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. 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 will record each talk and make the recording available to our members afterwards.
- Thur 24 September, 10.30am - Universal Basic Income and the Corona crisis with Philippe Van Parijs, guest professor at the Universities of Louvain and Leuven. He is a member of Belgium’s Royal Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the British Academy. In 1986, he convened the founding conference of BIEN, now the Basic Income Earth Network, and chairs its Advisory Board.
A universal (or unconditional) basic income is a regular cash income paid to all members of a society on an individual basis, without means test or work test. This proposal has been defended with a variety of arguments since the 1980s. It has become popular worldwide in the last four years and the corona crisis triggered yet another upsurge of interest in it.
The talk will briefly sketch the main arguments for and against, with special reference to the challenges stemming from the pandemic. Click on this link for a document with some background info on Universal Basic Income and Philippe Van Parijs.
- Thur 8 October, 10.30am - Shakespeare on Stage and Page with Emma Smith, Professor of Shakespeare Studies, Oxford.
This will be Emma’s third talk for Ealing U3A and it will include examples from Shakespeare’s own theatre and more recent performances.
- Thur 15 October, 10.30am - Photographic Competition results + a talk on 'What it takes to get that shot' with Michael Lurie, a photographer for the past 50 years and Chairman of Pinner Camera Club. Michael has had pictures published in various travel magazines, has won several awards in the photographic community and has been a judge for the past 3 years for the Chiltern Assoc. of Camera Clubs.
Michael will announce the results of this years Ealing U3A Photographic Competition then will give a talk on various photographic techniques to help you to take better pictures.
- Thur 29 October, 10.30am - A talk from a lecturer at the University of West London - title and lecturer to be confirmed
- Thur 12 November, 10.30am - Popular forms of entertainment in Victorian times with Caroline Bressey, UCL lecturer
Details of the talk to be confirmed
- Thur 26 November, 10.30am - The Holocaust and the work of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust with Olivia Marks-Woldman
Details of the talk to be confirmed
- Thur 3 December, 10.30am - London: birthplace of many of biology’s greatest discoveries with Mike Black, former Ealing U3A Chairman and Convenor of our Science group.
This talk covers the five central themes of biology and how the foundations of some of these were laid down by scholars in or associated with London.
- Thur 10 December, 10.30am - the Secret Life of the English Language – Part 2 with Jean Brewster, a Linguistic Scientist who worked in a variety of institutions including the University of West London for 21 years as well as a number of overseas locations. Jean is also a member of Ealing U3A.
Following up on Jean's talk in November 2019 - which looked (amongst other things) at how new words in English are often created using Latin or Greek roots with a variety of affixes - this talk will build on that view by examining how English words have originated from societal factors such as social practices, new professions, progress in science and technology and new attitudes and mindsets.
We will examine the use of word play such as riddles, including a range of Anglo-Saxon examples. This is followed by looking at social practices, linguistic class war and modern lexical controversies regarding dictionaries for children. We move on to examining scientific words and consideration of words of the year, decade and century. We’ll finish with words emerging from new mindsets, including the new ‘corona lexicon’.
Copies of the recordings of these talks are now starting to become available and are being loaded onto the Ealing U3A YouTube channel. In the list of past Zoom talks below, we indicate which ones are available. Members will be notified by email or in Ealing U3A News as new recordings are posted.
- Thur 10 September - Talismans and Taboos at Sea with Mark Lewis, freelance artist, designer-silversmith, semi-retired university lecturer.
This talk explored the folklore of the sea and the many ways that mariners past and present have pitted themselves against the merciless elements, and coped with the terrors and uncertainties of being at sea. Topics include sailors luck-bringing amulets and superstitions; tattooing traditions; ships in bottles; animal mascots; figureheads; seamen’s forbidden goods; women at sea, and much more……
- Thur 27 August - This England – where did it come from? (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) with Rev Dr Nicholas Henderson.
- Thur 13 August - Florence Nightingale - the Visionary Planner (covering her nursing career and the impact she had on nursing education and hospital design) with Glynis Meredith-Windle
A recording of this talk is now available on the Ealing U3A YouTube channel - for information on accessing this please contact the Webmaster. Additionally, click on the link above 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 30 July - A two hundred-year Antarctic adventure: a short history of humans in Antarctica (An exploration of some of the 200-year history since Antarctica was discovered 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) with Camilla Nichol, Chief Executive of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust. For further information on UKAHT activities including Membership and becoming a Friend of Antarctica, click on the highlighted link above.
- Thur 16 July - Women in Prison (focussing on the work of the Independent Monitoring Board of Bronzefield Women's Prison, the largest women's prison in Europe) with Dr Sandra Mooney.
A recording of this talk is now available on the Ealing U3A YouTube channel - for information on accessing this please contact the Webmaster
- Thur 2 July - John Singer Sargent (an American virtuoso portrait painter who settled in London and painted high society in the late 19th and early 20th century) with Colin Lomas, Ealing U3A member
[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]
- Thur 18 June - Why do we Punish? Young People, Crime and the Media (a brief history of punishment in Britain and on the way young people are treated within the Criminal Justice System) with Prof Lez Henry, School of Human and Social Sciences, University of West London
[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 4 June - My time in Uganda (describing a 2 year posting with VSO working with the local Red Cross) with Yvonne Hughes, Ealing U3A Member
- Thur 21 May - The Million Women Study (a health research study of over a million UK women which has been following women’s health since 1996) with Jane Green, Professor of Epidemiology, University of Oxford.
[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 7 May - A Fresh look at the Glasgow Boys (a group of artists from the 1880’s and 1890’s who were interpreting and expanding Impressionist and post-impressionist painting) with Colin Lomas
[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]
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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