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  • ►RSPB Rainham Marshes

     April 22, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    April 2018

    RSPB Rainham Marshes

    A smaller than usual Outings Group had an excellent trip to Rainham Marshes  and we were very pleased to find that entrance was free for first time visitors. We enjoyed a wonderful walk around the whole site in the glorious sunshine. It wasn't at all busy so there was almost a feeling of having the place to ourselves, though we benefited from the experience of a regular twitcher. We visited all the hides and and a saw a variety of birds including a Wagtail, Little Egret, Lapwing and numerous ducks and geese, although we think the heat may have caused some to lie low. A very noisy marsh frog attracted the attention of visitors near the site entrance and we heard a cuckoo, once common but harder to hear these days. After lunch in the cafe half the group walked an additional 5 miles along the Thames Path to Rainham station, and made their way home via Barking and the London Overground.

    Visit Essex says "RSPB Rainham Marshes is a unique nature reserve which has been restored to a grazing marshland following 100 years of use as a MoD shooting range. A fully accessible nature trail allows you to experience nature firsthand throughout the seasons. You can explore this lovely nature reserve throughout the year, and get close to the amazing wildlife. There are a number of hides that give great views of wildlife, even without binoculars."

    How to join the Outings Group

  • ►Play Reading Group update

     April 20, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    Sue Lewis, Convener of the Play Reading Group, writes:

    We've now had three meetings with two more planned before the summer break. We decided to choose plays based on the availability of play scripts and we now have a list of those held by Haringey Libraries. We take it in turns to select, sometimes randomly sometimes a known favourite. This certainly makes for variety though up to now the plays have all been comedies at least in part. The group has eight members which is a good number and we all get the chance to display our talents.

    How to join the Play Reading Group

  • ►A Garden in Wood Vale

     April 19, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    April 2018

    33 Wood Vale, N10

    The subtle colours, textures and shapes of the trimmed curves of Mona Abboud’s front garden give the hint that someone with a real interest in unusual plants lives here. Beautifully clipped specimens rub shoulders with wiry sculptural shrubs, shiny evergreens with tiny yellow starry blooms, and bright green feathery foliage studded with vivid red flowers. Passing through the house to the steep stairs at the back we gasp at the vista of Mediterranean and Australasian trees and shrubs stretching away into an endless tapestry of lush foliage. Mona’s garden is a story of clipping, pruning and shaping, executed with bold determination and an artist’s eye, to refine and develop a garden full of visual treats and year round interest. Our U3A Gardens Group is gathered near a neatly clipped double lollipop of variegated Rhamnus alaternus, a tender buckthorn, with strange inverted spires of Pseudopanax from New Zealand behind it and a strawberry tree and variegated Pittosporum on the left side. It’s taken Mona 19 years of composing, nurturing and shaping the many tender, drought loving plants which thrive under her care. She loves plants which need free drainage, but her 100 metres of garden is on heavy clay, and a few days before our visit had a three inch deep lake at the bottom of the slope. The tons of gravel, grit granite and topsoil brought in by the barrowload to create the right conditions is a testament to her passion.

    A gently bubbling fountain surrounded by a curtain of Equisetum, a primeval species dreaded by most gardeners for its vigorously invasive nature, but here, confined in concrete basin, makes an elegant screen around the gurgling water. The garden is long and narrow, but the path twists down around olives and tea tree, crape myrtle, palm and bamboo giving constant changes of view. Many have been pruned to lift the crown of foliage, opening views through the close planting. The soft, tactile, copper-coloured bark of  the Chilean myrtle, framing the fresh green of new acer leaves and willows is a lovely example of this approach. The varied textures, bronze and grey-green soft colour schemes and shapes give coherent themes, with splashes of bright colour like this lush yellow mimosa in full bloom.

    Mona told us it was her fourth attempt to grow this tender Mediterranean gem, and the sunny cloud of fluffy blossom was worth the effort. As well as being awarded ‘Best large back garden’ by the London Garden Society, Mona received the accolade of her Corokia plants being designated a National Collection. Native to New Zealand, these charming shrubs appear throughout her garden and are displayed together here in pots, showing their variety of soft colours.

    Top tip: In many ways more interesting than the box hedging which is so badly damaged by blight in many gardens, Corokia looks a great alternative, and is drought resistant too.

    See for yourself! Mona’s garden is open under the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday 20th May, 1.30-5.30, 33, Wood Vale N10 3DJ And online at www.monasgarden.co.uk

    How to join the Gardens and Gardening Group

  • ►Journey in to the known!

