Kenton & District U3A Noticeboard


The next monthly meeting is on Wednesday, January 22nd - Brian Wass on Shop Lifting
(Note: There is no Monthly Meeting in December)


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.

Jennifer Mills resumes her art appreciation classes on Thursday 16th January at 10 am at the Bowling Club. Her next course will run for 10 weeks and the theme will be 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, starting with the John Soane Museum and William Hogarth and finishing with the Imperial War Museum and war art.

As trailed when her last course ended, Jennifer suggests that we might expand the news slot introduced at the end of each session and invite members to do a short (say 10 minute) presentation on a work of art of their own choice. Louise Bennett would welcome group members' offers to present this slot in one of the early weeks of next term. Jennifer is happy to put the PowerPoint presentation together if you are not able to do so.

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.

The Old Operating Theatre Museum

We are organising a visit to the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret near London Bridge Station on the morning of Friday 20th December. The atmospheric museum offers an insight into the history of medicine and surgery and includes an 1822 operating theatre. Our visit includes a talk on 'Tales of the Body Snatcher'. The cost will be £6 each.
See ATTACHMENT for further details.

The Stationers Hall
We are going to visit the Stationers' Hall in the City of London on the afternoon of Monday 6th January. Our visit will include a private guided tour of the beautiful Wren church, St Martins-within-Ludgate, followed by seeing the livery company's 17th century hall and courtroom and learning about the company's history and role. The cost will be £10 each, incljuding refreshments. See ATTACHMENT.

Contact Louise Bennett to reserve a place on these outings - 07758 586813 or email (

Eva Groszmann is arranging a visit for interested members to the William Blake exhibitionn at Tat Britain on Wednesdau 4th December meeting at Preston Road Station at 1.30 pm.

The Pre-Raphaelite Sisters Exhibition On 4th January afternoon Eva is thinking of taking us to see this exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery. For further details contact Eva.

Watercolour Art - This group involves members bringing their own materials to produce their own artwork in sociable company and share tips about the artworks they are creating. The next session will be on Tuesday 10th December at 2 pm at the Bowling Club.

English Literature - Jane Austen David starts up again with Pride and Prejudice on Tuesday 10th December.

History Discussion - History of Education The next session on Wednesday December 11th will involve Jean Hossain leading a discussion on the history of education in Britain. Members are encouraged to come along and share their own research, knowledge and views. Meetings are held at the Bowling Club at 1.30 pm.

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 - Robert Harris The next meeting of Zsuzsanna Messing's bi-monthly group will be at 2pm on Thursday December 19th at Vivienne Gould's house on Greystone Gardens, Kenton. The author to be discussed will be Robert Harris who began his writing career in non-fiction but developed into an excellent historical novelist.
Please contact Zsuzsanna for Vivienne's address and let her know which of Robert Harris's works you plan to read. or 020 8205 8040. New members welcome including one-off Robert Harris fans.

Current Affairs in Depth - There will be no meeting in December. Please contact Rosemary for more information -

Music Appreciation - Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Herbie Goldberg will continue his exploration of English composers with the life and works of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor at his next session at 2 pm on Thursday, December 12th at the Bowling Club. Coleridge-Taylor was a composer and conductor of mixed race and was referred to by white New York musicians as the 'African Mahler' when he toured the United states in the early 1900s.

Cookery - what's on the menu? The December sessions are on the 3rd and 17th. On the 3rd there will be some new slants on old Christmas recipes. Then on the 17th the group will be going out for a Christmas meal at Tian Hu Chinese Restaurant in Belmont.

Healthy Living On Tuesday December 17th the group wll talk about Keeping Fit for the Festive Season Bring along any press cuttings, articles and personal experience to contribute to the discussion. 10am at the bowling club.

Speaking in public - Seasonal Theme Newcomers welcome to this friendly group whose aim is to feel comfortable standing up and speaking in front of an audience. For the next session, at 10am on Friday December 13th, to mark the fact that the holiday season is coming up, come prepared to give a talk on any aspect of Christmas/Chanukah - for instance shopping and gift giving and/or receiving, family get-togethers, the food, cooking etc.

Rambling Group - where to next Sunday December 15th - Sunday Markets Walk - A walk around London's Sunday markets at Christmas time starting at Columbia Flower Market then to Spitalfields Market, Brick Lane Market and finishing at Petticoat Lane. 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 December 16th the group will be doing a pantomime .... oh yes they will! 2 pm at the Bowling Club.

Film Club - What's On The film Richard is planning to show at his house on Thursday December 5th at 2 pm is The Debt a drama/thriller about three retired Israeli Mossad agents confronted by a challenge from their past and stars Helen Mirren. Ruth's next film on Monday 16th December at 2 pm will be the 1942 classic "Casablanca". Please let Ruth/Richard know if you plan to attend.

Foreign Film Club - Les Enfants du Paradis The next film will be Les Enfants du Paradis at 2.30pm on Friday December 6th. It was voted the best French film ever made by the French Film Academy. As the film is very long it will be shown in two parts in December and o n January 3rd at Nicholas Gales house in Ebrington Road. Please let Edward know if you intend to come and note that spaces are very limited.

What are your memories? - Extinct Jobs On Wednesday December 11th at 10am at the bowling club, the group will share personal memories of jobs that no longer exist. New members warmly welcomed.

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.

There are three events coming up in early 2020:
A study day on discovering children's literature at the British Library on 3rd February
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

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