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Get Back into the Swing!
This is the theme for the London Region Summer School which will take place on Tuesday 17th August at 10.30 am - 4.30 pm at St Bride Foundation Institute. It will be a special day of talks, live music and guided walks. Tickets are £33.00 including refreshments and a cold buffet lunch. Programme and booking details will be publicised from mid-June.
Posted on 27th May 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:

  • Tuesday 15th June at 10.00 am: Rembrandt and The Third Age. Talk by Catherine Stevenson
  • Monday 21st June at 10.30 am: Alfresco Food. Live Cookery Demonstration by Roving Chef Alex
  • Monday 21st June at 5.30 pm: F.Scott Fitzgerald and the 1920s. Talk by Kevin McCarron
  • Monday 28th Juna at 10.30 am: A Historic Hour with Southwark Cathedral
  • Monday 5th July at 5.30 pm: Strangers when they met - Twenties Jazz. Talk by Stan Clingman
  • Tuesday 6th July at 10.30 am: Discovering Japan. Talk by Hilary Jpnes and Daniel Marter
  • Friday 9th July at 2.00 pm: What Philosophers Say About Life and How to Live It Well - 1: Stoics. Talk by Shri Sharma
  • Friday 16th July at 2.00 pm: What Philosophers Say About Life and How to Live It Well - 2: Boethius. Talk by Shri Sharma
  • Monday 19th July at 5.30 pm: No cop out @ COP26. Talk by Alan Morton
  • Friday 30th July at 2.00 pm: What Philosophers Say About Life and How to Live It Well - 3: Augustine. Talk by Shri Sharma
  • Monday 2nd August at 5.30 pm: Paris in the 1920s. Talk by Martin Heard
  • Friday 6th August at 2.00 pm: What Philosophers Say About Life and How to Live It Well - 4: Buddha. Talk by Shri Sharma
  • Monday 12th August at 2.00 pm: How to Crochet a Flower. Crochet Workshop led by Chris Winner
  • Monday 23rd August at 5.30 pm: Classical Swing in the Roaring Twenties. Talk by Herbie Goldberg

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 11th 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