Palmers Green & Southgate


Jazz Study Day –17th September 2019

Mike Rance, the Jazz subject adviser, is once again organising a Jazz Study event at Cecil Sharp House in London. Please book via the events page of the website or call us at the national office to book over the phone.

Events Page


6th Shared Learning Project
Langdon Down Museum
18 September 2019 to April 2020

(Received 12 June 2019)

The 6th Project Title: Normansfield and the Written Word: Correspondence and Newspapers

U3A members are invited to apply for this project.
The closing date is 26 July 2019

Part of the 6th project will focus on correspondence. This will include letters between the families, whose relatives were living in Normansfield, and the Langdon Down family. Additionally local and national newspapers have included obituaries and regular reports on developments, activities in the institution and events held in the theatre and grounds.

As well as the materials in the Langdon Down museum Archive, volunteers will need to visit the London Metropolitan Archives in Islington and other local history museums.

For more details click on LD_SLP-Correspondence and Newspapers


Research Study into subjective cognitive decline
(Received 8th June 2019)

Participants are asked to complete an online survey which should take about 40 minutes.

Are you aged 60 years or over?

Are you currently experiencing difficulties with your memory and/or attention?

Have you discussed this with your GP or attended a memory clinic and been told that there is nothing wrong with your memory and/or attention?

If yes then we would really like to hear from you.

We are researchers in Division Psychiatry at University College London and a have developed an online survey that will ask you a series of questions about your difficulties with your memory and/or attention, your mood, your satisfaction with life and various other psychological factors. This should take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete.

If you are interested in taking part then please click on:

Subjective Memory Loss survey

Participant Information

If you complete the survey, you will be invited to enter into a draw for one of eight Love2Shop vouchers worth £50 each.


SHARED LEARNING PROJECT: Uncovering the Lives of Seventeenth Century Londoners
(Received 1 June 2019)

Petitions to 10 Downing Street are not a new thing. In the 17th Century, people commonly used petitions to make their voices heard.

We are looking for a group of curious volunteers to discover who these petitioners were and to find out more about their lives and communities.

The petitions are all based on the Westminster area and (thankfully) have already been transcribed.

The project will run from September 2019 to February 2020, with the first get-together in early September.

Please read the flyer (click here) for a lot more details.

Please address queries to:
Peter Cox ( or Jo Walters (


National U3A Conference and AGM 2019 open for booking
Members can visit our dedicated website for Conference news, updates and booking - find it at
or simply click on Conference 2019

There, you can find information about the programme, the speakers, and the location. We will be continuously updating it as we confirm more details, so be sure to keep checking back.


London Region Summer School
23rd, 24th and 25th July
(Received 27th May 2019)
This is the final reminder about the London Region Summer School.
Sessions are filling up fast but there is still a good range of interesting topics with spaces available.
Click on the poster below for more details.
London Region Summer School 2019


Research into cinema-going culture
(Received 28/3/19)

Request to complete an online form

This is a request for participants for a study to members of the U3A. We want to look at possible generational differences in cinema-going culture, and the potential impact on memory. I'm also interested in looking at our personal memories for our leisure time activities. Research has shown how our personal or autobiographical memories are for the development of our sense of identity, but little has been done on our memories for activities or hobbies. There has been a similar project looking at theatre, which we are about to publish, so I'm hoping that this study will generate some equally interesting information about cinema.

Would you consider filling out a short online questionnaire about your memories for visits to the cinema from any point in your life? It doesn’t matter if you are a frequent cinema goer, or if you haven’t been to the cinema for years, or if you work with film or cinema. It doesn’t matter if you can only remember a few snippets of information from vague memories, or you have incredibly vivid detailed memories. All responses would be gratefully received! The questionnaire asks a few background questions, and then you would be asked to describe up to 6 memories of your experiences of cinema from any point across your life time. It doesn’t matter what the memories are, or if you might describe different memories on a different day. It also doesn't matter if you can't remember 6. Just the first memories that come to mind would be fantastic. The questionnaire would take about 25 minutes to fill out. Participants need to be over 18. We are interested in all aspects of what people remember, and we are interested in the potential shifts in cinema culture across the generations.
Find the questionnaire by clicking on online form
If you have any questions, please email Dr Alison Eardley (
Thank you!

Dr Alison Eardley
Senior Lecturer
Department of Psychology
University of Westminster
115 New Cavendish Street
London W1W 6UW

Tel: 020 7911 5000 ext. 69007


Can we predict Parkinson’s Disease?

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London and University College London are reaching out to U3A to support the launch of the next phase of a ground-breaking study for Parkinson’s disease. PREDICT-PD uses a series of online tests to identify ways to predict Parkinson's disease and understand who might be at highest risk.

The researchers are looking for U3A members aged 60-80 years who do not have Parkinson’s.
Participants just need to register on the website and read the information sheet before completing the online tests.

For any queries contact or to take part go to


National Events
Some dates for your diary

Summer Schools

Tuesday 23rd to Thursday 25th July
(see entry further down this page)
London Region Summer School
More information available soon
Go to the Events page of U3A London Region for more information.

Mon 5th to Thur 8th August
Science Network Conference
More information on Science Network website

Monday 12th to Thursday 15th August 2019
National Summer School
Aston University, Birmingham
More information available soon on National website

Tuesday 10th to Friday 13th September 2019
Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester
More information available soon on National website


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