Bulletin no. 59 (December 2022)

Monthly meetings

Our popular monthly meetings are held at the Union Church and Community Centre (located on Weston Park at the junction with Ferme Park Road N8 9PX).

All meetings are from 10.30am – 12 noon, with entry from 10.00am. Booking is preferable so we have an idea of numbers. Further information and registration details for our monthly meetings are here.

Thursday 8 December 2022. 10.30am SOLD OUT

Ian Christie: Poetry and politics: Pasolini’s search for lost magic

Thursday 19 January 2023. 10.30am

John Withington: Assassins’ Deeds

Thursday 9 February 2023. 10.30am

David Burnell: The Art of Underground Tr

Coffee mornings

Coffee mornings are a way of getting to know other members. They take place around the area, usually in members’ homes, between 11am and 12.30pm on varying days of the week, with a maximum of around 6. New members are particularly welcome. We need hosts for coffee mornings in 2023. If you are able to host, or would like more information about what is involved, please contact Jacki Reason via the booking form at https://cedu3a.org.uk/socialise/coffee-mornings/

January Monday pub lunch

The first pub lunch of 2023 will actually take place on the second Monday of January, on 9 January as 2 January is a bank holiday. It will be at 1pm at the Mossy Well pub as usual. 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).

Barn dance and ceilidh – sold out!

The Barn Dance and Ceilidh night on Friday 2 December with the Pinkers Spinney Band is now sold out. Do check the website here for any returns though.

Quiz night

Over 60 members enjoyed a fun evening at the CEDu3a Quiz on Tuesday 15 November in the Maynard Arms. Quizmaster Peter Wilson took the teams through their paces with a diverse range of questions on various subjects. Thanks to Sue Picano, Tessa Thier, Liz London and Brian Merison for organising and running the evening, and congratulations to the winning team The Sopranos.

Interest groups update

As a growing organisation, we are keen to cater for new interests and to offer new activities. Similarly, where we already have popular and successful interest groups, we look to support and encourage the creation of additional groups. bWhether you are interested in starting up a new group or feel the time is now right to expand your existing activity, the starting point is to contact a member of the groups team. The groups team consists of Diana Pavey (groups@cedu3a.org.uk) and John Hemingway (groupsorganiser@cedu3a.org.uk) either of whom will provide help and support. Further information on the process for starting new or additional groups is outlined in our Handbook for Conveners, which can be found on the website here

New interest groups

Talking Women 2

We are hoping to start a new group: Talking Women 2, in the New Year. If you are interested, please contact Rosalind at redavy@waitrose.com. Information about the group is shown in the listing for the existing Talking Women group. It is likely the new group would meet in the Crouch End area.

Japan interest group

A new group for people interested in all things Japanese, covering anything and everything to do with Japan and Japanese life – from sushi to samurai, bullet trains to Buddhism, martial arts to manga, films by Kurosawa or Studio Ghibli and much more. If you’ve been to Japan on holiday, lived or worked there, never been there but always wanted to go, read and dreamed about it or are just plain curious, this is for you. It doesn’t matter if you speak the language or don’t understand a word of it, you’ll be welcome. And if you are Japanese, we would love to see you too. The only thing not done is to try and teach Japanese. Sessions will be participatory and it is hoped that members will contribute suggesting visits, topics and talks. It is anticipated that this interest group will start in late January/early February. Detailed information and applications via the website in January, but to register interest now please contact the Groups Co-ordinator at groups@cedu3a.org.uk.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team

The new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team met for the first time on Thursday 17 November and we had a wide ranging and constructive couple of hours of discussion, ending up with quite a few action points! The next meeting will be on Thursday 12 January in the afternoon. We still have space for more members and their thoughts and ideas, so if you’re interested in being involved please contact Sally on chair@cedu3a.org.uk.

Newsletter editorial team is looking for new members

Do you enjoy reading our newsletters? If so, we would like a couple more members to join our small editorial team to help compile them. They are only published every four months, so not time-consuming and it is a fun and enjoyable way to find out, write about and photograph the groups, members and activities that make up our lively branch. Please contact Graham Bennett at vicechair@cedu3a.org.uk if you are interested.

Membership renewal

December is when we start the process of subscription renewal. The Trustees have decided to set the 2023 subscription fee at ÂŁ30, or ÂŁ5 concessionary. The renewal period starts in December and ends at the end of February. You can renew when convenient in that period. We will send a renewal email (or letter if necessary) to every individual, starting in the week beginning 5 December. This will contain full instructions on how to renew. Please wait until you receive that notice. We will also send reminders over the renewal period, which I hope you will accept as aide-memoires as opposed to me nagging! You can renew by debit/credit card, bank transfer or cheque. Please note our membership system uses PayPal for electronic transactions, but you do not have to have a PayPal account. Also note that if you pay by cheque there may be a delay before we submit the cheque to the bank, as we batch them together.
If you have any queries please email membership@cedu3a.org.uk

Gift Aid

As a charity Crouch End and District u3a is entitled to claim Gift Aid (GA) on subscriptions, and we have submitted a claim for the last two years. However, although we are still eligible, we will no longer be claiming GA.When we first investigated GA we acted on advice from the national organisation and used the protocol in our membership management system. Since then, we have received further guidance and have also investigated in detail the latest HMRC advice. Our problem is not eligibility, but the detailed level of the audit trail for the submission. It requires us to account at an individual level for activities. We simply don’t have the software or the time to do this. This has very little practical implication for most of our members. Only if you are a higher rate taxpayer and have made a personal claim for higher rate relief on your subscription will you be affected. Higher rate taxpayers should no longer do this. Although there will be a small loss of income to CEDu3a, we feel this is the right course of action. We will email all members with GA to confirm this position, as required by HMRC.

Members’ posts

If any members have informatipn or news items they would like to share with other members please send details to bulletin@cedu3a.org.uk. The normal deadline is the 24th of each month, but for the January bulletin, there is an earlier deadline of 20 December. Our first post is from CEDu3a member Wendy Boast:

I’ve just started volunteering at a primary school helping with reading. It’s a lovely school not too far from Archway tube or local buses. They are looking for more volunteers for an hour or two a week in school term-time, so if any members are interested in helping, please contact Abigail Townley at the school via a.townley@brookfield.camden.sch.uk

National u3a poetry competition

Entries are now open for the National u3a poetry competition. Your poem should be a maximum of 16 lines (plus title), on any topic, and be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 27 January 2023. The three winning poems will be published in Third Age Matters and on the national u3a website. You can find the competition rules and submission link here where you can also read previous winning entries. To spark some inspiration, you are also invited to join author Sophia Blackwell on Tuesday 13 December at 2pm for a free 2-hour masterclass called ‘Writing Poetry for Publication and Performance’ which can be booked on the National u3a’s website here.