Bulletin no. 64 (May 2023)

Monthly Meetings

Our Monthly Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month. The May meeting will be the first in our new venue, 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 10am. 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 11 May 2023. 10.30am
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
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

Annual General Meeting

We held our fifth Annual General Meeting on Thursday 20 April 2023 after the talk. The Secretary confirmed we were quorate and the minutes of the last meeting were approved, as were the Financial Report and Accounts. Four new trustees were elected – Kathy McHale, Barry Morris, Patricia Spungin and Paul Wedgbury. Four existing trustees were re-elected for an additional year – Graham Bennett, Jackie Langford, Charles Sharp and Sally Whitaker – and they will retain their Officer positions. After the Chair’s Annual Report, with a brief overview of 2022 and plans for 2023, and questions from the floor, the meeting was declared closed

Ceilidh and Line Dance evening

We are holding another dance event, this time it’s a Ceilidh and Line Dance evening on Friday 19 May.
Venue: The Birchwood Hall, 171 Fortis Green Road (corner of Birchwood Avenue) N10 3BG
Time: 7.00 for 7.30pm start. Ending approx 10.30pm
No pay bar but you are welcome to bring your own drinks (alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks are both fine). Bring glasses/cups for your own use.
Parking is available in side streets, no allocated parking.
Buses:102, 234, (stop outside) 134, 43 (few minutes’ walk)
Ramp access
Tickets: £10.50 – book on our website here.

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 go on the waiting list for Tuesday 2 May, or to book for Tuesday 20 June or Thursday 20 July, 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 August onwards; please contact Jacki via the same link.

Monday pub lunches

The next pub lunch will be on Monday 22 May 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 Monday 15 May 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 June pub lunch will be on Monday 5 June.

Interest groups update

Poetry for Pleasure 3
When I read poetry I read it aloud, it’s so much better that way – Oprah Winfrey
This group now has vacancies. The group meets in the convener’s home on the first Tuesday afternoon of each month. Members are able to come and read poetry to and with the group, sharing their own favourites and finding new poems to love through the choices of others. There are plenty of poetry books available to browse and to choose from, some serious and some amusing. If you are interested in joining, please apply via our website here.

Social Running
This group started up earlier this year and now has an established programme of gentle exercise followed by morning coffee. New members are welcome, so if you are interested in joining, please visit the group page here.

Philosophy and Economics conveners needed
These once well-established groups are in need of new conveners. Anyone interested in re-launching/starting either of these groups, please email the Groups Co-ordinator via groups@cedu3a.org.uk. Help and support will be given.

New interest groups

Art Appreciation Group 4 (AA4)
Art appreciation is one of the most popular subjects among u3a members with waiting lists for both AA2 & 3 groups. However, two members from those lists, Belinda Ackerman and Lisa Saper, are setting up a new Art Appreciation 4 group, starting in May. Meetings will be on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 10.30am to 12 noon and will usually be held in Muswell Hill. The group will be for anyone who enjoys art or who would like to find out more. Different artists and art movements are discussed in a friendly gathering. If you are interested in joining, please apply on the website here.

Cycling for Fun and Fitness
A new group for cyclists, to cycle together once a month, with the aim of stretching those cycling legs and exploring the local area by bicycle. The group will meet at 10am the last Thursday of each month. You will need to have a bicycle in good working order, be happy to cycle a circular route of about 10 – 15 miles in 2 – 2.5 hours, and be confident at riding in traffic, as necessary. The group size for each ride will be limited to 10 (including the ride leader). If you are interested in joining, you can find out more and contact the convener via the group page on the website here.

Social Strollers
A new group for members who love to get out, walk and socialise but, due to injuries/illness or simply advancing years, can no longer walk any distance. We will usually start off in a café, near a bus stop, then any walking will be up to individuals. We will look out for short flat walks and make sure there are at least some benches. We will give guidelines of how to get to the starting point (usually a café in a park) including bus numbers, and a description of where the café is. Meetings will be offered probably twice a month, depending on demand, with members asked to apply to join the meeting/walk which they want to attend. For more information or to join the Social Strollers group, please see our website here.


We have reached another milestone of over 500 members in our Facebook group. The group is semi-private in that not all of the group members belong to our CEDu3a, as it is open to anyone who might be interested in our activities, either because they are friends of members or because they are investigating for when they stop working full-time. However, only CEDu3a members are allowed to post or to comment on posts. This is to eliminate commercial advertising and to maintain the integrity of the group as primarily a group for CEDu3a members. For this reason, please do not be offended if comments by friends, who are not CEDu3a members, are declined by the administrators.

From London Region of u3as

Their Finest Hour project

This is a project by Oxford University to collect and archive stories from WW2, either from the survivors who can remember the war as children or from the next generation who can pass on the stories handed down by their parents. There was a previous project on WW1 and one of the people who worked on that is now a u3a member and is leading the partnership with Oxford.

There will be familiarisation sessions for u3a members and the intent is to have the first of these in May. Please sign up using the details on the flyer, and you will be kept up to date with all plans and events.

Research opportunity

During the month of May there is an opportunity for those aged 60 years and over to take part in some research being undertaken at the University of St Andrews, to be carried out over the phone, on the wellbeing of older people following the Covid pandemic. Participation is welcomed from those who have, or haven’t had, Covid and those taking part will be entered into a prize draw for shopping vouchers. If anyone is interested in taking part in the study, or would like to know more, please email wellbeingstudy@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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 deadline is normally the 24th of each month but for the June bulletin, it will be 18 May.

From Oonagh Gay:
Haringey Heritage Walks – qualified guide Oonagh will be leading a further series of free Transport for London sponsored heritage walks. The walks are intended for those aged 60+ who would like to meet new people and learn more about their area. You can find more information on our website here.