U3A in London – Update 28 November 2022

This information was published on: November 28, 2022

Timetable for week 28 November

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

For the Monday Morning talk this week, we welcome Gloria Silver who will be talking to us about the amazing story of how her father survived the Holocaust.

Membership Renewals

Most members have now renewed their membership for 2022-23.  However, for those of you who have not done so, this is the last Update you will receive personally as we must reluctantly assume that you wish to leave our U3A.  If you change your mind, you can always re-enroll.  Remember our standard annual membership fee for this year is reduced to £40. For those on benefit it is £5 instead of £15 – and coordinators fees are unchanged at £25. 

You can pay:

By cheque or credit card in the U3A Office at the Town Hall, open 10am – 4pm during weekdays

By sending a cheque by post, payable to U3A in London to: U3A Office, Old Town Hall, 213 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 4QP.  Please print your name and membership number on the back.

Or by direct payment into our bank account, giving as reference your membership number and name.

From Wally Howard

All films take place in Room 22 at 14.00. This week’s programme showcases the final films directed by these giants of Italian Cinema: Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica and Luchino Visconti.

Monday  November 28th at 2pm.IL GENERALE DELLA ROVERE.  The last film of Roberto Rossellini, starring Vittorio De Sica  Directed by Roberto Rossellini and based on an article by the journalist Indro Montanelli. Winner of the Golden Lion Prize at the Venice Film Festival

Wednesday November 30th at 2pm. THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI CONTINIS  from the celebrated novel by Georgio Basani, the last film directed by Vittorio De Sica and winner of the Oscar for best foreign film.

Thursday December 1st at 2pm.  L’INNOCENTE, the last film directed by Luchino Visconti from the novel by Gabrielle d’Annuzio.  Italy’s nomination for the Cannes festival


End of Year Tea Party

The date is on Sunday 11 December at 3.00pm.  For entertainment, we still need contributions from individuals or groups of actors, dancers, musicians etc.   What could you contribute?  Let the Office know.

The Annual General Meeting – correction.

For your diaries: the next AGM will be held on Monday 20 March at 10am in Room 2.21 in the Town Hall and on Zoom.

U3A London visits. Spring Term 2023

Many thanks to all those who responded to the listing for next term’s London Visits in the last Update. As a result, 3 of the 5 Visits are now fully booked and there are only a few vacancies for the other 2 Visits (Mansion House and The Oval).  Places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

From Stephen Barry

A celebration of the life of former member of U3A in London, Elaine Allouf who died in October, will be held on Sunday December 4th from 3.30pm – 5.30pm in the Churchill Room, Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road, Wanstead E11 2RQ. The library is a short walk from Wanstead Underground station on the Central Line. Elaine’s daughter Caroline invites those who knew Elaine to come along.

From Maureen Guirdham

The Write Your Life Story class welcomes members who would like to join our friendly group. By a simple click on a link we meet in the comfort of our own homes on Zoom at 11 am on Tuesdays. Whether you want to write your memoirs for your children, your friends, the wider world or just yourself, this class will help you achieve your ambition. You will be able to read to the group what you have written during the week and there will be time for friendly discussion after the reading. Members of the group often say that listening to what other people have written encourages them and gives them ideas, You would probably find the same. Please contact Maureen Guirdham, the class coordinator, to learn more. 

From Ruth Brook

With Christmas coming up, this book may be of interest to members who have grandchildren in their early teens.  The name of the book is Zinc, the author is Sue Klauber and the publisher is Troika.  It is a story about three members of an ordinary family and what they did in WW2.  (One of the young men was my first husband).  It is, in fact, an exciting story.  Daunts can get copies very quickly and will give members of U3A a 10% discount.  The published price is £8.99.

From Neorca Liew

On Tuesday 29th November the meditation class is cancelled and will resume the following Tuesday 6th December .

