Bulletin no. 05 (March 2018)

Monthly Meetings

The next Monthly Meeting will be held on Thursday 8 March 2018, when former BBC journalist Robin Lustig will reflect on his professional life.

Venue: Union Church and Community Centre, Weston Park, N8 9PX. The talk will start at 10.45am. Doors open at 10am for tea and coffee – it would be really helpful if you could bring your own mug.

Monthly Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month. They are open to all members, who are welcome to bring a guest: it is possible to join at the meeting.

Science of Health

These meetings, held on the first Monday of the month, are open to all members. The next talk is on Monday 5 March 2018, when Marianna Fotaki, Professor of Business Ethics at Warwick Business School and a visiting professor at the University of Manchester will ask: What makes for a healthy society? : the significance of volunteers. The talk begins at 10.45 a.m. Please note that refreshments are not provided at the Science of Health meetings.

On 4 June Dr John Ford will look at: The global burden of disease : a study and a health profile for England. John Ford is Senior History Lecturer, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex.

Group news

Current Affairs Group

Change of venue – The meetings on March 1 and 15 will be held at 31 Bryanstone Road, N8.

Gardens and Gardening Group

The group has been meeting in members’ homes; but will branch out for three spring visits to local gardens which are part of the National Gardens Scheme, and which will open specially for us. Further details here

The London Loop

The Longer Walks Group has set up a sub-group to walk the London Loop, a 140-mile (224km) route around the periphery of the capital. To begin with the walks will take place on the first Wednesday of each month, starting on April 4, with subsequent walks on May 2 and June 6.

Machine Embroidery

The Machine Embroidery Group has moved to Union Church and Community Centre, Weston Park, N8 9PX and therefore has room for further participants, who would be most welcome. There are two more sessions this term: 2-4 pm Mondays 12 March and 26 March.

Need help decluttering?

Then why not sign up to a monthly workshop to free you up to begin (or continue) decluttering your home or workspace. Next meetings: 21 March, 18 April. Further details here

Outings Group

On Friday 20 April the Outings Group will be going further afield, to RSPB Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve, a unique nature reserve that has been restored to a grazing marshland following 100 years of use as a MoD shooting range. Further details here

Science & Technology Group

Topics under discussion for next couple of months are: April 5: Jeanette – Why systems fail, especially in healthcare May 3: Tony – Natural Gas distribution and transmission Further details here

“Talkin’ ’bout my generation”?

If you were into the Beatles, Kinks, Rolling Stones and The Who, loved Mary Quant and Carnaby Street, and can remember when students sat in at Hornsey College of Art and England won an international football competition … then 1960s Group is for you. Starts 12 April. Further details here

Tutored beer tasting

The March 8 session of the Wine Appreciation Group will present a rather different challenge to your taste buds. As it is being held in a local pub (with historic interest), more people than usual can be accommodated.

Coffee mornings

These monthly get-togethers, held in people’s homes from 11 to 12.30, are a great way to meet other members. The April morning will be on Tuesday 17 April, off Crouch Hill. To book, or to go on the waiting list for March 22 (Muswell Hill) please contact Jacki on info@jackireason.co.uk. If you would like to host a coffee morning please contact Jacki. Expenses can be reimbursed.

Calling all creatives

We would love to showcase any creative work that you may have done while a member of the Crouch End & District U3A: a work of art, an item of craftwork, a poem, a piece of writing, or a photograph of an event you have attended, or anything else that you may have created. If you would like to contribute to our archive of creative work, please send images of your work, or examples of your writing to crouchendanddistrictu3a@gmail.com. Any work will of course be attributed, unless you request anonymity.

“A Night in Fitzrovia”

Blacktooth Productions invites U3A members to A Night in Fitzrovia. If you thought Soho was outlandish … meet its outrageous next-door neighbour. For decades, Fitzrovia (just north of Oxford Street), was famed for its bohemian inhabitants and outlandish goings-on. On March 27, Blacktooth will be celebrating some of its greatest characters and the work they produced.

London Region of U3As Summer School 31 July – 2 August 2018

Bookings are now being taken for this year’s Summer School, which will cover a wide range of subjects on the themes of art, current affairs, drama, history, literature, music and science.