This page contains a selection of local events that may be of interest to U3A members.
SNARESBROOK HOUSE - A GEORGIAN SURVIVOR
A look at the history of this little known mansion, some of it owners and how it survived to the present day. Talk by Lynn Haseldine-Jones at Ilford Historical Society's monthly meeting. The Gloucester Room, Redbridge Central Library, Monday 11th November at 7.30 pm. Visitors £3.00, refreshments from 7.00 pm.
WINSTON CHURCHILL - WORLD LEADER, STATESMAN AND LOCAL MP
Winston Churchill represented Woodford and Wanstead in Parliament for four decades. Jef Page, chairman of Ilford Historical Society, will be talking about Churchill's life and his role as a local MP. Wanstead Library, Wednesday 13th November at 2.00 - 3.00 pm. FREE, booking at the library 020 8708 7400 or through this link: Churchill.
THE WOMEN'S LAND ARMY
The Women's Land Army, established in World War One, was re-founded shortly before the outbreak of World War Two in June 1939, to provide agricultural labour to prevent food shortages. Britain relied heavily on imported food, and it was thought that imports would be threatened by anticipated German blockades. In addition, many male farm workers were expected to join up, leaving a shortage of labour. Historian Carol Harris will give a fascinating insight into the work of the Women's Land Army.
Redbridge Central Library, Heritage Centre, Wednesday 20th November at 2.30 - 3.30 pm. FREE, booking at the library 020 8708 2417 or through this link: Land Army.
HISTORY OF REDBRIDGE VILLAGE
Redbridge Village - or it was described on old postcards, Wanstead East - is an area bounded by the river Roding & Roding Lane, Eastern & Western Avenues, now entirely residential but was farmland as far as the eye could see. This is a talk by Jef Page, chairman of Ilford Historical Society. Did you or your ancestors live or work in the area, remember the farms or War damage, used the old shops (Coe’s Corner), go to school locally? Bring along your memories & photographs. Arranged by Redbridge Village. Roding Lane Free Church, 18 Roding Lane South, Thursday 21st November at 7.30 pm. Light refreshments will be available, donation of £5.00 suggested. Please book in advance by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
RELIGION AND REVOLT ON WANSTEAD FLATS
Political and religious groups have long seen Wanstead Flats as a natural meeting place, as "public property" for the use of the people. Since 1878, the City of London have tried to control and restrict such uses on the Flats. Peter Williams and Mark Gorman will tell the story of that struggle at Wanstead Historical Society's monthly meeting. Wanstead Library, Monday 2nd December at 8.00 pm. Visitors £3.00, including refreshments.
MEMORIES OF WOODFORD
Heritage Coffee Morning. Do you remember the Plaza Cinema in George Lane, the LEB showrooms or the M11 being built in Woodford? Come along and share your memories of Woodford and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at our reminiscence session.
South Woodford Library, Tuesday 3rd December at 11.00 am - Noon, FREE, booking at the library 020 8708 9067 or through this link: Woodford.
LIFESTYLE CHANGE AND DIET
- a personal viewpoint. Talk by Holly King from Public Health Collaboration at Diabetes UK Ilford Branch's monthly meeting. Valentines Mansion, Tuesday 3rd December at 7.45 pm. £2.00 including refreshments.
WALTER STEVENS AND THE SANTA CLAUS DISTRIBUTION FUND
Talk by local historian Dr Colin Runeckles at Ilford Historical Society's monthly meeting which also includes a quiz and Christmas Social. The Gloucester Room, Redbridge Central Library, Monday 9th December at 7.30 pm. Visitors £3.00, refreshments from 7.00 pm.
THE GROUPS CHRISTMAS PARTY
Redbridge Libraries' annual Christmas party is an open invitation to all our groups to meet and enjoy a convivial time. Nick Dobson will lead a seasonal quiz. Please try to bring some nibbles and nibbles to share. Wanstead Library, Thursday 12th December from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. FREE, please book in advance at the library 020 8708 7400.
TAKING THE WATERS
Water has played a significant role in our social development, from the Romans bathing to cleanse themselves, through the period of medicinal springs and the elite using water on their estates, and with sea bathing. Talk by author and historian Georgina Green at Wanstead Historical Society's monthly meeting. Wanstead Library, Monday 6th January at 8.00 pm. Visitors £3.00, including refreshments.
A TOUR OF ELIZABETHAN LONDON
How our capital looked over 400 years ago. Talk by Nick Dobson at Ilford Historical Society's monthly meeting. The Gloucester Room, Redbridge Central Library, Monday 13th January at 7.30 pm. Visitors £3.00, refreshments from 7.00 pm.
Wanstead has changed considerably over the past 150 years. Dr Colin Runeckles selects and discusses Building Plans from the Heritage Section’s archive that illustrate these changes. Wanstead Library, Wednesday 29th January at 2.00 - 3.00 pm. FREE, but please book in advance by clicking this link: Wanstead
VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN MUSIC HALL
Music Hall was the most popular entertainment in Britain in the second half of the 19th Century. With its origins among the pubs and taverns, it gradually expanded until large new theatres were built, to cater for vast audiences. Talk by Norman Jacobs at Wanstead Historical Society's monthly meeting. Wanstead Library, Monday 3rd February at 8.00 pm. Visitors £3.00, including refreshments.
PLANTS IN THE PAST
Talk by Georgina Green, author and vice president of Ilford Historical Society at the society's monthly meeting. The Gloucester Room, Redbridge Central Library, Monday 10th February at 7.30 pm. Visitors £3.00, refreshments from 7.00 pm.