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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

Sunday 01 September (Note date change !!) — Clues Trail: reserve the date now. Further details to follow.

Open Day: Based on feedback from Group Coordinators and the Membership, we are looking at different ideas for an Open Day this year. All that can be said at this stage is that we will NOT be holding an Open Day open to current members and the public at RfL in October. If you have that date in your diary you can remove it. We are instead currently considering other ideas to attract new members. We are also considering holding some form of internal Groups Information Session at some stage. Watch this space for further details.

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.

Future iU3A Outings
Our programme of Outings for 2019 so far is:
  • Margate (date not set yet)
  • Windsor boat trip (September),
  • Christmas market (December).
Further details to follow on all of these.

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.
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. The specific dates are: 27 June, 25 July, 19 September, 24 October, 28 November. Please note: from the September meeting onward the Monthly Meetings will start at 10.00 (with registration opening at 9.30). This will then allow the '2nd Subjects' to start 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.

25 July
TALK — Graham Bennett, a meGraham Bennettmber of the Crouch End and District U3A and a retired theatre manager, Diaghilev and London — How a Russian impresario's Ballet Russes won the heart of London, his ballerina the heart of a famous economist and their legacy today. Just over a century ago, a groundbreaking Dance Company came out of Russia, created and led by the impresario Serge Diaghilev. This was the Ballet Russes, which for 20 years brought together some of the greatest artists, composers and choreographers of the time to collaborate on the creation of dances that shocked, entertained and enthralled audiences and which had a very special relationship with London.
2nd SUBJECT"The Use of Links". This will be another computer style tutorial running from 12.00 to 12.45. It will explain how to use hyperlinks (add them to emails; how to make the address line shorter) and how to use mailto protocols or how to get round these. We are often told by members that the links in our Bulletins or on our website, don't work. This is not accurate but is how the member's device (laptop, tablet, etc) has its defaults set up. How to work around the problem will be explained in simple terms.
August  No meeting
19 September TALK — Valerie Iles, who Valerie Ileshas worked with the NHS for over 40 years — she set up one of the first Health Masters Degrees in Business Administration in the 1990s, ran the national leadership programme for the Royal College of General Practitioners, taught leadership at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a visiting professor, and has been a Non-Executive Director of a large NHS Trust, as well having a wide range of coaching clients The NHS is 71: is it time it retired?  It isn’t just money that the NHS, our ‘national religion’, needs: it’s a complete rethink. Solutions from both political Right and Left could each work, but we’re stuck between them in a system that is the worst of both worlds. Let’s explore what a healthy health system would look like — and what we can do about it. 
2nd subject — Roger Hamilton of our Green Issues group will present on: "What Can I do to help save the Planet" (or similar).
24 October TALK — Sebastian BSebastian Balfouralfour, Emeritus Professor of Contemporary Spanish Studies at LSE,  The Catalan Crisis — An International Perspective. The focus of this talk is on the Catalan dimension of the Spanish crisis. It will look at the processes that led to the abortive declaration of independence on October 27 2017 and then examine the Catalan crisis from an international perspective. A central question is to what extent is the crisis symptomatic of a much broader process combining globalisation and sub-state nationalism.
2nd Subject — this will be an interactive session on "New Groups". We're looking for members to stay for this session and provide suggestions on what sort of new groups we need in iU3A and how they can be created.
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 —  possibly driving tips for the elderly. To be confirmed.
December  No meeting

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:
  • Monday 22 July in the Angel 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 2018 events and locations. But the following is the expected programme for the year:

  • Thursday 25 July - CANCELLED/ POSTPONED !!
  • Tuesday 6 August
  • Thursday 22 August
  • Tuesday 3 September
  • Thursday 19 September
  • Tuesday 1 October
  • Thursday 17 October
  • Tuesday 29 October
  • Thursday 14 November
  • Thursday 28 November
  • Thursday 12 December
  • Monday 23 December


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