U3A in London Update – 30 May 2022

This information was published on: May 30, 2022

Congratulations, Your Majesty!

Timetable for the week of 30 May

Copies the full timetable, also the Town Hall and Zoom timetables, the Monday talks list and the revised handbook are available in the Office, or you can look at our website www.u3alondon.org.uk

From Wally Howard

As usual, all films are at 14.00 in Room 1.22.

Monday 30th May – The Street – This powerful documentary by Zed Nelson, a long time Hackney resident, provides an unmissable portrait of modern London and the end of a way of life as he films the changes to Hoxton Street, once a bastion of the East End, over a four year period. 

Wednesday 1st June – Maborosi – This 1995 film is a story of life after death.  Loosely translated as vision or illusion, Maborosi is directed with great restraint by Hirokazu Koreeda and has the key preoccupations of his later films.  It tells the story of Yumiko, a young widow with a baby who is steered towards a young widower, Tamio, as she tries to make sense of her husband’s death.   Will her marriage to Tamio be a redemptive miracle or will it be forever overshadowed by their respective losses?  Peter Bradshaw in his Guardian review described this beautiful film as having “minor-key harmonies [which] shimmer, like its distant, hallucinatory light.”

Barry Rae – Reminder of funeral arrangements

Barry’s funeral is at the West Norwood Crematorium, Norwood, SE27 9JU. Parking is available. The nearest station is West Norwood (from Victoria). From the cemetery gate it is a good 15-minute walk uphill to the Crematorium. There will be a ‘wake’ at the Rosendale, about a 15 minute walk from the cemetery; there is a bus that runs that way.

Watching the funeral on line: The link for the livestream is https://watch.obitus.com/vQFEbr 

The username and password are:

Username:  pevi4873    Password: 355982

From Jim Eardley

Wednesday’s Politics and Current Affairs

As part of the Jubilee Celebrations, I confirm that the Politics and Current Affairs discussion group will meet this Wednesday, as usual in Room 2.21 at 10:30am for our free ranging discussions.  This week’s class will be led by Steve Berry who will offer various topics for discussion as well as taking suggestions from the floor.  Bringing party hats will be optional!  Jubilee Puddings are also optional – a picture of a suggestion is below:

From Valerie Wilson Trower

The Design history group will be visiting the permanent exhibition at the Design Museum on the 31st of May.

I will hand out paper copies with instructions for joining us next week.

Thank you, Valerie

From Amalia

Next Tuesday (31 May) there will be no live History of Astronomy talk in Room 1.33. Details of the next Zoom version and the next live talk will be in next week’s Update.

From Sharon Theodore

IThere will be no Arabic classes on 7 June.

From Anthony Guter

The Group is taking a break for the rest of the term but we aim to return in September.

From Ken Baldry

European History on Wednesdays at 11:40 in Room 2.21. This week, bring Kleenex. The subject is ”England’s downfall in France 1415 – 1453”
as our Agincourt victory turns to dust & ashes. 76 slides.

From Howard Shelter

The problem with accessing my links is being resolved. More information next week.


Bride Lane (off Fleet Street), EC4Y 8EQ
The full programme and application forms (online and paper) and publicity flyer are available from the Events page of London Region website https://u3asites.org.uk/london-region/events


Best Wishes from Gilli and Amalia