Bulletin no. 55 (July 2022)

Please note there will be no bulletin in August. If anyone has information on upcoming CEDu3a events that they would like to be listed in the next bulletin (which will be the September one), please send details to Vivien via bulletin@cedu3a.org.uk.

Summer parties – buy your ticket now!

Don’t miss out on a ticket for one of our Summer Parties at Crouch End Cricket Club, the Calthorpe Ground, Shepherd’s Cot off Park Road, N8, as they are going fast.
Always fun, highly sociable and enjoyable occasions, these parties are an important date in the CEDu3a calendar and well worth attending.

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. Sorry, no guests.
There is a charge of ÂŁ5 per ticket, which includes delicious food and one free drink from the bar. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Ukulele and Jazz groups.
Get your ticket via Eventbrite – book online for the 18 July party or for the 26 July party.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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. Booking is preferable so we have an idea of numbers, although not essential. Further information and registration details for our monthly meetings are here.

Thursday 14 July 2022, 10.30am
Peter Webb: Toulouse-Lautrec and the Cabarets of Paris
Our favourite art historian is back, this time in person! Following his entertaining online talks on David Hockney, Dali, Van Gogh and erotic art, Peter will use original film and sound recordings to investigate the work of Toulouse-Lautrec and Paris of the 1890s.

Please note Marcus Berkmann’s talk on Cricketing Miscellany which was originally scheduled for 14 July, has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

There will be no monthly meeting in August

Thursday 8 September 2022. 10.30am
Martin Orkin: The Beatles, their heroes and their music
Early in 1963, The Beatles stormed the music world. Everyone knows that the Fab Four were inspirational to both their generation and generations to come. Martin’s talk will explore the incredible effect they had through their songwriting and unbeatable legacy of recordings, on other groups of their era. His talk is based on his recently published book Rivals of the Beatles and tracks the evolution of rock, with anecdotes from his research and excerpts from some of the great recordings of the era! Signed copies of Martin’s book will be available for purchase after his talk, at a generous discount to the recommended price! Registration details to follow – please check website

Open Day 16 June 2022

16 June dawned hot and sunny and we opened the doors to welcome over 110 enthusiastic new visitors along with many current members to our first Open Day since 2019. Over 70 of our groups were represented and from the start there was a great atmosphere – lots of conversations and questions answered. Nearly three-quarters of the new visitors joined on the day or in the days afterwards and we already have new groups being offered by new members. Do watch the bulletin for announcements.
That is exactly why we hold the Open Days, to bring in new ideas, experiences and energy into our very successful branch. Nationally the u3a faces the challenge of an ageing membership so our Open Days are essential to encourage new joiners just ending full-time employment.
Dozens of our members put in a massive effort to make the event a success. They leafletted every street on the Haringey ladder and a large number of local roads, libraries, shops and surgeries. We used Facebook ads and social media and our wonderful conveners put on a great show. Members also gave out information on all our other activities, talks, social events and how to get involved by convening and volunteering. And on that hot day, the catering team kept every visitor refreshed! Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who took part and helped.

Sunglasses left at Open Day

Has anyone lost a pair of colourful sunglasses? They were left behind at Union Church after our Open Day on 16 June. Margaret Hervie, the office administrator, has put them in a white envelope in the church office. Please contact her on margaret.hervie@unionccc.org.uk if you think they might be yours, as otherwise they will be put into the Union Church Lost Property box.

Coffee mornings

Coffee mornings, which take place members’ homes on varying days of the week, are a great way of getting to know other members. New members are particularly welcome.

To book for 13 July or 20 September, or if you would like to host a morning, contact Jacki Reason, via https://cedu3a.org.uk/socialise/coffee-mornings/. Numbers are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Celia Gofton

You may have heard the very sad news of the recent death of Celia Gofton. Celia was one of our members and attended the pub lunches in Muswell Hill among other CEDu3a events. Our sincere condolences to Celia’s family and friends for their loss.

Celia’s daughter is the DJ Lauren Laverne: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-61937056.

Interest groups update

A friendly reminder to members – a number of interest groups will be taking a break over August so members please check with your convener. Also, new members who signed up for groups at our very successful Open Day will need to check meeting arrangements over the summer, as some groups will not be restarting till September.

Sing and Sip

Brian and Anne Heagney are starting up the Sing and Sip group again – on the first Monday of the month – 7-9pm in their home in Grove Ave, N10. First session is 4 July. Suitable for men and women whether you’ve been told you have a lovely voice or had a slap at school (in days long ago!) and were told to leave. It is for the pleasure and the boost you get from singing. You will probably know most of the songs we have words for, so come and try a session. To join and for more information please see the website here.

Film at the Cinema

Are you interested in convening or joining a new group Film at the Cinema? It has been suggested that members might wish to meet up monthly at a local cinema to view a film and subsequently discuss it over some refreshments. All sort of variations might be considered by an initial group and developed further. Expressions of interest should be sent to the Group Co-ordinator at groups@cedu3a.org.uk

New Interest Groups

Daytime Concerts
Lots of expressions of interest were shown in response to June’s Bulletin. Full details/information/application form are now on the website here. This is likely to be a very popular group with lots of concerts taking place both locally and further afield.

Textile Outings and More
Sharing a love of textiles and basketry with planned visits to exhibitions in a variety of settings, some well known and others less well known. Full details and application form for this new group are available on the website here.

Poetry for Pleasure 3
Are you interested in poetry? If so, come and read with us and share your own favourites with the group. We have plenty of books to choose from, both serious and amusing, and we will provide refreshments and a warm welcome.
Details on the website here.

Crouch End Festival

8 – 10 July at various venues around Crouch End. For further details, see https://www.crouchendfestival.org

Summer of Love Sixties show

Blacktooth Productions’ Sixties show, Summer of Love, takes place on 8 July, as part of the Crouch End Festival. Further details and tickets via: