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Quiz Night

Here's another date for your diary.  Liven up dull January by coming to our first quiz night on 12 January. Full details on the What's On page.


Meet iU3A's Chair


Anne Weyman features in this month's Islington Faces Blog. To help celebrate our first birthday, the "U3A dynamo" was interviewed by Nicola Baird about the joys of iU3A, her memories of life just off Upper Street, and her favourite Islington places.

Anne reveals that she now has to allow more time to run errands in Islington as she bumps into so many people that she has met through iU3A, that walking down the road takes longer than it used to.


Read our latest Newsletter


ISLINGTON U3A

Welcome to Islington U3A. We are a part of the world-wide University of the Third Age (U3A), open to all who are retired or semi-retired.
 
Membership of iU3A is open to people living in or around Islington who want to keep their minds sharp and get out and about learning new things, sparking new interests and meeting new people. Getting involved in iU3A enables people to expand their horizons, share skills and knowledge and help others to learn. 

Annual General Meeting

Islington U3A held its first AGM on 27 November. The agenda of this important meeting included formal adoption of our Consitution and the election of an Executive Committee. Our Chair, Anne Weyman, gave her report on our highly successful first year and looked forward to the next.  For more information, including a link to the full text of Anne's report, see here. You can also see a record of our first year in pictures here

Photography Competition

Help us give our website a festive air this month - with the chance of winning a bottle of Champagne. Just send us your photographs on the theme 'Festive Islington' to have a chance of winning, and we'll publish the best. More detail here

Meetings and interest groups

Study and discussion groups are the core of iU3A. There are 32 groups to join (with more on the way), from Architecture, Art, Books and Crafts to Scrabble, Theatre and Walks; click here to learn more
 
We also have a monthly members' meeting, always with a high profile, interesting and entertaining speaker, and always with plenty of time to meet and chat to other iU3A members.

Our next meeting...

...is on January 22. Simon Webley will give a talk entitled 'Is doing business ethically a nightmare?', and will look particularly at banking. Simon is the Research Director of the Institute of Business Ethics, the London based Institute that helps organizations in many countries develop and implement business ethics policies and practices.

The meeting will take place at Resource Centre for London 356 Holloway Road (next to Waitrose). Registration opens at 9.45am for a prompt 10.30am start. For dates and speakers for this and future monthly meetings, plus other events and opportunities, click here 

Members Survey

As we ended our first year, in September we conducted a members survey to find out how you think we are doing. Islington U3A is a membership organization and members' views are very important to us. 174 members completed the survey, a response rate 63%, so a big thank you for that. Over 90% of respondents were very or mostly satisfied with Islington U3A. All our current activities were popular with over half of the respondents, with talks being the most popular, followed by outings, such as visits and walking, and then discussions. The majority of people had heard about Islington U3A from a friend or another U3A, although around a third had found out about us from local papers, posters and leaflets. Over 80% use the website and a similar percentage read the newsletter. Our age range is from under 60 to over 80. The detailed results can be found here

Membership

Membership Renewal October saw the vast majority of existing members rejoining as we started our second year. We now have over 300 members, a new high, with the number still rising. Of course members who have been tardy in renewing can still do so.

If you need any further information, please contact our Membership Secretary Isabel here. New members can find more details and a link to an application form on our Join Us page.


Get involved

Above all, iU3A is a members' organization. We are as strong and diverse as our members and their ideas, energies and activities. There are so many ways to participate. Come to our monthly meetings and get involved in the question and answer sessions. Join a new group or try a local walk or outing to learn more about our part of London. Become a group co-ordinator - you don't have to be an expert, just someone who enjoys the topic and helping the group organize itself. Do you have skills to help iU3A move forward by joining the Steering Committee? If you would like to chat about any of these possibilities, please go to the Contacts page where you can get in touch with the best person to help.


 

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