Ian Richardson, Chairman of the judging panel reports:

Let me begin by saying a big “thank you” to the three other judges: Barbara Day, Colin Emmins and Margaret Martin.

There were 60 entries for this year’s competition – and they were particularly notable for their universally-high quality and their presentation. It was a joy for the judges to see so many wonderful photographs and to see them correctly mounted and identified.
To make sure that the winners were chosen entirely on their merit, the names of the photographers were covered over before the judging began. In other words, it was “blind judging”.

Perhaps inevitably, the most entries were for the sunset-clouds category and there were so many outstanding photographs that we took the unique step this year of awarding a third prize in this group.
With so many good photographs to consider, it was difficult for the judges to choose the winners. We did so by, first, doing a long list, then a short list, then finally the winners. The winners were all photographs that maintained our admiration and our interest throughout the selection process. Inevitably, there will be disappointments, but I should stress that every photographer who submitted entries to this year’s competition can be proud of their submissions. We hope to see you back again next year.

The awards in the following four categories were announced.

First: September Sunset at Osterley by Barbara Kinn
Second: Mountain Sunset by Sally Pickles
Third: A Fiery Sky by Margaret Jackson
Commended: Winter Sunset by Yvonne Hughes

First: Willy Lott's House by Linda MacDonald
Second: St. Giles Church Edinburgh by Lyn Duffus
Commended: Usk Bridge by Sally Pickles

First: Declining Years by Sally Pickles
Second: Archie by Linda MacDonald
Commended: Best Fish and Chips by Yvonne Hughes

First: Galleries Lafayette by Jean Skirth
Second: Garden Fate by Yvonne Hughes
Commended: Shopaholic's DNA by David Leach





Following last year’s successful competition here are the details for the 2017 photographic competition:

The three categories for 2017 are as follows:
(a) Black and White portraits (b) Patterns (c) Togetherness

The closing date for entries is September 28, 2017 and the results will be announced on October 19, 2017
1st prize £15.00 M&S gift card, 2nd prize £10.00 M&S gift card,
Commended £5.00 M&S gift card

Competition rules

1. £2.00 per entry
2. Entrants must be members of Ealing U3A.
3. Photographs must be mounted (but not framed) on A4 card,
4. The title and photographer’s name should be on the front of mount (your name will be covered for judging).
5. Photographs should have been taken since last year’s competition.
6. Entries must be given to the Chairman in an envelope with the fee by the closing date, 28th September 2017.


NATIONAL U3A EVENTS IN LONDON - all handy from Ealing

1. October 16, 2017. U3A AT THE ROYAL INSTITUTION. Lectures in the afternoon. £21

2. October 23, 2017. THE BRITISH LIBRARY; 1000 YEARS OF ILLUMINATION. A journey through a millennium of European artistic development. 10.45-4.00pm. £24

3. November 14, 2017. THE NATIONAL GALLERY. A study day for the U3A. (landscapes)11.00-3.45pm

Details can be found on the National U3A website (www.u3a.org.uk). Go to Members Page then Events.

ALWAYS CONSULT THE NATIONAL U3A WEBSITE www.u3a.org.uk (Login via Members' Pages

Dates for your Diary
Sun Sep 24th


Sunday 24th September

When The Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell

Tue Sep 26th


When: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Where: Guided Walk – Historic City of London from Bank to Tower of London
This walk, given by a Blue Badge Guide, takes in a mix of History, City stories, Architecture both old and new and some London curiosities on the way. The walk is about 1.5 -2 hours including a 20 minute refreshment/comfort break half way through the walk which is easy with few steps and no hills or slopes.
Cost will be £8 and a maximum of 20/22 can be taken. I will announce this walk on 7 September and take names/monies on the September 14 and 21 meetings.

Meet: We will leave Ealing Broadway station waiting room at 10.15am on the Central line to Bank and meet Sally Botwright (the guide) at Bank Underground station at the top of exit 3 for a 11.00 start.

Convener: Derek Atkinson. Email through the blue bird, above right

Wed Oct 4th


When: Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

Where: Guided Walk – Artistic and Independent Fitzrovia
This walk, given by a registered tour guide, takes us in the little explored north eastern corner of the City of Westminster. It has a number of intriguing places, being home to many revolutionaries and anarchists in the past. Several of the side streets are connected to literary writers and can be found within the pages of George Orwell’s novel 1984. The walk is quite flat though it can take up to about 2 hours with no specific designated breaks. Cost £8 and a maximum of 22 can be taken. I will announce this outing on Sept 21 and take names/monies on that day and at the Sept 28 meeting.

