Redbridge & District

National and Regional Events

Please note that some events tend to be booked up very quickly, so you will often have to be quick off the mark.

MONDAY 6th DECEMBER at 5.30 - 6.30 pm on ZOOM: BOYS WILL BE GIRLS ...‘THOSE SQUEAKING CLEOPATRAS’
Presented by The London Region of u3a's. Why did Shakespeare use boys to play female roles? Why did females in his plays need to dress as boys? Who were the boys? These, and other questions, will be addressed by former drama teacher Linda Shannon when we look at four of Shakespeare’s plays: Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice, Cymbeline and Twelfth Night.
Register here: BoysGirls

TUESDAY 7th DECEMBER at 2.00 - 3.30 pm on ZOOM: ASTRONOMY - WHAT'S OUT THERE?
Presented by The Third Age Trust. A virtual tour of the Solar System plus a little of what is beyond, by Martin Whillock, u3a Subject Adviser for Astronomy. No prior knowledge needed. The presentation will last about 40 minutes with time discussion at the end. Questions are encouraged, and no question is too simple!
Register here: SolarSystem

WEDNESDAY 8th DECEMBER at 10.00 am on ZOOM: PRESENTATION ON THE ZOROASTRIAN FAITH
Presented by West Midlands Region of u3a's. Jimmy Suratia, previous chair of Birmingham Council of Faiths, will talk about the Zoroastrian faith.
Direct Zoom link: ZoroastrianFaith

THURSDAY 9th DECEMBER at 2.00 - 3.30 pm on ZOOM: HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR STEVEN FRANK
Presented by The Third Age Trust. Steven Frank was born in 1935 into a secular Jewish family in Amsterdam Holland. His father was a well known Dutch lawyer, his mother was the daughter of professional musicians who emigrated to England at the turn of the nineteenth century. Steven has two brothers. Hear the story of how Steven's remarkable parents fought against the Nazi's and kept their children alive. Steven's father joined the Dutch resistance where he organised the issue of false papers to enable Jews and others to escape across the border to the safety. In 1942 he was betrayed and arrested in his office in Amsterdam and imprisoned, tortured and sent to Auschwitz where he sadly died. Now alone, his mother kept her 3 boys alive throughout their time living in Nazi occupation and concentration camps, even after their camp was liberated by the Russian Army, she fought to bring her family to England by persuading the Royal Air Force to fly them into Croydon Airport.
Register here: HolocaustSurvivor

MONDAY 13th DECEMBER at 10.30 - 12.00 on ZOOM: LIVE COOKERY DEMONSTRATION - VEGETARIAN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Presented by The Third Age Trust. Join roving Chef Alex from Vegetarian for Life for a 90 minute Christmas special. Alex will demonstrate how to make a range of seasonal treats the whole family will enjoy. The live cookery demonstration is from Chef Alex's kitchen and will include 5 delicious recipes. Alex will start with potato & Watercress soup which is an easy to make soup, colourful and delicious. Next are the classic nut roast, the angelic mince pies which are gluten free and quite light, and M'hancha which is a sweet treat made from filo pastry filled with chopped dried fruits, sugar and vanilla, then rolled up and baked. Finally the rich fruit cake which is for anyone who wants to have a go at making a Christmas cake but does not know where to begin. This recipe works well as a standard cake or can be topped with marzipan and icing for a Christmas cake.
Register here: VegetarianChristmas

MONDAY 13th DECEMBER at 4.00 - 5.15 pm on ZOOM: THE AZTECS - WARRIORS OF THE EAGLE
Presented by The Third Age Trust. The second of three series about Ancient Civilisations of the Americas by Maria Chester, u3a Subject Advisor for American Archaeology. What could someone from the future understand about our civilization by exploring our empty cities? Is it enough to read what is carved in stone? What do we now know about the Aztec people, the 'Warriors of the Eagle' and their way of life? This is a 4-part course exploring Aztec culture, society, economy, architecture and sacred texts. The following three sessions will be on 20th December, 17th and 24th January (all Thursdays) - Please only sign up if you can attend all 4 sessions!
Register here: AztecCivilisation

WEDNESDAY 15th DECEMBER at 2.00 - 3.30 pm on ZOOM: STAYING SAFE ONLINE
Presented by The Third Age Trust. As the previous events were so well received - we are pleased to announce that Barry Linton of Thorpe Bay u3a is back with another talk on Cyber Security. This will be a repeat of the previous events, with some updated information. Cybercrime and related frauds have been growing at an alarming rate for several years and during the COVID pandemic it has escalated exponentially. Many of the scams originate overseas and there is little chance of identifying or arresting the perpetrators. This is international organised crime. The UK Police Strategy is to educate us on how to identify risks and to help prevent you from falling for them.
Register here: SafeOnline4

