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.

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 mauve.

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@wfu3a.org.uk. Committee members' email addresses 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. There is also a pdf on the Contact page which you can print off, complete by hand and return to Vicky by post or in person, with cheque or cash.

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
Tue Jan 21st

Anthony Barlow on The Quakers and Quaker families (Chairman: Trevor Farnes).
[The originally scheduled talk on 'Music Hall & variety portraits' was cancelled because the performer has decided to retire from public speaking]

The Committee will hold a coffee morning at 11:15am in the main hall at Winchester Road, immediately after our usual committee meeting. The idea is for new (or recently joined) members to meet the committee, other new members and some of the Group Leaders. Also to hear a bit more about the U3A in an informal setting. More details will be in the January newsletter. Put the date in your diary now if you think you might like to join us?
Thu Feb 13th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
Chairman: Trevor Farnes
Tue Feb 18th The interesting Life and career of Govan Mbeki (1910-2001), the South African politician and colleague of Nelson Mandela. Talk given by his daughter-in-law, Dot Lewis (Chairman: Lesley Searle).
Thu Mar 12th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
Chairman: Lesley Searle
Tue Mar 17th Talk by Pamela Wigley about her Life and colourful career as a Bluebell Girl.
Tue Mar 24th GROUP LEADERS' MEETING at Winchester Road.
Lesley will be sending out invitations to all Group Leaders during January 2020. Contact her if you're a leader and haven't heard anything by February.
The meeting starts at 10am and tea/coffee will be served from 9:30am.
ALL LEADERS are asked to present a brief report on their group and its activity during the previous year. A full agenda will follow nearer the time but if you would like to add an item to it, just contact Lesley direct.
There will also be a free buffet lunch after the meeting - normally sandwiches, fruit and juice.
Tue Apr 21st Always popular Charlie Haylock. This time he will be talking about English surnames.
Tue May 19th Guide dogs for the blind Elizabeth Abbott, accompanied by canine 'speaker' Yeoman. This is a briefer talk than usual because it follows our AGM.
Tue Jun 16th Claire Desenclos will be giving a talk and films about her animated puppets
Tue Jul 21st Our Summer Social and we have invited back The Beaucrees, the 1960s band who are still together and were so popular with everyone last July.
Tue Aug 18th Mark Smith will present Part 2 of his well received talk on the History of the Victoria Cross.
Tue Sep 15th The History of the Red Cross, presented by Philippa Radford-Hancock
Tue Oct 20th Ian Keable will present ‘Charles Dickens, Conjurer’ (Ian has previously spoken to us about the history of political cartoons, and also on the life and career of James Gillray).
Tue Nov 17th Charlie Haylock for a third treat. History of Spoken English Part 2.
Tue Dec 15th OUR CHRISTMAS SOCIAL. Another year ticks by!
Other Events
Sat Jan 18th Music for two pianos at Chingford Parish Church at 2:30pm. Six pianists will play duets plus music for 6, 8 and 12 hands on two pianos. £10 on the door. All proceeds to East Anglia Children's Hospices.
Wed Jan 22nd Music in the Village series. Tom Foster, virtuoso harpsichord soloist, will be giving a recital at St. Michael and All Angels church, Northcote Road E17 6PQ. Tickets £7 on the door for seniors.
Sun Jan 26th Our Fairest Queen London Viols play music from the Elizabethan era at St Barnabas Church Hall, St Barnabas Rd, E17 8JZ. Tickets are available at the door or from the website stbarnabassundayconcert.weebly.com. Donations of £10 will be requested to go to local charities.
19th Century Literature
Fri Jan 31st Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
Book Club
Tue Jan 28th Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Tue Feb 25th The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
Family History 1
Thu Feb 13th PLEASE NOTE There will be no meetings in December or January.
Look forward to seeing you all again today, 13th February.
Film Club
10am Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A young New York ‘socialite’ becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way. Very loosely based on Truman Capote’s novella. Starring Audrey Hepburn and the famous little black dress.
Open to all but booking essential (from and not before 11th February) with Steve by phone, text or email. If Steve hasn't confirmed within 36 hours please contact him again as your message may not have got through okay.
Remarkable Women
Wed Feb 5th Topic is Queens