Islington U3A

May 2020 Issue 2

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What's On
Thursday 28 May, Monthly Meeting: the next one (as was April's, will be on Zoom) is on 'The Inside Story of Modern Dating' by Mary Balfour (see the What's On page here for more information). The details for joining the meeting are here:

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 195 908 647

If you are joining the meeting from a phone and need to know the telephone connection numbers please contact us (see details at the bottom). If you are not yet comfortable with Zoom then see our supporting Zoom guides here or send a query with your details to here.

If you missed the April talk on Art Deco you can view the recording here (give it a few minutes to get going properly).

Monday 08 June, Online Quiz Event: after the success of our recent Zoom online quiz we thought we'd do another. But this time due to an offer from a member (thanks Jayne) to be our Quiz Master we will hold it ourselves. Reserve the date in your diary. More details to follow.

Thursday 11 June, extra 'Monthly Meeting' (starting at 2.00pm), see details on our What's On webpage. Log on details will be the same Zoom links as above (for the meeting of 28 May).

Virtual Meetings: our Pub Lunches (run by Howard Stone, contact here) and Coffee Mornings (run by Sally Fox, contact here) are continuing, but online now. Contact them if you want to join in.

New Groups

Future Food: Sustainable Food Systems for the 21st Century: this online 4 week course has started now with group coordinator Kate Grant. Participants will all follow the course materials online individually. The Group will also form a WhatsApp group to share short comments and hold a weekly discussion using Zoom. Further information here. Even though it's underway if you would like to join Kate in exploring this vitally important topic please email here: Kate Grant

Singing for Beginners: one of our members would love to take part in an online course with other iU3A members on Singing for Complete Beginners. She thinks, and we agree, that this could be popular but we need someone experienced to lead it. Might that be you? If so please contact Valerie here.

Online courses: is there a subject you’ve always wanted to explore? Would you like to join other iU3A members in an online learning group? Now is the perfect time to get going, so please fill in this questionnaire to let us know the kind of courses you’d like. Or just send an email to Valerie at: New Groups 

Existing Groups
Interest Groups
: many of these have now moved online. Most use the Basic free package but iU3A does have two Pro accounts if you need enhanced functionality. If your Group needs support to go online using Zoom send a query with your details to

Craft Group: we haven’t been able to meet for two months now, but we keep in touch and share pictures of our work. One topic which some members are working on is masks. Not wanting to deprive the NHS and other key workers, there are lots of people who make their own masks. The huge variety of You Tube videos to choose from give you many patterns and detailed instructions. There is plenty of discussion about the best type of fabrics: you can recycle garments you already own, but remember if you can blow out a candle through your mask, it’s not going to work. Two sites worth a look are here (materials needed) and here (no sewing required). Here are some examples made by our members:

Just a reminder, if you do wear a mask, it is important to use it properly. It is easy to contaminate your own mask by touching or reusing it, for example. And don’t let wearing a face mask give you a false sense of security: you can still become infected while wearing one, and washing your hands frequently is vital whether you wear a mask or not.

Advice and Support
Update on U3A Development Plan: from Ian McCannah, Chair of the Third Age Trust Trust Letter.

You might want to look up our recent Bulletins and their reference material: they are on the News webpage. Follow the link there in the first paragraph.

The New York Times has compiled more than two dozen pieces of journalism in “Answers to Your Coronavirus Questions,” available for free download Covid19 Questions, or if this doesn't work, then from Covid19 Answers.

You can see these National Portrait Gallery Exhibitions: Hold Still: spearheaded by The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Hold Still, a portrait of our nation in 2020, is an ambitious community project to create a unique photographic portrait which captures the spirit, mood, hopes, fears and feelings of the nation as we continue to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak. And BP Portrait Awards 2020. View the exhibition online. You can also vote for your favourite portrait.

More exercises from Healthy Generations (all via Zoom). See their updated programme  either through the link on our What's On webpage or at: Healthy Generations Programme

Gardeners: need some plants for your stay at home period? Plantsavers have just recently been set up to help British plant growers hit by COVID-19. PlantSavers take healthy plants at risk of going to waste, direct from nurseries across the UK, and bring them to people who want them at home across London and the South East. They’ve saved 250,000 plants to date and are targeting a million by the end of 2020. They make it easy by providing pre-selected packs of plants. For each pack they sell £1 goes to 'Meals for the NHS'. Several iU3A members have used them and recommend we support them.

Volunteering — 'It All Depends On Us'
Want more out of your U3A? Why not help and support it? If you sometimes wonder how our members help then see some of our volunteer profiles Volunteers Profiles. If you are interested in any of these please contact our Head of Volunteers, Sally Fox, here.

This week's emoji quiz - film titles (answers in the next Bulletin):

1.🤐🤫 🐑 🐑 🐑

2. 👱 🌂 👜 🇬🇧

3. 🏴☠🦜🇧🇧🇹🇹🇯🇲🇦🇬🇭🇹🇩🇴☠👱🌰

4. 🔎🐠

5. 👽📞👆🏡

6. 👳 📺 💵 💵

7. 🍔 🍟 👨 🚑

8. 🏝👨🏐

9. 👀 👅 👂 👃 6

10. 🎈🏡 👴 👦

11. 📩 💑

12. 🎶 🇫🇷 😩 😂

13. 🐻 🍻 🚬

14. 🛀🔪

15. 🚶🏃✈

16. 😈👗👠

17. 👦 👐

18. 🌗 💑 🐺

19. 💍💍💍💍⚰

20. 👻 👻 🔫

21. 😌 😠 👺

22. 💃🐺🐺

23. 🔓🐬

24. 💩💃

25. 👳  🚣  🐅

26. 🧙♂🇦🇺

27. 😀⛳

28. 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡

29. 🃏

30. 💎💎⏳🕰

Answers to the Anne (apologies for calling her Anna) Hart quiz: I won't spell it all out, because it would be very long, but if you are given one word in each you should be able to work it out (any problems send me an email): 1 letters; 2 days; 3 wonders; 4 zodiac; 5 Bible; 6 cards; 7 flag; 8 golf; 9 Testament; 10 toes; 11 degrees; 12 blind; 13 Fahrenheit (sorry, shouldn't have been '-'); 14 Rugby; 15 tricycle; 16 Rand (the '17.' was a slip, again sorry); 17 soccer; 18 months; 19 unlucky; 20 octopus; 21 February; 22 Testament; 23 year; 24 loaves; 25 weeks; 26 cat; 27 hour; 28 chromosomes; 29 chess; 30 provinces; 31 cricket; 32 score, Biblical; 33 dead, chest

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Stay Healthy!

Bulletin compiled by Wil Ransome. For any Bulletin contributions please email here.