Islington U3A

Late January 2020 Issue

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Monthly Meeting
The next one is on Thursday 23 January. Monthly meetings start at 10.00 and are held at Resource for London, Holloway Rd.
1st Subject — this will be a talk from Patrick Pollard, Professor Emeritus of French at Birkbeck College, University of London, on Gay Paris 1901-1914: the Times of Proust and Gide.
2nd Subject —  this will be talk from Jane Wrafter who has been in the exercise and fitness business for 20 years. She is interested in the health  and fitness of older people and in what we can do ourselves to maximise our energy and strength as we age. She has always used a community-based approach to exercise.  

What's On/Dates for your Diary
Pub Quiz: this ever-popular event is on Tuesday 11 February, 7.30pm at the Canonbury Tavern (21 Canonbury Place N1 2NS). If you want to come earlier and join others, food is available beforehand (not included in entrance price). Entry fee is £6.00 in advance either by bank transfer or by cheque payable to 'Islington U3A'. As this event oversubscribes 'tickets' must be bought in advance. For further details contact Mary White here. This is a great chance to come and meet new people. Don’t be frightened to come on your own as we try to mix up new and old members in teams so people can get to know each other. NB: this is in an upstairs room with no disabled access.

Pub Lunches: there will be no pub lunch on Thursday 23 January; the next one will be on Wednesday 28 January at The Canonbury Tavern, 21 Canonbury Place, London N1 2NS, at 12.15pm onwards. For more information contact Howard here.

Coffee Mornings: the next one will be on Thursday 20 February in Finsbury Park. For more information contact Sally here.

Computer/Tablet/Smartphone Help Sessions: dates have been fixed for the next few of these: Wednesday 29 January, Monday 6 April, Friday 17 July, all start from 2.00pm. Come along for a one-to-one session with one of our 'experts', or 'helpers'. You will need to let us know and book a 30 minute slot by sending an email to Isabel here with details of what session you want, the slot you would prefer and the nature of your query. She will then let you know location etc.

Volunteering — It All Depends On Us
Margaret Wearing's time on the Executive Committee as 'Monthly Meetings Coordinator' has come to an end and we are still looking for a successor. We also need new volunteers for the Monthly Meetings sub-committee. Our Monthly Meetings are important to many of our members so we do need new volunteers to sustain the organising of them. Role Description for the Coordinator is available here. Or if you just want to find out more, please contact Derek here.

Book Group 7
: NEW We are hoping that a new general book group will be starting in February. It will take place once a month on a Thursday morning at the coordinator's house in Finsbury Park, which is about a seven minute walk from Finsbury Park Station and very close to a 91 bus stop. Some of the places have been offered to members on a waiting list for a book group but there are still a few places available. If you are interested and would like more information please contact Sue Welsford here.
French Intermediate Conversation Group: NEW We have now been able to set up a second French Intermediate Conversation group, which will be run by a native French speaker who has also taught French for some time. It will take place on the second and fourth Fridays of the month from 10.30am. The coordinator lives in Petherton Road — about five minutes from Canonbury Overground and a couple of minutes from a 341 bus stop. Most of the places have already been offered to members on the waiting list but there are still a couple of spaces available. If you would like more information please contact Sue Welsford here.

Bird Watching Outing: This group is going to Brighton on 10 February to watch the starling murmurations over the pier at dusk. It's open to non-group members. If you are interested in going along full details are on the web page here.

Articles for the Next Newsletter
We are short of input to our winter newsletter. If you have anything about your experiences with iU3A — you may be the co-ordinator of a Group and can write about the Group's activities, but anyone is welcome to contribute something — then please email your report to Anna McKane here.

Bulletin compiled by Wil Ransome. For any Bulletin contributions please email here.