Redbridge & District

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Message from the membership secretary
After a lot of effort from the committee in chasing renewals we have now reached nearly 600 members this year which is somewhat down on last year. Please spread the word about our U3A and encourage your friends and relations to join us and help grow our membership back up to where we were in previous years.
Stuart Wallman
Posted on 24th November 2018

Do you want to take part in a research project?
The U3A regularly receives requests from universities and other research institutions recruiting volunteers for research projects. If you are interested in volunteering, please consult the new Research Projects page which lists the latest requests. Please note that the U3A does not endorse these projects. If they are from reputable institutions, they are checked and passed on.
Posted on 24th November 2018

November newsletter now available
The newsletter for November is now available for download from the Welcome page. If we have your e-mail address you will receive the newsletter in your inbox today. If you are not on e-mail, printed copies of the most important parts of the newsletter can be picked up at our Social Afternoon on Monday 26th November at Wanstead Library.
Posted on 19th November 2018

Study day about London's sewers now open for booking
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Joseph Bazalgette The U3A Network for South East Greater London and the London Metropolitan Archives present: Down the Drain an in depth study of the history of London's drainage right through to the current Tideway Project. Friday 8th February - More information and booking through the National and Regions Events page.
Posted on 16th November 2018

Enjoy your Bridge
We are still interested in starting a new Bridge Group playing Chicago. This will not be a teaching or instruction session, players would be expected to bid and play their hand, but assistance will be given.
The invitation is extended to new players. Any members who were part of the Monday/Friday morning groups who wish to join should reconfirm their interest.
Hopefully there will be enough interest and a convenient time can be arranged.
Please contact John Knubley.
Posted on 9th October 2018

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

U3A Christmas concerts are now open for booking
The annual U3A Christmas concerts with The Brandenburg Singers at The Queen's Chapel of The Savoy will this year take place on Monday 3rd December at 2.00 pm and 5.30 pm and on Tuesday 18th December at 2.00 pm. Tickets are £19.50 and include mulled wine and a mince pie. More information and booking via the National and Regional Events page or directly from this link: Christmas Concert.
Posted on 22nd September 2018

Special event on Wednesday 7th November: Don't leave without paying some of the bill
Why we need to do wills and arrange lasting power of attorney
Guy Sasson will lead a informal discussion including a question and answer session regarding what we need to do about wills and lasting power of attorney. Guy is a lay-person and will be using his own experiences as a financial adviser for 36 years (until 2015) to recount the problems and possible pitfalls you may face if you do not plan ahead.
Guy used to advise his clients on how to make sure that they left exactly what they wanted to specific people and how to reduce the bill left to their loved ones.
Places are limited. To book, please call Rikki in the first instance (I will be away some of October). If you don’t get a response within 24 hours call Guy to book your place. (Phone numbers are in the printed/e-mailed version of Noticeboard).
The meeting will be on Wednesday 7th November from 2.00 to 4.00 pm at SWESRS. Please let us know if you are interested.
Please note: This is in no way any form of selling exercise!
Posted on 22nd September 2018

New shows at The Kenneth More Theatre
Myra has booked two more shows at The Kenneth More Theatre: Oh What a Lovely War on Saturday 10th November (£13.00) and The Fairlop Brass' half-centenary celebration 50 Golden Years (£8.00) on Sunday 18th November. Booking for these shows has now closed.
Posted on 22nd September 2018, updated on 6th October 2018

September's Noticeboard is now available
The new issue of Noticeboard has been distributed to members on e-mail. If you are not on e-mail, you can pick up your copy at our Social Afternoon on Monday 24th September. Otherwise, it will be posted to you shortly after the meeting. There is also a version ready to download from the Welcome page. This month's Noticeboard is so packed with information about group activities and events past, present and future that the file has had to be split into two parts. Please be sure to download them both.
Posted on 22nd September 2018

Nominations for committee
Committee at workWe usually have our Annual General Meeting in February and 2019 will be no exception. Our AGM next year will take place on Monday 25th February 2019 at 2.00 pm at Wanstead Library. More details will follow in January’s edition of Noticeboard but as we are not planning any further mailings to all members this year, we are taking this opportunity to call for nominations for our commitee. We have a hard working and well functioning committee at the moment but new blood is always welcome. Should you wish to nominate a candidate, please use the nomination form which must be in the hands of our secretary by Monday 28th January 2019. The nomination form can be downloaded from the Welcome page.
Posted on 22nd September 2018

Study Day on 24th October: The Mysteries of Memory
The study day is arranged jointly by the U3A SW London Network and Roehampton University. Six speakers will cover a wide range of topics revolving around memory. £10.000 including tea and coffee on arrival and a light lunch. More information on the National and Regional Events page or directly through these links: Mysteries Poster and Mysteries Application.
Posted on 14th September 2018

Special Theatre Offer
A special U3A offer has been made available to members who want to see Florian Zeller's drama The Height of the Storm at The Wyndhams Theatre in Charing Cross Road. Tickets are £35.00 for top Stalls or Royal Circle seats, and the performances available are:

  • Tuesday 2nd October at 7.45 pm
  • Wednesday 3rd October at 2.30 pm or 7.45 pm
  • Thursday 4th October at 7.45 pm
  • Monday 8th October at 7.45 pm
  • Wednesday 10th October at 2.30 pm or 7.45 pm
  • Thursday 11th October at 7.45 pm

