Islington U3A
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Monthly Meetings
There is no Monthly Meeting in August.
Note that from the September meeting onward the Monthly Meetings will start at 10.00 (with registration open from 9.30). This will then allow the '2nd Subjects' to have longer and start at 11.30.

Future Monthly Meetings: this year they do not follow a fixed pattern (due to lack of availability of RfL). The dates are: 19 September, 24 October, 28 November.

What's On/Dates for your Diary
Coffee Mornings: the next one will be on Wednesday 18 September in the Palmers Green area and there are still places available. To reserve a place email Sally here. We are always looking for more hosts. If you are willing to hold a coffee morning in your house please contact Sally for more information.

Pub Lunches: the next one will be on Tuesday 03 September at The Landseer (37 Landseer Rd, London N19 4JU). Lunch starts from 12.15pm and ends when the last members decide to leave. For more information contact Howard here.

Clues Trail: this one will be in and around the City of London on Sunday 01 September. The distance is only about 2.1 miles and  the route takes each team from the Tower to the Monument and back. It will cover 1800 years of history from the Romans up to the present, hopefully taking people to some parts of the City they never knew existed. The pub selected for meeting up in will be revealed once you register. For this trail, entry will be £5.00 (to show your commitment) but you will get this back on the day when you turn up. We'll gather at 12.00 for those who want lunch beforehand, with a start time (instruction given out) of 1.30pm. To register for this event and find out how to pay, please email Isabel here.

Computer/Tablet/Smartphone Drop-in Help Session:
another of our regular drop-in help sessions on Thursday 12 September. Come along for a one-to-one session with one of our 'experts', or 'helpers', to get your query or problem resolved, from 1.30pm. If you want to come you need to let us know and book a 30 minute slot by sending an email to Isabel here. She will then let you know location, etc.

Outings: our next Outing on Tuesday 08 October is to Margate led by David McPhail and Cressida Jupp. The purpose of this trip is to visit the Turner Contemporary Gallery during the period of the Turner Prize exhibition. The gallery is built above the harbour on the spot where J.M.W. Turner stayed. The Turner Prize is an annual prize for contemporary art which takes place at the Tate, or outside London, in alternate years. 2019 will be the first time the Turner Prize exhibition takes place in Margate. For details of this Outing see the pdf here. To register for this Outing please fill in the form here.

New Groups
We are beginning to think about the new membership year and would like to be able to offer some new groups to our members and would love to have some suggestions from you for new groups, particularly if you, or a group of you, would be prepared to help get one going. Photography? Spanish or Italian book groups? An Italian Film group? Ancient History? Art History? Ballroom Dancing? Nordic Walking? We would also like to be able to introduce some short ‘Wellness’ courses which help promote fitness and wellbeing — mindfulness or meditation, more gentle exercise groups, life management discussion groups. We would also like to be able to set up second Creative Writing, Cryptic Crosswords, Intermediate French and i-Pad groups and another general Book Group.  Please get in touch with either Sue Welsford here or Judith Altshul here if you have any ideas. We would, of course, be delighted to help with the practicalities. The Monthly Meeting 2nd Subject in October will also be a discussion on how we create more new groups and what we do about current groups that are full.

We have had these suggestions for new groups:
World Cuisine: This will be an early evening dining group, which will normally meet on the first Tuesday of the month. The aim will be to explore world cuisine by meeting in a small group to eat in local restaurants in Islington and beyond. Members will need to join the group first, then there will be a monthly first come, first served signing up process to a maximum of around eight members per event.

International Development: The International Development Group aims to be an informal and friendly group open to anyone with an interest in or experience of international development. Group members select the books or articles we read and then discuss. We also hope to draw on the wider interests of members who can share some of their experiences. We will meet monthly and rotate around members' houses. At the moment it is planned that the meeting will take place on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 2.00pm. It is hoped that the first meeting will be at the end of September.

One of our members has suggested a Portuguese Conversation Group. Would anyone be interested in either helping to set this up or joining?

If you are interested in any of these new group suggestions please contact Sue Welsford here.

Existing Groups
Our German Book Group is now well established and looking to recruit new members. We read books chosen by members, either classic or modern, then meet to discuss them in German or English. If you would like further information please contact Isabel here.

How can you help?: the national norm for volunteers supporting their U3A is 20%. For Islington U3A our figure is only 15%. If you feel you can help correct this situation, if you feel you can put something back into iU3A however small, please contact Sally at

Committee Deputies: with our ever-growing membership the eight volunteer members who form your Executive Committee are stretched. Hence if anyone wants to volunteer to be a deputy to any position this would help share the workload. If you think you can put a bit of your time back into helping run iU3A please drop Derek a note here.

Members' Handbook: we are looking for some volunteers to support the creation of an iU3A handbook for all members. While our prime information channels will remain digital (ie website & Beacon) we recognise that some members would like a hard copy reference manual for iU3A. A draft of this has been created and we are asking for volunteers to expand and review the content. If you would be prepared to help, please volunteer to Derek here. One member volunteered to this last request — any others?

We'd love to hear your feedback on anything, or if you have any general queries for iU3A, or any suggestions, please email the Chair here.

Bulletin compiled by Wil Ransome. For Bulletin input please email here.