Bulletin no. 61 (February 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. Attendance numbers are limited. Advance registration is normally required. Further information and registration details for our monthly meetings are here.

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.

Thursday 9 March 2023

Nick Higham: The Mercenary River
For centuries London struggled to supply its citizens with reliable, clean drinking water. One of the first serious attempts to solve London’s water crisis was the 17th century New River, which winds its way through North London, past Alexandra Palace and into Harringay, and still supplies ten per cent of London’s drinking water. In his talk, journalist and former BBC reporter Nick Higham tells the story of London’s water from the Tudor era to the 20th century, based on his book, The Mercenary River. It is a tale of remarkable technological, scientific and organisational breakthroughs, but also one of greed and complacency, high finance and low politics.

David Barry

It is with great sadness that we received news that David Barry had passed away on 24 December. David was the convener of our Philosophy Group, one of the first groups to form several years ago when CEDu3a started. David had a lifelong interest in many things but in philosophy most of all, and he enjoyed having a forum through u3a to continue the conversations he started as a student at Trinity College Dublin. He was always happy in the company of like-minded people pursuing knowledge for the love of it. David clearly enthused others with his commitment to learning, sharing his knowledge and passion for Philosophy, as well as his dry sense of humour. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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 Tuesday 21 February, Friday 31 March or Tuesday 18 April, 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 next pub lunch will be on Monday 6 February 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. 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 March pub lunch will be on Monday 6 March – if you wish to attend, please let John know by Friday 3 March so that he has an idea of numbers.

Interest groups update

As a fast growing and dynamic organisation, we are always looking for opportunities to develop new groups that offer different activities or to create second or even third groups where demand for places is high. If you have an interest in a particular area that we currently do not cater for or if the interest group you want to join is full, then support is available to help establish a new group.

The starting point for all members (and current conveners) looking to plan a new group, or to expand an existing activity is to contact a member of the Groups Team, one of whom will help you. The Groups Team is also there to support the activities of established groups and to assist in this process we have made a lot of advice available to members via our website. In particular the Interest Groups page of the site provides a link to our Handbook for Conveners. This document together with the attached appendices provides practical guidance intended to support and inform both established conveners and those thinking of taking on the role.

Current Groups Team contacts:
Diana Pavey (Groups Coordinator and Team Leader): groups@cedu3a.org.uk
John Hemingway (Groups Organiser): groupsorganiser@cedu3a.org.uk

Groups Organiser – a new role for you?

We are now looking for a CEDu3a member to join the Groups Team and take on the role of Groups Organiser alongside John Hemingway. Working with our wonderful conveners in this role is fun and rewarding, the role will help to launch new groups and support new and existing conveners. Is it something you would be interested in exploring to find out whether it may be something for you? We hope so.
After nearly four years as Groups Coordinator and Team Leader of the Groups Team and a Trustee on the Executive Committee EC, Diana Pavey has decided to step aside at our AGM in April this year. Our groups are at the heart of what CEDu3a is about and Diana has made a considerable contribution to our success as a new u3a.
We will miss Diana very much. She has worked tirelessly for CEDu3a from its beginning in 2017 and took over her current role from David Pashley in 2019. Diana was already a trustee on EC. When she began the role we had around 40 groups – we now have over 90. What more needs to be said!
John Hemingway will be taking over the role of Team Leader of the Groups Team from Diana.
For more information on the role and perhaps a chat about it with John please contact him on groupsorganiser@cedu3a.org.uk or call 07745 694504

New interest groups

Talking Women 2
Another opportunity to express interest in our Talking Women groups. Following the success of the current group which is based in Muswell Hill we are hoping to develop a second group which would meet in the Crouch End area. Information about the group is shown in the website listing for the existing Talking Women group. If you are interested, please contact Rosalind Davy at redavy@waitrose.com.

Fringe Theatre returns!
This group was popular when it previously ran and has been missed by many. Two new conveners are picking up the mantle starting in February. The group will meet monthly. We will aim for the third week of each month, probably on Tuesdays or Wednesdays depending on availability of tickets. There are plenty of Fringe theatres in London, many not too far away, often offering a different experience from the larger West End venues. Detailed information and an application form can be found here.

Social Running
A new group for experienced runners, to run together twice a month, meeting mid-morning every other Tuesday. You will need to be fit, injury-free, and confident that you can cover 5km at about an 11-minute mile pace. The group size will be limited to 8 (including leader). If you are interested in joining, you can find out more and contact the convener via the group page on the website here.

Writing for Wellbeing
After successful courses over 2022 on the theme of transition, Jo Eastop will be running a further series of six weekly workshops from Tuesday 28 February to Tuesday 4 April. The workshops will enable participants to explore feelings around transitions – recent retirement, letting go of the old, looking forward to new beginnings in a mutually supportive environment. The series of workshops would be identical to the last series so more suitable for those who have not participated previously. To join and for more information please go to the website here.

Contemporary Greek Language and Culture
Are you interested in joining this new group? The proposed group’s objectives, size, frequency of meetings, day/times and location will be developed in consultation but as a preliminary description the group:

– would have 6 – 8 members plus one native Greek or Cypriot facilitator
– meet regularly – weekly, fortnightly or monthly in a convivial place (e.g. Weston Park Cafe, members’ homes)
– seek to develop its members’ understanding and fluidity in current demotic Greek language, with interest in Greek customs, culture, food, art, literature and history. (A minimal level of command of Greek language is necessary)
– provide opportunities to learn about a range of themes of interest and also to socialise and participate in visits

Expressions of interest in joining the group should be sent to Carlos Sapochnik via carlos@sapochnik.com together with a brief summary of your interest around the subject. Depending on the level of interest respondees will be invited to meet as a focus group over a glass of (Greek) wine to consider how to proceed.

Owing to the sad death of this group’s Convener and retirement of the Co-convener, this once very well supported and successful group is in need of a new convener and co-convener. An immediate replacement from the existing group has not been forthcoming.
Anyone interested in re-launching/starting this group, please email the Groups Co-ordinator via groups@cedu3a.org.uk. Help and support will be given.

Events team looking for new ideas

Your CEDu3a Events team is looking for new ideas for social events. We have successfully run quiz nights and ceilidh/barn dance evenings and will be offering both of these again this year. We would love to hear from you if you have other social events you would like us to run. All ideas considered! Please email: susanpicano48@gmail.com if you have any suggestions. Or leave a message on 07817 234 682.

Social Events

Fabulous Feasts – an occasional social event – a convivial evening, meeting new people, with fabulous food. Sign up for a Friday Night Dinner, at a private home, and be served a delicious 5-course meal, with a glass of Prosecco. (Bring your own wine, if you want more!)

Maximum 8 people, cost ÂŁ20 per head, first dinner Friday 24 February, contact Tessa Thier via tessathier@gmail.com

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 Jacquie Head:
An invitation to come along to The Re-enactment and Celebration of the British Ladies’ Football Club’s First Ladies’ Football Match of 1895 (North v South) to be played on Saturday 26 March 2023 at the grounds of Alexandra Palace Football and Cricket Club, Nightingale Lane, Hornsey. Kick off 2pm.

The Ladies’ Match will be preceded by a mini tournament with girls from local primary schools, kick off 1pm.

There will be a historical display in the Pavilion offering a guide to the history of women’s football.

Bar open all day and refreshments available.

Following the exhibition match, any lady desirous of a kickabout tournament will be welcome to do so.

Free entry.