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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.

Special Events — Diary Dates for 2018/19
Wednesday 22 May — Computer/Tablet/Smartphone Help Session: another of our regular drop in help sessions. Come along for a one-to-one session with one of our 'experts', or 'helpers', to get your query or problem resolved. Starting from 1.30pm. If you want to come you need to let us know and book a 30 minute slot by sending an email to Isabel here. She will then let you know location, etc.

Thursday 06 June — Theatre Visit: We will be returning to the Park Theatre, Finsbury Park this time to see The Last Temptation Of Boris Johnson by Jonathan Maitland. This theatre visit is open to all iU3A members. The cost of tickets (which will include a glass of wine/soft drink) will depend on the ticket take-up but is expected to be a little under £33.30 for Band A seats, £28.80 (£22.30 if you are over 65) for Band B and £26.30 (£22.30 if you are over 65) for Band C. Please contact Sue Welsford ( to reserve your ticket, indicating which price band you would prefer.

Saturday 15 June (DATE CHANGED!!) — Clues Trail: this will be the first of two of these popular events in 2019. The trail will be around the Hoxton and Shoreditch area and with a street art theme. Same format as previous times you will be put with others into a team; about a three-mile walk using your observation skills; prizes for winning team. Ticket price will be £6.00 a head. This will get you a drink when you arrive at the start, cover the cost of prizes, and the balance will be donated to our local charity ('Islington Giving'). Any queries or to buy a ticket contact Isabel here.

Thursday 20 June — Summer Party: from 18.00 to 20.00pm. Our most popular annual event. Ticket only event £13.00 a head (to cover venue, fizz & canapes). Location and other details available to ticket holders. As this is always a sell out tickets must be bought in advance (as we cater for a fixed number and others might be on a waiting list, you will be turned away if you just turn up on the day). Tickets can be purchased through emailing Isabel here.

Monday 24 June — Strawberry Hill House Outing: the details for this Outing can now be viewed here.  You can sign up for this Outing here. Once you register you will be sent details of how you can pay. We'll be closing registration (and payment) for this Outing on 14 May so don't leave it too long.

Wednesday 28 August — Clues Trail: reserve the date now. Further details to follow.

Future iU3A Outings
Our programme of Outings for 2019 so far is:
  • Strawberry Hill (Monday 24 June) — see above
  • 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: 25 April, 23 May, 27 June, 25 July, 19 September, 24 October, 28 November.

They are always at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, N7 6PA (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.

23 May 
fRANCES wOODDr Frances Wood, 'The Silk Road', RfL, Seminar 2&3. Silk Road collections in the British Library. Frances Wood was Curator of the Chinese collection in the British Library for nearly 30 years. She has written a number of books on Chinese history and culture including Did Marco Polo Go To China?, Forbidden City, The Silk Road, No Dogs and Not Many Chinese: Treaty Port Life in China 1843-1943, Hand Grenade Practice in Peking: my part in the Cultural Revolution, The Diamond Sutra: The Story of the World’s Earliest Printed Book, Betrayed Ally: China in the Great War and Great Books of China. The over 20,000 documents from the Silk Road in the British Library collections were acquired by Sir Aurel Stein (1862-1943) on his three major expeditions to Chinese Central Asia in 1900-1, 1906-8 and 1913-6. Although other distinguished European and Japanese archaeologists were exploring the Silk Road area at the time, Stein was the first to reach the Buddhist cave-temple complex at Dunhuang where he acquired thousands of documents and paintings dating from c. 400-1020 AD from a walled-up cave that had been forgotten for hundreds of years.

Paintings on silk and paper and documents on paper represented the world’s earliest paper archive, including the world’s earliest securely dated printed ‘book’ (dated 868 AD) some 400 years before paper was made in Europe and over 500 years before Gutenberg pioneered printing in Europe.
2nd SUBJECT Beacon Tutorial: The subject for this will be a computer tutorial style presentation and discussion of the Beacon Members System. The material will be largely tailored to Group Coordinators use of Beacon, but will also cover Members' use of Beacon as well.
27 June
Prof Anne Power, Emeritus ProAnne Powerfessor of Social Policy at LSE, CASE Associate and Head of LSE Housing and Communities, 'Social Housing After Grenfell', RfL Conference Hall + Seminar 5. Following the tragic Grenfell fire in June 2017, the social housing sector has come to the forefront of government policy and there has been increased public awareness and support. Government has made a commitment to helping Grenfell survivors and residents in multi-storey blocks around the country. There has also been a big change in the attitudes of social landlords, who have been forced to invest and focus on their existing homes and residents, rather than on new-build properties. It has also led to renewed calls for a greater voice for tenants. Anne Power will discuss how all of these strands are coming together and what social housing could look like after learning the lessons from Grenfell.
2nd SUBJECT — iU3A Green Issues Group presents.

25 July
Sebastian BalfourSebastian Balfour, Emeritus Professor of Contemporary Spanish Studies at LSE, ’Catalan Independence and its links to Current European Politics’, RfL, Seminar 2&3. 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 27 October 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 — not defined yet

August  No meeting
19 September  Talk & 2nd Subject:
 No subjects yet — RfL, Seminar 2&3
24 October  Talk & 2nd Subject:
 No subjects yet — RfL, Seminar 2&3
28 November  Talk & 2nd Subject:
 No subjects yet— RfL, Seminar 2&3
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:
  • Wednesday 24 April in Stoke Newington
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 11 April
  • Tuesday 14 May
  • Tuesday 25 June
  • Thursday 31 July
  • Tuesday 13 August
  • Wednesday 25 September
  • Thursday 31 October
  • Tuesday 5 November
  • Wednesday 11 December


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