     April 18, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    The first meeting of the 1960s Group was on Thursday 12th April at the Union Church. There was a splendid turn-out, fifteen of us sitting round a large table upon, which were displayed treasured memorabilia from the 1960s brought by the group members, as requested. The display included records to concert programmes, autograph books to photos, menus, a Biba dress and two splendid ties. The conversation was animated and informative. We had all been there in the 60s but our personal recollections varied widely and richly. 

    For the next meeting, again at the Union Church on the afternoon of Thursday 10th May, the Group chose the topic of Food and Drink from the 1960s and then we will discuss how and why it has changed from then to now. 

    Food for thought, Cheers!

    Stephen Rigg, Convener

    How to join the 1960s Group

  • ►Updated Monthly Meetings programme

     April 16, 2018   INFORMATION  

    Unless otherwise stated the monthly meetings will take place at the Union Church and Community Centre, Weston Park, N8 9TA. Doors open at 10.00 a.m for tea and coffee. Talks begin at 10.45 a.m.

    Thursday 10 May 2018

    Alexander Zhuravlyov : Putin forever?

    Alex’s talk will look at Vladimir Putin as a manifestation of the major trauma that Russian society is going through following the collapse of the USSR. He will challenge the perception of many people that Russia is a communist, or, at best, a post-communist country. His talk will cover also the emergence of Putin in St Petersburg, the earlier corruption scandals there, and the sociology and psychology of his mass support. This will be an opportunity to think about Putin and Russia following the March 2018 presidential election.

    Alex works for the BBC Russian Service as a producer. He started work at the BBC in 1991, having arrived from St Petersburg where he was a university lecturer. He covers both international and Russia-based stories, writing for the Russian Service site in Russian. Over the last 25 years he has undertaken numerous reporting assignments, including covering the first Obama presidential campaign in 2008. Alexander is an active member of the Crouch End & District U3A.

    Thursday 14 June 2018

    Louise Stewart : Ally Pally - a Palace for the People?

    Louise Stewart is the Chief Executive of Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust and has overall responsibility for the work of the Trust and its trading company. She will give us an overview of the history of the Palace and then outline the exciting developments at ‘Ally Pally’ such as the the opening up of the East Wing, the Theatre restoration, creative learning opportunities and planned events.

    Louise has over 25 years’ experience in tourism, culture and regeneration. She has been Deputy Chief Executive of the National Tourist Board. She has also led regeneration and business development in the regions.

    Thursday 12 July 2018

    Carl Parker : What is Terrorism?

    What was the pathway to where we are today and what risks does it present to us? An overview of what terrorism is, its historical context, what is that terrorists want, what are the differences and commonalities between ideologies, the change in the terrorist threat in the UK through the 20th and 21st centuries, the various ways that a terrorist campaign can end and concluding with some speculation on what threats may arise in the future. If time allows there will be a look at the overall CONTEST counter terrorism strategy with specific focus on the Prevent stream.

    Carl has lived in Haringey since 1981, moving between Wood Green, Finsbury Park, Tottenham and Crouch End. Despite graduating from Birmingham University with a law degree, he has not worked in the legal profession. Most of his working life was in local government being employed by local authorities north and south of the Thames. Since the mid-90s he has worked in the area of community safety, for more than ten years working on crime analysis while the last ten years saw him coordinating the Prevent counter-terrorism strategy for the London Borough of Croydon.

    Thursday 9 August 2018

    Dr Roberta Cremoncini : The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

    Roberta is the Director of the Estorick Collection

  • ►Gursky at the Hayward Gallery

     April 14, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    Andreas Gursky has devoted his life to developing photographic techniques and the effects he achieves are extraordinary. 12 members of the Galleries group visited the exhibition on his work on Friday 13th April at the Hayward Gallery. One of them stopped in front of the first photograph and exclaimed "Well! My gob is smacked already! ", which just about summed up the experience of us all. The exhibition ends on 22nd April, and we would urge U3A members who have not seen it to try to do so. Prepare to have your mind blown!

    How to join the Museums & Galleries Group

  • ►RSPB Rainham visit

     April 13, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    Friday 20 April - RSPB Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve

    Visit Essex says "RSPB Rainham Marshes is a unique nature reserve which has been restored to a grazing marshland following 100 years of use as a MoD shooting range. A fully accessible nature trail allows you to experience nature firsthand throughout the seasons. You can explore this lovely nature reserve throughout the year, and get close to the amazing wildlife. There are a number of hides that give great views of wildlife, even without binoculars."

