Ealing

Meetings

THURSDAY Meetings and the COVID-19 Pandemic

We have now resumed holding our Thursday talks at Ealing Green Church whilst also continuing to broadcast these talks online, using Zoom video conferencing software. Currently, there are restrictions on the number of attendees at the Church and we have introduced a booking system for places in the Church audience, using Eventbrite. There will, of course, be no restrictions on the numbers who can view these talks on Zoom.

AUTUMN 2021 TALKS

For this term, we are continuing to have talks fortnightly (rather than weekly) but will also have a monthly 'virtual' Coffee morning that we have run during the Covid pandemic. Details of the remaining talks for this term are shown below.

  • 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, who will be present in the Church for this talk. Jean is an 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.

WINTER 2022 TALKS

For the Winter term (January - March 2022), we are continuing to have talks fortnightly but will also have a monthly 'virtual' Coffee morning that we have run during the Covid pandemic.

Details of the talks for this coming term are being finalised and will be available soon, but the term will start on Thursday 6th January with a (Zoom-only) Coffee morning. The talks will include Tony Nicholson returning to tell part 2 of the story of Annie Bowen, based on his book 'The Love of Dangerous Men'. We will also have at least one speaker from the University of West London this term and, in addition to the talks, we will be holding our AGM on Thursday 24th March.

  • Thur 6 January, 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.

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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