Islington U3A
Have you read the Summer Newsletter yet to find about about iU3A’s exciting future programme and all our wonderful activities over the last six months?  If not you can find it here.

Monthly Meeting

At our meeting on Thursday 26 July the speaker will be Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library since September 2012, whose subject will be The British Library. In his tenure so far he has overseen a series of significant developments including the move to large-scale digital collecting; the incorporation into the Library of the Public Lending Right service; the Library’s successful 800th anniversary commemorations of Magna Carta; the launch of the Knowledge Quarter; the creation of a national network of Business and IP Centres in major regional libraries; and the launch in 2015 of Living Knowledge.

As always, 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.

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.

To remind you, there will be no Monthly Meeting in August.

If you missed the June talk by Jean Willson about Growing Up in Islington you can find a report of it and links to reports of all previous monthly talks here

Clues Trail — Friday 21 September NB DATE CHANGE: this will be our second of these in 2018 and will be based in the Canary Wharf area. Further details to follow later.

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!

The next planned outing is Bletchley Park, September 11th (details in next three paragraphs) and Lille Xmas Market (a December date to be confirmed).

We are planning a day trip to Bletchley Park, the workplace of Alan Turing and the Code Breakers during the Second World War. A top-secret location for the duration of the war the codes broken there helping the Allies to Victory, it continued to be associated with British Intelligence until 1987, and after various ups and downs and other uses is now a self-funding visitor attraction.

There is much to see at the Park — not just the history of the breaking of the codes, but explanations of how the codes were made, and broken, and the uses to which the information was put. There are several exhibitions around related subjects, and there are many of the original “huts” displaying the old computers and equipment used. Parts of the 2014 film about Alan Turing, The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, were filmed on the site, most of which is open to the public. There are several food options, and other good facilities (including picnic tables). It is a very pleasant location. This link gives a lot of useful facts and information.

It takes about 35 minutes by train from London Euston to Bletchley, and the entrance to the grounds is less than five minutes from the station. The Park closes at 5.00pm. We hope to have a group of about 20–30 members. You can find out more about the visit to Bletchley Park here and sign up for it here. Indicative costs are £9.25 entry (using 2 for 1 vouchers) and about £11.10 for train fares for railcard holders (£16.80 otherwise). A further rail discount is available for Freedom Pass holders.

All three previous Outings to date have been organised by enthusiastic individuals (Angela Treves, Howard Stone and Cressida Jupp respectively) with the support of the Outings Coordinator and it is vital to the success of this initiative that others come forward with ideas. So do please contact the Outings Coordinator, David McPhail, at with your Outings concept.

It All Depends On Us
You will have recently received an email from Ruth Gee appealing for support in recruiting successors to key positions in our Executive Committee. We thank all 56 who responded. Some declined to help (due to personal circumstances); some offered to help but as 'Volunteers' for smaller occasional roles; some offered to help, but in the future; some wanted more information about the roles and positions that are becoming vacant. These conversations are ongoing but if anyone still wants to step forward then drop an email to Ruth here. Thanks again to all who have responded positively so far.

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 Rise of the Modern World’, and a new 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? Wine Tasting? Visiting London Museums? And we would like to be able to set up second German Conversation, Current Affairs, Creative Writing, iPad, and Short Stories Book 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.

Green Issues Group invites iU3A members to a special talk: Is China really going Green? The Green Issues Group invites iU3A members to a talk by Isabel Hilton, a journalist of many years standing and founder/CEO of China Dialogue, on ‘Is China really going Green?’ on Monday 3 September, 3.00-4.30pm in Committee Room 1 at the Town Hall, Upper Street. China Dialogue ( is an independent organisation dedicated to promoting a common understanding of China’s urgent environmental challenges. Contact:
Mahjong: The Mahjong group meets at 2pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at the Alwyne Castle pub near Highbury Corner (83 St Paul's Road, London N1 2LY). We are a lively, self-taught group and would welcome some new members — beginners welcome. Contact:
Mid Twentieth Century Book Group: This group explores developments in British and Irish literature from the end of the Great War to c.1970, drawing on a rich range of talent from Virginia Woolf and Evelyn Waugh, through Agatha Christie and P.G. Wodehouse, to Barbara Pym, Graham Greene, George Orwell — and many more. We have begun by concentrating on the Twenties, but will investigate further afield as members decide. We are also now meeting on the second Thursday of the month, still at
11 am. Contact:

Coffee Mornings
iU3A's coffee mornings enable members to get to know others who live near them. The next one will be on Wednesday 22 August in Canonbury and there are still places available. To reserve a place email

Pub Lunches
The next pub lunch is on Tuesday 14 August at The Albion, 10 Thornhill Road, N1 1HW, from 12 noon. For more information contact Howard Stone

Invitation to take part in a study about sleep patterns etc.
University College London. UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering within the Bartlett School of Architecture, here.

The aim is to discover if daylight makes a difference to the health and well-being of over 65s living under different conditions. To be able to do this we need to study the daily activities, sleep patterns and interactions with the environment of a number of people. You will be asked to fill in two questionnaires (no more than five minutes each), a sleep diary and there will be a short interview at the end of the sleep diary.

Contact details for more information and to volunteer: Lorna Flores,, 07478295924.

Call for volunteers interested in sewing, costume and education
For two years we (Islington) have had two FANTASTIC volunteers from the U3A who have come to the library for two hours a week to support the costume department. Their contribution began with mending and maintenance but has evolved into a much more creative role: Charlotte and Dianne have researched and made replica Stone Age-Iron Age costumes,  Saxon costumes, Tudor ruffs, Victorian bathing costumes for five-year-olds, Dick Whittington Mayoral robes and many more costumes and accessories which have been worn by many children and been a talking point in classrooms. They have also resized and repaired many more outfits and contributed lots of ideas and research. We are looking to expand and rejuvenate our costume collection so there are opportunities for additional volunteers who are looking for creative projects or simply to join our costume maintenance team.

U3A members with an enthusiasm for textiles (or other traditional crafts) and history of costume and who might like to join our existing volunteers are invited to get in touch with or

Regional and National Events
These are now on the page What's On — Regionally & Nationally, linked from the What's On Page.

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