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May 20th Open Meeting and AGM
There was a good turn-out for Danial Raven-Ellison's talk about the proposed National Park City Status for London.
He spoke enthusiastically about the project and gave us a lot of information about the open spaces in London. At a time when we are concerned about our environment, this was a useful and encouraging talk.

This was followed by a lively AGM in which there were departures from the Executive Committee and some new arrivals.
Grateful thanks were given to Graham Ashton, Angela Brown, Christopher Henry, Diana McInnes, Pamela Ruben and Melinda Tennant Flowers who were not standing for re-election, for all their hard work and dedication.

The current Committee now consists of; Liz Day, (Chair), Roman Bednarz (Secretary), Verity Mosesnthal ( Treasurer), Neil Abrahams, Davis Beamish, Rona Black, Susan Elias, Helen Graham, Joy Harris and Sandra Tait.

Unfortunately, Esther CheoYing/Samson was indisposed and we hope she will soon be able to
come and give us her talk.
We were extremely fortunate that Rupert Dickens, a local Art Historian stepped into the
breach at very short notice. He gave us a wonderful, illustrated talk about,
"The Rise and Fall of Rembrandt". We are extremely grateful for his contribution which comprised the recent TV programms and whetted our appetites for the Rembrandt Exhibition
at the Dulwich Picture Gallery scheduled for the Autumn.

The meeting opened with John Turpin telling us about the Poetry Group and reading some of his delightful and amusing ones.
Mysteries of the Mind
Patricia and Alastair Macdonald led us through two thought provoking discussions about mental health and well being. We heard about mental health treatment strategies and outcomes and how to communicate more positively with our inner voices, through quiet meditation.

We had a very enthusiastic lecture from Christopher Woodward, the Director of the Garden Museum in South London. He hoped that Members would visit to see the exhibits.

Sir David Beamish gave a fascinating talk on the House of Lords. He covered its history and function and whether it has a future.

An extremely enjoyable and well attended Christmas Lunch at The Dulwich Golf Club.
Earlier in the month there was the Christmas Quiz which has become a very popular event at St Barnabas Parish Hall. Questions came from the Convenors of almost all the Groups to demonstrate the range of interests. Quiz Master Susan Elias ran a tight ship. A good time was had by all.

An interesting topic of Intergenerational Fairness introduced by Angus Hanton and his colleague. He told us about his Charitable Foundation which is politically neutral but tries to influencegovernment policies in this field. It carries out research into the relationship between current generations and the problems whichare caused by lifestyles. A livelydiscussion ensued.

October "Life In A Suitcase"
A packed open meeting was addressed by Judy Elias who gave a very interesting talk entitled “A Life in a Suitcase". Judy outlined thepractice and uses of Dramatherapy. She then described her work with an elderly man who as a child had escaped Nazi occupied Austria on the Kindertransport and how she discovered his life story in the small suitcase that was all he brought with him. She has taken steps to ensure the legacy of his life’sexperience is maintained, shared and remembered

Open Day Groups Interest Fair
St Barnabas Parish Hall.
This was very successful and over forty people joined the U3A. A very large number of Group Convenors displayed their Group and talked about their activities to visitors.

August. There was no Monthly Meeting

July Summer Garden Party
On an overcast but very warm afternoon, over 100 members and guests came to the beautiful garden of Bell House and enjoyed a delicious cream tea.
Many also enjoyed the walking tours around the gardens with Ian McInnes and
John Turpin as guides. Many thanks to them. We were lucky that the rain that was forecast kept away.

June Open Meeting
Connecting People with Plants
On a very hot afternoon, we were entertained to an excellent virtual tour of Chelsea Physic Garden and South London Botanical Institute by Zoe Lepere and Roy Vickery.
Despite the heat many people attended. We are so lucky to have this beautiful garden and a botanical science centre nearby.
They both whetted our appetites for further visits to enjoy in this beautiful summer weather

April Open Meeting
A full Meeting heard Benny Dembitzer, Nobel Prize winner and International Economist give an excellent
and informative talk about problems facing the world today particularly in Africa. He has recently published a well-referenced book on this topic which was available for sale at the meeting Beforehand there was a short illustrated presentation by Beth Taylor on Herne Hill's History Hear project. She told us that she is still looking for participants who could provide verbal memories of the area.

March Open Meeting
Over 100 members attended to hear an interesting, illustrated presentation on the woodlands around Dulwich given by (aptly named) Daniel Greenwood, a local environmentalist and enthusiast. Prior to his talk we were entertained by stories written by our Writers' Workshop Group, introduced by their convenor Maggie Smith. The audience were most impressed by the quality and range of the work presented

February Open Meeting
Maxwell Knight - ‘MI5’s greatest spymaster’ was the subject of a fascinating talk by local author Henry Hemming at the monthly open meeting on 21st
February. The original ‘M’, Knight was also a prolific natural history broadcaster. Henry informed and entertained the packed meeting before signing copies of his biography of Knight, on sale after the talk. This book is now on the Best Sellers List.

