U3A in London Update – 20 November 2023

This information was published on: November 20, 2023

The timetables for the week

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

Monday Morning Talk

10.30am In Room 2.21 and on Zoom

We look forward to enjoying the talk by the author, Pamela Holmes, who will be presenting,Elisabeth Blackwell: Britain’s first female botanical illustrator. “Herbs, prison, and passion: these pepper the story of Elizabeth Blackwell, Britain’s first female botanical illustrator. Though her parents in Aberdeen warned her that Alexander would not make a dependable husband, only after eloping with him to London did she wonder if they may have been right… The illustrated talk will draw on the extensive research the author undertook for her novel, The Curious Life of Elizabeth Blackwell. When Alexander buys a print business and falls foul of Guild rules, he is sent to the notorious debtors’ prison, the Marshalsea. Elizabeth is left alone and penniless. She must find a way to rescue him and sustain herself. 

Capitalising on an introduction to Sir Hans Sloane, physician to the King, she embarks on a quest that earns her a small fortune and helps to advance the practice of apothecary. This eighteenth century artist, entrepreneur and businesswoman deserves to be remembered and celebrated. Yet few people know of her or her stunning book, a treasure of the British Library.”

Renewal of membership

Welcome back to all who have renewed their membership since our final reminder. Those concerned should note that they need to get their membership card re-instated on the WAC Arts database on their first return visit.

New Coordinators needed

The good news is that we have many new members this year. The not-so-good news is that many classes are now full, or squeezing into rooms that are too small. We need people to join our band of happy coordinators! You need not be an expert, as in our U3A learning is a mutual process. Many coordinators tell us how much they gain from the experience and that they really enjoy it. So, if you feel like ‘having a go’ please let the Office know.


From Wally Howard

Film classes for week commencing Monday 20th November in Room 1.22.

Monday November 20th at 2pm
Jiri Menzel’s masterpiece: CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS.
Wry and tender, and academy award winner, this film is a masterpiece of human observation and one of the best loved films of the Czech New Wave

Wednesday November 22nd at 2pm
A film that deserves its many accolades: THE SHOP ON MAIN STREET. 
Humour and tragedy fuse in this scathing exploration of one man’s complicity in the horrors of a totalitarian regime.   Starring  Ida Kaminska Directed by Jan Kadar and Elmar Klos

Thursday November 23rd at 2pm
A Milos Forman Film
A subtle and beautifully observed social satire which maintains a remarkable balance between despair and hope, A BLONDE IN LOVE.    This film is regarded as one of the great films of the 60s.

From Ken Baldry

European History on Wednesday 22nd November (11.40 -12.40 in room 2.21).  Next week’s is Talk 120. Henry Purcell 1659 – 1695. The greatest English composer and, at that time, the greatest living composer, with music and156 slides. The following week is Talk 121. Europe 1664 – 1690.  Italy, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Austria, the Turks, Russia & back to France with 86 slides. The full programme is on http://www.art-science.com/history-talks.html

From Yvonne Dove: Secular and mythological art

Thursday, Room 2.26 at 11.50. This week we are examining the dramatic life and works of Caravaggio the murderer. These works include The Musicians, Boy bitten bLizard, The Adolescent Bacchus and Narcissus.

From Stanley Volk

Following our successful Summer concert, come to be entertained at our END OF TERM CONCERT on 6TH DECEMBER 2023 room 2.21. Tea and mince pies from 2pm. Concert from 3pm

From Ruth Brook

My group, Exploring experiences of the Third Age is now full.

From Barbara Alden

Voice Matters, Tuesdays 5pm on Zoom – Will resume on 21st November. 

U3A London Region Projects

U3A London is calling for volunteers to help with two projects:1. To research contribution of migrants to parks and gardens. 2. To transcribe old minutes of London Omnibus company. Contact jo.walters.slp@gmail.com for details.’

To make you smile

Forwarded by Susan Van Noorden

This winter, if you feel the cold but don’t want to ramp up those fuel bills, then just sit in the corner: it’s always ninety degrees.

It would be wonderful if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes, then come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller.

Lately you’ve noticed people your age are so much older than you.

Growing old should have taken longer.

Best wishes from the team. 

Gilli Vafidis Monday talks and Zoom Queen