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We need your help and your skills
As you will have noticed, we have had a few resignations from our Committee lately, the latest being Andrea Yeshin who has stepped down from doing New Members Support. A huge thank you to Andrea for her tireless work for U3A. We already know that a number of our long-serving Committee members will be standing down when their tenure comes to an end at the AGM in February 2021, so by then we will be in dire need of help.
We have conducted a survey among those Committee members who are prepared to stand for re-election in order to determine the areas where help will be most needed, so please consider if you could give us some of your time.

  • Could you edit the newsletter and/or keep our website updated?
  • Would you be able to help group leaders fill in our new risk assessment forms and make all members aware of health and safety?
  • How about taking charge of the publicity? A vibrant and dynamic person is needed to spread the knowledge about U3A in the local community.
  • We also need someone to be our first responder. Who would allow their phone number to be publicised and deal with all new enquiries and possibly follow up with new members to ensure they are happy and fitting in.

We are not a service provider, we are a self-help group and your help is needed. If you have any sort of skills that could be of use on the Committee, please phone or email Liz Kite.
Posted on 23rd July 2020

Our Facebook group is suffering
In the beginning of June, we jubilantly declared We are on Facebook! because Howard Mather had kindly offered to set up a Facebook group for us and to be its first administrator. The group had a flying start and in a short period of time reached 53 members.
Sadly, this number has now been static for weeks. Howard’s - and our intention with starting the Facebook page was to be able to alert other groups in the community to use it for advertising to their members that U3A is alive and kicking and that we have a lot of different things going on. But unless group leaders and members post messages, the Facebook page will send the wrong message and eventually die a death.
If you are on Facebook, please tell us what’s going on within your groups, not just the Zoom groups but all the rest too. If you are not on Facebook, consider signing up. Most of us have been joining in meetings, tell the world about each one. We desperately need all of you to help promote our U3A to keep our membership up if we are to survive.
Liz Kite
Posted on 23rd July 2020

U3A logoVideo: U3A Life in Lockdown
U3A has produced a short video celebrating all the wonderful things, U3A members are upto during lockdown, all around the country. Watch it here: U3A Life in Lockdown
Posted on 12th July 2020

Important information to all members
The partial easing of lockdown restrictions has given rise to some confusion as to if and when physical U3A meetings and activities can restart.
In March, I wrote to you telling you that we would have to stop all face to face activities until further notice. At the moment, with fear of a second spike, the Committee has not yet seen fit to make any changes.
We do not want group leaders to take it upon themselves to interpret the government guidelines with respect to U3A. While we cannot prevent you from meeting up privately, you must be aware that you will not be taking part in a U3A meeting, you will not be covered by U3A insurance, and U3A will not be responsible for anybody catching covid-19 or otherwise endangering themselves in these circumstances.
The committee members, as trustees bear the ultimate responsibility for your health and safety in relation to U3A so I am sorry but we have to keep our face to face meetings on hold until the Committee feels it safe to restart them. In the meantime, do not forget that we have 37 groups active online at the moment and the number is still rising. In most cases you will be able to join any of these even if you were not previously a member of the group, just contact the group leader and ask,
Let me end by extending a huge thank you to everybody who helps keeping our U3A alive and kicking through this difficult time which is sadly not over yet.
Keep well and stay safe.
Liz Kite (chair)
Posted on 3rd July 2020

Open Monthly Meetings reZOOMing
Our Open Monthly Meetings will start again on Monday 29th June at 2.00 pm, but for the time being they will be on Zoom rather than the library. More information on the Open Meetings page.
Posted on 25th June 2020

Committee news
We are very happy to announce that our search for new blood to the Committee has paid off. Not only have we been able to fill the vacancy left by Maureen Nieberg’s departure, we have also been able to recruit two extra volunteers who have now been co-opted onto the Committee. This will ensure that we will still be able to fill all the Committee positions after the next AGM where we already know that at least two of the present Committee members will be leaving us.
Our new Committee members are Silva Chamberlain, Marilyn Hendleman and Elaine Mitchell. See how they introduce themselves on the Meet the Committee page. We warmly welcome all three of them onto our U3A Committee!
Posted on 25th June 2020

