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EALING U3A PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITIONS

Here are advance details of the 2020 Photographic Competition - the closing date for entries will be Thursday 17th September, and the results and prize-giving will be on Thursday 1st October.
The categories for the 2020 competition will be Leaves, Sports, Trains/Boats/Planes, Hands and, once again, My Favourite Photo. Entries for the last category only are restricted to those who've never previously won an Ealing U3A photographic prize. Further details about the competition will be given in the new year.

Via the LINKS on the right hand side of this page you can see the results and the winning photographs for 2019 and 2018 competitions.


Dates for your Diary
February 2020
Fri Feb 14th
→Wed Mar 4th
Other

GUNNERSBURY PARK MUSEUM – Exhibition

Reflections of an Artist: Madeline Green, 1884-1947

Dates: 11 February – 25 May 2020

Free entry

This spring the spotlight is on local artist Madeline Green. A modernist figurative artist, Madeline Green grew up and lived most of her life in Ealing – where she helped to found the Ealing Art Guild, known today as the Ealing Art Group. From 1906 she studied at the prestigious drawing and painting schools at the Royal Academy of Arts, at a time when John Singer Sargent, John William Waterhouse and George Clausen were visiting teachers, and where she twice won awards for her exceptionally life-like sketches.

For more details, go to the Visit Gunnersbury website.

Wed Feb 19thRambling 2

Wednesday Ramble

Wednesday 19 February, 2020

This will be a Circular walk from Uxbridge Station via Denham

Meet at Uxbridge Station at 10.30 am.

Total Distance, approx 7 miles

Lunch at a Swan and Bottle pub in Uxbridge
All welcome just turn up on the day.

Thu Feb 20thFilm

FILM OUTING

“THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD” - starring Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Paul Whitehouse

An avid Dickens fan, director Armando Iannucci adapts here, alongside frequent collaborator Simon Blackwell, employing his comedic mastery and vivid characterisations to bring to life one of Dickens’ most cherished characters. From birth to infancy, from adolescence to adulthood, the good-hearted David Copperfield is surrounded by kindness, wickedness, poverty and wealth, as he meets an array of remarkable characters in Victorian England. As David sets out to be a writer, in his quest for family, friendship, romance and status, the story of his life is the most seductive tale of all.

Where: Watermans cinema, Brentford

When: 3:15pm on Thursday 20th February

Prices: £8.00

For those going, there will be a get-together afterwards to discuss people's views on the screening.

Mon Feb 24thFilm

FILM OUTING

“A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD” - starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor.

Where: Watermans cinema, Brentford

When: 1:00pm on Monday 24th February

Prices: £6.00 (Monday pricing)

For those going, there will be a get-together afterwards to discuss people's views on the screening.

Thu Feb 27thFilm

FILM OUTING

“THE LIGHTHOUSE” - starring Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson

From Robert Eggers, the visionary filmmaker behind modern horror masterpiece 'The Witch', comes this hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

Where: Watermans cinema, Brentford

When: 1:00pm on Thursday 27th February

Prices: £8.00

For those going, there will be a get-together afterwards to discuss people's views on the screening.

Sat Feb 29thRambling 1

Saturday Ramble - the Thames to Chiswick House

When: Saturday 29th February at 10am

Where: platform level at Ealing Broadway station

What: a linear walk from Hammersmith tube station along the Thames to Chiswick House to see the Camellia exhibition and then have lunch in the Cafe on site. From there it is a suburban walk to Chiswick High Road and transport to wherever.

Absolutely flat, very interesting and about 3 miles from Hammersmith to Chiswick High Road.

If you might like to join a camellia talk do look on line and book when they are uploaded. We should be at Chiswick House by 1.30pm.

March 2020
Tue Mar 3rdLondon revisited

LONDON REVISITED outing

Where: WILTONS MUSIC HALL, Graces Alley E1
The second of two guided tours to this oldest surviving grand music hall in the world which opened in 1859, was destroyed by fire in 1877, then abandoned and had various other uses such as a Methodist Mission before being restored to its original purpose.
It is a Grade 2 listed building located in Shadwell and its unique hall is often used in period dramas.

When: Tuesday 3rd March
The tour will start at 11.00am and will last about 1.25 hours. I did bring a large group to this venue in Sept 2015 and we had a splendid time.

Cost: £8

Numbers: Up to 20 per tour but I do need a minimum of 15.

