Islington U3A
Monthly Meeting
At the meeting on Thursday 24 January the speaker will be Frank Dobson, Former Health Secretary and MP. His talk will be entitled 'Juggling and Decision Making'. Details of Frank Dobson and his talk are on the What's On page here.

As always, this is in Seminar Rooms 2 and 3, Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, N7 6PA. Registration opens at 9.45am for a prompt 10.30 start. There is step-free access and the meeting room has an induction loop. 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.

What's On
'Computer' Help Session: another of our drop-in sessions will be on Monday 28 January. Same format as always — if you have a problem or query for your computer, tablet or smartphone register for a place and come along, and other iU3A members ('experts') will try to resolve your issue. Or even if you don't have a particular problem but you just want to learn a bit more about how to get the most from your device, then come along as well. You can pick a time slot between 14.00 and 16.30. If you do want to come please register a place by emailing:
Pub Quiz: 7pm Tuesday 12 February. A return of this popular event. Our new venue this year is a lovely room with excellent lighting. There still will be the same excitement and prizes for the winners. Tickets for the quiz cost £6 per person. There will be a pay bar and we’ll have tables reserved in the pub if you’d like to join us to eat beforehand. Places are limited, so reserve your place now at PUB QUIZ.

Coffee Mornings:
iU3A's coffee mornings enable members to get to know others who live near them. The next one will be on Thursday February 14 near Finsbury Park and there are still places available. To reserve a place email Sally at:

Pub Lunches: The next one will be on Thursday 31 January at the Angelic in Liverpool Road. For more information contact Howard at:

Email Phishing Attack
Further to the email issued to all Members from the Chair recently advising that iU3A was the subject of an email attack, rest assured that iU3A Member's sensitive personal information has remained secure. The attack seems to have been through one email address to one of our committee members. It was not through the Beacon email system; it was not through any of the Group Coordinators' email systems. We have taken several measures for this particular email account and associated computer. Many did respond to the email and most confirmed that they had not clicked on the link but immediately deleted it as it looked suspicous. That was the correct action. For the future some other general advice we'd offer is:
  • Ensure your device has some form of anti-virus protection software on it.
  • Check who the email is from: source email addresses can be spoofed. Just because the "from" address is 'Derek Harwood' that does not mean it's from Derek Harwood. Ask yourself — does this sound like Derek (in subject and tone)? If you hover above the name you can see the real full email address. This may show that it's from a strange address.
  • If you don't recognise the Sender continue cautiously.
  • Would the Sender advise using a web address, a clickable link or symbol, without giving a reason why (and a reason which is in character for them)?
  • If you have the slightest doubt then forward the email to whoever appears to have sent the email (do not simply reply, which can be spoofed) and say — "was this you, is it genuine?"
  • If it's not genuine report it. All email providers allow you to do this. This blocks any further emails from this source but also helps them tracking the email to source and stopping it there — and so ensuring it's not issued to anyone else.
  • If you have clicked on the link your virus protection software should be adequate. But if you have ongoing worries then take your machine to a computer help shop. There are the big guys like PC World (at Barbican) or Apple (at Covent Garden) but also there are many friendly local PC experts. For example Computer Precision on Upper St (
Unfortunately these sort of email attacks seem to be part of our ever-greater on-line presence so we must remain vigilant.

Group News

Current Groups
The Mahjong group is looking to increase its membership and we would love more members  to join us. We meet on the second and fourth Thursday afternoons of the month at The Alwyne Castle pub in Highbury. You don’t need any experience of playing this very old Chinese tile game and it’s not difficult to learn the basic rules. We are all trying to increase our skills as there are many ways to win the game. Several members of the group have their own set of Mahjong tiles, so you don’t need to own a set, just come along to observe or get in touch with Jan Durbridge.

There are now two concert visit groups: Concert Visits — Classical and Jazz (here) and Concert Visits — Folk and World (here).
Both of these groups have places so if you are interested in joining either, then use the email links to contact the relevant Group Coordinator.

Freeflow Eutony will begin the year with a few introductory sessions for anybody who would like to give the practice a try on the following dates: 23, 24, 25 January. The regular weekly sessions will start on Thursday 31 January for group 1, and Wednesday 1 February for group 2. Group 3 is on the drawing board. Everybody is welcome, but booking is essential. Please don't hesitate to contact Therese directly to discuss personal requirements and wishes. For more information

Other Opportunities Regional and National Events
These are now on the page What's On — Regionally & Nationally, linked from the What's On Page. Go to the iU3A 'What's On' page, then click on the link 'What's On — Regionally & Nationally' in the first paragraph. From that page, under the box titled 'Other Opportunities, click on the 'here' in the sidebar on the right, or use the direct link here.
We'd love to hear your feedback on anything, or if you have any general queries for iU3A, or any suggestions, please email the Chair here.
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