Bulletin no. 44 (August 2021)


I hope you’re all well and are enjoying the warmer (and at times hotter) weather and managing through the heavy rains.

Earlier optimism about the remaining lifting of restrictions has been realised. A cause for celebration, yes, but at the same time a note of caution – use a measured approach and our common sense. With that in mind I’d like to draw your attention to the interest groups’ update below and the latest Covid 19 advice from the u3a which can be found on our website.

Talking of celebrations, we have now had the first of our two summer celebration parties. The sun shone across the cricket field with cricketers playing and a lovely view of Ally Pally in the distance – a great relief given the previous evening’s deluge – and from comments received it was apparent a great time was had. As well as thanking all those who attended, I must give a very big ‘thank you’ the volunteers who helped with setting up, putting out the food and clearing up. Party number 2 is on Tuesday 3 August.
We are continuing with our online talks via Zoom into the autumn. As you will see below, talks have been arranged in September and October. Our last July talk was by the inimitable Peter Webb and I would thoroughly recommend you to listen to it if you missed it (see recorded talks below). Peter was talking about David Hockney whom he knew well.

Meanwhile, happy reading.

Any queries please email Sally at chair@cedu3a.org.uk

Online talks

There are no talks in August.
Tuesday 14 September, 11.00 am – 12.15 pm
Jack Price: The future of brain repair: the prospects for successful stem cell therapy.
Tuesday 26 October, 11.00 am – 12.15 pm
Stella Dadzie: A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery & Resistance

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.

Interest Groups update

The lifting of restrictions is indeed good news for our interest group activities, enabling them to meet face-to-face again, both indoors and outdoors. However, masks are still recommended in busy places (guidance not law), and Transport for London (TfL) has made it a condition of travel that masks must be worn for the full duration of journeys on the TfL network and in stations, if not exempt. This applies to tube, bus, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail Network, Dial-a Ride Service and the Woolwich Ferry. Those not wearing masks could be refused entry, denied travel or told to leave the station. Many groups have planned activities and visits that involve travel both inside and outside the London area, and conveners will be supporting this mandatory requirement in drawing up arrangements.

Please remember, particularly those groups that previously met in members’ homes, to plan for the autumn when meeting outside will no longer be an option. Larger groups may not feel comfortable meeting indoors nor necessarily continuing to meet using Zoom. July’s bulletin laid out some options; there may be others.

Anyone for tennis?

We are hoping to get the second tennis group up and running in September – possibly on a Monday or Wednesday morning. We have had some applications but could do with a couple more. We are also looking for someone to co-convene the group. Applications should be made via the website cedu3a.org.uk/interest-groups/tennis/

Lawn bowls – Hornsey Bowling Club

The bowling club was flooded in the freak storms of 5/6 July; remedial work is in progress. Anyone applying to join the newly-formed group has been alerted to a delay in getting the group up and running and will be contacted when the work is finished.
If you are interested in joining apply via cedu3a.org.uk/interest-groups/lawn-bowls-2/

Local History Group

This group is for anyone interested in discussions about local and family history, the content is determined by the members of the group according to their interests. It doesn’t matter if you are new to local or family history; the group is very supportive and will be able to give you excellent advice on how to find out about people and places of the past.Arrangements have been made (Covid infections permitting) for the group to meet on the third Thursday of each month from September, between 2.00pm and 4.00pm, at the Hornsey Vale Community Centre, 60 Mayfield Road, London N8 9LP. To find out more or to join the group contact the convener via the Local History group page at cedu3a.org.uk/interest-groups/local-history-group/


Did you know that CEDu3a news often appears on Facebook as an alternative or in addition to the website? Since this bulletin appears only once a month, Facebook gives us a more immediate platform on which to publicise events you might otherwise miss. Recently, for example, there has been information about Haringey walks for the over-sixties and a recommendation for two exhibitions at the Wellcome Foundation, and new dates have been advertised for craft activities. Don’t miss out. Join our group page here: www.facebook.com/groups/300181150556772.

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.