Ealing

Meetings

Meetings are held weekly, on Thursday mornings in Ealing Green Church (almost opposite Ealing Film Studios).

You should aim to arrive at about 10.00am.
Meetings begin with announcements and in-house business. This is followed by the speaker's presentation during which there is usually a break of approx. 15mins. The proceedings finish at 11.45-12.00.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

THURSDAY MORNING TALKS:

From March 2017 Rosemary Richardson has retired as organiser of the Thursday morning talks. We thank her for the excellence with which she has managed the highly important, demanding task over several years.

She will be replaced by Yvonne Hughes who will be glad to receive your suggestions. See CONTACT

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EALING U3A SUMMER PROGRAMME, marking the Centenary of the Russian Revolution

(arranged by Juliet Edwards)

July 27 Dr. Andy Willimott: 1917- Living the Revolution (The Russian Revolution of 1917 brought down 300 years of Romanov rule, radicalised a nation and saw the establishment of the world’s first avowedly socialist state. From freedoms of February to ‘red dawn’ of October and beyond.)
(Lecturer in Modern Russian/ Soviet History at the University of Reading. Author of Living the Revolution: Urban Communes & Soviet Socialism, 1917 – 1923)

August 10 Prof. Michael Kauffmann: Years of invention: Russian Art & Politics 1905 – 1925 (Starting in 1905, the year of the abortive revolution through the 1917 revolution up to 1925.)
(Former Director, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

August 24 Andrew Jameson: The October Revolution in Russian Literature (The past is another country – they do things differently there. The two revolutions of 1917 signified the end of the Russian Empire, followed by the coming to power of a determined but narrow ideology. How did this affect poetry and writing?)
(Consultant on Russian Language and Culture
Member of the Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies (SCRSS))

Ealing U3A members, £2 per lecture; non-members £3 per lecture: pay at the door

Please put the dates in your diary

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PROGRAMME FOR AUTUMN TERM, 2017

Sept 7, Jonathan Fryer: Life as a Foreign Correspondent. (Started as a cub reporter in Vietnam; some of the adventures he subsequently had as a correspondent in Asia and Africa.)
Sept 14, Ian Packham: Encircling Africa: Around Africa by Public Transport. (My first adventure - a solo circumnavigation of Africa covering 25,000 miles, 31 Nations and taking 13 months.)
Sept 21, Ellie Lewis-Nunes or AN Other: Transforming Gunnersbury Park and Museum. (The restoration work to Gunnersbury Park and Museum, with development of a new gallery and the challenges and achievements of the project.)
Sept 28, Dick Hudson: Why Education needs grammar. (Most schools stopped teaching grammar in the 1960s but it has been brought back. Why did it die?, why it’s a good thing that it is back, and why it may die again.)

Oct 5, The Questors Roadshow: Down our High Street. (A Reminiscence Roadshow about shops and shopping in the 30s, 40s, and 50s.. created from the words of those who lived in West London during those years.)
Oct 12., Lee Davies: Fungi: how to save the world. (Fungi are phenomenally important for the ecology of our plants, a role that is often overlooked. They may have the answer to environmental contamination and greenhouse emissions.)
Oct 19, Photographic Competition: (The results of the competition and the presentation of certificates and prizes.)
Oct 26, Mike Beech: The occupations of Victorian Britain. (Victorian Britain saw the most dramatic growth of working occupations in the history of our nations. We find out what ‘Ankle Beaters’, ‘Wonkey-Scoops’, ‘Scraggers’ and ‘Crimpers’ would be up to.)

Nov 2, Michael Peacock: The lost village of Heathrow. (A description of Heathrow Village in the 1930s, the government decision to demolish and its transformation into an airport.)
Nov 9, Ian Richardson and Margaret Martin: Desert Island Discs (Margaret interviewing Ian and playing his choice of music between the stories of his life.)
Nov 16, Angela Barnfather: The streets of Ealing, (The history and people who have influenced the streets and place names of Ealing today.)
Nov 23, Sarah Turvey: What books can do behind bars: reading groups in prison. (The pleasure and benefits for prisoners of reading and coming together to discuss books they have chosen as a group to read.)
Nov 30, Ian Currie: Storms, Tempests and Hurricanes. (The weather can sometimes turn ferocious causing damaging disruption on local or widespread scales from ‘haboobs to hailstones and tornados’.)

Dec 7, John Moore: It makes me laugh. (Famous and amusing quotes on a variety of subjects supported by cartoons, photos and posters.)

WINTER TERM starts Jan 11 2018

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