Travel: Travel will be from Ealing Broadway Station (meet at the bottom of the stairs) at 9.30am by District Line to Tower Hill station, then an 8/10 minute walk to the Music Hall.
If anyone wishes to make their own way please let me know and look to meet either at Tower Hill Underground station at 10.35am or at the entrance to the Music Hall for 10.45/50am.

I will take names/monies on 20th and 27th February for this March outing.

Convener: Derek Atkinson, tel - 07504 667005 or email though the blue bird above

Fri Mar 6thJazz & Blues Appreciation

JAZZ & BLUES APPRECIATION

Event: THE BLUES BAND
Paul Jones – Vocals & Harmonica, Dave Kelly – Slide Guitar, Tom McGuinness – Guitar, Rob Townsend – Drums, Gary Fletcher – Bass
The individual members of The Blues Band were already held in admiration by generations of rhythm & blues fans when they formed back in 1979. The band are today acknowledged throughout Europe and beyond as being amongst the very finest purveyors of rhythm & blues.

Where: Under the Bridge, Fulham Rd, Fulham SW6 1HS. Phone: 020 7386 3327

Date: Friday 6th March 2020 at 7.00pm

Tickets £30.25

Suggested by: Phil Hart

Wed Mar 18thOther

LR U3A HEARTH TAX CONFERENCE

Where: Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London

Date: Wednesday 18th March from 10am-3pm
Entry is free but the capacity of the room is 100, so places are limited.

Roehampton University have set up this event which will be an opportunity to hear U3A researchers from London and Warwick speaking about their findings using Hearth Tax records.
Sarah Williams at 'Who Do You Think You Are?' magazine is featuring the conference in the January issue. She will also report on the conference following the day in March.
Anyone interested in history from the 17th century period will find this interesting and it will be a great opportunity to hear what U3A research opportunities can offer to members.

To apply for a ticket go to Hearth Tax Conference tickets

Sat Mar 21stTheatre Outings

LYRIC THEATRE, Hammersmith

Saturday, 21st March, 2.30pm

Love Love Love by Mike Bartlett

It’s 1967. The Beatles are performing All You Need Is Love on global TV for the very first time. Kenneth and Sandra meet.

Love, Love, Love, charts one couple’s journey forty years from the era of free love to the beginning of the 21st Century. Smoking, drinking, affectionate and paranoid, Kenneth and Sandra build their life and family together in a time of increasing national prosperity, when the future is always better than the past.

Now they’re retired and their children grown, but why hasn’t it all worked out the way they thought?
What happens when the children you think you’ve done everything for, believe you haven’t done enough?

A family go to war over their personal politics in Mike Bartlett’s funny and scathing look at the opposing values of two very different generations.

Rachel O’Riordan directs a major revival of this award-winning play that feels more relevant than ever.

Tickets £15 - last chance to purchase is Thursday 23rd January from Rosemary Hart at the weekly meeting.

Tue Mar 24thLondon revisited

LONDON REVISITED outing

Where: LONDON TRANSPORT ACTON DEPOT MUSEUM for POSTER & ART STORE, Acton
A guided tour of the original artwork displayed throughout the London Underground from approx 1880 to the present day which is stored at the LT museum in climate controlled rooms directly over the road from the entrance to Acton Town Underground Station.
The tour will be led by David Burnell, who is the registered guide for this building.

When: Tuesday 24th March
The tour will start at 11.30am and will last about 2 hours - some climbing of stairs will be required. I did bring a group to this venue in April 2016 which was very popular.

Cost: £5

Numbers: Maximum of 20 people.
If there is sufficient demand, I am willing to try to arrange a further visit later in the year and could arrange a 1.30pm outing

Travel: Make your own way and meet outside Acton Town Underground station at 11.15am, then a 5 minute walk to the Museum. [Acton Town is 2 stops from Ealing Broadway on the District line]
There are limited car parking spaces available by the Museum entrance.

I will take names/monies on 12th and 19th March for this outing.

Convener: Derek Atkinson, tel - 07504 667005 or email though the blue bird above

Mon Mar 30thStudy Day

NATIONAL U3A - STUDY DAY

Discovering Children's Literature
Hear five experts speak about the history of children’s literature. You’ll learn about early printed children’s books from the 18th and 19th centuries, such as Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures Underground’, and how they have been collected and cared for at the British Library.

