THURSDAY Meetings and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Committee have now CANCELLED all planned Thursday morning meetings at Ealing Green Church for the forseeable future due to the COVID-19 pandemic and based on Government advice. We will review the situation regularly and consider any relevant Government advice as the situation evolves. We will advise members when we are able to resume our meetings at the Church. Further information will be published on this page as the situation evolves.

However, we have now arranged with a number of our planned speakers for them to carry out their talks online, using Zoom video conferencing software. Dates and details of the talks we have arranged are shown below. As further talks are finalised we will update this page with more details.
These talks are run using Zoom video conferencing software - see our GROUPS page for more information on Zoom. That does mean the talks will be limited to 100 participants but, for those unable to access the talk 'live', we will record each talk and make the recording available to our members afterwards.

  • Thur 16 July,10.30am - Women in Prison with Dr Sandra Mooney, a qualified medical practitioner who, after several years as a GP, moved to occupational and aviation medicine with BA Health Service. Since retirement, as director of that service, she has served as a magistrate and for 10 years with the Independent Monitoring Board of Bronzefield Women's Prison.

This talk will focus on the work of the IMB at Bronzefield Women's Prison, the largest women's prison in Europe

  • Thur 30 July, 10.30am - A two hundred-year Antarctic adventure: a short history of humans in Antarctica with Camilla Nichol, Chief Executive of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust

In 1820 Edward Bransfield spotted the Antarctic continent – a place that had long been the subject of speculation and failed attempts to discover it. What followed were two centuries of exploration, exploitation, triumph, tragedy, geopolitical escalations and cutting-edge science. This talk will explore some of that history and how the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust works to preserve that history and what the future might hold for this remote and inhospitable continent at the bottom of our world

  • Thur 13 August, 10.30am - Florence Nightingale - the Visionary Planner with Glynis Meredith-Windle

In the year of the 200th Anniversary of her birth, this talk will cover the nursing career of Florence Nightingale and the impact she had on nursing education and hospital design. She was an academic, an administrator a prolific author and well ahead of her time. During the current pandemic her influence can be clearly seen

  • Thur 27 August, 10.30am - This England – where did it come from? with Rev Dr Nicholas Henderson

A green and pleasant land?
From Canute to William the Conqueror, to the Tudors and everything in between.
The Anglo-Saxons and the Normans – gave us an enduring legacy, but so did the Danes and the Church.
An often forgotten and mysterious period in what was to become ‘English’ history. The legacy lingers on visibly and even audibly in architecture, linguistics and society.
An exploration into the great upheavals in society and community that disrupted and formed the cultural influences in what was to become England and eventually Great Britain.

Past Talks

We will soon have copies of the video of these talks available. Unfortunately, the video files are too large to be loaded onto this website so we are setting up a YouTube channel where they will be posted - please check back here for further details on this

  • Thur 7 May - A Fresh look at the Glasgow Boys (and Girls) with Colin Lomas

The Glasgow Boys were a group of artists from the 1880’s and 1890’s who were interpreting and expanding Impressionist and post-impressionist painting. Their subject matter featured rural, prosaic scenes from in and around Glasgow. Their colourful depictions attempted to capture the many facets of the character of Scotland.
[Click on the link to see the handout which accompanied this talk - NB. these notes are for Ealing U3A members personal use only, and should not be circulated further or re-used in any way]

  • Thur 21 May - The Million Women Study with Jane Green, Professor of Epidemiology, University of Oxford.

What can we learn from a health research study of over a million UK women? The Million Women Study has been following women’s health since 1996 - an early focus was breast cancer risk in women taking hormone replacement therapy, and now we study a wide range of conditions including heart disease, osteoporosis and dementia. Professor Green will describe some key findings and discuss the ethical and practical issues of running a study over many decades.
[Click on the link to see a copy of the presentation which accompanied this talk - NB. this presentation is for Ealing U3A members personal use only, and should not be circulated further or re-used in any way]

  • Thur 4 June - My time in Uganda with Yvonne Hughes, Ealing U3A Member

In September 1998 Yvonne was appointed by Voluntary Service Overseas to work on a humanitarian mission with the Tororo branch of the Uganda Red Cross. This was for a 2 year posting, working alongside the local Red Cross, teaching health, nutrition and first aid and recruiting. After the programme went belly-up, Yvonne created a programme and secured funding for Teaching and training local village women in health issues, which they identified and wanted to address.

  • Thur 18 June - Why do we Punish? Young People, Crime and the Media with Prof Lez Henry, School of Human and Social Sciences, University of West London

“If trial and punishment are a measure of social attitudes, then that old adage about the English hating their children seems to be true; we'd rather criminalise them and lock them up than deal with their problems.” Blake Morrison (2009)
In line with the above citation, Prof Henry will present a brief history of punishment in Britain and then focus on the way young people are treated within the Criminal Justice System. This is because British social history, from at least the 18th century onwards, identifies the perceptions and behaviour of children and young people as being problematic, which has contributed to the development of legal interventions in the lives of young people. However, Prof Henry will suggest that the media plays a major role in creating ‘moral panics’ that negatively affects how we punish children and young people, resulting in the ‘criminalisation of nuisance behaviour’

[Click on the link above to see a copy of the presentation for this talk - NB. this presentation is for Ealing U3A members personal use only, and should not be circulated further or re-used in any way]

  • Thur 2 July - John Singer Sargent with Colin Lomas, Ealing U3A member

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was an American virtuoso portrait painter who settled in London and painted high society in the late 19th and early 20th century. Alongside portraits he created many other types of art works. Enjoy his story and his artwork
[Click on the link above to see the handout which accompanied this talk - NB. these notes are for Ealing U3A members personal use only, and should not be circulated further or re-used in any way]
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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

The committee would like to pay thanks to our two Speaker Organisers, Rosemary Richardson and Yvonne Hughes for the talks they have 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 speak to Rosemary or Yvonne at a Thursday meeting, or email the Talks Organiser.

The committee would also like to thank Marie Todman on the fine job she did in arranging the talks for 2019, which we are sure that people would agree were an interesting and stimulating selection.


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