What’s new?

  • ►Badminton

     June 12, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    The Badminton Group is up and running, weekly on Tuesday afternoons in Muswell Hill.

    How to join the Badminton Group

  • ►London Loop Walk – Section 2

     June 9, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    London Loop Route 2 : Old Bexley to Petts Wood

    On 6 June members of the Longer Walks Group ventured once again into South London to tackle Section 2 of the London Loop walk. Getting to our start, Bexley Station, by train proved unexpectedly challenging, so the walk started later than planned - but it was well worth the wait! On a beautifully sunny day we renewed our acquaintance with the now clean River Cray, home to dace and pike, and a watchful heron. This stretch of the walk took us through unspoilt countryside, made even more attractive by a lake and a late eighteenth century five arched bridge in Foots Cray Meadows, associated with the landscape architect 'Capability' Brown. We stopped for lunch at Sidcup Place, recently converted into a large public house.

    Resuming our walk we came across a moated manor in Scadbury Park Nature Reserve. After a stroll through the National Trust's Willett Memorial Wood, we crossed open fields to Jubilee Country Park, from where we headed towards our destination (Petts Wood Station) through the ancient woodland of the National Trust's magnificent Petts Wood, saved for the nation from developers by Colonel Francis Edlman and others. This was an indeed as splendid section of the Loop, and we wondered if this would be bettered on our orbital journey.

    How to join the Longer Walks Group


  • ►Octocetara

     June 8, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    The octopus was the subject of the latest meeting of the Science & Technology Group as part of its wide-ranging programme of topics.

    Find out more about the Science & Technology Group

  • ►Bulletin no. 8 (June 2018)

     June 8, 2018   INFORMATION  

    Bulletin no. 8 (June 2018)

    Monthly Meetings

    Monthly meetings are held on the second 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.

    Venue: Union Church and Community Centre, Weston Park, N8 9PX. Talks will start at 10.45am. Doors open at 10am for tea and coffee – please bring your own mug.

    Thursday 14 June Ally Pally – a Palace for the People?
    Louise Stewart, Chief Executive of Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust, will present an overview of the history of the Palace and outline the exciting developments now taking place.

    Thursday 12 July
    Carl Parker: What is Terrorism?

    Thursday 9 August
    Dr Roberta Cremoncini:The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

    Science of Health meetings

    The next meeting will be on Monday 2 July, 12.00-1.30. David Zigmond, semi-retired GP and psychiatrist, will lead a seminar on holistic primary care medicine entitled, If You Want Good Personal Healthcare, See a Vet. Venue: Union Church and Community Centre, Weston Park, N8 9PX Refreshments are not provided at Science of Health meetings but members are invited to bring their lunch if they want to 'munch and listen'.


    A reminder to all members that it is really worth registering with any group in which you are interested so that you can be put on the group’s e-mail list. Places may be available, or extra groups may be formed if there is the demand. Some groups with restricted numbers, for example theatre visits or group walks, now operate on a first come-first served basis, giving everyone a chance to participate as long as they respond speedily to an announcement of a new event, via the website. Visit our website at cedu3a.org.uk to see the wide range of groups available. To join any group, just fill in the contact form on the relevant page.

    Places are currently available in the following groups:

    1960s Bridge Current Affairs Science and Technology Singing: Part Songs and Harmonising. A new group

    Other news

    Crouch End Festival

    The Crouch End Festival runs from Friday 8 June until Sunday 17 June, with a host of activities for all the family. Crouch End & District U3A will have a stall on the Green (outside the Town Hall) on Saturday 9 June between 10.30am and 4.30pm to tell local people about the wide range of activities we offer and encourage new members.


    Coffee mornings

    These monthly get-togethers, held in people’s homes from 11 to 12.30, are a great way to meet other members. The June meeting (June 17, Crouch Hill) is currently full, with a waiting list; the July meeting, in NW11 (Hampstead Garden Suburb) has been moved to Thursday 19 July. September’s will be on Tuesday 11 September, in N22. (There is no meeting in August.) To book, or to go on the waiting list for June please contact Jacki via the website (https://cedu3a.org.uk/coffee-mornings/). If you would like to host a coffee morning please contact Jacki. Expenses can be reimbursed.


    We are looking for a new Treasurer. We have an excellent bookkeeper, so this is more of an oversight role, with responsibility for the final accounts and budget. The Treasurer is also a Trustee of the U3A. If you are interested and would like more details, please contact Jayne Forbes at treasurer@cedu3a.org.uk

    London Region Summer School 2018

    Bookings are now being taken for the U3A London Region Summer School 2018 being held between July 31 and August 2 at the St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street. The programme and application forms are available via the Events page of the London Region website: http://u3asites.org.uk/london-region/events. You can book online or download and print a postal application form here If you have any queries, please contact Chris Feldman ccris@waitrose.com or 
020 8449 4847.