    The nearest railway station to this reserve is Purfleet. Purfleet train station is on the C2C line from Fenchurch Street. The reserve is a 20 minute walk from the station.

    How to join the Outings Group

  • ►A Walthamstow walk

     April 13, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    12 April 2018

    On 12 April members of the Shorter Walks Group had a really enjoyable walk around Walthamstow Village, which was unknown to us in Crouch End and Muswell Hill. The photos show the range of buildings, from St Mary’s Churchyard to the old Walthamstow Town Hall. We had tea and a chance to look round the William Morris Gallery as well. For once, it did not rain!

    Fragment from the General Post Office building that once stood in St Martins-le-Grand near St Paul's Cathedral. The building, designed by Robert Smirke (architect of the British Museum), was demolished in 1912.



    Former Walthamstow Postal Sorting Office, built in 1903.




    Walthamstow Town Hall, built in 1941 to a design by architect Philip Hepworth.

    Photographs © Alison Miller

    About the Shorter Walks Group


  • ►Who was Hilda Munnings?

     April 13, 2018   REPORT  

    Monthly Meeting - April 2018

    Our speaker in April was Graham Bennett, a member of the Crouch End and District U3A who took us back to a time when an exciting and groundbreaking Dance Company came out of Russia, created and led by the impresario Serge Diaghilev. This was the Ballet Russes, which for 20 years brought together some of the greatest artists, composers and choreographers of the time to collaborate on the creation of dances that shocked, entertained and enthralled audiences and which had a very special relationship with London. The talk described the careers of two of Diaghilev's leading dancers, Lydia Lopokova from St Petersburg and Hilda Munnings from Wanstead, whose name would be changed to Lydia Sokolova. Lydia Lopokova was to marry the leading Economist, John Maynard Keynes. Graham pointed out many places around London that had close association with the Ballet Russes, including the studio in Floral Street where Pablo Picasso painted a frontcloth for the ballet Le Tricorne, The Three Cornered Hat, and the many venues where the company performed, including the Coliseum, Royal Opera House and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The talk was illustrated with images of the imaginative sets and costumes that the company created, many of which have survived to this day, and, most importantly, looked at the legacy that Diaghilev left behind which created the dance scene we enjoy today. The founders of some of our major dance companies were all members of Ballet Russes at various times, Marie Rambert, Ninette de Valois, Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin.

    About the Monthly Meetings

  • ►Visit to Southwood Lodge

     April 10, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    The Garden Group met in Highgate on 10th April at another local garden, Southwood Lodge, which is open to the public under the charitable National Gardens Scheme. Sue Whittington was kind enough to offer us a U3A special guided tour, and answered our many questions about her unusual and wonderful garden. It was a grey day, so the views out from the hill were misty, but despite the weather the garden was a feast of interest.

    From the herb bed by the front door with a lovely aromatic lovage plant, through clematis arches, clipped beech and hornbeam hedging, topiary yews, past beds planted with shrubs and burgeoning ground cover bulbs, round ponds full of frog, or perhaps newt spawn, a secret grove, and a stunningly sculpted conifer trunk, it is full of surprises and delights. Being U3A and keen on learning, we asked dozens of questions about the plants and learned the botanical names of everything which caught our eyes, and a lot about cultivating them into the healthy specimens we saw. Just one intriguing idea was a shrub rose, ‘Ferdinand Pichard’, trained to grow in loops to best show off its pink striped flowers - definitely one to return to see at the next NGS Open Day on Sunday 13th May, 2-5.30 p.m. We had a preview of the delicious home made biscuits today, an added attraction, but with plants for sale as well that date is firmly in my diary!]

    Photographs © Alison Miller

    How to join the Gardens and Gardening Group

  • ►U3A Research Project Focus Group

     April 9, 2018   INFORMATION  

    The Third Age Trust is organising a number of regional Focus Groups as part of a research project on the impact of the U3A. The Focus Groups are likely to be run by Rona Hodges (a U3A Research Co-ordinator with an academic research background) and some of her colleagues.

    U3A London Region Trustee John Bent has agreed to arrange a Focus Group meeting for the London Region and is looking for between 10-12 U3A members who would be prepared to attend the session, which will last around 2 hours.

