Hillingdon

Events

Monthly meetings

The meetings are held typically on the second Monday of each month between 10:00 and 12:00, although there may be an occasional change of date if there is a clash with another function. These changes do not happen at short notice.

Members should just turn up at the Winston Churchill Hall, Bury Street, Ruislip before 10am on the second Monday in the month, show your membership card as you enter the foyer and you won't be able to miss us.

** These meetings still have to be online at the moment using Zoom due to the hall availability. These meetings start at 10:00 as normal. We will send out an email invitation a few days before each meeting with all the connection details on. **


Dates for your Diary
July 2022
Wed Jul 6thLondon WalksHow London Got Rich - London Walk
Meet at: 10.45am at Tower Hill Underground Station (exit by Tower Hill Tram coffee stand).
Cost: £8 plus Booking fee.

Since Dick Whittington first came to the City of London 600 years ago, people have thought of the streets of London as ‘paved with gold’. Exploring ancient City of London alleyways – finding and opening up to view the historic hotspots – we piece it together, make the connections, decipher it, discover how (and why) thanks to merchant shipping, monarchy, Methodism, Mercers (Whittington’s ‘Livery Company’ that still thrives today) and much more, including, yes, coffee houses, London came to be so much richer than Luton, Lisbon or Lima.

The booking site will open 15th June at 7am and the link to the Booking Site Jul22 is here.

Contact Brian Carse if you want more details.
Fri Jul 8thWorkshopDerek Jarman's Garden with Peter Webb
Starting at 2pm to 3pm Online over Zoom

Film-maker Derek Jarman had spent all his working life in London when, in 1987, on a visit to Dungeness, he saw an old fisherman’s cottage for sale and on the spur of the moment decided to buy it. During the last seven years of his life he transformed the shingle around the cottage into a flowering garden.

Peter Webb was among the friends who visited him and gave him seeds and plants. Recently the house and garden were saved for the nation after a public appeal.

This is the story of how Derek Jarman created his amazing garden.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Derek Jarman
Mon Jul 11thMeetingMonthly Meeting - may be back at WCH meeting in person. If not will be via Zoom.
Presentation : Tony Eaton and "The Rudulph Hess Cover Up"
Tue Jul 12thOutingCoach trip and Day out in Brighton
Cost £15.00.
Coach pick up 9.30am in Uxbridge and 9.45am in Ickenham. Return approx 7.30pm to Uxbridge. 48 places available.

Enjoy a day at a traditional British seaside town, the coach will drop us off at the seafront and the day will be free to do whatever you want. Entrance to venues not included.

You could stroll along the promenade or take a vertical trip 450 feet up the British Airways i360 viewing pod or just wander the Marina. If you are looking for culture there is the Regency Royal Pavilion with items from the Royal Collection on loan, Queen Victoria’s Bedroom and the restored Regency Garden. There are lots of shopping areas, antique jewellery in the Lanes and a more market, diverse experience in the North Laine area with lots of independent shops.

Application Form here.....Visits Q3 2022 Form.

More details contact Maureen McCann.
Tue Jul 12thCanal Art and CultureThe Canal Art and Culture group Walk Thames walk - Island Gardens to Tower Bridge.

The Canal Art and Culture Group have anounced their first walk of 2022. It will be a Thames walk meeting at the DLR Island Gardens station at 11:00am and walking to Tower Bridge. John will lead us passed Cutty Sark, Various Docks, The Grand Surrey Canel, Brunel Museum and River Neckinger to name some of the things we'll see.

The group will stop halfway along the walk for 15 to 20 minutes to allow those who may wish to bring a light snack to indulge. We will return home via Tower Hill Station on the District and Circle Line.

