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? Jo has organised 30 places on 6th December at the Royal Oak on Kings Head Hill for any members who would like to go. It costs £19.95 for a 3-course meal plus coffee and a mince pie. Contact her direct (or at the November Monthly Meeting) to find out if there are places remaining and choose from the menu.

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 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: Maureen Walker
Tue Dec 18th Christmas Social. Admission by ticket only. £2 (and selling fast). If you'd like to perform a song, read a poem or play an instrument (5-10 minute slots) contact Barbara with the details.
CHAIRMAN: Dorritt Okoye.
Tue Jan 15th 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: Richard Rossington
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: Christine Farnes
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: Trevor Farnes
Tue Apr 16th More Secrets of a Crossword Setter Tim Moorey returns to give us an update on his very popular previous talk.
CHAIRMAN: Lesley Searle
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.
Social Events
Thu Dec 6th U3A Christmas Lunch at the Royal Oak on Kings Head Hill, North Chingford. Three course meal plus coffee and a mince pie for £19.95. Contact Jo to find out if any places are still available.
Mon Jan 14th
→Sun Feb 3rd
FREE Digital Skills course, run by Borough of Waltham Forest. Tuesdays 10am - 12 noon for 5 weeks at Methodist Church, New Road, E4. Just turn up before 10am on the first day to register. Further information from feroz.khan@walthamforest.gov.uk.
Similar course starts Tuesday 26 February at same venue, also for 5 weeks.
Other Events
Courtauld Impressionists. At the National Gallery. Reduced price of £7.50 for groups of ten or more. If you would like to accompany Barbara to this exhibition please contact her as she needs to have definite numbers to book tickets. Meet at Walthamstow Central Station at 10am.
Sat Nov 24th Waltham Forest AgeUK Fundraising Quiz Night. 7pm at St Teresa's Church Hall, Station Road, E4 7EN. £10 each including a fish and chip supper. Please contact Arlene Williams on 8558 5512 to book a place.
Thu Dec 6th Waltham Forest AgeUK Annual General Meeting
10:00am, with refreshments from 9:30am and afterwards until 12:30pm.
Waltham Forest Resource Hub (North), 58 Hall Lane, Chingford, E4 8EU.
Please let them know if you plan to come.
Thu Dec 13th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
CHAIRMAN: Maureen Walker
Thu Jan 10th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
CHAIRMAN: Dorritt Okoye
Thu Feb 14th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
Chairman: Richard Rossington
Thu Mar 14th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
Chairman: Chris Farnes
Thu Apr 11th COMMITTEE MEETING 10am Winchester Road
Chairman: Trevor Farnes
19th Century Literature
Fri Nov 30th Jane Austen 'Sense & Sensibility'
Book Club
Tue Nov 27th 'Season of darkness' by Maureen Jennings.
Tue Dec 11th Book planning meeting
Cinema Visits
Tue Dec 11th 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 by phone or email for film title, venue and time - or check this WFU3A website from Thursday, 6th December.
Classical Studies
Mon Nov 26th NB NO MEETING IN OCTOBER because of building work.
In November we have Chinese Opium; the legend of Prester John (turned up while we were on the Silk Road) and Women in Ancient China. There may also be time for playing a bit of Ancient Chinese music while we eat stollen and mince pies (yes it'll be our 'Christmas' meeting, given that we don't meet in December. Strewth...)
Epping Forest Walks
Tue Dec 11th NO WALK in December
Family History 1
Thu Jan 10th This will be our first meeting on our new day; the second Thursday of the month. Time is unchanged (10:30-12:30)
Note: NO MEETING in December.
Film Club
10am 'Churchill'. In the days leading up to D-Day Churchill is almost overwhelmed by doubts, fears and a feeling of having a marginalised role in the war effort. Has he become irrelevant and are events beyond his control? Open to all but booking essential (from 13th November) with Steve by phone or text or email.
10am 'Nashville'. Directed by Robert Altman and intertwining the lives of two dozen characters, navigating life, music and politics with a blend of country and western, comedy and tragedy. Dating from 1975. Open to all but booking essential (from 11th December) with Steve by phone, text or email.
London Ambles & Outings
Fri Nov 30th A Festive Winter Wander. Meet Maureen at Liverpool St Station at 10.15am. Members of this group only please.
Remarkable Women
Wed Dec 5th Women comedians and entertainers.
NO MEETING in January.
Walking London
Wed Nov 28th A short walk as we intend to visit the Museum of Sir John Soane, famous architect and collector. Also, if there is time, we hope to visit the Silver Vaults in Chancery Lane. The walk and tour will take approximately 2/2.5 hours. If you wish to join us please phone Ramila or Val. Meet at Liverpool Street Station at 10.30am.