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Open Day

Islington U3A had a brilliant Open Day on 6 October. Nearly 200 existing and potential new members came to see Clive Anderson cut our 1st birthday cake, and over 50 new members have now joined since the start of our second year this month. All our 30 plus interest groups were represented and were kept busy signing up new group members. More here.

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


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 Islington U3A 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 Islington U3A enables people to expand their horizons, share skills and knowledge and help others to learn. 

Annual General Meeting

Islington U3A will hold its first AGM on 27 November. One important bit of business will be the election of a new Steering Committee. Nominations are required by 20 October. For more, see What's On.

Your views please

Islington U3A is just reaching its first birthday - see the side panel for details of our Open Day celebration. That makes it a good time to seek your views on how we are doing and what we could do more of or better. We've just started our first all member survey. Please let us have your views: for more details see What's On.

Membership renewal

Membership RenewalOur first birthday means that for current members it's time to renew your membership. The new subscription year began on 1 October 2014 and the subscription remains the same at £30. Members will have had an email from our Membership Secretary, Isabel Dickson including details of how to renew. You can renew by cheque or bank transfer or, if you miss the year end deadline, by cash or cheque at the next monthly meeting (see below). If you need any further information about payment please contact Isabel here. New members can find more details and a link to an application form on our Join Us page.

Meetings and interest groups

Study and discussion groups are the core of Islington U3A. 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... on 23 October. Margaret Hodge will talk to us about 'Following the Taxpayer's Pound'. Margaret is the first female Chair of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee and has given this powerful committee a clear and strong voice. She was Leader of Islington Council from 1982 to 1992, and is a potential Labour candidate for Mayor of London. An MP since 1994 she was the first Minister for Children in 2003.

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 meetings later in the year and other events,click here

Get involved

Above all, iU3A is a members' organisation. 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 organise 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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