Bulletin no. 57 (October 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), 10.30 a.m – 12 noon, with entry from 10.00 a.m. Booking is preferable so we have an idea of numbers, although not essential.
Thursday 13 October 2022
Paul Robbins: Great British Eccentrics & Rogues
Have you ever wondered why Britain has had so many eccentrics over the centuries? Presenter, historian and author Paul Robbins from Step Back in Time takes you on a light-hearted journey that looks at some of the great characters from our past like the Lord who spent many hours floating in a large indoor glass water tank writing rude letters to the Prime Minister
Thursday 8 December 2022
Come and join us for festive refreshments with mulled wine after the talk
Ian Christie: Poetry and politics: Pasolini’s search for lost magic
During the 1960s and early 70s, Pier Paolo Pasolini was one of the most prominent and controversial of European filmmakers, with work ranging from his Gospel According to Matthew to Medea and Canterbury Tales. In 1975, he was brutally murdered outside Rome, possibly on account of his homosexuality. This year marks the centenary of his birth in Bologna. Film historian and Crouch End resident Ian Christie’s illustrated talk will focus on Pasolini’s lifelong search for what he called the ‘miraculous’, as an antidote to the banality of modern consumer culture. What can we still learn from his contradictions and his boldly unconventional films?

Exciting volunteering opportunities

We are looking for volunteers to join our two new teams: the Events Team and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team. Each will help guide our work to ensure we will have a good range of events and activities on offer to our members, and also that we operate as a fair and inclusive organisation. Although addressing very important issues for our organisation, the work on these teams will also be fun and interesting.If you are interested in learning more about either team, please contact Sally via chair@cedu3a.org.uk. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Coffee mornings

Coffee mornings, which take place in 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 Thursday 24 November, go on the waiting list for Wednesday 26 October or if you would like to host a morning, contact Jacki Reason here. Numbers are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Interest group update

Writing for Wellbeing
After two successful courses on the theme of retirement, the convener, Jo Eastop will be running a further series of six workshops on the theme of transitions from Tuesday 1 November to Tuesday 6 December. This group will enable you to explore your feelings about transitional stages such as children leaving home, bereavement, illness, divorce, retirement or any other similar experience, through writing and discussion in a supportive environment.

New interest groups

Wine Explorers
A new group for wine enthusiasts to explore wines in a sociable and small group setting. Tastings will be held at members’ homes and while initially hosted at the home of the conveners it is hoped that other members will be prepared to host occasional evenings. Evenings will be themed, accompanied by food prepared by the host, the cost of which will be covered by the fee for the night. The group will meet once a month on the first Wednesday of each month beginning in November
Ukulele for Beginners
The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 2.30 to 4/4.30pm in the Transmitter Hall in Alexandra Palace, a large airy space ideal for the purpose. No prior knowledge of ukuleles or music is needed as the group uses popular song as the medium to learn