Palmers Green & Southgate


Using digital platforms to stay connected

During these unprecedented times, the Third Age Trust has been looking at different ways to support our amazing U3A community. We wanted to enable and support U3As, members and Interest Group leaders, to stay active and connected with each other.

To this end, from today, Monday 6 April 2020, we have launched three online discussion forums so that you can share ideas and support each other. Thanks to the Beacon users, we are doing this by extending the existing (and successful) Beacon User Forum to all U3As, regardless of whether or not you are using the Beacon management system at your U3A yet.

It is easy to get started. All you need to do is visit the forum website at, click the ‘register’ button and fill in your details.

From there you will be able to explore the forums and get involved in the discussion.

If you are not familiar with online forums, we have prepared a how-to guide to help you get started. We welcome your feedback on the guide. Your feedback will help us develop our guide which will be available on the national website in the next few days.

There will be three forums that you can join:

Learning – discussions around subjects and all forms of interest and learning
Our U3A Community – discussions arounds how we support each other
Beacon – discussions around using Beacon, the U3A management system

This is just an outline of what the forums are about because it will be led and developed by you when you join and the conversations that are happening.

A volunteer team will moderate the site and support you to use the forums in a safe, positive and productive way.

We will send more details through the week as we have them on our website and in the newsletter.

Please join us, sign up and get chatting. Together we will network, share ideas and stay connected.


The following from Phil Joiner, Chairman and Newsletter Editor of Wanstead & Woodford U3A:

“I wanted to do something to reduce the boredom and cheer up our members, most of whom are now forced to stay indoors and I came up with the idea of a weekly bulletin sent to email members which is light hearted and brain taxing as I have also in each edition put in at least one quiz. The response has been very enthusiastic which is very satisfying as it is a small token to keep us all amused…
I have done 4 bulletins so far and I am quite happy for you to send any of them to members of the London Region in the hope they will find them amusing at this dreadful time…
Please let me know whether they are of any value and whether you would like me to send you future bulletins. If not, I am not offended!”

Attached is a sample bulletin.
If you would like to receive further issues, please email Phil directly at


Climate Change Subject Adviser

News of which we can be rightfully proud is that Frances Halliday, the first Chairperson and joint founder of Palmers Green & Southgate U3A, is now U3A Subject Adviser for Climate Change. She has been hearing from U3As up and down the country about the groups they have set up under a variety of different titles but all involved in efforts to make a constructive contribution towards combatting climate change. She aims to raise the profile of Climate Change and the Environment in U3A nationally and plans are already afoot.

Palmers Green & Southgate of course has its own group, which meets monthly on a Tuesday morning. Further details can be found on our website at


The 37th Annual General Meeting of the Third Age Trust will be held

at: The East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham
on: Thursday 27th August 2020, commencing at 11.15am (time to be confirmed)

Further Information
Minutes 2019 TAT AGM


From September 2019 U3A Newsletter

Barbara Lewis

It is with much sadness that the Trust has been advised by Stewart, Barbara’s husband, that she passed away after a yearlong fight with cancer.

Barbara was a much loved and respected Chairman of the Trust between 2012 and 2015. She will be remembered for her passion for making the wider world aware of the benefits of U3A membership.

A full appreciation of her high profile contribution to the U3A will appear in the November issue of TAM. Meanwhile, on behalf of the U3A membership, the Trust sends its condolences to both Barbara and Stewart’s family and friends.


Public involvement in Research

Open to both members of the public and researchers working at or affiliated with Imperial College. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

In collaboration with the Imperial Clinical Trials Unit (ICTU), the NIHR Imperial BRC Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC) has developed a series of Public Involvement in Research training sessions (suitable for both Imperial researchers and patients/members of the public), which will be co-delivered with a member of the public.

These sessions offer people the chance to learn more about how to get involved with research at Imperial College London. Because they have been designed as a series; we recommend that people attend as many as possible.

An outline of the upcoming training sessions are shown below but more details can be found on the PERC Training Site here or by clicking the green button ‘I would like to visit the PERC TRAINING SITE’.

Click here for more information.


Social Prescribing & the NHS

What role can the U3A movement play in the current debate surrounding Social Prescribing?

Social prescription is for people who visit their GP but who would benefit from friendship, learning and exercise instead of drugs or medicine.

We wanted to let you know that the National NHS Website has put a link to the U3A, in the section dealing with loneliness in older people.

NHS Loneliness