From Ken Baldry

EUROPEAN HISTORY Wed 11.40 – 12.40. This week, talk 86 is called God, Problems & about how the Reformation began with a little contemporary reformed church music & 98 slides. The following week, Talk 87 is Michelangelo’s work and then the problems of replacing St.Peter’s in the Vatican, in which Michelangelo was also involved: 107 slides & contemporary music.

For the first week of the 2023 term, Talk 88 is about Henry VIII of England with 82 slides, maybe more by then

From Malcolm Stern re: Monday Play Reading – again

Stephen, who was going to take over the class, will not be able to do so after all.  Is there any other member willing to fill the breach?  Otherwise, the class will be postponed indefinitely.

From Margaret Mitchell

I am sorry to say that I am having to suspend the Wednesday walks for now. There is usually a winter pause anyway; unfortunately it has come earlier than usual this year. I shall send an email to all the members on the list to inform them what will happen in the spring.

From Paul Lewis

re: ‘Historic Singers on Shellac’

The class will move from Wednesdays to Mondays from December 5th at 2 pm in Room 1.33. New (and established) members will be very welcome.

From Valerie Wilson-Trower

There will be no meeting for the Design History class in the Town Hall on 29 November. The group will be visiting the Isokon building.

Lost Property

If anyone thinks they have lost anything at the Town Hall, please come and check our ‘lost property’ in the Office. Whatever remains will be given to charity at the end of term. There is nothing new which has been handed in recently.

Note: We have an Arcteryk back pack which has been here a while, with out of date items in it.   If this is yours, please contact the office otherwise we will dispose of it.

From the Primrose Hill Community Association (PHCA).

The Association would like to thank the U3A in London for their financial contributions/donations over the past years which enabled us to run our weekly event PHCA Open House. A variety of subjects was covered for whoever wanted to attend, and finished off with tea and cake so people can socialise. The meetings take place on a Wednesday afternoon at the Centre and are open to everyone.

The Common Room – again

Please remember that it is your room and each of you (which includes everyone) is responsible for its smooth running.  It goes without saying that if you spill something, please clean it up yourself; when the rubbish bins are filling up, please empty them; when the urn is low in water, please refill it; when there is a shortage of milk, tea, coffee or biscuits, it would be good if someone agreed to pop out to buy some replenishments (of course you will be re-imbursed – keep the receipt).

From London Region of U3As

National poetry competition is now open.  Entries are open for our national poetry competition, and we’d love to see what you have to offer. Your poem should be a maximum of 16 lines (plus title), on any topic, and be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 27 January 2023. The three winning poems will be published in Third Age Matters and on the u3a website. You can find the competition rules and submission link on the Poetry Competition webpage, where you can also read previous winning entries.  The competition is open to all members.  To spark some inspiration, you are also invited to join author Sophia Blackwell on Tuesday 13th December at 2pm for a free 2 hour masterclass called ‘Writing Poetry for Publication and Performance’ which can be booked on the u3a’s national online events webpage

From Luke Hull at WacArts

We are running a community choir concert with a local choir and wanted to enquire as to whether any of your members may want to perform at the event. Do you have any choirs or instrumental groups that would be interested in putting on something at the event? They can telephone Luke Hull, Development Officer of WacArts for details.

Craft Workshop repeated

We had a visit from a Mr Carl Hughes (phone 07941 060787who runs a crafts workshop in a community centre near King’s Cross. They used to be full but have lost a lot of people since Covid and would like to get more participants. It is mainly woodwork and metalwork, also pottery. They are well equipped for those and other crafts. They don’t run courses but have experts on hand to demonstrate the techniques and give guidance. No previous experience necessary. It is free to attend (donations voluntary) and is open all week. Tuesdays are a drop-in day for new members between 10.00 and 4.00. or details, see the website camdentownshed.org

To make you – cringe?

November by Thomas Hood
No sun — no moon!
No morn — no noon —
No dawn — no dusk — no proper time of day

No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member

No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! — November!
(Never mind, December will soon be here; the days will get longer – and Christmas is coming!)

Best wishes from

Gilli Vafidis Monday talks and Zoom Queen