U3A in London Update – 16 May 2022

This information was published on: May 16, 2022

Timetables etc. for the week of 16 May

Copies the full timetable, also the Town Hall and Zoom timetables, the Monday talks list and the revised handbook are available in the Office, or you can look at our website www.u3alondon.org.uk

The Annual General Meeting (AGM)

U3A in London’s Annual General Meeting will take place at 10.30 on Monday 16 May 2022 at Hampstead Old Town Hall.  This year you may attend either in person in Room 2.21 or on Zoom.

From Wally Howard

As usual, all these films are at 14.00 in Room 1.22.

Monday 16th May 2022 – Music of the Heart – is based on the true story of a violin teacher who created a high school music programme in East Harlem and shows the power of good people trying to work together to get something done under challenging circumstances.  This film is masterfully directed by Wes Craven with stellar performances from his talented cast.

Wednesday 18th May 2022 – Our Friend – is a reflection on love, death and friendship based on an award winning article by the journalist Matthew Teague following the death of his wife Nicole which was published in Esquire magazine under the title “The Friend: love is not a big enough word”.  Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck play Matthew and Nicole with Jason Segel as their friend Dane who goes to extraordinary lengths to support the family during the most difficult of times.

Thursday 19th May 2022 – News of the World –  is Paul Greengrass’s western adapted from the novel by Paulette Giles about a man (Tom Hanks) who travels the land reading stories from a selection of newspapers and journals.  This is not, however, a western like any other!  Mark Kermode described it as a “hybrid western [with] depth, beauty, topical resonance – and a mesmerising rising star” (Helena Zengel).

From Linda Shannon

The Shakespeare Study group is taking a two-week break.  There will be no class on Wednesdays 18th and 25th May, resuming on 4th June.
Thank you!

From Michael Goodman

Please note that my Cercle Français class on Tuesdays at 11.40 has been taking place in Room 1.24 and not in 1.30 as shown in last week’s calendar. 

From Keith Richards

English Language Tuition for Ukrainian refugees.  Is any member qualified and willing to offer English lessons in person or on Zoom to two Ukrainian ladies who have been offered accommodation in Finchley?

Please  contact Keith Richards: k.richards924@btconnect.com

Thank you!

For Spanish Speakers

We are often asked for a Spanish conversation class.  Is any Spanish speaker out there willing to ‘have a go’ at running a group?  Let us know.

Walks Leader?

One of our members has offered to be a walks leader, thank you Arlene!  Details will appear soon.

Come on, the rest of you!  We could do with some more volunteers to keep us fit and healthy.

From Stanley Volk

“Singing for Pleasure”. Please note we are back live in Room 2.21 on Wednesdays at 15.10.  Our singing includes Choral work, Jazz, as well as Popular music.  New members are welcome and you don’t have to read music. Come and join the fun!

From Ken Pullen

Our Music Recorders Group welcomes new players in Room 2.26 at 10.00 on Tuesdays. We play a great variety of music at all levels – however sight reading is necessary and you should feel comfortable with that. If you wish to join in.  Please email: kenpullen@hotmail.com or simply come and join us.

From Philip Maher

I have started my ‘Mathematics in Civilisation’ class again in Room 1.26 on Thursdays at 11.40.  All are welcome.

Barry Rae – Funeral arrangements

From Barry’s Partner

Barry’s funeral will be at the West Norwood Crematorium within the West Norwood Cemetery (Norwood Road, Norwood, SE27 9JU) on Tuesday May 31st at 12.30pm. No flowers, instead if people choose, they can make a donation to charities that Barry supported: RSPCA or Centre Point. Because Barry loved life and was such a cheerful person, avoid wearing funereal black. Instead, wear dignified colours. Parking is available.

There will be a ‘wake’ at the Rosendale, about a 15 minute walk from the cemetery, but there is a London Transport bus that runs that way.

If coming to Barry’s funeral by public transport, the nearest station is West Norwood and that train (2 per hour) comes from Victoria. Please note that from the cemetery gate it is a good 15 minute walk uphill to the Crematorium where the service takes place.

To make you smile

I could use some new contributions! The need to smile is greater than ever.
From an old Update:
Dad, are we pyromaniacs? Yes, we arson.
What do you call a pig with laryngitis? Disgruntled.
If you’re bad at haggling, you’ll end up paying the price.
Just so everyone’s clear, I’m going to put my glasses on.
A commander walks into a bar and orders everyone around.
I lost my job as a stage designer. I left without making a scene.
Never buy flowers from a monk. Only you can prevent florist friars.
How much did the pirate pay to get his ears pierced? A buccaneer.
I once worked at a cheap pizza shop to get by. I kneaded the dough.
Why is it unwise to share your secrets with a clock? Well, time will tell.
When I told my contractor I didn’t want carpeted steps, he gave me a blank stare.
Prison is just one word to you, but for some people, it’s a sentence.
Scientists got together to study the effects of alcohol on a person’s walk, and the result was staggering.
I’m trying to organize a hide and seek tournament, but good players are really hard to find.
What do you say to comfort a friend who’s struggling with grammar? There, their, they’re.
I lost my girlfriend’s audiobook, and now I’ll never hear the end of it.
What did the surgeon say to the patient who insisted on closing up his own incision? Suture self.


Best Wishes from Gilli and Amalia