Bulletin no. 77 (July 2024)

In this issue:

• Monthly talks
• Summer parties 2024
• Stray Open Day posters and leaflets
• Interest groups update
• Use of group emails
• Coffee mornings
• Monday pub lunches
• Treasure hunt expression of interest
• Classical concert
• u3a Future Lives group
• Members’ posts

Please note there will be no bulletin in August. If anyone has information on upcoming CEDu3a events that they would like to be listed in the next bulletin (which will be the September one), please send details to Vivien by 24 August via bulletin@cedu3a.org.uk.

Monthly talks

Our monthly talks featuring an invited speaker are held on the second Thursday of the month at Hornsey Moravian Church Hall, Priory Rd, London N8 7HR.

We start at 10.30am with u3a notices, followed by our invited speaker. We finish at 12 noon. Tea and coffee are available from 10am. Members are asked to bring their own cup or mug.

Advance registration is required. Further information and registration details for our monthly talks are here.

Thursday 11 July
Jasper Jennings: Biting political satire: cartoon etchings in late Georgian Britain
Jasper Jennings, an expert in antique prints, will examine what caricaturists such as James Gillray, considered to be the father of the political cartoon, and Richard Newton brought to the debate over political reform. In this illustrated lecture, he will explore the impact of satirical cartoons within and outside what we now refer to as the ‘Westminster bubble’. He will shed light on how they were marketed and consumed by their primary audience, and reflect on how we in the 21st century should engage with these humorous yet often challenging images.

Please note there will be no monthly talk in August

Thursday 12 September
Andrew Whitehead: A devilish kind of courage: anarchists, aliens and the siege of Sidney Street
Our first talk after the summer break is by Andrew Whitehead, who gave a very popular talk on Curious Crouch End a couple of years ago. This time he will be talking about his new book, A Devilish Kind of Courage: Anarchists, Aliens and the Siege of Sidney Street. It’s a gripping story and was a nationwide sensation in 1911, igniting fierce debates on immigration to Britain, political extremism and law enforcement.

Thursday 10 October
John Withington: The history of fireworks
Just ahead of 5 November, we’re delighted to welcome back John Withington. Every year, about 20 million people go to a bonfire night firework display. Across the world, it’s a similar story with folk turning out in droves for 4 July, Bastille Day, other national days or New Year. John Withington will tell the story of fireworks from their mysterious origins as a by-product of the search for eternal life to the pyrotechnic spectaculars of today.

Thursday 14 November
Estelle Lovatt: How artists change art history
This illustrated lecture guides you through the fascinating world of master artists and art history, unlocking the iconic ideas and creative methods behind some of the greatest artworks ever. Estelle Lovatt FRSA is a leading authority on art history and creativity. A fine artist turned art critic, art history lecturer and professional artists’ mentor, she brings a unique, engaging and philosophical appraisal to the art world. Copies of Estelle’s acclaimed book, How to Artist (RRP £20), will be available at the special price of £18.

Future talks – more info on website shortly
Thursday 12 December
Food historian Pen Vogler, author of Scoff and most recently, Stuffed

From Speaker Organiser Liz Sich
Thank you for all your suggestions for speakers and subjects for 2025. Please keep them coming by emailing speakers@cedu3a.org.uk

Summer parties 2024

The members only summer parties are our flagship social event of the year. They are a great opportunity to meet old friends and welcome new members. Don’t hesitate to come on your own – many members will be doing so. There will be meet and greet representatives so don’t be shy.

• Food will be provided, together with a glass of prosecco or soft drink on arrival. There will be a pay bar
• Entertainment will be provided by our very own ukulele and jazz bands
• Members may book one ticket only for one of the parties, subject to availability
• If you are booking a ticket on behalf of another member, please put that person’s name down on the booking form

When: Tuesday 23 July and Thursday 1 August, 6 – 9pm
Where: Crouch End Cricket Club, The Calthorpe Ground, Park Road, N8 8JJ. Entry from Park Road. Step-free access

Book your ticket here

Stray Open Day 2024 posters and leaflets

Firstly, a huge thanks to the many members who helped to distribute 4000 leaflets and 400 posters around the borough to promote our Open Day on 30 May. The event was a great success, with over 200 visitors attending, with 135 new to us and eager to find out more about our organisation.

Just a few of the leaflets and posters are still out there – perhaps in libraries or posters in shops or on trees. So if you see any, do please remove them or take them down. The leaflets can be recycled.

Interest groups update

This July Mary Herivel will become the new convener for this group. Sadly Sue Picano, having run it since 2018, is no longer able to continue as convener. Being part of a Decluttering group helps motivate us to take action. Just clearing one small space can be a great start. The group will continue to be run on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Maynard Arms pub, Park Road, N8. Confirmation of date and time will be emailed to signed up members. For more information or to join, please see our website here.

German Book Club
As a number of members have expressed interest in a German Book Club, either to improve their German or to maintain it, we are starting a monthly German book club from July onwards.

We will be reading short novels from contemporary and classical German literature. We will be speaking in German during the book club meeting, but beginners and improvers can write down their comments and read aloud. All welcome. For more details and to register, please see our website here.

