U3A in London Update – 18 July 2022

This information was published on: July 18, 2022

Note: There will be no further Updates until just before the Autumn term is due to begin.

Summer Programme

Sue Kwok has prepared an extensive Summer programme for your enjoyment.  It is split in two parts, one in the Town Hall and one on Zoom.  The entire programme is on this website. You may print it if you wish, or make notes in your diary of events you would like to attend. 

Message from Sue Kwok

We need help with the Summer Programme!

  1. We need more people to host the talks on Zoom. All you need to do is click on the U3A Zoom account, introduce the speaker and close the account at the end. If you are willing to host one or two of the talks, please could you contact Sue.
  2. The majority of our speakers said they preferred to give ‘in-person’ talks at the Town Hall, but we do need to give them an audience! It is not always appreciated what a huge amount of time and effort our speakers put into preparing their talks and it is only by supporting them that the Summer Programme can continue, so do please come along whenever you can.

This year there will be a half hour break each day for talks at the Town Hall to give people time to go to the Common Room – or go to a local café for refreshments.  Room 2.26 will also be available if you prefer to remain on Floor 2.

Renewing your membership for 2022-23

It’s that time of year when we ask you for your subscription for the next academic year, 2022/3. (Next term begins on 19 September).

You may have heard that we have decided to make a gesture to mark our 40-year Anniversary as a founder member of the U3A movement and therefore our standard membership fee for next year will be changed from £75 to £40. For those on a reduced rate the fee will be £5 instead of £15.

To renew your membership, please pay £40 (full membership), £5 (reduced) or £25 (established coordinator), whichever applies to you.

If you would like to add a gift payment to your subscription we would be very grateful.
You can pay:

  • In person at The Old Town Hall U3A office, weekdays 10 – 4pm
  • Or by post by sending a cheque payable to U3A in London to U3A Office, Old Town Hall, 213 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 4QP. Please print your name and membership number on the back.
  • Or by direct payment into our bank account, giving as reference your membership number and name. Bank details are available from the Office

Many thanks,
U3A Office

Our 40th Anniversary

We will be holding a celebration to commemorate our 40th anniversary on the afternoon of Sunday 11th September in the Atrium. Please join us in an exciting programme with wine and nibbles.  There will be no charge, but we need to have an idea of who will be coming – so please do pick up a free ticket from the Office so that we can make some judgment of the numbers involved.

We have had some contributions for a 40th Anniversary booklet, including one from Ralph Blumenau, and we need come more.  If you remember how you felt when you first joined us – or can send us any other anecdote, poem or story – LET US KNOW.  Come on, you writing group members! 

From Elana Gal-Edd

Our next walk will take place on Thursday, July 21. We’ll be walking from Hampton Court to Shepperton, some 6 miles, estimated 3 hours walking. Meeting Hampton Court Station at 10:45. 

If you’d like to join us, please contact me If you’d like to be added to our walkers’ WhatsApp group, please include your mobile number in your email., Elana

From Nigel Hathway

LONDON VISITS . Some of our events are already ‘SOLD OUT’ ! But there is still a small number of vacancies left on the other trips to Heath Robinson Museum, Supreme Court, Bank of England, and London Transport Depot. Due to exceptional demand, we have repeated the visit to Willesden Cemetery, and we have REDUCED the price for the trip to The London School of Mosaic.  Details of these trips, organized as part of the Summer Programme, are shown below.

If you are interested in going on any of these trips, please contact Nigel Hathway

Mon, 18th July

Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner


£ 10


We have the Museum to ourselves. Celebrate the artist’s 150th Birthday with a Curator’s Tour of the Museum and the special exhibition on ‘The Humour of  William Heath Robinson’.

Thurs, 18th Aug

Willesden Cemetery, Willesden




Guided Tour of the eighth ‘Magnificent Seven’ Cemetery. Resting place of many famous Jews – the Cemetery was  

designed later than Kensal Green, Highgate etc., but heavily influenced by them.




Wed 24th Aug

Supreme Court, Parliament Square


£ 8


Mon, 15th Aug

Thur, 1st Sept

Bank of England  




Talk on ‘Bank of England, Past and Present’, followed by a tour of the Museum including, fresh this year, an exhibition on ‘Slavery & the Bank’.

Fri, 2nd Sept

London School of Mosaic, NW3


£ 10


Unique opportunity to learn about mosaics and to practise our skills ! The workshop will start with an introductory talk on mosaics – Roman, Byzantine and modern mosaic. We will then be encouraged and supported to make our own Roman pattern mosaic.

