U3A in London Update – 17 June 2024

This information was published on: June 17, 2024

Judy Dodds sent us these photos of her Bridge class. Thank you, Judy.

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 be paid from Tuesday 18 June 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

This week’s Monday talk is From Flocks to Florals: An Illustrated History of Wallpaper by Lucy Ellis. Sadly the talk on dentistry last week had to be postponed – and our wonderful Amalia stepped in to fill the gap at short notice last Monday (the recording is available for those that missed it). In her place in the Monday Talks programme in two weeks we have David Farbey with a talk on The Normandy Landings that took place 80 years ago this month.

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 Ines Newman

We are canvassing interest in  a literature summer 2024 bridging course on Iris Murdoch – A New Exploration. The course would runover three or four Zoom meetings (dates to be confirmed). It would be led by Keith Richards who has recently been involved with  members of his family in exploring the work of Iris Murdoch. The novel to be studied is her fourth, THE BELL (1958/59). Would anyone who is interested, from the Proust group and the Modern and Contemporary Literature  or any other course, please let Ines Newman know. We look forward to welcoming you to this study group.


From Wally Howard: Film Classes

week commencing Monday 17th June.  
All classes take place in Room 22 at 2.00pm.

Monday June 17th
A film by Ken Burns which chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history.  To be shown in two parts.  THE  DUST BOWL 

Wednesday June 19th
From Sweden, a masterpiece written and directed by Ingmar Bergman which chronicles the life of the Ekdahl family. Winner Five Academy Awards.

Thursday June 20th
Academy Award Winner. PELLE THE CONQUEROR.  A film by Billie August starring Max von Sydow. The film follows the epic journey of a father and son who leave their native Sweden to try to find a better life.

From Ken Baldry European History

Wednesday  June 19th 11.40 – 12.40 (Room 2.21)
The next talk is Talk 142, The Pacific Ocean, with 114 slides
The following week it is Talk 143. After the 7 Years War, with music & 106 slides
The full programme is on http://www.art-science.com/history-talks.html

From Rachel Tyndall: Walks on Wednesdays

19th June Walk ‘We have a change to the previously suggested walk at Hampton Court/Bushy Park as this may be disrupted by the preparations for the Hampton Court Flower Show.  Instead we will start at Iver on the Elizabeth line and walk the best part of 6 miles up the Colne Valley to Uxbridge.  Elizabeth Line trains stopping at Iver are infrequent, but one arrives at 1358 (the 13.26 from Tottenham Court Road) and we should plan to catch this.  Please let me know (email or text) by the evening of Tuesday 18th June if you intend to join me.  Walks will be cancelled if the weather is bad: persistent rain or too much heat.

From Yvonne Dove: Secular and Mythological Art

Room 1.33 at 11.40 on Thursday 20 June
This week we will be examining the life and career of the Venetian Rococo artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, the greatest decorative painter of 18th century Europe. We will explore his works including The Empire of Flora, The Banquet of Cleopatra and the Apotheosis of Spain.


Temple Fortune Bowls Club, 122 Bridge Lane NW11 9JS, is offering a chance to try out bowls on Monday afternoons 2.30 to 4.30, initially from June 10th to 1st July. £5 charge. Coaching and equipment are provided. Car Park on site. Please wear flat shoes.

To make you smile

A teenager brought her new boyfriend home to meet her parents. They were appalled by his haircut, his tattoos, his piercings. Later, the girl’s mum said, “Dear, he doesn’t seem to be a very nice boy.” “Oh, please, Mum!” the daughter replied. “If he wasn’t nice, would he be doing 500 hours of community service?” — Readers’ Digest, October 2008

Doctor to overweight middle-aged male patient: “I’m taking you off sugar, fat, meat, booze … What else do you enjoy?”

‘Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?’ James Thurber

Good wishes from 

Gilli Vafidis Monday talks and Zoom Queen