Crouch End & District U3A


We look forward to seeing you at the next monthly meeting of the Crouch End and District U3A at the Union Church and Community Centre, Weston Park, N8 9PX on Thursday 13 December 2018. Our speaker is Elizabeth Woodcraft, the title of her talk: Hi-Heel Sneakers – Morals, Motown and Milkshakes in the early 60s
We do hope you will join us for mince pies with tea and coffee from 10.00. There will be an 60s musical welcome as we come together for a very entertaining talk on one woman’s experience of growing up in the 60s.

Welcome to Crouch End & District U3A, a registered charity open to all who are retired or semi-retired, and which is part of the University of the Third Age international movement. No qualifications required, just a desire to get out, learn new things, meet new people in the local area, keep the brain and body active, and most importantly, to have fun. 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, East Finchley, Fortis Green, Harringay, Highgate, Hornsey, Muswell Hill, Stroud Green or even areas further afield, 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?


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 of £35.00 (£5.00 concessionary rate). This entitles members to attend the Monthly Meetings, to join any of the Interest Groups and to partake in voting for executive committee members at the Annual General Meeting.

Monthly meetings

Unless otherwise stated the meetings will take place on the second Thursday of the month at the Union Church and Community Centre, Weston Park, N8 9TA. Doors open at 10.00 a.m for tea and coffee. Talks begin at 10.45 a.m.

Interest 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, while premises may have to be sought for activities such as art and relaxation classes. For those who wish to get out and about there are currently groups for outings, gallery visits, and walking (both long and short.)

Social events

The Crouch End & District U3A aims to offer a range of social events in which members are welcome to join. The cost of participating in one of these events is unfortunately not covered by the membership subscription. Events in 2018 have so far included Quiz Nights at the Maynard Arms, Crouch End, a performance of A Night in Fitzrovia at the Earl Haig Hall in Crouch End, and a Ceilidh.

Coffee mornings

Coffee mornings are a way of getting to know other members. They take place around the area, usually in members’ homes, between 11 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. on varying days of the week, with a maximum of around 10.

Social media

The Crouch End & District U3A has a Facebook Group page and Twitter account, to which all members who have accounts with these social media platforms are invited to join to share news, views, images and experiences.


The Crouch End & District U3A issues a monthly e-mail bulletin to its members. The bulletin summarizes all the latest information relating to groups and forthcoming events.


The Crouch End & District U3A endeavours to publish images taken by its own members or from copyright free sources. On the rare occasions when an image is sought from another source permission will be sought and an acknowledgement published in accordance with the copyright holder’s instructions. Full acknowledgement applies to images published under a Creative Commons licence.
Photographs are classified as personal data. Where group photographs are being taken members will be asked to step out of shot if they don’t wish to be in the photograph. Otherwise consent will be obtained from members in order for photographs to be taken and members will be informed as to where photographs will be displayed. Should a member wish at any time to remove their consent and to have their photograph removed then they should contact CEDU3A to advise that they no longer wish their photograph to be displayed.

Who we are

Sue Felgate
Sally Whitaker
Jackie Langford
Andrew Sich
Groups Organiser
David Pashley
Other contacts
Bulletin editor
Nicky Lane
Group queries and offers of help
Jane Clarke
Ed Allen
Social events
Sue Picano
Speaker Organiser
Graham Bennett
Julian Osley

Contact us

Registered Charity No. 1178165


I joined Crouch End & District U3A in September 2017 and it was a most positive and life enhancing decision. Although I am lucky to enjoy a great community spirit with my immediate neighbours and those in surrounding streets the U3A has opened doors to a welcome vibrant community beyond. I have met and made friends with many people whilst enjoying many activities and visited places of interest I never knew existed in their company. I have learnt so much from different talks I have attended and had fun at a quiz night. What an exhilarating way to live in retirement! – Margaret Hammond, Member No. 255
My life has been changed! I enjoy the diversity of activities from short walks, conversation language groups, outings, gallery visits, bird watching and so much more. A huge thanks to all of the conveners and the team who work so hard to ensure that all the groups offer a warm welcome, fun, inclusivity and learning, in accessible locations. I find my U3A sessions inspirational and have made many new lovely friends. Congratulations on an amazing year, with more groups being organised and looking forward to welcoming new members. – CE&DU3A member