Redbridge & District

Open Meetings

All Open Meetings are currently cancelled following the Government's advice about social distancing during the coronavirus crisis.

Social AfternoonJoin us for an Open Meeting
All members of Redbridge U3A are welcome to attend our open meetings 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 - cash not accepted.
Grove Park Car Park, £ 1.90 for 1-2 hours, £ 2.60 for 2-3 hours (5 minutes walk)
Additional parking in the street.

PrisonMONDAY 30th MARCH at 2 pm - OPEN MEETING - 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. THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Coronation 1953MONDAY 27th APRIL at 2 pm - OPEN MEETING - JANET SEWARD: THE CORONATION AND OTHER EVENTS IN 1953
Janet Seward, secretary of Ilford Historical Society, will take us back to 1953 - the year of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II who had succeeded to the throne after the death of her father, King George VI, the previous year. THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
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Chris LoweMONDAY 18th MAY at 2 pm - OPEN MEETING - CHRIS LOWE: A LIFE IN BBC NEWS
Chris Lowe worked for the BBC for 37 years (1972-2009). He worked as a political correspondent at Westminster and then spent time as a journalist in Northern Ireland during the worst of what became known as The Troubles. Later his work for the BBC took him as far afield as Ethiopia and Argentina. From the mid-1990s he was a newsreader on BBC One bulletins, also becoming a frequent presenter on radio programmes such as PM. His final work for the BBC until his retirement in 2009 saw him as a presenter on the BBC News Channel. THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

MONDAY 29th JUNE - OPEN MEETING - SPEAKER TO BE ANNOUNCED

MONDAY 27th JULY - OPEN MEETING - TONY EARLE: 40 YEARS AT KODAK
Our speaker was a Principle Scientist in the Kodak Research and Development Laboratories and was awarded over 80 patents. This work in all areas of photography took him from the UK to the USA and to various countries in Europe. He will talk about the history of photograhpy and, of course particularly about Kodak. The company was founded in 1888 by George Eastman and Henry Strong and held a dominant position in photographic film during most of the 20th Century.

MONDAY 24th AUGUST - OPEN MEETING - COLIN ROTBART: GUNPOWDER MILLS
Gunpowder changed the face of the world, and one of the main contributors was the Royal Gunpowder Mills in Essex. For 300 years the works near Waltham Abbey researched and produced almost everything to do ammunition under the most stringent conditions of secrecy. Today it is a museum hidden away in an area of natural beauty. The huge site includes a lengthy network of waterways and railways and a twelve metre reservoir for testing water bombs.