Islington U3A
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Monthly Meetings
There is no Monthly Meeting in August.
Note that from the September meeting onward the Monthly Meetings will start at 10.00 (with registration open from 9.30). This will then allow the '2nd Subjects' to have longer and start at 11.30.

Past Meetings: the monthly talks are available through the website. Go to the Past Meetings page here (see the foot of that page); a link to the register is here.
For information about our last talk go to the News page here.
 
Future Monthly Meetings: this year they do not follow a fixed pattern (due to lack of availability of RfL). The dates are: 19 September, 24 October, 28 November.

What's On/Dates for your Diary
Coffee Mornings: The next one will be on Wednesday 14 August in the Canonbury area and there are still places available. To reserve a place email Sally here. We are always looking for more hosts. If you are willing to hold a coffee morning in your house please contact Sally here for more information.

Pub Lunches: The next one will be on Tuesday 6 August at The Albion (Thornhill Rd, Islington). Lunch starts from 12:15pm and ends when the last members decide to leave. For more information contact Howard here.

Clues Trail: Sunday 1 September: this one will be in and around the City of London. The distance is only about 2.1 miles and  the route takes each team from the Tower to the Monument and back. It will cover 1800 years of history from the Romans up to the present, hopefully taking people to some parts of the City they never knew existed. The pub selected for meeting up in will be revealed once you register. For this trail, entry will be £5.00 (to show your commitment) but you will get this back on the day when you turn up. We'll gather at 12.00 for those who want lunch beforehand, with a start time (instruction given out) at 1.30pm. Registration will open shortly (watch for this in a future Bulletin).

Outings: in the planning we have trips to Margate (Tracy Emin gallery etc, Tuesday 8 October) and to the National Computer Centre, Bletchley. Further details to follow.

Groups
The Life Drawing group are looking for old yoga or camping mats for use by their models. Please get in touch with Ali Shipton here.

We are beginning to think about the new membership year and would like to be able to offer some new groups to our members and would love to have some suggestions 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? An Italian Film group? Ancient History? Art History? Ballroom Dancing? Nordic Walking? We would also like to be able to introduce some short ‘Wellness’ courses which help promote fitness and wellbeing — mindfulness or meditation, more gentle exercise groups, life management discussion groups. We would also like to be able to set up second Creative Writing, Cryptic Crosswords, Intermediate French and i-Pad groups. Please get in touch with either Sue Welsford here or Judith Altshul here if you have any ideas. We would, of course, be delighted to help with the practicalities. The Monthly Meeting 2nd Subject in October will also be a discussion on how we create more new groups and what we do about current groups that are full.

We have had these suggestions for two new groups:
World Cuisine: This will be an early evening dining group, which will normally meet on the first Tuesday of the month. The aim will be to explore world cuisine by meeting in a small group to eat in local restaurants in Islington and beyond. Members will need to join the group first, then there will be a monthly first come, first served signing up process to a maximum of around eight members per event. It is hoped that the first meeting will be on Tuesday 3 September, if enough members have joined the group by then.
International Development Group: The International Development Group  aims to be an informal and friendly group open to anyone with an interest in or experience of international development. Group members select the books or articles we read and then discuss. We also hope to draw on the wider interests of members who can share some of their experiences. We will meet monthly and rotate around members' houses. At the moment it is planned that the meeting will take place on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 2.00pm. It is hoped that the first meeting will be at the end of September.
 
If you are interested in either of these new groups please contact Sue Welsford here.

Volunteering
How can you help?: the national norm for volunteers supporting their U3A is 20%. For Islington U3A our figure is only 15%. If you feel you can help correct this situation, if you feel you can put something back into iU3A however small, please contact Sally at volunteersiu3a@gmail.com

Members' Handbook: we are looking for some volunteers to support the creation of an iU3A handbook for all members. While our prime information channels will remain digital (ie website & Beacon) we recognise that some members would like a hard copy reference manual for iU3A. A draft of this has been created and we are asking for volunteers to expand and review the content. If you would be prepared to help, please volunteer to Derek here. One member volunteered to this last request — any others?

Feedback
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.

Bulletin compiled by Wil Ransome. For Bulletin input please email here.