U3A in London Update – 3 June 2024

This information was published on: June 03, 2024

Monday Talk

‘Beyond Beige: A Woman’s illustrated Story of Old Age’  Sylvie Boulay, author and illustrator ‘Beyond Beige’ will resonate with many of us as Sylvie Boulay describes her how life changed when she entered her 70s.

At 11.20 we are squeezing in a second short talk after Sylvie’s. Becky Garnett is hoping to recruit participants to her Oxford University study about attitudes to deprescribing medications. If you want more information or want to take part, contact Rebecca Garnett.

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.  


From Yvonne Dove: Secular and Mythological Art

The class on Thursday this week (6th June) is cancelled due to illness in Yvonne’s family. We all send our good wishes to Yvonne and her family. She expects the class to resume on Thursday 13th June.

From Des Marshall:

Music from the 50s, 60s and 70s on Fridays from 12 to 2pm. From 14th June to the end of term the class will be in Room 1.33 instead of Room 2.26. However, on 7th June this class will take place in Room 1.22 as there is a first aid practice occupying room 1.33 all day.

Calling all Scrabblers!

We need a new coordinator for the scrabble class please – Mondays 14.00 in 1.24. Please drop your name into the Office.


From Wally Howard: Film Classes

On Monday June 3rd at 2pm.  KING AND COUNTRY.  A Joseph Losey Film with Dirk Bogarde, Tom Courtney & Leo McKern

On Wednesday June 5th at 2pm.  Werner Herzog’s masterpiece, FITZCARRALDO

On Thursday June 6th at 2pm.  THE WHALE.  A Darren Aronofsky film starring Brendan Fraser with Claudia Cardinale and Klaus Kinski.  The story of a reclusive English teacher who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter received three Academy Award nominations

From Ken Baldry European History

On Wednesday June 5th 11.40 – 12.40  in Room 2.21.

The next talk is Talk 140, Gainsborough and Reynolds, with 155 slides. The following week it is Talk 141, Energy, with 107 slides.

From Rachel Tyndall: Walks on Wednesdays

On 5th June –  Chingford Circular Walk

‘This is a 4.7 mile walk through commons, ancient woodland and wildflower meadows.  It starts and ends at Chingford, which is at the end of an Overground line departing from Liverpool Street (which also stops at Hackney Downs to connect to the North London Overground line).  Trains are every 15 minutes.  We will meet at 2pm.  For those who like to be early, the 13.18 from Liverpool Street (13.25 from Hackney Downs) arrives at 13.45, for those who are happy to be prompt the 13.33 arrives at 14.00. Please let me know (email or text) by the evening of Tuesday 4th June if you intend to join me.  Walks will be cancelled if the weather is bad: persistent rain or too much heat.’

To make you smile

(Please note – the Editorial team does not necessarily endorse all the sentiments expressed in this section of the Update!)

If at first you don’t succeed, give up. No point in being a damn fool.

Some interesting facts about life in the 1500s: Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June. Since they were starting to smell, however, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women, and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it … hence the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the Bath water!”

Good wishes from 

Gilli Vafidis Monday talks and Zoom Queen