Meet: We will leave Ealing Broadway station waiting room at 10.00am on the Central line to Oxford Circus where we will meet Eleanor Bloom (our guide) at Exit 1, north east corner of Oxford Street by Top Shop, for a 10.45 start.

Convener: Derek Atkinson. Email through blue bird, above right.

Sat Oct 7th


When: Saturday October 7, 2017 at 10am.

Where: Meeting at E7 bus stop at Ealing Broadway station to take the bus to Ruislip Station and follow with the H13 to Ruislip Station from where we will walk a circular route past the historic facades of Pinner High St, through Pinner Park and Headstone Manor Park. Mostly flat, surprisingly rural in parts with opportunities to opt out after 2 miles of the 4 mile route at Headstone Lane Station.

Details: Refreshment stop at Headstone Manor and lunch possible at the Queens Head in Pinner High St which has been a hostelry since at least 1540 and currently serves real ales and splendid pizzas and piadinas.

Contact: Ann Marie Tighe, 02089912064, email through the blue bird above.

Wed Oct 18th


When: October 18, 2017

Where: This is a linear walk around Bishop's Park and then following the Thames Path to Battersea Park. Approximately 6.5 miles. Lunch/Refreshments at a suitable public house at the end of the walk.

Meet: At Putney Bridge underground station (District Line) at 10.30 am.

Contacts: John Foxwell 020 8567 2474, Mobile 07931929319; David Leach 020 8992 7384, Mobile 07766877663, emails through the blue bird above.

Tue Oct 24th


When: Tuesday October 24, 2017.

Where: Royal London Hospital Museum at Whitechapel E1.
A guided tour given by the Curator of the museum which is located within St Augustine and St Philip’s Church in Newark Street. The museum holds exhibits pertaining to "The Elephant Man” and also “Jack the Ripper” where some of his victims were taken. There are many other exhibits within this relatively small museum and we have access to the museum library and records. You may recall from a recent talk about the London Air Ambulance Service that Royal London Hospital is used as an emergency trauma hospital. The tour will take a little over 1 hour. The cost is only £3 with a maximum of 18/20 members. Please note that I will take a separate group to the museum on Wednesday, December 6 and details will be provided in due course.
I will announce the October 24 visit on October 5 and take names/monies on October 12 and 19 meetings.

Meet: We will leave Ealing Broadway Station waiting room at 10.00am prompt via District line to Whitechapel and a 8 minute walk to the museum for a 11.00 approx start to the guided tour.

Convener: Derek Atkinson. E mail though the blue bird, above right.

Wed Oct 25th


When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

Where: Back Stage tour of Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
A guided tour, comprising Ealing U3A members only, which will include front of house and specifically back stage areas as the theatre prepares for its evening performance. We will have an introduction to the building's history, its development and aspects of the current production. It MAY be possible to view the Royal Ballet in class or the backstage technology but this CANNOT be guaranteed. The outing will last for about 1.25 hours.

Cost £11 with only 20 places available. The guided tour starts at 12.30 but we need to arrive by 12.15. I will announce this outing on 5 October and take names/monies on 12th and 19th October by which time I will know if there is sufficient demand for me to look to arrange a further tour with my contact at the ROH in late October/early November.

Meet: We will leave Ealing Broadway station waiting room at 11.00am via District and Piccadilly lines to Holborn with a 8 minute walk to the Royal Opera House.

Convener: Derek Atkinson. Email through blue bird, above right.

Wed Nov 1st


When: Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017.

Where: Additional back stage tour of Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (14 persons only).
Exactly the same departure times as the outing of Oct 25. Names and monies will be taken on Oct 12,19 & 26. The price remains £11.

Meet: We will leave Ealing Broadway station waiting room at 11.00am via District and Piccadilly lines to Holborn with an 8-minute walk to the Royal Opera House.

Convener: Derek Atkinson. Email through blue bird, above right

Sun Nov 5th


Sunday 5th November

Seasons Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn

Wed Nov 22nd


When and where: Wednesday November 22, 2017.
The Vintners Company and Hall, City of London.

Details to be announced.

Convener: Derek Atkinson. Email through the blue bird, above right.

Sat Dec 16th


Sunday, 16th December

Pantomime Mother Goose (If you can pay Rosemary Hart by Thursday, Sept 28 the ticket will be £12: after that it will probably be £16.)

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