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.

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.

Waltham Forest Newsletter. The latest edition of our monthly newsletter is temporarily no longer available online, while we think through any data protection issues. But if you like a e-copy of the current one just get in touch with the editor, Barbara. Or the Secretary, Jane.

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 Barbara 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.

NEW Details of latest Age UK Computer Classes in Waltham Forest are now here.
Click on Silver Surfers to see classes scheduled for the whole of 2018, including a booking form you can print off and complete off-line. In response to demand these are now last an extra half hour and a new feature is the facility to book an hour of one-to-one support as an optional extra. Cost is then usually £15 all-in (class plus one-to-one hour). The latter is arranged at mutual convenience. 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. For more information just look at AgeUK Waltham Forest's own web pages.

Dates for your Diary
Tue Aug 21st Dick Turpin, Fact and Fiction. Georgia Green will present a summary of his life and a look at some of the wrongly based folk tales around him.
Tue Sep 18th History of Spoken English. Charlie Haylock. How its seeds were first sown and how it was affected by each invading force. Also includes a demonstration of different accents and dialects of the British Isles.
Tue Oct 16th History of Cartoons, from William Hogarth to Private Eye. Presented by Ian Keable.
Tue Nov 20th History of the Victoria Cross. How the medal came about, what Queen Victoria wanted, and some of the men who won it.
Tue Dec 18th Christmas Social. Admission by ticket only.
Summer Schools
Mon Jul 23rd
→Thu Jul 26th
U3A Summer School at Telford. More details are available on the national website at https://summer-schools.u3a.org.uk/ and you can book online. Phone bookings on 020 8466 6139.
Tue Jul 31st
→Thu Aug 2nd
U3A London Region Summer School At St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street. (Easy access from Blackfriars Tube station). Non residential event and members can choose to attend for one, two or three days.
There will be a wide range of subjects with a choice of 32 different talks, 2 workshops and 6 guided walks. Online and postal booking via the London Region website. Contact Chris Feldman ccris@waitrose.com
Tue Sep 11th
→Fri Sep 14th
U3A Summer School at Cirencester. More details are available on the national website at https://summer-schools.u3a.org.uk/ and you can book online. Phone bookings on 020 8466 6139.
19th Century Literature
Fri Jul 27th 'Far from the Madding Crowd' and Thomas Hardy
Cinema Visits
Tue Aug 14th Welcome everyone (bring your friends and family). Spend the afternoon at the pictures. Tickets are £3 to £9, depending on which cinema is showing the most interesting film. We shall talk about the film together over tea afterwards. Contact Anna for film title, venue and time - or check the WF U3A website - from Thursday, 9th August.
Please note cinema visits will now be on the second Tuesday of the month
Classical Studies
Mon Jul 30th Presentations so far planned will be on on Chinese Porcelain, the Grand Canal and Chinggis Khan (room for another). We've decided to carry on with Ancient China after the August break and chosen so far for September are Chinese poetry, Opium, and Women in Ancient China. It seems likely that enthusiasm will carry us though October as well. After that we may return to the Roman World and tackle a subject high on our last questionnaire results: Pompeii and Herculaneum. Well travelled topic perhaps, but ever popular.
Film Club
10am Schindler's List A stark, no holds barred and dramatic adaptation of Thomas Keneally’s novel. Oskar Schindler’s operation to supply the Nazi war effort led him to be the unexpected saviour of more than a thousand Jewish factory workers in Poland.Winner of seven Oscars. NB running time over three hours.
Open to all but booking essential (from 10th July) with Steve by phone, text or email.
10am Etre et Avoir A documentary unfolds in a one-room school in a small rural community among the mountains and farmland of the Auvergne. Thirteen pupils aged from four to twelve are taught by one class teacher, fifty five year old Georges Lopez. He handles the various personality clashes, domestic crises and learning difficulties with care and professionalism. With eight international awards. Sub-titles.
Open to all but booking essential (from 7th August) with Steve by phone, text or email.
Gardening Club
Fri Jul 20th GARDEN VISIT Gardening Club members only please
2:00-4:00pm. Visit to Barbara's garden and allotment in Chingford Road. Phone 020 8523 1960 to book a place.
Wed Aug 22nd GARDEN VISIT Gardening Club members only please
2:00-4:00pm Visit to Teresa's garden in Courtland Avenue. Phone 07518 040 125 to book a place.