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.
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.
There will be some exciting new groups starting in the autumn term. Details are not yet finalised but we’ll keep you updated here and by email – and of course they will all be in the Interest Groups Booklet sent to all our members in early August.
Beginners French; Beginners German; Humour (the title of this may change); Philosophy; Science; Tennis; Madrigals; and Helene Davidian will be starting her Art group again.
We will need group leaders and hosts for some of these, so if you are able to offer help please let us know. We also need to know how much interest there might be in any of these groups; if you would like to attend an initial meeting to test the waters, please let us know that, too. Phone Ann Elliott – 8883 1396 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dance is a fantastic way to bring people together from every different background. Ed Hancox is a film maker who is therefore planning a series of short films in which older people teach youngsters how to dance, and recount stories about how dance has made them the person that they are. In an era when the media is obsessed with intergenerational conflict, he wants to show how dance and storytelling can be used to bridge the gap between the generations.
Perhaps you are interested in taking part. Participants do not have to be professional dancers, they just have to be enthusiastic!
For more information and contact details see this flyer. In Time – call for participants
EXTERNAL - Dennis Evans, one of our members, is about to launch his latest collection of poetry.
He invites you to an evening of Poetry & Music in aid of Cherry Lodge Cancer Care
On: Saturday 22nd March @ 7.30 pm
At: East Finchley Methodist Church, High Road, East Finchley, N2
(opposite Creighton Avenue)
Dennis Evans will be reading from his new collection ‘First the silence’
Music by: Sarah Majid & friends
Admission:£10 (includes a copy of ‘First the silence’)
Chartwell, the home of Sir Winston Churchill, Britain’s great wartime Prime Minister is our goal on Wednesday 19th March. Churchill lived at this house near Westerham in Kent from 1924, Today it is owned by the National Trust and the rooms remain as they were when Churchill lived here, with various mementoes and books reflecting Churchill’s career. Churchill’s studio where much of his painting was carried out is also available to visit, and an exhibition of some of the gifts Churchill received is also open. The garden is set on a hillside and reflects Churchill’s tastes; he created a lake so there is a lot to see.
If you wish to come along please see the Chartwell Booking Form. I’m sorry to give you short notice so contact Melvyn now!
Two new Shared Learning Projects have been announced. See our Shared Learning Projects page for details.
The “U3A in London” (which is the official name of the Hampstead/Belsize Park U3A) hosts an annual Easter conference to which other U3As’members are invited. They are usually very interesting. This year’s topic is “The Roaring Twenties” and is on Tuesday to Thursday 22-24 April. Full details are on the application form
Were you living in the London area at any time between 1935 and 1955? If so, would you like to contribute reminiscences for a book? Peter Cox, a fellow member of NLU3A is embarking on research for a book which draws on the memories of U3A members, with the working title: Growing up in London, 1935-5 . To find out how you can contribute read his full letter.
We have just added a menu item to the EVENTS menu (in the black bar below the picture of Alexandra Palace). It lists forthcoming events organised by the National U3A. Most of these are happening in Central London and are in the next two or three months. So take a look! You’ll have to contact the National Office to find out about availability of tickets.