Register your interst by 8th July please. or want more details, contact Alan Stack via the website.
Wed Jul 13thWorkshopLaughter Yoga Workshop with Judith Anne Walker
Starting at 10am to 11:00am Online via Zoom

Scientific research confirms that laughter is good for us and we should all be getting more of it – that it is indeed 'the best medicine'. We are told we need to get more joy into our lives, more friends and fun, and more laughter. The trouble is that many of us would like to laugh more but we don’t know where to start. What happens in a laughter yoga session? There are four steps in laughter yoga; Clapping, Breathing, Laughter exercises, Childlike playfulness. Then there are a few minutes of free laughter, followed by a period of relaxation.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Laughter Yoga 2022
Thu Jul 14thWorkshopSecret History with Stephen Davis
Starting at 2pm online over Zoom

The first version of a story is often the one that is remembered – even if it is wrong. Governments know this, so when disaster strikes or their blunders are in danger of being exposed, they rush out their version of the story. That is their history but behind that is a secret history – the reality that never quite sees the full light of day.

Author, journalist, TV producer, podcaster and educator Stephen Davis has been reporting and teaching about Secret History for three decades. He has studied misinformation and disinformation and developed a new university course to combat it. His investigations have exposed government cover-ups all over the world. In this talk, Stephen will explain the process of creating and spreading distorted versions of history.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Secret History
Fri Jul 15thWorkshopPaulette Szklarz: Young Survivor with Debra Barnes
Starting at 10am to 11:15am Online over Zoom

This is the story of her Debra's mother Paulette Szklarz, and how she managed to avoid being sent to Auschwitz when all around her were not so lucky. Paulette was born in France in 1938 and lost her parents and two siblings in the gas chambers of Auschwitz, including her twin sister at just six years old.

Debra tells this story to shed light on the fate of Jews in France during the war, something which is not often considered. This special talk for u3a members is dedicated to Paulette Szklarz, who managed to live a full and happy life despite the horrors of the Holocaust.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Paulette Szklarz
Tue Jul 19thMeetingKnights with Paint Brushes with Catherine Stevenson
Starting at 10am to 11:30am Online over Zoom

This is the first in a series of shorts when we will look at one, good example of an artist’s work and discovery its hidden gems! Who could be the first artist? We will be unpacking a delightful image just right for summer. Can you just about smell the fragrance from this apple blossom?

This presentation is animated.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Knights with Paint Brushes
Thu Jul 21stWorkshopLive Cookery Demonstration - summer recipes with Chef Alex
Starting at 10:30am to 11:30am Online over Zoom

Chef Alex will be with us again on 21st July to cook a few of his favourite summer recipes.

The first dish are some spinach and sweet potato pancakes. Really easy to make, flexible with the ingredients. Great for a lunch or light tea.

My next recipe is a variation of spanakopita (spinach pie). I was lucky enough to visit Kefalonia a couple of years ago and enjoyed a slice or two sitting on the beach. This is my version. It really is easy to make and tasty.

My next dish is satay tofu. I'm glad to be able to cook this one as tofu is such a flexible ingredient, but does need "encouragement" to make it tasty. Finally I have a lovely sponge cake topped with apricots. Not overly sweet but still perfect with nice a cup of tea.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Cooking Demo Jul22
Fri Jul 22ndWorkshopBook Groups Discussion forum 2nd meeting with Richard Peoples
Starting at 2pm to 3pm Online over Zoom

Get together with other book group leaders to talk about how to run your group.

This workshop follows on from our successful first meeting and all are welcome - new members and those who attended previously. You will have a chance to meet other book group leaders to exchange reviews from your group on books you have read. We will also share tips on how to run a good book group and on areas such as how to make sure everyone has a chance to engage in the conversation. Anyone who would like to set up a book group is also welcome.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Book Group Jul22
Tue Jul 26th
→Wed Jul 27th
Summer SchoolUK u3a announces details of it's Two Day 2022 Summer School at St. Bride’s Institute, off Fleet St, London. The full programme of talks, walks and activities can now be viewed here ......Summer School 2022 Programme.

There will be a wide range of subjects to choose from such as Art, Current Affairs, History, Literature, Music, Sciences and Social Studies. In addition, this year they have selected London as a general theme. Cost will be £39 per person, per day.
Tue Jul 26thWorkshopu3a Science Network 40th Anniversary meeting
Starting at 10:30am to 3:30pm

A science-based learning event with 3 presentations followed by questions after each, with a break for refreshments and for lunch. The presentations will look at events in the 1980s when u3a started life in the UK, what’s happening Today with a Call to Action and what might happen in the Future. The meeting will start at 10:30 (doors open at 10:15) and will end with a Plenary and Thanks session by 15:30 hours.

