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Look here for events, talks and other activities you can get involved with, whether national or regional U3A activities (which you are entitled to participate in as a member), research, or local volunteering and other activities with which you may want to get involved.

Shared Learning

From time to time there is the possibility of joining a Shared Learning project. For further information click here. 

This page tells you about our Special Events, our Monthly Meetings and our Other Opportunities.

Special Events - Diary Dates for 2017
Please note the following dates for your diary. We'll give you more information on each nearer the time.

Tuesday 20 June Summer Party, in an Islington Garden: This will be similar to last year's successful event.

Islington Giving Events: the recent Members' Survey showed that 91.4% of you wanted to support Islington Giving, but 61.2% of you admitted that you hadn't donated through our specific events last year. We will therefore again be putting on a series of events in this month all aimed at raising money for our local charity. We will also try to make it easier for more of you to donate this year! If you want to know about Islington Giving click here. The events we are so far planning for this drive include:
  • Clues Trail, Sunday 4 June: by popular request following the success of last year's, we are organising another of these fun events
  • Computer Help Day, Tuesday 6 June: come along to get your computing/tablet problem or query resolved!
  • Walk To The Borough, Wednesday 14 June: for a change this year we are not walking the Boundary of Islington. The full route will start out in Barnet, follow the Dollis Brook to Hampstead Garden Suburb, Highgate Woods, then the Parkland Walk finishing in Finsbury Park. Of course you can start or stop at various places if you don't fancy the whole route. 

For more information about the above and how you can donate click here.

Wednesday 23 August Clues Trail: As this was so popular last year we are putting on two of these this summer. Elizabeth Mansbridge will be organising this one.
Monday 2 October Open Day: Will be held again at Resource For London, Holloway Road.

Thursday 7 September
Park Theatre: We will see a revival of Joe Orton's wonderful black comedy Loot, which is opening one week after the 50th anniversary of the playwright's tragic death. This theatre visit is open to all iU3A members, who may also purchase a ticket for a friend who is not an iU3A member. Further details will be available soon. In the meantime, please let Sue Welsford ( know if you plan to join us for the evening.

Coffee Mornings
Our iU3A's coffee mornings are a great success. They take place around the borough, are always at 11.00 on varying days of the week and are free to 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:
Thursday 18 May, in Crouch Hill
***Monday 26 June, in De Beauvoir*** (Note change of date due to illness. Not on the 9th now)
Monday 17 July in the Liverpool Road area
                  WearingOur coffee mornings are organised by Margaret Wearing. Booking for advertised dates will open only six weeks before the date of the coffee morning. To book up for any of the above coffee mornings please email Margaret 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. Just email Margaret (same link as above) to say you can't now make it.

Coffee morning hosts seem to enjoy the mornings as much as their guests. If you would like to host one (expenses are reimbursed) please contact Margaret for a chat.

Pub Lunches
iU3A's pub lunches provide an opportunity for members to meet each other in a social atmosphere. They will 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 the ones 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 2017's events and locations. But the following is the expected programme for the year:

  • Tuesday 16 May
  • Wednesday 7 June      
  • Thursday 20 July               
  • Tuesday 22 August          
  • Wednesday 13 September            
  • Thursday 19 October               
  • Tuesday 28 November              
  • Wednesday 13 December
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.

Brian FenderJune 22 Sir Brian Fender Chair London Waterway Partnership of the Canal and River Trust London Canals: from London’s Greatest Park to “village greens”.

Brian’s talk will illustrate the diversity of London’s waterways and how the creation of the Canal and River Trust is transforming the approach to this precious heritage asset. He will describe exciting new waterway projects which bring opportunities for public engagement.

Philip KenrickJuly 27 Dr Philip Kenrick classical archaeologist Classical Heritage in Libya: what is at stake and what can be done about it?

Philip’s talk will address the threats posed to Libya’s rich heritage of classical antiquities and examine what interested outsiders might do to reduce these.

Paul NurseSeptember 28 -  Sir Paul Nurse – Director of the Francis Crick Institute, recipient of the Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2001
Science as Revolution

(photo credited to Fiona Hanson/AP Images)

Niall DicksonOctober 26 – Niall Dickson – Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation

Topic tbc


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