U3A in London Update – 24 June 2024

This information was published on: June 24, 2024

Jane Simpson, coordinator of a Photography group, sent us this great photo of the group in Paddington Basin recently.

From the U3A Company Secretary

Our next Executive Committee Meeting (ECM) will be held on Thursday 11 July  at the Old Town Hall in Room1.22  and via Zoom (link below) at 9.45 am. You are welcome to attend as an observer.

Monday Talk

On 24th June Ann Kenrick comes to talk about end-of-life matters with ‘Planning ahead for the one thing in life we know is certain’ This is such an important topic, and we are looking forward to hearing about Ann’s experience and knowledge.

The timetables for the week

This update, The full timetable, the Town Hall room timetable and the Zoom timetable are available in the Common Room and on the corridor noticeboard.  


Summer Programme 2024

The Summer Programme 2024 will run every weekday from 5th to 30th August. It will follow last year’s pattern: there will be lectures and workshops; the talks in Room 2.21 will be able to be seen on Zoom and will be delivered either from Room 2.21 or using Zoom. Recordings of these will be available for 2-3 weeks afterwards. The full programme is still coming together – but an idea of what’s on offer will be available in the U3A office next week. Please contact Gilli with ideas for sessions.

From Maggie Fletcher: Modern And Contemporary Literature

Bridging Course on Zoom, Summer 2024
The proposal is a reading of a 1958 novel by Iris Murdoch – The Bell. It was republished in 2019 as a Vintage Classic with an introduction by Sarah Perry. I am suggesting three sessions (with the possibility of a fourth if required) on July 31st, August 14th and August 28th (with the possible fourth session on September 11th).

In order to compile a list of those who will need to be contacted with the link and details of the programme for each session, please let me know if you wish to be included.


From Wally Howard: Film Classes

Week commencing Monday 24th June 2024.  All take place in Room 1.22 at 2.00pm

Monday 24th June
The DUST BOWL PART TWO: Reaping the Whirlwind
The second and concluding part of Ken Burns’ masterpiece chronicling the ecological disaster in the USA.

Wednesday 26th June
A film by Jan Troell, starring Max von Sydow and Liv Ullman.  THE EMIGRANTS
Winner of a Golden Globe

Thursday 27th June
Continuing the story of the Nilsson family started in The Emigrants.
THE NEW LAND – also a winner of a Golden Globe for Jan Troell

From Ken Baldry European History

on Wednesday June 26th 11.40 – 12.40  in Room 2.21 The next talk is Talk 143, ‘After the 7 Years War’, with music  and 106 slides. The following talk is Talk 144 ‘The Search for the North-West Passage’ with 121 slides. The full programme is on http://www.art-science.com/history-talks.html

From Rachel Tyndall: Walks on Wednesdays

26th June Slough to Taplow This is a 7 mile walk accessed from the Elizabeth Line. This walk is on a firm path by the man-made Jubilee River; we end in Taplow.  We will meet at Slough Station using the Elizabeth Line, the train arrives at 13.49 (this is the 13.17 from Paddington).  If you miss it, there is the option to pay and catch the 13.38 train from Paddington arriving at 13.53.  Please let me know (email or text) by the evening of Tuesday 25th June if you intend to join me.  Walks will be cancelled if the weather is bad: persistent rain or too much heat.

From Stephen Barry: London Miscellany

The class on Wednesday June 26 in Room 1.29 at 2.00pm will be the first of two illustrated talks on Whitechapel, Past and Present.

From Yvonne Dove: Secular and Mythological Art

in Room 1.33 at 11.40 on Thursday 27 June. This week we will be examining the life and career of the 18th century Venetian painter Canaletto, famous for his cityscapes of Venice, Rome and London. We will explore his works including The Stonemason’s Yard, A Regatta on the Grand Canal and St Paul’s Cathedral.


From Gilli Vafidis: Following on from Sylvie Boulay’s talk on ‘A Woman’s Illustrated Story of Old Age’ we have been contacted by a staff writer from The Guardian who writes the ‘New Start After 60′ column. Paula Cocozza is interested in talking to women aged 60 and above about their lives, memories and experiences as part of her Art’s Council- funded new project. Please contact Gilli in the first instance.  

To make you smile

“Nothing looks good on me any more,” wailed a customer modelling an outfit in front of the department store’s mirror. “Nonsense, ma’am,” soothed the sales assistant, “That dress says it all.” “That’s the problem,” the woman replied. “I need a dress that keeps its mouth shut.” Readers’ Digest, January 1990

Which country’s capital has the fastest-growing population?  Ireland. Every

day it’s Dublin. (Groan, Ed.)

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact. George Eliot

Good wishes from Gilli, Richard and Maureen

Gilli Vafidis Monday talks and Zoom Queen