Bulletin no. 43 (July 2021)


While we wait to see if the restrictions will finally be lifted on 19 July, many of our indoor interest groups – including crafts, language, singing and photography – as well as outdoor and sports groups have been able to take advantage of the good weather and meet outdoors in private gardens, cafés and parks. It is good that has been possible. We wait, with bated breath, to hear what will happen next. Meanwhile, this bulletin sets out more events happening in July, both online and (hopefully) in person. These include our online quiz on 6 July – you will need to sign your team up quickly (see below) if you haven’t already done so – and our usual online talks. We are also progressing with the planning of two summer parties with the hope that restrictions, bad weather and limited interest won’t stop them happening. Please see the details below – I hope to see you there… Finally, I’d like to explain how CEDu3a operates and retains its accountability to both members and the Charity Commission – please see CEDu3a governance below. Take care and happy reading to you all!
Any queries please email Sally at chair@cedu3a.org.uk.

Online quiz night

Keep the evening of 6 July free. Why? Because it’s the CEDU3A online Quiz night. Pit your wits and share the fun with friends.

Online talks
Tuesday 13 July, 11 a.m. – 12.15 p.m.
Liz Sich: La zona grigia – complicity and compliance amongst rural women, 1943-1944
Thursday 29 July, 11 a.m. – 12.15 p.m.
Peter Webb: David Hockney as I have known him
There won’t be any talks in August, but they will start up again in September, either in person or online. We’ll let you know as soon as decisions have been made.
Most of our online talks are recorded and available for you to watch at leisure. Please email cedu3a@gmx.com with your membership number, stating which recording(s) you would like, and copies will be sent to you.

Summer parties

We have booked the Crouch End Cricket Club (CECC) (where we held our very successful party in 2019) for two dates for the summer parties we hope to hold.
Monday 26 July, 5 – 8 p.m. and Tuesday 3 August, 6.30 – 9.30 p.m. Members can attend one of the parties. These parties depend upon the restrictions being lifted on 19 July, the weather (as we will want to use the outdoor space) and sufficient interest, so please let us know if you plan to come.

CEDu3a governance

CEDu3a trustees operate an open and transparent system of governance on behalf of the organisation. We are a registered charity and as such are accountable to you – our members – and to the Charity Commission for the effective and efficient running of the organisation. Throughout the pandemic, the trustees have worked hard, either individually or through the Executive Committee (EC), to maintain as many of our activities as possible. The EC has continued to meet regularly and take decisions in what they judge to be the best interest of our members and fully compliant with our trustee responsibilities. A summary of our EC meeting minutes and decisions taken is available on the website shortly after each meeting. Each year we hold an Annual General Meeting to which all members are invited and encouraged to raise any issues of concern. You are also welcome to attend any of the EC meetings as an observer and should feel able to contact either myself or Jackie, EC Secretary, anytime if you have any questions or concerns: chair@cedu3a.org.uk or secretary@cedu3a.org.uk.

We need you …

Volunteers are urgently needed to update the Venues for hire list, which is given to conveners and event organisers looking for a venue. The information needs checking and updating and possible new venues added. Please contact Jenny or Beatrice at volunteers@cedu3a.org.uk for more information or if you think you can help.

Interest groups update

Conveners have been asked to discuss future arrangements with their groups, in anticipation of the restrictions on social distancing and the Rule of 6 for indoor meetings being lifted on 19 July. This is particularly relevant for those 40 groups that normally meet in members’ homes. Some larger groups may not feel comfortable meeting in homes and may need to consider larger premises, smaller groups, meeting more frequently and/or ‘hybrid’ arrangements, possibly alternating Zoom and indoor meetings. There isn’t a single scenario: there will be all forms of mixes and possible venues to consider. Please ensure you are involved in these discussions. Implicit in our u3a is its social function and the importance of meeting in person in interest groups. The pandemic has taught us that technology – Zoom, WhatsApp, emails – have an important part to play in bringing us together. In the future we should ensure that technology and in-person meetings are in mutual support, not conflict.

New group – Lawn Bowls

This new local group, meeting at Hornsey Bowling Club, is for absolute beginners wishing to find out more about bowling – basic skills and techniques – and have fun and exercise. Further details and to appllcations to join the group here.

Table tennis

An established group is currently playing at Priory Park and hoping to move to an indoor venue. A possible convener has come forward but would like the support of a co-convener. Please contact our Interest Groups Coordinator at groups@cedu3a.org.uk.

Don’t miss …

… our website, where you will find descriptions of our groups, details of upcoming talks and events organised not only by CEDu3a but also by the National u3a and the London Region of u3as. The Don’t miss … section, with items of interest and brief reports of group activities, is updated daily. Conveners and group members are encouraged to submit regular summaries and images from their discussions and presentations for inclusion on the website, either by email to cedu3a@gmx.com or via Facebook.