Islington U3A

Late February 2020 Issue

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Monthly Meeting
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 Cafés'.

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, climbing stairs.

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 another speaker.

What's On/Dates for your Diary
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 pay.

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 Coordinator 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 Chan.
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 Russell.
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 Matlock.
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 Phillips.
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 time.

Other Opportunities
The latest addition is a flyer about the London Region concert on Wednesday May 20. Details here. See the Other Opportunities page here.

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