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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 2020

Online Exercise Classes: looking for some local lead exercise classes? Then have a look at the programme offered by Healthy Generations here. Some of these are paying classes (they are not run by iU3A).

London Region of U3As
This year's London Region Summer School has been postponed to next year because of the pandemic. However, they are hosting a short series of fortnightly Summer Talks online via Zoom on Monday afternoons from 17.00-18.00. The next ones are:
·       10 August: Alan Freeland – ‘The Art and Architecture of Islamic Spain’ Click here
·       24 August: Dick and Lisa Robinson – ‘Edith Appleton: The Nurse at the Front’ Click here
·       07 September: Alistair Griffiths – ‘Gardening in a Changing Climate’ Click here
·       21 September: Jo Livingston – ‘Do you Want to Write your Life Story?’ Click here
You need to register. Click on the link to the relevant flyer and the link to the registration form is in the flyer.

iU3A Monthly Meetings: for the two iU3A talks each month see the details below.
Future iU3A Outings
Unfortunately our programme of Outings for 2020 is currently suspened due to Covid19. We hope to be able to resume these later in the year.

ke all iU3A activities the number of Outings we can support will depend on whether people are willing to organise 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 2019/20 we started a new initiative short courses. We've now trialled 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.

They will generally start at 10.00am and run to 11.00 but there are some exceptions — 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. Details as below. The Zoom invitation to these meetings will be sent to all members in the Bulletin.

06 Aug
Jo Livingston2.00pm: Jo Livingston on Face Blindness: I’ve been face blind all my life but had never heard of it until I was sixty. I was a founder member of Face Blind UK which is a support group for the surprising number of people who have the condition. I’m a member of Bexley U3A and the London Region committee.
27 Aug
Anna ByrneDr WoodThis will be a joint presentation on Alzheimer's Research from Anna Byrne (L) and Dr Wood (R). Anna is a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Imperial Memory Unit, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. After completing a BSc Psychology, Anna studied MSc Neuroscience at King's College London, specialising in neurodegeneration. Anna previously worked in dementia research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London and now coordinates an Alzheimer's disease clinical trial at the Imperial Memory Unit. Dr Wood is the dedicated study doctor at Imperial Memory Unit, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. She works across multiple Alzheimer's disease clinical trials and is sub-investigator for many of the research studies.
10 Sept
2.00pm: Mark Lewis on The CMark Lewisolourful History of Watercolour Painting. Mark is a freelance artist, designer-silversmith, semi-retired university lecturer and public speaker. He is also a folklorist and has been a member of the Folklore Society since 1987, speaking regularly at their conferences around the UK. He has a particular interest in unusual local customs and rituals and in 2013 he published a book on the folklore and popular customs of the church. Furthermore, Mark is passionate about lighthouses, being an active member of the Association of Lighthouse Keepers. He is currently their Education Officer.
24 Sept
Roger Mead on PioneersRoger Mead of Photography. Roger Mead spent his working life in professional photography and has spent the twenty years since his retirement collecting items relating to the early history of photography. Roger is a member of U3A South East London, which has two photography groups. He is treasurer of the Network of U3As in South East Greater London.

Additional Dates of Future Monthly Meetings/Speakers for 2020:

22 October, 26 November, December: none.

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

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 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.

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


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