Islington U3A

SEE DETAILS OF THE SPECIAL SHARED LEARING PROJECT JUST FOR iU3A - details below under 'Other Opportunities'.

Monthly Meeting
At our meeting on Thursday 27 September the speaker will be Nick Higham, journalist, interviewer and conference moderator, and a former BBC News reporter. He joined the BBC in 1988 as its first dedicated media correspondent and spent 14 years as arts and media correspondent, covering everything from the Oscars to the latest tabloid outrage and the never-ending debate about the BBC and its future. He went on to report on a wide range of subjects on television and radio, and for six years he presented Meet the Author on the BBC News Channel. He is currently researching a history of London’s water supply, and a book about teaching Japanese in wartime Britain.

His talk will be on: Myddelton's water: a history of the New River. The New River — neither new nor a river — was an aqueduct completed in 1613 to bring fresh water from springs in Hertfordshire to the City of London. More than 400 years later it's still part of London's water supply. Today it ends at Stoke Newington but originally it terminated at New River Head next door to Sadlers Wells. Nick Higham traces the river's history — and its course through Islington.

There was no Monthly Meeting in August but if you missed the July talk by Roly Keating you can find a report of it and links to reports of all previous monthly talks here

What's On
Clues Trail — Friday 21 September: this will be a morning clues trail around Canary Wharf of just under two miles.  Teams of four to five people will follow a set route, collecting the answers to a list of clues as they walk past old and new buildings, art works, street furniture and other things that catch the eye. We end in a pub at lunch time. £5.00 a head. Further details here. To book a place send an email to Isabel at:

Open Day — Monday 01 October: date for our annual showing of all our activities and our recruitment drive. A chance for you to bring along a friend, show them all that we do in iU3A, and get them to join up!

Coffee Mornings: iU3A's coffee mornings enable members to get to know others who live near them. The next one will be on Thursday 11 October in Islington and there are still places available. To reserve a place email Sally at:

Pub Lunches: t
he next pub lunch will be on Wednesday 25 September at the Owl and Hitchiker. For more information contact Howard at:

Group News
We are beginning to think about the new membership year and the Open Day on 1 October and would love to be able to offer some new groups to our members. I (Sue Welsford) am delighted to say that we have a suggestion for a new history group, ’The Emergence of a New World Order’, and a new Intermediate Spanish Conversation group will be starting at the end of September. But we would love to have some ideas from you for new groups, particularly if you, or a group of you, would be prepared to help get one going. Photography? Spanish or Italian book groups? Ancient History? Art History? Beginners Bridge? And we would like to be able to set up second German Conversation, Current Affairs, Creative Writing, iPad groups. Please do get in touch at if you have any ideas or can offer to help set up a new group. I would be delighted to help with the practicalities

Intermediate Spanish: Coordinated by a native Spanish speaker, this new group will be for members with good basic Spanish. It is hoped that this will begin at the end of September and will take place twice a month on Wednesday or Friday mornings. If you would like to join this group, please contact Sue at
Chess for Beginners: We are a friendly group, with beginners at various stages from completely new to others with some knowledge, who meet fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons at a very pleasant pub venue near Highbury Corner. Two excellent coaches advise and help us to improve: we enjoy our meetings very much and are looking for more beginners to join us; we also need one or two experienced players who would be willing to coach, who, after coaching, would have the opportunity to play a game amongst themselves. Do come and join us. Be brave! Contact the coordinator at:

Wine Tasting: Following the Wine Tasting event held in January 2018 it was gauged that there was general interest in making this a regular session but that holding it in a commercial setting (ie Wine Bar) made it too expensive. Therefore we are forming a group and will meet monthly in members’ houses (possibly on a rotational basis but this might settle down to just one member’s house), there would be a theme selected by the group members (in advance), eg Loire wines. There would be a sign up sheet for each session with the limit set at the first 10 (on a first come basis), 5 of whom would be invited to bring a bottle, and a guideline price would be given (probably £6.00 to £10.00 per bottle; the costs would be added up & divided between attending members). For further details contact Derek at:

Freeflow Eutony: The two current groups are going well, and there is a possibility of a third group opening soon. All participation requires an introductory session. Several are scheduled, on 10th, 11th and 12th of September. Please contact Therese on

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 'Other Opportunities, click on the 'here' in the sidebar on the right or use the direct link here. Have a look there for full details of the following.

Life in 17th Century Charterhouse, Great Chamber: this is a shared learning project (SLP) specifically for Islington U3A members. It is a great opportunity to research the everyday life of those living in the Charterhouse in the 17th Century. Primary sources will be used in collaboration with Brothers of Charterhouse and museum volunteers. Much more information and an application form is available on the iU3A Other Opportunities web page HERE. It is the first item under the 'Shared Learning Projects' section. Application forms must be submitted by 20th September.

U3A Jazz Study Day this is rather a short-dated notice, but volunteers are required to help at the London Region U3A Jazz Study Day.  It's on 19 September at the Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, London SW1P 1QW. Closest station: Victoria. The event starts at 11am, but help is needed from 10am. Probably not beyond 11.30. It would be for 'manning' the door and helping to seat people. About 250 members are expected to attend, all of whom will have bought tickets. If you are interested, please contact Mike as soon as possible: Mike Rance, U3A Jazz Subject Advisor, Tel: 01252 616937

NHS Islington are recruiting local people to become community members and be a member of one of their decision-making committees or working groups. Details here.

Research Project: this is a request from a researcher from Imperial College who we worked with last year on a similar project called The All Adenomas Study. The group is currently in the planning stages of a new study called FIT for Screening and once again is looking for volunteers to become Patient and Public Representatives. They were very pleased with the response last year and hope the U3A can help with this new project. All the details are in the two attachments: FIT Screening Poster, FIT Screening Role Description.

Invitation to take part in memory research: How does memory change across our lifespan? We will be using a head camera to investigate how memory for different scenes is later remembered. The study (at
Addison House on the Guy’s campus of KCL close to London Bridge Station) will involve a couple of short-term memory tests and a simple computerised task to measure your memory for everyday scenes, and will take approximately 1 hour each over two separate days (ideally 24 hours apart). You must be aged 60 or over and be clear of psychiatric and neurological conditions to participate. Participants will be reimbursed £15 for participation in the study. Contact the researcher or call 07891986131.

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