The past two years have been difficult for all of us. Many people were 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.

Our first "in person" Monthly Meeting took place on Tuesday 21st September St Mary’s Church Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 9ES, with a speaker from Hackney Archives. We also had meetings in the same venue on 16th November (speaker from Core Clapton and lots of audience participation) and the AGM plus Christmas Party on 14th December where we had a wonderful performance by our own Ukulele Band!

Details on the date and topic for the future Monthly Meetings can be found below.

Please note that our monthly meetings are held from 11:00 to 13:00.

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.

Dates for your Diary
Tue Sep 20th Outing to Canterbury by coach, in lieu of monthly meeting. Cost £10. Please contact Janice Brunsdon via the contact page if you like to go or drop her an email.
Social Events
Tue Oct 18th Anna Solberg Portraits Through The Ages
Homerton Library, from 11:00 to 13:00
Mon Nov 21st Andrew Gray Lost Churches Of The East End
Homerton Library, from 11:00 to 13:00
Mon Dec 19th Christmas Party and AGM
Homerton Library, from 11:00 to 13:00
Food will be provided
Exploring London
Wed Aug 31st Visit to Crossness Pumping Station
Cost £16 per person (includes tea/coffee).
This is an expensive trip but it is a wonderful example of Victorian engineering in a beautiful building. The works have had extensive recent refurbishment and much improved landscaping.of the area around.
We will have an illustrated talk about the history of Crossness, a good look at the model of Bazelgettes sewer system; a guided tour of old and new engines and plenty of time to look at their museum.

We will travel by the new Elizabeth Line
There is a limited amount of car parking.

Further details will be given nearer the time
Shorter Walks
Meet Hackney Downs Station in good time to catch train at 10.24 to Turkey Street, arrives 10.47. The train also calls at Rectory Road, Stoke Newington, Stamford Hill and Seven Sisters.
Morning: Look around Myddelton House Gardens and then short walk to Forty Hall and lunch there. Please note there is a very limited choice of food at the takeaway there, just sandwiches and sausage rolls.
Afternoon: Walk around the Forty Hall Estate, the path is mainly in the shade. Then back to Myddelton House Gardens for tea, and home from Turkey Street. If you are coming can you please let the group leader know.