February 2020 Issue
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The next one is on Thursday 27
February. Registration is from 9.30am. Tea and
coffee will be available then; we start PROMPTLY at
10.00am; 1st subject 10.00-11.00; 2nd subject
11.30-12.30. It is held at Resource for London, 356
Holloway Rd, N7 6PA.
1st Subject — Kathleen Sherit: British
Servicewomen: Their Path to Combat.
2nd Subject — Discussions led by
'Gentle Dusk' on death as a taboo subject and the
importance of end of life planning, as well as 'Death
Our "second slot" at Monthly Meetings has
continued to thrive over the nine months they
have been running now. So far they have included
computer tutorials, a look at the figures connected
with Climate Change, a discussion on new groups for
iU3A, a speaker from the Institute of Advanced
Motorists and a session on fitness as we age.
At the last meeting Jane (the speaker) gave us her
top five tips:
1. Get a buddy to share your exercising
2. Start to think of yourself as an exerciser.
3. Walk lots.
4. Pick something you enjoy.
5. Include exercises at home eg up and down from a
chair, standing on one leg while doing other jobs,
The two leaflets given out at the session can be
found here: Jan2020.1 and Jan2020.2.
Please let Margaret know if you have
any ideas for future Second Slot sessions. We are
looking for interactive sessions rather than just
What's On/Dates for
Outing to Montreuil-sur-Mer, Wednesday 06
May-Friday 08 May: the list is now
closed for this but you can still apply to go on the
waiting list. Details here.
10 Pin Bowling evening, Monday 23 March,
6.00-8.00pm: Come and try out your
bowling skills. Afterwards we will decamp to a Turkish
restaurant nearby for those who want to eat. Cost
£14.60 (includes entrance fee £1, shoes £1 and lane
fees £12.60). Places are limited so book early.
Contact Mary here for information on how to
Pub Lunches: the next one will be on Thursday
27 February at The Brewhouse and
Kitchen, 2A Corsica St, Highbury East, London N5 1JJ
(on Highbury Corner), at 12.15pm onwards. For more
information contact Howard here.
Coffee Mornings: the next one will be
on Thursday 19 March in Islington. For more
information contact Sally here.
Volunteering — It All
Depends On Us
Apart from the main Executive Committee (which is always
looking for new volunteers) there are also at the moment
several less formal sub-committees
running. These are addressing Open Day (organising of),
Summer School (looking at possibilities), Communications
(current and future), Diversity (how we can be more
inclusive), Monthly Meetings (finding speakers,
organising). Have you thought about joining one of
these? If you want to volunteer or find out more about
any of these then please contact Derek here
David McPhail, after holding the post of Outings
for two years, is wanting to
step back. Would you volunteer to take on this role? He
has a team of other volunteers who help arrange
individual Outings so you wouldn't be alone. If you are
interested in finding out more about the role please
contact David here
Food Bites: New A monthly gathering
(limit six members, 4th Friday of each month from
10.30am to 12.00) to explore and taste the foods that
interest us. Each month we will choose a food we want
to explore, like bergamot, endive or Haitian food.
Then we each go home to explore the food we've chosen;
its history, how it's grown, prepared, etc. If we've
chosen a cuisine, like Japanese, or Haitian, we'll
have discussed how to prepare for such a big subject
in a manageable way. Lastly each of us will cook
something to share. It's not a dinner/lunch party so
none of that coordination is needed! Each member just
brings enough for six spoonfuls so we each get a
taste. That's it! We'll meet in a private home
near the Old Street roundabout, a five-minute walk
from Old Street tube station and buses 214, 205, 271,
55, 43, and more! If you are interested and
would like more information, please contact New
Groups here. Our first meeting is
scheduled for 27 March.
Current Groups — There are spaces for additional
members in the following groups:
Book Group, Science Fiction — Friday
afternoons, every 5-6 weeks. Suggestions for future
reading are made by members. Contact Jenni
Chess for Beginners — Sessions are held
on alternate Tuesday afternoons. There is room in this
group both for beginners and for a couple of
experienced players to help out as coaches. Contact Anne
Craft Group — This group meets on the
afternoon of the second Tuesday in the month. It is a
self-help group for portable crafts. Members bring
along their work, share their expertise and learn from
other members. They sometimes work on projects
together. Contact Louise
Classic Film — Group 1 meets on the 1st
and 3rd Tuesday morning and Group 2 on the 1st and 3rd
Wednesday afternoon. Watch and discuss a wide range of
films in a friendly relaxed environment. Contact Pru Lambert or Kathryn Dodd.
Current Affairs 2 — meets in the
afternoon on both the 1st and 3rd Mondays of
the month. Contact Lynda Finn.
Petanque (also known as Boules)
— Meets every Tuesday morning at 10:30. Enjoy gentle
exercise outdoors in a friendly group. Opportunites
for competition. Contact Mary White.
Pub Lunches (open to all members of Islington
U3A) — Meets at least once a month on a
Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at pubs recommended by
members. Enjoy a friendly meal and conversation on a
wide range of topics in a congenial atmosphere. There
are plans to increase the frequency of meetings if
supported by members. Contact Howard Stone.
Play Scrabble — On alternate Thursdays
2.00-4.00pm. Enjoy relaxed games, organized so that
all can play. Contact Claire Milne.
Spanish Intermediate Conversation —
Meets on Fridays at 2:00 to discuss a wide range of
topics selected by members. Contact Txus Santacara.
Yoga — Practise with a qualified Wheel
of Yoga instructor. Sign up for weekly classes on
Wednesdays 1:00-2:15. Contact Jeanie
Wine Appreciation — there are a few
spaces available usually. Group 1 meets on the 1st
Wednesday and Group 2 meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each
month. Discuss and enjoy wine in an informal friendly
environment. Contact Derek Harwood or Barry Mason.
There are also many other groups that are 'open' and
have no maximum number, so you can join these at any
The latest addition is a flyer about
the London Region concert on Wednesday May 20. Details here
. See the Other Opportunities
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