    U3A Greater London South East Network and U3A South East London

    Friday 8 June 10:30am-4pm. ‘On the shoulders of suffragettes’, a conference marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Venue: King William Court Lecture Theatre at the Old Royal Naval College Greenwich. The programme and booking forms are available at https://u3asites.org.uk/glondonsenetwork/events.

    Research project

    The Neuroepidemiology and Ageing Research Unit (NEA) at Imperial College London is conducting studies in dementia research. Volunteers aged 50-85 who have not been diagnosed with any memory problems are invited to participate. If you would be interested in taking part in this research you can find out more here

    Data protection

    As our members will be aware, new legislation regarding the protection of personal data has recently come into force. We have published our data protection policy and privacy policies on the website and will be amending our documentation accordingly. ►Data protection policy
    Privacy policy


  • ►Hornsey Town Hall

     June 6, 2018   INFORMATION  

    As this is the last festival before Hornsey Town Hall closes for renovation, Crouch End Festival is marking the occasion and celebrating the building's history with a series of events - illustrated talks, workshops and a ceremony of celebration.

    The first event in a way is the most fascinating - The Evolution of Hornsey Town Hall - an illustrated talk by Steve Amor with amazing material and rarely seen archive photos of the building of the Town Hall in the 1930s.

    Where : Hornsey Town Hall Council Chamber
    When: Saturday 9 June, 11 a.m.-1.00 p.m.

    Related events:
    ►Record your memories of Hornsey Town Hall
    ►The Voice of the Hall
    ►Town Hall tribute ceremony

    All events are free, but advanced booking is required via this link

    ►More on the Crouch End Festival 2018

  • ►A Sailing Group?

     June 4, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    A small number of U3A members recently came together to explore the possibilities of setting up a Sailing interest group, and an experimental voyage was agreed.

    We were all strangers to each other, but were able to meet up in the pub a couple of weeks before the planned voyage to discuss details. Unfortunately, David Pashley, who was one of the prime drivers of the plan, was not available for the weekend chosen. Dave Robson, our skipper, has years of experience, but the other members of the crew could not offer the same: but we had all spent time near, on or under water, and hoped that enthusiasm would compensate. Being five of us for the voyage, but of an age where some creature comforts are a necessity, Dave wisely chartered a boat with nominal capacity of eight (the eight would have to be very close friends indeed).

    Chartering a boat through an agency is the usual course: even those who can afford a £250k vessel like to defray their costs when not using it, and a wide range of boats are available all over the country. Our boat was a Beneteau Oceanis, a 36 foot sloop named ‘Blue’. Well fitted out, with full safety and navigation equipment, the boat provided three of us with the luxury of our own private sleeping quarters (calling them ‘cabins’ is perhaps over-generous), while the other two shared the large saloon. Cooking is perfectly possible in the well-equipped galley area, but why cook when there are pubs to be sailed to? Breakfast and lunch were taken on board, with all our individual food preferences amply satisfied.

    We all joined the boat on a Friday afternoon at Hamble Point Marina, and after the skipper’s safety briefing and the check of all equipment, the inventory and any pre-existing damage (vital for insurance!), we motored up the river to a pub for supper, returning to our berth in the dark, very carefully. The following morning gave us ideal conditions for such a raw crew, sailing across the Solent to Yarmouth, IoW, and then after lunch onwards to Cowes. After motoring up the river Medina, we moored for the night opposite the Folly pub, most welcome and most welcoming. The following morning again gave us excellent sailing, back to Southampton Water, and then returning to the marina in the afternoon, where we all pitched in to clean up and hand the boat back in as good a condition as we got it.

    Although strangers, and thus initially a little cautious, we all got on famously. Everyone had their own contribution to make, but overseeing everything was the skipper, who was most generous in his teaching and forgiving for our mistakes. For some, it was pretty much their first time sailing, for others a revival of something from the distant past. Several of us are now actively signing up for formal training courses: without the certificates chartering is pretty much impossible. But however fast people can pass assessments, nothing can replace skippering experience, and our skipper has his own boat to attend to, kept in France, so can’t commit to any more similar voyages. Are there any skippers out there who needs an enthusiastic crew? We’re here, ready and waiting!

    For more information contact David Pashley at groups@cedu3a.org.uk.

  • ►Birdwatching in May

     June 2, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    What a difference a week makes in bird watching! In glorious sunshine, both groups headed for Fishers Green in the Lee Valley on their respective Fridays in May, in search of Nightingale and Cuckoo.

    Group 1 - Within a few minutes of arriving at Cheshunt Station we heard Cetti’s Warbler, Blackcap and a Cuckoo. Later, and after sighting a range of other birds, we were able to stand for twenty minutes listening to an exquisite Nightingale, hidden in the dense growth of a roadside hawthorn. Aim accomplished!