Geology 2 Group
Our Geology group is very successful and there is sufficient interest from our members to fill up a second group. So, if you have a passion or enthusiasm for the subject why not help to create Geology 2? With support and encouragement from the groups team and the experience of the conveners of the existing group to call on, convening a new group really is straightforward. If you are interested, please contact groups@cedu3a.org.uk

Irish Interest 2
This group welcomes those of Irish heritage and anyone who is interested in knowingmore about Ireland, its people, culture, music and history. The aim is for this to be a friendly and informal gathering. Themes we might cover include Irish writers of literature, poetry and drama, aspects of Irish history, Irish music, art, architecture, Irish language, Irish sports. Specific topics will come from members and will vary – e.g. research on well-known Irish women or exploring famous/infamous Irish emigrants. Contributions will be completely voluntary. There is no pressure, but we will probably all like to have a say!For further information and to register, please see our website here.

Walking Football
A new group for members who want to engage in a sporting activity such as football, but at a slower pace. Walking football is a fun way to help you stay (or get) fit while getting fresh air and exercise in the company of others. It is also suitable for anyone recovering from illness or injury. There are obvious differences to ‘normal’ football. For example, running is not allowed, but if you want to walk fast that’s fine, as long as one foot is on the ground at all times! If you are interested in joining you can find out more here

Découpage Workshops
Once again, Jacqui Osley will be running, subject to interest, a couple of stand-alone découpage workshops over the summer. Découpage is the art of tearing up special patterned paper to decorate almost any object, using a special hardwearing glue varnish. The project offered will be an IKEA vase, although participants may provide one of their own if preferred. Photos of finished pieces can be seen on our Facebook page. The cost of the workshops will be £5 to cover the purchase of materials.

Provisional dates are Tuesday 16 July and Tuesday 23 July from 10.30 – 12.00.
If you would like to participate or have any questions, please email Jacqui at facebook@cedu3a.org.uk. Places will be limited to 5 people per session

Use of group emails

As you know, the u3a movement is non-religious and non-political and these guiding principles are clearly stated in our own codes of conduct.

The Trustees wish to reiterate that interest group email lists should only be used for the sharing of information concerning group or CEDu3a business. In particular the committee were clear that the use of group emails to request support for any petition was not appropriate.

It was also agreed that the position on non-religious or non-political postings, including petitions, also applies to the CEDu3a Facebook group and any CEDu3a WhatsApp groups.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Coffee mornings

Coffee mornings, which take place in members’ homes on varying days of the week, are a great way of getting to know other members. New members are particularly welcome. For details and to book for Tuesday 9 July, Tuesday 20 August, Tuesday 17 September or Tuesday 8 October, or to offer to host later in the year contact Jacki Reason here.

Monday pub lunches

The next pub lunch will be at 1pm on Monday 1 July in the Mossy Well pub in Muswell Hill as usual. Pub lunches are an opportunity for members to meet and chat in an informal and social atmosphere (paying for their own food and drink). As John is away, anyone wishing to attend should let Anne Heagney know by email at anneheagney@hotmail.com by Friday 28 June.

The August pub lunch will be at 1pm on Monday 12 August in the Mossy Well pub in order to avoid the Bank Holiday. Anyone wishing to attend should email johnwray99@hotmail.com by Friday 9 August.

Classical Concert on 22 September

Following such a favourable response to the first Classical Concert event at the United Reform Church in Pond Square Highgate last November, we are now planning another similar event for this September. As before the programme is being arranged with Sheila, the piano soloist and will also involve a variety of other musicians likely to be flute, oboe and clarinet. We are working on a programme to provide variety and appeal to a wide range of tastes. Watch out for further details and the opportunity to book your ticket on Eventbrite for Sunday 22 September 2024.

Treasure Hunt expression of interest

The social events team is exploring the idea of holding a treasure hunt – please could you let us know if you would be interested in taking part by filling in this form.

If you would rather volunteer and help run the event, for example by providing on the ground directions, phone support, or welcoming finishers, please submit your details using this form.

When: afternoon of Sunday 13 October
Where: in and around Crouch End, finishing at Hornsey Vale Community Centre at around 4pm for prizes, tea and cake
Format: teams of up to 5 people: you will receive a map and some clues and spend 2 – 3 hours finding Treasure Hunt locations and answering quiz questions. Prizes will be awarded for a range of achievements. You will need to be reasonably fit and able to walk a few miles, but can to choose how many or few of the clues you want to answer/visit, so can tailor the length of the quiz to your own wants.

u3a Future Lives Group

The next online talk will be on Tuesday 2 July from 2 – 3pm:

Demystifying retirement housing: options and costs
Kathleen Dunmore, Policy Advisor to the Retirement Housing Group
Ever felt a bit overwhelmed when it comes to thinking about retirement housing? What types of retirement housing are available and how much do they cost? Are there hidden costs and most of all, are they worth it? Join Kathleen, back by popular demand, to find out more and start to demystify retirement housing.

To register for the talk, or find out more about the group, please see our website here.

Walking tennis offer

Quite a few CEDu3a members have taken up Highgate Tennis Club’s walking tennis offer. There will be more sessions in July, so if you are interested please book here.

If you have difficulties booking via the LTA link, please contact info@highgate-tennis.co.uk

Members’ posts

If any members have u3a-related info or news items they would like to share with other members please send details to bulletin@cedu3a.org.uk. The deadline is normally the 24th of each month.

From Adrienne Banks:
Concert on Saturday 13 July
I am a member of the St Clements Community Choir which was formed from the London Symphony Community Choir when it lost its Arts Council Funding. This is our first major concert at the venue where we used to rehearse – LSO St Lukes. It will be a varied programme of classical, pop, jazz and gospel pieces. I look forward to seeing members in the audience! To book and for further details, please click on this link.