Bulletin no. 65 (June 2023)

Monthly meetings

Our Monthly Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at Hornsey 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 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.

Thursday 13 July 2023. 10.30am
John Plews: From Windsor to Highgate – a theatrical journey

Many of our members will have enjoyed theatre performances at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate. Our speaker, John Plews, theatre director, writer, performer and producer, launched the Highgate theatre back in 1997 and ran it for 26 years. John will tell of his life in entertainment spanning fifty-seven years. John is currently chair of the Society of Independent Theatres, the industry body for fringe theatres.

Summer parties

Once again we will offering two possible dates for our Summer Parties which will be held at Crouch End Cricket Club, the Calthorpe Ground, Shepherd’s Cot off Park Road, N8 8JJ. There is free parking at the venue.

Members should only sign up for one of them please: Tuesday 25 July, 6.00 – 9.00pm or Saturday 29 July, 6.00-9.00pm. Members only.

Tickets are ÂŁ10 each, which includes food and a glass of Prosecco or a soft drink. There will be a pay bar, and our Ukulele and Jazz groups will be entertaining us.

Our parties are always great fun. A great opportunity to meet friends and in the spirit of the u3a we expect that members will particularly welcome those who are new or come to the event on their own.

Tickets are being sold via Eventbrite and you can 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 book for Tuesday 20 June, Thursday 20 July or Tuesday 12 September, 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 November onwards; please contact Jacki via the same link.

Monday pub lunches

The next pub lunch will be on Monday 5 June 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 Thursday 1 June 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). John would like to have a discussion at the June lunch about possibly varying the venue. The July pub lunch will be on Monday 3 July at a venue to be decided.

New Speaker Organiser

We are delighted that Liz Sich will be our new speaker organiser for our monthly meetings, starting now for talks from September. Liz can be contacted via speakers@cedu3a.org.uk. Liz takes over from Graham Bennett who has appointed speakers for our meetings for several years. Thank you Graham for all the excellent speakers you’ve lined up.

New interest groups

Greek Language and Culture Group

The objective of the group is to develop its members’ understanding and fluidity in current demotic Greek language, with an interest in customs, culture, food, art, literature, and history of Greece and Cyprus. Thus, a minimal yet sufficient command of Greek language is necessary for members to participate. It is an opportunity to learn about a range of themes of interest but also to socialize over shared subjects of interest. The group meets fortnightly on Tuesdays in either Weston CafĂ© or members’ homes. For more information or to join please see our website here.

DĂ©coupage workshops

If you would like to try a new craft, two stand-alone dĂ©coupage workshops are being offered by Jacqui Osley from 10.30 – 12.30 on Tuesday 20 June and Friday 7 July. DĂ©coupage was originally used in France as early as the 17th century and involved cutting up paper pictures and using them to decorate furniture and other objects. Our workshops will have a more modern slant using fine tissue-like papers (Decopatch) which are torn up randomly and stuck to a box or a vase using a special glue varnish, resulting in a delicate finish. Examples can be seen on our Facebook page here. If you are interested, please email Jacqui on facebook@cedu3a.org.uk giving your choice of date and whether you would like to decorate a vase or a box. The cost of the materials will depend on your project choice and will range from ÂŁ6 – 8. Places will be limited to 5 people per session.

London Region of u3as

Volunteers wanted for oral history project

Oral history specialists digital-works are working with the BFI on a project that will explore and record the history of Londoners visiting or working at British holiday camps. They are looking for volunteers to be part of this project. If you wish to participate, please get in touch immediately with Matthew Rosenberg via mat@digital-works.co.uk or by telephoning 07949 107 023. Further information on https://hellocampers.org.uk/

Free tickets for Brandenburg Concerts

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, Brandenburg are offering a limited number of free tickets to u3a members to their Spring concerts. There are two levels of discount – 100% and 40%. To book, go to their website and follow these instructions:

Choose your concert and click Book Now
Enter the number of tickets you need for Special Discount 100 (limited to 2 per transaction)
Enter BETTY as the password in the DISCOUNT100 box that appears once you have entered the number of tickets
Follow the booking process by clicking Next and then Checkout
You do need to click on a delivery method – etickets are free
If the Special Discount 100 allocation has all gone, try the Special Discount 40 (also limited to 2 per transaction and using the same password BETTY)

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.

A full list of recent members’ posts may be found here

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