Islington U3A
Monthly Meeting
At the meeting on Thursday 28 February the speaker will be Rosemary Seton, Archivist: 'Others might have buckled … famines and droughts, floods, fire and native customs — Fresh perspectives on British missionary women c. 1800-1950s.'  Details of Rosemary Seton and her talk are on the What's On page here.

As always, this is in Seminar Rooms 2 and 3, Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, N7 6PA. Registration opens at 9.45am for a prompt 10.30 start. There is step-free access and the meeting room has an induction loop. There are refreshments available beforehand in our meeting room, so you can meet up and chat with other members over a cup of tea or coffee. If you haven't been to a monthly meeting previously, our welcome team will be there to say "hello" and help you find your way around.

Please note the dates for future monthly talks. This year they do not follow a fixed pattern (due to lack of availability of RFL) The dates are: 21 March, 25 April, 23 May, 27 June, 25 July, 19 September, 24 October, 28 November

What's On
Computer/Tablet/Smartphone Tutorials: in addition to the popular one-to-one drop in help sessions we have been running we are expecting to launch shortly a series of tutorial type sessions. The concept here is to present some common general topics in more of a classroom format so several members can learn about a feature together. Members can chose which sessions, which subject, they want to come along to. More details will be available after the next Monthly Meeting and you can register your general interest there also.

Coffee Mornings: iU3A's coffee mornings enable members to get to know others who live near them. The next one will be on Wednesday 13 March in Canonbury and there are still places available. To reserve a place email Sally at:

Pub Lunches: The next one will be on Thursday 21 March at The Brewhouse,
Corsica St, Highbury East. For more information contact Howard at:

Outings for 2019
our programme of outings so far includes:
  • Highclere Castle (Monday 15 April),
  • Strawberry Hill (June),
  • Windsor boat trip (September),
  • Christmas market (December).

Further details to follow on all of these.

We are always looking for new volunteers to run more outings. If you are able to help in anyway please make contact here.

New Groups
We are pleased to announce that, due to popular demand, there is now a second Wine Appreciation group, which will be organised by Barry Mason — so we thank him for volunteering! This second group will run on the third Tuesday in each month with its first session on 19th February on Chilean wines. The two Wine Appreciation groups will be run on a combined membership basis (you only need to join once to be a member of both groups); they will both study the same 'theme' each month (eg Chilean for February, New Zealand wines for March); as a group member you can only to go one of the two sessions each month; there will be a maximum attendance of 10 members allowed per session. You can sign up to the group by signing in to Beacon and going to the Wine Appreciation group listing. Further information on how this second group will run is detailed on the Wine Appreciation 1 & 2 web page here. If you want any further information please send an email to

At present we have a few specific proposals for new groups. All have significant interest from members and so are close to launch but each requires a few more members to be sure that the group is viable in the longer term.

We welcome suggestions for other new groups. So if by yourself or with other members you would like to be involved in extending our range of groups to include an activity or interest which is currently not covered, do get in touch with your ideas. A new group needs an enthusiastic member (or several members) whom we will help to establish and run it. If there is a group that you would like to set up please contact Sue Welsford at

Other Opportunities Regional and National Events
These are now on the page What's On — Regionally & Nationally, linked from the What's On Page. Go to the iU3A 'What's On' page, then click on the link 'What's On — Regionally & Nationally' in the first paragraph. From that page, under the box titled 'Other Opportunities, click on the 'here' in the sidebar on the right, or use the direct link here.

Barry James, Science & Technology lead, Cannock Chase U3A, Staffordshire is circulating information about the U3A Robot Constructor's Challenge. For further information there are links on the Other Opportunities page (here) or directly via:
Robots-Flyer and Robots-TheRules

The London Region Summer School 2019 is now ready for booking
. The details are on the Other Opportunities page here. Please note that sessions book up quickly, so they advise booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

More national workshops which the London Region U3A are organising: Monday 11 March 2019: Recruiting and Valuing Volunteers (in London) and Wednesday 27 March: First National Study Day for Languages (
at Aston University in Birmingham). Details on the Other Opportunities page here.

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.
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