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Let's quiz again!
The annual Redbridge U3A supper quiz will take place on Sunday 12th July 2020 at 7.00 pm at SWESRS. Join us for what always is an enjoyable evening with your friends. Ploughman supper included. Donations £15.00.
Limited space available so book early to avoid disappointment! Call Rikki Wallmen or Maureen Nieberg to reserve your place.
Posted on 6th January 2020

Annual General Meeting 2020
This year's AGM will be held on Monday 24th February at 2.00 pm in the Churchill Room at Wanstead Library. Nominations for Committee are welcome. More details on the Annual General Meeting page.
Posted on 6th January 2020

SWESRS closures in February
A Holocaust Memorial Day Programme with up to 1,000 pupils will be taking place at SWESRS in February. This means that the Function Hall will not be available for U3A groups on Wednesday 5th, Thursday 6th, Friday 7th, Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th and Friday 14th February. Groups affected by this will have to cancel or find alternative accommodation. If your group is meeting upstairs on these dates, please park in the street if at all possible but be aware of the parking restrictions on single yellow lines between 11 am and 12 noon. If you do have to park on site, please park as considerately as possible as the cark park will be very busy.
Posted on 6th January 2020

Lasting power of attorney, wills and probate
This requested talk by Guy Sasson will take place at the Gants Hill Methodist Church, 18 Gantshill Crescent on Tuesday 28th January from 2.00 pm.
There are a few places still available so please contact Guy to express your interest. Those who have already let Rikki know have been contacted by e-mail so your place is secure, no need to contact Guy again.
Posted on 6th January 2020

New name for monthly meetings
As our monthly meetings at Wanstead Library have more emphasis on the speakers and/or entertainers than on the social aspect, and as they are in fact open to visitors (who are charged £3.00 for refreshments), the committee has decided that they should no longer be called Social Afternoons. Instead, in future they will be referred to as Open Meetings.
Posted on 27th December 2019

SWESRS closed during the holidays
Please note that there will be no group meetings at SWESRS from Saturday 21st December to Sunday 5th January. Any groups planning to meet at SWESRS during the festive period will have to cancel or find alternative accommodation.
Posted on 4th December 2019

Last newsletter of 2019 available for download
The last newsletter of the year is now available for download from the Welcome page and if you are on e-mail, it should arrive in your inbox later today. If you are not on e-mail, a limited number of printed copies will be available to pick up from our Social Afternoon on Monday 25th November.
Posted on 18th November 2019

Calendar Confusion
Did you know that Monday 4th May 2020 will NOT be a bank holiday?
All the diaries and calendars and school timetables have it as so but the actual first May bank holiday will now be Friday 8th May as it is the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. The change is only for 2020
This has not been publicised very well so please spread the word to family and friends, so everyone is informed.
Posted on 17th November 2019

Whipps Cross
Whipps Cross University Hospital is to be rebuilt over the next five years but they have promised that the maternity and A&E departments will remain open throughout. They do want users' views on the rebuild and this will be done over the entire period. The first consultation is a questionnaire that can be found here:
The date for submissions has already passed but they are happy to consider them for a while yet. Please get your replies in as soon as possible.
Posted on 17th November 2019

Message to group leaders
Many thanks to all group leaders who attended the recent meeting. We covered many topics including social prescribing, publicity, website and groups in general. I will be sending out a bullet point e mail to all group leaders in the next few days, if you haven’t yet received it. This is to ensure that even those not able to make the meeting are kept up to date with all communications. Rikki, Groups Co-ordinator
Posted on 17th November 2019

If your group meets at SWESRS...
in the afternoon, please note that the parking restrictions in the street do not apply then, so if the car park is full, you can park in the street for free. If you do go into the car park, please do not park in the Rabbi’s space!!
Posted on 24th September 2019, updated on 17th November 2019

Freedom Pass Wanderers
Freedom PassDid you think this was only a summer time activity? Think again! Marilyn Hendleman would like to hear from anyone interested in going for an outing, possibly 2nd Friday each month about 10.30 an. Each month a different person from the group can decide where the want to go - or – the group can decided between themselves and come up with suggestions?????? What a great way to spend a day, out and about with friends and it needn’t cost a penny. There’s plenty of free places to visit including the likes of Borough Market, museums, galleries and parks (maybe in the better weather). The group can also decide if they want to go somewhere that might not be free, London Zoo, Kew Gardens etc. An inaugural meeting will be held on Friday 10th January at 10.30 am, venue yet to be decided.
Please contact Marilyn to express your interest.
Posted on 26th October 2019

Film MusicDo you love film music?
Sandy Wasserman is putting together a monthly programme on film scores from the golden age of film. She will be playing excerpts from many different scores, for example Gone with the Wind to Psycho, Citizen Kane to High Noon, etc. She will also be talking about the composers of these scores and the films involved. If this appeals to you, please contact her.
Posted on 26th October 2019

Kenneth More Theatre news
Some of your locals may have noticed that the theatre is back in business once again. I have looked at the programme and sadly could see nothing of the type of thing we have enjoyed in the past and they do not seem to be performing Saturday matinees (with the exception of the Christmas panto—see above). However I will be in touch with the new management to enquire whether they intend doing so and if they do I will let you know.
Myra Wasserman
Posted on 26th October 2019

