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THURSDAY Meetings and the COVID-19 Pandemic

From September, we plan to resume holding our Thursday talks at Ealing Green Church but we will also continue to broadcast these talks online, using Zoom video conferencing software. However, for the Autumn term at least, there will be some restrictions on the number of attendees at the Church and we are likely to introduce a booking system for places in the Church audience. There will, of course, be no restrictions on the numbers who can view these talks on Zoom.

AUTUMN 2021 TALKS

Now that all Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted, your Committee has decided that we will resume holding Thursday morning meetings at Ealing Green Church (EGC) from September. However, for the Autumn term, there will be some restrictions on numbers able to attend the Church in person so we plan to continue to broadcast these talks over Zoom. For this term, we plan to continue with having talks fortnightly (rather than weekly) but we also plan to continue with the 'virtual' Coffee mornings we have run during the Covid pandemic. Details of the talks booked so far are shown below.

  • Thur 9 September, 10.30am (EGC + Zoom) - The Female Impressionists with Colin Lomas, Ealing U3A Member and Convenor of three of our Interest Groups.

Next time you're in a bookshop, find a book on the Impressionists and almost certainly it will not include any female artists. There will be Monet, Pissarro, Degas, Sisley, Bazille, Renoir and Manet (despite the fact that he was not at all an Impressionist). In fact the group of about a dozen artists included four women - Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassat, Marie Braquemond and Eva Gonzales. Colin invites us to enjoy the innovative and appealing works of these four female artists.

  • Thur 23 September, 10.30am (EGC + Zoom) - “For the Love of Dangerous Men” with Tony Nicholson. Tony was a university history lecturer. Retirement hobbies are writing, including the book on which this talk is based, and giving talks. He also enjoys gardening, walking “and anything else that tickles his fancy”.

When Tony Nicholson and his family moved into an old house in the north of England, they discovered an enormous bird’s nest in the attic with hundreds of photographs and letters tangled in its straw. It was a treasure trove of old photographs and letters, all belonging to a mysterious woman called Annie Bowen. Who was she? And what was her story? Back Tony went to the Victorian era to find out. Soon, he found himself in Calcutta and the dark streets of Whitechapel, tracking her lover. Peeling back the layers of her story, he uncovered a lost world of moonlight dances, country vicarages and teenage ‘spooning’. In London, there were sensational spectacles, ‘professors of swimming and illusions’, glamorous dressmakers, nights at the music hall, reckless cab-drivers and drunken sailors. Through it all, the tangled web of Annie’s life was gradually unpicked to give a fascinating social history of ordinary lives lived in extraordinary ways.

  • Thur 7 October, 10.30am (Zoom only) - Ealing U3A 'virtual' Coffee Morning.

Another of our Zoom 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 14 October, 10.30am (EGC + Zoom) - Results of the Photographic Competition and a talk 'Did U3A members improve as a Photographer since last year plus the impact of the Smart phone as a Photographic Tool' with Michael Lurie, a photographer for over 60 years and Member and past Chairman of Pinner Camera Club. All the photos entered for this year's competition will be on display and Michael will announce the winning entries in each category.

Michael spoke about good photographic techniques during last year's Competition Results session. In this talk he will ask have members photos improved since then. The proof is in the pudding - this year’s entries will answer that question.
Could members have done better? Never miss an opportunity to use your “Seeing Eye”. Set yourself a project over the coming year
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  • Thur 28 October, 10.30am (EGC + Zoom) - Garden, Town and City Birds with Colette Smith.

Details of Colette's talk to follow.

  • Thur 4 November, 10.30am (Zoom only) - Ealing U3A 'virtual' Coffee Morning.

Another of our Zoom 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 11 November, 10.30am (EGC + Zoom) - Memorials in Ealing Borough with Dr Jonathan Oates the Ealing archivist.

Details of Jonathan's talk to follow.

  • Thur 25 November, 10.30am (EGC + Zoom) - Royal Albert Hall, 150 Years Old with Bridget Nolan from the RAH.

Details of Bridget's talk to follow.

  • Thur 2 December, 10.30am (Zoom only) - Ealing U3A 'virtual' Coffee Morning.

Another of our Zoom 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 9 December, 10.30am (EGC + Zoom) - Teak - the King of Timbers with Jean Brewster, Ealing U3A member who taught English Studies/Applied Linguistics in various institutions, including what is now The University of West London, Nottingham University and the Institute of Hong Kong. Jean has lived in various countries such as Malaysia, Belize, Cyprus, Hong Kong and Qatar and has an interest in cross-cultural issues.

Do you have a teak bench in your garden? Ever wondered why it is so good for gardens and boats? The talk will begin with a consideration of the long-recognised properties of teak and its link to gold in ancient times. As the ‘king of timbers’ teak also has an interesting connection with the king of an Asian kingdom, plus surprising links to Hollywood and silk. A brief outline of how teak was traditionally logged in the teak forests of Asia follows, ending in the fate of retired elephants.

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

Details of past Zoom talks for the Winter and Spring 2021 terms and for all 2020 terms can now be found through the relevant links 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