Bulletin no. 56 (September 2022)

If anyone has information on upcoming CEDu3a events that they would like to be listed in the next bulletin (October) please send details to Vivien via bulletin@cedu3a.org.uk

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 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! Book here.

October/November talks – details coming soon, check on our website.

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 Wednesday 26 October or Thursday 24 November, to go on the waiting list for 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.

Interest groups update

Members have been socialising over the summer, with parties and picnics. Now that autumn is coming, there will be several new groups starting up in October and November, so do look out for details coming soon.

New interest group

Jigsaw Exchange

Many old and loved pastimes have recently seen a renewal and completing jigsaws is just one of them. This group aims to provide a forum for jigsaw exchange as well as an opportunity for coffee and cakes, socialising and perhaps a shared puzzle. Details and joining info here.

Monday pub lunches are back!

John Wray is hoping to revive our popular pub lunches on the first Monday of every month at the Mossy Well in Muswell Hill. They provide an opportunity for members to meet and chat in an informal and social atmosphere. Members, of course, have to pay for their own food and drinks. If any member would like to go along on Monday 5 September at 1pm, please email John via johnwray99@hotmail.com as soon as possible, so that he has an idea of numbers.

Summer parties

Our two Summer Parties at Crouch End Cricket Club on 18 and 26 July were both great fun and very enjoyable occasions. Members enjoyed a delicious and beautifully presented spread of food thanks to Liz London and Sarah McCullagh, along with the rest of Liz’s team of volunteers, who worked tirelessly in the kitchen, and helped with the decorations and at the welcome desk. We were also wonderfully entertained by our Ukulele group and Jazz group – The Bakery Band. The sun shone on both evenings, a bit too much for some on the first evening but a later start helped!

u3a Future Lives Group

One of the important questions for us as we grow older is how can we maintain our independence and quality of life for as long as possible? This is one of the drivers behind u3a Future Lives – a group made up of u3a members across the movement –which aims to share information and resources to inspire, influence and inform about how we can improve our future lives. The chair of the Group is CEDu3a member Janet Sutherland. You can find more information on our website here.

Grow Back Greener Fund 2022

The London Region of u3as has asked if any of our green or gardening groups might be interested in a planting campaign in their area. The Greater London Authority’s 2022 Grow Back Greener Fund will support London’s communities to plant trees to provide shade, create and enhance green space and increase climate resilience. The fund will prioritise projects in areas of the city with low tree canopy cover, where Londoners live further than a 10-minute walk from green space and at high climate risk. If anyone is interested, please contact John Bent john.bent@u3a.org.uk

French Cancan

For those members who attended Peter Webb’s excellent talk in July on Toulouse Lautrec and would like to see the French film made about the Moulin Rouge, French Cancan, member Adrienne Banks has found a free download: