Welcome to Crouch End & District U3A

The inaugural meeting of the new Crouch End & District U3A will take place on Wednesday 27 September 2017 at the Moravian Church Hall, Priory Road, Hornsey at 10.30 a.m.

The Moravian Church Hall is located at the Alexandra Park end of Priory Road between Redston and Danvers Roads.

It is served by buses 144, W3, W7. Parking in the immediate vicinity is very limited!  Accessible for disabled visitors.

Welcome to Crouch End & District University of the Third Age (U3A) , a charity open to all who are retired or semi-retired, and part of an international movement. You don’t need any qualifications, just a desire to get out, learn new things, meet new people in the local area, keep your brain and body active, and most importantly, enjoy yourself. It’s about our helping each other in all our activities. There are no experts – U3A members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them. We have small interest groups, big talks, and social events. You decide what you want to do, and what you can offer to others. So, if you live in Alexandra Park, Crouch End, Fortis Green, Highgate, Hornsey, Muswell Hill or Stroud Green, and are looking to meet new people and engage in a whole range of enjoyable and challenging activities, both mental and physical, why not join the Crouch End & District U3A?

​The inaugural meeting of the Crouch End & District U3A will take place at Moravian Church Hall on Wednesday 27 September 2017 at 10.30 a.m. The main purpose of this meeting will be to enrol members, and for members to learn about group activities.

MEMBERSHIP:

Membership of the Crouch End & District U3A is open for those who are retired, semi-retired or in part-time employment, although there is no age criterion. Membership is unfortunately not open to those in full-time employment. Membership requires an annual subscription. This entitles members to attend the monthly meetings and, to join any of the interest-groups and to partake in voting for executive committee members at the Annual General Meeting.

ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION:

The annual subscription will be £35.00 per annum and run from January 1 of each calendar year. Half yearly membership will also be available. Concessionary Membership of £5.00 per annum if in receipt of means tested benefits. The first year’s subscription will, as a bonus to newly joining members, be valid from October 2017 to December 2018

You may download a membership application form here. You will need to print it, fill it in, and send it to the Membership Secretary. We ask you to pay by cheque for this first year. Unfortunately we are unable to accept cash payments.

MONTHLY MEETINGS:

The monthly meetings are held at the Moravian Church Hall on the second Thursday of every month.  Doors open at 10.00 a.m for tea and coffee. Talks begin at 10.45 a.m.

Each monthly meeting welcomes a guest speaker. The current programme includes:

12 October 2017

Peter Cox:  Growing Up in London
For his book Growing Up in London 1930-1960  Peter Cox interviewed U3A members from all over London to document their lives and experiences. More information on his website

9 November 2017

Dr Tiago Mata: Economics and its Grip on Culture and Politics
Tiago Mata is a Lecturer in the Department of Science and Technology Studies University College London. View his profile and research interests here

14 December 2017

Estelle Lovatt: Fun and Irony in Art History
Estelle Lovatt, FRSA, is an art critic, writer, lecturer and broadcaster. View her profile here

11 January 2018

Katy Ghahremani: Plans for Hornsey Town Hall
A director of Make Architects, Katy Ghahremani is the architect for the restoration and redevelopment of the iconic Hornsey Town Hall. View her profile here

GROUPS:

Interest Groups are an integral part of the U3A experience, and members are entitled to join any group in which they are interested. As the U3A is a co-operative venture, its members are also encouraged to share their knowledge and experience by offering to lead or facilitate groups.The normal pattern is for small groups to meet in a member’s house (for example, the Poetry and Science & Technology groups), while premises may have to be sought for activities such as exercise classes. For those who wish to get out and about there are currently groups for outings, museum visits, and walking.  Would anyone who would like to lead or facilitate a group please contact our Group Co-ordinator. More information about the groups currently offered may be found here.

Photographic images on this page © Julian Osley