U3A in London Update – 13 May 2024

This information was published on: May 13, 2024

From U3A London’s Company Secretary 

Our next Executive Committee Meeting (ECM) will be held on Thursday 30 May 2024 at the Old Town Hall in room1.22  and via zoom (link below) at 10.00am. You are welcome to attend as an observer.

Monday Talk

We are indeed privileged to welcome Anna Taylor to give the talk on Monday on Food Poverty and Obesity in England. Anna is the Executive Director of the Food Foundation which campaigns for better nutrition. Her commitments on Monday prevent her from being present in person and she will join us in Room 2.21 on Zoom.

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 Irene Kyffin 

A History of the Theatre This class is now cancelled for the summer term. Irene hopes to resume again in September.


From Wally Howard: Film Classes

for week commencing Monday 13th May.  All held at 2.00pm in Room 1.22.

Monday 13th May at 2 pm.
A Hal Ashby Film.  David Carradine stars in the story of Woody Guthrie 
BOUND FOR GLORY.  By strumming his guitar with words of inspiration Woody Guthrie installed hope in the hearts of many downtrodden Americans everywhere during the1930s Depression. The film captures the extraordinary life and music of this legendary balladeer and poet. Winner of two Oscars.

Wednesday 15th  May at 2pm
From Spain: Jose Luis Cuerdas’s BUTTERFLY’S TONGUE (La Lingua De Las Mariposas).
In the summer of 1936 before Spain was plunged into a bloody civil war, an 8 year old boy begins his first day in school.  Butterfly’s Tongue is a beautifully shot film about the lessons in life that cannot be taught in school.

Thursday 16th May at 2 pm
A film by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, starring Sandrine Bonaire and Eric Ebouaney
A SEASON IN FRANCE.  “A Compassionate and observant film that speaks with a simple eloquence about a humanity that we seem to be on the verge of losing”.

From Ken Baldry European History

on Wednesday May 15th 11.40 – 12.40 in Room 2.21. The next talk is Talk 137. Witches with 94 slides. The following is Talk 138. Joseph Haydn with music & 153 slides.

From Rachel Tyndall: Walks on Wednesdays:

‘We will walk the Oak Trail in Epping Forest. This is a 6.6 mile circular walk, beginning and ending at Theydon Bois. We will meet at the underground station (on the Epping branch of the central line) at 2pm. The 13.08 from Tottenham Court Road arrives at 13.51, the 13.17 arrives at 14.00. Please let me know by the evening of Tuesday 14th May if you intend to join in.

From Stephen Barry: London Miscellany

The class on Wednesday May 15 in Room 1.29 at 2.00 pm will conclude the two talks covering Mill Hill Village and the newer areas of Mill Hill East and Mill Hill Broadway.

From Yvonne Dove: Secular and Mythological Art

In Room 1.33 at 11.40 on Thursday 16 May ‘For our first class in our new room we will be examining the life and career of the outstanding Baroque artist, sculptor and architect of 17th Century Rome, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. These works include a self portrait, Apollo and Daphne, St Peter’s Square and Fountain of the Four Rivers.’


From The THIRD AGE TRUST  – talks on Zoom  this week: 

Exploring World Faiths: Religious Mysticism Monday 13 May at 10am

Turner’s Timeless Treasures Tuesday 14 May at 10am – part of the series – National Gallery Treasures Exhibitions. 

Antibiotics – discoveries and future issues.Wednesday 15th May at 10am 

Mindfulness and Meditation Thursday 16 May at 10am.  

The Story of the Workhouse – Welfare in England Before 1948. Friday 17th May at 10am.

The Stories of Eva & Istvan Wirth Friday 17 May at 2pm  

The Climate Crisis – and some Solutions. Friday 19 April at 10am.

From the National U3A Mailing for the rest of May, covering the U3A Festival 24, u3a week, Alfresco in Autumn, andfocus groups to select issues on which the u3a movement can take national action, click the u3a website.

From Pentameters Theatre, Hampstead: Work Is The Curse Of The Drinking Classes. Due to the unprecedented sell-outs of the shows in April, Will Govan has agreed to return for two extra performances of Oscar Wilde’s play.  They are on Saturday, May 11 at 8pm and Sunday, May 12 at 4pm.

To make you smile

Doctor, when my hand gets better, will I be able to play the piano?” “Of course,” said the doctor. “That’s great. I could never play the piano before!”
An elephant and a mouse met by chance on a jungle path. The mouse said to the elephant, ‘Gosh, you are big!’ The elephant said to the mouse, ‘Gosh, you are small.’ ‘Yes,’ the mouse replied, ‘I’ve not been at all well recently.’

Good wishes from 

Gilli Vafidis Monday talks and Zoom Queen