January 2022 Issue 1
'It All Depends on Us'

What's On
Thursday 20 January, Monthly Meeting, 10.00 am (changed to online only): Steve Richards: A reflection on the new political year and an introduction to his latest book: The Prime Ministers We Never Had. Steve is a TV presenter and political columnist who has written for the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman and the Spectator. He often presents The Week in Westminster on Radio 4 and his podcasts and live shows, Rock'n'Roll Politics, attract many followers. Zoom link details:
Meeting ID: 867 5428 9165 Passcode: 540902
There will be a brief Special General Meeting following the talk (the agenda can be viewed here SPG Notification). For further details see the What's On page here.

Pub Lunch: The next one is at the
Canonbury Tavern, 21 Canonbury Place, on Wednesday 12 January, from 12.30 pm onwards. Contact Andy Watson here. If you can’t be there the whole time, please drop in for a drink. Please consider taking a Lateral Flow test before attending.

Coffee Morning: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, Tuesday 18 January at Megan's at The Sorting Office (cafe), 6 Esther Anne Place, N1 1WF. Please email if you'd like to attend.

Groups and Courses
Book Group 7 would like new members. At the open day Jan Kernon, the coordinator, met at least two people who showed interest: she asks that they (or anyone else) please do get in touch. It is a lively if small group which reads a wide variety of books from The Awakening (1899) to Summerwater (2020), and everyone gets to choose a book to read and discuss. It meets at the coordinator's home in Finsbury Park or on Zoom. For further information contact Jan at

New Group — Ambling with Authors: This will be a walking book group with a twist: we will discuss selected texts whilst exploring
on foot the locations in which they are set. Initial ambles will be close to home, potentially including parts of Islington, Bloomsbury and the City. Covid permitting, in January we will start by venturing to Clerkenwell, the backdrop to George Gissing's classic novel of the working class and the urban poor, The Nether World. For details of the new group please contact Janice Vale via

Slow Book Group: What’s so good about the ‘Common Good’?: Concepts of what constitutes the Common Good can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks and were later explored by the great moral philosophers and political thinkers. Is there a contemporary definition that has relevance in today's fiercely meritocratic world? In the next series of the Slow Book Group, we propose to explore the concept of the common good by reading individual chapters from seven different books to understand it from different perspectives. The chapters will be available in electronic form through the iU3A Copyright Licensing Agreement. We will meet on Zoom on Tuesday 18 January at 4.00 pm to get acquainted. Subsequent meetings will be on Zoom at 4.00 pm on 1/2, 15/2, 1/3, 15/3, 29/3, 12/4 and 26/4 for about 90 minutes. The final meeting at 4.00 pm on Tuesday 10 May will hopefully be in person to reflect on what we have learned. If you would like to join Georgia, Facilitator of the discussions, in exploring these important and topical issues, please email Vivek at: Further information here.

Scrabble on Wednesdays!: The Thursday afternoon Scrabble group is thriving and it is now going to provide an additional chance to play, on Wednesdays. The Wednesday group will run at a member's house just off Stoke Newington Church Street and its first meeting will be on Wednesday 19th January 2022 from 2 pm to 4 pm. New and existing members of the Scrabble group are welcome. Contact Claire Milne, the current co-ordinator of Thursday Scrabble, if interested (

Zoom Bookings: Please let Vivek ( know if you are planning to use Zoom for your Group's meetings early in 2022 and for how long you would like the Zoom meetings to be booked.

Other Opportunities and Extras
iU3A Outings: We hope in 2022 to resume our programme of outings. Since David McPhail left iU3A we haven't had an Outings Coordinator and hence no outings (and Covid didn't help either). However, with Howard Stone taking over as Groups Coordinator now, Judith Altshul has volunteered to take on the role of Outings Coordinator. Thanks Judith! If you are willing to help Judith organise an outing please get in touch with her at  

u3a's 40th Anniversary
: We are still looking for members to help with planning of a programme of events. We'll be publishing details as we firm up on ideas. Some of the Groups are also planning events. Let us know your plans so we can add to our programme.

London Region of U3As Summer School — Save the Dates, 26th & 27th July: LRU3A will be holding a two-day Summer School in 2022 at the usual venue, St. Bride’s Institute, off Fleet St. Activities will include talks, workshops and guided walks. There will be a wide range of subjects to choose from such as Art, Current Affairs, History, Literature, Music, Sciences and Social Studies. In addition, this year London has been selected as a general theme. LRU3A want everyone to be safe and will be closely following Covid guidance from the government, Third Age Trust, and working with St. Bride’s. The full programme and booking details will be publicised from mid-April.
It All Depends on Us
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Bulletin compiled by Wil Ransome. For any contributions to Bulletin content please email them here.