U3A in London – Update 26 September 2022

This information was published on: September 26, 2022

Timetable for week 26 September

The timetable for this week, the revised version of the Town Hall room timetable and the Zoom timetable are available in the Office and on our website.

The Monday Morning talk will see a welcome return of Neil Titley – the title is ‘Under Ken Wood: Comic Anecdotes about Hampstead and its eccentric characters’.

High Holydays

This year, the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashana) begins on Monday September 26, and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is on Wednesday October 5. As a result, some classes may be cancelled. Apologies for any disappointment.

Our Handbook has returned!

You can pick up a copy of the 2022-23 version in the Office whenever you like. Unfortunately, it will in time become out of date to some extent, but the full timetable published each week should contain details of changes. There is also an up-to date description of all our classes on our website

From Wally Howard

Next week’s film classes as usual take place in Room 1.22.  There will be no film on Monday.

Wednesday 28 September at 11.30am – Every Little Step – a documentary exploring the genesis and legacy of “A Chorus Line” which chronicles the plights of real-life dancers as they struggle through the auditions for a Broadway revival. It also includes interviews with past and present cast and crew.

Wednesday 28 September at 2.00pm – Parallel Mothers – Pedro Almodovar’s “moving baby-swap drama about two single mothers and buried secrets from the Spanish Civil War” with the “warmth and grandiloquent flair of a picture from Hollywood’s golden age and the whiplash twists and addictive sugar rush bumps of daytime soap” (Peter Bradshaw).  

Thursday 29 September at 11.30am – Honeyland – an astonishing documentary shot over three years in North Macedonia about a woman tending wild hives in an all but abandoned village.  With the arrival of an itinerant cow herder this moving small-scale film transforms into a parable about exploiting natural resources. 

Thursday 29 September at 2.00pm – The Quiet Girl – described by Wendy Ode in the Observer as “an exquisite debut drama” follows Cait, a young girl sent to live with distant relatives for the summer and who blossoms under their care in this multi-award winning film by Colm Bairead.

TAM (Third Age Matters)

You may remember that as an experiment we decided some time ago to offer this magazine (published by U3A National) to all our members unless they opted out of receiving it.  

After the September edition, there will be a new arrangement, whereby you will only receive TAM if you let us know that you want it to be posted to you.  Please email the Office by 7th October to let us know your wish.  If we don’t hear from you by then, we will assume that you no longer wish to receive it.

(Incidentally, the magazine can be read on-line from the U3A National website and there will be a few copies available to read in the Common room).

October Open Day – Another reminder

Welcome to the many new members who have recently joined our U3A – also to those people who are now rejoining us after their membership had lapsed.  To continue with this good news, we will be holding an Open Day on Tuesday, 18 October.  This will also be an opportunity to promote classes and encourage more people to come to the Town Hall in person.

Our regular classes on that day will not take place.  More details later.

Please think about helping us to make the day a success by encouraging prospective new members to come along.  We will also need people to guide visitors around and inform them about our classes. Publicity leaflets for the event are available in the Office for members to distribute and there will be coverage in local media and on our website. 

From Des Marshall

Readings from your Favourite Book  A new fortnightly class will be starting on Monday 3rd October from 11.40-12.40 in Room 1.30.   (N.B. this class is too late to be included in the new Handbook).

This is your chance to read an excerpt from your favourite book, explaining why it means a lot to you and why it moves you so much that you want to share it with others.

From Maureen Guirdham

We have some vacancies available in the Write Your Life Story class for members who would like to join. Please contact Maureen  if you are interested.


Best wishes from