U3A in London Update – 30 October 2023

This information was published on: October 30, 2023

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 look forward to enjoying the talk by our dyslexia consultant and poet Irene Kyffin, who will talk about Yiddish Theatre Abroad (3 of 3)

Membership Renewals

The deadline is approaching and, in a week or so, if you have not yet paid your membership fee, we will assume that you do not wish to continue to be a member of our U3A. We will be sorry to lose you. 

As a non-member, you will no longer be receiving this weekly Update and your access card will no longer let you into the Town Hall.  We would be grateful if you would post it back to us, together with the lanyard, if possible.

Members’ contributions to the Update

Thank you for sending whatever you would like to appear in it to Alan each week. To compile the Update and meet our deadline for mailing, it is very helpful to receive your copy no later than midday on Thursday please.

And a reminder that any timetable changes should also go to Gilli. She sends out a provisional version to coordinators on Wednesday and needs to have any amendments by return. Thank you.

2024 Diaries

These can now only be obtained online from the Home Page of the National U3A Office website.  Look under “Support for u3as” in their website. Ordering requires registration. The cost is £4 each + pp.  Incidentally, the new diaries are now quite different from the old ones.

From the Office: Lost Property

A key was found on the floor in room 1.30 on 18th October. In addition some glasses have been found over the last few weeks, 2 anoraks, 2 water bottles and 2 umbrellas. Please collect these items from Lost Property in the Office.if they are yours. If they are not claimed in the next 14 days, they will be given to charity, where appropriate.


From Wally Howard

Film classes for week commencing Monday 30th October in Room 1.22.

Monday October 30th @2pm
GAUGUIN: THE FULL STORY.   The first full length biography of one of the world’s most popular and controversial artists.
Gauguin is best known for his gorgeous paintings of Tahiti. In this epic biography of Gauguin, Waldemar Januszczak follows the painter through a remarkable life. The film features a stunning collection of Gauguin masterpieces shot in museums and galleries around the world.

Wednesday November 1st at 2pm
A new film from France Directed by Mia Hansen-Love and starring Lea Seydoux.  Winner Cannes Festival.
ONE FINE MORNING.  A profoundly moving portrayal of love, loss and contemporary womanhood featuring a career best performance from Lea Seydoux “Marvellous.  Lea Seydoux sparkles “.

Thursday November 2nd at 2pm.  A Spanish Film from Catalonia.  SUMMER 1993.  Winner, Berlin Film Festival, A film by Carla Simon “Stunning drama. Brilliantly realised. Miraculous child performances.  A jewel in its subtlety, richness and warmth – it is entirely beguiling ….It is also very moving.  What a lovely film it is!” The Guardian.

From Martin Rayboulds

A reminder -/ the wine group is meeting on Thursday November 2nd at 6.30pm in room 2.21 to taste 6 different liqueurs from orange/gin/whisky through to coffee and chocolate! Cost £10 per person.

From Ken Baldry

European History on Wednesday (11.40 -12.40 in room 2.21) Next week’s is Talk 117. East from 1645, West from 1667 to 1674 & some more art by Vermeer with 127 slides & music by Biber, the 1st composer to be made a Baron for his music. The following week, Wed Nov 8th, is Talk 118. The Dutch Golden Age – Dutch artists: Hals & Ruysdael with 221 slides & contemporary music. The full programme is on http://www.art-science.com/history-talks.html

From Stephen Barry

The next illustrated talk in my London Miscellany series, at 11.40am on Thursday, November 2 in Room 1.22, will be ‘Bethnal Green Past & Present’.

From Yvonne Dove

Secular and mythological art: Thursday, Room 2.26 at 11.50. This week we are examining the life and works of the 16th Century Florentine painter and poet, Bronzino. This will include Portraits of Eleanora of Toledo and her son and Lucrezia Panciatichi, plus Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time.

To make you smile: From Susan Van Noorden

On Searching for a book of stamps

Check in wallet, check once more
Hunt through bag, look in drawer
Feel coat pockets, peer in pot
Rifle desk, find them not
Shake out shoes, lift up hat
Inspect fridge, ask the cat
Scour the shelves, peek in purse
Turn out cupboards, swear and curse
Go to shop, buy new stamps
Put in wallet, next to stamps.

Best wishes from the team. 

Gilli Vafidis Monday talks and Zoom Queen