Waltham Forest


OUR Annual General Meeting was held online on Tuesday 18th August at 2.00pm. It went really well and was comfortably quorate (including those of you who sent in your postal votes). We are really grateful to everyone who contributed to its smooth operation.

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 During the COVID-19 Lockdown Methodist Church UK directed that the Hall premises must be closed. Church Services have recently resumed, under strict conditions But there will still be no more U3A meetings there in the immediately foreseeable future. For the latest information keep up with our newsletters, visit this website, or contact anyone on the Committee directly. We are obviously in close touch with them about resuming normal operations but it is too early to say when this might be possible.

The Committee is now keen to push ahead with talks via Zoom however and any information about progress on that will be posted below, in Dates for your Diary,as soon as we have it.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS: Renewals were 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. Members who have not renewed will receive the August Newsletter but no more after that date.

COVID-19 has meant that renewals have to be done by post this year. You can download and print off a form from the CONTACT page of this website, or ask Vicky or Ruth to send you one. When sending in your completed form and cheque, please enclose an SAE for your membership car. Contact them via phone, email membership@wfu3a.org.uk, or use the CONTACT page.

Your Committee has decided to continue the practice of monthly rotating the office of Chairman. Although monthly meetings n person are no longer taking place due to the COVID-19 crisis, we continue to meet online at least once a month and 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. This also applies to the generic Chairman's email account at chairman@wfu3a.org.uk. You can email that any time as well. And finally, Committee members' email addresses are in the Newsletter too.

If you're not yet a member but thinking of joining us 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 with a cheque.

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. At the moment it may be the only reliable way of distributing it. But every month Vicky gets a few 'failure' notices that she can't trace.

Dates for your Diary
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). WE ARE HOPING TO BE ABLE TO GO AHEAD WITH THIS AS AN ONLINE EVENT.
Tue Nov 17th The talk by Charlie Haylock on History of Spoken English Part 2 has had to be postponed until 2021 because it is not suitable for online delivery. We are planning to hold online The History of the Red Cross, presented by Philippa Radford-Hancock (previously scheduled for September 2020)
Tue Dec 15th OUR CHRISTMAS SOCIAL was scheduled for this day. It seems unlikely that it will be able to go ahead as planned. But the Committee has already started to discuss whether an online event of some kind would be a good idea. Maybe streaming some solo performances? Possibly even running a quiz online? Or even getting together virtually 'on screen' to toast each other a Merry Christmas?
If you have views or suggestions about this please do contact anyone on the Committee by using the CONTACT page here on the website, or by email or phone (details are always at the back of the newsletter).
Sun Jan 3rd 2021 PLEASE NOTE All the 2021 speakers listed below have been booked. But this assumes that the COVID situation is over by next year. If there are still restrictions then the list is liable to change. We are currently checking whether they can all deliver online or not. More information will be posted here as soon as we have it.
Tue Jan 19th 2021 Barry Coiden My Adventures in Antarctica
Tue Feb 16th 2021 Jim Buttress, author of 'The People's Gardener'
Tue Mar 16th 2021 Mel Rees 'And Another Thing I Forgot to Say...'
Tue May 18th 2021 Our AGM There will also be a speaker.
Tue Jun 15th 2021 Charlie Haylock 'History of Spoken English Part 2' This talk was originally booked for November 2020.