Bulletin no. 20 (July 2019)

Monthly Meetings

Thursday 11 July
Roger Hamilton: Climate Change – Where Are We Now?
What is the science behind climate change and why is it vital we bring our emissions not just down, but to net zero, as soon as we can? Roger Hamilton will explain why renewable energy generation alone will not be enough and look at how the UK can address the problem.
Roger Hamilton has a science background and has been a public sector lawyer for most of his career. He has worked in both local and central government and has advised on a range of social policy areas, including briefing Ministers and preparing legislation. Since retiring he has become interested in the vital subject of climate change.

Please note that there is no monthly meeting in August.

Thursday 12 September
Jan Marsh: The Pre-Raphaelite Sisters
As models, mistresses or muses, the women of the Pre-Raphaelite movement have been portrayed as passive figures. In fact, as models, artists and partners in art production, women were always active. The forthcoming Pre-Raphaelite Sisters exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery presents the achievements of a dozen names – both familiar and new – to create an account of Pre-Raphaelitism for our times.
Dr Jan Marsh, from the National Portrait Gallery,, is the curator of the exhibition which runs from 17 October 2019 to 26 January 2020. She is author of books on Lizzie Siddal, Jane and May Morris, Christina Rossetti and Marie Spartali.

Our monthly meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at the Union Church and Community Centre, Weston Park, N8 9PX. They are open to all members (please bring your membership card) and you are welcome to bring a guest: it is possible to join at the meeting. Talks start at 10.45am; tea and coffee are available from 10am – please bring your own cup or mug. 

Science of Health Seminar: Monday 29 July 2019

Eating Disorders: More than just a diet
A talk by Dr Vic Chapman, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist specialising in eating disorders CAMHS, Royal Free Hospital
The incidence of eating disorders in the under-18 population is increasing, and Anorexia Nervosa is known to have the highest mortality of all psychiatric disorders. Eating disorders demonstrate a complex interplay between physical and psychological symptoms and are not only notoriously difficult to treat but cause a significant impact on young people – male as well as female – at a crucial stage of life. In this talk Dr Chapman will consider the development of the illness and current research and views on treatment and management. Unlike the majority of serious illnesses, the inclusion of the family in treatment is critical to a productive treatment.
The seminar runs from 11.30am to 1pm at the Union Church and Community Centre, Weston Park N8 9PX. Refreshments are provided.


Diana Pavey: Groups’ Coordinator and Team Leader – responsible for coordinating group activity, providing support to established groups and contact point for information, queries from members: groups@cedu3a.org.uk
Graham Bennett: New Groups’ Organiser – helping to get new groups started, developing ideas for new groups and supporting convenors until the group is established: groups2@cedu3a.org.uk

Ed Allen: Groups’ Beacon Support – helping convenors use the Beacon membership system: beacon2@cedu3a.org.uk
Carl Parker: Data Analysis and Technical Support – helping analyse questionnaires: data@cedu3a.org.uk

U3A Local History shared learning project with the Hornsey Historical Society
This six-month project will start on 10 October 2019 and culminate in a public exhibition about Crouch End’s past using pictures from the Hornsey Historical Society Archive. To find out more or apply to join contact John Hinshelwood: johnhinshelwood@btinternet.com or 07531 866714.
Line Dancing
Are you, or do you know, a line dance teacher?
Several members have indicated they would be interested in a line dance group but we need a line dance teacher to make this possible. The teacher need not be from our U3A, and would be unpaid. Maybe there is someone with line dance teaching experience among our members or perhaps you know someone who could help. Contact Graham on groups@cedu3a.org.uk.
Lawn Bowls
What better way to spend a summer afternoon than playing a gentle game of bowls? The new weekly lawn bowls group will be starting on Monday 22 July, from 2pm to 4pm, at the Parliament Hill Bowling Club. Bowls, refreshments and guidance will be provided; beginners are welcome. There will be a ÂŁ4 cost per member for the 2-hour session. Flat soft shoes will need to be worn to play. Full information from https://cedu3a.org.uk/lawn-bowls/.
Summer Felt Making Workshop
The Summer Felt Making workshop on 12 July has proved popular and is currently full. However, it is possible that there will be cancellations, so it is definitely worth putting your name on the waiting list. It may be possible to run another workshop if there is sufficient demand. For details see https://cedu3a.org.uk/feltmaking/.

