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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  Other Opportunities  page.

Special Events — Diary Dates for 2021
London Region of U3As Talks: the LRU3A series of online talks has been extended in to 2021. You can see the programme here. Details of how to register for each talk is also in that publicity flyer.

National Winter Programme: there is also now a series of online activities offered by The Third Age Trust. This covers a wide range from painting, poetry reading, photography, etc. Details of this can be found here.

iU3A Monthly Meetings: for the two iU3A talks each month see the details below.

iU3A IT/Computer/Tablet/Phone Support: fortnightly zoom sessions. Drop in to get your problem solved or just to pick up tips on how to do some basic things. See your Bulletin for the Zoom link. See the web page for more information here.

Age UK Quiz, 26 January 2021: see details here.

Monday 22 February, 7.00pm iU3A Pub Quiz: another of our popular quizzes, enter individually or as a team. To register please email Mary at

In 2019/20 we started a new initiative short courses. We've now trialed a few of these with great success, so we expect to run some further courses. Watch the Bulletins for further details on new courses being proposed. Details for current courses are on the Groups listing page here.

Monthly Meetings, Speakers Programme
Our physical Monthly Meetings have been suspended due to Covid-19 but instead we have created a programme of speakers who will present to us online using Zoom. How long the programme will run like this will depend on the unwinding rate of lockdown.

New feature: if you want to come early for a chat with fellow members you can join the meeting at 9.30. You will then be placed in a 'breakout room' with a few other members just so you can say hello. We hope this might fill a gap caused previously by moving our physical Monthly Meetings online.

The main Talk will start at 10.00am and run to 11.00 — see the details below. It's suggested you log in and join the meeting at least five minutes before the scheduled start time. There will only be the one topic, the main speaker. The Zoom invitation to these meetings will be sent to all members in the Bulletin.

28 Jan (NB this used to say 08 Jan)
Barry Mellor: Captain Cook's Barry Mellor First Voyage. Barry read Chemistry at Oxford and had a career in the chemical industry and in information science. He lived in Australia for some years and became interested in Captain Cook's exploration of the east coast of Australia and in the history of the First Fleet, especially the impact of their arrival on the indigenous peoples. Barry is a small boat sailor, a qualified yachtsman and a Blue Badge Guide. He is interested in Astronomy and is an active member of Islington U3A's Opera and Global History groups. The presentation will cover basic ship design, navigation, threats from scurvy, transit of Venus, etc., and the exploration of the South Pacific, New Zealand, and the east coast of Australia. Barry will present an overview of the impact of Europeans on the indigenous peoples, most especially the Australian Aboriginal population and their culture.
11 Feb
Donna Jones: Black Lives MatDonna Jonester — What's it got to do with us? Donna is Head of Social Work at London Metropolitan University. She oversees both the undergraduate and postgraduate courses and teaches on the Foundation in Social Work module and the Research modules. Qualified in 1999, Donna practised as a social worker before entering academia, focusing primarily on developing social work student placements. As her career has developed, Donna has found opportunities to incorporate her arts based research interests and love of live performance and theatre into her teaching. She is currently part of a London Metropolitan University research team, working with London Borough of Lambeth LGBTQI+ residents to use photography to explore their experiences during the COVID-19 lockdown and has also developed a partnership with local Islington theatre company The Big House, whose actors are all care leavers. Drawing on her experience of using a range of arts-based methods in her teaching she will include theatre, dance and poetry in her presentation challenging us to think freshly and differently about a topic that so often descends into stereotypes.
25 Feb
Prof. David NuttDavid Nutt: The New Psychedelic Revolution — from Neuro-science to Medical Treatments

Dates of Future Monthly Meetings/Speakers beyond above are:
11 March, 25 March

You can see either summary information about previous monthly meetings or the full presentation material (if we have received permission) on the following webpage: Past Meetings

End of Life Planning
In 2019/20 we started a tie-up with Gentle Dusk regarding End of Life Planning. They have held a number of 'Death Cafés' for our members and a webinar on how to create a care plan. If you don't feel you need to attend a Café or aren't ready for this stage yet, then you may find the guide we've created to help explain some of the terms. Read it here: End of Life Planning. Or if you want some supporting information on creating a care plan then look at myCMC. Another useful link here to Future Planning.

Gentle Dusk in partnership with Age UK Islington are hosting another online event. This one is on "Lasting Power of Attorney & Future Planning". Thursday 26 November 16:00 to 17:00hrs via Zoom. A flyer with further details for the event and registration details can be read here. Whilst it is connected to Carers Rights attendees do not need to be carers to attend the event.

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). See the latest Bulletin for date of next coffee morning.

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, 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.

Pub lunches are now a 'group' and details of their schedule can now be found in Beacon.


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