    The meeting will take place sometime between mid-April to the end of May in a central London location with easy travel access.

    If you are interested in taking part in this important research project that will benefit all in the U3A movement, please contact john.bent@u3a.org.uk by 16 April 2018.


  • ►Science and Technology Group

     April 8, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    Programme May-September 2018

    May 3rd: Tony - Where 25% of your gas bill goes: natural gas distribution and transmission
    June 7th: Helena - How like us are animals? with a look at the theory of mind
    July 5th: Lesley - Diabetes
    August 2nd: Charlie - AI and knowledge representation
    *August 30th: Clare - Being mortal: a discussion around Atul Gawande's splendid book (a Wellcome Collection publication)

    *The September meeting

    How to join the Science & Technology Group


  • ►U3A London Region Music Day

     April 8, 2018   INFORMATION  

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    This is a five page document.


  • ►Singing

     April 6, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    Anne Heagney, Singing for Fun Group convener writes:

    To all the people in CE&DU3A who have shown an interest in a singing group.

    The Singing for Fun sessions are running well and many of the participants are recognising that contributions they make (such as listening to and learning a tune we are not sure of) are valued by the other participants. The Wednesday groups will continue as they are enjoyable and pressure-free for all (generally!).

    It is still possible to join one of the groups.

    We realise that some people amongst us, and others in our U3A, would like to sing, e.g. part songs (two, three or four different versions of songs which are often higher or lower, suiting people’s voice range) or to develop harmonising skills, perhaps using scores. If someone offered an instrument and to play, singing to music could be an option.

    I am not a music specialist and it would be good if other people were willing to lead such a group.

    So: please let me, or David Pashley, Groups Organiser, know:

    If you would consider running some group of this sort.
    If you would like to join/try such a group.

    NB I would like any new session to be on some other time than Wednesday afternoon so I could join!!!!

    About the Singing for Fun Group


  • ►Updated Shorter Walks Group programme

     April 6, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    Numbers for each walk are limited to 12, first come, first served. Group members will be invited join by email the day after the previous walk has taken place, so that a variety of members will have a chance to take part.

    Thursday 12 April 2018, 1.30 p.m. - William Morris and Walthamstow

    This will include a visit to the William Morris Gallery

    Monday 23 April 2018, 1.30 p.m. - Highgate

    Walk leader: Oonagh Gay

    A 90 minute stroll around Highgate ending at the Highgate Cemetery, which can be visited at an additional charge. We meet outside the Highgate tube station exit on Archway Road. A few places left.

    Monday 14 May 2018, 2.00 p.m. - Soho

    Walk leader: Philip Messent

    Meet at Tottenham Court Road for a walk that explores Soho, passing up and down the warren of streets between Charing Cross Road and Regent Street, littered with pubs, clubs and restaurants with artistic and literary connections down the ages, and including a medical history landmark. Expect to emerge at Piccadilly Circus at around 4 p.m.; the walk will include a stop for tea.

    Monday 21 May 2018, 2.00 p.m. - Line Sculpture Walk

    The Line Sculpture Trail walk involving curious works of art, many by household-name artists, starting at North Greenwich and involving a cable-car trip across the Thames.

    Emails to group members inviting people to join will be sent out a fortnight before the walk.


  • ►London Loop 1

     April 6, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    4 April 2018

    London Loop Route 1 : Erith to Bexley

    We marked the start of our 150 mile journey in Riverside Gardens, which as the name suggests borders the Thames. Sadly though, we soon lost sight of the river as the route took us through Erith, past some industrial units before we reached it again. From here the Loop sets off along the Thames for a while, sharing its path with National Cycle Network Route 1 and the Thames Path extension.

    With the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge in front of us, the landscaped landfill sites on the north bank, we followed the path alongside its many recycling plants. This stretch provided not the leisure and pleasure activities we associate with walking alongside the Thames, but formed its industrial core, notably transporting and managing the rubbish that we Londoners generate. I heard a number of terms being used to describe this stretch including: desolate, bleak and perhaps my favourite – dystopian. Added to this sense of melancholy was the forlorn sight of a horse being tethered to a stake. But the sky was vast, and after a while many of us found some strange beauty in our surroundings. At the very least there certainly was a feeling of space, and with the hawthorn bushes beginning to show their leaves, a sense of spring around the corner. At Crayford Ness we headed off south alongside the Darent River on a high and windswept grassy path which together with the brutalist Darent Barrier forms part of the flood barrier arrangements for the Thames. We then reached our third river of the day: the Cray and followed that until we were faced with more breakers yards, scrap merchants and large lorries delivering more rubbish to be treated as we approached Crayford.

