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Annual General Meeting 2021

Our Annual General Meeting has been postponed and will nowbe held in person at St Paul’s Church, Finchley, on Monday 8 November, starting at 10:30 am. We will commence with a talk as planned for the November monthly meeting.

You can find full details of the AGM and all relevant papers by clicking here.

NLU3A, something for everyone

About NLU3A

NLU3A is the North London U3A with meetings in Finchley, Highgate, Muswell Hill and nearby areas. It is one of over 1000 U3As across the country. Each U3A is about people coming together to continue their educational, social and creative interests in a friendly and informal environment.

We can help you by introducing you to new skills and subjects or even persuade you to share your own specialist skills and, very importantly, the opportunity to meet new people through our interest groups, events and monthly meetings.
Find out more about us and the U3A movement.

NLU3A, something for everyone

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NLU3A offers 100 plus Interest Groups  across Finchley, Muswell Hill and Highgate. You will find arts and crafts, humanities, English language and foreign languages and their literature, music and theatre, dance, yoga, walking, aspects of London, card and board games; away days, social activities, science and the environment.


We have regular events such as:
Monthly meetings: usually on the second Monday of the month
Away Days: about three a term within the London area
Far Away Days: about every couple of months, coach outings going outside the bounds of London

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

 – Henry Ford

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”

- Helen Keller

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”

– B. B. King

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NLU3A at large

NLU3A at large

North London U3A has recently been out and about, actively promoting what we offer to attract new members.

On Sunday 5 September we took a stall at the East Finchley Late Summer Social, held in Cherry Tree Wood. (See main picture) The weather was perfect, attracting a good turnout. A team of 17 volunteers staffed the stall in one or two-hour slots from midday to 6pm. We handed out leaflets and engaged with over 40 interested visitors, explaining the benefits of membership and also promoting the upcoming NLU3A Open Morning (which also featured in September’s issue of The Archer).

On Monday 13 September we held the Open Morning at St Paul’s Church Hall. It attracted 34 visitors, who were able to talk with 18 Group Coordinators representing 23 interest groups. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, we had to limit the numbers of existing members who were able to attend.

Request from The Northern Line

After a long lockdown, a lot of NLU3A groups have gone back to in-person meetings. Has yours? How has this been for you and the group? What precautions have you taken? What have you found easy or difficult or challenging? Or does your group now have hybrid activities – part in person, part on Zoom – and, if so, how does that work? The Northern Line would like to include an article on your experiences in the next edition.  We are especially interested in walking groups, which have been grounded for maybe 18 months. Can you share your experiences and include some photos of your outings? How about photo-group outings, or new creations by art groups? Please send any photos and brief descriptions to by the end of October.

November monthly meeting

November monthly meeting

To be held on Monday 8 November. This year is the 550th anniversary of the Battle of Barnet, which was a game-changer for monarchy, England and future warfare – a drama that inspired Shakespeare and took place right on the doorstep. Our speaker, Lester Hillman, will explore all this and more in a lavishly illustrated presentation.  The talk will be followed by our postponed AGM.

London region autumn talks

London region autumn talks

Following a very enjoyable in-person Summer School on 17 August, London Region are now continuing to deliver the remainder of the postponed 2020 Summer School programme online fortnightly on Mondays 17.30-18.30 (log on from 17.00).
For a flyer with further information and links to registration forms, click on this link: Autumn 2021 Talks

For an additional talk, click on this link:
Introduction to Cryptic Crosswords: Beginners Taster Session 
Wed 10 November 16.30- 18.30 (log on from 16.00)

Vacancy for Minutes Secretary

We still have an urgent need for someone to take over as Minutes Secretary this summer.  For further information about this role, contact Edmond Cohen at, giving your telephone number, to have a chat about what is involved.  NLU3A depends on members sharing the various tasks like this which are involved in keeping the organisation running.

Live Zoom transcripts available for the hard of hearing

We are pleased to announce that we will be experimenting with use of the live transcript facility on Zoom for our July monthly meeting.  This provides the equivalent of subtitles and, though it is not always 100% accurate, it will enable people who have hitherto not been able to attend monthly meetings on Zoom to get the benefit of the talks.  If the experiment is successful, we will extend its use to subsequent virtual meetings if they are needed.  Do try the facility out and let us know on how you find it.

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