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 always available online (with some personal details removed for privacy reasons.) Click on the live link at the start of this paragraph, or go to the Welcome page and look to the list on the right there.

Please check that we have your correct email address if you like to have newsletter (and U3A news items) 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 Jun 19th DABS & DNA Detects Criminals Presentation from Chris Truran (retired Police Crime Scene Examiner). From the first burglar being arrested using fingerprints to the development and use of DNA in 1984.
Tue Jul 17th Summer Social Reinstated this year! As well as the usual tea and cake there will be a quiz with a difference. Barbara will present excerpts from old radio comedy programmes as well as other items. Tickets will be FREE (instead of £2) as we are using more of a recent donation in memory of a member. BUT numbers have to be limited and so admission is still by ticket only. Tickets will be available at the May and June monthly meetings. If you have special dietary needs please tell us when you book your ticket.
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.
Wed Jun 6th Theatre trip to a matinee of 42nd Street, organised by Barbara. All tickets are sold but you can contact Barbara nearer the time if you are interested in a cancellation.
Sat Jun 9th Roots & Shoots (local gardening group) are organising an outing to Pashley Manor in Sussex. Pick-up points Higham Hill Library, North Countess Road, or layby by Bunnings (used to be Homebase) in Forest Road. Cost is only £20. Barbara can take bookings.
Thu Jun 28th Coach outing to Standen House and Garden (near East Grinstead). We will start selling tickets at the March, April & May general meetings until they are all sold. Or you can email Stephanie. The cost of the coach fare for WFU3A members is being subsidised using a generous donation given in 2017. So they will only pay £10 for the coach and if they are also NT members they will get into the House free. Entry to the House for non NT members is £10.50 and non WFU3A members will pay £15 for the coach.
Stout shoes are recommended. Some paths are very steep and there are no handrails on the garden steps. But some of the gardens are on the flat. Lots of different William Morris wallpapers and fabrics in the house and the drawing room boasts a 'photographed' floor.
This trip is proving very popular and we have had to book a larger coach. Contact Stephanie direct to find out about any remaining space or cancellations.
Summer Schools
Mon Jun 18th
→Thu Jun 21st
South East Region Summer School at the University of Chichester. Details are on the South East Region page of the national website. Courses include knitting, Parham House & Harbour, Jazz, the Joy of Maths, Mah Jong for beginners, Bridge refresher and Ukelele.
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 May 25th Life and Times of Thomas Hardy. In preparation for Far from the Madding Crowd
Cinema Visits
Thu Jun 7th Welcome one and all. Spend the afternoon at the pictures. Tickets are £3 to £9, depending on which cinema is showing the most interesting film. We can talk about the film together over tea afterwards. Contact David for film title, venue and time - or check this page from Thursday, May 31st.
Film Club
10am Walk the Line. A chronicle of country music singer Johnny Cash’s life, based on his own account. A fraught childhood, early days on an Arkansas cotton farm, writing songs whilst in the air force and then hitting the road with Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis where he met June Carter a woman he pursued for years. Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix star. Open to all but booking essential (from 5th June) with Steve by phone, text or email.
Garden Studies
Wed Jun 13th COMBINED VISIT with Gardening Club to Theobalds Farmhouse Garden, Burnt Farm Ride, Crews Hill, Enfield EN29DY. 2:00pm Garden Tour plus tea and cakes.
Gardening Club
Wed Jun 13th COMBINED VISIT with Garden Studies Group to Theobalds Farmhouse Garden, Burnt Farm Ride, Crews Hill, Enfield EN29DY. 2:00pm Garden Tour plus tea and cakes.
Wed Jul 4th GARDEN VISIT Gardening Club members only please
2:00-4:00pm Visit to Evelyn's garden in Selwyn Avenue. Phone 020 8527 1823 to book a place.
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.
Remarkable Women
Wed Jun 6th Women behind famous men
Wed Jul 4th Charity Organization Founders