Islington U3A
Monthly Meeting (Monthly Talk and 2nd Subject) — Thursday 23 May
1st Subject Monthly Talk: this month the speaker will be Dr Frances Wood and her subject will be 'The Silk Road' which is based on documents in the British Library obtained from Sir Aurel Stein's three major expeditions to China. See the What's On page here for details of her talk.

2nd Subject — Beacon: this month following above (from 11.50am to 12.45pm) we will have
a computer tutorial style presentation and discussion of the Beacon Members database system. The material will be largely tailored to Group Coordinators' use of Beacon, but members might also like to understand a bit more about Beacon.

The Monthly Meeting is at Resource for London (RfL), 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 (tea or coffee) available beforehand in our meeting room. You can meet up beforehand or between the Talk & the 2nd Subject for a chat with other members. 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.

Please note the dates for future Monthly Meetings. This year they do not follow a fixed pattern (due to lack of availability of RfL) The dates are: 27 June, 25 July, 19 September, 24 October, 28 November.

For information about our last talk go to the News page here.

What's On
Coffee Mornings: iU3A's coffee mornings enable members to get to know others who live near them. The next one will be on Wednesday 19 June in Finsbury Park and there are still places available. To reserve a place email Sally at:

Pub Lunches: The next one will be on Tuesday 25th June at The Owl and Hitchiker, 471 Holloway Road (near Upper Holloway Overground and nearer to Archway than Highbury Tube stations). Lunch starts from 12:15pm and ends when the last members decide to leave. For more information contact Howard at:

Computer/Tablet/Smartphone Help Session:
The next one will be on Wednesday 22 May. This is a
nother of our regular drop-in help sessions. Come along for a one-to-one session with one of our 'experts', or 'helpers', to get your query or problem resolved, from 1.30pm. If you want to come you need to let us know and book a 30 minute slot by sending an email to Isabel here. She will then let you know location, etc.

Clues Trail, Saturday 15 June: this will be the first of two of these popular events in 2019. The trail will be around the Hoxton and Shoreditch area and with a street art theme. Same format as previously — you will be put with others into a team; about a three-mile walk using your observation skills; prizes for winning team. Ticket price will be £6.00 a head. This will get you a drink when you arrive at the start, cover the cost of prizes, and the balance will be donated to charity ('Islington Giving'). Any queries or to buy a ticket contact Isabel here.

Summer Party: Thursday 20 June, 6.00-8.00pm. This is our most popular annual event. It is a Ticket Only event — £13.00 a head (to cover venue, fizz & canapes) — location and other details available to ticket holders. As this is always a sellout tickets must be bought in advance (as we cater for a fixed number and others might be on a waiting list, you will be turned away if you just turn up on the day). To buy a ticket contact Isabel here.

Outing to Strawberry Hill House, Monday 24 June: full details of this iU3A outing are now available here. However, it's now full. If you want to add your name to a waiting list then you can register your interest here.

Volunteering — 'It All Depends on Us'
What we can offer our iU3A members is totally dependent on you
— on our volunteers. On the About Us page here you will see a section on Volunteering. If you think you can help in any way please use the links there to make your offer. We are currently particularly looking for someone to help us with Publicity (eg what mechanisms should we be using) and someone to compile our quarterly Newsletter.

Wine Appreciation: We now have two Wine Appreciation Groups running but these groups need more members to be sustainable. There are two sessions each month so you can choose which one suits you. See the webpage here. Or contact Derek or Barry here. These normally meet in a member's house but on Wednesday 12 June we have an outing to a local Wine Shop for a tutored blind tasting. There are a few tickets left for this so even if you are not a member of the Group you can come to this event. Tickets are £15.00. If you want a ticket or more information contact Derek as above.

We have had the following suggestions for new groups:

Walking Football — Joint Group with Crouch End and District U3A: Would you like to improve your fitness? Walking Football is increasingly popular and provides an enjoyable hour of physical exercise. No previous experience of playing football is necessary; it is suitable for both men and women. Crouch End & District U3A are setting up a walking football group and have invited iU3A to join them. It will meet on alternate Tuesdays, 10.30–11.30am, at New River Sport & Fitness, N22. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Sue Welsford at

Welsh Conversation: One of our new U3A members would like to set up a Welsh Conversation group in Islington. This would be at beginners ('Mynediad') level, but we would need a fluent Welsh speaker to help run the group. It could interest beginners, and those who had some Welsh in their early years and now want to revive it. The group would be a maximum of six, would start in September, and would meet twice a month in Highbury, probably on a weekday morning.  If you are interested in joining this group or could help with the Welsh please contact Sue Welsford at

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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