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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.

Wednesday 06 June Book Sale: 2.15 – 4.00pm at the Walker Sickert Community Centre. Please donate books, audio books, CDs and DVDs. We will be sorting the books in advance of the booksale so would like to have your donations between 11am and 4pm Saturday 2, Sunday 3 and Monday 4 June.  If you are able to drop them off, please email for details of where to take them.
If you are unable to drop off your items, we will collect them.  Please email to arrange a collection time. And we will need volunteers to sell the books and help with the refreshments on the day. 
Otherwise please come along and browse and buy, buy, buy.

Friday 8, 15, 22 June 10am-1pm — Free Tablet Course:  at Islington N4 Library, 26 Blackstock Rd, N4 2DW. Booking and enquiries 020 7527 7002. Bring your own tablet or use one of theirs; learn handy hints and tips on tablets. For further information on this non-iU3A event look here.

Friday 8 June — Group Coordinators Meeting: this will be held at Birchmore Hall, tea will be offered from 4.00 with the meeting starting from 4.30 for an hour and a bit, then drinks. Clearing up and out by 7.00.

Sunday 10 June — Clues Trail: this will be the first of two of these fun events for 2018. These will be similar to the previous ones we've organised - as part of a team, a 2 to 3 mile walk around an interesting part of London, trying to follow a route and using the clues provided, spot some features on route. This first one will be based in the City of London area. £5.00 per person for entrance and to buy you a drink. If you want a ticket please email us at

Friday 15 June (booking open - click here)Sandycombe Lodge and Ham House Outing: this visit will be to two 'homes', a trip across the river and lunch. Further info here.

Monday 18 June — Computer Help Session: another of these popular drop-in help sessions will be held from 2.00 to 5.00pm. 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.

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

Thursday 21 June, 6.00 to 8.00pm — Summer Party: keep the time free. This year our ever popular Summer Party will be from 6.00 - 8.00 pm on Thursday 21 June in the beautiful Olden Garden near Drayton Park. Once again, we will be able to enjoy each other’s company and chat to old and new friends while savouring delicious canapes and wine in lovely surroundings. Tickets cost £13.00 and are available from

Sunday 23 September Clues Trail: this will be our second of these in 2018. This one will probably be based in the Canary Wharf area. Further details to follow 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 2017 reflected that many wanted the opportunity of going on 'Outings' organised by iU3A. We have now moved this forward but like all iU3A activities it will depend on whether we get people willing to organise outings. If you have any ideas for Outings please send them to our Outings Coordinator here. The results from the Outings survey are published in the report 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.

Jean WilsonThursday 28 June — CHANGE OF SPEAKER!! previous speaker has cancelled so Jean Willson, a well known iU3A member, has agreed to step in. Her subject will be 'Growing up in Islington'.

Roy KeatingThursday 26 July Roy Keating Chief Executive of the British Library since September 2012 — 'The British Library'

In his tenure so far he has overseen a series of significant developments including the historic move to large-scale digital collecting through legal deposit; the incorporation into the Library of the Public Lending Right service; the Library’s successful and popular 800th anniversary commemorations of Magna Carta; the launch of the Knowledge Quarter, an innovative partnership of over 70 knowledge-based organisations near the Library’s London HQ; the creation of a national network of Business and IP Centres in major regional libraries; and the launch in 2015 of Living Knowledge, which sets out an ambitious vision and strategy for the Library’s growth and development towards its fiftieth anniversary in 2023.

Roly joined the Library after a long and successful career as a programme-maker and broadcasting executive at the BBC, where he played key roles in the launch of UKTV, as its first Head of Programming, and BBC Four, as its launch Controller in 2002, before moving on to become Controller of BBC Two and Director of Archive Content, with editorial oversight of the BBC's online services including BBC iPlayer.

Roy is a member of the board of Channel 4 and a Trustee of the Clore Leadership Programme.  He chairs the Knowledge Quarter Board and the Conference of European National Librarians.  Roly holds Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Lincoln, Warwick and York.

No Monthly Meeting in August.
September details to be published shortly.

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:
  • Thursday 10 May, near The Angel
  • June - none
  • July - details to be fixed yet
Still need more members to volunteer to host these please....
 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 27 June
  • Thursday 5 July
  • Tuesday 14 August
  • Wednesday 19 September
  • Thursday 25 October
  • Tuesday 6 November
  • Wednesday 12 December


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