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For those who attended the July monthly meeting on the work of the London Air Ambulance Service by Ali Wade will be pleased to hear that we raised an impressive £179 in donations and a speaker's fee for this worthwhile cause.

The August meeting will be on Tuesday 27th (not Wednesday 28th) - A talk by Richard Selby on The History of Money.


Wednesday September 25th - Christine Coates on The Home Front in WWII

Wednesday October 23rd- Jim Moher on Walter Citrine, Baron of Wembley.

Monthly meetings are held from 10.00 - 12.00 (unless otherwise advised) at the Century Bowling & Sports Club, Logan Road, Wembley (entrance between 51 - 53). There is a car park, but if it is full please park in Logan Road itself. There are no parking restrictions in Logan Road unless there are street signs indicating that it is an Event Day at Wembley. There will be a chance to ask questions of the speakers at the monthly meetings, refreshments will be available and there will be an opportunity to socialise.

Please note: Guests will be charged £5 to attend monthly meetings. This will include refreshments. This amount will be deducted from their membership subscription if they join Kenton & District U3A.

People who have not yet joined may come along to one interest group meeting without charge.

If you do not drive and have difficulty getting to monthly meetings or an interest group please let us know if you would like someone to pick you up by car and we will see if we can arrange this for you. You can speak to Judith Littman on 020 8904 6116 or email


See KU3A DIARY for dates, times, venues and contact details for all groups through to the end of December 2019. Look out for recent changes and additions highlighted in yellow.

NEW GROUP - HISTORY DISCUSSION One of our members, Jean Hossain, has kindly offered to lead a new history discussion group. Jean used to be a history teacher. She plans to start with just a couple of sessions and then take stock on how it's going. Assumingthe group takes off, over time a range of historic ideas and topics will be covered. Members of the group will be encouraged to engage in discussion and contribute their own knowledge of and reactions to the topic.

The first session will be on Wednesday 11th September at 2:30 pm at the bowling club and Jean will lead a discussion on Benjamin Disraeli's life and parliamentary career. The second session will be on Wednesday 9th October and look at the development of canals and railways during the industrial revolution. Jean is holding a short meeting to gauge interest and discuss with potential members how the new group will work. It will be after the monthly meeting on Tuesday 27th August (so about 11.45 am). Do come along if you are itnerested. Alternatively, you can contact Jean to find out more or register your interest : or 0208 907 0445.

NEW GROUP - BOOK CLUB KU3A's new book club, facilitated by Zsuzsanna Messing will be meeting every other month from 2 to 4pm on Thursday afternoons: Aug 22nd, Oct 31st and Dec 19th - then generally on the fourth Thursday. The first meeting will be held in Zsuzzanna's house in Kingsbury. The author to be discussed on August 22nd will be Julian Barnes - who won the Man Booker Prize with The Sense of an Ending, and had three other books shortlisted for the Booker Prize: Flaubert's Parrot, England, England, and Arthur & George.

Please let Zsuzsanna know that you plan to attend and advise which of Julian's many books you plan to read. Alternatively you can contact Zsuzsanna to find out more or register your interest - or 020 8205 8040.

NEW GROUP - CURRENT AFFAIRS IN DEPTH Rosemary Wolfson is setting up a new monthly discussion group to consider specific topics in depth that sit behind the news headlines. The subject for the first meeting at 2 pm on Tuesday, September 24th, will be the differences between the two main branches of Islam - Sunni and Shia - and their art and culture. Location: 149 Regal Way, Kenton. Please speak to or email Rosemary if you are intending to come -


Our next outing is to London Transport Museum's Depot in Acton Town on the afternoon of Tuesday 17th September. We have arranged a private guided 'depot discovery tour' by volunteer guides of its store of vehicles, signs, models, photographs, engineering drawings and uniforms. This follows the visit some of us made to the art and poster collection in March. The cost is just £4. Details are in the attached FLYER.

Contact Louise Bennett if you would like to go on this outing - 07758 586813 or email (

Music Appreciation - English Composers
The August session featured the music of Frederick Delius. Herbie Goldberg promises more delights and insights into the composer's life and work at the next meeting on Thursday September 12th at 2pm at the bowling club when we'll be concluding our exploration of the work of Frederick Delius.

Magic of the Musicals Mike Morrow returns after his summer break on Tuesday 3rd September to delight us with an entertaining couple of hours to watch and listen to song excerpts from films and stage shows.

Cookery - what's on the menu? The two cookery sessions in September will be on the 5th and 19th. After picnics and bbqs (the group actually had a charcoal bbq in the garden on August 1st!). September's focus is on "brunch" with some recipes which might be nice for late starts for the day perhaps when visitors stay. Healthy Living The focus for Tuesday 17th September meeting is understanding your blood test results. Please bring any blood test results forms for us to interpret along with any relevant press cuttings, articles, books etc to help the conversation. The 8th October meeting will discuss bones, muscles and joints.

