Bulletin no. 75 (May 2024)

Crouch End & District u3a Bulletin No. 75 – May 2024
News and latest information at www.cedu3a.org.uk
In this issue:

• Monthly talks
• Open Day Thursday 30 May
• AGM report
• Interest groups update
• Coffee mornings
• Monday pub lunches
• National u3a news
• Members’ posts

If anyone has information on upcoming CEDu3a events that they would like to be listed in the next bulletin (which will be the June one), please send details to Vivien by the earlier deadline of 20 May via bulletin@cedu3a.org.uk.

Monthly talks

Our monthly talks featuring an invited speaker are held on the second Thursday of the month at Hornsey Moravian Church Hall, 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 9 May
Dr Bobbie Jacobson: Against the flow: pandemic lessons from inside the battles for prevention

Dr Bobbie Jacobson, a former public health director who has worked internationally and across London will talk about four decades of working on the front line to prevent ill health.

Thursday 13 June
Douglas Miller: Death and the afterlife in Ancient Egypt

Douglas Miller will discuss how and when the ancient Egyptians developed their cult of the afterlife and show how they treated their dead in pre-dynastic times and the New Kingdom, using burial artefacts that are presently exhibited at the British Museum. Please note: Douglas’s talk will feature photographic images of human remains, and there will be discussion of how the bodies of ancient Egyptians were prepared for the afterlife. This will be done respectfully, but if you are offended by seeing human remains or hearing details of their preparation, this talk may not be for you.

Future talks – more info on website shortly

Thursday 11 July
Jasper Jennings: Biting political satire: cartoon etchings in late Georgian Britain

Thursday 12 September
Andrew Whitehead: A devilish kind of courage: anarchists, aliens and the siege of Sidney Street

Thursday 10 October
John Withington: The history of fireworks

Thursday 14 November
Estelle Lovatt: How artists change art history

Thursday 12 December
Food historian Pen Vogler, author of Scoff and most recently, Stuffed

From Speaker Organiser Liz Sich:

Thank you for all your suggestions for speakers and subjects for 2025. Please keep them coming by emailing speakers@cedu3a.org.uk

Open Day Thursday 30 May

We will be holding an Open Day on Thursday 30 May from 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Hornsey Vale Community Centre, Mayfield Road N8 7HR. This is a great opportunity to introduce a friend, neighbour or partner to the u3a. Most of our groups will be represented, along with information about our other activities, including talks and social events. If you are a new member this is also a great opportunity to discover more about what we offer. More info on our website here.

Can you help with distributing leaflets and posters for the Open Day?
We are looking for more volunteers to distribute the publicity material for the Open Day. This could just be to your local road or roads and local shops, libraries, community centres, etc. You could take on as much or as little as you want. We need to get the message out about our wonderful organisation and encourage new members to join us. If you are not already on our volunteers list, please let Vicci and Sheena know at volunteers@cedu3a.org.uk if you can help.

More WhatsAppers needed!
Thank you to those who have already responded but we would like a few more to help promote the Open Day. Perhaps you are members of your street, road or local community WhatsApp group. Don’t worry if many on the group are not yet retired, the chances are they will have friends, neighbours or family members who are retired or near retirement and would like to discover their local u3a and can pass the message on. Please reply to vicechair@cedu3a.org.uk

AGM report

On 18 April our 6th Annual General Meeting was held at the Moravian Church, immediately following the monthly talk. Over 120 members attended and the Chair gave a report on the highlights of our successful year in 2023, along with priorities for 2024. The Treasurer gave a detailed account of our solid financial situation. There was also an opportunity for the audience to approve the election of new trustees and the re-election of five existing ones, who each retain their officer roles. This followed a nominations process in January that all members were invited to be involved in.

The new trustees, elected for a 3-year period, are:
Lesley Holland
Alison Miller
Victoria Midwinter
David Weatherby

The existing trustees, re-elected for a further year are:
Graham Bennett (Vice Chair)
John Hemingway (Vice Chair and Groups Team)
Jackie Langford (Secretary)
Charles Sharp (Membership Administrator)
Sally Whitaker (Chair)

We welcome the new trustees to the Executive Committee.

Interest groups update

Italian Book Club
A new group which meets once a month to discuss short Italian novels, modern and classical books of Italian literature. No more than a few hours’ reading time. The discussion is in Italian. Beginners and improvers are also welcome to participate. You can always write down your comments and read them aloud, or just listen to the discussion. To apply to join this group please contact Nat Tsolak via the website entry here.

Spanish Book Club
This relatively new group is looking for new members. They meet once a month to discuss, primarily in Spanish, short novels from Latin American and Spanish literature (reading time of agreed novel no more than a few hours). Although the discussion is primarily in Spanish, beginners and improvers are always welcome to listen and participate, as literature is perhaps the fastest way to increase vocabulary. Please contact the convenor, Nat Tsolak, via our website here.

Middle Walks 2
This new group will tackle walks of between seven and nine miles at a moderate pace. Some walks may have already been completed by the existing Middle Way Walkers group, others will be new. Walks will be on the third Monday of each month. The group is open to all but in the event of a walk being oversubscribed priority will be given to members who do not belong another walking group. Members on the Middle Way Wlkers waiting list who have already signed up for Middle walks 2 do not need to apply again. Further information and signup details can be found on our website here.

Writing for Wellbeing – online dating in later age
After running a number of workshops on the theme of transitions, Jo Eastop is offering a new taster workshop on the theme of online dating. Whether you are currently dating online or planning to, the workshop will enable you to explore all your emotions around this courageous endeavour. Your fears, hopes, wants, who you are now and how you might feed this into a profile. The workshop will take place on Tuesday 14 May from 2.30 – 4.30pm. Find out more and apply 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. For details and to book for Tuesday 14 May, Thursday 20 June, Tuesday 9 July, Tuesday 17 September or Thursday 10 October, or to offer to host later in the year contact Jacki Reason here.

Monday pub lunches

The May pub lunch will be at 1pm on Monday 13 May (to avoid the bank holiday) in the Mossy Well pub in Muswell Hill. Pub lunches are an opportunity for members to meet and chat in an informal and social atmosphere (paying for their own food and drink). Anyone wishing to attend should let John Wray know by email at johnwray99@hotmail.com by 8am on Friday 10 May please, so he has some idea of numbers.

National u3a news

Friends Extra
u3a Friends have just launched Friends Extra, which provides a range of offers, discounts and additional services for Friends of u3a. Simply browse the offers (on shopping, travel, dining out and many more), then register your details on the u3a Friends Extra website here to create a u3a Friends Extra account and start saving.

u3a Festival 24
The u3a movement is holding its first ever festival from 18 – 20 July 2024, where members will be running a wide variety of activities – talks, sporting events, musical entertainment and workshops which will make this u3a national festival something to remember. Festival 24 will take place in the beautiful city of York at the University of York based around their exhibition centre. For more information and to book, see the National u3a website.

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 please note the earlier deadline of 20 May for the June bulletin.

From Paul Wedgbury:

WeSwim – shout out for volunteers
WeSwim is a charity that provides support for people with disabilities within London who would like to swim in a friendly, supportive environment, and to socialise. They are looking for confident swimmers who can commit weekly time (one hour, twice a month, training provided, at Park Road Pool, Mondays at 5.45pm) to support their community in the water. Anyone interested, please contact Harshita Patel, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator at https://weswim.club or at https://lnkd.in/etuTgnm4. She would love to hear from you!