U3A in London Update – 12 June 2023

This information was published on: June 12, 2023

The timetables for the week

The full timetable, the Town Hall room timetable and the Zoom timetable are available in the Office and on our website. 

Monday Morning Talk

We are delighted to welcome one of our own regular coordinators, Irene Kyffin . We look forward to her talk about Marc Chagall and the Yiddish Theatre.

Important meeting for coordinators

Piotr Wijas of WAC Arts has kindly offered to give a talk on the duties of co-ordinators in the event of fire. This will commence at 1200 on Tuesday 20 June and will be followed by a tour of the building to show the fire exits.

It is very important that we all know what to do in the event of a fire.  Co-ordinators, in particular, are recommended to attend if they possibly can.  If you have not already done so, please let Amalia know if you are coming – the actual room for the meeting in the Town Hall will be decided when Piotr has an idea of the numbers attending.

From Nigel Hathway, London Visits

There are a small number of vacancies for a visit to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir -popularly known as the Neasden Temple, on the morning of Friday 23rd June.

You would need to get there by 10.20am. There is free car parking at the site. Nearest tube stations ( Neasden + Stonebridge Park ) are about a 20 minute walk away. There are also buses that go nearby.   If you want to go, please contact Nigel. Places allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Membership Renewal

We are delighted that some of you can’t wait to renew your U3A membership for 2023-4, but may we ask you to wait just a little?  The new handbook is being printed and should arrive in the Office towards the end of next week for you to pick it up and we will let you have the renewal details then.

Term Dates 2023/2024

18th September – 8th December 2023

8th January – 28th March 2024

29th April – 19th July 2024

An Essential Reminder

Thank you for your contributions which you are now sending to Alan Milward. Please continue to let him have them by midday on Thursday.

From Barbara Stevens

U3A Third Age Trust TAT are looking for people to take part in a zoom focus group Tuesday 27 June at 2pm to find a name for a new u3a initiative, which has the potential to transform the way in which members and the public engage with the u3a movement. If you would like to make an expression of interest please contact the Third Age  Trust.

Lost Property

While sorting through the charity stamps, Sue Kwok has found a key labelled “Girls’ bedroom window key”. Please contact her if it belongs to you.


From Wally Howard

Next week’s films take place as usual in Room 1.22. 

Film classes week commencing  Monday June 12th. NOTE: These are the correct films for this week which were sent out to some of you last week by mistake

Three films featuring the great Irish Actor Brendan Gleeson

Monday June 12th at 2pm
Colin Farrell. Brendan Gleeson Ralph Fiennes
A stylish black comedy
A brilliant film from Martin McDonagh
(Contains strong language and some violence)

Wednesday June 14th at 2pm
A Martin McDONAGH film with Colin Farrell. Brendan Gleeson
Academy Award Nominated
“Simply Perfect “

Thursday June 15th at 2pm
Brendan Gleeson  Kelly Reilly Aiden Gillen
A wickedly funny black comedy
“Destined for classic status”

From Ken Baldry

European History on Wednesday (11.40 12.40 in room 2.21).Next week is Talk 106: France & Spain in the early 17th Century with 94 slides & a film clip with music. The following week is Talk 107: Points East: Russia, the Turks & Poland.

From Stephen Barry

The next illustrated talk in my London Miscellany series, on Thursday June 15, will be about the creation and growth of suburbia following the First World War. Room 2.26 at 11.40 am.

From Yvonne Dove

Art Appreciation : Secular and Mythological Art Room 1.29 at 15.10. For our next class we will move onto an examination of Florence the cradle of the Renaissance. We will look at why the Renaissance happened in Florence through the Medicis and technical developments in architecture, sculpture and perspective in art. It is illustrated through Uccello, Donatello and other early Renaissance artists.

From Pauline Malpas

There is now a keyboard in room 2:26 (a Yamaha PSR.48). The Recorder Group would welcome a recorder player who can also play the keyboard so that they can accompany the group for part of the class.

To make you smile

I had my patience tested. I’m negative.
If you lose a sock in the dryer, it comes back as an object that doesn’t fit anything.
When you ask me what I am doing today, and I say “nothing,” it does not mean I am free. It means I am doing nothing.
I finally got eight hours of sleep. It took me three days.
I hate it when a couple argues in public, and I missed the beginning and don’t know whose side I’m on.

Best wishes from the team

Gilli Vafidis Monday talks and Zoom Queen
And Richard.