January Monthly Meeting
On 15 January, Rev. Rob May of Herne Hill Baptist Church spoke at the well-attended Open Meeting on “Building Community, seeking the common good”.Both thought-provoking and
stimulating, unusually the talk included small group discussion. The speaker outlined ways of working towards the common good and made key points which may
well have promoted further discussion among Members over tea.

December Monthly Meeting
Our Annual Christmas Quiz was enjoyed by all who attended. All the Teams did very well. As well as being read out, the questions were also projected onto a screen, which was appreciated.
A festive tea of mince pies and Christmas cake was also served. The room was alive with festive cheer and animated conversation.

November Monthly Meeting
Professor Michael Baum, a world famous Breast Surgeon,
now retired, addressed a record crowd of over 100 members and guests. He gave an informative and entertaining talk about the representation of surgery in
art through the ages. This was beautifully illustrated by a variety of images. A lively question and answer session
Before his talk we also had a brief account from Ian McInnes who spoke about his U3A Modern Architecture
Group. We also had the opportunity to admire and
purchase items knitted by the Knitting for Charity Group

October Monthly Meeting
This month's talk was given by Ian Haywood, a professor of English at Roehampton University entitled "The Golden Age of Caricature: Rude Britannia." Ian has undertaken research of collections in Britain and America and it was great to hear a real expert, enthused by his subject. He showed us work by famous practitioners that was rude, pitiless and cruel, criticising the establishment. We wondered why they didn't get arrested! But Britain prided itself on its advanced democracy and free speech and the public, if not the politicians or monarchy, enjoyed the jokes, as did we.

September Monthly Meeting
On 15th September we had a full house to hear our Secretary give a very interesting illustrated talk about the history of Poland and its long association with this country. Poland was attacked on two fronts in WW2,by Hitler from the west and Stalin from the East. Nearly half a million Poles fought alongside the UK for the full lenght of the war. It included personal touches about his own family and in particular his father's contribution during the second world war.

July Monthly Open Meeting
94 members and guests attended the monthly meeting at Dulwich Picture Gallery in glorious sunny weather. Our Speaker, the new Sackler Director, Jennifer Scott reminded the audience of the history of Dulwich Picture Gallery as the first purpose built gallery to be open to the public in England. She also described the high quality of the permanent collection, showing beautiful slides of the Rembrandts,Murillos and Dutch school paintings in the collection. Her aims for the Gallery include widening access to all, and continuing to develop the excellent educational
programmes for schools, and also to provide classes for older adults including those with memory problems.The afternoon concluded with scones, strawberries and elderflower cordial inthe sunny grounds of the gallery

June Monthly Meeting
Ann KIngsbury, the secretary of Brockwell Park Community Partners, talked of concerns about cuts to park maintenance funding
and outsourcing of maintenance. They successfully campaigned for improvements to the Lido, and for development of the outdoor gym and pingpong tables. We were told about plans to develop Brockwell Hall as an event centre.
Suzy Hogarth then told us about the biodiversity programme in the park.

May Meeting - AGM
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Also there was a groups fair where members and prospective members could talk to conveners and join groups

April Monthly Meeting
Crystal Palace - The Perfect Playground U3A Talk
Michael Gilbert told us about the History of Crystal Palace and possible future developments

March Monthly Meeting
Over 70 people attended this dramatised talk given by JoanMunden. She told of the wartime experiences of her distant cousin who worked as a wireless operator behind enemy lines in France during WW2. This was a fascinating and moving story.

February Meeting Report
Emily Georgiou reported back on her Research into ‘Ageing Well’ contributing to her Clore Fellowship research for AgeUK.
Also Samantha Maugher U3A’s new CEO talked of her plans for the future of the U3A movement.
For a Summary of the Research findings click AGEWELL1 and AGEWELL2

January Monthly Meeting Report
At our first Monthly Meeting this year Florence Eshalomi, a Lambeth Councilor and London Assembly member, spoke to us enthusiastically about her life in politics.
She told us about her training as an outspoken teenager in trying to get help for her single parent mother in housing and the NHS and then choosing to stop complaining and stand as a local councillor herself to get things done. She has now been voted to the London Assembly and is trying to improve transport and combat crime. A full room of U3A members had lots of questions and were not short on complaints. As the mother of a 2 yr old and pregnant again she seems to have taken the world on her shoulders.
All very impressive and such a good communicator.
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Members Survey
Over 100 members responded to the survey. We are graceful to all those that participated and will be addressing some of the practical suggestions that were made. The survey has given the Executive Committee some excellent feedback and we will be trying to address as many of the suggestion as possible.
For a full report of the survey click SURVEY

1000 U3As Celebrations
There are now 1,000 U3A s with approximately half a million members across the country. This was celebrated at the Friend’s Meeting House on Euston Rd. on 25th Nov. D&D U3A were well represented by 5 members of the Executive Committee. There were several interesting speeches and a choir performance from Canterbury U3A.To read a full Report of celebrations click here 1000_U3As