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October newsletter is now available
Our newsletter for October is now in your inbox. If you are not on e-mail, you will not receive the newsletter unless you pick up a printed copy at our Open Meeting at Wanstead Library on Monday 25th October or access it on the Newsletters page of this website. Due to GDPR, the file on the website does not contain any contact information.
Posted on 18th October 2021

Open Letter to all u3a Members
The chair of The Third Age Trust, Liz Thackray, has sent an open letter to all u3a members. Click this link to read it: OpenLetter
Posted on 16th October 2021

Join us for dinner
Rowans in Barkingside Hish Street will be staying open especially for us on Wednesday 20th October so that we can all have a meal together and hopefully help to bring back some of the feeling of Redbridge & District u3a being one happy family. They are doing a special menu at £23.00 for three courses or £19.00 for two. Drinks are not included. We need you to book and pay by 10th October as Rowans wants to shop and cook everything fresh on the day. We start at 5.00 pm and the clocks would not have gone back yet so it should still be light when we finish.
If this one is successful, then I will arrange other themed meals but in order to go ahead, we need at least 40 this time.
There is a choice of courses. Please use the online booking form. Click this link: U3Adinner
Liz Kite
Posted on 25th September 2021

September newsletter is in your mailbox
This month's newsletter was e-mailed to members on Monday. If you receive your newsletter by post, it should have arrived by now. The newsletter is also available on the Newsletters page of this website, but without any cpntact information.
Posted on 25th September 2021

National and Regional u3a events
The following events arranged by The Third Age Trust, The West Midlands Region of u3a's or The London Region of u3a's are open for booking. They all take place on Zoom and they are all free:

  • Monday 18th October at 10.30 am: Autumn Warmers. Live cookery demonstration by Chef Alex
  • Monday 18th October at 5.30 pm: Sleepwalking Into the Abyss. Talk by Terry Lloyd
  • Thursday 21st October at 10.30 am: The Climate Emergency - Is COP26 'Our Last Best Chance'? Talk by Brenda Ainsley
  • Monday 1st November at 5.30 pm: Top 10 Odd Things to Measure, plus The Measurement of Colour. Talk by Andrew Hanson
  • Thursday 4th November at 2.00 pm: The Geology of Sedimentary Rocks, part 2: Marine Rocks. Talk by Martin Eales
  • Wednesday 8th November at 4.00 pm: The Mayas - Children of the Corn. 4-session course led by Maria Chester
  • Tuesday 9th November at 2.00 pm: The numbers you eat: Nature's favourite numbers in fruit and veg. Talk by Dr Ron Knott
  • Wednesday 10th November at 10.00 am: Laughter Yoga Workshop, led by Judith Walker
  • Wednesday 10th November at 10.30 am: The tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Talk by Justin Saddington
  • Wednesday 10th November at 4.30 pm: Introduction to Cryptic Crosswords - A Taster Session for Beginners, led by Henry Howarth
  • Thursday 11th November at 2.00 pm: Maths Activities and Games. Workshop led by David Martin
  • Friday 12th November at 2.00 pm: Early Explorers in Ancient Egypt. Talk by Neil Stevenson
  • Monday 22nd November at 5.30 pm: London's Gangland From The Sabinis to The Krays. Talk by James Morton
  • Tuesday 30th November at 10.00 am: Why Did the Spanish Armada Fail? - Part 1. Talk by Catherine Stevenson
  • Thursday 2nd December at 2.00 pm: The Geology of Sedimentary Rocks, part 3: Limestones, Coals, Oils & Evaporites. Talk by Martin Eales
  • Monday 6th December at 5.30 pm: Boys Will Be Girls ... 'Those Squeaking Cleopatras'. Talk by Linda Shannon
  • Tuesday 7th December at 2.00 pm: Astronomy - What's Out There?. Talk by Martin Whillock
  • Wednesday 8th December at 10.00 am: Laughter Yoga Workshop, led by Judith Walker

More information on the National and Regional Events page where you will also find links for registering. These events tend to be booked up very fast, so you will need to be quick off the mark.
Posted on 10th October 2020, last updated on 15th October 2021

