Islington U3A
Monthly Meeting
There will be no meeting in December.

At the meeting on Thursday 24 January the speaker will be Frank Dobson, Former Health Secretary and MP. His talk will be entitled 'Juggling and Decision Making'. Details of Frank Dobson and his talk are on the What's On page here.

AGM & iU3A Executive Committee
We had a very good turn out for our AGM. Thank you for coming along to support. At the AGM five new members were elected to join the Executive Committee and support the remaining five members of the Executive Committee. For a complete listing of your Executive Committee have a look at the Contacts page here.

What's On
Pub Quiz: save the date, Tuesday 12 February. Details to follow in next Bulletin.

Coffee Mornings:
iU3A's coffee mornings enable members to get to know others who live near them. The next one will be on Thursday 17 January in Highbury Hill and there are still places available. To reserve a place email Sally at:

Pub Lunches: there will not be a pub lunch in December. The next one will be on Tuesday 8 January. For more information contact Howard at: The dates for Pub Lunches in the first half of 2019 are: Tuesday 08 January, Wednesday 13 February, Thursday 21 March, Thursday 11 April, Tuesday 14 May, Wednesday 25 June.

Group News
Chess for Beginners:
If you are a chess player and would like to help our beginners, you would be most welcome to join our friendly group. We meet in a very pleasant Highbury pub on alternate Tuesday afternoons from 2.00-4.30pm. We have a waiting list of beginners keen to join and learn this stimulating game, but we are still a bit short of coaches. Contact address is:

Intermediate Spanish: Coordinated by a native Spanish speaker, this new group is for members with good basic Spanish. It meets at 2.30pm on a Friday afternoon in a pub in Canonbury. There are still a few spaces available in this group and if you are interested please contact

We welcome suggestions for 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 (

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 'Other Opportunities, click on the 'here' in the sidebar on the right or use the direct link here.

UCL have made a request for research volunteers, a bit different from usual as the testing lasts all day (or two half days if preferred) and they would like participants to have an MRI scan. New items on the Other Opportunities page
(details of how to find that above, or use the direct link here): UCL Psychology and Language Sciences are looking for participants for cochlear implant and speech understanding research; open to the London Region of U3A: Down the Drain (8th February 2019), an in-depth study of the history of London's drainage right through to the current Tideway Project, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Joseph Bazalgette.

The Unicorn Theatre at London Bridge are offering U3A members 15% off up to four tickets for their Christmas show
Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales. Details here.

If you are having difficulty reading this email version of the Bulletin you can see a web version here.  General comments always welcome - send to: here