U3A in London Update – 26 June 2023

This information was published on: June 26, 2023

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 Vicky Fox, Chief Executive Officer, UK Supreme Court and Privy Council Judicial Committee. Vicky will be giving a talk on Women in Law.

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 available from the Office. 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.

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 impact@u3a.org.uk 

From Barbara Alden

I am involved with The Vocal Constructivists, a performance group my daughter founded in 2011.

We’re giving a concert at Pentameters Theatre on Saturday July 1st at 8pm, with related workshops earlier that day at Heath Street Baptist church. Both venues are on Heath St. NW3 about 2 minutes walk – though in opposite directions – from Hampstead tube station (Northern line).  

Unfortunately the venues don’t take cards or cheques, so anyone coming, please bring cash!  As well as performing in the concert, I shall be leading the Free Sonic Meditation at midday and it would be lovely to see any U3A Members at any – or even all(!) of the events!

From Luigi Locorotondo, Head of Property Management, WAC ARTS

To inform you, that we have now finished the installation of two pickup points for the drinking water. The first point is located on Level 2, the reception level, and is limited to a single tap (push-button) that provides drinkable water. The second point is on Level 1 in the Atrium area – both water taps are drinkable water.
The rest of the water in the building is safe when you boil it, ideal to use it for hot drinks.

Please refer to reception if you need more assistance.


From Wally Howard

U3A Film Classes Week Commencing Monday 26th June 2023.  All classes take place in Room 1.22.

Monday 26th June at 2pm
From Israel a documentary film
An exceptional relationship is formed in an isolation  room in the children’s ward of Tel-Hashomer hospital between a young woman from Gaza whose son is dying of a rare genetic disease, an Israeli doctor and a journalist who are all fighting to save the child’s life. 

Wednesday 28th June at 2pm
From Palestinian Director Hany Abu-Assad 
A dynamic drama about the insoluble moral dilemmas and moral choices some people face.

Thursday 29th June at 2pm
A tribute to the late great actress and director Ronit Elkabetz. The first film in a trilogy with the rest to follow next week
Starring Ronit Elkabetz and Simon Abkarian  Directed by Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz

From Ken Baldry

European History on Wednesday (11.40 12.40 in room 2.21). Next week is Talk 108: Rembrandt, the greatest painter so far with 96 slides & contemporary music. The following week is Talk 109:  The early tyranny of King Charles I of Britain with 81 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 move to Northern Europe to look at the Renaissance there and examine secular paintings from Van Eyck including the Arnolfini Portrait and Hans Holbein including The Ambassadors.

From Valerie Wilson Trower

Design History group visit to the Museum of Brands. 

We loved it. We were so busy talking about the packaging, toys, sweets, household products, and food packaging of the past that everyone completely forgot to take a group photograph. Instead the shelf of promotional packaging might substitute. With nice cafe and garden, we highly recommend a visit.

Best wishes from the team

Gilli Vafidis Monday talks and Zoom Queen
And Richard.