Date & Time: Monday 30 March, 11.00am - 3.45pm (Registration, tea and coffee available from 10.30am)

Location: The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Cost: £24

For more details and to book a ticket, see Discovering Childrens Literature

April 2020
Wed Apr 1stLondon revisited

LONDON REVISITED outing

Where: THE HONOURABLE SOCIETY OF THE MIDDLE TEMPLE, London EC4
The first of two guided tours of probably the finest example of an Elizabethan Hall in London. It has a huge double-hammer beam roof dated in 1562, and has hosted such people Sir Walter Raleigh & Sir Francis Drake. Significant paintings are on view of our Monarchs from Elizabeth 1 to George 1 and the High Table of Oak of 29 feet in length was a gift of Elizabeth 1 who was a regular visitor to the Hall. Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night was first performed here in 1602.

When: Wednesday 1st April
The tour will start at 11.00am and will last approximately 1 hour with tea & coffee available at the end of the tour.

Cost: £12 including refreshments

Numbers: Up to 20 per tour but I do need a minimum of 10.

Travel: Travel will be from Ealing Broadway Station (meet at the bottom of the stairs) at 9.45am by District Line to Temple underground station, then a 7/8 minute walk through the atmospheric grounds and cobbled lanes of these two inns of court (Middle & Inner Temple) to the Hall.
If anyone wishes to make their own way please let me know and look to meet at Temple Underground station at 10.40am.

I will take names/monies on 19th and 26th March for this 1st April outing.

Convener: Derek Atkinson, tel - 07504 667005 or email though the blue bird above

Sun Apr 19thTheatre Outings

THE QUESTORS

Sunday, 19th April, 2.30pm

Hangmen by Martin McDonagh.

Hanging justice by the neck.
There is a bit more life in the air at the local Hangman’s family pub - and it’s not down to the quirky cronies at the bar. Today, hanging has been abolished. For good.

With Harry’s face plastered across the front pages, his status as second best hangman and local celebrity continues to thrive. But when a menacing young Londoner strolls up to the bar, something says he’s after more than a pint and a bag of peanuts… Harry may have hung up the noose for good, but will he ever wash one man’s blood off his hands?

Written by Oscar winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) this wickedly funny satire on the justice system fuses an undeniably dark tale with the mundanity of northern pub life, undercut with McDonagh’s idiosyncratic humour. Set in 60s Lancashire, this is a fast paced dark comedy that will grip you until the bitter end.

Tickets £10 on sale from Rosemary Hart at weekly meetings.

Tue Apr 21st
→Thu Apr 23rd
Other

LONDON REGION of U3As - EASTER CONFERENCE

Freedom and its Consequences
The highly awaited and popular Easter Conference includes a fascinating, intriguing and challenging programme of talks over three days given by a range of speakers. The subject is explored from a variety of different standpoints.

Date: Tuesday 21st - Thursday 23rd April 2020

Venue: Main Hall, Hampstead Old Town Hall, London NW3 4QP

Cost: £50 for all three days and includes all coffees, teas and delicious lunches

For further information and how to book a place, see LRU3A Easter Conference

Tue Apr 28thLondon revisited

LONDON REVISITED outing

Where: THE HONOURABLE SOCIETY OF THE MIDDLE TEMPLE, London EC4
The second of two guided tours of probably the finest example of an Elizabethan Hall in London. It has a huge double-hammer beam roof dated in 1562, and has hosted such people Sir Walter Raleigh & Sir Francis Drake. Significant paintings are on view of our Monarchs from Elizabeth 1 to George 1 and the High Table of Oak of 29 feet in length was a gift of Elizabeth 1 who was a regular visitor to the Hall. Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night was first performed here in 1602.

When: Tuesday 28th April
The tour will start at 11.00am and will last approximately 1 hour with tea & coffee available at the end of the tour.

Cost: £12 including refreshments

Numbers: Up to 20 per tour but I do need a minimum of 10.

Travel: Travel will be from Ealing Broadway Station (meet at the bottom of the stairs) at 9.45am by District Line to Temple underground station, then a 7/8 minute walk through the atmospheric grounds and cobbled lanes of these two inns of court (Middle & Inner Temple) to the Hall.
If anyone wishes to make their own way please let me know and look to meet at Temple Underground station at 10.40am.

I will take names/monies on 16th and 23rd April for this 28th April outing.

