Welcome to all our members and website visitors!

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a voluntary, self-help organisation located throughout the UK and overseas. It is run for and by people who want to keep active in mind and body when they are no longer working full time. It is about involvement in learning new things, expanding horizons, sharing skills and experiences, making new friends, helping others to learn, accepting new challenges to show that age need be no barrier to learning or to helping others to learn. And to enjoy – if it’s not fun, it’s not U3A! No entry qualifications, no examinations, just the joy of learning in a friendly environment. If we’re going to live longer, let’s make the most of it. There is no upper age limit on curiosity! We believe learning need never stop and should be a pleasure.

Announcements are shown below:
This site is regularly updated and announcements will draw your attention to what’s new – they are listed below with the most recent on top.  For general information about North London U3A, see the ABOUT US page.

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Spring Trip to North Wales

The NLU3A SPRING TRIP is going to North Wales in May 2016 (Sunday 15th to Thursday 19th). The tour, arranged by Frank Kelsall, is centred on 3 National Trust Houses (all different) and the castles of Edward 1. (See Spring Tour Itinerary for details.) As usual our point of departure and return will be East Finchley Station and our residence for the 4 nights will be the Royal Celtic Hotel in Caernarfon – on a half-board basis.Apart from the hotel and travel costs, there is an extra charge for non-National Trust members to cover entrance fees. (see Spring Tour 2016 Booking form for details.)
A PROMPT RESPONSE IS REQUESTED to secure the hotel booking in the very near future. So please give this matter your consideration ASAP.

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Extra members please – November 2015

The following groups are asking for extra members:

Improvers Bridge Fortnightly Tuesdays in Highgate at Esther Brown’s place 1400 to 1600 plus tea and coffee and biscuits afterwards can accept a few more people. Contact ebrown3441@aol.com

Supervised Bridge for Intermediate Players There are two spaces left in the group which meets fortnightly on a Wednesday from 2 – 4 in Finchley Central. Venue on main road and bus routes. Also easy parking. Please contact Angela Stern. 07753 610558. angela.stern292@btinternet.com

Meditation group Friday Mornings 11.15.to 12.15 at Blue Beetle room, St Mary’s at Finchley, Hendon Lane N3 1TR.
Our group has been established for a year now and we would welcome some more participants. We explore and experience a variety of techniques to help bring us towards a state of Meditation. We start with the breath. Meditation has many benefits including, quietening of the mind, calming of the body, better focus, clarity of thinking.
Contact: Mary Callaghan 0208 906 3105 or marycallaghan1@hotmail.co.uk

and the Carpe Diem Latin group is full, but Adele Epstein (theepsteins@hotmail.co.uk) says …
To all those members who had contacted me re the above I am sorry not to have been
able to accommodate you. If anyone of you can help by starting another group in your
home I can offer help in setting it up and pass on the names of those who would like to join.
This is exactly what it says. I started with a group of people all of whom had some
background of school Latin. We began with “Gwynne’s Latin” published by Ebury Press. Finding it rather more demanding than we were ready for we switched to the school “Cambridge Latin” available new or second-hand. We read each section and translate in turn, discuss the relevance for English and learn as we go. We are now on book 2 and are finding it is useful to now consult Mr Gwynne again. None of us is a tutor in Latin but all enjoy the opportunity of stretching our minds.

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External – Jazz for Lauderdale House Celebrated international jazz vocalist Ian Shaw is sharing his talent to celebrate Christmas in Highgate with a special fundraising performance for Lauderdale House at Dyne House, Highgate School.
Called “the single greatest male jazz vocalist Britain has to offer” by Jazz Times he’s won awards for Best Jazz Vocalist and he’s a regular at London’s top venues such as South Bank, Blackheath Concert Halls, Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Soho Jazz Club, Vortex and the Barbican. Erudite and entertaining he also presents for JazzFM, and started his career on the alternative cabaret circuit alongside stars such as Julian Clary, Rory Bremner and Jo Brand. Don’t miss this special concert!
For details see this lauderdale house web page.

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External – UCL Research Flavia Belham is a PhD student at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, under supervision of Dr Leun Otten. Her research project is about how older adults respond to different emotional stimuli. We use both behavioural and physiological measures, such as the cortical activity recorded by an electroencephalogram. We are starting a new study soon (several NLU3A members volunteered for her previous study) and will need to test participants aged over 60 years old. The whole study is safe and harmless, and the participants will be paid for their time. See the flyer ucl research advert belham for details.

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External – Camden Arts Centre In 2015 Camden Arts Centre celebrates its 50th birthday. As part of this anniversary year they will be delivering an exciting archive project over the next 6 months. Taking the archive of exhibitions materials as its focus, the Living Archive Project will work towards improving the care and management of this collection, to digitise its contents and make them accessible to more people. Through creative learning activities, participants and volunteers will work with the archive materials, reflect on and help interpret them, and share them with others.
They are now looking for local volunteers to take part in the project, helping to make the archive accessible to new audiences and help to deliver a lasting legacy. See their website: http://www.camdenartscentre.org/about/volunteer/ or contact Stephanie Sutton. Note that although thewebsite states a closing date of Friday 13 November, they can accept registration forms after this date.

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Away Day Feb 2016

Details of the February Away Day are now available. Click for more details.

and here’s a booking form.

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Far Away Day – Rochester

We will visit the ancient city of Rochester by rail on Sunday 6th December. On that weekend Rochester is hosting a Christmas Market, additionally a Dickens Festival, so there will be plenty of activity and lots to do as well as a chance to buy Christmas presents. But Rochester has a lot more to offer the visitor. The following sites are all based along or very close to the High Street: Castle, Cathedral,  17th century Guildhall Museum (free).   See the Far Away Days web page for details and booking form.

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EXTERNAL – The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace exhibitions, Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer and High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson open this Friday, 13th November, and they have a very full programme of events lined up that may be of interest. The first event, on 3rd December, is an evening with the Guardian cartoonist and graphic novelist Posy Simmonds (click here for more information), which includes a live drawing session. You can see more information about all of the other events in their digital What’s On guide here. U3A members would be eligible for their concessionary rate and for many of the events tickets can be converted to a 1-Year Pass, allowing you back into the Gallery for a whole year to see the exhibitions and attend free lunchtime lectures, talks and recitals.

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