Waltham Forest


SPECIAL NOTICE June 2019. Your Committee has now had the usual post-AGM meeting at which we have to agree the officers and responsibilities for 2019-2020. There are very few changes and full details will be in the next Newsletter. But two things merit a mention here. Firstly, our new Treasurer is Trevor Farnes. He has been shadowing Maureen for some months and so the changeover will be very smooth. Secondly, we have decided to continue the practice of monthly rotating the office of Chairman around the whole Committee. 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. All Committee emails are also in the Newsletter.

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.

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.

MAY 2019 UPDATE 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 Jul 16th A SELL-OUT No more tickets available
Our summer social. A musical afternoon with The Beaucrees Band. Admission by ticket only. (Chairman John Gilbert.)
PLEASE NOTE that this is a live performance lasting around 90 minutes. So the meeting will wind up a bit later than usual, probably close to 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.
Thu Aug 15th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
Chairman: John Gilbert
Tue Aug 20th "The Ukulele Sensation" A humorous talk on playing the ukulele by Mark Walsh. (Chairman Jane Harrington)
Thu Sep 12th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
Chairman: Jane Harrington
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 Barbara Humm).
Thu Oct 10th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
Chairman: Barbara Humm
Tue Oct 15th My life in Gardening. A talk by ex Royal Gardener and RHS judge, Jim Buttress. (Chairman: Maureen Walker)
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: Dorritt Okoye)
Tue Dec 17th Our Christmas Social (Chairman/Master of Ceremonies: Richard Rossington)
Thu Oct 3rd Fiddler on the Roof at the Playhouse Theatre. There are very good reports of this show and Barbara has provisionally booked 10 seats at £39.50 each (about half price).
Please let her know by 31st July 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". 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.
Tue Aug 27th
→Thu Aug 29th
The U3A National Conference and AGM.
This year's theme is Sharing Inspiring Learning. It's being held at the East Midlands Conference Centre, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RJ. As well as the usual workshops and AGM there will be leisure opportunities to join in with singing, ukulele playing, walking and many other choices. Residential and non-residential option ranging from £115 to £325. AGM-only tickets are also available.
For more details and booking go to the Events Page of the national website at https://conference.u3a.org.uk/.
Other Events
Sat Jul 20th Woodford Singers. 'Music for a Summer's Evening'. Bob Chilcott, Eric Whiteacre, John Rutter and more. 7.00pm at St Gabriel's Church, Aldersbrook Road, E12 5HH. Tickets £10 Concessions £8. Email TheWoodfordSingersUK@outlook.com. Tel: 07813475893.
Wed Jul 24th An Occasional Outing to the Thames Barrier.
BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED but check with Barbara about any cancellations. Cost is £3.50 per person, plus £4.50 for tea and cake. The cafe will be closed so you won't be able to get anything to eat unless pre-ordered. So Barbara suggests we go with this but tell her well beforehand please. Pay her in advance or on the day. £8.00 per head or £3.50 if you don't want any refreshments. Cash, or cheques payable to Waltham Forest U3A (not Barbara!)
35 people are booked in so Barbara now proposes that everyone makes their own way there. TFL suggested route is Jubilee Line from Stratford to North Greenwich and bus to Greenwich Trust School, followed by short walk to the Information Centre at Unity Way. More detailed instructions about travelling there are in this month's newsletter.
Barbara will be leaving Stratford at 10am and is happy to meet people there informally, but she won't be waiting for latecomers.
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.

Sun Jul 28th Local garden open for charity 37 Turpins Lane, Chigwell. Buses 275 or W14. Admission £4.
Mon Aug 5th Local garden open for charity 1:30pm - 5:30pm 87 St John's Road E17. Admission £3.50 Tea and cake available. A tiny garden full of ideas.
19th Century Literature
Fri Jul 26th Charles Dickens Our Mutual Friend (The End!)
Wed Jul 17th Meet in the Walthamstow Wetlands cafe at 11am.
Book Club
Tue Jul 23rd All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Tue Aug 27th NO MEETING in August
Tue Sep 24th Normal People by Sally Rooney
Cinema Visits
Tue Aug 13th 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, 8th August.
Classical Studies
Mon Jul 29th 'Homework' during July is to finish reading Book 3 of the Odyssey (we listened to the first half of it on CD). Then continue with Book 4, in which Telemachus visits Menelaus & Helen, hearing more about his father's exploits. Meanwhile Penelope discovers that her son has gone and is also in real danger of ambush by the suitors.
We'll start today's meeting with a recap on the 'story so far' including any special or favourite passages. Then we'll read Book 5 together, meeting Odysseus for the first time, detained by the nymph Calypso and miserable.
Mon Aug 26th NO MEETING in August
Epping Forest Walks
Tue Aug 13th Meet at Chingford Bus Station at 1:30pm for a walk to Highams Park Lake. Return from Highams Park Station if liked.
Please wear suitable footwear. You need to be able to walk at a reasonable pace. Walks generally last about one and a half hours, plus refreshments at the end. There is no regular membership of this group. Please just turn up and introduce yourself to Alan or Jeanne.
Film Club
The home screening for today has been cancelled. The programme is unchanged and will resume in August.
10am In America. Writer/director Jim Sheridan’s semi-autobiographical tale of an Irish family’s life in New York, seen through the eyes of two young sisters, who see adventure, love, loss and starting over in their new home. Open to all but booking essential (from and not before 13th August) with Steve by phone, text or email.
Garden Club
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.
London Ambles
Fri Jul 26th The amble will be around St James Park. Meet at Liverpool Street Station at 10:15am. GROUP MEMBERS only please.
Poetry Reading
Tue Aug 6th Topic: Insects
Remarkable Women
Wed Aug 7th Women working with animals
Walking London
Wed Aug 28th NO WALK in August