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This page shows the next main events happening in iU3A. But if you would like to find out more about what's on across the London Region or at the national level of The Third Age Trust have a look on the What's On Regionally & Nationally page or directly at Other Opportunities.

Special Events — Diary Dates for 2018/19

Thursday 28 November Annual General Meeting: all members are invited. It will be held at 10.00 before the Monthly Meeting. At the AGM the Executive reports on its work over the year and the new Executive Committee is elected. For all relevant material on the pending AGM please go to the relevant webpage: AGM 2019

Monday 02 December — Christmas market: this year we will travel by train to the Christmas market in Bath. This market has been voted number one Christmas destination on this site here  and there will clearly be much to do and see. For more information on the Bath Spa Christmas Market have a look here.


We will travel on the 11:00am from Paddington arriving at 12.30pm. We will then have a light lunch at a local cafe before a short walk, taking in some of the sights, which will lead us to the market where we will spend a couple of hours exercising our credit cards. Ice skating is also available. Those who wish will then go for an early evening meal before heading back to the station for the train back to London. The 6:43pm train will arrive in London at 8.14pm but of course those who wish or need to get back sooner can take an earlier train. Train Costs: Super-off peak is £40.55 but at the moment two singles cost a total of £25.75 on the same trains.

We invite you to register preliminary interest for our Christmas Outing here so we can assess level of interest. Those who register will receive more detailed information.

Wednesday 03 June 2020 — National U3A Day & iU3A's Open Day: advance warning, keep the date free. See some general information here. More details to follow.

Future iU3A Outings
Our programme of Outings for 2019 so far is:
  • Christmas Market (December) — see full details above
Hopefully we will also have some others to fill in the year's schedule. Like all iU3A activities it will depend on whether we get people willing to organise future Outings. If you are willing to organise an Outing or just have some ideas for Outings, please send them to our Outings Coordinator here.
In the iU3A year of 2019/20 we are looking to start a new intiatitive short courses. We'll trial one and see how that works and then if popular will add some further ones. Watch the Bulletins for further details. First one should be starting in November called 'Healthy Ageing'.

Monthly Meetings
Our monthly meetings feature Monthly Talks and a Second Subject (and plenty of time to meet and chat to other iU3A members). For the Monthly Talks we always have an interesting and entertaining speaker. Strictly members only (though you can join at the meeting), they are held generally on the fourth Thursday of each month but there a few wrinkles this year. Please note: the Monthly Meetings now begin at 10.00 (with registration opening at 9.30), so that the '2nd Subjects' can begin at 11.30.

They are always at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, N7 6PA (next to the Nags Head Waitrose). Please remember to bring your membership card and (if you've got one) your plastic badge holder.
This venue is accessible.

28 November Our Annual General Meeting plus lots more:
—  Alec ForAlec Forshawshaw, the former Conservation Officer for the London Borough of Islington, where he worked from 1975 – 2007,  and the author of many books on London’s history, Smithfield Market — Past, Present and Future. Originally a ‘smooth field’ outside the City walls, a livestock market was established at Smithfield soon after the Norman Conquest. As London expanded, so did the market, until its size and central location became intolerable. The removal of the livestock market coincided with the advent of the railways and the construction of a new dead meat market at Smithfield, which has survived, through many ups and downs, to the present day. Its future, however, is once again uncertain as the City Corporation looks to move the meat market, together with the New Billingsgate and New Spitalfields markets, to an as-yet undisclosed new peripheral location.
2nd Subject —  Paul Gillett of IAM RoadSmart, a national road safety charity that relies on a national network of volunteers to improve road safety by (amongst other things) providing a "better driving" course. Paul was an IT specialist in the Civil Service, then a primary teacher, specialising in music; you'd be surprised how much overlap there is between music and driving!
December  No meeting
23 January
TALK — Patrick Pollard, PPatrick Pollardrofessor Emeritus of French at Birkbeck College, University of London, Gay Paris 1901-1914: the Times of Proust and Gide. His research and publishing interests include the history of gay sexuality, French literature of the 19th and 20th centuries (especially André Gide, and Émile Zola), and the reworking of classical mythology in the modern period.
2nd Subject —  Jane Wrafter has run an exercise and fitness business in Muswell Hill for 20 years. She is interested in the health  and fitness of older people and in what we can do ourselves to maximise our energy and strength as we age. She has always used a community-based approach to exercise.  
27 February

TALK — Kathleen Sherit on Post WW2 Policies relating to Women in Combat Duties

TALK Discussions on 'Death Cafes' by Josefine Speyer.
26 March

TALK — Elain Harwood, Art DecoElain Harwood Architecture. Elain is a senior architectural investigator at Historic England and author of Art Deco Britain, published in 2019. She has written extensively on twentieth-century architecture in Britain and leads lectures and events for the Twentieth Century Society. The lecture will look at the development of the Art Deco style around the world, and the resulting buildings in London. Examples will range from the Carlton Cinema in Essex Road to Arsenal football club, and many from further afield.
TALK Shared Learning Project: Charterhouse. Details to follow.
23 April

TALK — Prof Erik Millstone on The Politics of Food Safety

TALK Re-thinking our economics

Dates of Monthly Meetings for 2020:

23 January, 27 February, 26 March, 23 April, 28 May, 25 June, 23 July, 27 August, 24 September, 22 October, 26 November, December: none.

Coffee Mornings
Coffee morningsOur iU3A coffee mornings are a popular way of getting to know other members. They take place around the borough, are always at 11.00 on varying days of the week and are free to iU3A members. In order to provide opportunities for all our members to attend, we limit attendance to a maximum of three coffee mornings per member per year (1st January to 31st December). The next coffee morning will be on:
  • ?day ?? November in the ??? area
Sally FoxOur coffee mornings are now organised by Sally Fox. To book up for any of the above coffee mornings please email Sally here. She will then advise you that you are booked, or if there are no spaces that you have been put on a reserve list. If you can't attend a coffee morning you've booked for, please let us know by emailing Sally (same link as above) to say you can't now make it.
We need more coffee morning hosts! Hosts seem to enjoy the mornings as much as their guests. If you would like to host one (expenses are reimbursed) please contact Sally for a chat.

Pub Lunches

iU3A's pub lunches provide an opportunity for members to meet each other in a social atmosphere. They take place monthly, around Islington. If you are buying a lunch the cost is around £10 to £12 with drinks being extra. If you'd like to come along to one of these please email Howard Stone here for more information or to reserve your place.

Howard StoneAll those held so far have attracted about 15 iU3A members per event who've enjoyed some good chat. While originally conceived to attract more male members there has been good support from the women members. Do come along and join us. Watch the regular Bulletin for information on exact actual timings for 2019 events and locations. But the following is the expected programme for the year:

  • Thursday 14 November
  • Thursday 12 December
  • Monday 23 December


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