U3A in London Update – 13 March 2023

This information was published on: March 13, 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 Talks

These are available in Room 2.21, on the website and on Zoom.

This week we are very pleased to welcome Lauren Junestrand from the London School of Fashion who will ask the question “Why not sustainable Fashion?”.

The AGM on 20th March 2023 – a last reminder

The 40th Annual General Meeting of U3A in London will be held next week at 10.00 am on Monday, 20th March 2023, in room 2.21 at Hampstead Town Hall and on Zoom.


The closing date for receiving your completed ballot paper for the new Executive Committee is Tuesday 14TH March 2023 by 12.00 noon

Proxy votes need to be in by then as well. 

All the papers to do with the meeting are attached, including the ballot paper, You can download them or pick up copies which are available in the Office.

Appeal for members with experience of Computer Programmes

We urgently need the help of a member who is experienced in managing projects and who has some experience of using computer programs. Do put your name forward or encourage someone else who does have the relevant experience to put themselves forward. Please contact the Office

Common Room

At the last Executive Committee meeting on Friday 3 October it was decided that free tea and coffee will continue to be available to all members (not biscuits) but we welcome any voluntary contributions members wish to make.

We have managed to source more reasonably priced recyclable cups – the previous ones were a major expense.  You may be interested in an extract from a letter from one of our members: “I was horrified that I had used several paper cups in one week, and I now bring my re-usable mug (bought in Waitrose) for Common Room drinks. Perhaps people could be encouraged to bring re-usable cups too.”


From Wally Howard

Week commencing Monday March 13th.  The journey through French Cinema continues with three films directed by Claude Chabrol.  All films take place in Room 1.22. 

Monday March 13th at 2pm
Classically simple, relentlessly probing thriller.
Chabrol constructs an extraordinary relationship between the two characters with suspense over the unresolved nature of their relationship.

Wednesday March 15th at 2pm
Maurice Ronet, Michel Bouquet  and Stephane Audran
A husband suspects that his wife is having an affair.

Thursday March 16th at 2pm
Based on a novel by Ruth Rendell. A gripping thriller directed with a thriller master’s finesse
LA Ceremonie 
Starring Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Bonnaire and Jacqueline Bisset

A New Class! Basic Mathematics

Pamela Bernbaum is offering this class, starting on Wednesday 16 March at 10.30 in Room 1.22.  More details will be available in the next Update.

From David McGowan

Art Practical B on Tuesday, 14 March is cancelled as I will be away.   I will be back the following week.

From Ken Baldry: European History

European History, Wednesdays 11.40 – 12.40 (Room 2.21). Talk 96, still in the mid-16thC: Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand & France. The Catholic Church & French Wars of Religion, 111 slides with music.  The full revised programme is on http://www.art-science.com/history-talks.html

From Barbara Alden

Unfortunately I’m not able to take my Tuesday Zoom classes, Voice Matters at 4.30pm and Qi Gong at 5.20pm for 3 weeks, i.e. on March 7th, 14th, 21st inclusive.  Classes will resume on March 28th.

Jim Taylor

who hosts an informal chat group is away in Australia and there will be no class on zoom until after 17th March.

An Important Reminder

Please remember that if you would like to contribute in any way to the weekly Update, you should be contacting Alan Milward (alanmilward53@gmail.com) who has volunteered to take over from Amalia in compiling it. Thank you.

Tube Strike

If there is a tube strike on 15th March (or indeed at any other time), some coordinators and Office helpers may not be able to get to the Town Hall. If you are in any doubt about what may be happening on that day or on the following morning, please check before you set out.

To make you smile! (more contributions are always welcome)

From Susan van Noorden

It’s not my age that bothers me; it’s the side effects.

As I watch this generation try to rewrite our history, I’m sure of one thing: It will be misspelled and have no punctuation.

As I’ve got older, people think I’ve become lazy. The truth is I’m just being more energy efficient.

I haven’t got anything done today. I’ve been trying to open this stupid plastic bag. 

I’m on two diets. I wasn’t getting enough food on the first one.

Hard to believe I once had a phone attached to a wall, and when it rang, I picked it up without knowing who was calling.  

There is no such thing as a grouchy old person. The truth is that once you get old, you stop being polite and start being honest. So, you drive across town to a gym to walk on a treadmill?
Old age is coming at a really bad time.
Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven’t met yet.
Common sense is like deodorant. The people who need it the most never use it.

Best wishes from the team

Gilli Vafidis Monday talks and Zoom Queen
And Richard.