes
Wife:          How many beers a day?
Husband:  Usually about three
Wife:          How much do you pay per beer?
Husband:  £5.00
Wife:         And how long have you been drinking?
Husband:  About 20 years, I suppose.
Wife:         So a beer costs £5 and you have three beers a day which puts your spending each month at £450. In one year, it would be approximately
£5400 – correct?
Husband:  Correct!
Wife:         If in 1 year you spend £5400, not accounting for inflation, the past 20 years puts your spending at £108,000 correct?
Husband:  Correct!
Wife:         Do you know that if you didn’t drink beer, that money could have been put in a step-up-interest savings account and after accounting for compound interest for the past 20 years, you could have now bought an aeroplane?
Husband:  Do you drink beer?
Wife:         No
Husband:  Where’s your aeroplane?

Good wishes from Gilli, Richard and Maureen

Gilli Vafidis Monday talks and Zoom Queen