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.

Details of the monthly talks for 2019 are now posted. They look really good - some new speakers and some we've asked back as they were so enjoyable.

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.

SPECIAL NOTICE: During 2018/19 the role of WFU3A Chairman will rotate each month: each Committee member will take a turn. 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.

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 2019 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 Feb 19th Never Again. Jeremy Cameron will be talking about his walk from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul, about which he's written a book too.
CHAIRMAN: Christine Farnes
Tue Mar 19th Living, Loving and Stress. How to cope with the everyday demands of today's society. Vic Botterill is a retired police officer and he will be talking about life lessons learned from his career. Should be a fascinating perspective?
CHAIRMAN: Trevor Farnes
Tue Apr 16th More Secrets of a Crossword Setter Tim Moorey returns to give us an update on his very popular previous talk.
CHAIRMAN: Lesley Searle
Tue May 21st 2019 AGM will be followed by a short talk by Gaye Illsley from AgeUK. She is going to demystify Lasting Power of Attorney and the various aspects of it. One of those things you keep meaning to get around to? You will also have the chance to set up a subsequent private one-to-one session in your home if you'd like that.
Tue Jun 18th Steve Welsh City of London. Steve is an official guide on walks in London and he comes to us on the recommendation of a WFU3A Group Leader who has heard him speak locally.
Tue Jul 16th Our summer social. A musical afternoon with The Beaucrees Band
Tue Aug 20th "The Ukelele Sensation" A humorous talk on playing the ukelele by Mark Walsh.
Tue Sep 17th My Family and other Setbacks. Mel Rees takes a light-hearted look at life, families and parents who look set to outlive you! This talk will reflect the pains of growing up, marrying and raising children. They leave home but unfortunately not your wallet.
Tue Oct 15th My life in Gardening. A talk by ex Royal Gardener and RHS judge, Jim Buttress.
Tue Nov 19th Smuggling days and smuggling ways. The amazing story of Smuggling in the 18th and 19th centuries, as told by Mark Lewis.
Tue Dec 17th Our Christmas Social
Fri Feb 15th The Museum of Methodism at John Wesley House, near Liverpool St Station. Admission is free although donations are welcome. They like to be warned that a group is coming so they can make sure we enjoy our visit. So please let Barbara know by Friday 8th February if you would like to come.
Summer Schools
Tue Jul 23rd
→Thu Jul 25th
London Region Summer School
at St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet St., EC4Y 8EQ (non-residential). Near Blackfriars Underground station.
General theme is "Celebration of the Sea". Programme drawn from a broad range of subjects including Art, Current Affairs, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Science and Travel. Will include 27 different talks, 5 workshops and 6 guided walks around the City of London.
Attendance can be for one, two or three days. Cost is £38 per day with refreshments and a cold buffet lunch included.
Register now for programme details to be sent to you direct in February. Email Chris Feldman at ccris@waitrose.com
Online and postal booking will be launched mid February via the London Region website at https://u3asites.org.uk/london-region/events.
Other Events
Sun Feb 10th Forest Philharmonic concert at Walthamstow Assembly Hall. 6:30pm. Programme is Elgar Cello Concerto and Bruckner Symphony No. 7. Concessions are £10 in the stalls and £14 in the balcony. tickets@forestphilharmonic.org.uk or buy at the door.
Thu Feb 14th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
Chairman: Richard Rossington
Tue Feb 26th another FREE 5-week Digital skills course run by LB Waltham Forest. 10am- midday at South Chingford Methodist Church, New Road E4.
Just turn up before 10am on the first day of this course to register. Further information from feroz.khan@walthamforest.gov.uk
Thu Mar 14th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
Chairman: Chris Farnes
Thu Apr 11th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
Chairman: Trevor Farnes
19th Century Literature
Fri Jan 25th Today we'll be watching a home screening of the DVD of the film The Man Who Invented Christmas.
Fri Feb 22nd By popular vote we will be embarking on Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
Book Club
Tue Feb 26th "The Road to Little Dribbling" by Bill Bryson.
Tue Mar 26th "Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine" by Gail Honeyman
Cinema Visits
Tue Feb 12th 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 can talk about the film together over tea afterwards. Contact Anna for film title, venue and time - or check this website from Thursday, 7th February.
Classical Studies
Mon Jan 28th All about Chinese Opium and GB's culpability; Powerful Ancient Chinese Women; Ancient Chinese Music; Planning for 2019.
Epping Forest Walks
Tue Feb 12th A walk around Fisher's Green. Meet at 1:30 at Hayes Hill Farm carpark. (Take right hand fork to the Farm at Stubbins Hall Lane.) Lasts about one-and-a half-hours at a reasonable pace, with refreshments at the end. Contact Jeanne if you need a lift. If the weather is bad, ring her to find out if the walk is going ahead or not. Please wear suitable footwear. There is no regular membership of this group - just turn up and introduce yourself.
Film Club
10am '84 Charing Cross Road'. A film about books and the love of books. The true story of NY writer Helene Hanff’s decades long correspondence, beginning just after WWII, with a London bookseller as she tries to get hold of English classics unobtainable locally. A long distance deep transatlantic friendship develops. Stars Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins.
Open to all but booking essential (from 12th February) with Steve by phone, text or email.
London Ambles & Outings
Fri Jan 25th a Walk with Shakespeare. Meet at Liverpool St Station at 10:15am. Group members only please.
Poetry Reading
Tue Feb 5th Poets with surnames beginning G, H or I
Remarkable Women
Wed Feb 6th Women Entertainers/comediennes
Singing for Fun 1
Wed Feb 13th Details of music to bring will be notified before the day.
Walking London
Wed Jan 30th We will walk the area around Euston Square and this will include a visit to the Wellcome Museum. This museum displays an unusual mixture of medical artefacts and original artworks, exploring "ideas about connections between medicine, life and art." The walk and visit will take approximately two hours. If you wish to join us please ring Ramila or Val to secure a place.