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 have moved to being online at the moment using Zoom, the Video Conferencing technology. 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
December 2021
Mon Dec 6thWorkshopBoys Will Be Girls ... ‘those squeaking Cleopatras’ with Linda Shannon
Starting at 17.30 to 18.30 (log on from 17.00) Online via Zoom

Why did Shakespeare use boys to play female roles? Why did females in his plays need to dress as boys? Who were the boys? These, and other questions, will be addressed when we look at four of Shakespeare’s plays: Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice, Cymbeline and Twelfth Night.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Boys will be Girls
Tue Dec 7thOuting

Windsor Wonderland
Cost £34 Coach pick up at 3:15pm in Ickenham, 3:30pm in Uxbridge. Return approx. 8.00pm. 30 places available.

Join us for a magical evening as the woodland and water of Windsor Great Park come alive with dazzling lights, dancing stars, and breath-taking projections. Enjoy a 2km walk through these enchanting paths
with 'pit stops' along the way where you can enjoy a variety of festive food. You may wish to bring a torch with you.

*** As at the 1st December, all the places for this visit have now been filled ***.

Contact Rosemary Noyes for more details

Tue Dec 7thWorkshopAstronomy - What's Out There? with Martin Whillock
Starting at 2pm to 3:30pm Online via Zoom

A PowerPoint tour of the Solar System, plus a little of what is beyond. Suitable for general audiences, with no prior knowledge needed.

The presentation will last about 40 minutes with time discussion at the end. Questions are encouraged, and no question is too simple!

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Astronomy
Mon Dec 13thMeetingMonthly Meeting - will be virtual via ZOOM as a meeting at WCH will not be possible.
Presentation : Mike Wabe - "Christmas and Ghost Stories".
Connection details will be emailed to you.
Mon Dec 13thMeetingLive Cookery Demonstration - Vegetarian Christmas Special with Chef Alex
Starting at 10:30am to 12:00pm

Come and join Chef Alex for a 90 minute Christmas special. Alex will demonstrate how to make a range of seasonal treats the whole family will enjoy. The live cookery demonstration is from Chef Alex's kitchen and will include 5 delicious recipes.

"I'm really looking forward to share some of my favourite Christmas dishes."

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Live Cooking Demo
January 2022
Mon Jan 10thMeetingMonthly Meeting - will be virtual via ZOOM as a meeting at WCH will not be possible.
Presentation : David Allen and "The Weird and Wonderful World of the Law".
Mon Jan 10thWorkshopOwen Jones - The Victorian Era’s Forgotten Artistic Giant 1809-1874 with Alan Freeland
Starting at 5:30pm to 6:30pm Online via Zoom

Owen Jones was an 19th C. architect, scholar, author, publisher, illustrator and an authority on colour design and ornament. More than this though he was an educator, moderniser and visionary and thought Britain deserved an artistic style to reflect the new Victorian age.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Owen Jones
Mon Jan 24thWorkshopPoisons (without practical advice) with Tony Dayan
Poisoning – on Paper, in Politics, and in Passion.
Starting at 5:30pm to 6:30pm Online via Zoom

A discussion of classical and current instances of the deliberate use of
assassination by poisoning, the place of poisoning in some prominent detective stories and a few famous ‘Crimes of Passion’.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Poisons
February 2022
Sun Feb 6thSunday ConcertsSanttu Conducts Scheherazade
Ravel Bolero, Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

Performed by: Resident Orchestra - Philharmonia Orchestra

Cost: £36 - Price includes Coach and Ticket.

Venue/Time: Royal Festival Hall at 3pm

Coach Departure 12:30 from Ickenham & 12:45 from Uxbridge.

Apply via the link Application Form SCFeb22 or contact Harvey Butnick for more details.
Mon Feb 7thWorkshopHaunted - A Very Strange Lecture... with Dr Mel Ruben
Starting at 5:30pm to 6:30pm Online via Zoom

This illustrated lecture will transport us from one ghostly story to another, taking in Gothic literature, art, ballet and film. We will be asking why, in our civilised society, we so need to tell tales of The Strange.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Haunted
Mon Feb 14thMeetingMonthly Meeting - will be virtual via ZOOM as a meeting at WCH will not be possible.
Presentation : Sean Callery and "Go West! On the A40"
Mon Feb 21stMeetingThe Life and Work of Christina Rossetti with Susan Elkin
Starting at 5:30pm to 6:30pm Online via Zoom

Passionate, religious, thoughtful and even erotic - Christina Rossetti was arguably the 19th century's most important female poet. And she came from a famous family. Susan, whose MA dissertation was on Christina Rossetti, discusses both the woman and the poetry.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Christina Rossetti
March 2022
Mon Mar 7thWorkshopThe Bayeux Tapestry and Its Hidden Messages with Catherine Stevenson
Starting at 5:30pm to 6:30pm Online via Zoom

Let’s uncover and explore hidden messages about the characters and events depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry. It has left us more than just an account of a battle with its haunting messages for us, today. Please note that this presentation is animated.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Bayeux Tapestry
Mon Mar 14thMeetingMonthly Meeting - will be virtual via ZOOM as a meeting at WCH will not be possible.
Presentation : Neil Sadler and "(Almost) Death in Paradise"
Mon Mar 21stWorkshopTulips: a terrible, triumphant story with Nick Dobson
Starting at 5:30pm to 6:30pm Online via Zoom

Renowned for their beauty, tulips have a turbulent history in which they have broken hearts, won and lost fortunes, helped to depose monarchs and saved the starving in wartime. Though they have thrilled with their stunning appearance for centuries, the tulip has had a terrible yet triumphant history. We will learn more of that history in this lavishly illustrated talk.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here...Tulips
April 2022
Mon Apr 4thWorkshopWomen in Ancient Egypt with Neil Stevenson
Starting at 5:30pm to 6:30pm Online via Zoom

The role of women in Ancient Egyptian society, including those women who
ruled Egypt as pharaoh.

It's free for u3a members. To register click on the link here... Egyptian Women