Speaking in Public - Newcomers swelcome to this friendly group whose aim is to feel comfortable standing up and speaking in front of an audience. The theme for our next session on Friday 13 September is "My Most Embarrassing Moment" - should be fun!

Rambling Group - where to next?
Sunday September 22nd - Parkland Walk North Section Alexandra Palace to Highgate - We will be walking from Alexandra Palace to Highgate on a section of the Capital Ring. The Parkland Walk is the longest linear nature reseerve in London at 4.5 miles in length and follows the former railway line connecting Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace which opened in 1873. Meet at 10 am. at Preston Road Station.

For more information about our Rambling Group please contact the coordinator, Kevin O'Doherty at or phoning him on 07958 482843.

Play Reading - what next? Our play reading for Monday September 23rd will be Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None - all sleuths welcome. 2 pm at the bowls club.

Current Affairs Discussion Group Lively group discussions normally every Monday at 10 am in the Bowls Club.

German Conversation - New leader and revised dates Please note that future meetings will be held at noon on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the Preston Pub (not at the Bowling Club) and will be led by Godfrey Manning of Harrow U3A (Tel: 020 8958 5113, email

English Literature - At the next meeting on 10 am June 25th David Harris will conclude our journey through the Romantic Poets looking at some of John Keats' poems. David returns after a summer break on September 10th.

Foreign Film Club - What's On? The next film will be Kermesse Heroique , a 1935 French satire of human nature set in Flanders, Belgium, in the early 17th century, at 2.30pm on Friday 2nd August at the Wembley home of Sara & Jo Maier. Call to let Sara Maier know that you plan to come (020 8908 0582).

Film Club - There will not be any Film Club in September (so the 5th is cancelled), as neither Ruth or Richard are available.
For more information about the Film Club please contact Ruth Levere on 020 8909 155 or or Richard Stanton on 020 8866 2041 or

What are your Memories On Wednesday September 11th at 10am at the bowling club, the group will share personal memories of care in our younger days. This happy group welcomes new members and there's always time for light refreshments.

English Literature - Pride & Prejudice David returns after a summer break on Tuesday, September 10th when he will start on taking us through Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride & Prejudice. David has agreed to have an additional meeting on Wednesday afternoon October 2nd at 2 pm, not a Tuesday morning. On the morning of Tuesday, October 29th we hope to show a relevant film, so hold the date whilst we sort out what film might be screened at the bowling club.

Creative Writing Group The group has decided to take a break in August so the meetings on the 7th and 21st are now cancelled.

Board Games Group - Rummikub & Scrabble The board games group is looking for more Rummikub players. This tile-based game for two to four players combines elements of the card game rummy and mah-jong. Interested to play or learn? Come along to the next session at the Bowls Club at 1:30 pm on Tuesday June 19th.

For further details of the above and other Groups, Walks, Visits and Outings and for contact details for the facilitators please see THE DIARY.

We look forward to seeing you at some of our meetings and group activities.


Do you have an idea for a new interest group, which you can organise or know someone else who might be persuaded to do so? Then contact one of the KU3A Interest Groups' Coordinators in person: Peter Rummer or Louise Bennett, or via email: .
Bridge for Beginners - could you organise a bridge group for beginners? Maybe this could be developed alongside our existing Board & Games group at the Bowling Club on Tuesday afternoon. Just contact one of the KU3A Interest Groups' Coordinators in person: Peter Rummer or Louise Bennett, or via email:

We have a specific request for someone to organise a Gentle Exercise group. If anyone knows of a trained person who could lead such a group please contact Peter or Louise.

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Photos of our activities help to enliven our magazine and website. But if you are taking photographs of a U3A activity which may be used for publication in the magazine or website, note that for compliance with our privacy policy you (the photogrpaher) must ensure that members in the photo agree for it to be published in the Kenton U3A newsletter or on the website. If you as a member of the group do not wish to be included, please step away from the group. Refer to the relevant paragraph in our privacy policy for full details.

Rivieria Travel will make a 10% Donation to KU3A
A reminder that if you book a holiday directly with Riveria Travel and nominate Kenton & District U3A, they will donate 10% of the final cost to us on your return. But you must mention that you would like them to do this at the time of booking. The donation can apply to the total cost of a group booking if the person making the booking is a U3A member. You may have seen their adverts in Third Age Matters magazine.


As well as events we are organising in Kenton and District U3A, do remember that you also have access to events run by the national and London Regional U3A. You can view what activities they are currently organising on their website as well as in the national magazine, Third Age Matters. Feedback from our members who have attended these events in the past is very positive.



We look forward to seeing you at some of our future meetings and group activities.

Interest group coordinators: Louise Bennett and Peter Rummer - email