Waltham Forest


OUR AGM is scheduled for Tuesday 18th August. We are planning to hold it online via zoom and many of you have confirmed that you can use zoom, or are learning to do so with Dorritt's help. Please contact the Committee if you haven't already replied to the general email message that went out but would like to join in. We would heartily welcome you. We really want to be quorate and complete our business correctly.

Documentation for the AGM will be sent out in good time to ALL our paid-up members, either electronically or by post. We are also investigating the possibility of sending you a postal vote if possible. More details will appear here. The AGM is also mentioned in the June newsletter (Welcome page).

Waltham Forest U3A normally 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.

HOWEVER During the COVID-19 Lockdown Methodist Church UK have directed that the Hall premises must be closed until further notice. There will be no Church Services being held there & all lettings of the premises, including to WFU3A of course, must cease with immediate effect. So there will be no more meetings for the foreseeable future. SEE the June newsletter (on the Welcome page) for current information.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS: Renewals were due by the end of March and everyone will once again have to fill in a form. Please complete both sides (including the tick boxes) and remember to sign it.
Membership fee remains at £17 for one person and £27 for two people at the same address. Cheques should be made payable to Waltham Forest U3A.

COVID-19 has meant that renewals have to be done by post this year. You can download and print off a form from the CONTACT page of this website, or ask Vicky or Ruth to send you one. When sending in your completed form and cheque, please enclose an SAE for your membership car. Contact them via phone, email membership@wfu3a.org.uk, or use the CONTACT page on this website.

Last year the Committee decided to continue the practice of monthly rotating the office of Chairman. Although meetings are no longer taking place due to the COVID-19 crisis, 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. This also applies to the generic Chairman's email account at chairman@wfu3a.org.uk. You can email that any time as well. And finally, Committee members' email addresses are in the Newsletter too.

If you're not yet a member but thinking of joining us 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 with a cheque.

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. At the moment it may be the only reliable way of distributing it. But every month Vicky gets a few 'failure' notices that she can't trace.

Dates for your Diary
We had to cancel our 2020 AGM on 19th May due to the COVID-19 crisis. Our constitution requires us to hold it within 15 months of the 2019 one and this is the last date which complies with that and with our Charity Commission obligations. Further details are above and in the June newsletter. Our membership secretary also contacted all of you who have email to ask if you would participate in this online AGM.
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 History of Spoken English Part 2.
Tue Dec 15th OUR CHRISTMAS SOCIAL. Remember that admission is for members only and by ticket bought in advance.