U3A in London Update – 19 June 2023

This information was published on: June 19, 2023

The timetables for the week

Copies of the full timetable, the Town Hall room timetable and the Zoom timetable are available in the Office and on our website. 

Monday Morning Talk

We are delighted to welcome Louise Cooling, English Heritage Curator of Collections and Interiors, Kenwood House. Louise will be giving a talk on Portrait Miniatures.

Membership renewal

The membership fee (including that of coordinators) for 2023-4 is £45 and £10 for those who receive any kind of income support or special allowance. You may pay in person by cheque, debit or credit card in the office.  You may also renew by payment direct to our bank – the details are: CAF Bank Ltd; account name is U3A in London; the sort code is 40 52 40; and the account number is 00016614. Please give your name and/or membership number as reference.

We have kept the fee as low as possible in view of the difficult financial situation.

If you wish to renew by post and would like a receipt, please enclose a self-addressed envelope for us to post it to you.  Any new member who would like to join our U3A for 2023/4 may also come free for the rest of this term.

Next Executive Committee Meeting

This will be on 22nd June at 10.00am. You may attend as an observer.

Important meeting for coordinators: A Reminder

Piotr Wijas of WAC Arts has kindly offered to give a talk on the duties of co-ordinators in the event of fire. This will commence at 1200 on Tuesday 20 June and will be followed by a tour of the building to show the fire exits.

It is very important that we all know what to do in the event of a fire. Co-ordinators, in particular, are recommended to attend if they possibly can. If you have not already done so, please let Amalia know if you are coming – the actual room for the meeting in the Town Hall will be decided when Piotr has an idea of the numbers attending.

Term Dates 2023/2024

18th September – 8th December 2023

8th January – 28th March 2024

29th April – 19th July 2024

From Barbara Stevens

U3A Third Age Trust TAT are looking for people to take part in a zoom focus group on Tuesday 27 June at 2pm to find a name for a new u3a initiative, which has the potential to transform the way in which members and the public engage with the u3a movement. If you would like to express an interest, please email the Third Age Trust

Lost Property

While sorting through the charity stamps, Sue Kwok has found a key labelled “Girls’ bedroom window key“. Please contact her at skwokmorris@gmail.com   if it belongs to you.

Sad News

Members of the ‘Poetry Please’ group are sad to announce the passing away of Helene Curtis. For anyone who knew her, funeral arrangements are below and all are welcome.

Wednesday 21st June at 11 am 

Hoop Lane Crematorium Golders Green NW117NL  Afterwards everyone is welcome back to South Hill Mansions for food and drinks. Helene didn’t like black she liked colours! She requested no flowers 


From Wally Howard

Next week’s films take place as usual in Room 1.22. 

Film Classes for the week commencing Monday 19th June feature  Hollywood gems that have to be seen and enjoyed!

Monday June 19th at 2pm
A George Stevens Film
Katherine Hepburn   Fred MacMurray
Hepburn in one her earliest roles gives one of her finest performances 

Wednesday 21st June at 2pm
A film by Leo Mccarey
One of the great unsung Hollywood masterpieces, an enormously moving depiction of the frustrations of family, aging, and the generation gap. An inspiration for Ozu’s Tokyo Story.
Victor Moore    Beulah Bondi    Thomas Mitchell

Thursday 22nd June at 2pm
A William Wyler film  
9 Oscar Nominations 
Bette Davis   Herbert Marshall     Teresa Wright
Screenplay by Lillian Hellman from her stage play 

From Ken Baldry

European History on Wednesday (11.40 12.40 in room 2.21). Next week is Talk 106: Issues between France & Spain in the 1st half of the 17thC with 96 slides, music & a film.

The following week is Talk 107:  Points East 17thC. Russia, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth & Turks with 90 slides.

The full programme is on http://www.art-science.com/history-talks.html

From Yvonne Dove

Thursday, Room 1.29 at 15.10: SECULAR AND MYTHOLOGICAL ART: This week we are going to continue with Renaissance Florence and examine the life of Botticelli and some of his mythological paintings such as Primavera, Birth of Venus and Mars and Venus.

From Pieta Ruck Keen

I have turned our class on the heart into a blog post, to keep it evergreen and not lost into the zoom ether.  It can be seen here: https://www.circusbodies.com/single-post/getting-to-the-heart-of-the-matter-an-embodied-anatomy-class-for-the-heart

Wine Group

We are tasting wines of Veneto in Room 2.21 on Thursday 22nd at 18.30.

From Pauline Malpas

There is now a keyboard in room 2:26 (a Yamaha PSR.48). The Recorder Group would welcome a recorder player who can also play the keyboard so that they can accompany the group for part of the class.

To make you smile

A hippopotamus has brought her dissertation to defend before the doctoral committee.

The first professor picks up the dissertation and leafs through it. “Hm, interesting,” she says. “Follow me, please.” She leads the hippo and the rest of the committee out to her car and drives to her house. She takes them to her study and sets the papers down on her desk while she closes the curtains. Then she walks around the room again, and closes a second set of curtains over the first. Having sat down at her desk, she reads the paper from beginning to end. Then she nods and hands the paper to the next professor.

He leafs through the first few pages, and says “hmm, interesting” as he leads the group back out to the car. They drive to his house. In his bureau he closes all the shades, then closes a second set of shades over the first before reading the entire dissertation. When finished, he nods and hands the paper to a third professor. Just as he is leading them out to the car again, the hippopotamus stomps her foot in impatience. “I’ve had enough! This is taking hours. What’s the point of all this?”

Her doctoral supervisor shakes his head “I’m sorry,” he says “but we’re simply not prepared to accept any hippo thesis until it’s been independently verified in a series of double-blind studies.”

Best wishes from the team

Gilli Vafidis Monday talks and Zoom Queen
And Richard.