U3A in London Update – 8 May 2023

This information was published on: May 08, 2023

The timetables for the week

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

Monday Morning Talk

There is no talk this week as Monday is the Coronation Bank Holiday.

Peter Gotlop’s funeral

will be a non-religious one, on Wednesday 10th  May at 11:30am at Golders Green Crematorium East, 62 Hoop Lane, London, NW11 7NL.  No flowers, but if you wish to make a donation he has requested that you make it to Age UK.

An Important Reminder

Remember that if you would like to contribute in any way to the weekly Update, you should be contacting Alan Milward who has volunteered to take over from Amalia in compiling it.  Email: alanmilward53@gmail.com.

From Nigel Hathway – London Visits

Please find attached details of the visits planned over the coming months (May to July) where there are still some vacancies. 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 contact Nigel.  Now that Spring has arrived, we also have a Special Visit to see the Azaleas at Kenwood on Friday May the 12th with an optional walk around the house in the morning.

From the Office Staff

Please do not abandon your belongings in the office as we do not have the room.  There is a large cushion and also a red bag containing a beanbag.  Would the owner collect them – or we shall assume that they are abandoned.

The 2023 Summer Break Programme (from Gilli, Sue and Dalia)

We plan to hold 2 morning lectures and one 4pm lecture each weekday from 7 – 31 August, including a 2-day workshop on The Short Story. Lectures will be given on zoom, though some will be delivered from the Town Hall, and it will be possible to listen to lectures from room 2.21.r. We welcome more contributions.


Mah Jong for beginners starts on 22nd May

This class will start on 22nd May in room 1.24 on Mondays from 11.40 -12.40. Learn to play one of the oldest games in the world upon which many of the other games, eg rummy, are based. It is played with tiles in 3 suits, (characters, circles and bamboo) the 4 winds (North, South East and West) and 3 dragons (red, green and white). There are wonderful traditions such as “building the Great Wall of China” and “twittering of the tiles”. We will learn to play British Mah Jong rules using the book: Mah Jong (Know the Game) by Gwyn Headley.
The class will be restricted to 10 participants.

From Wally Howard

Film classes week beginning Monday 8th of May. NB there is no class on Monday 8th due to the Bank Holiday.
Continuing the journey through Russian Cinema

Wednesday May 10th at 2 pm
A film from one of the greatest Russian film directors ANDREI TARKOVSKY. His debut film IVAN’S CHILDHOOD. Winner of the Golden Lion Venice Film Festival

Thursday May 11th at 2 pm
Part 2 of the Maxim Gorky Trilogy
MY APPRENTICESHIP. Based on the autobiography of the great Russian writer Maxim Gorky. Directed by Mark Donskoy.

From Martin Raybould re Wine tasting

Marks and Spencer wines will be revisited on Thursday 11 May at 18.30 in Room 2.21.

From Jane Green

Please note that the Shakespeare class on Tuesdays at 10.30 will take place only in room 1.30 and not as a hybrid class on Zoom.

From Stephen McGhee

The rhythm of the fortnightly Classical Music Appreciation on Wednesdays has changed. I will be running sessions on 24 May, 7 and 21 June and finally 5 July.

From Barbara Alden

My two classes, Voice Matters and Qi Gong, won’t resume until Tuesday June 6th.

A reminder from Maxine Jason

Maxine, who takes an art class in collage, has asked me to request again a plea for pictures/photos to use in her art class. Please bring them to the Office.

For Music Classes that use room 2.26 – and other users

Please let me know whether there would be room for our new keyboard in room 2.26 so that the music classes in that room will be able to make good use of it. What do the other users of room 2.26 think?

From Barbara Stevens

As the committee representative for Third Age Trust I occasionally offer some snippets.  There is a Heritage nationwide campaign for u3a members in ‘Their Finest Hour’ to collect and preserve the everyday stories of the Second World War. Upload your war-related stories and materials on ’Their Finest Hour’ website (theirfinesthour.english.ox.ac.uk). Do you support a Commissioner for Older People and Ageing? What are your thoughts and what issues would you want a Commissioner to advocate for on your behalf?

Used Postage Stamps

Sue Kwok has taken over collecting used postage stamps which can be left in the office at the Town Hall.

Summer Coach Outings

Before the pandemic one of our members used to organise 3 coach outings every year as part of the Summer Programme. These were very popular and it would be great if they could be restarted, maybe with just 1 or 2 this year.  

To make you smile

Best wishes from the team

Gilli Vafidis Monday talks and Zoom Queen
And Richard.