Bulletin no. 03 (January 2018)

Chair’s New Year Greeting

What a wonderful start for our U3A. We launched in late September 2017 and now have over 400 members and more than 40 groups.  Our organisation is run by members for members and so a special appreciation goes to the group conveners who ensure the quality and fun of our core activity.  Enormous thanks also go to members of the Steering Committee and other working groups who continue to develop the Monthly Meetings, publicity, social events, policies, website and the budget.

We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead with new groups, a programme of social events and a wide variety of speakers at our Monthly Meetings.   In 2018 we will obtain our full charitable status, and will hold our first AGM early in 2019 we when you will vote for our first Management Committee.  This Committee will be in place for three years, succeeding our current Steering Committee (who are all volunteers who forgot to put their hand down).

To continue to develop our successful U3A we need more members to help with the organisation.  Volunteering can be just a few hours a month or week, whatever suits you and your commitments, so please contact me if you are interested. My email address is chair@cedu3a.org.uk.

Areas where we would welcome additional support are: organising Monthly Meetings; developing policy; financial admin; helping to organize our programme of speakers and serving as members of the catering team.  Many of these roles can be shared and can easily accommodate absences.  And of course we always need group conveners, all you need is a passion and interest in a subject – there’s lots of help and guidance – just contact David, our Groups Coordinator on groups@cedu3a.org.uk.

Thank you to everyone for helping to make our new U3A such a success in 2017 and for your continued involvement.

Wishing you a happy and peaceful new year, with lots more learning, fun and socialising.

Sue Felgate 

Chair Crouch End and District U3A

Monthly Meetings

These are held on the second Thursday of the month and from January our new venue will be the Union Church and Community Centre in Crouch End at the junction of Ferme Park Rd and Weston Park, N8 9PX.

The first Monthly Meeting of 2018 will take place on Thursday January 11th, when architect Katy Ghahremani will speak about the restoration and redevelopment of Hornsey Town Hall.  Doors open at 10am for tea and coffee and the talk will start at 10.45.  Please bring your membership card.  For those who are not yet members there will be an opportunity to join on the day.

New Meetings

In addition to our established Monthly Meetings we will be holding a new series of meetings on The Science of Health.  

These meetings will take place on the first Monday of each month (excluding bank holidays) between 10.30 and 12am at the Union Church and Community Centre (as above).

The programme is:-

5 February 2018 

Professor Paul Whiting: We need to talk about Alzheimer’s.  Paul Whiting is the Chief Scientific Officer of Alzheimer’s Research UK UCL Drug Discovery Institute 

5 March 2018

Professor Marianna Fotaki:  What makes for a healthy heart in societyMarianna Fotaki is Professor of Business Ethics at Warwick Business School and a visiting professor at the University of Manchester.

4 June 2018

Dr John Ford: The global burden of disease study and a health profile for England. John Ford is Senior Honorary Lecturer, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex.

“We will take advantage of our strategic proximity to top London scientific experts who conduct current ground-breaking research in health, in order to bring this knowledge to our U3A members.” â€“ Helen Muller and Madeline Drake (CEDU3A members, series organisers)

Group News

There are new groups beginning in the following subjects:- 

De-cluttering, Foreign Film, Gentle Exercise (Feldenkrais), Music Appreciation, Spanish, Ancient Greek, Family History, Play Reading and Singing for Fun.  Art Appreciation is starting a second group

Several other existing subjects will have a second group starting in the near future so do check the webpages for groups that have previously been full. 

Find out how to join a group here

Coffee Mornings

These monthly get-togethers, in people’s homes, are a great way to meet other members. The next two gatherings are on Tuesday 16 January 11-12.30am in N19 and Thursday 15 February in N22. If you would like to come along to either, and/or would be willing to host a future morning, contact Jacki Reason on info@jackireason.co.uk

Monthly Meetings Organising Team

Are you good at organising?  Want a straightforward, contained brief which can be planned ahead of time?  We would love you to help us organise our Monthly Meetings and hopefully take over the job once you are familiar with what needs doing.  Ideally, we would like a small team of two or more people to take this on so that you can share the tasks and deputise for each other when away.  We have most of the basics in place for set up and now need to pass the role over to other members.  

Key tasks include:

  • Liaise with venue staff (currently Union Church)
  • Oversee the set-up of the room (no furniture moving necessary)
  • Ensure enough catering volunteers available
  • Check the level of catering supplies (this could be devolved to the catering team)
  • Put out external and internal signage
  • Ensure mobility access is open and signed and that there is someone on hand to help
  • Liaise with our audio visual team so that all equipment is in place and working for the speaker 
  • Adhere to any health and safety procedures for the venue and U3A

If you would like to talk this over do get in touch with Sally, our Secretary, on


As always, our website has detailed information on all our groups, meetings and events as well as feedback from previous events and other contributions from members. It is very clearly set out with links to everything you need to know. Visit it at www.cedu3a.org.uk.