Tues, 6th Sept

London Transport Depot, Acton


£ 10


Learn about the history of London Transport as we take a guided tour round the Depot to see historic vehicles, signs and maps, as well as some unusual and unexpected items.

From Stephen Barry

In order to attract new members, we are planning to hold an Open Day event in October in the Town Hall. The event will be publicised in advance and everyone is encouraged to bring along a prospective member.
Part of the plan is to let people know all about the courses we run – so, coordinators, If you would like your class to be featured please let me know.

From Alan Morton

I’d be interested in collaborating with one or more others either on Climate Change itself, or on sessions to do with contemporary economic and political issues of which energy and climate change would form a part. If you are interested in such a venture, please get in touch to explore the possibilities.

From Ken Baldry

The first talk of the Autumn Term will take us to Eastern Europe, Russia & Italy, with an attempt to set up a European Union by agreement, not well known about in Britain. During the term, there will be much art history, as the Renaissance really gets under way.

From Michael Goodman

Last Tuesday was the last Cercle français of the Summer Term at U3A. The normal sessions in the Old Town Hall as well as on Zoom will recommence on Tuesday 20 September at 11.40. 

However I am pleased to let you know that I shall be continuing on Zoom only in the Summer Break on the following Tuesdays: 19th July, 16th and 30th August, and 6th and 13th September.

With best wishes, Michael 

From Shirley Lake


A reminder to all members who have collected used or old postage stamps, to deposit them IN THE U3A Office, for Shirley to collect. The stamps can be of any age, denomination or country. All will be welcome.   Sale of these stamps goes to help support The Children’s Orphanage in Addis Ababa.

If you have a large quantity, let Shirley know and she can come and collect them.   She will spend useful time sorting them over the U3A Summer break.

From Pam Strangman

I am hosting the London Regional U3A Anniversary walk on Wednesday September 14th from Highgate to Stoke Newington 5.6 miles. To mark the U3A Birthday week.  We will be joining many other London U3A’s who are doing their various sections all at the same time.  Walk 12 starts at the Priory Gardens entrance to Highgate Underground station and follows the Parkland Walk past Crouch End to Finsbury Park. After crossing the park it follows the New River past the Stoke Newington reservoirs. It then crosses Clissold Park and Abney Park Cemetery before reaching Stoke Newington railway station; Stoke Newington is also served

Richard Cohen is guiding us and we will be pointing out places of interest, Richard and I will do a tryout  the week before to make sure the route is open and has no hidden dangers for us.

Does anyone have any suggestions, or would like to join us if not for the whole but at least some part of the walk?  We could do with a photographer!

From Sarah Harwood

We are currently hosting two Ukrainian refugees. One is a mother in her mid-forties and the other a 17 year old young man. They are both absolutely delightful and have been perfect guests. However we are unable to continue hosting them past the six month cut off in October as we need work done to our house and have visitors from overseas. They are now looking for a new host and I wonder if there is anyone you know who has spare space or has applied to be a host. If so, please do get in touch.

From UCL

I work for the PLORAS research team based at UCL. We use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to improve our understanding of the neural systems that support speech and language in the healthy brain and following brain injury. We are currently looking for volunteers to have a brain scan at our centre who meet the following criteria:

  • Aged over 55 years – the older the better!
  • Are a native English speaker
  • Have no neurological diagnoses (e.g. no history of Stroke, Parkinsons, Dementia, Motor Neurone Disease etc.)
  • Have no contraindications for having an MRI scan (e.g. no metal in their body or large tattoos)

Shamima Khan  (PLORAS Research Coordinator)

To make you smile

You will reach a point when you stop pretending to be older by lying about your age and start to brag about it.
We love to hear people say “you don’t look that old.”

Being young is beautiful but being old is comfortable.

Two men, one old, one young, are pushing their trolleys around a supermarket, when they collide.
The old man says to the young man, “Sorry about that. I’m looking for my wife, and I probably wasn’t paying attention to where I was going.” The young man says, “That’s OK, it’s a coincidence – I’m looking for my wife, too… I can’t find her and I’m getting a little desperate.”
The old man says, “Well, maybe I can help you find her… what does she look like?”
The young man says, “Well, she is 27 years old, tall, with red hair, blue eyes, is buxom…”
“And what does your wife look like?’
To which the old man replies, “Doesn’t matter — let’s look for yours.”


Best Wishes from Gilli and Amalia