Coffee Mornings
These monthly get-togethers, held in people’s homes from 11am to 12.30pm, are a great way to meet other members. We take a break in August; there are spaces on the next morning on September 19, in Bounds Green. We need hosts from October onwards. Coffee mornings can be on any day of the week. 
To book, or if you can host a future morning please contact Jacki at https://cedu3a.org.uk/coffee-mornings/ Expenses can be reimbursed.


There is no pub lunch in August, but they will resume on 2 September at the Mossy Well in Muswell Hill. If you are interested in coming, please email crouchendanddistrictu3a@gmail.com so we have some idea of numbers.


Since starting we’ve put on a number of social events: three quizzes, a ceilidh a theatrical evening and now a summer party. We would like to develop the number and range of such events. We already have a wonderful organiser who needs help with ideas and implementing them. If you’re interested in finding out more, please contact Sue: chair@cedu3a.org.uk.


For further comprehensive information on all our activities, items of interest and photos of our U3A go to https://cedu3a.org.uk


This is the last call if you want to get Third Age Matters magazine from the National Office at The Third Age Trust starting with the September edition. There is no extra charge as it is included with the membership fee.If you want to receive the magazine, and do not receive it via membership of another U3A please let Ed Allen, Membership Secretary know by the end of July via membership@cedu3a.org.uk.


Open Day 2019
This year’s Open Day will be on Monday 23 September, 1.30pm to 3.30pm at the Union Church and Community Centre, Weston Park, N8 9PX. We will be celebrating our second anniversary, and prospective and current members will be able to find out about our wide range of group activities, events and monthly talks. Full details will be available shortly.

U3A Jazz Study Day : Tuesday 17 September 2019 11am – 4pm, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London NW1 7AY £20.00.
For a second year, Alan Barnes and his octet have agreed to entertain and enlighten us about jazz, this time focusing on the instruments in the band and the all-important personalities that energise jazz music: https://bit.ly/309DtUV.

Shared Learning Projects (SLPs)

SLPs provide an opportunity for U3A members to work in partnership with institutions such as museums, galleries, universities, libraries, archives, stately homes and institutes.
The Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability
The museum in Teddington tells the story of Dr John Langdon Down and his institution at Normansfield. Langdon Down and his family brought a revolutionary and enlightened approach to care, education and training for those with all conditions of learning disability. The institution opened in 1868 and closed as an NHS hospital in 1997. Today part of the original building is home to the Down’s Syndrome Association, Langdon Down Museum and Normansfield Theatre. The museum researches the history of Normansfield and social history of learning disability. Part 6 of the project is entitled: Normansfield and the Written Word: Correspondence and Newspapers. To decide if this project interests you see www.langdondownmuseum.org.uk or visit us on an open day and learn about the history of Normansfield.

Uncovering the Lives of 17th Century Londoners
Petitions to Downing Street are new: in the 17th century, people commonly used petitions to make their voices heard. We are looking for a group of volunteers to discover who these petitioners were and to find out more about their lives and communities. The petitions are all based on the Westminster area and have already been transcribed. The project will run from September 2019 to February 2020, with the first get together in early September. If you are interested contact Peter Cox (coxpeter@gmail.com) or Jo Walters (jo.walters.slp@gmail.com)


UCL Subjective Cognitive Decline and Psychological Flexibility Survey
Researchers in Division Psychiatry at University College London have developed an online survey relating to difficulties with memory and/or attention, mood, satisfaction with life and various other psychological factors. They are looking for people aged 60 or over, currently experiencing difficulties with their memory and/or attention, who have discussed this their GP or attended a memory clinic and been told that there is nothing wrong with their memory and/or attention to participate in the survey, which should take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete. If you are interested see https://opinio.ucl.ac.uk/s?s=61647. Anyone completing the survey will be invited to enter into a draw for one of eight £20 Love2Shop vouchers.