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This page shows the next main current 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 or you would like to see information about past meetings please use the links in the box on the right.

Special Events — Diary Dates for 2021
London Region of U3As Talks: the LRU3A series of online talks has been extended in to 2021. You can see the programme here. Details of how to register for each talk is also in that publicity flyer.

iU3A Monthly Meetings: for the two iU3A talks each month see the details below.
iU3A IT Support Meetings: once a month, see the group page for details here: IT Support Group

Wednesday 23 June: Summer Party: we are glad to announce that this event is back on as planned. This event will be after Step 4, the release of the last Government restrictions, but we will be limiting attendance to 100. Members only. Food and drink provided. Ticket price £13.00. If you want to register for a ticket then please complete the form here.

Monthly Meetings, Speakers Programme
Our physical Monthly Meetings have been suspended due to Covid-19 but instead we have created a programme of speakers who will present to us online using Zoom. How long the programme will run like this will depend on the unwinding rate of lockdown.

The main Talk will start at 10.00am and run to 11.00 — see the details below. It's suggested you log in and join the meeting at least five minutes before the scheduled start time. There will only be the one topic, the main speaker. The Zoom invitation to these meetings will be sent to all members in the Bulletin.

24 June Sir John soaneSue Palmer: The Soanes at Home: Pitzhanger Manor. Sue Palmer is the Archivist and Head of Library Services at Sir John Soane’s Museum (, where she has worked for over thirty years. She is the author of At Home with the Soanes: Upstairs, Downstairs in 19th Century London (Pimpernel Press, 2015), a book that explores the Soane family’s domestic life at Lincoln’s Inn Fields. For her talk she will focus more on their life at Pitzhanger Manor, Ealing, which was their country home for ten years from 1800. Pitzhanger Manor has recently been restored and is open to the public (subject to Covid restrictions). By 1800 the 47-year old architect Sir John Soane (1753-1837) felt well enough established to purchase a country house for weekend and summer entertaining. He had inherited a considerable fortune from his wife’s uncle in 1790 and had held the prestigious post of architect to the Bank of England since 1788. He also had an eye to the future of his young sons John and George, who he hoped would follow him into the architectural profession. He settled on Pitzhanger Manor at Ealing, then a village six miles to the west of London, a house with an estate of 28 acres, including a stream well stocked with fish where he could indulge one of his favourite pastimes and where the boys had the freedom to roam that they lacked in the family’s terraced town house at 12 Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Picture © Sir John Soane's Museum.
08 July
Gill Shepherd: Reconciling World VGill Shepherdiews: When Big Business meets Indigenous People in the Forests of the Congo. Anthropologist (and long-time Highbury resident) Prof Gill Shepherd will illustrate the role her profession can play by taking us to the dense rich forests of the Republic of Congo. Here a European logging company, seeking to qualify for the Forest Stewardship Council’s mark of excellence and the ability to sell its products at higher prices, needed help in negotiating with the local forest dwellers (pygmies in this case). Gill’s involvement helped secure an arrangement offering mutual benefits from both ecological and social points of view. Her first degree was in English and then she went to teach in the Sudan for two years. Being there transformed her ambitions and she came back and did a PhD in Anthropology at the LSE, before working for Oxfam — first back in the Sudan and then in Kenya (where her PhD had been based) and slowly began to specialise in rights for people living in tropical forests. She led the Forest Policy and Environment Group at the Overseas Development Institute for 18 years and was able to work all over the world in that period. She continues to work part-time post retirement and is currently a visiting professor back at the LSE.
22 July
Sally Oldfield (from the Ecology Centre)
12 Aug

26 Aug
Rob Shakespeare (from Keats House)

Dates of Future Monthly Meetings/Speakers beyond the above are:
09 September, 23 September, 14 October, 28 October, 11 November, 25 November, 09 December.

Coffee Mornings
Coffee morningsMoved online now: Our iU3A coffee mornings are a popular way of getting to know other members. They are on varying days of the week and are free to iU3A members. See the latest Bulletin for date of next coffee morning.

Sally FoxOur coffee mornings are organised by Sally Fox. To book up for any of the coffee mornings please email Sally here. She will then advise you that you are booked. 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.

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, 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.

Pub lunches are now a 'group' and details of their schedule can now be found in Beacon.


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