Bulletin no. 07 (May 2018)

Bulletin no. 7 (May 2018)

Monthly Meetings

The next Monthly Meeting will take place on Thursday 10 May. Alexander Zhuravlyov’s talk Putin Forever? will focus on Vladimir Putin as a manifestation of the major trauma that Russian society is going through following the collapse of the USSR. Alex is a producer for the BBC Russian Service and an active member of CE&DU3A.

Venue: Union Church and Community Centre, Weston Park, N8 9PX. The talk will start at 10.45am. Doors open at 10am for tea and coffee – it would be really helpful if you could bring your own mug.

Monthly Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month. They are open to all members, who are welcome to bring a guest. Please bring your membership card. It is possible to join at the meeting.

Future Monthly Meetings

Thursday 14 June: Louise Stewart: Ally Pally – A Palace for the People?
Thursday 12 July: Carl Parker: What is Terrorism?

Science of Health Meeting

The next meeting, on Monday 4 June, 12.00-1.30, will look at The Global Burden of Disease: a study and a health profile for England. Our speaker will be Dr John Ford, Senior Honorary Lecturer, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex.

Venue: Union Church and Community Centre, Weston Park, N8 9PX. 
Refreshments are not provided at Science of Health meetings but members are invited to bring their lunch if they want to ‘munch and listen’.

Group News

Badminton will start on 22 May.
Photography will start on 6 June.
Singing for Fun. It is still possible to join one of the groups.
Museums and Galleries. Places are still available on the group visit to the Sir John Ritblat Treasure Gallery at the British Library on 18 May.

►A Recorder Group is under discussion. To express your interest in joining, please contact Jane Clarke at groups2@cedu3a.org.uk
►A Harmony Singing Group is also being considered. Initially, members of the existing singing groups are being contacted. For more information contact Jane Clarke, at groups2@cedu3a.org.uk
►Sailing. This is not quite a group, but some of our U3A members recently organised a sailing weekend. If you would like to be involved in future sailing events please contact David Pashley at groups@cedu3a.org.uk
►A Walking Football Group. We’ve done some research into this. If you’re interested in helping to run the group please contact David Pashley at groups@cedu3a.org.uk

Setting up new groups

As always, we would be delighted if people could come forward to propose new groups. Demand is continually growing, so if you have an idea and would like help getting started please contact Jane Clarke at groups2@cedu3a.org.uk.

Coffee Mornings

These monthly get-togethers, held in people’s homes from 11 to 12.30, are a great way to meet other members. May 15 is now full; the next two mornings are on Tuesday 19 June, in N22 and Friday 13 July, in NW11. To book, or to go on the waiting list for May please contact Jacki at info@jackireason.co.uk If you would like to host a coffee morning please contact Jacki. Expenses can be reimbursed.

Helping our U3A

Monthly Meetings
We welcome additional help with organising the Monthly Meetings. This would involve just a few hours a month and you can choose how to help out: liaising with other helpers and the caretaker; supporting those setting up the audio visual equipment; ensuring the hall is ready for members and welcoming those arriving. Any of these tasks can be shared and can easily accommodate absences. Contact Sue at chair@cedu3a.org.uk

Storage of equipment
Due to our status as a charity we have trouble renting storage for our audio visual equipment. If any member has secure storage space that could be made accessible to U3A organisers in preparation for the monthly meetings, we would be very glad to hear from them. Insurance is covered by U3A membership. Please contact chair@cedu3a.org.uk

Computer success

Many thanks to the CE&DU3A member who has very kindly donated a computer to help us run our monthly meetings.

Website contributions

Members’ short accounts or images of their U3A activities are always welcome. Please email these to webmanager@cedu3a.org.uk

Need help with the website?

If you would like to know how to get the best out of the website please email the Webmanager, Julian Osley, at webmanager@cedu3a.org.uk. If there is sufficient interest we could arrange small group sessions.

News from the wider U3A

Agile Ageing Alliance Conference Neighbourhoods of the Future. This 2-day conference will be held on 9-10 May at Natwest, 250 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4AA. For further information please contact john.bent@u3a.org.uk

The U3A National Office Focus Group meeting on Friday 18 May on What does the U3A Mean to you? is now full, but there is an accompanying questionnaire What does U3A mean to you? Survey which the National Office would like completed.

London Region Summer School. Tuesday 31 July to Thursday 2 August at the St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ. Please contact Chris Feldman for further information: cchris@waitrose.com

LGBT Group This group is run by Wandsworth U3A but is open to all London members. Find out more at https://u3asites.org.uk/wandsworth/page/79610

Birkbeck, University of London invites U3A members to participate in a research project, Mental and Physical Fitness in Older Adults, being carried out as part of a Master’s Degree in the Department of Psychological Sciences. If you are interested please contact lceti01@mail.bbk.ac.uk

Data Protection

New legislation regarding the protection of personal information held by organisations comes into force on 25 May 2018. We shall shortly be publishing on our website policy documents outlining the type of personal information we keep and how we use it. We shall also be revising our membership application forms for anyone who joins the Crouch End &District U3A.

Crouch End & District U3A: registered charity – number 1178165