Newsletter available
The latest newsletter (25th June) is now available for download from the Welcome page. If you are on e-mail it will already have arrived in your mailbox. If you are not, the printed version will arrive in a day or two.
Posted on 25th June 2020

U3A Mindfulness sessions
U3A's mindfulness subject adviser, Nancy Taylor, has produced six mindfulness sessions for U3A members. You can try them out by visiting the Mindfulness page.
Posted on 24th June 2020

Workout with Mr Motivator
The fitness personality Mr Motivator, best known for his brightly-coloured outfits and enthusiastic work-outs, has created a six-day long programme exclusively for U3A members. Workout with Mr Motivator or the Mr Motivator page!
Posted on 23rd June 2020

U3A_AdvartU3A Advert
As we are now getting as many activities as possible online via Zoom and other platforms, it is time to spread the word that Redbridge & District U3A is functioning, and that new members are very welcome. The committee has decided that new members joining now can do so for a fee of £5.00 covering their membership until the end of October. We have produced this advert to publish on as many social media sites as possible, so feel free to copy it and post it wherever possible.
Posted on 11th June 2020

Sam MaugerMessage from the CEO
The Chief Executive Officer of U3A, Sam Mauger, has sent a video message to all U3A members. Watch it by clicking on the link on the right hand side of this page.
Posted on 20th May 2020

Virtual meetings taking off
U3A is still functioning during the Coronavirus crisis. While we unable to meet up face to face, physical meetings are suspended but more and more of our groups have moved to meeting online. Many of the meetings are taking place via Zoom — a video-conferencing software that allows you to virtually meet with others via the internet. This means that even members who are not regular members of the groups in many cases will be able to join, just contact the group leader to see if there are spaces.
Posted on 19th May 2020

Membership renewal postponed
Under normal circumstances your membership would be up for renewal at the end of July. However, these are anything but normal circumstances, so the Committee has decided to postpone the normal membership renewal deadline for three months.
Like everything else at the moment, the extension will be subject to review as the situation develops. What is clear is that your membership will not automatically end at the end of July, and you will not be required to renew until the end of October at the earliest.
Posted on 19th May 2020

Committee News
Sadly, Maureen Nieberg has decided to resign from the Committee for personal reasons. Maureen will be missed on the Committee, but thankfully she has offered to continue as a group leader and will still be doing membership support. A huge thank you to Maureen for all your excellent work for U3A so far.
Posted on 19th May 2020

During the lockdown we are distributing our newsletters much more frequently than usual. As they cannot be picked up from our Open Meetings, they are also sent by post to members not on e-mail. Until now, five newsletters have been published - 26th March, 6th April, 16th April, 30th April and 14th May. We expect to send out the next one on Thursday 28th May.
Posted on 22nd April 2020, updated on 19th May 2020

Please just because it is predicted to be a warm Bank Holiday Weekend
Observe social distancing & exercise rules
Metropolitan Police
Posted on 9th April 2020


  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family.
You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
Posted on 6th April 2020

Another newsletter available for download
Even though groups cannot meet up physically, some groups are still active as you will see in the latest newsletter which also offers a couple of brainteasers. It should have arrived in your e-mail uinbox by now. If you are not on e-mail, Royal Mail will deliver it to you as soon as possible.
Accompanying the newsletter is an updated list of online theatre, musical, opera, ballet and concert offers. (It will have arrived in a separate e-mail).
Posted on 6th April 2020

