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 NEW USERS button.

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Away Day – modern London city architecture

City of London

City of London

The next away day is scheduled for October 24th.  See details.

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Open Day – Monday 8th September

open_day_on_wordleCome along to our Open Day
between 11.00am and 1.00pm
at St Pauls’ Church, Long Lane, Finchley, N3 2PU.
Group leaders will be there to tell you what they offer, perhaps to sign you up to join their group, and we can promise you a lively, interesting and entertaining morning.   The coffee and tea lounge will be open from just after 10.00 am where you can meet friends old and new for a chat.
The Events Team really hope to see you there, and there will be plenty of volunteers to answer your questions and guide you to the groups that interest you.

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Summer Programme 2014

The Summer Programme is now on-line.  Click here or go via the EVENTS menu.

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EXTERNAL – UCL  Research Volunteers wanted
Two researchers are looking for volunteers to participate in their experiments.

1) Ear Institute:  Hearing Health in Later Life

Feedback from one of our members who went along to Grays Inn Road today to take part in the UCL hearing research project:
Talking to the research team, who are very friendly, they said how useful U3A is in helping with research projects and also what a lively U3A North London seems to be!
2) Department of Motor Neuroscience: Movement in people of 65 years and over

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Far away day – Maidenhead and Thames cruise – 6 August

Join the Far Away Days group for a cruise on the River Thames from Maidenhead to Bray and enjoy a “Downton Abbey” style Edwardian Tea at Bray.Cruise boat

Our coach will pick us up from East Finchley tube station at 9.30 taking us to Maidenhead town centre.  We shall have a free morning in this pleasant little town with many reminders of the 19th century.  Time free to explore, pick up on Maidenhead’s history at the Heritage Centre and have a light lunch, or maybe a bit of shopping.  We will be taken by coach from the town centre to a mooring by the well-known Maidenhead Bridge (near Eel Pie Island) and embark on our cruise.  We will sail downstream to Bray where we will be served with a Down Abbey style Edwardian tea, then we will be picked up by coach for our return journey.  I expect to be back at East Finchley tube station before 7.00 pm.

Cost:  £33.00 per head (£18.00 coach fare + £15.00 cruise fare including tea).

Please see the booking form if you wish to come along.  Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis once the booking opens date has passed. Booking opens June 10th.

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Shared Learning Projects – Autumn 2014

There are two Shared Learning Projects this autumn, at the Britsh Museum and at the Museum of London.  See our Shared Learning page for more information.

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Far away day – Bletchley Park – Friday 13th June

Bletchley Park Bletchley Park is famous as where the infamous Enigma code used by the Germans in World War 2 was cracked – then it was the Government Code and Cypher School. Cracking the Enigma code took an enormous amount of trial and error – the trial of millions of combinations of possible code keys – something which could only be achieved with electro-mechanical assistance such as the Turing/Welchman Bombe. And this in its turn led to the creation of the world first programmable computer – Colossus – the inventor was Alan Turing.

codingMachineWe are lucky today to have as a guide someone who worked at Bletchley Park when it was the Government Code and Cypher School, Ruth Bourne, a member of North London U3A.  She will guide us round the Bletchley Park site where we will see the equipment used to break the Enigma code.


After a break for lunch (the café is in Hut 4) we visit the other part of the site, today called The National Museum of Computing run by the British Computer Society.  There we will also have guides to show us round and be able to see Colossus and other early developments of the computer.

Cost: £49.00 (made up of Coach Fare £26.00 plus admission to Bletchley Park Trust £13.00 plus admission to TNMOC £10.00).  Please book early for this outing to ensure it goes ahead.  It will not be possible to refund booking fees once paid as the Bletchley Park Trust insist on prepayment two weeks in advance of our visit.  Please see the booking form.  Booking opens now.

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Details of London Region’s non-residential Summer School at the St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ have now been published.
There is no theme this year and the subjects are many and varied, with something for everyone. We are also running 6 workshops (maximum 22 people for each workshop). The workshops last for 2 hours each (11.00 – 13.05 and 14.05 – 16.10) and if you choose a workshop you will not be able to choose a session running concurrently.
Cost: £90 for the three days or £30 per day. This includes welcome coffee and tea, and cold buffet lunch.
Here are the combined application form and programme details.

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U3A National Photographic competition

U3A runs an annual photographic competition.  This year’s theme is: “Architectural Britain – old and new”.  For details go to our page about National U3A events.

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Our April Newsletter has been published

You can read it here.

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