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November 2021 Issue 2
'It All Depends on Us'

What's On
Thursday 25 November, AGM, at 10.00: this will be a hybrid meeting (at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, next to Waitrose, or online). Please attend we need your vote (on election of your next Executive Committee members and proposed tweaks to our Constitution. Further details here: AGM Papers.
Zoom details:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88943244889?pwd=Q2pENjRQUmorZ1Y4Z1lBcVNrUEdsUT09
Meeting ID: 889 4324 4889  Passcode: 896799

Monthly Meeting: Following the AGM we will hear David Nutt: Drugs and Drug Policy without the hot air. After his first fascinating presentation to us on psychedelics, Professor Nutt makes a welcome return to talk to us about current drug and alcohol policies and how these should be changed. He was famously dismissed from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs following the publication of his controversial study of the relative harms of drug use and his expressed opinion that alcohol is more harmful to society than illegal drugs. For details, see the What's On page here.
Zoom details:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88943244889?pwd=Q2pENjRQUmorZ1Y4Z1lBcVNrUEdsUT09
Meeting ID: 889 4324 4889  Passcode: 896799

Wednesday 15 December, Pub Lunch: 12.30 pm onwards at The Canonbury Tavern, Canonbury Place, N1 2NS. Please email publunchesiu3a@gmail.com.

Groups and Courses
The Mid-20th Century Book Group is looking for new members. It meets monthly on a Thursday afternoon in a pub to discuss classic and lesser-known books from the 1920s-1950s, taking turns to choose from a previously compiled booklist. Most of the books are available in the Islington libraries. Do feel free to join for a session to find out if our group suits you. Email Liz Savage at books1920.iu3a@gmail.com for any further information or to join.

Poetry Writing: play with words. Explore. Share. A spin off from our Creative Writing group, this new group is looking for more members. It is to be held once a month at the coordinator's home in N16, probably in the afternoon on the second Tuesday of each month, but day and time are flexible, depending on members. Contact Judith at
groups@islingtonu3a.org for more information.

French Conversation: we've had a waiting list for places in a French Conversation group for quite a long time, so it's great news that we are able to set up this new group. Level Intermediate/Advanced. Contact Judith (as above) for more information.

Art — iPad Drawing and Painting: the first of these was full so we're starting up another group. Members will support each other in exploring the many uses of their iPad. All we need is a person willing to organise the meetings and keep in touch with the members. Contact Judith (as above) for more information.

Other potential groups: the following are in the pipeline for forming as a group
The Repair, Re-purpose and Restore club (RRR club),  Mapping Our History and Cycling. Interested in any of these? Further information on the New Groups webpage here. Then please contact Judith at groups@islingtonu3a.org

Other Opportunities and Extras
Remember the iU3A COP26 Challenge? What changes did you make to help the planet? How did your group mark the event? Send your responses to Judith at groups@islingtonu3a.org

Scams: this from Barclays may be of interest: Scam Avoidance Tips

Ecological Dialogues: Sustainable Communities and the Question of Nature: this is a series of talks from London Metropolitan University that, through our Memorandum of Agreement with them, we can join and enjoy. Details are on the Other Opportunities webpage here.

It All Depends on Us
Help: if you'd like to help your u3a in any way please do add your name to our volunteers list: contact Sally on volunteersiu3a@gmail.org.

General concerns or queries: Please call us on: 07784 336219 or email chair@islingtonu3a.org.

Bulletin compiled by Wil Ransome. For any contributions to Bulletin content please email them here.