THURSDAY Meetings in 2022

We are now holding our Thursday meetings at Ealing Green Church but also continuing to broadcast the talks online, using Zoom video conferencing software. Currently, we are not yet having a full audience in the Church so have introduced a booking system for places, using Eventbrite. There will, of course, be no restrictions on the numbers who can view these talks on Zoom. We are now able to accommodate more people in the Church so would encourage members who have not yet returned to seeing the talks 'live' to come back and meet fellow u3a members face-to-face again.

Currently, our meetings are fortnightly and this will be the case until the end of our Summer series of talks. From September 2022, we will have talks on the first, second and fourth Thursdays each month and on the third Thursday monthly, we will continue with the 'live' Coffee Mornings, which are open to ALL members. There are 5 locations for these, in Acton, Ealing, Greenford, Northfields and Hanwell - notifications of the dates for these are distributed by email and letter. If there is a fifth Thursday in any month, we will usually put on another event.
We have now discontinued the monthly 'virtual' Zoom Coffee morning on the first Thursday of each month but if enough members would like to continue with these, they could be run on a different day.

Thursday meetings start at 10:15am, with u3a members admitted to the Church from 10:00am. The meetings begin with announcements and any in-house business, followed by the speaker's presentation (from around 10:30am) during which there is a break of approx. 10mins. There is usually time for a Q&A session after the talk with the aim to finish the proceedings by 12:00 noon.


Our SUMMER series of talks for 2022 take place on 28th July, 11th August and 25th August.

  • Thur 11th August, 10.30am (EGC & Zoom) - 100 Years of the BBC – Milestone moments in the life of the nation’s broadcaster with Robert Seatter, Head of BBC History with a 25-year career at the BBC working across the Corporation including roles in BBC Education, BBC World Service and BBC Worldwide. He is leading on all history and heritage aspects of the BBC’s centenary, and has written Broadcasting Britain: 100 years of the BBC, to be published by Dorling Kindersley in autumn 2022. Prior to the BBC, Robert worked in publishing, teaching and acting. He is also an award-winning poet, with five published collections, and an active member of Ealing’s own Questors Theatre. Robert will give his talk in Ealing Green Church.

In 2022, the BBC becomes the first major public service broadcaster to mark 100 years of continuous broadcasting. BBC’s Head of History Robert Seatter will walk us through the century, its shifting changes in technology, its important national moments, its shifting sense of nationhood – but most importantly how it is part of all our deeply personal and social memory

  • Thur 18th August - Ealing U3A Coffee Morning

An opportunity for members to get together face-to-face to meet other members for a chat and refreshments, these Coffee mornings are held at 5 locations around the borough in Acton, Ealing, Greenford, Hanwell and Northfields.

  • Thur 25th August, 10.30am (EGC & Zoom) - Two Men and a Boy: The story of the discovery of Tutankhamun with Neil Stevenson first became interested in Ancient Egypt in 1986 during a business trip to Cairo. Since then he has made over 40 visits to Egypt, the most recent being in December 2019. He has completed several continuing education courses at Liverpool University covering various aspects of Egyptology. He is a member of the Egyptian Exploration Society, a Friend of the Petrie Museum and was a founder member of Horus Egyptology Society in Wigan, one of the largest Ancient Egypt societies in the UK. He has supported the Amenhotep lll Temple Conservation Project for over 15 years. Neil is the u3a national subject advisor for Egyptology, and has given numerous talks and run courses on Egyptology. He is the Trustee for North West England with 100 u3as and around 45,000 members. He is a former chair of his u3a. Neil will give his talk in Ealing Green Church.

This talk includes how Howard Carter, supported by Lord Carnarvon, discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun. We will look at who Tutankhamun was, his parents and grandparents and his wife and children. We will also look at some of the wonderful items found in his tomb


The AUTUMN term starts on Thursday 8th September; full details of talks for this term will be published over the Summer but some information is shown below.

  • The term starts on Thur 8th Sept with a talk entitled 'Social connections, health and well-being in later life: What do we know?' by Dr Snorri Rafnsson from the University of West London. Dr Rafnsson will be present in Ealing Green Church for this talk, as will most of our speakers this term.
  • The following Thursday (15th September) will be our regular Coffee Morning sessions at a number of venues around the borough. We plan to continue to hold these sessions on the third Thursday each month for the rest of this year.
  • For the rest of the term talks will be held on the first, second and fourth Thursdays each month. Amongst our speakers confirmed so far we have Dr Kim Salmons from St Mary's University, Twickenham with a talk on Food in Thomas Hardy Novels and Jordan Campbell the storyteller from UWL, who entertained us in January with some old English stories, will return in December with some Tales from the African Rainforest.
  • On Thur 29th Sept, there will not be a talk but instead we will be holding an Interest Groups Showcase at Ealing Green Church. Many of the Convenors of our 30+ Interest Groups will be present at this event where any of our members (or prospective members) can come along to find out more about what our Interest Groups do, and sign up to join them.
  • Our Photographic Competition Results will be announced on Thur 13th October by judge Michael Lurie, who will also give another brief talk on photography techniques.

The organisation of our talks for this year has been by Sylvia Stirling and Juliet Edwards, and the Committee is very grateful for their work and the interesting talks they have arranged. If you have any suggestions for talks or possible speakers, please email Sylvia using the Speakers Organiser email.

Previously, Rosemary Richardson had been our Speaker Organiser but retired from this position in March 2022. The Committee would like to pay thanks to Rosemary for her excellent work over some years, and decided to award her with Life Membership of Ealing u3a.



Details of the talks for the Spring term (April - July 2022) can now be found on the 2022 Talks page. For a number of these talks, we have copies of the presentations used and these are also shown on that page.
Additionally, we also have the Recordings of some of the earlier talks in 2022 available on our Ealing u3a YouTube channel, as listed below. The details of how to access the individual talks have been published in our regular Newsletters but, if you missed that information and would like to view any of these recordings, please contact the Webmaster.
- “Teak, the King of Timbers” with Jean Brewster
- “Somewhere to Live - Rising to the Global Urban Land and Housing Challenge” with Geoff Payne
- “Ealing, the Cradle of British Rock Music” with Bob Salmons
- “A Considerable Seaport – British New York 1664-1783” with David Evans.
- “Fear of Falling .. or Falling from Fear” with Dr. Toby Ellmers

Details of past talks, both Zoom-only and hybrid, for 2022, 2021 and 2020 can now be found through the relevant links on the rhs of this page.

Details of our Summer 2021 Programme of talks can be found through the Summer Programmes link on the rhs of this page.

These pages also include information on any recordings of these talks that are available.


Photos of our recent speakers are displayed on this page. Photos of previous speakers are shown on the relevant sub-page

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