The past year and a half has been a difficult one for all of us. Many people have been in some sort of isolation for months.

U3As depend for their existence on meeting with other people, so for many of us Zoom has enabled contact with the outside world.

As we have shown, it is possible to be part of a group without leaving your residence. We have continued to produce our newsletter and the contributions made show our members’ amazing creativity.

Of course we have missed our monthly meetings in Homerton library and members being involved in discussions with each other. Human contact is so important. All the same, it has been great that we have kept the monthly meetings and other groups going using Zoom.

The great news is that we have now organised our first "in person" Monthly Meeting, to take place on Tuesday 21st September from 12noon to 3 pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 9ES.
Further details below.

The following events have been planned, in addition to our Group activities taking place over Zoom, outside or other means, for details on these go to the Group page.

Please note that Exploring London is taking a break during August, but Ann and John are already planning outings for September and October.

Dates for your Diary
Social Events
Tue Sep 21st Our first Monthly Meeting will take place on 21st September from 12 noon to 3pm at St. Mary's Church Hall (at the rear of St Mary’s Church), Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 9ES.
Buses 73, 476 or 393 (Stoke Newington Town Hall) or buses 141 and 341 (Stoke Newington Church Street).
Refreshments provided so please let us know if you like to come. Do bring a friend.
Information will be provided about groups.
Exploring London
Thu Sep 30th Exploring London visit to Walthamstow Pump and Transport Museum (10 South Access rd, E17 8AX) on Thursday 30th September, meeting at the museum at 10. 45 for 11am. Details have been emailed to members of the group but are also below.

The Museum is housed in and around a Grade II listed former Victorian waste water pumping station. It is devoted to the technology, transport and industrial history of Walthamstow and the Lea Valley.
At Markfield Park we learned how Tottenham solved its sewage problems. This visit across the Lea will show us what happened in Walthamstow including their pumping equipment.
In addition we can see how fire was tackled from the ex-fireman curator who cares for historic fire-engines and fire fighting equipment.
There are various other historic vehicles on the site as this was an area where engineering flourished along with many craftsmen in leather, glass, rubber, metals and early plastics. These skills all contributed to the development and manufacture of early motor-buses from 1906-26 and of carriages for the Victoria Line, the first fully automated underground train.
Those skills were employed for the making of toys including Britain's lead soldiers, farm animals,and Webb's tin and clockwork cars and trains..
The museum has a model railway layout roughly depicting the Chingford to Liverpool Street line at various points from the steam era. When completed, it will offer an exciting and interactive way to learn how railways operated in the past.
This is a FREE visit but there will be a charge for refreshments.
Getting there:-
Overground train from Hackney Downs or Clapton to St James St. then walk via Station Rd to end, turn right down Markhouse Avenue into Access Rd The museum is just beyond Barn Croft School.
Victoria Line to Walthamstow Central then bus W19 from the Bus Station to Argyll Avenue, get off at Barn Croft School.
Bus 55 from Hoxton, Mare St,. Lea Bridge Rd., to Walthamstow Central. Then catch W19
Also bus 158 passes Blackhorse Rd station, St James Station, alight at Markhouse Avenue stop. Walk or W19 down Markhouse Avenue to Barn Croft School

Please let the group leader know if you would like to come on this visit. See Exploring London page to contact the Group Leader.
Long Walks
Fri Oct 8th The next walk is on FRIDAY OCTOBER 8th. This is an easy 8 mile circular walk from Petts Wood station in Kent. A train at 9.43 from London Bridge station arrives at Petts Wood at 10.06. Lunch at the Bull's Head in Chislehurst.
Petts Wood is in Zone 5. This is a SWC walk.
Note: There will be NO WALK ON FRIDAY 24th SEPTEMBER.