JUDGES: Ian Richardson, with Margaret Martin, Barbara Day and Derek Atkinson

There were 37 entries this year, compared with 60 last year and 90 the year before. This was probably because of the stricter rules for the presentation of entries, plus competitors being more selective in what they submitted. Consequently, the overall standard of the entries was particularly high and presented the four judges with some very tough choices.

It is important to state that the judging was carried out “blind”, i.e. the names of the photographers were hidden so that the judges were not able to see who had submitted the entries until after the prize winners had been chosen.

There were 24 entries in this category and the judges took the exceptional decision to award a joint first prize, plus a second and third prize and two entries considered “Highly Commended”.

First Prize (Joint): Patterns in Nature by Margaret Jackson and Grand Union Canal, Southall by Patricia Donnithorne.

Second Prize: Sackler Crossing, Kew by Sally Pickles.

Third Prize: Patterns in Construction by David Leach.

Highly Commended: Monreale, Sicily by Pat Handley and The Epicentre of Chance by David Curtis.

TOGETHERNESS: Eight entries in this category, all of which were very interesting.

First Prize: Rabbits by Jenny Leach.

Second Prize: Guards, Hungarian Parliament by Sally Pickles.

Third Prize: Groups near Trafalgar Square by Guinevere Lohneis.

BLACK AND WHITE PORTRAIT: There was a disappointingly low entry for this category: just five photographs.

First Prize: Sarah by Juliet Edwards.

Second Prize: Kate by Guinevere Lohneis.

Third Prize: Mossi by Yvonne Hughes.

Congratulations to the winners



NATIONAL U3A EVENTS IN LONDON - all handy from Ealing


2. February 13, 2018. Blue Skies and Fruit Flies. An afternoon (2-4pm) at The Crick Institute (for biomedical science). Free but book your ticket at the National U3A.

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
Sat Nov 25th


When: Saturday, 25th November 2017

Where: Meeting at 10am,65 bus stop at Ealing Broadway station to take the bus to Kew Bridge from where we will walk a linear route along the Thames path to Richmond. Totally flat and very gentle with hopefully lots of autumn colour.

Details: Lots of possibilities for lunch in Richmond but I am suggesting a family run tapas bar adjacent to Richmond station and the 65 bus stop for returning to Ealing.

Contact: Ann Marie Tighe, 02089912064/07938724629 or email through the blue bird above.

Wed Nov 29th


When: Wednesday 29th November.

Where: The Vintners Company and Hall, City of London. Derek visited this Guild some 4/5 years ago and can thoroughly recommend viewing the contents of the building and its many rooms.

A guided tour of this magnificent Worshipful Guild and Hall and its contents being one of the 12 great livery companies of London. Granted its Royal Charter in 1363, the land was bequeathed to the guild in 1446 when the first hall was built. This hall was destroyed in the 1666 Great Fire being some 600 yards from Pudding Lane: its Grand Master at that time was the Lord Mayor of London. The present building suffered superficial damage in WW2. The grand hall and tables are magnificent. Originally responsible for all import, regulation and sale of wine throughout London the guild also continues to be responsible, along with HM The Queen, for the annual “Swan Upping” whereby swans on the Thames are marked and registered.
Upwards of 35 members can be taken at a cost of £12 per person. The guided tour will start at 11.00 and will last for 1hr 30 minutes approx.
Derek will announce this outing on 2nd November and take names/monies on 9th, 16th and 23rd November.

Meet: We will leave Ealing Broadway station waiting room about 9.45 via District line to Monument station to arrive at the Hall for 10.45 approx.

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

Sat Dec 2nd


December 2, 2017, 7.45pm. Lady Susan, Jane Austen £5

Wed Dec 6th


When: Dec 6, 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 Phillip’s church in Newark Street. The museum holds exhibits pertaining to ‘Elephant Man’ and also ‘Jack the Ripper’ some of whose victims were taken to the London Hospital. 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 £3 only with a maximum of 18/20 members. This will be a similar outing to the one of 24th October. Derek will announce the outing on 23 November and take names/monies also on that day and 30th November meeting.

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

This is the last outing for 2017.

Convener: Derek Atkinson (email through the blue bird above)

Sat Dec 16th


Saturday, 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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