Bulletin no. 63 (April 2023)

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The fifth Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Crouch End & District u3a will be held at the Union Church and Community Centre, Weston Park, N8 9PX on Thursday 20 April 2023 at 12 noon, twenty minutes or so after the closing of the regular monthly meeting. In the break refreshments (tea and cake) will be offered. Please bring your own cup. The meeting should last no longer than one hour at most. Meeting papers will be sent out nearer the date of the AGM. Included on the agenda of the AGM will be the opportunity for members to elect up to four new trustees and to approve the re-election of four of the current trustees, for a period of one year only, who have reached the end of their current tenure. Trustee nomination papers and submission instructions were issued to all members at the beginning of January.

Registration is required to attend the AGM – please register via our website here. We need to have as many members as possible join us for the meeting to be quorate, so please put the date in your diary and come along to the first in-person AGM since the easing of COVID restrictions.

Please note that even if you have registered for the April monthly talk you do need to register separately for the AGM.

Monthly meetings

Our Monthly Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month. The April meeting will be our last one at the Union Church and Community Centre (located on Weston Park at the junction with Ferme Park Road N8 9PX).

From May 2023 Monthly Meetings will be held at The Moravian Church, Priory Rd, London N8 7HR.

Meetings start at 10.30am with u3a notices, followed by our invited speaker. Meetings end at 12 noon. Tea and coffee are available from 10 a.m. Members are asked to bring their own cup or mug.

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

Thursday 20 April 2023. 10.30am – Union Church and Community Centre

Kat Jungnickel: Bikes and bloomers: Victorian women inventors and their extraordinary cycle wear

The bicycle in Victorian Britain is often celebrated as a vehicle of women’s liberation. Less well-known is another critical technology with which women forged new and mobile public lives – cycle wear. In this talk, Dr Kat Jungnickel of Goldsmiths, University of London, and author of Bikes and Bloomers, reveals how some pioneering women in the 1890s not only imagined, made and wore radical new forms of cycle wear, but also patented their inventive designs. The most remarkable of these were convertible costumes that enabled wearers to transform ordinary clothing into cycle wear. Join Kat as she brings to life the little-known stories of the inventors of the 1890s and learn how their unique contributions to cycling continue to shape urban life for contemporary mobile women.

Thursday 11 May 2023. 10.30am – The Moravian Church

Fiona Candlin: Big stories from small museums
During the late twentieth century, the number of museums in the UK dramatically increased. The new museums were generally small, independent, and were established by community groups or special interest societies. Fiona Candlin, Professor of Museology at Birkbeck and author of Stories from Small Museums, drove her decrepit campervan the length and breadth of the UK to meet their founders, visiting museums of Bakelite, bubblecars, and British Army regiments, among many others. In this talk Fiona explains how so many people went about establishing their own museums and why they did so.

Thursday 8 June 2023. 10.30am – The Moravian Church

Oonagh Gay: Pioneers and pleasure: Crouch End Women
Discover the women who shaped Crouch End from its days as a bustling Edwardian suburb to the bedsit era of the 1960s and 1970s and its reincarnation as an upmarket cafe society. Meet our first woman MP, a campaigner against domestic violence, an Olympic swimming champion, a balloonist and parachutist, the British ladies football club and several iconic female singers in this entertaining talk. Oonagh Gay was born and brought up in Alexandra Park Road and now lives in Hornsey. She spent her working career as a researcher for Parliament and is now a qualified Islington and Camden walking tour guide and specialises in women and political history.

The Publicity and Recruitment team needs YOU!

You probably have a background, experience or interest in publicity, marketing or recruitment and would enjoy promoting our very excellent CEDu3a in the local area. You would be joining a small team that is passionate about spreading the good news to our neighbours, working to develop the diversity of our membership and targeting potential new members approaching retirement from full-time work. Contact Sally at chair@cedu3a.org.uk.

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 2 May, or go on the waiting list for Friday 31 March or Tuesday 18 April, contact Jacki Reason, via https://cedu3a.org.uk/socialise/coffee-mornings/. Numbers are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

We also need hosts from June onwards; please contact Jacki via the same link.

Monday pub lunches

The next pub lunch will be on Monday 3 April 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 by Tuesday 28 March so that he has an idea of numbers. This lunch will be hosted by Caroline Beattie-Merriman as John will be away. Pub lunches are an opportunity for members to meet and chat in an informal and social atmosphere (paying for their own food and drink).

A heads up that the May pub lunch will be on Monday 22 May (rather than the first Monday of the month, which is a bank holiday).

Quiz night

Our next quiz night will be on Friday 28 April at The British Legion Hall, (top of) Muswell Hill Road, N10 3NG. 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start.

• There will be 8 tables of 6 – 8 people – members only 
• We expect members to welcome all comers to their table in the spirit of the u3a and be aware that 8 per table is the absolute maximum
• Please note that food will not be provided, apart from crisps in the interval. Members are welcome to bring their own food for the interval
• Pay bar. Free parking at the venue
• £7 per ticket. There is a maximum of 64 tickets, so book now here
• If you are in a team, please ask other team members to book their own ticket

Fabulous Feasts

Another of these occasional social events will be held on Friday 12 May. Enjoy 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 ÂŁ30 per head, on Friday 12 May. To book, contact Tessa Thier via feast@cedu3a.org.uk

Groups Team update

As reported in the February bulletin, we have been on the lookout for an enthusiastic and committed member to join the groups team after Diana Pavey steps down later this month.

CEDu3a as a mutual aid organisation is very dependent on the goodwill of members who choose to give up their time to support our future development. So it is pleasing to note that there was a significant amount of interest in this role, and we are grateful to everyone who took the time to find out more and offer to help.

At the conclusion of this process long-serving member Stephen Lustig has been asked to join the Groups Team as Groups Organiser and will take up his role after the AGM.

The team will then consist of:
John Hemingway (Groups Coordinator and Team Leader)
Stephen Lustig (Groups Organiser)

We will be keeping the structure of this team under review and if we continue to grow rapidly may well need to increase its size at some point in the future.

Interest groups update

Play Reading Group
This group now has vacancies. They meet via blended or hybrid Zoom (with some people meeting in person and some online) for which play reading is well-suited. There’s a huge selection of plays available electronically and members take it in turns to choose them. Choices have been very eclectic, including plays by T.S. Eliot, Henrik Ibsen, Brian Friel, Noel Coward, Oscar Wilde and Tom Stoppard. If you are interested in joining, please apply via our website here.

New interest groups

Polymer Clay – Introduction
Lindley Smith is planning a new group to introduce members to the craft of making in polymer clay. Polymer clay is an art modelling material known for its versatility, pliability and simplicity to work with. It is extremely light in weight and can be used in many crafts, including jewellery, home decoration, ornaments, and sculpture. It is baked in an ordinary oven to set it permanently hard.
The introductory courses will run for 4 sessions on Monday afternoons for 4 participants only as it is table based. All equipment and materials will be supplied, the latter at a cost of ÂŁ15 per course. Dates to be confirmed.

Please contact Lindley at ls@cedu3a.org.uk if you are interested, or apply on the website here.

Research Study – can you help?

Every so often CEDu3a members are invited to participate in research studies conducted by academic institutions. If you are interested in finding out more about helping in a research study at University College London on how older people understand speech in noisy places, please click this link 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.