Bulletin no. 73 (March 2024)


Crouch End and District u3a will hold its sixth Annual General Meeting on Thursday 18 April at 12 noon following the monthly talk. This very important meeting will be at the Moravian Church, Priory Road, N8 7HR. We need at least 10% of our membership present so we can continue with the essential business of the meeting. Our chair Sally Whitaker will report on our past year’s activities, members will receive the accounts for the past financial year, and elect new and re-elect current trustees to the Executive Committee. So please be there if you can – register on our website here (if you are coming to the talk beforehand, you will need to register separately for that, see below)

Monthly talks

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 14 March 10.30am
Martyn Bond: Hitler’s Cosmopolitan Bastard

This is the captivating story of the man whom Hitler labelled a “Cosmopolitan Bastard” and who became the model for Victor Laszlo of Casablanca fame. Martyn Bond will talk about Count Richard Coudenhouve-Kalergi who was a politician, philosopher and founder of the Pan-European Union whose vision was peaceful, democratic unity for Europe, with no borders, a common currency, and a single passport. Copies of Martyn’s biography of the Count will be on sale after the talk (special price of £15)

Thursday 18 April 10.30am
Martin Orkin: Bridge Over Troubled Water – The Simon & Garfunkel Story

A fascinating talk about the amazing story and timeless music of Simon & Garfunkel. Returning speaker Martin Orkin will discuss this wonderful duo, who made so many superb recordings including The Sound of Silence, Homeward Bound, Scarborough Fair and Mrs Robinson, and, of course, the all-time classic, Bridge Over Troubled Water. Copies of Martin’s latest book, Rivals of the Beatles 2, will be available to buy at a discounted price at the talk

Thursday 9 May 10.30am
r Bobbie Jacobson: Against the flow: pandemic lessons from inside the battles for prevention

Dr Bobbie Johnson, 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 10.30am
Douglas Miller: Death and afterlife in Ancient Egypt

Douglas Millar will discuss how and when the ancient Egyptians developed their cult of the afterlife and show how the ancient Egyptians treated their dead in pre-dynastic times and the New Kingdom, using burial artefacts that are presently exhibited at the British Museum

CEDu3a newsletter

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Do you enjoy our newsletters? Would you like to be a contributor? Our newsletters are published three times a year and contain a lively mix of items about our groups, members, upcoming talks and events, local history, wine, beer and gardening recommendations, small fun items and have the bonus of including photographs. We would welcome new contributors to our small team, so if you have enthusiasm and experience in writing or graphic design, please contact Graham at vicechair@cedu3a.org.uk for more information. We have a limited number of printed copies of the current newsletter available. These can be picked up at the next monthly talk or conveners can pick up copies for their group members if they are interested, from either Graham in N10 (vicechair@cedu3a.org.uk) or Stephen in N4 (groupsorganiser@cedu3a.org.uk)

Interest group updates

Become a convener

As the saying goes, “groups are at the heart of our CEDu3a”. But it seems that we can never get enough! Those who read the February newsletter will be aware of our latest effort to increase that number. A new leaflet on how straightforward and rewarding convening can be is now available on our website here. We hope that if your interests are not represented or a group you want to join is full, this will encourage you to start up a group of your own. If so, then John or Stephen would love to hear from you – email groups@cedu3a.org.uk or groupsorganiser@cedu3a.org.uk.

Subject advisors for group conveners

There are 80 subject advisors from National u3a (u3a Subject Advisers) who can offer ideas, advice and signposts to resources to group convenors. They can help in setting up new groups where there is no obvious leader, or find another u3a which provides the subject which only one or two members are seeking. They often have material which they are happy to share with other members. These knowledgeable and enthusiastic people are keen to help establish new groups and provide advice to existing groups who need help with new ideas or resources

Spanish conversation 3

Join us at 2.00pm on Wednesday 6 March at the Maynard Arms on Park Road N8 for an engaging afternoon of Spanish conversation. Whether you’re looking to practise your Spanish language skills, brush up on your Spanish, or simply enjoy the company of fellow Spanish enthusiasts, this social gathering is the perfect opportunity. Let’s immerse ourselves in the vibrant world of Spanish language and culture together! This is a welcoming and easy-going group where a basic understanding of Spanish is encouraged, though we’re all here to learn together! Fluent speakers looking to lend a hand are also warmly welcomed. For more information and to join this group, see here.

German conversation – Stammtisch

The recently created German reading group has evolved into a German conversation group rather than a reading group. The group’s new title is German Conversation – Stammtisch. It meets every other Friday at 11am at the Mossy Well pub in Muswell Hill. All levels of German are welcome. Enquiries and applications to join the group should be made to the convener, Nat Tsolak via the CEDu3a website here.

Short walks

Would you like to share your favourite walk with the Short Walks group members? Walks should be about three miles long and take about one to two hours ideally with a coffee stop at the end. No experience in leading walks necessary – our usual walk leaders will be happy to offer advice and support if needed! Please contact Bernie Crilly via bcrilly2020@gmail.com to offer your services

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 Friday 15 March, Friday 12 April, Tuesday 14 May, Thursday 20 June or Tuesday 9 July, or to offer to host later in the year contact Jacki Reason here.

Monday pub lunches

The next pub lunch will be at 1pm on Monday 4 March at the Mossy Well 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 Friday 1 March please, so he has some idea of numbers. The April meeting will be on Monday 8 April in order to avoid the Bank Holiday

Jazz evening Friday 15 March

With only a few remaining tickets, don’t miss your last chance to book for this event at the British Legion, Muswell Hill from 7.30pm on Friday 15 March. The band, the Bakelites, was enthusiastically received at both summer parties in 2023. The repertoire is designed for enjoyment, with jazz, blues, soul and even some rock and roll – from artists as diverse as Horace Silver to Jimmy Reed, Kenny Burrell, Stevie Wonder to Dusty Springfield – music guaranteed you’ll enjoy. The venue has good transport links, free parking and a pay bar. For more information and to book see our website here.

EDI group – project opportunity

An opportunity has come up for someone to take on a project over the next few weeks. The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group has drawn up a questionnaire to go out to all members. The aim is to find out more about us and how we can become more inclusive. We are looking for someone with IT skills to:
put the questionnaire into a Google form
mail it out using Beacon
put the data into Excel when the responses come back

The timing of when the questionnaire is sent out and when the responses are to be collated can fit around you. You will get plenty of support and access to Beacon which is very easy to use. If you think you might be able to help and would like to know more about the project, please email Paul Wedgbury at paulwedgbury@hotmail.com

u3a Future Lives Group online talk

The u3a Future Lives group is made up of u3a members across the movement. The group aims to share information and resources to inspire, influence and inform about how we can improve our future lives. The chair of the Group is CEDu3a member Janet Sutherland. The next online talk, Reducing the risk of dementia, is on Tuesday 19 March at 2pm. Returning speaker Sir Muir Grey will be speaking about strategies that may reduce the risk of dementia – one of which sounds like what many u3a members are already doing. Please join for what is undoubtedly going to be another inspirational talk. For more information and to book, please see our website here