Renewal time is here again
At the end of August it was time to renew your membership. The renewal form was distributed together with August's Noticeboard. Please fill it in and post or email it to our Membership Secretary as soon as possioble. You can also bring it along to our next Open Meeting on 23rd August together with your payment. The membership fee covering the 11 months from September 2021 to July 2022 is £20.00 which can be paid in cash or by cheque or bank transfer. The details are on the renewal form.
Posted on 17th August 2021

Quiz Night
Get your family an friends together and book a table for an enjoyable evening at our u3a Quiz Night on Sunday 21st November at SWESRS, Oaks Lane, Newbury Park, Ilford IG2 7PL.
A ploughman's dinner will be served at 7.00 pm, and we expect the quiz to start at 7.30 pm. There will be a tea/coffee break halfway.
All this and a chance to show off your superior knowledge as well for only £15.00 per person. There will be a limit of 12 tables with 10 people on each, so round up your team as soon as possible! Please note that bookings will only be complete with full payment.
To book your table, please contact Elaine Mitchell before it's too late.
Posted on 17th August 2021

We need you!
At our AGM in February, new faces will have to take over some of the committee posts. There is a lot of work to be done, and we need new volunteers. You must be a team player, use email and be prepared to take responsoibility as a trustee for the running of our u3a together with the rest of the committee. Anyone who thinks they can help, plase contact Liz Kite for a chat.
Posted on 17th August 2021

Noticeboard is back!
As another step towards more 'normal' times, our magazine, Noticeboard is back. It was distributed on email on Monday, and if you are not on email, your postman should bring it to your door one of these days. The magazine is also available for download from our Newsletters page - but without contact information.
Posted on 17th August 2021

Fees and halls
The committee has decided to reduce the general membership fee to £20.00 per person for the 11 months covering the period September 2021 - July 2022. Membership should be renewed by 31st August 2021.
Members attending meetings in a hall will have to pay a modest hall hire contribution of 25p per hour. Some groups may face reduced hall hours. SWESRS (South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue) in Oaks Lane will be our main hub for groups meeting in halls while our Open Meetings for all members will continue at Wanstead Library, starting on Monday 26th July at the slightly later time of 2.30 pm.
Posted on 19th July 2021

June edition of u3a Radio Podcast released
Listen to the latest u3a Radio Podcast here: u3a Radio Podcast Episode 9 or go to our u3a Radio Podcasts page where you can select any of the previous podcasts.
Posted on 21st June 2021

Lockdown extended - Membership renewal postponed
The Prime Minister has announced an extension of the current lockdown until Monday 19th July. This means that groups with more than six attendees will not be able to resume meetings in halls or private homes until after that date. Our Open Meeting on Monday 28th June which we had planned to hold as a hybrid meeting with a live speaker in a hall will now be on Zoom only.
As a consequence, the committee has decided to extend the current membership period until Tuesday 31st August for free.
The committee has appointed a working party to analyse our financial situation before the subscription fee for the period from September 2021 till July 2022 is decided upon.
Posted on 14th June 2021

May newsletter has arrived
The May newsletter has arrived in your inbox or will arrive by post shortly. Among other things, it outlines what we are doing in u3a to prepare for starting face-to-face meetings again. All going well, this should be allowed in five weeks time (knock on wood). The newsletter is also available to read or download from the Newsletters page.
Posted on 17th May 2021

Great talk on cyber crime
Tom Lee I received a request from a member to get someone to give us a talk on cybercrime and through contacts was lucky enough to get PC Tom Lee to agree to do this. The Met has a dedicated team of four officers dealing with this who advise and lecture to the rest of the force as well as to the general public and our PC is one of these elite four.
What a wonderful talk he gave on Zoom. He divided the different crimes into categories and told us how they worked. He wasn't out to shock or frighten us, just make us be more aware and act in a way to protect ourselves better. For example, our passwords; most single word passwords can be found by a computer in a matter of seconds but adding some numerals would take just a little longer, however, three words that have no connection could take a computer years to break down. There was a lot of common sense in this talk that we have recorded and if you want to hear it again, or missed it first time round, the link is right here: Scams Fraud and Cyber Crime
There are also lots of videos, pamphlets and booklets available at:
PC Tom Lee will be sending me hard copies of these pamphlets and booklets that will be available later in the year.
Liz Kite
Posted on 17th May 2021