Convener: Derek Atkinson, tel - 07504 667005 or email though the blue bird above

May 2020
Fri May 15thLondon revisited

LONDON REVISITED outing

Where: PORTCULLIS HOUSE - guided tour of Portraits of Parliamentarians and 1st Floor Committee Corridor, London SW1
A guided tour of this building, opened in 2001, directly over the road from the Houses of Parliament and linked by a short underground passageway, it houses Committee Rooms and the art collection of portraits of significant politicians. Works of artists include those of Grayson Perry, Gerald Scarfe and Andrew Tift. These tours are difficult to arrange and only available on Friday mornings.

When: Friday 15th May
We need to be at the entrance of the building by 10.30am to allow time to pass through the rigid security before being moved to the Grimond room within Portcullis House. The groups will start their guided tours at 11.00am and 11.10am approx and the tours will last 1hour 15mins.
I have been here before and I will ask our guides to take us through the connecting underground passageway at the end of the tours to enter Westminster Palace and the Great Hall and use the café.

Cost: £15

Numbers: I can take 30 people on this outing and, on arrival, we will be split into 2 groups of 15 with separate guides.

Travel: By District line from Ealing Broadway to Westminster underground station, and we will met at the bottom of the stairs at Ealing Broadway for a 9.30am prompt departure.
Those travelling directly please let me know and meet in the hall of Westminster underground station about 10.20/25am immediately through the ticket gates.

I will take names/monies on Thursday 7th and 14th May for this outing.

Convener: Derek Atkinson, tel - 07504 667005 or email though the blue bird above

Wed May 20thOther

London Region U3A SPRING BOUQUET Concert 2020

LRU3A Spring Concert at St. Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield.
Concert by the Brandenburg Singers, readings by U3A members of seasonal poems and prose.

Date: Wednesday 20th November 2020, 2.00 - 4.00pm

Cost: £19.50 including pre-concert refreshments

For more information, see the Spring Bouquet flyer

June 2020
Sat Jun 20thTheatre Outings

ORANGE TREE THEATRE, Richmond

Saturday, 20th June, 2.30pm

The False Servant by Pierre Marivaux, translated by Martin Crimp

When a man thinks he can cynically take a rich woman’s money and then run off with an even more lucrative potential fiancée, he’d best not tell the fiancée by mistake.

Le Chevalier, a woman disguised as the son of an aristocrat, embarks on a plan that will expose the dark heart of this male power-play.

Tickets £15, on sale from Rosemary Hart at weekly meetings.

Sat Jun 20thJazz & Blues Appreciation

JAZZ & BLUES APPRECIATION

Event: 1960: A NIGHT at the HARLEM APOLLO with the Jazz Repertory Company
The legendary Harlem Apollo on 125th Street in New York City has played host to many of the great stars of Jazz and Rhythm and Blues and is still going strong today. This concert will take you back to a night in 1960 and some of the biggest names of the era recreated by three wonderful singers and a hard-driving big band.

Where: Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, Belgravia SW1X 9DQ. Phone: 020 7730 4500

Date: Saturday 20th June 2020 at 7.30pm

Tickets £9.50 to £37.00

Suggested by: Phil Hart

July 2020
Tue Jul 21st
→Thu Jul 23rd
Summer School

LONDON REGION OF U3As SUMMER SCHOOL, JULY 21 - 23, 2020

The 2020 Summer School will, as usual, be held at St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street (easy access: 5 minutes from Blackfriars underground station) on Tuesday 21st to Thursday 23th July.

This is the popular annual non-residential event. Members can choose to attend for one, two or three days. There will be a wide range talks, workshops and walks based around this year's theme of 'The Twenties' - A Dynamic Decade.
Full details of this years programme can be found here - Summer School 2020 Programme

If you would like to attend this year, please book online if you can using the link on the LR U3A Events webpage. There is also a Postal Application form available on that page.

Sun Jul 26thJazz & Blues Appreciation

JAZZ & BLUES APPRECIATION

Event: Ronnie Scott's presents MILESTONES FESTIVAL
A new one-day jazz festival; first wave of artists confirmed:
MARCUS MILLER, INCOGNITO, COURTNEY PINE & OMAR, JAZZIE B (SOUL II SOUL)
and many more to be announced in the coming weeks...
Street food, craft beers and cocktails, all in a stunning location.

Where: Alexandra Palace, London

Date: Sunday 26th July 2020 from 2.00pm

Tickets £45 early bird offer - to book, go to Milestones Festival

Suggested by: Phil Hart