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Other Opportunities

Look here for events, talks and other activities you can get involved with, whether national or regional U3A activities (which you are entitled to participate in as a member), research, or local volunteering and other activities with which you may want to get involved.

Shared Learning

From time to time there is the possibility of joining a Shared Learning project. For further information click here


Special Events — Diary Dates for 2018
Please note the following dates for your diary. We'll give you more information on each nearer the time.

Monday 26th February — Wine Tasting Evening: fancy yourself as a bit of a wine buff or just like a glass of wine now and then? Come along to this gathering to learn a bit about some turkish wines - and to taste them! You might be surprised how good turkish wines can be! Apart from wine being provided there will be bread and cheese. Ticket price per person is £25 a head. It will be held in a Wine Shop close to Highbury & Islington tube station starting from 18.00. Places will be limited - first come first served.  Book a place from our membership secretary here.
Please note: this is not the start of a Group, but, at the moment, a one-off event.

April / May (exact date not fixed yet)
— Day At the Races: Howard Stone is organising this outing. Race Day to Kempton Park or Royal Windsor. If you want to find out more drop Howard an email here.  A decision as to venue has to be made by mid-February. It will be an afternoon and evening outing going by public transport. This trip is open to all iU3A members.

Future iU3A Outings
Our member survey earlier in the year reflected that many wanted the opportunity of going on 'Outings' organised by iU3A. We are trying to move this forward but like all iU3A activities it will depend on whether we get people willing to organise outings. So we launched a survey to collect your ideas. Date for completion of the questionnaire has now passed so survey is closed. Results will be published by late January. However if you missed the survey you can still send any ideas or ask any questions from our Outings Coordinator here.
Monthly Meetings
Our monthly meetings always have an interesting and entertaining speaker (and plenty of time to meet and chat to other iU3A members). Strictly members only (though you can join at the meeting), they are held on the fourth Thursday of each month (except for August and December). They are always at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road (next to the Nags Head Waitrose). Registration opens at 9.45am for a prompt 10.30am start. Please remember to bring your membership card and (if you've got one) your plastic badge holder.
This venue is accessible.

December no talk

Jonathan ButterworthThursday 25 January Professor Jonathan Butterworth, Head Physics and Astronomy Department, University College London, Atlas CERN Smashing Physics: Journeys to the energy frontier.

Exploration of the very smallest constituents of nature reveals a strange landscape, where quantum fields abound, particles aren't all they seem, and symmetries rule but can be broken. Jonathan will take a quick tour through some of this landscape, focusing on the latest particle to be discovered the Higgs boson and the explorations currently taking place at CERN with the Large Hadron Collider.

Patrick MylonThursday 22 February Patrick Mylon, expert on the ships of the White Star Line: The Titanic: Sinking the Myths.

Patrick’s talk will seek to alter the  many misconceptions concerning the life and loss of the Titanic — why were there insufficient lifeboats, how many passengers were on board and how many of them were “second class” passengers etc.

Tony BarnettThursday 22 March Tony Barnett, Professorial Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Researching the Social Science of Pandemic Influenza: Sneezes, Panics and Spies.

In this lecture, Tony will talk about: the ‘flu virus and why it is so potentially dangerous; what public health measures are most likely to be effective in slowing (not stopping) the spread of the virus; how people can protect themselves; who is most likely to be affected, what it might do to the economy; how we can avoid panicking — and why the intelligence services devote attention to this and other zoonotic diseases diseases that spread from animals and birds to humans, sometimes with disastrous results.

Coffee Mornings
Our 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 mornings will be on:
  • Friday 19 January in the Upper Street area
  • Tuesday 20 February in Crouch Hill
  • Tuesday 13 March near The Angel
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.

Coffee morning 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 2018 events and locations. But the following is the expected programme for the year:

  • Thursday 18 January
  • Tuesday 27 February
  • Thursday 8 March
  • Thursday 19 April
  • Tuesday 15 May
  • Wednesday 27 June
  • Thursday 5 July
  • Tuesday 14 August
  • Wednesday 19 September
  • Thursday 25 October
  • Tuesday 6 November
  • Wednesday 12 December


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