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Making your mark

Group Convener, Roslyn Byfield writes: “In July a select group of Outings Group members visited the British Library Making your Mark exhibition and learned interesting facts about the history of writing, for example how the Romans changed reading to left to right, how the letter A evolved from its first representation as an ox head and how quill pens were formed from goose flight feathers. It was lovely sitting in the piazza cafe afterwards, too, not often we have the right weather for that.”

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First aiders

A number of conveners and group leaders, as well as some Executive Committee members have attended a basic 3 hour first aid course.
With a blend of instruction and practical activities, our trainer Anthea Banner from Strong Roots Training talked us through the mysteries of DRABC, before showing us how to put a casualty into the recovery position.
This led into the intricacies of CPR, where we learnt the correct rhythm for our chest compressions by singing Staying Alive by the Bee Gees. After being introduced to the workings of the defibrillator, we moved on to consider less life threatening situations.
How to deal with choking, cuts and bleeding, sprains and strains were all covered by Anthea, so that we ended the session in the unusual positon of having learned loads of skills that we hope to never have to use.
Thanks are due to John Hemingway, convener of the Longer Walks Group,for arranging this training session.

Ancient History Group

Our July meeting focused on the change from hunter gatherers to agriculture. This is, of course, an extremely fascinating ‘moment’ in human history, and one can talk and write about it for a long time, with few definite conclusions. Was the step from the freedom of the gatherers and hunters a result of climate changes, or was it due to human explorations or both? Was it a lucky development or was it a harder life than before? We can only guess at it. It certainly led to many more dramatic changes.
Mark gave us a complete overview of the latest theories. Known facts are that the change to agriculture first took a foothold in the Fertile Crescent (Mesopotamia) and along the Yangtse river. An interesting aspect of the change was that women did not need to feed their babies for several years any more, because the new variety of foods, such as cereal, could be digested by much younger children than before. The changes took place over many thousands of years and arrived in Britain at about 5000 BC. Again, many questions were raised and we had a good discussion.

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Love travel?

Then the We’re Talking Travel Group may be just up your street!
Before the inaugural meeting of the Group in May, members were invited to nominate their three favourite places visited and the three that were on their wish list. Not only did this give us an insight into just how well travelled the group is, it gave us a steer as to the content for the June and July meetings, So it was, that so far we have had presentations on New Zealand, Costa Rica, South Africa and as to how to go about organizing independent rail trips around Europe. Sharing knowledge, hints and tips is what the talking travel group is all about and we learn from each other’s experiences, both good and not so good.
For the future meetings, we will continue to look at wish list countries: so, for example, in August we’ll be in Cuba and the Southern States of the USA.
Further ahead, we’ll be looking at holidays closer to home, in the UK and Europe, and different styles of travel, from walking and camping, canals to cruises and special interest holidays focussing on history, architecture, art appreciation, painting and food and wine.
We are thinking of inviting guest speakers to tell us about the joys of solo travelling and what it was like completing El Camino de Santiago.
We all love travelling and we love talking about it. We will be promoting the group at the Open Day in September but if you want to beat the rush and join now, please complete this contact form

A seaside special

Members of the Longer Walks Group’s day at the seaside followed the Viking Coastal Trail, from Margate to Ramsgate in North East Kent. Upon arrival at Margate Station we quickly made our way to the sandy beath, passing the famous Dreamland entertainment complex (the modernist cinema of which was the inspiration for the 1930s super cinema), and the Turner Contemporary. From there we continued along a wide promenade to Cliftonville, where we encountered a series of derelict buildings and a Grade II listed Art Deco cliff lift. As it was low-tide our walk leader guided us along a series of sandy bays populated with day visitors and school children on end-of-term trips. This route enabled us to admire, at close quarters, the striking sea stacks of Botany Bay and the cliffs, brilliantly white in the bright sunshine.


After a lunch stop at Charles Dickens’s “our English watering-place”, Broadstairs, we followed the Thanet Coastal Path, to Louisa Bay and Dumpton Bay, and on to Ramsgate where we enjoyed a refreshing drink in the former Royal Victoria Pavilion. The walk to the station was surprisingly long for tired legs, although we did have a few minutes to admire the lofty booking hall of a stunning railway station building before our return journey. All in all, a splendid day’s walking in brilliant sunshine. The only disappointment for a seaside walk – we saw no piers!

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Fun with felt

In the first of our craft workshops, fifteen CEDU3A members, guided by Felt Making Group convener Jacqui Osley and Textiles Group convener Rose Slayden, tackled a wet felted bowl project with huge enthusiasm, concentration, determination, and not a little laughter. Learn, laugh, live is the motto of the U3A and what better example than this workshop!



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Conveners’ meeting

The annual meeting of Group Conveners will take place on:
Monday 9 September 2019, 1 – 3 p.m. for Groups A (Ancient History) to J (Jazz)
Tea and coffee available from 12.45 p.m.
Friday 13 September 2019, 12 – 2 p.m. for Groups L(Latin) to W (Writing 3)
Tea and coffee available from 11.45 a.m.
Both meetings will take place in Lower Hall of the Union Church and Community Centre, Weston Park, Crouch End, London, N8 9PX.