Monthly Meetings

Our Monthly Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at the Union Church and Community Centre, Weston Park, N8 9PX

   Meetings start at 10.30 a.m. with u3a notices, followed by our invited speaker. Meetings end at 12 noon. Tea and coffee are available from 10 a.m. Members are asked to bring their own cup or mug
   Members are kindly asked to arrive on time to avoid causing disruption to the meeting. Members who do arrive after 10.30 a.m. will be asked to access the venue via the entrance to the right of the main door (up the ramp)
   Unless otherwise stated the talks delivered at Monthly Meetings are not recorded
   Attendance numbers are limited. Advance registration is normally required
   Members are asked to observe essential guidance in place at the venue such as the one way entrance and exit system, social distanced seating, use of sanitising and so on
  Members should not attend CEDu3a monthly meetings if they or a close contact have recently been diagnosed with or shown any COVID-19 symptoms, are awaiting test results or are self-isolating under Government guidance applicable at the time of the meeting for which they have registered

Thursday 8 September 2022
Martin Orkin: The Beatles, their heroes and their music

Early in 1963, The Beatles stormed the music world. Everyone knows that the Fab Four were inspirational to both their generation and generations to come. Martin’s talk will explore the incredible effect they had through their songwriting and unbeatable legacy of recordings, on other groups of their era. His talk is based on his recently published book Rivals of the Beatles. How did the start of rock ‘n’ roll influence The Beatles, and what were their early successes? The talk tracks the evolution of rock from Bill Haley’s fantastic Rock Around The Clock, via Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly & the Crickets etc, to Cliff Richard & The Shadows and then The Beatles, who were followed by The Beach Boys, The Byrds and….The Monkees!

Martin has lived in North London and Hertfordshire for many years and began listening to pop and rock music in 1962, when the British charts were ruled by the likes of Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard & The Shadows.

Hear Martin explain how decades later, he came to put pen to paper, enjoy anecdotes from his research, and listen to excerpts from some of the great recordings of the era! Signed copies of Martin’s book will be available for purchase after his talk, at a generous discount to the recommended price!
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Past monthly talks


Peter Cox : Growing up in London
Tiago Mata : A History of The Economist
Estelle Lovatt : Fun and irony in art


Katy Ghahremani : Plans for Hornsey Town Hall
Haringey First World War Peace Forum presentation
Robin Lustig : A Life in broadcasting
Graham Bennett : Serge Diaghilev and his legacy
Alexander Zhuravlyov : The Rise and rise of Vladimir Putin
Louise Stewart : Plans for Alexandra Palace
Carl Parker : What is terrorism?
Luke Alder : The Estorick Collection of Modern Art
Margaret Greenfields : Britain as a nation of immigrants
David Hunter : Guillaume Apollinaire and the First World War
Francine Bates : The Golden age of the music hall
Elizabeth Woodcraft : Hi-heel sneakers – growing up in the 60s


Peter Cox : The History and development of John Lewis and Waitrose
John Withington : Living to 100 – The secrets of the centenarians
Sandra Clark : Singing witches, authenticity and innovation: Macbeth on the Victorian stage
John Hinshelwood : Crouch End and District: a photographic record from 1860 – 1920
Jayne Forbes : A Solo traveller’s tales
Roger Hamilton : Climate change – where are we now
Jan Marsh : The Pre-Raphaelite sisters
Hugh Hayes : A Park for Finsbury
Ian Christie : Rescuing a pioneer: Britain’s forgotten creator of cinema
Oonagh Gay : The Pioneer women MPs


Dave Clarke : Untangling the Web – demystifying spiders at ZSL London Zoo
Andrew Ellis : Art UK: democratising access to the Nation’s art
James M. Taylor : Brilliant British humour in the Forgotten art of the picture postcard, 1840-1950s


Graham Bennett : Our wonderful West End


Pete Paphides : Broken Greek
Andrew Whitehead : Curious Crouch End
Anita Peleg : Glimmer of hope – The story of Naomi Blake 1924-2018
Peter Webb : Toulouse-Lautrec and the Cabarets of Paris