Islington U3A
Have you read the Summer Newsletter yet to find about about iU3A’s exciting future programme and all our wonderful activities over the last six months?  If not you can find it here.

Monthly Meeting

There is no Monthly Meeting in August but you may like this instead:

Green Issues Group invites iU3A members to a special talk: Is China really going Green? The Green Issues Group invites iU3A members to a talk by Isabel Hilton, a journalist of many years standing and founder/CEO of China Dialogue, on ‘Is China really going Green?’ on Monday 3 September, 3.00-4.30pm in Committee Room 1 at the Town Hall, Upper Street. China Dialogue ( is an independent organisation dedicated to promoting a common understanding of China’s urgent environmental challenges. Contact:

If you missed the July talk by Roly Keating you can find a report of it and links to reports of all previous monthly talks here

Clues Trail — Friday 21 September NB DATE CHANGE: this will be our second of these in 2018 and will be based in the Canary Wharf area. Further details to follow.

Open Day — Monday 01 October: date for our annual showing of all our activities and our recruitment drive. A chance for you to bring along a friend, show them all that we do in iU3A, and get them to join up!


The next planned outing is Bletchley Park, September 11th (details in next three paragraphs) and Lille Xmas Market (a December date to be confirmed).

We are planning a day trip to Bletchley Park, the workplace of Alan Turing and the Code Breakers during the Second World War. A top-secret location for the duration of the war the codes broken there helping the Allies to Victory, it continued to be associated with British Intelligence until 1987, and after various ups and downs and other uses is now a self-funding visitor attraction.

There is much to see at the Park — not just the history of the breaking of the codes, but explanations of how the codes were made, and broken, and the uses to which the information was put. There are several exhibitions around related subjects, and there are many of the original “huts” displaying the old computers and equipment used. Parts of the 2014 film about Alan Turing, The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, were filmed on the site, most of which is open to the public. There are several food options, and other good facilities (including picnic tables). It is a very pleasant location. This link gives a lot of useful facts and information.

It takes about 35 minutes by train from London Euston to Bletchley, and the entrance to the grounds is less than five minutes from the station. The Park closes at 5.00pm. We hope to have a group of about 20–30 members. You can find out more about the visit to Bletchley Park here and sign up for it here. Indicative costs are £9.25 entry (using 2 for 1 vouchers) and about £11.10 for train fares for railcard holders (£16.80 otherwise). A further rail discount is available for Freedom Pass holders.

All three previous Outings to date have been organised by enthusiastic individuals (Angela Treves, Howard Stone and Cressida Jupp respectively) with the support of the Outings Coordinator and it is vital to the success of this initiative that others come forward with ideas. So do please contact the Outings Coordinator, David McPhail, at with your Outings concept.

Group News
We are beginning to think about the new membership year and the Open Day on 1 October and would love to be able to offer some new groups to our members. I (Sue Welsford) am delighted to say that we have a suggestion for a new history group, ‘The Rise of the Modern World’, and a new Spanish Conversation group will be starting at the end of September. But we would love to have some ideas from you for new groups, particularly if you, or a group of you, would be prepared to help get one going. Photography? Spanish or Italian book groups? Ancient History? Art History? Wine Tasting? Visiting London Museums? And we would like to be able to set up second German Conversation, Current Affairs, Creative Writing, iPad, and Short Stories Book groups. Please do get in touch at if you have any ideas or can offer to help set up a new group. I would be delighted to help with the practicalities.

Intermediate Spanish: Coordinated by a native Spanish speaker, this new group will be for members with good basic Spanish. It is hoped that this will begin at the end of September and will take place twice a month on Wednesday or Friday mornings. If you would like to join this group, please contact Sue Welsford
Chess for Beginners: We are a friendly group, with beginners at various stages from completely new to others with some knowledge, who meet fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons at a very pleasant pub venue near Highbury Corner. Two excellent coaches advise and help us to improve: we enjoy our meetings very much and are looking for more beginners to join us; we also need one or two experienced players who would be willing to coach, who, after coaching, would have the opportunity to play a game amongst themselves. Do come and join us. Be brave! Contact

Coffee Mornings
iU3A's coffee mornings enable members to get to know others who live near them. The next one will be on Wednesday 22 August in Canonbury and there are still places available. To reserve a place email

Pub Lunches
The next pub lunch is likely to be on Wednesday 25 September at the Edward Lear but exact details are yet to be confirmed. For more information contact Howard Stone

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.

The latest addition is a Shared Learning Project with The Charterhouse for iU3A members only.

Research Project: this is a request from a researcher from Imperial College who we worked with last year on a similar project called The All Adenomas Study. The group is currently in the planning stages of a new study called FIT for Screening and once again is looking for volunteers to become Patient and Public Representatives. They were very pleased with the response last year and hope the U3A can help with this new project. All the details are in the two attachments: FIT Screening Poster, FIT Screening Role Description.

Invitation to take part in memory research: How does memory change across our lifespan? We will be using a head camera to investigate how memory for different scenes is later remembered. The study (at
Addison House on the Guy’s campus of KCL close to London Bridge Station) will involve a couple of short-term memory tests and a simple computerised task to measure your memory for everyday scenes, and will take approximately 1 hour each over two separate days (ideally 24 hours apart). You must be aged 60 or over and be clear of psychiatric and neurological conditions to participate. Participants will be reimbursed £15 for participation in the study. Contact the researcher or call 07891986131.

If you click on the blue bird at the bottom of many of our web pages you will be taken to our Twitter page, where you will see more details of many of the things that are mentioned here, as well as a whole lot of other stuff. And you don't even need to register: just ignore the box that comes up inviting you to log in. You will still be able to go to other pages by clicking on any of the links.

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