Islington U3A
Subscriptions
Subscriptions are now due for the year beginning 1 October 2018. The subscription will stay the same at £30. If you've not renewed yet you can pay here. If you require further information please contact Isabel on iu3amembers@outlook.com

Monthly Meeting
As always, the meeting 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.

At our meeting on Thursday 25th October the speaker will be Christine Coates, who worked as Librarian of the Trades Union Congress for over 46 years, initially in the TUC Headquarters in Congress House and from 1996 at London Metropolitan University. She has been a member and held office in various international, national and specialist committees in the fields of librarianship and social history, including being a member of the British Library Advisory Council 1979-1999, and has had a number of articles published, mainly in relation to her specialist subject, labour history. She has managed a large number of library and information projects, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the British Library and other public bodies, including cataloguing, conservation, oral history, digitisation and websites. She has been an active trade unionist and involved in a number of community projects over the last 40 years. Post-retirement, she volunteers in a community library and maintains her interest and research into labour history. The talk is entitled: Women Workers in the First World War — and will look at women's employment and trade union organisation in the years leading up to the War, the move of women into new areas of work, especially in defence-related industries during the war years, and then ask what gains (if any) were made by working class women in terms of better pay and conditions.

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.

Annual General Meeting

This will be just before the November Monthly Meeting. More information, including various useful links, is here.

What's On

Coffee Mornings: iU3A's coffee mornings enable members to get to know others who live near them. The next one will be on Thursday 11 October in Islington and there are still places available. To reserve a place email Sally at: coffeeiu3a@gmail.com

Pub Lunches: the next pub lunch will be on Thursday 25 October (venue to be announced). For more information contact Howard at: publunchesiu3a@gmail.com.

Computer Drop In Session — Wednesday 24 October: The computer/phone/tablet help doctors will be on hand again to solve all your queries. To book a time contact Isabel here.

Christmas Market, Brussels —
Wednesday 5th December: this will be a day trip to allow you to buy or browse for that special Christmas bauble. We leave London at 8.54am and depart back from Brussels at 8.22pm. There is an earlier train back if folk prefer at 6.56pm (and of course if they wish to stay overnight they are free to do so). The outing will include a visit to the outdoor Christmas market, some sightseeing and an early supper.  Sign up here. Interested members should book their own train tickets as soon as possible as the prices are rising.

Group News
Eight new groups are being planned: Wine Appreciation, Book Group — Rethinking Economics, Book Group — Modern Russian Literature (in translation), New History Groups — The Emergence of a New World Order, Pre-history, Folk and World Music Concerts, New Writing Group — Memoir Writing, Esperanto. Details here.
 
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. Have a look there for full details of the following.

London Music Day, Saturday 20th October:
Only about two weeks left! There are some seats remaining but if you’d like to go, you are urged to book now to avoid disappointment. Programme and application form here.

Communications
It All Depends On Us — Vacancies: we still are looking for nominations to join the Executive Committee as Treasurer and as Communications Coordinator. If you are interested or want to find out more information about the roles, contact Ruth here.

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