Bulletin no. 54 (June 2022)

Monthly meetings

Our popular monthly meetings are held at the Union Church and Community Centre (located on Weston Park at the junction with Ferme Park Road N8 9PX).

All meetings are from 10.30am – 12 noon, with entry from 10.00am. We are asking members to register on our website for these talks if they wish to attend, to give us an idea of numbers attending. Further information and registration details for our monthly meetings are here.

Thursday 9 June 2022, 10.30 a.m.

Anita Peleg: Glimmer of Hope – The story of Naomi Blake 1924-2018

Her story is told by her daughter Anita Peleg using audio testimony of Naomi, historical photos and photos of Naomi’s sculpture that demonstrate the strength of the human spirit to survive against the odds and provide a positive legacy for the future.

Thursday 14 July 2022, 10.30 a.m.

Marcus Berkmann: Berkmann’s Cricketing Miscellany

Journalist, author, BBC scriptwriter and panellist on ‘Round Britain Quiz’, Marcus is a great fan of cricket and will be talking with knowledge and warmth about some of the real eccentrics in the game. His latest book ‘Berkmann’s Cricketing Miscellany’ is now available in paperback.

CEDu3a Open Day

Plans are progressing for our 2022 Open Day which will take place on Thursday 16 June 2022 from 10.30am – 12.30pm at the Union Church and Community Centre (located on Weston Park at the junction with Ferme Park Road N8 9PX).

In addition to information about our wide-ranging interest groups, visitors will be able to find out more about non-group activities such as monthly talks, social events, volunteering and so on. Information will be available on which interest groups are accepting new members and which have waiting lists and there will be refreshments available.

We’re looking for volunteers please to help promote the event and on the day (see our volunteering opportunities below)

Volunteer update

Social events team

We are keen to set up a Social Events team to help with the planning and delivery of various social events, which could include our monthly talks, summer parties, quizzes, ceilidh and other dances, and any new initiatives. If you are interested in joining this team and working with others to generate fun events please get in touch with either Sally Whitaker (chair@cedu3a.org.uk) or Liz London (volunteers@cedu3a.org.uk) for more information.

Open Day Thursday 16 June

Our first Open Day for three years will be held on Thursday 16 June. We urgently need the following volunteers:

Publicity distribution coordinator (ASAP) – to organise and coordinate volunteers for publicity distribution and act as the base for leaflet and poster pickup.

Publicity distribution volunteers (from 1 June or before) – to take leaflets to local libraries, community centres, and put temporary posters up in streets/cafes/shops/libraries etc., as well as to make contact with local community groups, churches, etc. to let them know about the event. This is a great way to get out and about, meet people and chat to them about our wonderful u3a.

Tea servers on the day – to serve refreshments

If you would like to help, please contact Liz London (volunteers@cedu3a.org.uk) and see the Volunteer page on our website.

Interest groups update

A friendly reminder to members – Many members go away for extended periods over the summer. Please let your convener know that you will be unable to attend meetings. It can be very disheartening when only a few members turn up for a planned meeting.

Writing for Wellbeing

After a very successful first course the convener Jo Eastop will be running this series of workshops again from Tuesday 29 June -Tuesday 19 July. Retirement – what next?

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

Play Reading

The group now has some vacancies and new members are welcome. We continue to meet monthly on Zoom for which play reading is well-suited. There’s a huge selection of plays available electronically and we take it in turns to choose them. Our choices have been very eclectic! For more information and to register an interest, please see our website here.

Convener for Local & Family History group needed

After four years convening the group, John Hinshelwood needs to pass the role on to someone new. The group has 12 members on the list and currently meets once a month for general discussion on local and family history topics and research, but not all members attend every time. If you might be interested, please get in touch with John, as without a convener the group will collapse, which would be a shame. Please contact John on 07531 866 714 or johnhinshelwood@btinternet.com

New interest groups

Daytime/Lunchtime Concerts

We are looking to form a new group interested in attending daytime/lunchtime concerts both locally and further afield offered by amongst others by Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music. These are usually free. There will be opportunities to meet up afterwards for a cup of tea, glass of wine and a chat. Information will be made available on the website shortly. In the meantime, expressions of interest should be sent to Group Co-ordinator at groups@cedu3a.org.uk.

Summer Garden Craft Workshops

Weather permitting, garden craft workshops are planned over the summer if there is enough member interest. There will be the opportunity to mosaic a small garden table and/or a bird bath and no previous experience is necessary. There will also be a session making felt bead necklaces. Dates will be published on Facebook and the website, but numbers will be limited, so please indicate interest initially via our website on the mosaic or felt making group pages.

Summer parties

Once again we will offering two possible dates for our Summer Parties which will be held at Crouch End Cricket Club, the Calthorpe Ground, Shepherd’s Cot off Park Road, N8, which are always great fun. Members should only sign up for one of them please: Monday 18 July, 5.00 pm- 8.00pm or Tuesday 26 July, 6.00-9.00pm.b There will be a charge of £5 per ticket, however when you present your ticket to the bar you will get a free drink. Food will be served and the Ukelele and Jazz groups will be entertaining us. Tickets will be sold via Eventbrite and you’ll be notified when sign up is activated.

Coffee mornings

In-person coffee mornings, held in members’ homes, are back. The next two will be held on 21 June (Crouch End) and 13 July (Crouch End). Numbers are limited to around six – so get your booking in early. To book, or if you could host a morning, contact Jacki Reason via https://cedu3a.org.uk/socialise/coffee-mornings/

London Region of u3as Summer School

The London Region Summer School is booking up fast – don’t miss out! It is being held on 26 and 27 July at St Bride Institute,14 Bride Lane (off Fleet Street), London EC4Y 8EQ. This year’s general theme is London – past, present and future. While some sessions are already full, there is still availability for a wide range of interesting talks and workshops on music, literature, drama, science & technology and London traditions.nThis is a popular non-residential event for u3a members, costing £39 per day including refreshments and lunch. Members can choose to attend for one or both days. Full programme and application forms (online and paper) and publicity flyer are available on the Events page of the London Region website here.

100 Years of Ulysses

Blacktooth Productions present a celebration of James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses, which was published in 1922.bA mix of readings and live music, ‘100 Years of Ulysses’ is at Brickworks Community Centre, London N4 on Friday 17 June 17 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10, book via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/james-joyces-ulysses-tickets-337399971397

Palmers Green & Southgate Gardening Group – meeting invitation

The next meeting of the Gardening Group of Palmers Green & Southgate u3a is to be something quite special being a talk by Dr Catherine Horwood on The Life of Beth Chatto. The meeting will take place on Monday 6 June at 11 am at 45 Buckingham Avenue, London N20 9DG.

Dr Horwood has spent much time with Beth Chatto and has a lot of information to relay to the audience in a short space of time. There is more information at: https://www.catherinehorwood.com. There is no charge for attending the meeting – we would ask only for a donation to the speaker’s chosen Charity.n Please can you let Peter Lewinson know by latest Monday 30 May 2022 whether would like to attend this meeting. Any questions – please call Peter on 07958 281 240