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THURSDAY Meetings and the COVID-19 Pandemic

We will be continuing with having our Thursday talks online, using Zoom video conferencing software, for the forseeable future. Dates and details of the talks for the remainder of the Winter term and the Spring term are shown below.
The talks are run using Zoom video conferencing software - see our GROUPS page for more information on Zoom. Ealing U3A has now purchased a large user Zoom licence so we can accommodate 500 participants but, for those unable to access the talk 'live', we plan to record each talk and make the recording available to our members afterwards.

SPRING TERM 2021 THURSDAY TALKS

Your Committee believes it is unlikely we will be able to resume holding Thursday morning meetings at Ealing Green Church during our Spring term, so we have arranged a full programme of talks and 'virtual' Coffee mornings over Zoom for the term. With the Covid-19 Vaccine programme continuing, we expect that most of our Members will have been offered both of their doses of the vaccine by the end of this term. It may be possible to resume face-to-face meetings for our Summer programme of talks; we will advise members as soon as a decision has been made on this.

Details of the Spring Term events are shown below:

  • Thur 17 June, 10.30am - Ealing U3A 'virtual' Coffee Morning.

Another of our Coffee Morning sessions to provide an opportunity for Ealing U3A members to talk to small groups of other members on a variety of topics. These sessions are run using a feature of Zoom called ‘Breakout Rooms’ where we put meeting attendees into separate rooms with 6 – 8 people in each for a discussion.

  • Thur 24 June, 10.30am - Rivington Terraced Gardens: Past, present and Future with Graham Gough. Until retirement, Graham was a Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. He is now a volunteer at Rivington Terraced Gardens and vice chair of the Friends of Rivington Terraced Gardens.

Rivington Terraced Gardens were created on a barren Lancashire hillside by the soap giant William Hesketh Lever (Lord Leverhulme) as a weekend retreat. Neglected after Lever’s death for many years they have long been a favourite place for many. This talk tells a little of the Gardens’ history and how recent efforts have been made to secure their future as a magical place for all.

  • Thur 1 July, 10.30am - Ealing U3A 'virtual' Coffee Morning.

Another of our Coffee Morning sessions to provide an opportunity for Ealing U3A members to talk to small groups of other members on a variety of topics. These sessions are run using a feature of Zoom called ‘Breakout Rooms’ where we put meeting attendees into separate rooms with 6 – 8 people in each for a discussion.

  • Thur 8 July, 10.30am - How to Plan a Hospital with Glynis Meredith-Windle, a professional in the sphere if international health planning with extensive experience on projects involving management, planning, operational re-engineering and technical advice. She has worked on projects in the UK for NHS Authorities and for other health architects and management consultancies. Glynis previously gave a talk to us in August 2020 on Florence Nightingale.

This talk will cover the Vision of the new hospital, the Process and development of the Brief. How flexibility & adaptability is required, getting the available data from the Dept of Health and Funding.

  • Thur 15 July, 10.30am - Ealing U3A 'virtual' Coffee Morning.

Another of our Coffee Morning sessions to provide an opportunity for Ealing U3A members to talk to small groups of other members on a variety of topics. These sessions are run using a feature of Zoom called ‘Breakout Rooms’ where we put meeting attendees into separate rooms with 6 – 8 people in each for a discussion.

When we are in a position to consider a resumption of meetings at Ealing Green Church, the Committee will advise members of the arrangements for these meetings. It is likely that we will not be able to accommodate a full attendance, so the Committee is investigating how to broadcast these talks via the Internet. Further information will be published on this page as the situation evolves.

The committee would like to pay thanks to our Speaker Organiser, Rosemary Richardson for the talks she has organised for this year, and we have an excellent selection of speakers to look forward to. If you have any suggestions for talks or possible speakers, please email Rosemary using the Talks Organiser email.

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PAST THURSDAY TALKS

Details of past Zoom talks both this term and in the Winter 2021 term can now be found through the 2021 Zoom Talks link on the rhs of this page.

Details of past Zoom talks during 2020 can now be found through the 2020 Zoom Talks link on the rhs of this page.

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

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In normal circumstances our Meetings are held weekly, on Thursday mornings in Ealing Green Church (almost opposite Ealing Film Studios).

These Meetings usually start at 10:00am. They begin with announcements and any in-house business. This is followed by the speaker's presentation (from around 10:15am) during which there is a break of approx. 15mins. There is usually time for a Q&A session after the talk and the proceedings finish by 12:00 noon

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