Bulletin no. 60 (January 2023)

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

Thursday 19 January 2023

John Withington: Assassins’ Deeds

We are delighted to welcome back John Withington, an award-winning television journalist, who you may remember gave a fascinating talk on the Secrets of the Centenarians based on his book of the same name. This time his subject is Assassins, based on his book Assassins’ Deeds: A History of Assassination from Ancient Egypt to the Present Day. John’s talk will explore assassination’s many motives, such as religious and political fanaticism, revolution, liberation, repression, fear, resentment or money. He also examines whether assassinations work and discovers that the law of unintended consequences is always busily at work.

Thursday 9 February 2023

David Burnell: The Art of Underground Travel

David Burnell has been a lifelong enthusiast of the London Underground with a particular interest in its history, design and architecture, and its relation to London. This fully illustrated talk explores the unique poster collection at the London Transport Museum, where David volunteers. As well as being a record of London’s growing transport system, the posters tell the story of many aspects of London life in the twentieth century including its cultural, leisure and sporting activities.

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 Thursday 12 January, Tuesday 21 February or Friday 31 March, 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.

Monday pub lunches

The first pub lunch of 2023 will actually take place on the second Monday of January, on 9 January as 2 January is a bank holiday. It will be at 1pm at the Mossy Well pub as usual. 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). The February pub lunch will be on 6 February.

Interest groups update

A friendly reminder to all our members of expectations about behaviour, courtesy and respect

As in any organisation there may be problems from time to time. These are generally in relation to issues around attendance – persistent lateness, failure to turn up for meetings/events whereby places are not able to be re-allocated to those on waiting lists and/or convener left out of pocket. Others may relate to organisational issues – listening to each other, allowing others to speak, observing house rules in members’ homes, and sharing those tasks involved in running a group.

The expectations around behaviour are covered in our Advice for Interest Group Members

We will also be asking conveners to revisit their group ground rules to reinforce the message. Since no group is the same these will vary from group to group and agreement should be reached through discussion and agreement. Our Handbook for Conveners can be found on our website here.

Walking Groups

In mid December, three of our walking groups (Capital Ring, Middle and Longer) held a joint festive social evening at the Great Northern Railway Tavern in Hornsey. Apart from having an enjoyable time, the event raised ÂŁ180 for Hornsey Food Bank.

Healthy Eating Lunch Group

The Healthy Eating Lunch Group (HELG) is once again changing in format! In order to clear the waiting list, we are now going to meet at midday on the 2nd Monday and 4th Wednesday of every month at Zest Salad Bar, 24 Stroud Green Road N4 3EA. There’ll be no limit on numbers, but you do need to have joined the group (see our website here), and you do need to let Liz London know at least by the day before, so she can confirm numbers with the restaurant – lizlondon101@gmail.com

World of Wine

The interest group Wine … and More has been reformed, with a new convener, a new name and a new format following the main convener standing down. Detailed information and application form on the website here. Please note the group is currently full and a Reserve List is open.

French Language Groups

French Book Club – the current convener Brenda Taverner is standing down. Diane Dalman has agreed to replace her.

French Intermediate Conversation – after four years of convening this group both conveners, Dorothy Boswell and Brenda Taverner are standing down and will need to pass on the role to someone new. If you might be interested please get in touch with the Groups Co-ordinator via groups@cedu3a.org.uk .Without a convener the group will collapse.

New interest groups

Japan Interest

A new group for people interested in all things Japanese – covering anything and everything to do with Japan and Japanese life. Further information and registration here.

London Walks

Due to popular demand, a new walking group has been formed – led by conveners Ruth Thomas and Norma Hall. The London Walks Group will offer a programme of half-day walks in the London area easily accessible by London Transport. The walks will often have an historical or literary theme but sometimes simply be a brisk healthy walk. We will visit a variety of landscapes, including parks, woodlands, historic streets and buildings, as well as canal and riverside paths.

The walks will generally be on the third Thursday of each month. Our first walk is planned for Thursday 19 January, with booking opening on 5 January.

To encourage newcomers, half of the group’s membership will initially be reserved for members who have joined the u3a since 1 July 2022 and others who are not members of another walking group. For further information see our website here.

Volunteers urgently needed

As a volunteer-led organisation, we are always looking for volunteers to share various roles, for example:

Monthly Meetings – projection (setting up and packing away projector); sound (setting up microphone for speaker and roving mike for questions); speaker organiser (arranging speakers to come and give talks); hall organiser; names on door

Publicity – design; materials; distribution; newsletter; bulletin

Volunteers – admin; recruitment; allocation

Join one of our teams, meet new people and be part of our vibrant community! Contact Liz London, Volunteer Development Co-ordinator via lizlondon101@gmail.com or volunteers@cedu3a.org.uk

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.

One of the themes that the group is looking at is housing and they need your input via a questionnaire. The results will be used to put older people’s voices at the heart of planning and developing housing for the future.

Janet will be giving an online talk Our homes for the future on Tuesday 24 January 2023, 4 – 5 pm.

To register for the talk, take the questionnaire or find out more about the group, please see our website here.

London Region of u3as online talks

The London Region u3a online talks programme will continue in the New Year with a diverse range of topics, including London’s Waste, Sleep & Dreams and the story of Motown Records. You can find out more details and register for the talks on our website lives here.

Members’ posts

If any members have u3a-related info or news items they would like to share with other members please send details to bulletin@cedu3a.org.uk. The normal deadline is the 24th of each month.

From Rebecca Harrington:

I’ve just completed a fourth term with Bookmark Reading, a charity which supports volunteers to read, online or in-person with primary school children who have fallen behind. Each volunteer delivers two 30-minute sessions a week with the same child aged between 5 and 9 years old, for six weeks.

There is good training and support with the IT – I’m no expert! – and I’ve chosen days and times which suit me. It’s been a joy to see children grow in their confidence with words. I’d be happy to talk to anyone who is interested, and there is more on the Bookmark Reading website. Each year, eight children in every class will leave primary school unable to read well. When a child can navigate words, they can navigate the world. Find out more and apply to be a volunteer here.

IT help needed

We’ve had a request from one of our members with limited IT skills who would really appreciate some help and advice on using his iPad and iPhone, so if you can offer a bit of IT tutoring, please contact bulletin@cedu3a.org.uk and we will put you in touch.