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.

We're looking for a few members willing to do a 5-minute spot at our Christmas Social on 17th December. If you would like to sing a song, play a tune or do a recitation, get in touch with Barbara who is organising the programme now. Tickets for the Social £3.00 each (see below).

Do you need a 2020 U3A Diary? You can buy these online at any time direct from the national U3A shop at https://www.u3a.org.uk/resources/shop/. The cost is £3.75. Colour this year is purple!

The Committee has 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@u3a.org.uk. Committee members' emails 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.

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
Thu Dec 12th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
Chairman: Richard Rossington
Tue Dec 17th Our Christmas Social (Chairman/Master of Ceremonies: Barbara Humm)
PLEASE NOTE THAT this is a TICKET-ONLY EVENT and therefore not suitable for Visitors.
Tickets will be available at the October and November meetings at a cost of £3 a head. Numbers are limited to to 120. If you can't get to a meeting send a cheque for £3.00 to 1 Ravenswood Road, E17 9LY
BUT N.B. cheques MUST be made payable to Waltham Forest U3A and NOT to our Treasurer personally.
Thu Jan 16th 2020 COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
Chairman: Barbara Humm
Tue Jan 21st 2020 The scheduled talk on'Music Hall & variety portraits' has been cancelled because the David has decided to retire from public speaking. We already have a replacement booked and details will follow shortly.
Thu Feb 13th 2020 COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
Chairman: Trevor Farnes
Tue Feb 18th 2020 The interesting Life and career of Govan Mbecki (1910-2001), the South African politician and colleague of Nelson Mandela. Talk given by his daughter-in-law, Dot Lewis.
Thu Mar 12th 2020 COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
Chairman: Lesley Searle
Tue Mar 17th 2020 Talk by Pamela Wigley about her Life and colourful career as a Bluebell Girl.
Tue Apr 21st 2020 Always popular Charlie Haylock. This time he will be talking about English surnames.
Tue May 19th 2020 Guide dogs for the blind Elizabeth Abbott, accompanied by Yeoman.
Tue Jun 16th 2020 Claire Desenclos will be giving a talk and films about her animated puppets
Study Days
Thu Nov 21st George Eliot at 200
Do you remember Sir Ben Kingsley playing Silas Marner on TV? How about Andrew Davies' versions of Middlemarch with Juliet Aubrey and Rufus Sewell, or Daniel Deronda with Romola Garai, Hugh Dancy and Hugh Bonneville? Maybe you've read her books anyway and would like to know more about the wonderful George Eliot, born 200 years ago next month?
This is an afternoon of informal panel discussions featuring a variety of experts and enthusiasts including audience Q&A. 1:30 - 5:30pm at Senate House in Bloomsbury. Costs £20 or £10 (concessions) Click on George Eliot for more details of how to book.
Wed Nov 20th Another meeting at Walthamstow Wetlands when we will be exploring further areas of the site. Please meet at the café at 11.00 a.m.
Book Club
Tue Nov 26th Lion by Saroo Brierly
Tue Dec 3rd Social meeting for Group members only
Tue Jan 28th 2020 Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Cinema Visits
Tue Dec 10th Tickets are £3 to £9 depending on which cinema is showing the most interesting film. We can talk about the film afterwards over a cup of tea. All are welcome. Contact Anna for film title and venue from Thursday 5th December (or check these web pages around the same date).
Epping Forest Walks
Tue Dec 10th A walk around Chingford Golf course (on the edge of the Forest). Meet at Chingford Bus Station at 1:30pm. Please wear suitable footwear. You need to be able to walk at a reasonable pace. They usually last about one and a half hours and we have refreshments at the end. No regular membership of this group. Just turn up and introduce yourself to Alan or Jeanne.
Family History 1
Thu Feb 13th 2020 PLEASE NOTE There will be no meetings in December or January.
Look forward to seeing you all again today, 13th February.
Film Club
10am Babette's Feast A Parisian refugee woman with a secret arrives in a remote Danish village and the tight knit community begrudgingly lets her in, providing shelter and work. When the village patriarch dies Babette insists on preparing a feast in his honour, with far reaching consequences.
Open to all but booking is essential (from and not before 12th November) with Steve by phone, text or email. Please do let Steve know in advance if you intend to come – please don’t just turn up. This helps the host and there are occasions when it is necessary to turn people away when we are over-subscribed.
10am Wipers Times. In World War I Captain Fred Roberts edited an unofficial and satirical trench magazine, in an attempt to distract from the horrors of Ypres. There’s lots of gallows humour but a general resistance to The General Staff and the enemy. This is the story of the Wipers (as the average Tommy knew it) Times.
Open to all but booking essential (from and not before 10th December) with Steve by phone, text or email. Please don't just turn up as numbers are strictly limited and we sometimes have to turn away people who are not booked in.
London Ambles
Fri Nov 29th An amble around Festive Crews Hill Meet as usual at Walthamstow Central Station at 10am. Group members only please.
Poetry Reading
Tue Dec 3rd Topic is Shopping
Remarkable Women
Wed Dec 4th Topic is Queens
Walking London
Wed Nov 27th We will walk from Kings Cross Station to the Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square. It will take about 2 hours. There is a charge of £9 for entry to the museum. A small donation of 90p added to your admission price will enable the museum to claim Gift Aid on both ticket and donation.
All are welcome but please ring Val to let her know you are coming.
NOTE that there is NO WALK in December.