Presentations will be made on:
• Blowing Hot and Cold in the 1980s - John Marriage
• The Carbon Imperative - Mike Perry
• Human Colonisation of Space - Leigh Edward

The meeting will conclude with a Plenary session, addressing questions posted in Chat and with information about the October meeting.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Science Network Jul22
Thu Jul 28thWorkshopCryptic Crosswords Explained with Henry Howarth
Starting at 10am to 11am Online over Zoom

This is the story of the cryptic crossword – a quintessentially British form of the written word that beguiles and delights puzzle fans every day.

Find out how cryptic crosswords work, where they came from, who solves them, and how people learn this skill.

At the heart of the story is the development of the English language itself – rich and idiosyncratic, and ideally suited to the wordplay in cryptic puzzles.

The talk lasts for about 45 minutes and is followed by a Q&A session.

You will need a device that has a fair-sized screen: a laptop, iPad or tablet computer.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Cryptic Crosswords Jul22
August 2022
Mon Aug 8thMeetingMonthly Meeting - may be back at WCH meeting in person. If not will be via Zoom.
Presentation : Steve Herra and "Cunard History and Glamorous Stars"
Wed Aug 10thWorkshopLaughter Yoga Workshop with Judith Anne Walker
Starting at 10am to 11:00am Online via Zoom

Scientific research confirms that laughter is good for us and we should all be getting more of it – that it is indeed 'the best medicine'. We are told we need to get more joy into our lives, more friends and fun, and more laughter. The trouble is that many of us would like to laugh more but we don’t know where to start. What happens in a laughter yoga session? There are four steps in laughter yoga; Clapping, Breathing, Laughter exercises, Childlike playfulness. Then there are a few minutes of free laughter, followed by a period of relaxation.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Laughter Yoga 2022
Thu Aug 11thOutingKeats’ House, Hampstead
Cost £4.76. Make Your Own Way to meet inside the house at 11am.
24 places available.

There are a number of public transport options, Directions here via this link.

Discover the beauty of poetry in the home of Romantic poet John Keats. Keats’ House is a beautiful Regency villa where Romantic poet John Keats found inspiration, friendship and love. We will have a guided tour of the house and garden.

It is in walking distance of Hampstead High Street with plenty places to eat and drink.

Application Form here.... Visits Q3 2022 Form.

For more details contact Harvey Butnick
Mon Aug 22ndPhotographyThe Hu3a Photography Group - Photo Shoot Outing
The group plan to meet for a outdoor photo shoot at and around Horsenden Hill (just down the A40 towards Eailing). A lovely area with woods, wildlife and a canal this is a great place to get those special shots. Probably meeting at 2pm but all the details are still being worked out.

If a camera shoot with like minded members is of interest and perhaps you want to find out more about the Hu3a Photography Group (even as a Taster session) then this could be a good chance to combine meeting the members and a great afternoon out.

Contact Brian Hillier via this website if you want more details.
September 2022
Fri Sep 9th
→Fri Sep 23rd
OutingWalking Around London to celibrate UK's 40th Anniversary
Starting on Friday 9th September through to 23rd September.

London Region u3a is organising a special series of walks where all the London u3as (and some outside London u3as) are collectively walking the 230 miles of the Capital Ring and the LOOP.

If this is something that intersts you then firstly speak to your own u3a (Hu3a should contact Rodney) or if you want to join the London arrangements then email Derek at ViceChairNorth
Mon Sep 12thMeetingMonthly Meeting - may be back at WCH meeting in person. If not will be via Zoom.
Presentation : Andy Thomas and 'A Conspiracy History of the World'
Wed Sep 14thWorkshopLaughter Yoga Workshop with Judith Anne Walker
Starting at 10am to 11:00am Online via Zoom

Scientific research confirms that laughter is good for us and we should all be getting more of it – that it is indeed 'the best medicine'. We are told we need to get more joy into our lives, more friends and fun, and more laughter. The trouble is that many of us would like to laugh more but we don’t know where to start. What happens in a laughter yoga session? There are four steps in laughter yoga; Clapping, Breathing, Laughter exercises, Childlike playfulness. Then there are a few minutes of free laughter, followed by a period of relaxation.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Laughter Yoga 2022
Fri Sep 23rd
→Fri Oct 7th
OtherHillingdon u3a's Art - Mixed Media group's Art Exhibition

Starting on September 23rd and running to October 7th, the Art - Mixed Media Group will be displaying it's work in the Atrium of Uxbridge Library to the public.

