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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 2023
iU3A Monthly Meetings: for the talk each month see the details below.

Quiz night, Thursday 27 April, 7.00pm: we have booked a room at the Canonbury Tavern. Due to new rules the maximum number they can accommodate is 40. Please register with Mary at If you haven’t been before do come along as it’s a good opportunity to meet new people. Entrance fee £3 payable in advance. See WOW for more details.

Summer Party, Tuesday 20 June 2023, 6.00 to 8.00pm: we shall celebrate our 10th Anniversary on the eve of the Summer Solstice! Don’t miss out, put the date in your diary now. This ever-popular event is an occasion to meet up with other members in a lovely garden and enjoy wine, soft drinks and canapes. Live music. You will need to be a member to attend. More information will be released in WOW.

iU3A IT Support Meetings
: once a month, see the group page for details here: IT Support Group
And remember their guides — you can see their latest one here: Minimise the stress of a stolen phone 

Monthly Meetings, Speakers Programme
All future meetings will be in-person only. There will be only one talk per month, from 10.30am to 11.30am, and it's suggested you come for coffee, cakes and a chat beforehand. We'll be open from 9.45. We'd ask that your latest arrival time is at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start time: this will enable you to find a seat and allow us to start promptly, thanks.

27 April
Fiona Chesterton:Fiona Chesterman Secrets Never to be Told, Unravelling a Century and a Half of Family Secrets. In her book Secrets Never to be Told Fiona Chesterton reveals how being born illegitimate shaped the lives of two women — one of them being her.

In a story described as compellingly told, there’s a five-year quest, a mystery inheritance, domestic servants exported to Canada as ‘surplus’ women before the First World War, and the unravelling of a century and a half of family secrets. Fact, not fiction.

Finally, there’s the author’s strange 1960s childhood, a time spent in social isolation in a Midlands city, obsessed with a world seen through TV — and with the Beatles.

Fiona Chesterton enjoyed a long career as a journalist, TV producer and commissioning editor at the BBC and Channel 4. She was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Television Society for services to broadcasting in 2008.
25 May
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell: The DJocelyn Bell Burnell3iscovery of Pulsars. Jocelyn Bell Burnell inadvertently discovered pulsars as a graduate student in radio astronomy in Cambridge, opening up a new branch of astrophysics — work recognised by the award of a Nobel Prize to her supervisor.

She has subsequently worked in many roles in many branches of astronomy, working part-time while raising a family and is now a Visiting Academic in Oxford and the Chancellor of the University of Dundee, Scotland. She has been President of the UK’s Royal Astronomical Society, in 2008 became the first female President of the Institute of Physics for the UK and Ireland, and in 2014 the first female President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She was one of the small group of women scientists that set up the Athena SWAN scheme.

She has received many honours, including a $3M Breakthrough Prize in 2018.

The public appreciation and understanding of science have always been important to her, and she is much in demand as a speaker and broadcaster.  In her spare time, she gardens, listens to choral music and is active in the Quakers. She has co-edited an anthology of poetry with an astronomical theme — ‘Dark Matter; Poems of Space’.

The later dates for 2023 are:
  • 22 June, 27 July, 24 August, 28 September, 26 October, 23 November (MM & AGM). December: No Monthly Meeting.
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. Forthcoming Outings are advertised in WOW.
They are open to all members. Reports on previous outings can be found on our Recent News webpage.
If you want to arrange a visit or have a suggestion to make for Outings Coordinator, Judith Altshul, to research and plan, please contact her at
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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