Islington U3A

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Monthly Meeting & AGM
Thursday 28 November: registration opens from 9.30am then starting at 10.00 at RfL at 356 Holloway Rd, London N7 6PA.
AGM: please come to hear your Chair's annual report and presentation of the accounts. We also need your vote to elect your Executive Committee.
1st Speaker:
'Smithfield Market — Past, Present and Future' by Alec Forshaw, former Conservation Officer for the London Borough of Islington.
2nd Speaker: Paul Gillett of IAM RoadSmart discussing a new driving licence.
See details of both talks on the What's On page here.

What's On/Dates for your Diary
Pub Lunches: there will be no arranged pub lunch on the day of the AGM, but it is understood that some members will repair to The Coronet afterwards. The lunch at The Lady Mildmay will probably be arranged in the New Year.

Coffee Mornings: the next one will be on Wednesday 04 December in Stoke Newington. For more information contact Sally here.

Christmas Market Outing: it's still possible to book a place on this visit to Bath on Monday 02 December by signing up here. Further details on the What's On page here.

Course: this is a new concept for iU3A, a different way for learning. Power and Politics in Today’s World: 'Today's World' ranges from the huge euphoria that accompanied the collapse of communism in the late 1980s to the politics of fear and resentment that has overtaken much of the world since 2016, focusing on how did we get from there to here, what comes next and what could lead us to a better politics? Professor of Political Science Ian Shapiro plans to answer these questions for Yale University students and share his lectures, which are about an hour long, as videos on YouTube. He introduces the course here. Our first meeting (on 17 January) will introduce the course, show people how to access it on their computer or smartphone, discuss different ways of covering the material and when to review progress. The idea is for Group members to see each subsequent lecture at home before coming together to discuss it once a month for about 90 minutes. It will meet at 10.30am on the 3rd Friday of each month. The series should last for about 11 sessions. If you are interested, please contact Sue Welsford here.

New Groups
Dance Visits:
NEW Enjoy dance with iU3A (from the comfort of your seat!). The core programming of this new group will be the opportunity to enjoy dance via a live cinema relay at the comfortable Barbican cinema, in the company of iU3A friends. Additional live performances at a local theatre can be added if the group agrees. Scheduled from the ROH so far in 2020 are two classics and two new ballets: Sleeping Beauty on 16 January; two premieres by Cathy Marston and Liam Scarlett on 1 March (afternoon); Swan Lake on 1 April and The Dante Project on 28 May. Members will be responsible for buying their own tickets and there’ll be the opportunity to meet beforehand and in the intervals. Group discussions can be arranged if there’s demand and there are volunteers to facilitate them! If you are interested in this suggestion please contact Sue Welsford here.

Family History Group: these are very popular in other U3As and one or two iU3A members have indicated that they would like to have one of these groups. If you would be interested in joining a Family History group, especially if you could help with the organisation, please contact Sue Welsford here.
'Members On Their Own' (MOTO) Group:
a MOTO group would be specifically for people living alone who would like the company of others in the same situation. They would welcome the opportunity to join a group which might offer activities during the day, in the evening and at weekends. The group would be self-supporting, agreeing their own parameters and deciding for themselves how they want to arrange their activities. The activities would be as varied and as eclectic as the group members themselves. MOTO is not a lunch club although Sunday lunches are popular. It would be just like any other Islington U3A group with its own co-ordinator and deciding how it wished to proceed (frequency of meetings, events, locations etc) and what it wanted to do. If you are interested in this suggestion please contact Sue Welsford here.


Members Handbook:
by popular demand we have created a hard copy Members Handbook to help members find out about the basic provisions available at iU3A. Over the next few weeks we will be distributing these. Look out for your personal copy. We hope you enjoy it and find it a useful reference guide.

Survey: The National U3A is carrying out one of its periodic surveys of members’ views. This will only be going to a sample of members so we do not know to whom it is being sent. Nonetheless if you receive it do please complete and return as indicated, and it will be very helpful in developing U3A activities. If you have any queries about this survey please contact our secretary Chris Bulford here.

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