U3A in London Update – 21 June 2021

This information was published on: June 21, 2021

Horse Chestnuts in bloom in Alexandra Park

The Timetable

You can see a reduced version of the timetable, the latest update and a description of the classes on our website, to see it click here.

Monday Morning Talk

The Monday morning talk this week will be ‘1941-1945 Hitler versus Stalin. The Clash of Tyrannies’ We welcome back David Farbey, an author and lecturer who has entertained us in the past.

Next Monday Jan Parsons will talk about ‘Jordan: The Desert Highway’ Jan is the Chairman of Guilford Travel Club, and is an experienced speaker to travel clubs and other groups about her experiences. Recently she travelled to the Middle East, including Palestine and Jordan. On her journeys she seeks out ancient and remote sites away from the tourist trail to discover their history, culture and archaeology.

From Naomi

Freedom Day has been moved until 19 July, and even then, there is no certainty that this will happen. However, if the delay remains for only a few weeks, this should not jeopardise our return to Belsize Park in September. It depends on the removal of social distancing.If you want to know what actions we are planning, please attend our A.G.M. on Monday, 28 June at 12 noon, to get the earliest possible update. The links will be available again in next week’s Update.

If you want to be involved with what will be happening, please give about one hour of your time to attend and speak if you feel the need to do so.If you cannot attend, I must have received your proxy vote by next Friday, 25 June for it to count. Please email me giving your consent to use your proxy vote.

Thank you to those who have already sent me their proxy vote.

Best wishes from Naomi.

From Herbie

You may have received an email from us asking you to pay your annual membership subscription for the year beginning September 2021.

Please ignore it – it was sent out in error by the company working with us during their testing phase, for which we apologise. Some of you have asked whether this is a scam – don’t worry, it is not a scam.

As you may have gathered, there is still some work to be done on the new system. When, very soon, the trial period is over, we will explain clearly how the method works and then, at last, you will be able to renew your membership online. However, if you prefer you could still renew it by direct bank-to-bank payment, by posting us a cheque or by coming to the office when it re-opens.

There’s still plenty of time to do so, as your current membership will not expire until mid-September. Watch this space!

From Amalia

A very big “thank you” to all members and friends who wrote and phoned to congratulate me on the award of a BEM.  I started by writing to thank each of you personally but as the trickle turned into a flood, it becamevery difficult to keep up. So please forgive me if I haven’t written to you individually.  Your good wishes were heartwarming and overwhelming.  I am quite embarrassed – as I wrote to Naomi, I really do feel that I am privileged to be part of a talented and dedicated group of people who all work hard together to keep our U3A afloat and I don’t deserve any more recognition than those in the rest of the team.  What’s more, I actually enjoy what I’m doing! 

It was a tremendous surprise – apparently, the conspirators began their plotting about six years ago when Barry was Chairman. And then Naomi secretly slipped the information into the Update, aided and abetted by Herbie.  What cheats!

If any of us ever doubted that we were fortunate to be a part of this large family, the Covid pandemic must have made us doubt no more!

Sad News

We have just heard that Joan Schlackman has died. Joan was a dedicated co-ordinator for many years and, despite her disability, never failed to struggle in to take her French class every week. She had been unwell for several months, having had a stroke, and it seems she was doing quite well with her rehabilitation until her condition took a turn for the worse.

Summer Programme 2021

Sue has almost completed the Summer Programme which we will publish nearer the end of this term so you won’t be suffering from withdrawal symptoms. If anyone would like to give a talk or thinks they know someone else who might be willing to do so, it’s not too late to get in touch with Sue.

For the Fans of Wally Howard

His talks this week are Parts 3 and 4 of The Zingara Case and – in the Miscarriages of Justice series – we have Reflections on Tanzania and Mauritius.The links are in the timetable.

More Masterpieces from Maureen Betts and the Thursday Art Group

From Heather, Maureen and Thea

To lift your spirits

Thank you Anna Orlowska for your lovely pictures ofHorse Chestnut trees in bloom (above)and below,chestnut leavesand an Oak tree.

Sun on Chestnut Leaves Oak tree in Alexandra Park …and a Chaffinch

To make you smile

Millennial Wedding Proposal
Dearest Dad,
I am coming home to get married soon, so get your cheque book out.I’m in love with a boy who is far away from me. As you know, I am
presently living in Australia and he lives in Scotland. We met on a dating website, became friends on Facebook, had long chats on Whatsapp. He proposed to me on Skype, and now we’ve had two months of a relationship through Viber. My beloved and favourite Dad,I need your blessing, good wishes, and a really big wedding.
Lots of love and thanks. Your favourite daughter, Lilly

My Dearest Lilly,
Like Wow! Really? Cool!I suggest you two get married on Twitter, have a honeymoon on Tango,buy your kids on Amazon, and pay for it all through PayPal. And when you get fed up with this new husband, sell him on eBay ..
Love, Your Dad

The NILE Virus, type C- or the C-NILE virus!
We are still battling COVID-19 and the next thing is here already. Virologists have identified a new Nile virus – type C. It appears to target those who were born before 1970.

Symptoms: It causes you
1. To send the same message twice.
2. To send a blank message.
3. To send a message to the wrong person.
4. To send it back to the person who sent it to you.
5. To forget to attach the attachment.
6. To hit SEND before you’ve finished.
7. To hit DELETE instead of SEND.
8. To SEND when you should DELETE.

And if you cannot admit to doing the above, you have obviously caught the mutated strain, the D-NILE virus.


Best Wishes from the Team