Waltham Forest


Waltham Forest U3A holds regular monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of each month starting promptly at 2pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Winchester Road, Highams Park, E4. Doors are open from 1.30pm. There is step-free access directly from Winchester Road.

Details of the monthly talks for 2019 are now posted. They look really good - some new speakers and some we've asked back as they were so enjoyable.

If you're not yet a member but thinking of joining us for the first time, we extend you a warm welcome. Come and sample one monthly meeting and meet us in person. We do charge a Visitor £2 to cover refreshments though if you decide to join on the spot, at that same meeting, then that charge is refunded (not otherwise). Or just use the CONTACT tab to find out more. Vicky can send you a membership form by post or by email.

SPECIAL NOTICE: During 2018/19 the role of WFU3A Chairman will rotate each month: each Committee member will take a turn. The name of the scheduled chairman will be given in the Events Calendar below at both the Monthly meeting date and the Committee Meeting date.

Please check that we have your correct email address if you like to have newsletter (and U3A news items) regularly sent to you direct. We really want to send the newsletter out this way wherever we can; you receive it quicker and it's a great deal cheaper for WFU3A. But every month Vicky gets a few 'failure' notices that she can't trace. If you do receive it by email please help us to keep printing costs down by NOT picking up a print copy at the monthly meeting as well. Many thanks.

Details of latest Age UK Computer Classes in Waltham Forest are here. Click on Silver Surfers to see classes scheduled until mid 2019 including a booking form you can print off and complete off-line. There is also a monthly 'tech support group' (third Monday of each month 1:30-3:30pm) where you can go and ask individual questions or just listen and pick up all kinds of useful knowledge. For more information just look at AgeUK Waltham Forest's own web pages.

Dates for your Diary
Tue Mar 26th WFU3A Annual Group Leaders' Meeting
10am at Winchester Road. Tea & Coffee available from 9:45am and a free sandwich lunch afterwards. Come and meet your colleagues and have a chat with them and the Committee. Any formal items for the Agenda (which will be posted here later on) to go to Lesley, Groups Coordinator, please.
REMEMBER to bring a list of your current members (or send one to Lesley now if you can't join us). Every Leader will say a few words about their group's activity over the last year.
Tue Apr 16th More Secrets of a Crossword Setter Tim Moorey returns to give us an update on his very popular previous talk.
CHAIRMAN: Lesley Searle
Thu May 16th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road.
Chairman: Lesley Searle
Tue May 21st 2019 AGM will be followed by a short talk by Gaye Illsley from AgeUK. She is going to demystify Lasting Power of Attorney and the various aspects of it. One of those things you keep meaning to get around to? You will also have the chance to set up a subsequent private one-to-one session in your home if you'd like that.
Tue Jun 18th Steve Welsh City of London. Steve is an official guide on walks in London and he comes to us on the recommendation of a WFU3A Group Leader who has heard him speak locally.
Tue Jul 16th Our summer social. A musical afternoon with The Beaucrees Band
Tue Aug 20th "The Ukelele Sensation" A humorous talk on playing the ukelele by Mark Walsh.
Tue Sep 17th My Family and other Setbacks. Mel Rees takes a light-hearted look at life, families and parents who look set to outlive you! This talk will reflect the pains of growing up, marrying and raising children. They leave home but unfortunately not your wallet.
Tue Oct 15th My life in Gardening. A talk by ex Royal Gardener and RHS judge, Jim Buttress.
Tue Nov 19th Smuggling days and smuggling ways. The amazing story of Smuggling in the 18th and 19th centuries, as told by Mark Lewis.
Tue Dec 17th Our Christmas Social
Thu Jun 6th COACH TRIP to Greys Court, an NT property near Henley on Thames. Lunch is included on this trip (at a cost of £10). Overall cost to U3A members who are also NT members is £21 (coach, house & lunch). U3A but not NT members pay £31.40. Non-U3A members will be charged £4 on top of those prices. Booking forms are available from Barbara and you must include both your pick-up point (there are 4 this time) AND your lunch choices.
Summer Schools
Tue Jul 23rd
→Thu Jul 25th
London Region Summer School
at St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet St., EC4Y 8EQ (non-residential). Near Blackfriars Underground station.
General theme is "Celebration of the Sea". There is a huge programme drawn from a broad range of subjects including Art, Current Affairs, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Science and Travel. It includes 27 different talks, 5 workshops and 6 guided walks around the City of London. For DETAILED PROGRAMME and BOOKING FORM click here on London Region Summer School.
Places are likely to fill quickly so you're advised to move smartly.
Attendance can be for one, two or three days. Cost is £38 per day with refreshments and a cold buffet lunch included.
Other Events
Thu Apr 11th CHINGFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY: A talk on the Essex Record Office. Please note that the Society has changed its venue to Chingford Primary School, Cambridge Road, E4 7BP. Meetings start at 7:30pm.
Membership costs £10. Join at the meeting.
Thu Apr 11th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
Chairman: Trevor Farnes
Sun Apr 28th Coach trip to Pashley Manor Gardens organised by Roots and Shoots. To see the Tulip Festival. Cost is £22. Two pickups: Higham Hill Library (9am) and Forest Road 'Homebase' (9:15am). If you would like to go, Barbara can liaise and book. Cheques payable to 'Whittingham Roots and Shoots Gardening Club'.
19th Century Literature
Fri Mar 29th Our Mutual Friend. Part the Second.
Book Club
"Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine" by Gail Honeyman
Tue Apr 30th "A Rising Man" by Abir Mukherjee
Film Club
10am 'The Bookshop'.
Based on a Penelope Fitzgerald novel and set in 1959. A woman decides to open a bookshop in a small coastal town. But there is tremendous opposition from the local bigwigs, with Bill Nighy playing a lonely widower who is a supporter of the shop and its owner. Open to all but booking essential (from and not before 9th April) with Steve by phone, text or email
Garden Studies
Thu Apr 25th Joint visit to Theobalds Farm with the Gardening Club. Please contact Hilary (Gardening Club Leader) if you'd like to reserve a place.
Gardening Club
Wed Mar 27th Our first meeting of the year.
Thu Apr 25th A return visit to Theobalds Farmhouse Garden, Burnt Farm Ride, Crews Hill, Enfield EN29DY. 2:00pm Garden Tour plus tea and cake. Costs £13 per head. Please let Hilary knowif you are interested. Gardening Club and Garden Studies members get priority.
See an article in Country Life via the link above. There is also a video on the garden which you can see by searching for 'Theobalds Farm Garden' on the YouTube website.