    Here we stopped for a picnic lunch, just outside Lindy Lou’s Tea Room – apparently a pun on its origin as a public toilet. Heading off towards Bexley via the Hall Place Park some of us noticed, at its entrance, slender columns carved with shells and ferns, remnants of the canopy of the Crayford Cinema. And it was just after this that John averted a near disaster; the path was suddenly blocked by drainage works. With satnav at hand he was able to navigate a diversion over the busy A2 and finally into Bexley.

    It certainly wasn’t the prettiest of walks, but that probably isn’t the point. A long journey such as the Loop will have its high and lows, and if we want to learn more about the outer fringes of London then this was a good starting point. But what the day highlighted for me was our disregard for nature: we were continually affronted by rubbish lining the path and litter choking urban streams.

    On a lighter note, well done everyone for finishing it, especially those walking with injuries or recovering from illnesses ... and we made a few friends along the way.



  • ►Bulletin no. 6 (April 2018)

     April 4, 2018   INFORMATION  

    Bulletin no. 6 (April 2018)

    Monthly Meetings

    The next Monthly Meeting will be held on Thursday 12th April 2018. Graham Bennett’s talk Diaghilev in London will describe the impact of the Ballet Russes when it came to the city a century ago, bringing together some of the greatest artists, composers and choreographers of the time.

    Venue: Union Church and Community Centre, Weston Park, N8 9PX. The talk will start at 10.45am. Doors open at 10am for tea and coffee – it would be really helpful if you could bring your own mug.

    Monthly Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month. They are open to all members, who are welcome to bring a guest. Please bring your membership card. It is possible to join at the meeting.


    With our constantly expanding programme of events we need more people to join our team of helpers. If you feel that you could help with planning our speakers programme, organising the monthly meeting or setting up our audio-visual equipment, or if you have any other skills or time that you could contribute we would love to hear from you. Please e-mail Sue at chair@cedu3a.org.uk

    Group News

    Crochet is enjoying a revival and is no longer confined to lace doilies and old-fashioned shawls so come along to learn or share skills at our new crochet group. Find out more about this new group here.

    Music Appreciation (classical music) Find out more here.

    Art for Beginners has some places for new members. Sessions start again on 17th April at the Moravian Church. Find out more here.

    Machine Embroidery has room for more members. Sessions start again on April 16th at the Union Church. Find out more here .

    On Friday 20th April the Outings Group will be visiting the RSPB Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve. On Friday May 4th there will be an outing to the National Trust property Osterley Park for a bluebell walk. Further details here.

    The next Museums and Galleries visit is to the exhibition of Gursky's amazing photographs at the newly reopened Hayward Gallery on Friday 13th April - £14.50, payable at the door (£7.50 with Art Pass). All Members welcome. Please email jennifer_pulham@yahoo.co.uk if you would like to join us.

    Planned groups

    A number of groups are in the process of formation or exploration: Badminton, Personal Development, Photography, Recorder and Yoga. Watch out for them under What’s new on the website here or contact groups@cedu3a.org.uk. Ancient Greek will now start in the autumn.

    Ideas for new groups

    Groups are the backbone of our organisation. Within six months of our inaugural meeting, Crouch End and District U3A has set up over forty groups covering a wide range of activities. We now need help to set up more. If you would like to discuss the possibility of helping in this way, please contact our Groups Coordinator at groups@cedu3a.org.uk.

    Coffee mornings

    These monthly get-togethers, held in people’s homes from 11 to 12.30, are a great way to meet other members. April is now full; the next two mornings are on Tuesday 15 May, in Crouch End and Tuesday 19 June, in N22. To book, or to go on the waiting list for April please contact Jacki at info@jackireason.co.uk.

    If you would like to host a coffee morning please contact Jacki. Expenses can be reimbursed.

    Calling all Members

    We would love members to contribute to the website by writing short accounts of what they have been doing with the U3A. We are also looking for images to illustrate group activities. Please email all your contributions to webmanager@cedu3a.org.uk.

    Keeping up to date

    Access the latest group news on our website here

    Need help with the website?

    If you would like to know how to get the best out of the website please email the Webmanager, Julian Osley, at webmanager@cedu3a.org.uk. If there is sufficient interest we could arrange small group sessions.

