Bulletin no. 66 (July 2023)

Monthly Meetings

Our Monthly Meetings are usually held on the second Thursday of the month at Hornsey Moravian Church, Priory Rd, London N8 7HR. Please note the date of the July meeting has changed to Thursday 20 July.

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.

CHANGE OF DATE Thursday 20 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.

Please note there will be no monthly meeting and talk in August.

Thursday 14 September 2023. 10.30am

Bill Aldridge: Lord Iveagh and the Art Market

The fascinating story of how the Iveagh bequest came about, allowing us to enjoy such art wonders on our doorstep at Kenwood House. Bill Aldridge has been a volunteer at Kenwood House for 10 years. As well as being a ‘Room Explainer’, a role that is self-explanatory, Bill also does Spotlight Talks on particular aspects of the house. After a business career with IBM, Bill helped arts organisations build strategies and business plans, which led him to develop this talk about how, in the 1890s, the art market took off on a trajectory that led to huge amounts being paid at auction. Not all of this can be attributed to Lord Iveagh; he was but one of the actors in the late Victorian era buying art. This is the story of how one man put together an amazing art collection of 217 paintings in only 5 years and in the process saved many great paintings for the nation. How and why they ended up in Kenwood House will be revealed at the talk.

Summer parties

Don’t forget to buy your tickets for one of our Summer Parties, which will be held at Crouch End Cricket Club, the Calthorpe Ground, Shepherd’s Cot off Park Road, N8 8JJ. Tickets are £10 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.

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 being sold via Eventbrite and you can book on our website here.

Don’t hesitate to come on your own as you will be especially welcome. If you are a more established member do come with new members in mind. In the spirit of u3a this is an opportunity to meet new friends and make them welcome.

The Social Events team would love to hear from any members who could stay for a short while at the end to put tables back where they belong.

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 October onwards; please contact Jacki via the same link.

Monday pub lunches

The next pub lunch will be in the Mossy Well pub in Muswell Hill as usual, at 1pm on Monday 3 July. 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).

Interest Groups update

Social Strollers

This group is a chance for less able walkers to meet up in a café in a local park, and then walk at their own speed as far as they wish. All the parks are accessible by bus. When a bus trip is involved (from Crouch End), we will suggest a bus stop where some of us will meet and members may join us there if they wish, or meet us at the café in the park. The parks we are most likely to visit are Priory Park, Waterlow Park (starting at the café in Lauderdale House), Finsbury Park, Alexandra Park (café by the boating lake). Other possibilities might include Downhills Park, Highgate Woods, Oliver Tambo Recreation Ground.

From July we will meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 11am and the third Thursday of the month at 2pm. A programme of dates and venues will be emailed to members for each month. For more information or to join the Social Strollers group, please see our website here.

Découpage workshop

Following the success of the first découpage workshop, another date has been added. If you are interested in decorating a vase, box or candle jar on Friday 14 July from 10am – 12 noon, please contact Jacqui Osley at facebook@cedu3a.org.uk. Examples of work already done are on our Facebook page here.

Helpers needed for CEDu3a stall at Crouch End Festival

We are looking for volunteers to help staff the CEDu3a stall at Crouch End Festival on Saturday 8 July. The stall will be on Weston Park, at the Clocktower end. Volunteer slots will be just 90 minutes in the morning or afternoon to suit your availability, and will involve handing out leaflets and talking to members of the public about our wonderful u3a. Please email Graham at vicechair@cedu3a.org.uk if you can help.

Ticket offer for Crouch End Festival Chorus concert

Ahead of its performance at this year’s BBC Proms, Crouch End Festival Chorus will perform one of the greatest Requiems – Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem – at Alexandra Palace Theatre on Sunday 9 July at 6pm. The programme includes Wailing Woman by William Grant Still, and the overture to Ethel Smyth’s opera The Wreckers. CEFC will be joined by Francesca Chiejina (soprano), Oliver Zwarg (baritone), the London Orchestra da Camera, conductor David Temple.

CEDu3a members are offered 20% off all ticket prices. Apply the discount code CEFCBRFRI23 at check out. Book tickets here: https://www.alexandrapalace.com/whats-on/cefc-brahms-ein-deutsches-requiem/

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. Please note there will be no bulletin in August. The deadline is normally the 24th of each month but for the September bulletin it will be 18 August.

From Stephen Lustig:

Are you interested in the possibility of u3a being a campaigning group? Are you concerned about the availability of benches with arms and backs, and toilets in public places, and only being able to pay for parking using a smartphone? Those are just some of the issues that a “social influencing” working group of the national u3a, that I am a member of, is thinking about campaigning about. Please contact me if you have experiences, opinions and even campaigning experience on local issues such as those mentioned above, particularly if you have council town planning experience. Contact: stephen@lustigideas.com