Kenton & District U3A Noticeboard


The next monthly meeting is on Wednesday, January 22nd - Brian Wass on Shop Lifting


On Wednesday February 26th Jo Poole - an ex police officer - will talk on Personal Safety.

On Wednesday March 25th our speaker will be Lord Stephen Sherbourne. We await the title of his talk but he was Political Secretary for Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Chief of Staff for Conservative leader Michael Howard.

Do contact Adele Setton if you know someone who might be approached to be a monthly speaker for us.

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). 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.

Contact Peter Rummer or Louise Bennett if you have a suggestion for a new interest group you would like to attend or are willing to co-ordinate or if y ou know someone who might be prepared to run a new group to share their interest or knowledge.

A possible new group is BRIDGE. The suggestion is to set up a friendly bridge group aimed at people with some experience of playing. If you are interested come along to the Board Games meeting on Tuesday 11th February at 1.30 pm or contact Adele Stton to discuss the idea and register your interest.

QUIRKY VISITS - BANK OF ENGLAND MUSEUM Louise Bennett's next visit is to the Bank of England Museum on the afternoon of Monday 9th March. We will have a private presentation on 'The Bank of England, past and present' and will also be free to visit the museum itself. There is no charge for this outing. More details are in the attached FLYER.

Contact Louise Bennett to reserve a place on this outing - 07758 586813 or email (

MUSEUM AND GALLERY VISITS - TROY MYTH AND REALITY On Monday 24th February afternoon Eva is taking us to see the Troy exhibition at the British Museum to learn more about the myth and reality of the heroes and heartbroken women and wanderers who are said to have played a part in the Trojan War. For further details contact Eva.

Jennifer Mills resumes her art appreciation classes on Thursday 23rd at 10 am at the Bowling Club. The course will run for 10 weeks and the theme is Aspects of British Art 1700-1918. Each week we will look at a different London Gallery and use its collection to dip into an aspect of British Art. Forthcoming topics are: Jan 23 the Royal Academy, Reynolds portraiture; Jan 30 the Dulwich Picture Gallery , Gainsborough portraiture and landscape; Feb 6 The Wallace Collection, Georgian Celebrities; Feb 13 the Greenwich Maritime Museum, new Horizons: new landscapes, faces, fauna etc.; Feb 20 the Victoria and Albert Museum, Constable and the English Landscape; Feb 27 Kenwood House, Turner and the Sea.

Classes take place every Thursday morning until March 19th at 10 am at the bowling club.

Mill Hill U3A have opened up their Travel Club to other U3A groups for this visit to Belgian cities in May 2019. Five of us from Kenton U3A joined their trip to Liverpool and Chester earlier this year and enjoyed the experience. I am informed that only double and twin rooms for people sharing are currently available. If you are interested please contact the organiser Liz Driscoll directly as she will have the most up to date information. Liz can be contacted on telephone no 0208 959 2010 or email . Download a booking form here.

English Literature - Jane Austen This group continues on Tuesday 28th January and 11th and 25th February at 10 am at the bowling club with its study of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Even though we're underway with the novel, newcomers with some familiarity with the novel are most welcome. On Tuesday 10th March, when David is not free, we will show a film - the 1940 black & white version of Pride and Prejudice starring Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson.

History Discussion - The Stuarts The next meeting is on Wednesday February 12th and will involve Jean Hossain leading a discussion on the Stuarts, King James 1 to Queen Anne. Members are encouraged to come along and share their own research, knowledge and views on any of the Stuart monarchs. Meetings are held at the Bowling Club at 1.30 pm.New members welcome to join this stimulating discussion group, including one-off fans of 16th century history.

Do come along if you are interested. Alternatively, you can contact Jean to find out more or register your interest : or 0208 907 0445.

Book Club - C J Sansom The next meeting of this group will be at 2 pm on Thursday, February 27th at Louise Bennett's house in Kenton. The author to be discussed will be C J Sansom. He is a writer of historic crime novels who came to prominence with the Shardlake series, his historical mystery series set in the reign of Henry VIII in the 16th century, though he has written other historic books too.
Please contact Zsuzsanna for more information and Louise's address - or 020 8205 8040.

Current Affairs in Depth - Artificial Intelligence - This monthly discussion group considers specific topics in depth that sit behind the news headlines. Elaine Smith will lead the next meeting on Tuesday 28th January at 2 pm in the Gallery at the Bowling Club. The topic will be An Idiot's Guide to Artificial Intelligence with special reference to health, employment and travel. Although it is a subject which Elaine is interested in, she is not an expert. If anybody else has an interest and would like to make a contribution, please do contact Elaine on 07940 2092.

