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Our next coffee morning

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. New members are particularly welcome.
  We are currently running shorter virtual coffee mornings, via Zoom.
  Our coffee mornings are organised by Jacki Reason.

The next virtual coffee morning will be held on Friday 30 October 2020, 11 – 11.45 a.m.

  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.


    Your Email

    Membership No.

    Coffee Morning date


    On Rioja wines

    The month of October always sees the celebration of a much-loved style of wine, the wine from Rioja, arguably Spain’s most famous region. With a range of white, rose’, red and soon to be sparkling wines, Rioja is a fabulous region to discover. The Wine and … More group celebrated Rioja in all its glory at the recent Zoom tasting, with a record 22 people attending. Two guest speakers from within the Group, Angela and Luke, set the scene for the tasting, with a most interesting introduction. They did an amazing job. And then we were off! Whites, reds, spanning a price range for around £9 to £30, participants shared their wines with gusto. This was an upbeat, full-on tasting, with much enjoyment all around. Stay tuned for the November tasting everyone!

    Garden history talk

    Palmers Green and Southgate u3a have kindly opened up one of their talks to all members of u3a London Region.
    Title : The History of English Gardens
    Speaker : Patricia Gentry
    When : November 2, 2020, 11 a.m. via Zoom.

    Blue Badge guide Patricia Gentry, will take us on on a journey through England’s most beautiful gardens. We will visit structured Tudor gardens, French and Italian influenced Stuart gardens, and magnificent English landscape gardens. We will also explore the intricate designs of Victorian gardens with their exotic colours, flower beds and greenhouses.

    If you would like to attend this Zoom presentation, please email by latest 5 p.m. on Saturday 31 October, confirming the name of your u3a. The link will be sent out on Sunday 1 November 2020.
    There are only 100 places available for the presentation.
    ADVANCE NOTICE: There will be a further presentation on 7 December 2020, again at 11 a.m., entitled: Kew Gardens Part II + Q&A. Details to follow in November.

    u3a London Winter Talks programme

    Following the popularity of our fortnightly online Summer Talks, the u3a London Committee feel that a similar series of fortnightly online Winter Talks in the late afternoon might be something to look forward to as the evenings draw in.
    There will four events in November (three talks) and December (a quiz).
    Monday 3 November
    Sheila Kanani : The Fate of the Universe From the Big Bang to the End of the Universe.
    Monday 16 November
    Carolyn Steel : Sitopia – How Food Can Save the World
    Monday 30 November
    Alan Freeland : Art and Architecture of the Silk Roads
    Monday 14 December

    How to book …

    CEDU3A Executive Committee

    Summarised actions arising from the Executive Committee (EC) meeting held on 16 October 2020

    Executive Processes

    A clear statement regarding the current Covid restrictions will be added to the next Bulletin.
    Information on the different types of data retained within CEDU3A is being collated for review.
    Progress against plans for 2020, which were approved towards the end of 2019, is being analysed at present and will inform in part plans for 2021 and beyond. The outcome of progress against plans will be presented to the AGM in April 2021.
    National U3A has issued new branding guidelines for all branches to follow and CEDU3A will be incorporating these into its own revised branding shortly.
    CEDU3A currently has 811 members. A total of 80 new members applied to join during 2020.

    Groups / Members

    With London moving into Covid Tier 2, the planned resumption of table tennis and badminton are in abeyance. Outdoor groups such as walks and birdwatching can continue, but with refreshments taken out of doors and only in groups of 6. Leads for short walks will continue to be sought. Most of the groups already using Zoom will continue to do so.
    It was agreed that a Christmas Companions initiative would not be practicable this year, due to the Covid situation, however an outing or walks may be possible.

    Talks / Meetings

    Online talks have been booked up to December (see details on the CEDU3A website) and will continue for the foreseeable future. Talks will be booked on a 3-months ahead basis from the New Year.


    Details of subscription rates would be issued at the beginning of November, when notification of renewal notices are sent out to all members. Subscriptions are due before 1st January 2021.
    Cash balances were confirmed at £18.160. The Gift Aid refund was still awaited (refund since confirmed as £1,566 in total).

    Upcoming outings

    Friday 30 October
    Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

    A visit to this independent gallery for four current exhibitions, particularly of neglected artist Barnett Freedman (1901-1958), who was, during the 1930s and 40s regarded as Britain’s most visible artist. His work was far-reaching and seen on London Underground and Lyons tea house posters, Shell adverts, book covers and even a stamp to mark George V’s Silver Jubilee in 1935. This is the first exhibition of his art since his death, yet reviewers opine that he was a hugely talented artist who should be a household name. The exhibition ends on 1 November.

    Find out more about the Outings Group …

    Autumn leaves

    The Outings Group enjoyed a recent visit the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. After a while the darkening skies produced a torrential downpour, which luckily soon stopped and allowed us time to thoroughly explore.
    It holds a glorious 8,000+ collection of plants from all over the world, used to facilitate teaching and research, and is a beautiful location with a series of landscapes through which to discover the drama of plant diversity.
    It was founded in 1762 in the city centre, to grow plants to be used in the teaching of medical students at the university. In 1831 John Henslow, Professor of Botany, began work to move the garden to its present location. Designed to house a magnificent tree collection, his ideas on variation and the nature of species caught the attention of his protégée Charles Darwin.
    October was an ideal time to witness the delightful autumn colours and visits at other times of the year would offer very different displays. Highly recommended.



    Leaving home

    On two occasions in the past members of the Outings Group have thoroughly enjoyed visits to the Migration Museum in South London. The Museum’s remits covers not only immigration, but also tells the story of emigration from these shores. Departures – exploring 400 years of emigration from Britain is an exhibition marking the re-opening of the Museum at its new home in Lewisham, and friends and others are invited to the virtual launch of the exhibition. The event will be hosted by BBC news presenter, George Alagiah and take place on Thursday 29 October 2020 between 7.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. Registration for this free event via Eventbrite is essential.
    Register …

    Singing for fun

    The Singing for Fun Group met via Zoom this week and although it is still experimenting with the platform, it was a lot of fun.
    Songs covered a wide range including the Skye Boat Song, These Boots Are Made For Walking, Strangers in the Night and Que Sera, Que Sera.

    Happily there is always room to join this group when it meets via Zoom, so if you are looking for an occasional hour of singing along with others in the privacy of your own home, do contact Anne Heagney, the Convener, via the form on the Singing for Fun Group page.