Newsletter available for download
While all the usual U3A events and meetings are at a standstill, it does not mean that U3A has gone completely into hibernation. As you will see in our latest newsletter, some groups have already found alternate ways of operating.
To stay in contact with members, we will be sending out newsletters more frequently. This first one should now have arrived in your inbox if you are on e-mail. Otherwise, it is in the post and should arrive in a day or two. It can also be downloaded from our Welcome page (but without personal information).
The newsletters will not be published on a fixed schedule but the next one will probably be in two weeks time. Contributions are welcome - space permitting (as always). Please e-mail them by using the form on the Contact page.
For obvious reasons, we are not sending out Group Timetables until we are able to physically meet up again.
Keep well and stay safe.
Posted on 26th March 2020

Dear Members,
The latest Government advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) asks everybody to stop non-essential contact with others and adopt social distancing and The Third Age Trust has advised U3A's to follow the Government guidelines. Special care for people in the ‘at risk’ groups includes shielding them from social contact for 12 weeks. Counted among the ‘at risk’ group are people over the age of 70 and people with underlying health conditions.
Consequently, the Committee has decided that all activities arranged by and for Redbridge & District U3A will be put on hold with immediate effect. This decision has been taken with deep regret, but under the circumstances, as a significant proportion of our membership falls into the most vulnerable category, we feel that this is the only responsible course of action.
This means that until further notice there will be no monthly meetings, groups will not meet and any planned outings will be cancelled.
We will continue to monitor Government guidelines regarding the duration of ‘non-essential social contact’ and aim to resume normal service as soon as possible. In the meantime, we hope to increase the frequency of our newsletters as well as try to adopt other means of keeping in contact.
Take care and hopefully we will all get through this.
Liz Kite
Posted on 17th March 2020

U3A at the RI - Event cancelled
The U3A at the RI event at The Royal Institution on Monday 16th March has been cancelled. The organisers hope to reschedule the event in October.
Posted on 14th March 2020

At present there has been no advice or directions from the U3A National Office to stop U3A activities because of the coronavirus situation.
However, if a member has returned from one of the areas identified by the government website they should not hold group meetings in their own homes, or attend groups or monthly meetings until they have followed the NHS advice provided after calling 111.

If a member has contracted coronavirus, the Committee must be told immediately and all members of the group should call 111 for advice.

If a group or a group leader finds it best not to meet for duration of the crisis, it is perfectly legitimate to suspend the group meetings as long as the Committee is made aware of it. Please phone or e-mail the groups co-ordinator in case of any changes to your group's schedule.
In general, consider using hand sanitiser gel at group meetings and reduce physical contact such as shaking hands until further information becomes available.

If you have mild symptoms such as a high temperature or a new continuous cough you should self-isolate for 7 days. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital, and do not contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. People who are self-isolating with mild symptoms will not be tested.

More information about the virus, as well as symptoms and advice, is available to view here: Corona1 or on the NHS England website here: Corona2
Posted on 14th March 2020

February newsletter available for download
The newsletter for February is now available for download from the Welcome page and is on its way to your mailbox if you are on e-mail. If you are not, a limited number of printed copies will be available to pick up from our AGM on Monday 24th February.
Posted on 17th February 2020

Coronavirus advice
The Third Age Trust has asked us to share the following advice from the
Government and NHS with you:
Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
The UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild. Isolate yourself and do not attend your GP practice or hospital.
More information about the virus, as well as symptoms and advice, is available to view here: Corona1 or on the NHS England website here: Corona2
Posted on 17th February 2020

First Noticeboard of 2020 available for download
The first Noticeboard of the year is now available for download from the Welcome page. Members will already have received it on e-mail or in the post. If for some reason you have not received it, a limited number of printed copies will be available to pick up from our Open Meting on Monday 27th January.
Posted on 23rd January 2020

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 Wallman or Maureen Nieberg to reserve your place.
Posted on 6th January 2020

Annual General Meeting 2020
This year's AGM was held on Monday 24th February at Wanstead Library. See the report on the Annual General Meeting page.
Posted on 6th January 2020, updated on 20th May 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

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

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

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