The topic for the 25th February meeting will be The politics of areas/countries not so much frontline news. Do you know something about, say, Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia, Bulgaria or Chad, Gabon, Burindi, Sudan, Burkina Paso? Perhaps you have travelled to these areas or places like them or can do some interesting research? If you would be prepared to contribute to this discussion, or would like to learn more about how this group operates please contact Rosemary for more information -

Music Appreciation - Charles Villiers Stanford Herbie Goldberg will continue his exploration of English composers with the life and works of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford at his next session at 2 pm on Thursday, February 13th at the Bowling Club. Among other activities, Stanford was one of the founding professors of the Royal College of Music, where he taught composition for decades. Among his puils were rising composers whose fame went on to surpass his own, such as Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Cookery - More Mince. The next cookery sessions will be on Thursday,6th February and Thursday 20th February. The theme for February is More Mince a follow on to the recipes we cooked in November. This month we will be concentrating on meatballs and meat loaf.

Healthy Living On Tuesday January 21st the group will reveal and discuss how much damage limitation we managed during the Christmas period of indulgence and New Year's resolutions on our health and fitness. The February 18th meeting will discuss alternative diets, such as veganism and vegetarianism. Bring along any press cuttings, articles and personal experience to contribute to the discussion. 10am at the bowling club.

Speaking in public - Romance Newcomers welcome to this supporive group whose aim is to feel comfortable standing up and speaking in front of an audience. For the next session, at 10am on Friday February 14th, at Viv Spiteri's home on Regal Close, Kenton. As that is St Valentine's Day come prepared to give a short talk on an6y aspect of Romance - your experience/s on this most romantic of topics!

Watercolour Art - New Recruits Welcome Lyn Dantas, the new leader of this group would love to see more "budding artists" join the group. It's a fun 2 hour class where members bring their own materials to produce their own artwork and share ideas and help each other along the way. They meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at the bowling club. The next sessions are on 28th January and 11th February.

Rambling Group - where to next Sunday January 26th Kevin will be leading a walk at North Greenwich and Silvertown. The walk starts at North Greenwich at the O2 Arena (Millennium Dome) and goes past the Emirates cable car. You may wish to return to North Greenwich via the cable car as there is a discounted fare with the Freedom Pass. Along the route are Antony Gormley's Quantum Cloud (taller than the Angel of the North); the Greenwich Peninsular Ecology Park and the Polar Sundial (built by the Royal Engineers for the millennium). This section is part of the Thames Path and we will see the Thames Barrier. We will pass along the Woolwich dockyard founded by Henry VIII. We will either go on the Woolwich ferry or via the Woolwich Foot Tunnel to reach the Royal Victoria Gardens. The walk finishes at the nearby DLR station. Meet at 10am in the waiting room at Preston Road station.

For more information about our Rambling Group please contact the coordinator, Kevin O'Doherty at .
Note text or ring on 07958 482843 on the day if the weather looks bad, to make sure walk is going ahead.

Play Reading - what next? On Monday 27th January the group will be reading an Alan Bennett play, either the well known Lady in the Van or Enjoy which is a view of working-class family life in Leeds.
From February the group is moving to having its meetings on the third Monday of the month so February 17th and March 16th. The February play will be West Moon Street - a wild new comedy by Rob Urbinati, moulded on Oscar Wilde's short story, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime. 2 pm at Vivienne Gould's home on Greystone Gardens. New readers welcome to this group where a play is sight-read in its entirety and everyone gets a chance to read at some point.

Film Club The film that will be shown at 2 pm on Thursday 6th February at Richard's home Brick Lane (2007), adapted from the novel of the same name by Monica Ali. On Monday 17th February at 2 pm in her home Ruth will show Jean de Florette (1986). The film, set in Provence shortly after World War 1 starred three of France's most prominent actors - Gerard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil and Yves Montand. Depending on who's screening the film, please let Richard and Ruth know if you intend to come and note that spaces are very limited.

Foreign Film Club - Babette's Feast On Friday February 7th at house in Ebrington Road Nick Gale will be showing Babette's Feast. It is a 1987 Oscar winning Danish film based on a short story by 'Out of Afrika's' Karen Blixen. A French refugee in Denmark at the time of the Franco Prussian War transforms the lives of the elderly women for whom she works. Please let Nicolas know if you intend to come and note that spaces are very limited.

Latin The Latin group, aimed at people with rusty schooldays Latin, is going to meet in members' houses from January. Their next meeting will be on Thursday 23rd January at Marian Rummer's house (not Maire's) on Dudley Avenue, Kenton.

French Conversation - The group accommodates a range of proficiency in the language. It will now be meeting at people's homes and on Thursday 6th February it will be at Nila Duschnitz's house Wembley.

German Conversation To be announced. What are your memories? To be announced.

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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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.

There are three events coming up in early 2020:
A study day on animals in painting at the National Gallery on 12th March
Talks on a range of scientific topics at the Royal Institution on 16th March
U3A IN LONDON EASTER CONFERENCE 21st, 22nd and 23rd APRIL 2020 - For More information CLICK HERE

For more Information visit NATIONAL OFFICE FORTHCOMING EVENTS and on page 9 of the latest Third Age Matters Magazine.


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

Interest group coordinators: Louise Bennett and Peter Rummer - email