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This page shows the next main current 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 or you would like to see information about past meetings please use the links in the box on the right.

Special Events — Diary Dates for 2022
iU3A Monthly Meetings: for the two iU3A talks each month see the details below.

iU3A IT Support Meetings: once a month, see the group page for details here: IT Support Group

Wednesday 7 September, Summer Party: from 6pm till 8pm. There will be wine, soft drinks and canapés. Tickets are £10 and can be bought from the Treasurer Mary White by cash or cheque at the next Monthly Meeting at the Resource Centre on Thursday 28 July. Or pay online to Islington u3a account number 53553396, sort code 204491. Please email Mary ( to tell her you have paid.
We will be entertained by Richard Cryan, a multi-instrumentalist and singer who plays guitar, mandolin and fiddle. He is in two bands, Broomdasher and Dorten Yonder. The closing date for registering is Thursday 1 September. No paper tickets this year, once you register your name will be kept on a list.

Monthly Meetings, Speakers Programme
See below (left-hand column) to see if the Monthly Meetings is in person only, or a 'hybrid' form (ie you can attend in person at Resource for London Centre, 356 Holloway Road, N7 6PA or online through Zoom) or only online. The main Talk will start at 10.30 am and run to 11.30am and it's suggested you are present at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. There will only be the one topic, the main speaker. When relevant the Zoom invitation for that meeting will be sent to all members via the Bulletin.
As a trial the end of the Month talks will be live (in person) only (not hybrid).

11 Aug

online only
Vicky Pryce: Women vsVicky Price Capitalism: why we can't have it all in a free market economy. Professor Vicky Pryce is a Greek-born international economist and currently Chief Economic Adviser and board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). She has had a number of major private sector and UK Government consulting roles. Her books include: It's the Economy, Stupid - Economics for Voters, with Ross and Urwin; Greekonomics: The Euro crisis and Why Politicians Don't Get It; Redesigning Manufacturing, with Nielsen and Beverland; Prisonomics; and Women vs Capitalism. She is also co-founder of GoodCorporation, a company set up to advise on global business ethics. Vicky will talk about the thesis in her book which explores why gender equality is good for the economy and why we are far from achieving it. For this Meeting we will also be welcoming friends from other London u3as.
25 Aug

live only
David Evans: With Searchlights, Drum Rolls and Fanfares —The Birth of 20th Century-Fox and how it developed in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. David is a registered City of London and City of Westminster guide who is a regular speaker on the U3A London circuit. Before his retirement he spent thirty-two years working for Air France and ended his career with responsibility for all its commercial training in the UK and Ireland. This talk will look at how the company was formed, how it overcame challenges to the movie industry and how it developed into one of Hollywood's most important film studios in what might be called the Golden Era of movie-making.
8 Sept

22 Sept
Anne Karpf: The ChallengAnne Karpfes of living in the third age. This Meeting will take the form of a discussion rather than a presentation. Six members of our Ageing in the 21st Century Group will lead a discussion with the audience and Georgia, who will be one of the panellists, has prepared this attached explanation of the event: 'Growing older in the modern age is often viewed as either a time of inevitable decline or something to be resisted, denied or overcome. In her book How to Age sociologist and award-winning journalist Anne Karpf urges us to radically change our narrative. She argues that if we can recognize growing older as a normal part of the human condition, then the great challenge of ageing turns out to be none other than the challenge of living fully. At the invitation of the iU3A Group Ageing in the 21st Century, Anne will open a conversation with us presenting some of her thoughts on where we are at and how u3a’s ‘living laughing and learning’ can work to support that challenge.'
13 Oct
27 Oct
Dame Frances Cairncross: The trouFrances Cairncrossble with News. The conventional news industry — both papers and broadcast — is under threat. Does it matter? And if so, what can be done about it? Frances Cairncross has had two careers. She spent nearly 40 years as a journalist, first on the Guardian and then on The Economist, where at one stage she ran the Britain section and at another wrote on corporate management. She left in 2004 for a decade as the head of Exeter College, Oxford, and subsequently spent five years chairing the Court — the governing body — of Heriot-Watt University. She and her husband have two adult daughters, and they have lived in the same house in Canonbury since 1973.
10 Nov
24 Nov Lloyd Peck: How do aniLloyd Peckmals adapt to survive in the coldest, driest, windiest and most isolated places on Earth? Professor Peck is a physiologist and scientist at the forefront of investigation into animal adaptation in extreme environments, especially cold polar marine systems. He leads a dedicated, innovative team of polar biologists evaluating how species live in the coldest, driest, windiest, most isolated place on earth. He has conducted 19 field trips to Antarctica and three to the Arctic. Lloyd is an Individual Merit Scientist at the British Antarctic Survey, holds visiting Professor positions in Portsmouth and Sunderland Universities and is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2004 and has published over 330 science papers, book chapters and books.
8 Dec

While these have been limited recently due to the pandemic we hope to start a fuller Outings programme in 2022. Outings are organised from time to time by members to places of interest in London and the Home Counties. Destinations are varied and can always be reached by public transport, usually within the Freedom Pass Zone, but occasionally a bit further afield. If you want to arrange a visit, please contact Judith at Have a look on our Recent News webpage for a brief report of our visit to Audley Retirement Village. Forthcoming Outings are advertised in the Members' Bullletin.
Coffee Mornings
Coffee morningsThese are back to meeting physically again now. Our iU3A coffee mornings are a popular way of getting to know other members. They are on varying days of the week and are free to iU3A members. See the latest Bulletin for date of next coffee morning.

Sally FoxOur coffee mornings are organised by Sally Fox. To book up for any of the coffee mornings please email Sally here. She will then advise you that you are booked. 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.

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 Andy Watson here for more information or to reserve your place.

Andy WilsonEach of our lunches held so far have attracted about 15 iU3A members who've enjoyed some good chat. While originally conceived to attract more male members there has been good support from women members. Do come along and join us.

Details of the Pub Lunch Groups schedule can be found in Beacon or in the Bulletins.

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