    Computer needed

    Can anyone donate an unwanted computer that runs on Windows and has an HDMI output and a couple of USB inputs, to assist with our audio-visual equipment? Please contact Sue at chair@cedu3a.org.uk if you can help.

    U3A London Region Summer School 2018

    Bookings are now being taken for this year’s Summer School, which will cover a wide range of subjects on the themes of art, current affairs, drama, history, literature, music and science. Further details here


  • ►Anyone for crochet?

     April 2, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    Crochet is enjoying a revival at the moment and is no longer confined to lace doilies and old-fashioned shawls. The explosion of indie dyers producing vibrant wool skeins in a glorious range of colours has helped this revival and there are now so many avenues for us to explore. If you would like to share ideas with fellow crochet lovers or just take some time out to sit and crochet and chat, then do join the new crochet group. If you have never tried to crochet before, you will still be welcome and, in the U3A spirit of sharing skills, one of the group's participants should be able to show you how. You will be amazed at how simple and quick it is! Patterns will be available for you to browse through. Knitters will also be welcome.

    About the Crochet Group

  • ►Groups registration

     April 1, 2018   INFORMATION  

    Just to remind all members that you should register with any Group in which you are interested in. All this means that you ask your name to be put on the Group's email list. You do this by filling in the contact form on the web-page of the Group. When you are a member of the Group you will able to join in any of the Group's activities, if there are places available. For example, visits to museums and longer walks have restricted numbers for each event, and places are reserved on a "first come, first served" basis. A speedy response to a Group's announcement of a new event is recommended to avoid disappointment.

  • ►Machine Embroidery project gallery

     March 31, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    About the Machine Embroidery Group

  • ►Local History Group

     March 29, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    Nita Hilton has been researching the history of the Noel Park Estate in Wood Green.

    Read her report

    About the Local History Group

  • ►Another long walk

     March 23, 2018   REPORT  

    22 March 2018 - Chess Valley/Grand Union Canal

    After what seemed like weeks of freezing cold, the group assembled at Rickmansworth Tube Station in what felt remarkably like spring sunshine. So it was with a somewhat jaunty air, we headed out of town to follow the River Chess upstream past the Royal Masonic School towards Loudwater. After about 2 miles, we briefly left the valley to cross the M25 and shortly afterwards headed south west to reach Chorleywood Common. The next stage led us across the common to the delightfully named ‘Artichoke Dell’ and our lunch stop at ‘The Black Horse’, a traditional pub with oak beams and a roaring log fire. Victualled and refortified, the group continued across the common to cross the Metropolitan line by a narrow road bridge and descend into Chorleywood Bottom. Almost immediately we began to climb steeply out again, to join the Old Shire Lane circular walk. With lovely views over open countryside this section ended in a footbridge over the M25, before taking us on into the Colne Valley. A short section of road between the flooded gravel pits that typify this area brought us to the towpath of the Grand Union Canal at Springwell Lock. Here we turned to the north east and followed the canal towpath past the ‘Hanging Monkey’ to Batchworth, and a short town walk back to the station.

    About the Longer Walks Group


  • ►Shared Learning Projects

     March 19, 2018   INFORMATION  

    "Shared Learning Projects (SLPs) provide an opportunity for U3A members to work in partnership with institutions such as museums, galleries, universities, libraries, archives, stately homes and institutes. We offer our time, energy and expertise in return for an opportunity to engage actively in research or some other enterprise to the mutual benefit of all involved."

    More about Shared Learning Projects


  • ►Book Group update

     March 10, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    At each meeting we discuss the two books that we have all agreed to read at the previous session. To date most of the chosen books have been fiction but we do not rule out biographies or other works of non-fiction. To date, no one has suggested poetry but there is no reason why this might not happen in future.

    These are the books that we have discussed at our meetings so far:

    Jane Austen Persuasion Tracy Chevalier At the Edge of the Orchard Anthony Doerr All the Light We Cannot See Lionel Shriver The Mandibles - A Family 2029-2047 Conor O'Callaghan Nothing on Earth William Maxwell The Chateau Somerset Maugham Of Human Bondage Samantha Schwebling The Fever Dream Oliver Sacks The Man who Mistook his Wife as A Hat Edith Wharton The House of Mirth Gordon Macrae Burnet His Bloody Project Margaret Atwood Alias Grace Richard Bausch Peace

    There are currently vacancies in the Group.

    About the Book Group