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 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.
The 2019 Agenda is here.
NB Tickets for the Summer Social (Beaucrees Band) will go on sale at this meeting. Cost £3.
CHAIRMAN: Barbara Humm
Thu Jun 13th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
Chairman: Barbara Humm
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.
Thu Jul 11th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
Chairman: tba
Tue Jul 16th Our summer social. A musical afternoon with The Beaucrees Band. Admission by ticket only and we expect them to sell quickly. They will cost £3 this year and they will go on sale at the AGM.
PLEASE NOTE that this is a live performance lasting around 90 minutes. So the meeting will wind up a bit later than usual, probably around 3:45-4:00pm This may be important for members when arranging their transport home.
Tea/coffee and cake will be served during the music and are included in the price.
Tue Aug 20th "The Ukulele Sensation" A humorous talk on playing the ukulele 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
Thu Jun 6th COACH TRIP to Greys Court, an NT property near Henley on Thames. Lunch is included on this trip (at a cost of £10). Overall cost to U3A members who are also NT members is £21 (coach, house & lunch). U3A but not NT members pay £31.40. Non-U3A members will be charged £4 on top of those prices. Booking forms are available from Barbara and you must include both your pick-up point (there are 4 this time) AND your lunch choices.
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". There is a huge programme drawn from a broad range of subjects including Art, Current Affairs, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Science and Travel. It includes 27 different talks, 5 workshops and 6 guided walks around the City of London. For DETAILED PROGRAMME and BOOKING FORM click here on London Region Summer School.
Places are likely to fill quickly so you're advised to move smartly.
Attendance can be for one, two or three days. Cost is £38 per day with refreshments and a cold buffet lunch included.
Other Events
Sun May 26th FREE CONCERT at St Barnabas Church, St Barnabas Road, E17 8JZ at 4pm. Musicians-without- borders song, poetry and art connecting cultures. Free but donations to charity are requested.
Sat Jun 8th
→Sun Jun 9th
Visit gardens not normally open to the public. Advance Tickets on sale to the public now. Look up Open Squares Weekend on the internet to book and for a list of all the gardens you can visit.
Wed Jul 24th An Occasional Outing to the Thames Barrier.
BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED but check with Barbara about any cancellations or spare places. The cost per head depends on the number of bookings taken. So the more members who book, the less the per capita cost. There is also the option of booking a drink and a slice of cake for an extra £4.50. The trip will include a talk about the Thames Barrier lasting about an hour, entrance to the Information Centre, and then outside to visit the barrier. Don't forget your camera.

Meet at 10:15am at the DLR station at Stratford. There is a coffee shop by the barrier there so we can have a cup of coffee before leaving.
19th Century Literature
Fri May 31st Charles Dickens Our Mutual Friend (nearing the end)
Book Club
Tue May 28th "Darwin comes to Town." by Menno Schilthuizen
Tue Jun 25th "An Officer and a Spy." by Richard Harris
Cinema Visits
Tue Jun 11th 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, 6th June.
Classical Studies
Mon May 27th Yes it's a Bank Holiday Monday but we'll be meeting as usual. We'll be starting to read Homer's Odyssey, which will probably take us many months and in a sense will take up from where we left off several years ago, reading the Iliad. The tale of a wandering hero at last returning home, which features in many cultures and which has always been the archetypal story behind so many others, right up to the present day. Not only the story of Odysseus but also of his wife, Penelope and his son, Telemachus. We'll be reading aloud from the Robert Fagles translation but, as with the Iliad, we shall pause sometimes to look at other versions and to examine Homer's style. So there's no 'set book'. Feel free to use one you already have or buy a new one.
Film Club
10am Red Sparrow
A spy thriller set in modern day Russia. A famed Russian ballerina forced by injury to retire, becomes in multiple plots of blackmail (by the SVR – which we would better know as the KGB), gangsters, threats of murder and conspiracies. Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling and Mary-Louise Parker. Open to all but booking essential (from and not before 11th June) with Steve by phone, text or email.
Garden Club
Fri Jun 14th Visit to Barbara H's garden 2-4pm. Garden Club members only and please phone her to book a place on 020 8923 1960
Wed Jun 19th Visit to Barbara B's garden 2-4pm. Garden Club members only and please phone her to book a place on 020 8559 3827.
Wed Jul 3rd Visit to Evelyn's garden 2-4pm. Garden Club members only and please phone her to book a place on 020 8527 1823.
Wed Jul 17th Visit to Yvonne's garden 2-4pm. Garden Club members only and please phone her to book a place on 020 8529 3732.