Latest Group News

  • ►Relaxation Group news

     September 18, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    The benefits of relaxation and meditation have been documented to slow the heart rate, lower blood pressure, reduce muscle tension and pain, increase the immune system, lower cortisol and so much more. By decreasing the effects of stress on the mind and the body, we will aim to add quality to our daily experience.

    Come and explore different relaxation and meditation techniques. Hopefully you will find one or more to integrate into your life.

    A new six week block of sessions begins on 2 October 2018

    Find out more and join the Relaxation Group

  • ►New Group – Fringe Theatre

     September 16, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    There is a wealth of fringe and local theatre to explore in London. We define “fringe” broadly, virtually anything but the big West End names. So we may go to the Young Vic as well as the Gatehouse. The Off West End website lists about a hundred venues, so there is a lot to see in pubs and halls as well as theatres proper. There is a wide range of genres to delve into from the classics to musicals, drama to pantomime, dance to comedy.

    We will aim for lower prices (£12-£30-ish), and the idea is that members buy their own tickets beforehand (otherwise it gets complicated) from a programme we will send out well in advance. We will meet in the theatre bar or a nearby cafe or pub, and maybe stay to chat afterwards.

    This is the general idea. Let’s discuss how to proceed at our initial meeting, which the conveners will organise for October - register your interest at now to be invited.

    When: This will depend on what we decide to see, with a leaning towards Mondays and Tuesdays, usually in the evenings with some matinees. We will begin with a get-together in October (after the U3A Open Day) in a local venue to discuss the sort of events we’d like to see.
    Where: Initial meeting in a cafe/pub.

    Conveners: Gill Shiel, Jennifer Pulham, Jane Saunders

  • ►Films Group Autumn Programme 2018

     September 11, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    8 October 2018

    Peeping Tom (1960)

    “Mark Lewis, an assistant cameraman at a film studio, uses his camera equipment to film the deaths of prostitutes he chooses as his victims. When his lodger, Helen, asks to see one of his films, he shows her footage of his childhood when his father, researching the psychology of fear, tormented him and filmed his distress. It becomes clear to Helen's mother that Mark is ill and needs help but, disregarding police surveillance of his movements, he continues with his psychopathic murders ... “ - BFI synopsis.

    22 October 2018

    Room at the Top (1959)

    “Joe Lampton arrives in the thriving Yorkshire town of Warnley and sets out to elevate his social status by seducing wealthy industrialist's daughter Susan Brown. However, by the time of his shotgun wedding, he has fallen for Alice Aisgill, an unhappily married Frenchwoman, who is 10 years his senior and ruinously in love with him.” - Empire Online synopsis.

    12 November 2018

    Look Back in Anger (1959)

    “Kitchen sink. Lower middle class angry young man is married to upper class girl. They love each other but misunderstandings multiply until, on the advice of a girl friend, the wife leaves home. He and the girl friend embark on an affair which ends when the wife, having had a miscarriage, returns to her husband ... Based on the play by John Osborne. “ - BFI synopsis.

    26 November 2018

    Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

    “In the industrial streets and factories of Nottingham, Arthur Seaton (Albert Finney) spends his days at the factory bench, his evenings in the local pubs and his nights in the arms of Brenda (Rachel Roberts), the wife of a fellow factory worker. Irresistibly handsome and brimming with animal vitality, Arthur is anti-authority and unashamedly amoral.” - BFI synopsis.

    Monday 10th December

    The L-Shaped Room (1962)

    ”A French girl, expecting an illegitimate baby, comes to live in a seedy boarding house, and gets involved with the man downstairs - which ends unhappily for both.” - BFI synopsis.

    Find out more and join the Films Group

  • ►Upcoming shorter walks

     September 8, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    Monday 17 September 2018, 1 p.m.

    Notting Hill : a walk led by John Wray

    Notting Hill is an area steeped in history, from its 18th century history of pig farming, to 19th century villas, and then the race riots of the 1950s and the Notting Hill carnival. Meet at Ladbroke Grove tube

    Monday 1 October 2018, 1 p.m.

    River Lea from Tottenham Hale to Three Mills : a walk led by Sally Geeve

    Meet at Tottenham Hale tube

    Monday 15 October 2018, 1 p.m.

    Southwark and Bankside : a walk led by Philip Messent

    Meet at Southwark tube

    How to join the Shorter Walks Group

  • ►Cellists seek cellists/string players

     September 7, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    Two of our members, Leatrice Bailey and Helen Kent are Grade 3-4 cellists who would like to start a small group of players - either other cellists or other string players - to play once a fortnight, at a house in Cascade Avenue, just off Muswell Hill, where parking is free and easily available. There is also a piano, so a pianist would be very welcome.

    If you are interested please email

  • ►Bookbinding Workshop

     September 7, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    A one-day workshop offered to a maximum of 2 persons at a time

    The workshop will comprise various techniques demonstrated for you to make your own multi- sectioned, full, half-bound or quarter-bound cloth, sewn book to take home, using the knowledge and skills gained to further make your own books at home or to continue on to other methods with myself.

    Find out more about the Bookbinding Workshop

  • ►Planned exhibition visits

     August 30, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    The Exhibitions & Galleries Group have arranged their next two visits.

    14 September 2018

    Aftermath : Art in the Wake of World War I
    Tate Britain

    12 October 2018

    The Estorick Collection
    Canonbury Square

    How to join the Exhibitions & Galleries Group

  • ►New Group : Crime Fiction Book Club

     August 24, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    Crime fiction is a wonderfully rich genre, which we can explore to our hearts’ content. It goes back at least to Stories of a Bow Street Officer in 1827, through Wilkie Collins, Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie to the wealth of the modern day, with translations of exciting books from across the world and links into film noir.

    We will be a group of up to 10 people. At our first meeting we’ll discuss what we like to read, what new areas we’d like to explore, and agree a programme to take us far and wide in time and place. We can also decide to change the venue and timing, as members prefer.

    Find out more and join the Crime Fiction Book Club

  • ►New Group : Pétanque (Boules)

     August 23, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    Are you interested in playing Pétanque (French boules)?

    • Maybe you have seen this game being played when in France 
    • You might even have tried it yourself while on holiday
    • You might just fancy trying a new and different challenge

    Playing boules is a fun way to get some fresh air and exercise in the company of others. So if that is what you are looking for then this new group is for you!

    We will meet on Wednesday mornings once a fortnight in Alexandra Palace Park beginning in October. Beginners are most welcome, and spare sets of boules will be available, so no need to worry if you do not possess your own to begin with. 

    Find out more and join the Pétanque Group