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Films Group Programme

The long forties in British cinema

21 October 2019 : Champagne Charlie (Cavalcanti, 1944)

4 November 2019 : Went the Day Well (Cavalcanti, 1942)

18 November 2019 : Whisky Galore (Mackendrick, 1949)

2 December 2019 : Mine Own Executioner (Kimmins, 1947)

16 December 2019 : The Magic Box (Boulting, 1951)

6 January 2020 : The Small Back Room (Powell/Pressburger, 1949)

27 January 2020 : They Made Me a Fugitive (Cavalcanti, 1947)

10 February 2020 : Fanny by Gaslight (Asquith, 1944)

24 February 2020 : Mandy (Mackendrick, 1952)

9 March 2020 : Wanted For Murder/A Voice in the Night (Huntington, 1946)

23 March 2020 : Corridor of Mirrors (Young, 1948)

Dead of Night (Cavalcanti etc, 1945)
Blithe Spirit (Lean, 1945)
The Passionate Friends (Lean, 1947)
The Elusive Pimpernel (Powell/Pressburger, 1950)
That Hamilton Woman (Alexander Korda, 1941)

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Welcome coffee morning for new members

Welcome to your U3A, you’ve made a good decision in joining! We have a lot to offer from monthly meetings with guest speakers to over 70 different interest groups, regular activities and an excellent website full of information.
If you have joined since March 2019 we would like to invite you to attend a Welcome coffee morning to introduce you to CEDU3A, meet representatives of the committee, find out how you can get the most from your membership and meet other new members.

When: Tuesday 29th October 2019
Time: 10.00 a.m. – noon
Where: Moravian Church Hall, Priory Road, London N8 7HR

Refreshments will be provided and please bring your own cup/mug

If you are interested in attending this event please email Llorett Kemplen, our New Members Social Co-ordinator, at so that suitable arrangements can be made for seating and refreshments.

The Virtual U3A

“The Virtual U3A or vU3A is like a local U3A Group except that its activities take place on the Internet. An important target group for the vU3a is older people who are isolated through location, illness or immobility – but all are welcome. We have members from around the world. Members of the Virtual U3A are encouraged to form their own informal learning and discussion groups, choose their own topics and share their experiences in the social areas of the site. It follows the principles of participative learning which have made the U3A one of the most successful educational and social groups for older people. The vU3A’s activities are carried out in writing using a secure, membership only, workspace. The vU3A does not create or deliver formal structured online courses.”

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U3A Book Launch

24 October 2019

Exciting news from our Writers’ Groups!
Come and celebrate the first publication from two of our U3A’s writing group at Waterstone’s Crouch End, on Thursday 24 October 2019, 7.30 – 9.30 p.m.

As places are limited for this free event advance booking is recommended.

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All sale proceeds to the charity for the homeless CARIS Haringey.

Wending a way through the Chilterns

As daylight hours reduce, members of the Longer Walks Group are gradually starting to walk a little closer to home, so the first of the October walks saw the group returning to the Chilterns with a walk starting from the pretty village of Wendover.
We are also beginning to link walks together, so this walk joined together the Tring/Ivinghoe Beacon walk of May 2018, with the Wendover/Chequers walk completed in August of this year.
Considering that we seem to be living through a monsoonal wet season at the moment, we were also fortunate to start the walk in fine weather, beginning with a stroll past the small market and then along Wendover High Street, admiring the many fine buildings along the way (there are 113 listed buildings in Wendover, many of them thatched).

On leaving the town centre, we embarked upon a very steep climb of 120 metres, which took us up Boddington Hill and into Wendover Woods, a 325-hectare open access woodland site managed by the Forestry England. After catching our breath (and a hot drink) at the café on the summit, we immediately walked back down the other side of the hill, skirting the perimeter of RAF Halton to reach the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal at Harelane Bridge.

The remaining route of the walk had a watery theme, as we followed the canal to Buckland Wharf, before cutting across country to Wilstone Reservoir (built to supply water to the Grand Union Canal) and into Wilstone village, where we had a somewhat chilly lunch stop on the village green.

Retracing our steps, we continued along the shore of Wilstone Reservoir to rejoin the route of the Wendover Arm, as far as Little Tring Farm, where we followed footpaths and causeways around Tringford and Marsworth Reservoirs.
We soon reached the Grand Union Canal (GUC), and followed the towpath south-east past Marsworth Locks, the junction of the Wendover Arm with the GUC and the canal side settlement of Bulbourne. The final mile took us along a section where the canal had been engineered into a deep and wooded cutting, all the way to the end of our walk, close to Tring Station. 

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Walking the Lea Valley

Middle Way Walks 2020

Beginning with the January walk the Middle Way Walkers will hike alongside the River Lea from its source in Leagrave, following the Lea Valley Path, until we reach the River Thames at Limehouse Basin. The exact number of walks will depend on the number and length of off-route diversions that we decide to adopt, but the Lea Valley path itself measures 50 miles from source to Thames.
We will walk through Luton, Hatfield, Hertford, Ware, Cheshunt and Waltham Abbey to reach Greater London, continuing through Enfield Lock, around the Lee Valley Park and into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before we finally finish at Limehouse Basin. Along the way we will enjoy urban sights, lovely villages, canal and riverside views, reservoirs, parks, architecture and wildlife. As well as enjoying our 50 plus miles of walking, we also hope to learn a thing or two about the River Lea and its environs.
This is a great opportunity to complete a recognised long-distance path in the company of like-minded people. We hope you will join us in this adventure!

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Like a Whodunit?

Then why not apply to join our newest group … Crime Fiction Book Club 2?

Crime is now said to be the largest single genre in fiction writing and in its broadest sense extends well beyond dead bodies! If you enjoy intrigue, well constructed plots, good prose, credible characters and settings, come and share your interests in a friendly setting. Group members will suggest and choose the monthly book for discussion. We hope to range from older and contemporary writers across a range of crime. Refreshments will be provided.
Group Convener : Pauline Hudson

The Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month, 5 – 6.30 p.m. at a home in Muswell Hill, from 12 November 2019

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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. Our coffee mornings are organised by Jacki Reason.

To book please complete the form below. Jacki will then confirm your booking, or if there are no spaces available reply that you have been put on a reserve list.
If you are unable to attend a coffee morning that you have booked, please let Jacki know via the form below.
If you would like to host a coffee morning please contact Jacki via the form below. Expenses will be reimbursed.

Upcoming Coffee Mornings

15 October 2019 : Hampstead Garden Suburb

21 November 2019 : Crouch End. Full – waiting list only

17 December 2019 : Crouch End (5 steps to front door, with handrail. Dog in residence)

One with a difference. The host’s house is rather special – in effect an Art Nouveau and Victoriana museum/gallery. Over Christmas it is decorated in the American style – way over the top in every room. Members will be offered guided tours, which will include a selection of items in the ‘what is it for?’ category to act as a brain teaser. This does presume a certain level of mobility – but of course if this may present a problem for you, you don’t have to do the tour.

15 January 2020: Crouch End (3rd floor, no lift)

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