Islington U3A

There's lots to do in June — our first Book Sale, Summer Party, Clues Trail, and an Outing to Sandycombe Lodge and Ham House — in addition to the monthly meeting, coffee morning and pub lunch. Full details below.

Monthly Meeting

At our meeting on Thursday, Thursday 24 May Julia Weiner, Senior Lecturer in art history at Regent's University London will talk about The Image of the Jew in Mediaeval and Renaissance Art. She will look at the different ways that Jews were represented in Mediaeval and Renaissance times, examining examples of paintings by artists such as Carpaccio and Uccello

The meeting is in Seminar Rooms 2 and 3, Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, N7 6PA. Registration opens at 9.45am. There is step-free access and the meeting room has an induction loop. As the meetings are so popular, please arrive well before 10.30am to ensure a prompt start.

There are refreshments available beforehand in our meeting room, so you can meet up and chat with other members over a cup of tea or coffee. If you haven't been to a monthly meeting previously, our welcome team will be there to say "hello" and help you find your way around.

If you missed the April talk by journalist and broadcaster Rosie Millard, OBE about  Telling Stories — why journalism and creativity depend on narrative you can find a report of it and links to reports of all previous monthly talks here

Vacancies — it all depends on you
The continuation of iU3A and the quality of the organisation is totally dependent on our volunteers. We have no paid positions. We can only operate if we get people volunteering to help run things. So do you think you can help to sustain or move iU3A forward? Some tasks are bigger than others. You can choose what you do and how much time you can give. It's not only a matter of contributing your time for the benefit of others but it can be self-satisfying.

If you would like to know more about our vacancies, please email Ruth Gee or you can contact the current incumbent for a chat through their email addresses which can be found here

iU3A Book Sale on Wednesday 6 June, 2-4pm Walter Sickert Community Centre

Come to our first iU3A book sale to choose your summer entertainment from our array of very reasonably priced books, audio books, DVDs and CDs and to enjoy a meeting-up with other members over a cup of tea and cakes.  Friends and neighbours who might be thinking of joining iU3A are also very welcome.

Entrance to the booksale is free. There will be a small charge for refreshments.

The Walker Sickert Community Centre is a very short distance off Essex Road and has step-free access. Buses 38, 56, 73, 341 and 476 stop nearby. Going towards the Angel the nearest stop is Essex Road Station and coming from the Angel it is Northchurch Road. In both cases you need to walk back the way you came to the access to the centre which is opposite where Hallsford Road comes into Essex Road. 

Donation of books, audio books, CDs and DVDs
We will be sorting the books in advance of the booksale so would like to have your donations between 11am and 4pm Saturday 2, Sunday 3 and Monday 4 June. If you are able to drop them off, please email Anne Weyman at
for details of where to take them. 

If you are unable to drop off your items, we will collect them. Please email David McPhail at
to arrange a collection time. 

If you have any questions about the booksale, please contact Anne Weyman at

Summer Party  Thursday 21 June, 6 - 8pm
This year our ever popular Summer Party will be from 6-8 pm on Thursday 21 June in a beautiful garden near Drayton Park. 

Once again, we will be able to enjoy each other's company and chat to old friends and new while savouring delicious canapés and wine in lovely surroundings. Tickets cost £13 and are available from Isabel Dickson
Outing to Sandycombe Lodge and Ham House Friday 15 June

Preliminary details for this outing which is open to all iU3A members can be found here and you can reserve a place here

Clues Trails — Sunday 10 June and Sunday 23 September
As in previous years, small teams will walk two to three miles around an interesting part of London, using the clues provided to follow the route, spotting features on the way. The June Clues Trail will probably be in the City.  Further details soon.

Final reminder — Outing to the Races at Kempton Park on Monday 14 May

For our outing to the races, we will be travelling by train from Waterloo in the late morning. If you would like to join this outing, please contact Howard Stone at

Coffee Mornings
iU3A's coffee mornings enable members to get to know others who live near them. The next one will be on Thursday 10 May near Angel. To reserve a place email   

Hosting a Coffee Morning
All the members who attend a coffee morning say how much they appreciate being able to meet each other in an informal and friendly environment. The hosts tell us that they find them very enjoyable too. If you can accommodate 8-10 people for an hour or so with coffee/tea with biscuits and/or cake and would like to find out more about being a host, please email Sally Fox
. iU3A reimburses the costs involved.

Pub Lunches
iU3A's pub lunches provide a social and informal environment for members to meet up and talk about issues of interest to them. The cost is around £10-£12 for lunch with drinks being extra. They are also an opportunity for people thinking of joining iU3A to find out about the benefits and enjoyment of being a member. So please do think about inviting a friend to come along with you. Men are still very under-represented in our membership and hopefully they will find a pub lunch an attractive way to find out more about iU3A.

The next pub lunch is on Tuesday 22 May.  For more information contact Howard Stone

Group News
We welcome suggestions for new groups. So if by yourself or with other members you would like to be involved in extending our range of groups to include an activity or interest which is currently not covered, do get in touch with your ideas. A new group needs an enthusiastic member (or several members) whom we will help to establish and run it. Please contact Sue Welsford if there is a group you would like to set up.

Third Age Trust Events

If you wish you can sign up to receive email notifications from U3A National Office with details of the events they organise in London. You can do so here

After the Impressionists: The Post Impressionists to Picasso
Thursday 7 June 11am-4pm at the National Gallery

This day of talks by National Gallery experts is open to all U3A members.  Tickets which cost £25 can be booked here

Summer Schools
Summer Schools enable U3A to meet with members from other U3As over four days to share knowledge and experience. All U3A members are eligible to attend them.

Summer School 1   Monday 23 July to Thursday 26 July
                      Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB

Summer School 2   Tuesday 11 September to Friday 14 September
                                Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester GL7 6JS

Details of the subjects being covered and how to book can be found here

Science Summer School    Monday 6 to Thursday 9 August
                                           Nottingham University Jubilee Campus

More information and how to book can be found here

London Region events
Music Day          Date changed to Saturday 20 October at Kings Place.

and booking form to be  announced soon.

Summer School  Tuesday 31 July to Thursday 2 August

                            St Bride's Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street

Extra Places are now available for popular sessions at
this annual three-day non-residential event for iU3A members in the London Region. Attendance can be for one, two or three days. There is a choice of 32 different talks covering a range of subjects including Art, Current Affairs, Drama, History, Literature, Music and Science. As this is the 100th anniversary year of women's suffrage, there are talks on various aspects of women's literature, history, arts and sciences.

The programme can be found here and the booking form is here

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