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This page shows the next main events happening in iU3A. But if you would like to find out more about what's on across the London Region or at the national level of The Third Age Trust have a look on the What's On Regionally & Nationally page.

Special Events — Diary Dates for 2018
Please note the following dates for your diary. We'll give you more information on each nearer the time.

Bletchley ParkTuesday 11 September Bletchley Park Outing: details here.

For any more information contact our Outings Coordinator here.

To sign up for this Outing please complete the registration form here.




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

Monday 01 October — Open Day: 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!

Thursday 22 November — AGM:
date for our annual general meeting. We'll need your vote to support the new members for the Excutive Committee and other aspects!

Future iU3A Outings
Our member survey earlier in 2017 reflected that many wanted the opportunity of going on 'Outings' organised by iU3A. We have now moved this forward but like all iU3A activities it will depend on whether we get people willing to organise outings. If you have any ideas for Outings please send them to our Outings Coordinator here. The results from the Outings survey are published in the report here.
  
Monthly Meetings
Our monthly meetings always have an interesting and entertaining speaker (and plenty of time to meet and chat to other iU3A members). Strictly members only (though you can join at the meeting), they are held on the fourth Thursday of each month (except for August and December). They are always at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road (next to the Nags Head Waitrose). Registration opens at 9.45am for a prompt 10.30am start. Please remember to bring your membership card and (if you've got one) your plastic badge holder.
This venue is accessible.

Roy KeatingThursday 26 July Roly Keating Chief Executive of the British Library since September 2012 — 'The British Library'
In his tenure so far he has overseen a series of significant developments including the historic move to large-scale digital collecting through legal deposit; the incorporation into the Library of the Public Lending Right service; the Library’s successful and popular 800th anniversary commemorations of Magna Carta; the launch of the Knowledge Quarter, an innovative partnership of over 70 knowledge-based organisations near the Library’s London HQ; the creation of a national network of Business and IP Centres in major regional libraries; and the launch in 2015 of Living Knowledge, which sets out an ambitious vision and strategy for the Library’s growth and development towards its fiftieth anniversary in 2023.

Roly joined the Library after a long and successful career as a programme-maker and broadcasting executive at the BBC, where he played key roles in the launch of UKTV, as its first Head of Programming, and BBC Four, as its launch Controller in 2002, before moving on to become Controller of BBC Two and Director of Archive Content, with editorial oversight of the BBC's online services including BBC iPlayer.

Roly is a member of the board of Channel 4 and a Trustee of the Clore Leadership Programme. He chairs the Knowledge Quarter Board and the Conference of European National Librarians, and holds Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Lincoln, Warwick and York.

No Monthly Meeting in August.

Nick HighamSeptember — Nick Higham, Nick Higham is a journalist, interviewer and conference moderator, and a former BBC News reporter. He joined the BBC in 1988 as its first dedicated media correspondent and spent 14 years as arts and media correspondent, covering everything from the Oscars to the latest tabloid outrage and the never-ending debate about the BBC and its future. He went on to report on a wide range of subjects on television and radio, and for six years he presented Meet the Author on the BBC News Channel. He is currently researching a history of London’s water supply, and a book about teaching Japanese in wartime Britain.

His talk will be on: Myddelton's water: a history of the New River. The New River neither new nor a river was an aqueduct completed in 1613 to bring fresh water from springs in Hertfordshire to the City of London. More than 400 years later it's still part of London's water supply. Today it ends at Stoke Newington but originally it terminated at New River Head next door to Sadlers Wells. Nick Higham traces the river's history and its course through Islington.

Christine CoatesOctober — Christine Coates, MA MCLIP: Christine Coates 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.

Roger HamiltonNovember— Roger Hamilton: Roger Hamilton is a lawyer who worked in the public sector. He was Borough Solicitor at the London Borough of Brent until 1994, then Director of Law and Policy at the Legal Services Commission (responsible for the legal aid scheme) to 2004, then Head of Law at the Audit Commission to 2012. Since retirement he has become chair of the charity Sing for Joy that runs choirs for people with Parkinson’s and similar neurological diseases, and is a trustee of the Legal Services Commission Pension Scheme.

Roger will look at how greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have changed since the industrial revolution, and why and how this affects global temperatures. He will outline the implications in terms of a warming planet, and what has to be done to control greenhouse gas emissions if we are to restrain global warming, including the development of the renewable energy sector. We are undergoing something of an energy revolution, which is both exciting and welcome, but Roger will argue that that alone is not nearly enough to solve the problem, and will consider what else has be done.

December no meeting.

Coffee Mornings
Our iU3A coffee mornings are a popular way of getting to know other members. They take place around the borough, are always at 11.00 on varying days of the week and are free to iU3A members. In order to provide opportunities for all our members to attend, we limit attendance to a maximum of three coffee mornings per member per year (1st January to 31st December). The next coffee mornings will be on:
  • August - details to be fixed yet
Still need more members to volunteer to host these please....
 Sally FoxOur coffee mornings are now organised by Sally Fox. To book up for any of the above coffee mornings please email Sally here. She will then advise you that you are booked, or if there are no spaces that you have been put on a reserve list. If you can't attend a coffee morning you've booked for, please let us know by emailing Sally (same link as above) to say you can't now make it.
 
We need more coffee morning hosts! Hosts seem to enjoy the mornings as much as their guests. If you would like to host one (expenses are reimbursed) please contact Sally for a chat.

Pub Lunches
iU3A's pub lunches provide an opportunity for members to meet each other in a social atmosphere. They take place monthly, around Islington. If you are buying a lunch the cost is around £10 to £12 with drinks being extra. If you'd like to come along to one of these please email Howard Stone here for more information or to reserve your place.

Howard StoneAll those held so far have attracted about 15 iU3A members per event who've enjoyed some good chat. While originally conceived to attract more male members there has been good support from the women members. Do come along and join us. Watch the regular Bulletin for information on exact actual timings for 2018 events and locations. But the following is the expected programme for the year:

  • Tuesday 14 August
  • Wednesday 19 September
  • Thursday 25 October
  • Tuesday 6 November
  • Wednesday 12 December



 

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