Islington U3A

Winter Newsletter
If you haven't yet read the latest iU3A Newsletter and found out about iU3A's new ventures in 2018, the Spring monthly meetings programme and much more you can find it here

Monthly Meeting
At our meeting on Thursday 22 March, Professor Tony Barnett from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine will talk about Researching the Social Science of Pandemic Influenza: Sneezes, Panics and Spies. Tony will talk about the flu virus and why it is so dangerous; what public health measures are likely to be most effective in slowing its spread; how we can protect ourselves; how we can avoid panicking; and why the intelligence services devote attention to this and other zoonotic diseases that spread from animals and birds to humans, sometimes with disastrous results.

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.  As the meetings are so popular, please arrive well before 10.30am to ensure a prompt start.

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.

Big Bead Show 21 April at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher
Some members of the iU3A Craft Group are going to this show and would be very pleased if other iU3A members would like to come too.  The venue is about ten minutes walk from Esher station, which is on the line from Waterloo.  A senior ticket for the show for entry from 11.30am costs £4.80.  Please email the Craft Group coordinator Angela Treves at
if you would like to join the visit.

Computer problems
If you have an urgent computer problem you can now seek advice by emailing
with the details and your query will be passed on to a member of the iU3A computer advice team.  They will contact you to see whether they can solve it immediately or whether you will need to come to their next advice session.

Coffee Mornings
iU3A's coffee mornings enable members to get to know others who live near them.  The next one will be on Tuesday 12 April near Finsbury Park Station.  To reserve a place email   

Hosting a Coffee Morning
All the members who attend a coffee morning say how much they appreciate being able to meet each other in an informal and friendly environment.  The hosts tell us that they find them very enjoyable too.  If you can accommodate 8 - 10 people for an hour or so with coffee/tea with biscuits and/or cake and would like to find out more about being a host, please email Sally Fox
   iU3A reimburses the costs involved.

Pub Lunches
iU3A's pub lunches provide a social and informal environment for members to meet up and talk about issues of interest to them.  The cost is around £10-£12 for lunch with drinks being extra.  They are also an opportunity for people thinking of joining iU3A to find out about the benefits and enjoyment of being a member.  So please do think about inviting a friend to come along with you.  Men are still very under represented in our membership and hopefully they will find a pub lunch an attractive way to find out more about iU3A.

The next pub lunch is on Wednesday 28 March.  For more information contact Howard Stone

Group News
We welcome suggestions for new groups.  So if by yourself or with other members you would like to be involved in extending our range of groups to include an activity or interest which is currently not covered, do get in touch with your ideas.  A new group needs an enthusiastic member (or several members) whom we will help to establish and run it.  Please contact Sue Welsford if there is a group you would like to set up.

U3A shared learning projects

New project with The Charterhouse, Clerkenwell
A new Shared Learning Project with The Charterhouse with a focus on the Great Chamber is being set up.  iU3A members have participated in previous Charterhouse projects and Jo Walters the SLP Coordinator for London is eager to have participants from iU3A to assist her with putting this project together.  If you would like to be find out more about it, please contact Jo by email to

The Philatelic Society London
Next year with be the 150th anniversary of the Royal Philatelic Society London.  An exhibition in London from August to November is being organised.  The exhibition will contain items from the museum that illustrate highlights of the Society's history.  The SLP will focus on the years 1925-2018.  The exhibition will feed into an International Stamp Exhibition and Congress in Stockholm in May 2019.

Project meetings will take place fortnightly at 1.30 - 3.30pm from Tuesday 15 May to Tuesday 24 July and there will be a presentation on Tuesday 31 July.  If you are interested in joining this project, please email Jo Walters
by Monday 9 April

Third Age Trust Events

U3A Explores Science at the Royal Institution 
Measuring Colour, Smart Materials and the Unnatural Nature of Natural History Museums make up the programme for this event from 1.15 - 4.45pm on Monday 19 March at the Royal Institution in Albermarle Street.  Tickets cost £21.50.  More information and ticket purchase can be found here

Vote 100: The Journey to Democracy
10.30 am - 3.45pm on Monday 26 March, British Library, 98 Euston Road, NW1 2DB
This event celebrates the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which ushered in a new era of democratic rights for women.  Tickets cost £24.  More information and ticket purchase can be found here

If you wish you can sign up to receive email notifications from U3A National Office with details of the events they organise in London. You can do so here

Other U3A Events in London

U3A in London (otherwise known as Belize Park U3A)
Easter Conference 3-5 April - How the World has Changed
Hampstead Old Town Hall, London NW3 4QP
The conference has a varied programme which includes scientific, political and creative subjects.  The full programme and booking form can be found here

U3A London Region Summer School
Tuesday 31 July to Thursday 2 August 2018

St Brides Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street
This is an annual three-day non-residential event for iU3A members in the London Region. Attendance can be for one, two or three days.  There will be a choice of 32 different talks covering a range of subjects including Art, Current Affairs, Drama, History, Literature, Music and Science.   As this is the 100th anniversary year of women's suffrage, there will talks on various aspects of women's literature, history, arts and sciences. The programme can be found here and the booking form is here

Research Project Seeking Volunteers

The Dementia Research Centre at University College London
seeks to increase understanding of how people's thoughts, feelings and behaviour change and how this relates to the brain.  Observing this process in healthy people is vital to understanding how various dementia syndromes affect people with a diagnosis.  The Centre is seeking volunteers aged between 60 and 80 who have lived in the UK for all or most of the lives and who are not professional musicians for a study which explores people's ability to detect 'odd notes' in familiar and unfamiliar short excerpts from music.  If you are interested in participating in the study, please email

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