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.

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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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Winter Programme 2018

Steve RichardsWelcome to our second Winter Programme!
You will find lots of events, and we hope you will support all the hosts who are offering a variety of things to do, of all kinds.
You can find the full programme by clicking Winter Programme 2017-2018
First up on December 18th is a talk by the political columnist, Steve Richards. The highly topical title is British Politics in turmoil. It starts at 10:45 at St Paul’s Church, Long Lane, North Finchley. Refreshments from 10:00.

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Members Festive Lunch

This will be held on Monday 11th Dec at St Pauls Church, Long Lane from 12.00 until 2.00pm. Please book by Tuesday 5th Dec. Click here for more details and booking form – MEMBERS festive lunch

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Away Days in January and February

Friday, 19th January
Join a guided tour of The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret at St Thomas’s Church. This is the oldest operating theatre in Britain, dating from the early 19th century and restored about 10 years ago. It is to be found in the roof space of St. Thomas’s Church, which also served as a herb garret The reason for this odd location will be explained in the course of our group visit which will comprise a talk on the heroic days of surgery and a tour of the theatre, garret and museum. Booking essential.
Friday, 23 February
Angels Costumes is the multi Oscar and BAFTA winning, largest costume house in the world. We have arranged a tour at a special price in which we will be guided around all of Angels Costumes departments including Tailoring, Ladies Making, Alterations, Uniform, Badge Room and Warehouse. See clothes made or recreated for Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Fred Astaire, Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett and many more. We will also learn about the heritage of the business, see how costumes are made and journey through some of the 8.5 miles of hanging costumes.Booking essential.
Full info on our Away Days page

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Spring Tour 2018 Plans

NLU3A SPRING STUDY TOUR 2018

The NLU3A Spring Tour will be on 20-24 May 2018. We shall stay four nights at a 4* hotel in in North Northamptonshire. The county is well-known for its country houses; we shall visit some of these and a wide range of buildings of all dates from  Anglo-Saxon to 20th century. We expect to include visits to tell us something about the local boot and shoe industry and iron manufacture, as well seeing the world’s oldest garden gnome and a Napoleonic war military depot. The proposed itinerary and a booking form will be issued with the January Newsletter. Frank Kelsall and Helena Green. For further information contact Helena at helena.green@talktalk.net or 020 8349 3058.

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Far Away Day to Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market

Booking is now open for our visit on Friday 1st Dec to Winchester. We will start with a short tour of the Cathedral and then the remainder of the day you will be free to visit the Christmas Market or explore Winchester. For more details see the Far Away Day page

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New Shared Learning Project – Smithfield and its residents in the year of the Great Plague 1665

This project will look into the impact of the Great Plague on the residents of Charterhouse, and its close neighbour across Smithfield, St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Closing date for application is Monday 13th November 2017. See our SLP webpage for details.

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New Shared Learning Project – 17th Century History

The lost histories of urban communities in late 17th-century England
A collaboration with Roehampton University. Deadline for applications: 1st December 2017. See our SLP webpage for details.

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Away Day trip to Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

20th October
Just around the corner from the world-famous Portobello Road Market stands a treasure trove of retro design and memories. Imagine walking through galleries full to the brim with oddities and wonders alike, where every corner you turn leads you into a different decade. You’ll see Rimmel cosmetics from the 1890s, First World War Oxo Cubes, Mars Bars, Rolos and KitKats from the 1930s, a 1970s Chopper Bike and around 12,000 other items that will open your eyes to the way we lived and shopped.
10.50 for 11.00 at 111-117 Lancaster Road, W11 (nearest tube is Ladbroke Grove). Booking is essential – ring Sue on 8381 4480 or send in application form – cost is £5.

Full info on our Away Days page

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