A Year of Lockdown
A message from Sam Mauger, CEO of The Third Age Tust. Click here: LockdownYear
Posted on 23rd March 2021

Boats, Quotes and Other Evocations, part2
The second part of Hugh Noble’s presentation Boats, Quotes and Other Evocations begins with a quiet scene on the Thames before journeying North, with a nod to the literary sisters, and finishes with an island tipple before bed. Other distractions appear en route, but all will be revealed on Zoom on Thursday 1st April at 8.00 pm. The Zoom link will be distributed to all members in advance.
Posted on 18th March 2021

Designing for the Future of the Third Age
If you are interested in taking part in a project exploring opportunities to create innovative design solutions in the digital space for people transitioning from full-time work into retirement or semi-retirement, have a look at the Research page.
Posted on 17th March 2021

March newsletter should have reached you by now
Our March newsletter was e-mailed and posted on Monday 15th March, so you should have received it by now. If not, you can download it from the Newsletters page. Due to GDPR, the web version has no contact information in it, however.
Posted on 17th March 2021

Balance Research
Dr. Toby Ellmers (a researcher at Brunel University, in Uxbridge) is currently conducting an online research project to explore how psychological factors such as anxiety influence balance. Nore information on the Research page.
Posted on 7th March 2021

AGM on 22nd February: Committee for 2021-22 approved
69 members took part in our 2021 AGM which was held on Monday 22nd February on Zoom. At the AGM, the Deputy Mayor of Redbridge, councillor Joyce Ryan conducted the vote for approval of the Committee for the coming year. We said goodbye to Cliff Russell, Jill Playford and Stuart Wallman as Committee members, and to Paula Russell who has been our Honorary President for the last two years, so a few posts had to change hands. Lennart Christensen succeeds Cliff as Treasurer, while Susan Whiterow takes over the post of Vice Chair and Loretta Mather becomes our new Secretary. Liz Kite soldiers on as Chair, while Silva Chamberlain, Nicholas Levin, Howard Mather and Elaine Mitchell all remain in their posts. Thankfully, all the outgoing Committee members will be continuing as group leaders, and Stuart will still be our Zoom Administrator.
The minutes of the previous AGM were approved with 87 % of the vote, the accounts with 95 %, and the new Committee with 98 %. There were no votes against at any point. You can see the current Committee members' profiles on the Meet the Committee page.
After the formalities of the AGM, the Deputy Mayor addressed the members, and our guest speaker, wildlife photographer Bob Johnson gave a fascinating illustrated talk about his trip to photograph polar bears in the Arctic.
Posted on 23rd February 2021

February Newsletter distributed
Our February Newsletter was e-mailed to members on Monday 15th February. If you are not on e-mail, you should have received your printed copy by now - in most cases hand-delivered by Committee members because of the recent problems with the postal service. The newsletter is available for download from the Newsletters page, but without contact information.
Posted on 18th February 2021

January newsletter on its way to your mailbox
The January newsletter will be distributed today (Monday). If you are on e-mail, it should arrive in your mailbox today. If you normally receive the newsletter in the post, it is hard to say when it will arrive as service by Royal Mail is suffering from severe disruptions in our area because staff is ill and/or self-isolating. The newsletter is available for download from the Newsletters page, but without contact information.
Posted on 18th January 2021

Changes to the constitution passed at SGM
At the Special General Meeting on 30th November, the changes to the constitution as proposed by the committee were passed by the members present.
82 members logged in to the meeting although some did not stay for very long. 49 members voted, with the following results:
To allow committee members to serve for six years (previously three) as a non-officer: For: 40 - Against: 3 - Abstained: 6
To have a quorum at general meetings if 10 % of members are present (previously 15 %): For: 41 - Against: 4 - Abstained: 4
The full text of the constitution can be found on the Constitution page.
Posted on 8th December 2020

A Year in Lockdown