THURSDAY 16th DECEMBER at 2.00 - 3.30 pm on ZOOM: CHRISTIANS, JEWS & THE HOLOCAUST: A FAMILY'S JOURNEY THROUGH UNCERTAINTY
Presented by The Third Age Trust. Tim Locke, a speaker from Generation2Generation, tells the story of how his mother and uncle, Ruth and Raimund Neumeyer, who were baptised as Lutherans but were Jewish under Nazi law and escaped from Nazi Germany to Britain on the Kindertransport in 1939. They left their parents behind, and never saw them again. When Ruth died in 2012, Tim discovered she had left a huge family archive, which is being donated in its entirety to the Imperial War Museum. Together with Tim’s narrative, clips of Ruth Neumeyer’s audio testimony provide the audience with first-hand accounts of their experiences.
Register here: HolocaustFamily

TUESDAY 21st DECEMBER at 10.00 - 11.30 am on ZOOM: WHY DID THE SPANISH ARMADA FAIL, PART 2
Presented by The Third Age Trust. The "Grande y Felicísima Armada", the 'Great and Most Fortunate Navy' sent from Spain failed. What happened from its preparations to its limping home, defeated? We will briefly review some of the main points from part 1 and then explore some of the Spanish and English evidence about the reasons for the armada’s failure. There will also be a reference to an intriguing primary source from one of the armada sea captains. Finally, we’ll bring together all the possible reasons for the armada’s failure so that you can decide for yourself the answer to the key question, ‘Why did the Spanish Armada Fail?’ This presentation by Catherine Stevenson, chair of Newcastle u3a is animated.
Register here: SpanishArmada2

MONDAY 10th JANUARY at 10.00 am on ZOOM: OPERATING WORLD FAITHS GROUPS
Presented by West Midlands Region of u3a's. We have been coordinating our local u3a World Faiths group for 3 years, which has involved discussions and visits to a range of faith buildings, including faith schools and community centres. This webinar is aimed at local organisers of Exploring World Faiths groups and others considering doing so. Chaired by Dr Peter Rookes, National Subject Advisor, Exploring World Faiths.
Direct Zoom link: FaithsGroups

MONDAY 10th JANUARY at 5.30 - 6.30 pm on ZOOM: OWEN JONES - THE VICTORIAN ERA’S FORGOTTEN ARTISTIC GIANT 1809-1874
Presented by The London Region of u3a's. A talk by Alan Freeland: Owen Jones was an 19th C. architect, scholar, author, publisher, illustrator and an authority on colour design and ornament. More than this though he was an educator, moderniser and visionary and thought Britain deserved an artistic style to reflect the new Victorian age. He championed the cause of the use of a strong colour pallet in architectural decoration but as his obituarist noted “Colour was as much feared in England as the Smallpox.” Have we changed? Anyone planning on redecorating their home will find plenty of practical advice in Owen Jones’s ideas.
Register here: OwenJones

MONDAY 24th JANUARY at 5.30 - 6.30 pm on ZOOM: POISON (WITHOUT PRACTICAL ADVICE)
Presented by The London Region of u3a's. Poisoning - on paper, in politics, and in passion. A talk by Tony Dayan of u3a in London. A discussion of classical and current instances of the deliberate use of assassination by poisoning, the place of poisoning in some prominent detective stories and a few famous ‘Crimes of Passion’.
Register here: PoisonAdvice

MONDAY 7th FEBRUARY at 5.30 - 6.30 pm on ZOOM: HAUNTED - A VERY STRANGE LECTURE...
Presented by The London Region of u3a's. A talk by Dr Mel Ruben, head of World Literature and Gifted and Talented at Bromsgrove School. This illustrated lecture will transport us from one ghostly story to another, taking in Gothic literature, art, ballet and film. We will be asking why, in our civilised society, we so need to tell tales of The Strange. Tales which, as Mary Shelley wrote:
... speak to the mysterious fears of our nature, and awaken thrilling horror - one to make the reader dread to look round, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart.
Register here: HauntedStrange

MONDAY 21st FEBRUARY at 5.30 - 6.30 pm on ZOOM: THE LIFE AND WORK OF CHRISTINA ROSSETTI
Presented by The London Region of u3a's. A talk by Susan Elkin of Bromley u3a. Passionate, religious, thoughtful and even erotic - Christina Rossetti was arguably the 19th century's most important female poet. And she came from a famous family. Susan, whose MA dissertation was on Christina Rossetti, discusses both the woman and the poetry.
Register here: ChristinaRossetti

WEDNESDAY 23rd FEBRUARY at 10.00 am on ZOOM: THE SPIRITUALIST FAITH
Presented by West Midlands Region of u3a's. Presentation on the Spiritualist Faith by Julia Almond, Spiritualists National Union. Zoom link will be available here closer to the date.