    Group 2 – We met in the car park of the Lee Valley Park Farm, edged by a field of bramble bushes where several Lesser Whitethroats were in full song. Throughout our walk we heard Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs. There was plenty to see with clear views of Grey Heron and a Muntjac deer by the water’s edge. Although we caught tantalising snatches of a distant Nightingale, we didn’t get the full serenade and the Cuckoo had clearly moved on. However, the sight of a Swift, another long distant migrant, was very welcome.

    How to join the Birdwatching Group


  • ►Dementia prevention research

     May 31, 2018   INFORMATION  

    Dear University of the Third Age Member 

    Following the contact with one of your members at the Imperial Festival I enclose details of a long term research project.  My name is Sabrina and I am part of the Chariot team, and we focus on dementia prevention research.

    I have attached an information sheet about our research register, which is aimed at individuals aged 50-85, who have not been diagnosed with any memory problems. We are always looking for more volunteers, and our studies are mostly based at Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith and at our site in White City.

    Please let me know if you would be interested. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on 0207 594 7391.

    Kind regards,

    Sabrina W L Smith

    Clinical Research Facilitator
    Neuroepidemiology and Ageing (NEA) Research Unit
    Imperial College London

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  • ►Writing Group news

     May 29, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    There are two groups; both meet monthly on different Tuesdays. At every meeting, each group decides on a topic for ‘homework’. There is no pressure to do the homework. Also, anyone can write about any subject. It does not have to be around the chosen topic.

    There is a word limit of around 500 words for each piece, so that everyone has the opportunity to read out their work at each session.

    We’ve produced short stories on many different topics such as birthdays; re-writing a fairy tale from the point of view of a different character; producing work which does not use certain conjunctions such as ‘and’, ‘but’, ‘yet’, ‘so’ & ‘then’; a story or other piece of writing based on a picture chosen by the group; writing something based on a chosen newspaper article, from a different angle or any idea prompted by the article and writing something based on a line from a song or newspaper headline. Some of us have also written poems.

    Read some of our stories
    How to join the Writing Group

  • ►The beacon and the bicycle

     May 25, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    A group of 18 members of the Longer Walks Group were expected this month's walk to Ivinghoe Beacon, but at the last minute we had to cater for an unexpected guest. A bicycle! A broken lock meant this most treasured of personal possessions could not be left to the mercy of the Euston station bike rack and so it accompanied the rest of us on the 9.34 to Tring and then on the entire 11 miles of the walk in the Chilterns. To begin, we headed for the Ridgeway National Trail, taking the track north through the Aldbury Nowers Nature Reserve and climbing steadily all the time. Emerging from woodland into open chalk grassland, we followed the ridge over Pitstone Hill before a steep climb up the south side of Inchcombe Hole. We were now in the Ivinghoe Hills and although there was still much low cloud following early morning rain, were rewarded with views west to the Vale of Aylesbury and north to Edlesborough. Meanwhile to the east, the recently restored giant chalk figure of a lion marked the location of Whipsnade Zoo. Continuing our climb the party reached Ivinghoe Beacon, which at 233 metres above sea level is the highest point the group has reached on our walks so far.

    After a photocall to mark this summit topping achievement, we took advantage of the open spaces on the beacon to eat lunch before dropping off the ridge to join the Icknield Way and heading south east.

    At Hanging Combe our stamina was tested once more, as we were faced with climbing a flight of 134 steps, (try doing that while wheeling a bicycle!). At Little Gaddesden, we joined the Chiltern Way which took us into Ashridge Park and on to Berkhamstead Common. Not only was this area the scene of a mass trespass in 1866, but on the day we walked through it was being used by a film crew, preparing to shoot scenes for a new Robert Downey Jr film ‘The Voyage of Doctor Doolittle’ due out in 2019. The Chiltern Way now turned to face west, following a woodland walk to the village of Aldbury. By now the clouds had lifted and we were walking in strong sunshine, so we were forced to take a break in the beer garden of the ‘Valiant Trooper’, before tackling the final stretch of the walk across the fields to Tring Station. The bike by the way did make it back to Crouch End, although somewhat muddier than when it started!

    How to join the Longer Walks Group


  • ►1968 and all that

     May 24, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    The year that changed history

    For the meeting of the afternoon of Thursday 14th June The 1960s Group will be discussing “The year 1968”. We will recall seismic events at home and abroad, evaluate them and their legacy before considering if 1968 really deserves to be remembered as “The year that changed history”.

    How to join the 1960s Group

    There are places available


  • ►Help save the planet!

     May 23, 2018   GROUP NEWS  

    "I finished my crochet cotton dishcloth. A bit misshapen but pretty and usable. And might help save the planet." - Crochet Group member Lesley Ramm







    ... and then she made another one!

    How to join the Crochet Group