U3A in London Update – 20 March 2023

This information was published on: March 20, 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 Talks

There is no talk this week as it is the U3A in London AGM at 10am in Room 2.21 and on Zoom (see below).

From Gilli

This coming Monday, the Monday talk is being replaced by our Annual General Meeting. It starts at 10 am and should be over well within 2 hours. Please come and have your say – it’s the one opportunity in the year when you can comment on all the aspects of our U3A that you would like to discuss. I look forward to seeing you there!

An Important Reminder

Please remember that if you would like to contribute in any way to the weekly Update, you should be contacting Alan Milward who has volunteered to take over from Amalia in compiling it.  Thank you.

Filing cabinet

The Office needs a good lockable filing cabinet and there is one which now stands, unused, in room 2.21.  It contains music manuscripts which, sadly, we just don’t use any more.  If you think anything in the cabinet belongs to you –  or If anybody else is interested in the music, please contact Gaby Foti as soon as possible.

If no-one wants it, the rest of the music will eventually be thrown away.


Unexpected sad news

We were shocked to hear that Linda Shannon has suddenly died.  Linda has been the leader the Shakespeare group for many years and also gave us entertaining and talented presentations for our Easter and Summer programmes.  We will really miss her. 

I wonder whether anyone would be willing to ensure that our members continue to enjoy their Shakespeare?  Please think about it and let us know if you could offer to take on her group (which was a Zoom group – however, it need not be).

From Wally Howard

U3A film classes continue the journey through French Cinema with three films by Jacques Becker. All films take place in Room 1.22.

Monday March 20th at 2pm
Becker at the height of his powers lovingly invokes the Belle Epoque Parisian demimonde in this classic tale of doomed romance with Serge Reggiani and Simone Signoret in CASQUE D’OR

Wednesday March 22nd
Hailed as a masterpiece by Truffaut, Jacques Becker’s final film and among his very best.   A very skilful and gripping thriller, LE TROU. 

Thursday March 23rd
From the novel by Pierre Very  GOUPI MAINS ROUGE, starring Fernand Ledoux

From Ken Baldry: European History

European History Wed 11.40 – 12.40. (Room 2.21)  Next week’s talk is Talk 97 – more about matters Religious, More French Wars, contemporary religious beliefs, some science & Titian with 111 slides & music.  The following week is the last this term. Talk 98, Elizabeth I of England & Philip II of Spain, part Two with 111 slides & music. The full programme is on http://www.art-science.com/history-talks.html

From Stephen Barry

For my last talk in this term’s London Miscellany course, I will be looking at the history of Colindale including the former Hendon Airfield. Thursday 11.40 a.m. in Room 2.26.

More about Basic Mathematics from Pamela Bernbaum

who hosts an informal chat group is away in Australia and there will be no class on zoom until after 17th March.

An Important Reminder

Basic Maths or More (Wednesday 10.30 in room 1.22.   This group is for whoever wants to improve their mathematical knowledge and/or their mathematical skills.  We will begin by identifying what maths each individual wants.  From there we will start satisfying needs.  There will be little or no formal lecturing. We will work together in appropriate groups or individually.

From Barbara Alden

My classes will resume on March 28th.

From Shafeeq Siddiqi

“Stories Behind the Headlines” is cancelled for next term.

Design history group on a recent visit to Dorich House

For our Music Makers

You may remember that before Covid, we had an excellent quality piano in Room 2.21 and also a very good Yamaha keyboard.  Both were in constant regular use.  But things have changed.

During lockdown, the keyboard “disappeared” and the piano was replaced by an inferior one.  We have been in the process of putting it all right.  Our piano (or an equivalent) will be restored soon, and we hope that soon we may be able to hold the musical events we used to have – and maybe also the classes that used the piano.  Also, a keyboard has been located.  We are not sure if it is “ours” and not sure therefore if it is of similar quality but don’t want to “look a gift horse in the mouth”!  A keyboard is a portable and versatile instrument.  It will be located on the storeroom (2.22) at the back of room 2.21.  Please use it if you think it will be of any interest.

Thank you

To Laurie Kelcher, who brought in a bag of 600 Yorkshire tea bags, plus some coffee bags for use in the Common room. – and to all the members who donate biscuits, and more.

Best wishes from the team

Gilli Vafidis Monday talks and Zoom Queen
And Richard.