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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Group News – February 2016

Proposed New Groups
We are looking for somebody to co-ordinate a new Art Appreciation Group. If you feel you would like to consider this, please ring Sue on 8381 4480 to discuss what this might involve.
Getting the Best Out of Medicines  Today, we’re offered all kinds of medicines by doctors, over the counter and in advertising, but how should we think about them and prepare ourselves for discussion with the professionals and each other? Dr. Andrew Herxheimer,  a physician and pharmacologist, aims to “clear the fog” and foster greater understanding to help us communicate better in our own situations and to ask the right questions. A group based on sharing experience and background reading, its goal is to gain information rather than offer specific advice.
If this interests you, please contact Candiss Waldram, New Groups Organiser. scwaldram@yahoo.com 8883 1395

Looking for extra members
If you would like to play a friendly game of Poker in North Finchley for about 2 hours monthly, please ring Val on 8445 0055.

Grandparents Talking: This newly established group (a breakaway from Barnet) can take another two or three people. We meet on the first Wednesday morning of each month at a private address in Finchley Central. Contact Estelle Phillips 8445 4499 estellep@bigfoot.com

Tuesday Drama Workshop group are looking for more members. Please ring Paul on 8350 4790

Computer Buddy Scheme This group runs a scheme to help those who are using computers but don’t feel totally confident to do so on their own. The idea is to pair a member who feels at home using a computer with someone who is not totally confident with their own skills, or who wishes to be shown some new aspect. A buddy will partner a learner and spend some time with them on the learner’s computer.
If you are a Learner, please contact either:
Carl Rose, 07968 400314, carl.rose@bigfoot.com or
Roz Davy, 07957 972941, redavy@waitrose.com.
If you are prepared to help out as a Buddy, please get in contact with either of the two above. No serious computing skills are required, just a willingness to impart your knowledge to someone with less experience.

Location or date changes
The Beginners/Improvers Bridge now meets on Wednesday mornings 10.30-12.30 at the Trees.
German conversation, Kaffeeklatsch is every first Thursday morning of the month.
The iPad Learners group now meets in the Clissold Arms, Fortis Green, on Thursdays 2.00 – 3.00. Ring Barry 8368 6421 for more information.

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Far away day – April 2016

Details of this Far Away day to the National Holocaust Centre & Museum on Tuesday 12th April are now available on the Far Away Day web page.

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Spring Study tour – Update

NLU3A SPRING STUDY TOUR (Sunday 15th May – Thursday 19th May) still has few a places available. We are visiting North Wales with its spectacular scenery and its heritage of history and myth, science and industry, art and architecture. We are now staying at Bangor University Management Centre (4*, Grade II listed) and will be visiting places of diverse interest either side of the picturesque Menai Strait: to include 2 castles of Edward I; the home of Waterloo hero, the Marquess of Anglesey; The National Slate Museum; Wales’ biggest art collection; and the Great Orme headland. There will be the opportunity to either go up Snowdon or go into the Electric Mountain! You can also wander round the towns of Conwy, Caernarfon, Llandudno and Bangor. See a detailed Itinerary here, also a BookingForm.

Come with us once and you will always want to come on the NLU3A Spring Tour!

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National U3A events Spring 2016

Visit our summary page of National U3A events to see what is on this spring, and the latest (28 Jan) information about the national Summer Schools.

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London region events – Spring and Summer 2016

Tuesday 5th April 2016
The London Region of U3As, in partnership with the British Film Institute, is celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death through music and film, at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London SE1.  Click here for more details.

Tue Apr 12th to Thu Apr 14th  EASTER CONFERENCE, 2016
The U3A branch, U3A in London,  holds an Easter Conference. This year it is based on the theme The Impact of Migration. The conference is open to all U3A members. Click here for details and for an application form.

The South East U3A Forum Summer School will be held at the University of Chichester from Monday 27 June to Thursday 30 June 2016. Fifteen courses are being offered and the prices are unchanged from 2015.  Click here for more details.


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Grandparents Talking group – external speaker

The new Grandparents Talking group had their first outside speaker this morning, a family law solicitor. It was an informative and interesting talk.  Grandparents rights is a text document summary covering the main points of information.

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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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