Bulletin no. 58 (November 2022)

Monthly meetings

Our popular monthly meetings are usually 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. Further information and registration details for our monthly meetings are here.

Thursday 10 November 2022. 10.30am

Emma Dagnes: Alexandra Palace: past, present and future

NB: The venue for this meeting is Alexandra Palace Theatre, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY

Chief Executive of Alexandra Park and Palace, Emma Dagnes is responsible for overseeing the organisation that keeps Alexandra Palace relevant and engaging in an ever-changing world. Her talk will touch on the history of Alexandra Park and Palace including the Victorian Theatre and the BBC Television Studios and how the Palace now delivers the charitable purposes by way of its learning and participation activities and events. The presentation will feature highlights since the restoration and reopening of the Theatre, the Palace’s work with schools and young people and future plans.

Thursday 8 December 2022. 10.30am

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?

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 Wednesday 7 December or go on the waiting list for Thursday 24 November, or if you could offer to host a morning contact Jacki Reason here. Numbers are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Monday pub lunches

The November pub lunch will be held at the Mossy Well in Muswell Hill on Monday 7 November at 1pm. If any member would like to go along to this lunch, please email John via johnwray99@hotmail.com as soon as possible, so that he has an idea of numbers. Pub lunches are an opportunity for members to meet and chat in an informal and social atmosphere (paying for their own food and drink).

Quiz night

The CEDu3a Quiz is back! Join us on Tuesday 15 November at the Maynard Arms in Crouch End. There will be a variety of topics, including some of our interest groups’ subjects, with questions posed by Peter Wilson, a CEDu3a member, who hosted CEDu3a’s last quiz, and who hosts of one of the area’s well-known pub quizzes.

The evening will begin with arrivals at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, and finger food (vegetarian and non-vegetarian) will be served between 8.15 and 9pm. The quiz will end at 9.45pm, followed by prize giving. Six bottles of wine are up as a prize for the winning team.

There will be 10 tables of 6, with a maximum of 60 for the evening. Don’t worry if you are not in a group – we will help you find a team. There will be a special joker round for teams who have only met on the night. It’s a chance to meet some other u3a members and have some fun.

Tickets are ÂŁ8.00 and must be booked in advance here.

Members who pay the concessionary membership rate are eligible for a reduced fee for this event. Please contact chair@cedu3a.org.uk for details.

Barn Dance and Ceilidh

Start the Christmas festivities with a Barn Dance and Ceilidh night on Friday 2 December with the Pinkers Spinney Band. No experience needed, just come along and have fun!

The venue is Royal British Legion – Muswell Hill, Muswell Hill Road, N10 3NG, from 6.30 – 10.00pm. There will be a pay bar and there is free parking.

Tickets are ÂŁ10.50 and must be booked in advance here.

Members who pay the concessionary membership rate are eligible for a reduced fee for this event. Please contact chair@cedu3a.org.uk for details.

Interest groups update

With the onset of Autumn many groups that have been meeting outdoors in gardens and parks have reverted to meeting indoors in members’ homes, cafes and pubs. There has been some concern from members that meetings of different groups held in one of our regular pub venues has resulted in background noise inhibiting discussion, particularly affecting those with hearing difficulties and where full participation relies on good communication. Consideration may need to be given to moving meetings to a different time or another venue. Just to confirm that CEDu3a will, where approved, meet the hire costs of venues. A list of venues used by CEDu3a is available on the website. Please raise any concerns with your convener who should contact the Groups Co-ordinator at groups@cedu3a.org.uk or the Groups Organiser at groupsorganiser@cedu3a.org.uk to discuss alternatives.


The CEDu3a Facebook group now has 430 members, which is just under half our current membership. Since it was established in July 2018 over 10,000 photographs have been posted, giving us wonderful insights into the activities of many of our interest groups with photos of scenery, buildings, food, wine, crafts, sports and many happy, smiling faces. What you may not know is that you can see all these posts even if you are not a Facebook user by simply clicking on the link on our website here.

Membership renewal

Our membership year ends on 31 December 2022, and therefore in the next few weeks we will be asking members to renew their membership. There is nothing that you need to do now; when the process starts you will be sent an individual email or letter telling you what to do. Please wait until you receive that before trying to renew your membership. If you don’t receive a renewal notice by the end of January, please contact the membership secretary.

This year we have been much more active as a u3a branch, and are spending more on our activities, particularly on hiring venues and holding events. We will have to review the fee level, but the Trustees will be endeavouring to keep any rise as low as possible.

The renewal process starts in December, and then lasts until the end of February. You can choose in that period when to renew. Of course, it is good for the branch for you to renew as soon as you can, so that we can plan expenditure on our activities with confidence. But we recognise these are difficult times and Christmas can be expensive. The three-month renewal window allows you to plan.

It is easiest to renew online. The online system does allow renewal by debit or credit card – you do not have to use a PayPal account. Instructions will be given to help you renew.

If you have questions, email membership@cedu3a.org.uk, or text/call the membership secretary Charlie Sharp on 07515 856 863.

Focus group invitation for 50 – 65-year-olds

Are you between 50 and 65? The Publicity and Recruitment team would like to hear from you and invite you to take part in a one-off focus group to get ideas of how we can best target potential new members in this age range. Please contact Graham Bennett at vicechair@cedu3a.org.uk if you are interested.

Newsletter editorial team is looking for new members

Do you enjoy reading our newsletters? If so, you might like to join a small editorial team to help compile them. They are only published every four months, so not time-consuming and it is a fun and enjoyable way to find out, write about and photograph the groups, members and activities that make up our lively branch. Please contact Graham Bennett at vicechair@cedu3a.org.uk if you are interested.