Bulletin no. 51 (March 2022)

Monthly meetings

Monthly meetings at the Union Church are back! We are planning to resume our popular monthly meetings at the Union Church and Community Centre (located on Weston Park at the junction of Ferme Park Road, N8 9PX, in March.

With currently limited capacity at the Union Church, we are asking members to register on our website here for these talks if they wish to attend.

Thursday 10 March 2022, 10.30am – 12.00 noon (entry from 10.00am)
Pete Paphides: Broken Greek

The popular music journalist Pete Paphides has recently published his coming-of-age memoir, bringing together his experiences as a child of Cypriot parents growing up in Birmingham and his early immersion in pop music. He will talk about how the book was written and researched with some fascinating anecdotes about the music industry.

Thursday 21 April 2022, 10.30am – 12.00 noon (entry from 10.00am)
Andrew Whitehead: Curious Crouch End

In this offbeat account of N8, Andrew Whitehead – drawing from his book Curious Crouch End published last November – looks at the more hidden aspects of the locality’s history.

Annual General Meeting

Please note that Crouch End & District u3a is holding its 4th Annual General Meeting (AGM) online on Thursday 14 April 2022 at 11am.

The meeting is to be held again online via Zoom, as it has been so successfully in the past two years, so put the date in your diary and join us then.

The meeting should last approximately 1 hour.

Meeting papers and instructions for joining the meeting will be issued nearer the time.

Included on the agenda at the AGM will be the opportunity for members to elect up to three new trustees and to approve the re-election of five of the current trustees, for a period of one year only, who have reached the end of their current 3-year tenure. Trustee nomination papers and submission instructions were issued to all members at the beginning of January.

COVID-19 update

As members will be aware the government has put forward its Living with Covid plan, moving from intervention towards personal responsibility. We now advise conveners and members to continue to review and amend Checklists/Risk Assessments both in relation to the demands of the activity such as sports, walking activities groups and also Covid related issues in particular the vulnerability of group members. Guidance rather than legal restrictions will urge self-isolation until no longer infectious.

New interest groups

Writing for Wellbeing

Retirement – what next? Having taken the first step and joined CEDu3a this group will, both through writing and discussion, enable you to explore your feelings about this transitional stage of your life in a positive and supportive way. Find out more and apply here.

German Interest Group

To be launched in March. This group will appeal to those who already have some knowledge or experience of German life or want to learn more about this important part of Europe. The programme will depend on the particular interests or experience of members but might include topics such as culture, art, food, wine, politics, travel. Not a language group but may be informal opportunities for some German conversation.

Volunteering opportunities

We are looking for two volunteers to help at our monthly meetings:

Speakers organiser – to research and book speakers

Light refreshments organiser – to organise the serving of light refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits) at meetings. This might particularly suit someone who joined since lockdown (an ideal way to meet people).

CEDu3a Open Day

Our Open Day will take place on Thursday 16 June 2022 at the Union Church and Community Centre (located on Weston Park at the junction with Ferme Park Road N8 9PX).

National & regional u3a talks/events 2022

Forthcoming talks and events include:

2 March Peter Webb: Toulouse-Lautrec and the Cabarets of Paris

23 March Brenda Ainsley: The Climate Crisis – and some solutions

4 April Neil Stevenson: Women in Ancient Egypt

24 May Study Day: The Challenges of Architecture

Exhibition at Hornsey Library

You may be interested in visiting this exhibition by Ian Christie. Ian gave an early talk to CEDu3a pre-pandemic on Robert Paul, and an online talk “Decadent London: where cinema was born” a recording of which is available via our website. ‘

Come Along Do! The Lost World of Paul’s Animatograph Works 1898-1909 is about Robert Paul’s Muswell Hill studio. There’s a new 18-minute video, and a chance to look into the replica Kinetoscope, to see how moving pictures first reached a paying public. The exhibition is in the Original Gallery, Hornsey Library, N8 9JA (Tel: 020 8489 1419) until early March.

Open garden afternoon

CEDu3a member Eileen Cosgrave is having a ‘pop- up’ open afternoon for the charity National Garden Scheme on Sunday 10 April.