Palmers Green & Southgate

Events

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Covid19 Response

Please scroll down the page to see events which have been entered on our calendar.

A few groups are taking tentative steps to restart face-to-face meetings and it is worth looking at the individual Group page to see the latest position. Members of other groups are keeping in touch via the use of Zoom, WhatsApp, telephone, email etc. While government restrictions apply you can find additional details of group activity by clicking on WhatsOnNow?.

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When normal conditions return...

Monthly Meetings are held in Southgate Methodist Church, 45 The Bourne, Southgate N14 6RS. The meetings start at 2.30 pm, doors open at 1.45 pm. Refreshments are available before the meeting.

Members will need to show their membership cards at the monthly meetings.

Visitors are welcome to attend two monthly meetings free of charge. Attendance thereafter will require a membership fee to be paid. Visitors are also welcome to attend a ‘taster’ session at any of our available interest groups, subject to there being a vacancy, and no fee will be charged. However, those who wish to attend further sessions will need to become members of Palmers Green & Southgate U3A before joining the group and, in addition, pay any fees required by the group.


Dates for your Diary
January 2022
Wed Jan 19thT48: The Light-Dining Group

T48 Face-to-face lunch in Southgate
Use the blue messenger pigeon on the T48 page to be placed on the T48 mailing list and receive details.
Subject to the COVID situation, this meeting might be replaced by a Zoom lunch
Thu Jan 20thScience, Nature,TechnologyA guest Zoom presentation from 13.45-15.30 by Dr Andrew Searle (London Metropolitan University) entitled: ‘Toxicology’.
Contact the Group Convenor Sue Wilkie (wilkiesue49@gmail.com) for more information and login details.
Wed Jan 26thMeeting

Members' Monthly Meeting

The pandemic restrictions prevent members from meeting face-to-face. This month's presentation will be shown via Zoom.

Dr Ian Bedford on:

Gardens for Us and Them
Despite many worrying facts about Global Warming and Climate Change affecting ecosystems and biodiversity, almost 35% of Britain's land mass is being protected from development within National Parks and Nature Reserves. Many projects are also underway to try and connect these protected areas so that their wildlife doesn't suffer through geographic isolation. Home gardens can all become valuable stepping stones for our wildlife in the quest to connect the natural reserves. This talk explains some of the very easy things we can all do to help achieve this, for us and the future generations of not only our population but those of Britain's wildlife.

ABOUT DR IAN BEDFORD (Norwich, Norfolk)
I have been fascinated by insects and other invertebrates for most of my life. Starting out as an Amateur Entomologist, studying and conserving butterflies on the South Downs, I went on to pursue a professional career as an entomologist. For over 42 years I undertook plant science research at the John Innes Centre (one of the UK's leading research centres), where I became Head of the Entomology Department. Retiring from my life as a Research Entomologist, I now continue with my love of entomology through a wide range of public engagement activities.

I not only talk to Garden clubs and Horticultural clubs on various insect (bug) - related subjects, but hold Plant Pest Clinics at Garden Centres and national flower/garden shows. However, the content and any views expressed during my talks are my own and do not reflect those of others or any organisations.

I'm also often called upon by the media to speak about topical bug issues and have appeared on popular TV shows such as Gardeners' World, Inside Out, Tonight, Horizon, BBC Breakfast, the A to Z of TV Gardening, The Great British Garden Revival and even Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule show on ITV. I've also featured on BBC Gardeners Question Time and run the Plant Pest Clinic for Toby Buckland's Flower Festival at Powderham Castle each year, where I also give talks.

I also have the great honour of being the Resident Entomology Expert for BBC Radio Suffolk and Radio Norfolk and also have a weekly feature on Toby Buckland's BBC Radio Devon Gardening Programme which he calls, 'The Entomologist Entertains'.

Members can join the meeting by clicking on the link given in the bulletin which will be emailed to all members before the meeting.

If you are not yet a member but would like to attend this meeting contact our secretary via this link General Enquiries.

