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 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 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
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. (Chairman: Chris Farnes).
Thu Oct 10th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
Chairman: Chris Farnes
Tue Oct 15th My life in Gardening. A talk by ex Royal Gardener and RHS judge, Jim Buttress. (Chairman: Dorritt Okoye)
Thu Nov 14th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
Chairman: Dorritt Okoye
Tue Nov 19th Smuggling days and smuggling ways. The amazing story of Smuggling in the 18th and 19th centuries, as told by Mark Lewis. (Chairman: Richard Rossington)
Thu Dec 12th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
Chairman: Richard Rossington
Tue Dec 17th Our Christmas Social (Chairman/Master of Ceremonies: Barbara Humm)
Thu Oct 3rd Fiddler on the Roof at the Playhouse Theatre. There are very good reports of this show and Barbara has booked seats at £39.50 each (about half price). The closing date was 31 July but contact Barbara direct if you are interested in cancellations.
19th Century Literature
Fri Sep 27th The Hound of the Baskerville. The Life and Times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Wed Sep 18th Meeting at Fishers Green, Waltham Abbey. Meet at 11.00 a.m. at Lee Valley Farms Car Park opposite the café off Stubbins Lane (SAT NAV E9 2EF). This is a FREE car park. Please be aware that if you use the Fishers Green Car Park there is a charge (£1 per hour or £2.50 for more than one hour) and a camera to make sure that you do. Please contact Jackie for more information or help with transport.
Book Club
Tue Sep 24th Normal People by Sally Rooney
Tue Oct 22nd Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
Tue Nov 26th Becoming by Michelle Obama
Cinema Visits
Tue Oct 8th 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 WFU3A website - from Thursday, 3rd October.
Classical Studies
Mon Sep 30th Everyone will have read Books 6 and 7 during the break, in which Odysseus is washed up on the shore of the Phaeacians and meets Nausicaa. We will be reading Book 8 together and probably dipping into the Simon Armitage play again too.
Film Club
10am Caught. Classic dark noir. Idealistic Leonora is looking for the dream life and believes she’s found it when introduced to a suave millionaire. He is not what he seems as she discovers once she marries him. Can the caring doctor who she turns to be her saviour? Barbara Bel Geddes, James Mason and Robert Ryan star. Open to all but booking essential (from and not before 10th September) with Steve by phone, text or email.
10am Jackie. Natalie Portman features as the widow of President Kennedy. This film biography follows her life from the time of the assassination to the funeral as an intrusive media circles about her. She tries to protect her children and keep her faith. Open to all but booking essential (from and not before 8th October) with Steve by phone, text or email.
Knit and Natter
This is an extra meeting which replaces the one due on September 26th which was cancelled.
The normal October one will also take place on schedule (31st October).
Thu Sep 26th Meetings resume today
Walking London
Wed Sep 25th A walk in Greenwich is planned. Details soon.