October 2021 Issue 1
'It All Depends on Us'

What's On 
We hope you enjoyed our first 'hybrid' monthly meeting. The monthly meetings at the end of each month will be a hybrid, the one in the middle of the month will be online only. We are sorry that some of you had difficulty with the Zoom link last time. If the link doesn't work for you again please try using the ID and pass code.
Thursday 14 October, Monthly  Meeting:
this will be online only: you can log on from 9.30 for a chat with some fellow members, but this time the cup of coffee you may be drinking will be one you have made. The meeting will begin at 10.00am. Our speaker is
Professor Gill Shepherd: How indigenous people are vital players in protecting the planet from climate change. An anthropologist and long-time Highbury resident, she will illustrate the role her profession can play in this by taking us to the dense rich forests of the Congo Basin, the second largest area of tropical forest in the world after the Amazon. Zoom details:
Meeting ID: 816 4063 5254  Passcode: 313914

Monday 04 October, 2.30-4.30pm, iU3A Open Day: are you supporting your Group Coordinator on your desk? Or just coming along to see what's new? Whichever, we hope to see you on the day. This is our main recruitment day so we hope to make the room attractive and welcoming. Please bring a friend if they might like to join iU3A. It will be held as usual at the Resource for London centre (next to Waitrose, 356 Holloway Road N7 6PA). We could do with some more helpers on the day. We know that some of you are helping already by being on the individual Group tables, but we need some others to welcome the public, potential new members; to help answer queries (eg 'Where do I find such and such...?') from either existing members or the public; etc. If you are willing to help please contact Margaret Orrell at The Risk Assessment for this event is here.

Tuesday 19 October, IT Drop-in Help Session: from 3.00pm. Normal Zoom link details, ie.:
Meeting ID: 852 0718 5467  Passcode: 307228

Tuesday 26 October, Coffee Morning: 11.00am-12.30pm, in N4. Please email, if you'd like to attend.

Membership Renewal: to the over 400 members who have already renewed thank you. For the rest, please do renew your membership subscription soon. You'll have received an email from Joy, our Membership Secretary, about how to do this, or you can find a link to the Beacon system on the Members webpage. You will need to log in to Beacon and that will enable you to renew your annual subscription. Please note: we are not able to claim gift aid on your subscription.

Groups and Courses
Scottish Dancing: Cheryl is trying to get this group moving again. Many members are keen but she needs some more to make it viable. If you are interested please contact her at:

Chess for Beginners Group:  we are looking for one or two experinced chess players who would like to help support and advise the rest of this friendly group. We meet once a month at a very pleasant pub in the Highbury area. Please contact Anne at if you can help. If you are a beginner but interested in joining the group please also contact Anne.

The Current Film Group has closed for the time being. Is there a chance of a new Coordinator who can run it on Zoom? if so, then please contact

Ageing in the 21st Century: Slow Book Group: in the format of a ‘Slow Book Group’, we will sample chapters from contemporary writers on the topic of ageing and our ageing society. What are our attitudes to growing older? How do we want to be perceived? How can we take an active role in our health and care as we age? The chapters will be available in electronic form through the iU3A Copyright Licensing Agreement. We may find we want to explore some of the books in greater depth at a later time. We will meet in person on Wednesday 06 October at 4.30pm to get acquainted. Subsequent meetings will on Zoom at 4.30pm on Wednesdays 20 October, 03 November, 17 November, 1 December, 15 December, 12 January, with some members joining individually and others in small groups. The final meeting at 4.30pm on 26 January will 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 on the New Groups webpage here.

Doing Democracy Differently: Dissatisfaction with democracy — or the way it is implemented — appears to be growing. This Bite Sized Group of eight sessions will start by looking at whether we feel democracy is failing, and if so, where and how, identifying the causes of the present malaise. It will go on to explore and assess different approaches to improving the way citizens interact with the democratic process; and finish by asking whether we can do anything to change the present system, if we don’t like what we’ve got now. This Group will adopt a blended format with a face to face meeting on Thursday 28 October at 4.00pm. The six discussions will use Zoom on Thursdays 11 November, 25 November, 09 December, 13 January, 27 January, 10 February at the same time. The final face-to-face meeting will be on February 24th at 4.00pm. If you would like to join Pauline, Facilitator of the discussions, in exploring these important and topical issues, please email Vivek at: Further information on the New Groups webpage here.

In addition three new Bite Size Groups have just started a new series of discussions lasting three to nine months. New members are very welcome. Full information about them can be found at:
Slow Book Group on 'The Future of Merit'
Moral Foundations of Politics
Letters on Liberty
Please have a look and come and talk to Vivek at the iU3A Open Day about any ideas that you might have for more 'Bite Size Groups'.

Other Opportunities and Extras
The British Museum and Camden Adult Learning are running a set of free 90 minute history webinars (on Zoom) this term. The courses are free and available for all adult learners across the UK. Here are the dates of the autumn term webinars — all on Mondays from 11.00am to 12.30pm (if you would like further information about each webinar or to enrol just follow this link):
11 Oct: From There to Here: Object Journeys into the British Museum Collection
18 Oct: Trowel Blazers: Women in Archaeology
1 Nov:
Close to Home: objects from London in the British Museum
8 Nov: Mummies and Maps: how to get to the ancient Egyptian afterlife

End of Life Planning: Gentle Dusk's October events can be viewed here.

It All Depends on Us
Help: we need more help in various ways: we need members to drop leaflets at more locations; we are still looking for a successor to Judith as Groups Coordinator; we need more 'tech' support to help Group Coordinators with their 'hybrid' meetings and our monthly meetings. If you'd like to help your u3a in any way please do add your name to our volunteers list: contact Sally on

Hybrid Groups: there are three u3a methods for support available to Group Coordinators who are trying out hybrid meetings (a combination of meeting physically and online). The London Region Guide on the topic has been updated further and is available here. If you find that a bit too complicated then a dedicated national website has been set up (by Derek) which you can access here. Or if you want to raise a specific query there are weekly national drop-in sessions with the Zoom link here (originated by Vivek). iU3A will also support Groups who need extra equipment to hold hybrid meetings. We do need help to support this initiative so if you have held a successful hybrid meeting and now are willing to support another iU3A group hold one, please contact us at

General concerns or queries: Please call us on: 07784 336219 or email

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