U3A in London Update – 3 July 2023

This information was published on: July 03, 2023

The timetables for the week

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 Jenny Cater from the Bookmark Reading Charity. Jenny will be giving a talk about Children’s Literacy in the UK.

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.

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.

Plans for the Summer Break

Term will end soon and we will begin our Summer Break.  There will be an exciting Summer Programme for you to enjoy together in Room 2.21, or alternatively at home on Zoom (note that TH means that the speaker will be present in Room 2.21). 

Most of our regular classes in the Town Hall will end on 14th July. Arrangements have been made for some classes to continue and a provisional list is shown below.  This is likely to change and a final list will appear next week but please check with your coordinator

Regular Zoom classes will also probably not take place.  Your coordinator will let you know if there is a plan to continue. The Office and the Common Room will be closed during the Break.

Continuing regular classes (so far)

Nigel Hathway’s London visitsAugust 7th @ 12 noon, August 16th and 23 in afternoonU3A office
Recorder Group in 2.26Tuesdays 10 – 11.30Ken Pullen
Classical Guitar in 2.26   The Craft Group’s Summer Season in 1.30  Fortnightly, Tuesdays 12.50 – 15.00   For 5 weeks on Tuesdays  14.00-16.00Rose Andresier   Carole Nolan
Country Dancing in 2.21Tuesday Aug 8 and 29 at 12.30Brenda Greenberg
  Friday Art Class in 1.29August 11 and 25  10 -12Brenda Greenberg

From Brenda Greenberg

Art in the Park
Monday 7th August Golder’s Hill Park {Gardens near the Cafe}11.30am onwards. Come and sketch with us in a relaxing atmosphere. No need to book. Just come on the day, weather permitting.

From Susan Kwok

Afternoon Tea at the Summer Programme
This year’s Summer Programme will include two afternoon sessions at the Town Hall, on Wednesday 16th & Wednesday 23rd August, when we shall be offering Afternoon Tea. If you plan to attend either of these sessions could you please email me at skwokmorris@gmail.com in order to give us an idea of numbers for the catering. Also if anyone would like to help by offering a plate of sandwiches or a home baked cake please let me know.

Term Dates 2023/2024 (This term ends on 14th July)

Autumn Term 18th September – 8th December 2023
Spring Term 8th January – 28th March 2024
Summer Term 29th April – 19th July 2024

From Barbara Stevens: THIRD AGE TRUST

U3A Members – sign up to free monthly online newsletter (email: u3a.org.uk/news/newsletter)  featuring news and upcoming events from across National u3a.    

JULY TAT ZOOMS: All at 10am  (email. u3a.office@u3a.org.uk or Tel. 020 8466-6139). 

Examples: Laughter Yoga 5th Juy; Virtual tour of Richborough Roman Fort 6th July; Taster session for solving cryptic crossword clues 12th July; Exploring World Faiths 17th July; Van Gogh, part 2 18th July; Meditation 20th July; History of US Military Aviation in East Anglia 25th July; Fun session of maths games 27th July.

Also: Our u3a helped a S.Korea university team of students researching for their country to do similar, thank you to those members in the common room and office who assisted: “ It was indeed a pleasure to meet you and the U3A team in London. We greatly appreciated the wealth of knowledge and insights you shared with us, which have undoubtedly added great value to our research. Also, we were touched by your solicitude. Again, thank you for your hospitality and all the support. It has been an invaluable part of our journey “.

From our U3A Office: Lost property

Once again, there are several unclaimed items, which have been handed into the U3A Office. Any items unclaimed by 7th August will be donated to Charity. Examples:
M & S grey jacket
M & S fleece jacket
2 scarves
2 pairs glasses (1 prescription )

London Quilters’ Quilts at the Library Exhibition

will be held at Swiss Cottage Library from 28th June to 26th July. London Quilters are delighted to return to Swiss Cottage Library to exhibit their quilts.  There will be a varied display of quilts made by members, along with some smaller works inspired by book covers, from 28th June to 26th July. Open when the library is open.  The star of the show will be a raffle quilt to raise funds for Likewise and Chalk Farm Food Bank. The details are on the website: http://www.londonquilters.org.uk

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. However, these water points are designed for use in refilling bottles/containers not for cups or mugs. 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.

Sad News

We are extremely sad to announce that Dora Cohen passed away on 17 June 2023.


From Wally Howard

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

Monday 3rd July at 2 pm.  The second film of the trilogy directed by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz 
SHIVA (7 Days) 
Starring Ronit Elkabetz and Simon Abkarian
Following a death in the family, tensions  and rivalries are revealed during the traditional 7 day period of mourning.

Wednesday 5th July at 2pm.   The final film of the trilogy Directed by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz
The TRIAL OF VIVIANE ANSALEM Winner of 2 Awards Starring Ronit Elkabetz and Simon Abkarian
Desperate to free herself from a loveless marriage,an Israeli woman files for divorce from a cruel and manipulative husband. But Israeli law and its Rabbinical court dictates that a divorce can only be granted under the husband’s consent. Determined to obtain her dignity and freedom VIVIANE finds herself fighting an epic and psychological battle against a profoundly absurd legal system and her cold and calculating estranged husband

Thursday 6th July at 2 pm.  An extraordinarily  stunning and powerful film.  Emmy Award Winner  and Oscar Nominee 
PROMISES  A beautiful and moving portrait of seven Palestinian and Israeli children. 
Promises follows the journey of a filmmaker who meets these children in and around Jerusalem: from a Palestinian refugee camp to an Israeli settlement on the West Bank. Although they live only 20 minutes apart, these children exist in completely separate worlds, divided by physical, historical and emotional boundaries. Promises explores the nature of these boundaries and tells the story of a few children who dared to cross the lines to meet their neighbours.

From Ken Baldry

EUROPEAN HISTORY Wed 11.40 – 12.40 (Room 2.21) Next week  is Talk 109:  The early tyranny of King Charles I of Britain with 81 slides.

The last week of term is Talk 110: The Civil War in England part One with 107 slides.  The full programme is on http://www.art-science.com/history-talks.html

From Nigel Hathway London Visits

The details of the Visits planned for August-September are in the above list of ongoimg classes. As always, numbers are limited on each visit, so places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. If you are interested in going on any of the visits, please respond directly to Nigel.

From Valerie Wilson Trower

Design History
We intend to finish one week early as we have accepted a long looked forward to visit to The Cosmic House in August. Anyone who intends to come on our visit on 15th August, please bring £5.00 to our last class this term on Tuesday, 4th July.

From Judy Dodds

Bridge classes from Monday 3rd July are cancelled until the end of term.

From Yvonne Dove

Thursday, Room 1.29 at 15.10: SECULAR AND MYTHOLOGICAL ART: This week we are going to examine the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci through his portraits such as the Mona Lisa and Lady with an Ermine as well as his life, architectural and scientific drawings.

To make you smile (?)

From Susan Van Noorden

I used to work in a shoe-recycling shop. It was sole-destroying.
I can give you the cause of anaphylactic shock in a nutshell.

Best wishes from the team

Gilli Vafidis Monday talks and Zoom Queen
And Richard.