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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Trip to Oxford and Blenheim Palace

This Coach trip is organised by Palmers Green and Southgate U3A
DATE: September 8
COST: £36 per person. The cost includes the coach, and entrance to Blenheim plus guide and driver’s gratuities.
The closing booking date is 15 August.
For full details and application form, click here.

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Group News – July 2016

Art Workshop 22-26 August
This workshop is called “Elements”. It features placing a clothed figure in a setting.
Working both inside and outside, participants will draw subjects in the environment around the workshop and make studies of the model. They will then put all these elements together to create a final picture (which can even be further worked upon after the workshop). It will be an experience in drawing and painting and in composition led by Michael Richman.
The workshop spans Monday to Friday inclusive 1.00 to 5.00 each day. It is recommended to do the whole course, but a few people are doing it part of the time.
There may be one or two spaces still available, so anyone wishing to take part should e-mail Michael: rumik50@yahoo.co.uk.

Life Class
Michael runs the Life Class at the CUFOS centre. There may be limited places available for the Autumn term starting September 20.
If interested, contact Michael- e-mail rumik50@yahoo.co.uk

Possible New Group – Ukelele
Expressions of interest are asked for a possible new class for those who wish to learn, or can play, the Ukulele. We have a volunteer to run this course – but we need to know the level of interest before we can arrange anything further. If you are interested please contact Candiss on 8883 1395 or Sue on 8381 4480.

The Epic Readers Group are temporarily suspending activities until they have sorted out some administrative difficulties. However, if you are interested, please get in touch with co-ordinator Sybil Manel 0208 446 2964 for further updates.

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London region workshop – online learning

UNDERSTANDING MOOC’S         20th October, 2016
Venue: Canada Water Culture Space, 21 Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 7AR.

This Workshop will cover the surprising origin, and growth, of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s).  The Workshop will include two presentations. In the morning, Ian Hunt will discuss the origin, and development, of MOOCs explaining how they work and why they are uniquely different to many peoples understanding. In the afternoon, Ian will discuss how MOOCs can provide U3A Interest Groups with an additional tool to enhance their members knowledge. After the presentations, there will be time for discussion and problem solving.  Click for the day’s programme. Attendance is free of charge. A light Lunch will be provided.
Please contact Ian McCannah ijmccannah@aol.com if you wish to register for this Workshop.

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Summer Programme 2016

Our Summer Programme has now been released and is online by selecting it from the EVENTS menu near the top of this page.

Updates and cancellations:

1) We are very sorry to say that our well loved friend and longtime member of NLU3A Ena Duffley, has died. Her wonderful BBQ scheduled for 18th August will not take place.

2) Meet me in Mayfair walk is on Wednesday 10th August at 10.30am.
Mayfair was the site of the Annual Spring fair and Cattle market in the 1600s held in Trebeck Street which now runs into Shepherds Market.The fair and market were curtailed in the reign of George III because of the notorious behaviour of ‘the lazy rascals’ and ‘sluttish strumpets’ who thronged there.
Join me for an exciting look at the Crime and Gambling of Mayfair and St James. Call Edmond on 07973 621904 or henanded@gmail.com

3) Life drawing is to be held at East Finchley library.

4) Pat Taylor’s Tea Party is in NW2 (not N8 as in an earlier correction!).

5) Country Dance won’t start until 2.30pm on Tuesday 26 July and 9 August

6) Marylebone Walks
These walks will now be on Wednesday 17 August and Tuesday 23 August. Each is expected to last about 2 hours.
The first will start with a chance to see the painted staircase of c1730 hidden inside the Royal College of Nursing, followed by a walk round Cavendish Square and nearby streets, ending in Langham Place. Meet in the middle of Cavendish Square at 10.30.
The second will start with a visit to the Swedish Ambassador’s house, built in 1775 by Robert Adam, followed by a walk round nearby streets ending at Park Crescent. Meet outside 71 New Cavendish Street (corner of Portland Place) at 10.30.
Contact: Frank Kelsall, 020 8346 5139 or frank.kelsall@architecturalhistory.co.uk

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New Shared Learning Projects – Autumn 2016

Two very interesting Shared Learning Projects are due to start in autumn 2016.

One at the the Charterhouse where the Brothers are a residential community of fit single men over sixty years of age.  This project will seek to look to into the lives of past Brothers from the 17th and 18th century. Spanning a range of professions, from florists to lieutenants, the Charterhouse has admitted a striking list of intriguing personalities. The team will be working at the London Metropolitan Archives in Islington. Click here for details.

The second is at the The Old Royal Naval College Greenwich.  As part of the national celebrations to mark 100 years since the formation of the Women’s Royal Naval Service, the Old Royal Naval College will be hosting an exhibition focusing on the WRNS in Greenwich. Volunteers will work with the College and WRNS to develop the exhibition.  Click here for details

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Embroidery and Textile Art Summer Exhibition

Fabric cakes 3 August to 25 September
This delicious looking plateful of fabric and embroidery cakes is just one of many works that will be on view at NLU3A’s Freestyle Embroidery and Textile Art group exhibition in late summer. The show will be held at Burgh House Museum in Hampstead from 3 August to 25 September, and displays will range from individual artwork to joint projects such as last year’s 21st anniversary banner. A partnership event, it will include workshops, talks and organised visits. The exhibition and museum are open Wednesday to Friday and Sundays from 12 noon–5pm, and entrance is free. The address is New End Square, Hampstead NW3 1LT. You can find out more about Burgh House Museum and how to get there at www.burghhouse.org.uk. They hold events and exhibitions all year round and they have a great café.

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EXTERNAL – National Amyloidosis Centre – research volunteers wanted.  This study aims to investigate the true prevalence and potential health consequences of ATTR amyloid deposition in the hearts of elderly men.
The Centre would like to invite men aged over 80, with no known heart disease to take part in our research study at the National Amyloidosis Centre in the Royal Free Hospital, London. For full details click to see the ATTR study flyer.

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Away Days May and June 2016

The Away Days for May and June have been announced. They are to The Royal College of Physicians (on Friday 20th May) and a guided walk through Mayfair (on Friday 24th June). See our Away Days web page for details.

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