MONDAY 7th MARCH at 5.30 - 6.30 pm on ZOOM: THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY AND ITS HIDDEN MESSAGES
Presented by The London Region of u3a's. A talk by Catherine Stevenson, chair and office manager of Newcastle u3a. Let’s uncover and explore hidden messages about the characters and events depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry. It has left us more than just an account of a battle with its haunting messages for us, today. Please note that this presentation is animated.
Register here: BayeuxTapestry

MONDAY 21st MARCH at 5.30 - 6.30 pm on ZOOM: TULIPS: A TERRIBLE, TRIUMPHANT STORY
Presented by The London Region of u3a's. A talk by Nick Dobson, former principal librarian with the London Borough of Redbridge. Renowned for their beauty, tulips have a turbulent history in which they have broken hearts, won and lost fortunes, helped to depose monarchs and saved the starving in wartime. Though they have thrilled with their stunning appearance for centuries, the tulip has had a terrible yet triumphant history. We will learn more of that history in this lavishly illustrated talk.
Register here: TulipsStory

MONDAY 4th APRIL at 5.30 - 6.30 pm on ZOOM: WOMEN IN ANCIENT EGYPT
Presented by The London Region of u3a's. A talk by Neil Stevenson, u3a national subject advisor for Egyptology, about the role of women in Ancient Egyptian society, including those women who ruled Egypt as pharaoh.
Register here: WomenEgypt

Dates for your Diary
Mon Dec 6th at 5.30 pm on ZOOM: BOYS WILL BE GIRLS ... 'THOSE SQUEAKING CLEOPATRAS'. Talk by Linda Shannon, arranged by The London Region of u3a's. Register here: BoysGirls
Tue Dec 7th at 2.00 pm on ZOOM: ASTRONOMY - WHAT'S OUT THERE? Talk by Martin Whillock, presented by The Third Age Trust. Register here: SolarSystem
Wed Dec 8th at 10.00 am on ZOOM: LAUGHTER YOGA WORKSHOP led by Judith Walker, arranged by The Third Age Trust. Register here: LaughterYoga
Wed Dec 8th at 10.00 am on ZOOM: PRESENTATION ON THE ZOROASTRIAN FAITH. Talk by Jimmy Suratia, arranged by West Midland Region of u3a's. Direct Zoom link: ZoroastrianFaith
Thu Dec 9th at 2.00 pm on ZOOM: HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR STEVEN FRANK, arranged by The Third Age Trust. Register here: HolocaustSurvivor
Mon Dec 13th at 4.00 pm on ZOOM: THE AZTECS - WARRIORS OF THE EAGLE. First part of the second series of three about Ancient Civilisations of the Americas by Maria Chester, arranged by The Third Age Trust. Continues on 20th December, 17th and 24th January. Please only sign up if you can attend all 4 sessions! Register here: AztecCivilisation
Mon Dec 13th at 10.30 am on ZOOM: VEGETARIAN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL. Live Cookery Demonstration by Chef Alex, arranged by The Third Age Trust. Register here: VegetarianChristmas
Wed Dec 15th at 2.00 pm on ZOOM: STAYING SAFE ONLINE (REPEAT TALK) by Barry Linton, arranged by The Third Age Trust. Register here: SafeOnline4
Thu Dec 16th at 2.00 pm on ZOOM: CHRISTIANS, JEWS & THE HOLOCAUST: A FAMILY'S JOURNEY THROUGH UNCERTAINTY. Talk by Tim Locke, arranged by The Third Age Trust. Register here: HolocaustFamily
Tue Dec 21st at 10.00 am on ZOOM: WHY DID THE SPANISH ARMADA FAIL, PART 2. Talk by Catherine Stevenson, arranged by The Third Age Trust. Register here: SpanishArmada2
Mon Jan 10th 2022 at 10.00 am on ZOOM: OPERATING WORLD FAITHS GROUPS. Talk by Dr Peter Rookes, arranged by West Midland Region of u3a's. Direct Zoom link: FaithsGroups
Mon Jan 10th 2022 at 5.30 pm on ZOOM: OWEN JONES - THE VICTORIAN ERA’S FORGOTTEN ARTISTIC GIANT 1809-1874. Talk by Alan Freeland, presented by The London Region of u3a's. Register here: OwenJones
Mon Jan 24th 2022 at 5.30 pm on ZOOM: POISON (WITHOUT PRACTICAL ADVICE). Talk by Tony Dayan, presented by The London Region of u3a's. Register here: PoisonAdvice
Mon Feb 7th 2022 at 5.30 pm on ZOOM: HAUNTED - A VERY STRANGE LECTURE... Talk by Dr Mel Ruben, presented by The London Region of u3a's. Register here: HauntedStrange
Mon Feb 21st 2022 at 5.30 pm on ZOOM: THE LIFE AND WORK OF CHRISTINA ROSSETTI. Talk by Susan Elkin, presented by The London Region of u3a's. Register here: ChristinaRossetti
Mon Mar 7th 2022 at 5.30 pm on ZOOM: THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY AND ITS HIDDEN MESSAGES. Talk by Catherine Stevenson, presented by The London Region of u3a's. Register here: BayeuxTapestry
Mon Mar 21st 2022 at 5.30 pm on ZOOM: TULIPS: A TERRIBLE, TRIUMPHANT STORY. Talk by Nick Dobson, presented by The London Region of u3a's. Register here: TulipsStory
Mon Apr 4th 2022 at 5.30 pm on ZOOM: WOMEN IN ANCIENT EGYPT. Talk by Neil Stevenson, presented by The London Region of u3a's. Register here: WomenEgypt