Our monthly talks featuring an invited speaker are held on the second Thursday of the month at Hornsey Moravian Church, Priory Rd, London N8 7HR.
We start at 10.30am with u3a notices, followed by our invited speaker. We finish 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 talks are here.
Thursday 12 October 2023. 10.30am
Thursday 9 November 2023. 10.30am
Thursday 14 December 2023. 10.30am
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. The next mornings are Tuesday 17 October, Friday 24 November (currently full, but you are welcome to go on the waiting list) and Tuesday 12 December. To book for October or December or go on the waiting list for November, contact Jacki Reason via https://cedu3a.org.uk/socialise/coffee-mornings/. Numbers are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. We also need hosts for 2024; 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 2 October. Any member wishing to attend should email John Wray on email@example.com so he has an idea of the 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).
There are a few tickets left for our quiz night on Friday 6 October at The British Legion Hall, (top of) Muswell Hill Road, N10 3NG. 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start. Find out more here
Social events survey results
Alongside the many group activities and monthly meetings, CEDu3a offers additional social events at low cost throughout the year. The Social Events Team has been successful in organising events such as quizzes, dance evenings and summer parties and now wishes to expand this. It conducted a survey to identify members’ priorities carried out at the larger members’ events in the summer including a monthly meeting and the two summer parties. With 130 members completing the survey we now have a significant representation of members’ views – the full results can be viewed on our website here.We are very grateful for all the responses to this survey and have already reacted to the results by organising our first live classical music recital planned to take place in November (see below). A jazz evening will be planned for the New Year. Proposals for other events to follow.
CEDu3a’s first classical and folk music concert
This musical concert will take place on Sunday 5 November at the United Reformed Church (Pond Square Chapel) at Pond Square, Highgate N6. The concert starts at 3pm and finishes at 4pm. Please be at the venue by 2:45pm. Refreshments will be served immediately after the concert, (fizz, soft drinks and nibbles). A selection of music will be played including Haydn, Debussy and Chopin plus Irish folk song arrangements for flute, oboe, clarinet and piano. All new members are particularly welcome to join in all our events. Book via our website here.
At the Executive Committee meeting held on 8 September 2023, the following revised policies were agreed at the meeting and are now on the website – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Complaints Policy and Process; Code of Conduct for Members and Safeguarding Policy. Full details are here. The policies will be reviewed again in 3 years’ time, unless circumstances dictate an earlier revision.
Should CEDu3a consider a name change?
At this year’s AGM on 20 April there were a number of questions raised about diversity, and whether the name of Crouch End and District u3a inhibited those from a range of ethnic, racial and other groups from seeking membership. The CEDu3a Executive Committee (EC) asked a team of Trustees to consider these questions carefully; a paper was drafted and discussed at the EC meeting on 7 July. After much discussion, it was decided that, given the history of u3a in Haringey, together with the number of issues outlined in the paper, a name change would not be considered at this time. Rather, CEDu3a would look at how it could enable the development of other local u3a groups in Haringey by using the experience gained in setting up and sustaining CEDu3a.
The full paper outlining the reasoning behind the decision is now available on the website here under EDI Reports.
Currently there are 105 interest groups in operation, but we are always keen to expand the number of interest groups and the range of activities we offer. The recent social events survey of members produced a huge list of suggestions for new groups, from archaeology to chess to snooker to big screen singalongs! Then of course there is also demand to provide extra groups in some of the really popular and over-subscribed activities such as wine tasting, walks, outings and visits.
As a mutual aid organisation, in order to provide these new activities or to expand existing ones, we rely entirely on our members to come forward and help out. Thanks to members volunteering in this way, in recent months we have been able to set up new groups in activities as diverse as cycling, polymer clay, contemporary philosophy and ‘real’ food, for example.
So, if you have an idea for a new group and are prepared to invest a little time to make it happen, the groups team would love to hear from you. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the team will get in touch to discuss your idea and offer help and support with implementing it. If you would prefer to do a little research into what setting up an interest group entails, you will also find a lot of helpful information in our conveners’ handbook, available on our website at: https://cedu3a.org.uk/handbook-for-conveners/
Interest groups update
Economics and finance group
Book group 3
2023 People’s Day
Hosted by Tottenham, Wood Green and Hornsey Pensioners’ Action Groups with Haringey Over 50s, 2023 People’s Day is taking place on Tuesday 10 October, 12 – 5pm in the Sports Hall at Tottenham Green Leisure Centre, 1 Philip Lane, London N15 4JA. There will be stalls offering items of interest, refreshments, many speakers on different topics, plus live entertainment and a tombola. CEDu3a will have a stall at this event, so come and say ‘hi’ if you’re there. Stall helpers are also very welcome – contact Sally on email@example.com .
National and regional u3a online talks
We have updated the list of online talks arranged by both the National u3a and London Region of u3as. Most of the talks, which cover a wide range of topics, are presented by u3a members themselves, sharing their knowledge, skills, enthusiasms and experiences, but there are also contributions from invited specialists. The list is regularly updated, as new talks and presentations are announced. Find out more on our website here.
If any members have u3a-related info or news items they would like to share with other members please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is normally the 24th of each month.
From Michelle Sinclair:
From Ruth Elder and Mouijn Bok:
A Happiness Habits course is starting on Tuesday 31 October for 6 weeks, 7 – 9 pm on Zoom. This course is being run by volunteers Ruth Elder and Mourijn Bok, both CEDu3a members. However, this does not mean that CEDu3a recommends or endorses this course. The course is also being promoted outside u3a so that there is a mixed group.
Cost is by donation to Action for Happiness, with £60 suggested. For further information and to join the group please check the website https://actionforhappiness.org/ You can also call either Ruth on 07505046732 or Mourijn on 07986873348, or email email@example.com . Feel free to share this information with non U3a members.