Waltham Forest


Waltham Forest U3A normally 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.

HOWEVER Methodist Church UK have directed that the Hall premises must be closed until further notice. There will be no Church Services being held there & all lettings of the premises, including to WFU3A of course, must cease with immediate effect.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS: Renewals are due by the end of March and everyone will once again have to fill in a form. Please complete both sides (including the tick boxes) and remember to sign it.
Membership fee remains at £17 for one person and £27 for two people at the same address. Cheques should be made payable to Waltham Forest U3A.

CORONAVIRUS has meant that renewals will have to be done by post this year because Monthly meetings are CANCELLED for the next three months. You can download and print off a form from the CONTACT page of this website, or ask Vicky to send you one. Contact her by phone or via the CONTACT page. When sending her your completed form and cheque, please enclose an SAE for your membership card etc.

Last year the Committee decided to continue the practice of monthly rotating the office of Chairman. 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. The Contacts page emails will be regularly monitored as before, so don't fear that there will be no reply to anything you raise there. You can also email the Chairman direct at chairman@wfu3a.org.uk. Committee members' email addresses are in the Newsletter as well.

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 (OTHER THAN the Christmas Social on 17th December, which is ticket-only admission) 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. There is also a pdf on the Contact page which you can print off, complete by hand and return to Vicky by post or in person, with cheque or cash.

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 2020 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 May 19th MEETING CANCELLED. Our Constitution allows us to delay the AGM by three months and we hope we will be able to hold it within that deadline.
Tue Jul 21st Our Summer Social and we have invited back The Beaucrees, the 1960s band who are still together and were so popular with everyone last July.
Tue Aug 18th Mark Smith will present Part 2 of his well received talk on the History of the Victoria Cross.
Tue Sep 15th The History of the Red Cross, presented by Philippa Radford-Hancock
Tue Oct 20th Ian Keable will present ‘Charles Dickens, Conjurer’ (Ian has previously spoken to us about the history of political cartoons, and also on the life and career of James Gillray).
Tue Nov 17th Charlie Haylock History of Spoken English Part 2.
Tue Dec 15th OUR CHRISTMAS SOCIAL. Remember that admission is for members only and by ticket bought in advance.
Repeat of the popular Lunch cruise on the Thames from Tower Pier which we ran last year The cost will be approximately £32 and includes a two-course meal during a trip along the river, with a commentary. The whole thing takes about one hour and forty-five minutes.
Other Events
Tue Apr 21st
→Thu Apr 23rd
At Hampstead Town Hall, 21 Haverstock Hill, NW3 4QP. Title is Freedom and its Consequences. From a variety of different standpoints: Music, Literature, Curtailment of Freedom, Detention of Immigrants etc.