Why not pop along to have a look and support this group.
October 2022
Mon Oct 10thMeetingMonthly Meeting - may be back at WCH meeting in person. If not will be via Zoom.
Presentation : Sarah Slater and "Working with the Ghosts of Hampden Court Palace"
Wed Oct 12thWorkshopLaughter Yoga Workshop with Judith Anne Walker
Starting at 10am to 11:00am Online via Zoom

Scientific research confirms that laughter is good for us and we should all be getting more of it – that it is indeed 'the best medicine'. We are told we need to get more joy into our lives, more friends and fun, and more laughter. The trouble is that many of us would like to laugh more but we don’t know where to start. What happens in a laughter yoga session? There are four steps in laughter yoga; Clapping, Breathing, Laughter exercises, Childlike playfulness. Then there are a few minutes of free laughter, followed by a period of relaxation.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Laughter Yoga 2022
Sun Oct 30thSunday ConcertsSunday Concert - Prokofiev, Wagner & Sibelius
Starting at 3pm at the Royal Festival Hall
Cost: £36.00 (includes Ticket/Coach/Drivers Tip).

Coach pick up 12:30pm in Ickenham and 12:45pm from Uxbridge. Return departs from the hall at approx 5:30pm. 30 places available.

Programme:
Prokofiev Classical Symphony
Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante
Wagner Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Sibelius Symphony No. 7

Application Form here.............Sunday Concerts Oct22 & Dec22

Harvey's contact address to send your application forms is in the July Bulletin 2022 or for more details, his telephone number and e-mail address is on page 2 of any Newletter.
November 2022
Wed Nov 9thWorkshopLaughter Yoga Workshop with Judith Anne Walker
Starting at 10am to 11:00am Online via Zoom

Scientific research confirms that laughter is good for us and we should all be getting more of it – that it is indeed 'the best medicine'. We are told we need to get more joy into our lives, more friends and fun, and more laughter. The trouble is that many of us would like to laugh more but we don’t know where to start. What happens in a laughter yoga session? There are four steps in laughter yoga; Clapping, Breathing, Laughter exercises, Childlike playfulness. Then there are a few minutes of free laughter, followed by a period of relaxation.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Laughter Yoga 2022
Mon Nov 14thMeetingMonthly Meeting - may be back at WCH meeting in person. If not will be via Zoom.
Presentation : David Allen and 'Lady Poisoners of Victorian England'
December 2022
Sun Dec 11thSunday ConcertsSunday Concert - Rachmaninov & Tchaikovsky
Starting at 3pm at the Royal Festival Hall
Cost: £36.00 (includes Ticket/Coach/Drivers Tip).

Coach pick up 12:30pm in Ickenham and 12:45pm from Uxbridge. Return departs from the hall at approx 5:30pm. 30 places available.

Programme:
Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4

Application Form here.............Sunday Concerts Oct22 & Dec22

Harvey's contact address to send your application forms is in the July Bulletin 2022 or for more details, his telephone number and e-mail address is on page 2 of any Newletter.
Mon Dec 12thMeetingMonthly Meeting - may be back at WCH meeting in person. If not will be via Zoom.
Presentation : Sandy Leong and 'All for the Love of Sugar'
Wed Dec 14thWorkshopLaughter Yoga Workshop with Judith Anne Walker
Starting at 10am to 11:00am Online via Zoom

Scientific research confirms that laughter is good for us and we should all be getting more of it – that it is indeed 'the best medicine'. We are told we need to get more joy into our lives, more friends and fun, and more laughter. The trouble is that many of us would like to laugh more but we don’t know where to start. What happens in a laughter yoga session? There are four steps in laughter yoga; Clapping, Breathing, Laughter exercises, Childlike playfulness. Then there are a few minutes of free laughter, followed by a period of relaxation.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Laughter Yoga 2022