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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 26 March Computer Session: another of these popular drop-in help sessions will be held from 2.00 to 4.30pm. As per previous sessions these allow iU3A members with any query they have regarding their computers, tablets or smartphones to drop in and receive guidance from other iU3A members who will share their enhanced knowledge in these areas. These are great occasions for cross-learning and use of Google search or YouTube. No problem too small. If you want to attend please describe your query in broad terms and book a place from our membership secretary here. But also now we have a live continuous support line. If you have an urgent query you can try to explain it by email and we'll try to answer with a solution. Please email with details of your problem here

Monday 16 April — Outing  to Eltham Palace: the first outing arising from this new initative will be a day trip to this recently re-furbished English Heritage site. Eltham Palace has for centuries been a royal palace, and is now an unoccupied royal residence owned by the Crown Estate. Since 1995 it has been managed by English Heritage who restored it in 1999 and opened it to the public. Internally, the Art Deco house is "a masterpiece of modern design". There is also a magnificent Great Hall, a survival from the medieval royal palace. There are 19 acres of beautiful gardens, with a rock garden, a moat crossed by London's oldest working bridge and a sunken rose garden. More information of this iU3A Outing is provided here.
To sign up for this Outing please register your details here

Monday 14 May
— Outing to Kempton Park Racecourse: if you want to find out more drop Howard an email hereIt will be most of the day - leaving later morning, returning early evening and travelling by public transport. This trip is open to all iU3A members.

Wednesday 06 June Book Sale: 2.15 – 4.00pm at the Walker Sickert Community Centre.
As books are heavy, it will make a big difference if we have volunteers to collect books from members and /or perhaps offer space where we can sort the books and store them for a week or two before the sale itself.
And we will need volunteers to sell the books and help with the refreshments on the day.
If you are able to help please email Anne Weyman

Sunday 10 June — Clues Trail: we expect to organise two of these fun events again during 2018. One should be in June and the 2nd one later in the Summer.

Thursday 21 June — Summer Party: keep the time free. A repeat of this popular event. Further details to be published later.

Monday 01 October — Open Day: provisional date for our annual showing of all our activities and our recruitment drive.

Thursday 22 November — AGM:
provisional date for our annual general meeting. We'll need your vote!

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. The date for completion of the questionnaire has now passed so the survey is closed. However, if you missed it you can still send any ideas or ask any questions to David McPhail, our Outings Coordinator here. The results from the survey are published in the report here. Due to this positive response the next stage will be for David to organise a small sub-committee of those who volunteered to help and start planning the first outings.
As you can see from above
we have got the first of these Outings now planned. But we still need more volunteers to help organise other ones.
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.

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.

Rosie MallardThursday 26 April Rosie Millard, OBE, Chair Children in Need

“Telling Stories” – why journalism and creativity relies on narrative

Julia WeinerThursday 24 May Julia Weiner, Senior lecturer in art history, Regents University London
The image of the Jew in Medieval and Renaissance art

This talk will look at the different ways that Jews were represented in Medieval and Renaissance times, examining examples of paintings by artists such as Carpaccio and Uccello

Anne PowerThursday 28 June Professor Anne Power, Professor of Social Policy, LSE

Social housing in the aftermath of Grenfell

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:
  • Tuesday 13 March, near The Angel
  • Thursday 12 April, near Finsbury Park station
  • Thursday 10 May, near The Angel
  • (other future dates to be published shortly - if hosts can be found!!!)
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 2018 events and locations. But the following is the expected programme for the year:

  • Wednesday 28 March
  • Thursday 19 April
  • Tuesday 22 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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