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Wed Jan 26thT48: The Light-Dining Group

12:30-14:00 T48 Zoom Lunch
Make your own lunch and join us at any time 12:30-14:00 on your computer/phone for an hour or so of friendly chat.
This lunch takes place BEFORE the Monthly Meeting, and will finish in time for members to sign in to it.
For the link and passcode, use the messenger pigeon on the T48 page to contact the Group's Convenor, Roger Lovegrove, at any time up to 09:30ish.
February 2022
Mon Feb 7thGardening11.00: Visit to see the snowdrops at Benington Lordship (car share will be arranged)

Details will be posted later
Thu Feb 17thScience, Nature,TechnologyA guest Zoom presentation from 13.45-15.30 by Christopher Pett (Chartered Patent Agent) entitled: ‘Protection of Industrial Property: Patents, Trademarks and Industrial Designs’.
Contact the Group Convenor Sue Wilkie (wilkiesue49@gmail.com) for more information and login details.
Mon Feb 21stPoetryPenguin Modern Poets 8: Brock, Hill, Smith
Wed Feb 23rdMeeting

Members' Monthly Meeting

The pandemic restrictions prevent members from meeting face-to-face. This month's presentation will be shown via Zoom.

Speaker: Leigh Edwards

Talk: The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence – Is anybody out there?

Members can join the meeting by clicking on the link given in the bulletin which will be emailed to all members before the meeting.

If you are not yet a member but would like to attend this meeting contact our secretary via this link General Enquiries.

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March 2022
Mon Mar 7thGardening11.00: Visit to see the spring flowers at Myddelton House Gardens

Details will be posted later
Mon Mar 21stPoetryCaribbean Women Poets
Wed Mar 23rdMeeting

Members' Monthly Meeting

The pandemic restrictions prevent members from meeting face-to-face. This month's presentation will be shown via Zoom.

Speaker: Moira MacQuaide

Talk: Heath Robinson, the English cartoonist best known for drawings of whimsically elaborate machines used to achieve simple objectives

Members can join the meeting by clicking on the link given in the bulletin which will be emailed to all members before the meeting.

If you are not yet a member but would like to attend this meeting contact our secretary via this link General Enquiries.

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April 2022
Mon Apr 4thGardening11.00: Visit to the Japanese (Kyoto) Garden in Holland Park

Details will be posted later
Mon Apr 18thPoetryEaster Monday - No Session
Wed Apr 27thMeeting

Members' Monthly Meeting

Covid restrictions permitting, this month's presentation will be given in Southgate Methodist Church.

Speaker: Jo Livingston

Talk: In for a Penny, In for a Pound. A light-hearted look at the changes in both

Members can join the meeting by clicking on the link given in the bulletin which will be emailed to all members before the meeting.

If you are not yet a member but would like to attend this meeting contact our secretary via this link General Enquiries.

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May 2022
Mon May 9thGardening11.00: Visit to see the rhododendrons at Kenwood House

Details will be posted later
Thu May 12th
→Mon May 16th
TravelWiltshire, Wells Cathedral and Bishops Palace

All details to be available soon.

This trip is currently fully booked but there is a waiting list. If you are interested, please contact the organiser, Shirley Marney, for details or to be added to the waiting list.

To send Shirley a message, please click on the Blue Bird, which is located at the top right of the travel page.
Mon May 16thPoetryPoetry of the Second World War
Wed May 25thMeeting

Members' Monthly Meeting

Covid restrictions permitting, this month's presentation will be given in Southgate Methodist Church.

Speaker: Nick Higham, former BBC journalist

Talk: London's water supply, the Mercenary River.

Members can join the meeting by clicking on the link given in the bulletin which will be emailed to all members before the meeting.

If you are not yet a member but would like to attend this meeting contact our secretary via this link General Enquiries.

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June 2022
Mon Jun 20thPoetryBring and Share: Regrets
July 2022
Mon Jul 18thPoetryPenguin Book of. Russian Poetry
August 2022
Mon Aug 15thPoetryBring and Share: Water
September 2022
Mon Sep 19thPoetryChinese Poetry

An ancient tradition of poetry that reflects the rise and fall of empires, friendship and love, the scourge of office work/paperwork, a fascination with nature and a longing for an ancestral home. But many of the poems seem very modern to us now. We will be looking at a small selection of classical chinese poems from the last three thousand years.


Convenor: Stephen Wells
020 8882 8561
October 2022
Mon Oct 17thPoetryBring and Share: Disorientation
November 2022
Mon Nov 21stPoetryA selection from a favourite anthology
December 2022
Mon Dec 19thPoetryBring and Share: Hope

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