Redbridge & District

Social Afternoons

Social AfternoonJoin us for a Social Afternoon
All members of Redbridge U3A are welcome to attend our social afternoons held on the last Monday of every month except December. If the last Monday of the month is a bank holiday (May and August), the meeting will be held on the Monday before. We have a wide variety of speakers or entertainment arranged and there is the opportunity to socialise over a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit afterwards.

The meetings are arranged by Nicholas Levin and take place in the Churchill Room at Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Rd, Wanstead, London E11 2RQ.
Bus stops:
Woodbine Place for buses 101, 308, W12 (3 minutes walk)
Wanstead Station for buses 101, 145, 308, W13, W14 (4 minutes walk)
Underground:
Wanstead (6 minutes walk)
Snaresbrook (12 minutes walk)
Parking:
Library Car Park, £ 1.60 for 2 hours, £ 6.20 for the whole day - now only payable by mobile phone.
Grove Park Car Park, £ 1.90 for 1-2 hours, £ 2.60 for 2-3 hours (5 minutes walk)
Additional parking in the street.

George and Ira GershwinMONDAY 25th NOVEMBER at 2 pm - SOCIAL AFTERNOON - HOWARD SLATER: IRA AND GEORGE GERSHWIN
George and Ira Gershwin will always be remembered as the songwriting team whose voice was synonymous with the sounds and style of the Jazz Age. Our speaker Howard Slater will give us an insight into their lives with a musical interlude of their most famous music and shows, shown by slides and videos.

William SmithNO SOCIAL AFTERNOON IN DECEMBER!

MONDAY 27th JANUARY 2020 at 2 pm - NEW YEAR'S SOCIAL AFTERNOON WITH ENTERTAINMENT
On the first Social Afternoon of the new year we will have musical entertainment by William Smith who will cover many beloved classic songs. Maybe your favourite will be among them, and perhaps we will even get a chance to sing along!

DublinMONDAY 24th FEBRUARY at 2 pm - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - NICK DOBSON & FRIEND: A LITERARY TOUR OF DUBLIN
Dublin has been home to some of the most enduring writers in the English language, from Yeats to Joyce and Swift. Our speakers will guide us through some of the literary highlights of this vibrant capital.

PrisonMONDAY 30th MARCH at 2 pm - SOCIAL AFTERNOON - PAULINE MARTINDALE: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS; THE LIFE OF A PRISON OFFICER
Our speaker is a retired prison officer who spent 23 years at various jails including Holloway women's jail. She has witnessed a marriage ceremony in Holloway where the bride, in a wedding dress, was given away by the Governor. During her career she always treated the inmates as human beings without being soft on discipline.

DiamondsMONDAY 27th APRIL at 2 pm - SOCIAL AFTERNOON - DAVID VROOBEL: THE MAGIC AND BEAUTY OF DIAMONDS AND OTHER PRECIOUS STONES
David Vroobel is a member of our U3A. He started his career as a diamond cutter and polisher in Hatton Garden. He went on to design and set jewellery for some years, finally having a shop with his wife. Later, he set up a workshop at home, selling stones that he had cut and polished in his workshop, to retailers. He will tell us of the various ways that diamonds are found and also what raw diamonds look like. A diamond is the hardest mineral and it has to be cut by diamond dust on a cutting wheel.
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Dates for your Diary
Mon Nov 25th 2.00 pm at Wanstead Library: Ira and George Gershwin. Guest speaker: Howard Slater.
Mon Jan 27th 2020 2.00 pm at Wanstead Library: New Year's Social Afternoon with musical entertainment by William Smith
Mon Feb 24th 2020 2.00 pm at Wanstead Library: Annual General Meeting. Guest speakers: Nick Dobson & Friend: A literary tour of Dublin
Mon Mar 30th 2020 2.00 pm at Wanstead Library: Pauline Martindale: Behind closed doors; The life of a prison officer
Mon Apr 27th 2020 2.00 pm at Wanstead Library: David Vroobel: The magic and beauty of diamonds and other precious stones