New layout for the Groups page
The Groups page on this website has a new look. The groups are now listed alfabetically in two columns but still with links to individual group pages. Additionally, a version of the printed Group Information Sheet is now available for download from the Groups page. The new layout takes advantage of the facilities offered by the U3A Site Builder (the editing software for the website) and will make it easier to keep the group information on the website up to date.
Posted on 18th August 2019

To all group leaders...
Please can you all ensure that your members are showing you their new 2019-2020 membership card written in purple (rather than pink).
From the group lists I have picked up several people who are going to groups and not only have not renewed but were not members last year either. I do not know how they have crept into groups during the year but it is very unfair on members who pay their subscriptions to find that non-members are benefiting from the facilities on offer without contributing. Please please check that those attending your groups are members. Send an up-to-date list through to me and I can check if those listed have renewed — or simply ask to see their membership card. If in doubt then let myself or Stuart know and we can sort it out.
We do offer a “one session” trial to people to see if they like the group but it is a one time offer and does not extend over several sessions.
Posted on 11th August 2019

Thank you
I would like to thank all of you that have renewed for this year (August 2019-July 2020), however we still await many members’ renewals and would be grateful if you have not renewed yet that you please send in your form, self-addressed stamped envelope and the £25 membership fee asap.
Please be aware that if you are not a member you are not covered by U3A’s insurance and not allowed to attend any U3A groups.
Of course we will give you time to sort this out before we start to contact you directly to see if you wish to renew or not. Renewal forms are available on request or through your group leaders. It can also be downloaded from the Welcome page of this website.
Stuart Wallman, Membership Secretary
Posted on 11th August 2019

Another sell-out Quiz Night
Our second sell-out quiz night was held on Sunday 7th July at SWESRS. What a popular evening it was and looks like it is now going to be an annual event.
Many thanks go to Carole Leboff, Harvey Sharpe, Guy Sasson and Stan Meinchick for setting and marking the questions, Rikki and Maureen for organising and selling the tables, Lennart for technical support, Paula for helping me with the food, Cliff for handling the money and Jill for organising the raffle, as well as the committee members and many others who turned up at 4.30 to help with all the preparations necessary before the start of the quiz. Last but not least, thanks to everyone who came along and made it such a memorable and enjoyable evening.
Liz Kite
Posted on 21st July 2019

Beware of phishing!
I have recently received several phone calls claiming to be from Microsoft telling me that my Windows software has been compromised and that it has a virus. If you get such calls or e-mails please ignore them as they are phishing. Microsoft will NEVER contact you directly in this manner. Ignore the dire warnings and put the phone down or delete the e-mail or on screen message.
Phishing is when con men contact you by phone or email to get access to your PC. Hoping to hook a gullible person.
Stuart Wallman, Membership Secretary
Posted on 12th May 2019

U3A in the Ilford Recorder
Our local newspaper has devoted a whole page in the October 4th edition to an article about Redbridge & District U3A with testimonials from various members and pictures of some of our group activities. Hopefully this can help us recruit some new members! See the article by clicking on this link: U3A Recorder
Posted on 6th October 2018

Have you signed a Gift Aid Declaration?
A Gift Aid Declaration means that Redbridge & District U3A can claim back £2.50 from the Inland Revenue for every £10.00 you pay for your membership subscription. You only need to sign the form once - i.e. not every year - and most of you have probably already done so, but if you have not, the form can be downloaded from the Welcome page of this website. The form also gives you a more detailed description of how Gift Aid works.
Posted on 23rd July 2018

Learning not lonely - A new approach to ageing
Learning not lonelyThe U3A has released a report which details a sustainable and positive approach to ageing built on group learning, skill sharing and volunteering.
Sam Mauger, Chief Executive of the Third Age Trust said, "We think it is time to move away from the current public debate on ageing which is largely predicated on a deficit and dependency approach. The evidence from our research demonstrates the value of mutual aid and of reciprocity to confidence, self-esteem, and wellbeing.
"The U3A model is low-cost, defined by participants, and learner-led. It is not dependent on state funding; it has a life and existence of its own. More importantly it demonstrates the value of communities of interest which are not defined by age, or by past experience, but instead are defined by the experiences still to be explored".
U3A members reported major benefits to being part of the U3A learning model in terms of confidence, combatting loneliness, feeling supported in new communities, learning new skills and, perhaps most important of all, feeling valued and enjoying life.
The complete report can be downloaded from this link: Learning not lonely
Posted on 14th July 2018

New data protection rules
The General Data Protection Regulation - also known as GDPR - comes into effect on Friday 25th May. In preparation we have asked all members to give their consent to our storing their personal information. Thanks to a great effort by the Committee, we have managed to keep almost all of our membership intact.
In order to comply with the GDPR, Redbridge & District U3A has also implemented a Privacy Policy and a Data Protection Policy. If you want to have a closer look at these, please visit the Privacy page of this website.
Posted on 24th May 2018