For booking, click this link: The Height of the Storm
Posted on 30th August 2018

Beneath Your Feet - U3A Study Day about Roman London on 28th or 29th November now open for booking
Delve into the hidden archaeological world that lies buried beneath the City of London with a day inspired by the Romans. Explore London’s Roman Amphitheatre and handle some genuine Roman artefacts with a trained archaeologist. Have the rare opportunity to view a Guildhall painting not on public display (David Roberts' oil on canvas The Forum, Rome, 1859) to explore why the Forum was so important in the Roman world. Price £22.00 - More information and booking is now available through the National and Regional Events page or directly from this link: Beneath your feet. THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.
Posted on 23rd August 2018, updated on 22nd September 2018

From Page to Stage - U3A Study Day on 12th November now open for booking
Ever watched a play and thought ‘I can do that’! Well now here’s your chance. Under the guidance of three directors you will be given the opportunity, in groups to direct a scene, putting into practice valuable lessons learnt earlier on in the day and culminating in a performance involving professional actors, bringing your scene to life. The price is £37.50, and more information and booking is now available through the National and Regional Events page or directly from this link: From page to stage.
Posted on 23rd August 2018

August Newsletter is now available
The Newsletter for August is now available to download from the Welcome page. A limited number of printed copies can be picked up at our Social Afternoon on Monday 20th August.
Posted on 13th August 2018

Did you renew in time?
It is now August and many thanks to all members that have already renewed. However there are still over 200 members that have not renewed so they are technically no longer members. We will of course continue to communicate with you this month but if you have not renewed by September you will not be able to attend your groups without showing a new (writing in pink) membership card.
Please renew now or at the next Social Afternoon or use the contact form on the Contacts page to request a renewal form from the Membership Secretary if you are unable to print one. The renewal form is also available for download from the Welcome page.
Posted on 6th August 2018

Study Day at The National Gallery on 1st November now open for booking
Tickets can now be booked for the U3A Study Day Makers not Muses at the National Gallery on Thursday 1st November. Experts from the Gallery will talk about female artists. More information on the National and Regional Events page or directly from this link: Makers where you can also book your tickets. They are £25.00 each. THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.
Posted on 6th August 2018, updated on 22nd November 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

U3A explores Science on 15th October
Three enlightening and exciting talks at The Royal Institution by leading scientists about subjects as diverse as space exploration, colon microbes and genetics. Booking is now open for this event. For more information and booking, go to the National and Regional Events page or follow the link U3A Science.
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

Change of date for the London Region Music Day
The U3A London Region has had to switch the date for their Music Day, originally scheduled to be held on Saturday 19th May. The new date is Saturday 20th October, and a detailed programme and application form is now available for download from the National and Regional Events page.
Posted on 13th May 2018, updated on 22nd June 2018

Renewal of membership coming up
Together with the June issue of Noticeboard, members will receive a Membership Renewal form for the 2018/19 season. Please note that the deadline for renewal is at the end of July. Kindly follow the instructions on the form and be aware that you can also renew your membership at the Social Afternoons on Monday 25th June and Monday 30th July. The annual subscription is £25.00 for the new year.
The Membership Renewal form can also be downloaded from the Welcome page.
Posted on 22nd June 2018

June issue of Noticeboard available
The June issue of Noticeboard is now available for download from the Welcome page. Members on e-mail can also find it in their inbox. Members not on e-mail can pick up their printed copy at our Social Afternoon on Monday 25th June or wait for it to arrive in the post within a few days.
Posted on 22nd June 2018

Dates announced for this autumn's U3A Study Days
From scientific talks to female artists, and from testing yourself as a stage director to delving into the Roman archeological world beneath London, this autumn's U3A Study Days has it all. They are not yet open for booking, but more information - and the relevant dates for your diary - can be found on our National and Regional Events page.
Posted on 7th June 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

New page on the website: Local Events
The Local Events page contains a list of Redbridge events not arranged by the U3A, but which nevertheless may be of interest to U3A members.
Posted on 27th April 2018

Annual General Meeting has taken place
AGMThe Annual General Meeting of Redbridge & District U3A took place on Monday 26th February in the presence of the Mayor of Redbridge, councillor Linda Huggett and her consort, Mr Brian Huggett. At the AGM, the proposed amendment to the constitution was approved, and the committee for 2018/19 was elected. Treasurer Cliff Russell announced the committee's decision to raise the annual membership subscription to £25.00, effective from August 2018. Report on the Annual General Meeting page.
Posted on 28th February 2018

Wanstead ParkingWanstead Library Car Park - No coins, please!
If you are using the Library car park at Wanstead Library, be aware that it is no longer possible to pay with coins at the machine.
You can now only pay by using your mobile phone, either by calling 020 3046 0010 or by using the RingGo app.
Also, the parking fees have gone up to £1.50 for two hours or £6.00 for the whole day. It is still free for Blue Badge holders, though.
Posted on 21st January 2018

Cyber attacks on U3A websites
Our website, along with most other U3A websites, were the victims of widespread cyber attacks in the days just before Christmas. As a result, all sites were closed down for 12 days while the U3A SiteBuilder team carried out a major clean up exercise and increased the levels of security and monitoring. The sites were accessible again on Wednesday 3rd January, but updating the individual sites was only allowed after the local web administrator has been issued with a new password. Fortunately, this has now happened, and our website is once again alive and well.
Posted on 7th January 2018