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Visit to Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum
Ilford & District Diabetes UK Group invites U3A members to join them on a day trip to Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum in Flixton, Suffolk. The museum displays aircraft and aviation-related artefacts as well as thematic collections devoted to The Royal Observer Corps, RAF Bomber Command, air-sea rescue and RAF Coastal Command.
The trip takes place on Tuesday 20th August and the price is £20.00 which covers the coach and gratuity to the driver. Entrance to the museum is free but donations are appreciated as the museum is run entirely by volunteers.
For more information about the museum as well as booking information, click this link: Aviation
Posted on 12th May 2019

New workshop at Summer School: Introduction to Cryptic Crosswords
There is still a good range of sessions available at the London Region Summer School but they are filling up fast.
An interesting new workshop is now available on Wednesday 24th July from 11.00 am – 1.15 pm: Introduction to Cryptic Crosswords
Henry Howarth teaches adults how to solve cryptic crosswords and is the U3A national subject adviser for crosswords. As well as teaching courses, he is the author of the book Learn How To Solve Cryptic Crosswords and the app Learn Cryptic Crosswords.
This workshop is suitable for complete beginners; will explain how cryptic clues work and introduce you to some of the more common types of clue. All you need to bring is something to write with.
Full programme from this link: Summer Programme and application form here: Summer Booking.
Posted on 12th May 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

Architecture and planning for the future
5-10 places a day are available for U3A members at the Agile Ageing Alliance’s 5th anniversary Congress at the NatWest Conference Centre in Bishopsgate on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th May, titled Neighborhoods of the Future. To register, click this link: Neighborhood Registration and for more information click here: Neighborhood Programme.
Posted on 2nd May 2019

More research projects
Anyone interested in taking part in research projects, please visit our Research Projects page where new opportunities are now available.
Posted on 2nd May 2019

Wanstead ParkingIncreased parking fees at Wanstead Library
If you are using the Library car park at Wanstead Library, be aware that the parking fees have gone up to £1.60 for two hours or £6.20 for the whole day. It is still free for Blue Badge holders, though. You can only pay by using your mobile phone, either by calling 020 3046 0010 or by using the RingGo app.
Posted on 27th April 2019

Prominent visit to Jazz Group
John Altman at Jazz GroupMembers of Philip Lester’s Jazz group had a rare experience at the group’s meeting in March as renowned BAFTA and Emmy award winning composer, arranger, conductor and saxophonist John Altman visited the group. He played videos recorded from the American 1950s tv show Art Ford’s Jazz Party - videos that had previously never been shown in public. In the video playing behind John Altman is the pianist Marty Napoleon.
(Photo: Barry Shaw)
Posted on 27th April 2019

New shows at The Kenneth More Theatre
Myra Wasserman had booked two new shows at The Kenneth More Theatre: The Sound of Music on Saturday 6th July and Around the World in 80 Minutes on Saturday 20th July. More information on the Theatre (Ilford) page.
Posted on 27th April 2019

April Newsletter in your inbox
If you receive U3A information via e-mail, the latest newsletter should be in your inbox by now. If not, a limited number of printed copies will be available to pick up at our Social Afternoon on Monday 29th April. It is also available for download from the Welcome page.
Posted on 22nd April 2019

Join the Looking at Art groups for a trip to "Charleston"
Charleston near Lewes in East Sussex was the meeting house of the Bloomsbury Set and it contains many pieces of art by that group. Our visit there will be on Wednesday 12th June, leaving at 9.30 am. The cost is £37.50 per member, including coach, entry, guided tour of the house and an afternoon tea. Bring your own lunch or visit the café. Full payment by 1st May 2019.
Besides the house there is a designed garden which we will be free to wander round. Partners/friends will be welcome, but are not covered by U3A insurance. Members will have priority.
Please contact Ivor Lethbridge.
Posted on 22nd April 2019

March Noticeboard now available
If you are on e-mail you should have received the March issue of Noticeboard by now. If you are not on e-mail, you can pick up the magazine at the Social Afternoon on Monday 25th March. If you are unable to attend, you should receive it in the post within the next couple of days. It can also be downloaded from the Welcome page.
Posted on 25th March 2019

Dates for summer outings announced
Denise Kaye has arranged three coach outings this summer: Kent (Monday 13th May), Hitchin (Friday 28th June) and Brighton (Tuesday 23rd July). More information on the Outings page.
Posted on 26th February 2019

Paula from chairman to honorary president
Paula addresses the AGMAfter having served as chairman for the fourth time, Paula Russell announced her retirement from the committee at the Annual General Meeting of Redbridge & District U3A on 25th February. Our new chairman is Liz Kite who was vice chairman until the AGM. The office of vice chairman will now be filled by Lennart Christensen. All other committee members were unanimously re-elected, and Paula was made honorary president of our U3A for the coming term.
Posted on 26th February 2019

Let's Quiz Again!
After the success of U3A’s first quiz in June 2018 it has been decided to repeat the exercise and try to make it an even bigger success.
So please put the following date in your diary: Sunday 7th July 2019 at 7.00 pm at SWESRS. More details are still to be confirmed but at least we have a date, so start telling your friends and make a table. Please contact any member of the committee to express interest.
Posted on 27th January 2019, updated on 13th February 2019

Committee News
Among those standing for election at the coming AGM are Jan Martin-Ellis and Andrea Yeshin who were both co-opted onto the committee in December. A warm welcome to both of them!
At the same time, Denise Kaye has decided to resign from the committee but thankfully she will still be arranging the very popular coach outings as well as leading her History group.
Posted on 27th January 2019

Spread the word
After a lot of effort from the committee in chasing renewals we just managed to reach 600 members by the end of 2018 which is somewhat down on the previous 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, updated on 27th January 2019

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

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

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

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