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.

LATEST NEWS: Details of the monthly talks for the first 6 months of 2019 are now posted. They look really good - some new speakers and some we've asked back as they were so enjoyable.

Christmas Lunch? Yes we have to start planning NOW. Jo is willing to organise one at the Royal Oak on Kings Head hill for those members who would like to go - either in December or January. It should cost £19.95 for a 3-course meal plus coffee and a mince pie. She will be handing out menus and collecting deposits (£5) at the October meeting. Or contact her direct to put your name down.

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 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.

Recently revised 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. During November all the classes are FREE, as part of Digital Inclusion Month. 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 Oct 16th History of Cartoons, from William Hogarth to Private Eye. Presented by Ian Keable.
CHAIRMAN: Lesley Searle
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.
CHAIRMAN: Barbara Humm
Tue Dec 18th Christmas Social. Admission by ticket only.
CHAIRMAN: Maureen Walker
Tue Jan 22nd That's a wrap. Steve Lester's personal reminiscences, lifting the 'smoke and mirrors' of the world of TV and film work. Steve gave us a great talk on the Titanic last year.
CHAIRMAN: Doritt Okoye
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: Richard Rossington
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: Christine Farnes
Tue Apr 16th More Secrets of a Crossword Setter Tim Moorey returns to give us an update on his very popular previous talk.
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.
Wed Oct 10th "Strictly Ballroom" at the Piccadilly Theatre. This show is based on the very funny Australian film about ballroom dancing competitions. It promises to be colourful, entertaining and full of great music. Barbara has booked 25 Circle tickets for the matinee, at £39.50 each. Please let her know by the 22nd September if you would like to go.
Fri Oct 12th VISIT TO EMERY WALKER'S HOUSE. This is an Arts & Crafts house that has been preserved with all its original features and furnishings. It is at 7 Hammersmith Terrace W6 and backs onto the river. Emery Walker was a close friend and adviser of William Morris. A tour has been arranged for 10 people at a cost of £10 a head at 12 noon (takes an hour). We will find somewhere nearby for lunch afterwards.
THIS IS FULLY BOOKED but contact Barbara to go on the waiting list in case somebody backs out or is unable to go on the day.
Fri Nov 2nd MUSEUM OF LONDON Photographic exhibition "London at Night" Barbara is organising a trip at special rate of £6 a head (rather than £10). Please contact her if you would be interested.
Study Days
Sat Oct 20th U3A LONDON REGION Music Day. Venue: Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG (adjacent to King's Cross station). Time 10:15am (registration) until 4pm. Cost £20. The programme will feature both classical and popular music. Programme and application form available from Barbara or direct from U3A LR.
Other Events
Thu Oct 11th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
CHAIRMAN: Jane Harrington
Thu Nov 15th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
CHAIRMAN: Lesley Searle
Thu Dec 13th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
CHAIRMAN: Barbara Humm
Thu Jan 10th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
CHAIRMAN: Maureen Walker
19th Century Literature
Fri Sep 28th Thomas Hardy and also Jane Austen, in preparation for ‘Sense and Sensibility’
Book Club
Tue Sep 25th "Sapiens: a brief history of humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari. Part 2.
Tue Oct 9th "The disclaimer" by Renee Knight.
Tue Oct 23rd "Dr. Thorne" by Anthony Trollope. Part 1
Tue Nov 6th "Dr. Thorne" by Anthony Trollope. Part 2
Tue Nov 27th "Season of darkness" by Maureen Jennings.
Tue Dec 11th Book planning meeting
Tue Oct 2nd NO MEETING IN SEPTEMBER. Next one is today, 2nd October
Cinema Visits
Tue Oct 9th 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 the WFU3A website - from Thursday, 4th October.
Classical Studies
Mon Sep 24th After our usual August break we return to our study of Ancient China. Topics coming up include several 'arts' subjects: Chinese Silk, Chinese Jade, and Chinese poetry. We will also be taking a first look at women in Ancient China and following up the legend of Prester John, who has come up in connection with the Silk Road and the Mongols. Still lots of enthusiasm and the list of potential topics continues to grow. Will possibly keep us going until Christmas. Contact Jane if you have more ideas.
Epping Forest Walks
Tue Oct 9th Meet at 1:30pm at the bottom of Friday Hill, by Chingdale Road, for a walk around Highams Park Lake. The walk will probably last about 1 and 1/2 hours and at the end we will visit the new Tea Room for refreshments. Please wear suitable footwear. You need to be able to walk well and at a reasonable pace. There is no regular membership of this group - just turn up. For further information ring Jeanne or Alf.
Film Club
10am One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. McMurphy (played by Jack Nicholson) thinks a mental home will be a better option than prison, but the oppressive regime of Nurse Ratched proves hard to bear. He leads a rebellion among the patients. An intense drama with moments of humour. Open to all but booking essential (from 9th October) with Steve by phone, text or email.
Gardening Club
Wed Oct 24th 2.00pm. Visit to the William Morris Gallery for The Enchanted Garden exhibition.
NOTE: This is instead of the usual October meeting
London Ambles & Outings
Fri Sep 28th Meet at Liverpool Street Station at 10:15am for a walk around the City looking at sculptures and churches. Group members only please.
Poetry Reading
Tue Oct 9th Poets with surnames beginning D, E or F.
Remarkable Women
Wed Oct 3rd Campaigners for Equality
Walking London
Wed Sep 26th The heart of legal London. A walk around the Inns of Court. Meet at Liverpool Street Station at 10.30am. If you are interested in coming please contact Ramila or Val. No fixed membership - first come first served until limit reached.