Waltham Forest


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Waltham Forest U3A holds regular monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at the Methodist Church Hall, Winchester Road, Highams Park, E4. We start promptly at 2pm, doors are open from 1.30pm. There is step-free access directly from Winchester Road. Buses 212 & W16 stop almost outside the building. A one-way system is operating at the moment as part of the COVID protection policies at the Hall. So entrance is via the main Winchester Road entrance and exit is via the steps down into Wickham Road. Members who can't manage steps can exit through the Hub as well.

Dates for your Diary
Wed Jan 19th Film Club Home Viewing Group is meeting at Jean's house at 2.00pm.
PLEASE NOTE this change of time, which is permanent.
The film is "All is True". The Guardian 4-star review reads: "Ben Elton has written a sweet-natured melancholy film about the retirement years of someone he's lately been turning into his specialist subject: William Shakespeare. The great poet is played here with genial sympathy by the film's director, Kenneth Branagh, sporting a pretty outrageous false nose. Judi Dench is his wife Anne Hathaway, wearied into resilient impassivity by grief." To book a place or for any further details, contact Arthur.
Thu Jan 27th Book Club meeting in the usual cafe at 2.00pm. They will be discussing three short stories by Alice Munroe which are in a volume called "The Love of a Good Woman".
Mon Jan 31st Classics Group will be meeting at Jane's house as usual, at 1:45pm. We will be reading and discussing The Odyssey Books 11 (The Dead) and 12 (Difficult Choices).
Tue Feb 1st Origami Group starts again after the Christmas Break, at 2:30pm.
Tue Feb 1st Poetry Group will meet as usual and the topic this month is 'School Days'
Wed Feb 2nd Remarkable Women starts again at 10am and will be talking about women sculptors.
Tue Feb 8th Epping Forest Walks This walk will visit an isolated area of the forest, follow an ancient forest trackway, traverse Larkswood and finish up at Highams Park Station. It is open to any member, new or old. We meet with Alan at Chingford Bus Station at the normal time (1pm).
All walks last about 1.5 hours and are approximately 3 miles. Members should be fit enough to walk at a reasonable pace and able to tackle some slopes. Suitable footwear should be worn.
Wed Feb 9th Table Tennis will meet again. 2:00 - 4:00pm
Wed Feb 9th Singing For Fun 1 is meeting at Winchester Road again, at 10am. If you like singing and are interested in joining us, ring Groups Co-Ordinator Lesley.
Tue Feb 15th History of the British Music Hall A romp through 200 years of entertainment with Peter and Christine Padwick.
Wed Feb 16th Birdwatching Group will come out of hibernation and meet at the Walthamstow Wetlands. Time to be confirmed.
Tue Mar 15th Wildlife of the World - an illustrated talk. Graham Brace presents selections from his extensive travels.
Tue Apr 19th Member of the Magic Circle Ian Keable returns. The subject of this talk is yet to be confirmed.
Tue May 17th Our AGM Back in its usual May slot and this time face-to-face again. Afterwards Elizabeth Abbott will talk about the work of Guide Dogs for the Blind, accompanied by Guide Dog 'YEOMAN'.
Tue Jun 21st "Dad's Army - the making of a BBC legend" A talk by Mark Walsh
Tue Jul 19th Our Summer Social at which we shall be welcoming back the popular Tony Tutton's band.
Summer Schools
Tue Jul 26th
→Wed Jul 27th
London Region u3a will be holding a 2 day Summer School in 2022 at their usual venue, the St. Bride’s Institute, off Fleet St, London. Activities will include talks, workshops and guided walks. There will be a wide range of subjects to choose from such as Art, Current Affairs, History, Literature, Music, Sciences and Social Studies. In addition, this year they have selected London as a general theme. At this stage they are just asking you to Save the Dates. They want everyone to be safe and will be closely following Covid guidance from the government, Third Age Trust, and working with St. Bride’s. The full Programme and booking details will be publicised from mid-April.
Other Events
Mon Jan 10th
→Sun Jan 30th
NEW programme of Online talks from London Region u3a begins today in the evening from 5:30 to 6:30pm. To register visit https://u3asites.org.uk/london-region/events. Or click on the link to the London Region website at the top right of this page and go to their Events list.
They will remind you and send a zoom link just beforehand. You can also catch up with any you've previously missed via the talks archive.
Fri Jan 28th
→Sat Jan 29th
The Starlighters Theatre Company were to present Goody-Two-Shoes at Waltham Forest Community Hall Hub, 18a Orford Road, E17 9LN on these dates.
But the current situation with COVID has caused them to re-think and they have reluctantly decided to postpone the show until 8th and 9th April.
The dates have been altered on the ticketlab website. If you have already booked your ticket will be transferred over to the new date and a new ticket will be emailed to you. If you would prefer a refund please email info@wfchub.org and copy in riley@ticketlab.co.uk. They will arrange one for you.
Sun Jan 30th William Morris Gallery is running a free exhibition called 'Young Poland'. It covers the Arts & Crafts movement in Poland which was from 1890-1918. Good reports of it from members. Open Tue-Sat 10-5.
Mon Feb 7th WANSTEAD & WOODFORD WEA FILM CLUB This is NOT a u3a group but some Waltham Forest U3A members regularly attend. It's held at the Odeon Cinema High Road Leyton E18. Today the film will be 'Sometimes, Always, Never' starring Bill Nighy. A love of words helps a father reconnect with a missing son.
Film Club members meet in the foyer at 12pm. After paying the normal fee for seniors (contactless only) you will pay a Film Club supplement of 20 pence to the organizers. Cinema 1 will be used to allow for social distancing. Films may be subject to change due to reasons outside the Club's control. U3A members may like to meet afterwards for a cuppa and discuss the film.
Wed Feb 16th
→Sat Feb 19th
Cinderella performed by CADOS (Chingford Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society) at Mornington Hall, Chingford, E4 7ER. Booking is via www.cados.biz or by phone on 07445 650935.
Wed Mar 2nd Music in the Village Fitzwilliam Quartet will play music by Purcell, Schubert and Britten. At St Michael & All Angels, Northcote Road E17 6PQ. Doors open at 7:00pm for the concert at 7:30. £6 concessions.
Fri Mar 11th Waltham Forest Music Society presents a musically illustrated talk on Smetana and Dvorak. All Saints Church Hall, Church Avenue, Highams Park E4 8BU. 7:30pm start. £6 or £4 to members of WFMS. For more information about Society, which meets every fortnight for presentations, concerts and recitals, contact V&A Books, 2 Bank Buildings, The Avenue. Opposite Highams Park Station 020 8527 7165.