Kenton & District U3A Noticeboard


Wednesday, February 27th - Key Life Events - A Lifetime of Public Service by Mark Rimmer, retired Superintendent Registrar at Brent Council


Wednesday, March 27th - From Vampires to Vaudeville - a talk by Alison Hopkins about her mother who was a Windmill Girl and also did work for BBC radio; also her great grandfather who was co-founder of Hammer Films and also in vaudeville.

Wednesday, April 24th - Safeguarding - a talk by Sophie Allen, a local head teacher.

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 August 2019. Look out for recent changes and additions highlighted in yellow.

Two Quirky London Visits in March

Places for our tours of Salter's Hall on the afternoon of Thursday March 14th and of London Transport Depot's Poster and Art Collection are now full up. A tour of the Royal Hospital Chelsea is being arranged on the morning of Wednesday 8th May. More details next month.

For more information contact Louise Bennett 020 8907 2060, 07758 586813 (email

Art History Course - Great Artists of the 17th Century (Part 2)

Jennifer Mill's 11-part course continues on Thursday, 21st February. The remaining topics are:

6. Mary Beale & other female artists
7. David Teniers the younger
8. El Greco
9. Velasquez
10. Zurbaran & others
11. Murillo

10am every Thursday till March 28th at the Bowling Club.

US Presidents

More US Presidents talks in April - Many of you will remember John Matlin's excellent talks in autumn 2017 on US Presidents (FDR to Nixon) The great news is that John has agreed to do two further sessions on Ronald Reagan (April 4th, Bill Clinton (April 11th) and George Bush 1 & 2 (April 18th).

Travel Club - Liverpool & Chester Coach Trip June 9th-13th 2019

The Liverpool & Chester trip, shared with Mill Hill and Barnet U3A is going ahead and the bookings have been sent off to Harry Shaw Group Travel. Kenton members who are going should have had confirmation of their booking from Harry Shaw. Latest information is that around 6 Kenton members are going. There are still places though these may be limited to double/twin rooms for couples and people prepared to share but there may still be single rooms available.

Contact Liz Driscoll at Mill Hill and Barnet U3A directly for up to date information. Telephone 020 8959 2010 or email

If you require general information about the trip email Kevin O'Doherty. Liz is arranging a get-together before the trip for all participants around late April/early May.


Play Reading Our play reading for Monday February 25th will be At the Sign of the Crippled Harlequin by Norman Robbins an engaging thriller - rich with shocks and laughs! 2 pm at the Bowling Club.

Healthy Living Group The March 19th session, facilitated by Diana O'Reardon, will discuss stress, relaxation and sleep. The March 19th session, with Diana O'Reardon, will discuss stress, relaxation and sleep. Further details from Sonia (

Music Appreciation - The Music Appreciation Group continues to flourish under the direction of Herbie Goldberg. Word has spread about his interesting lectures and more people than ever are joining. On Thursday 14th March Herbie will be dealing with early 20th century composers such as Sir Hubert Parry, well known for "Jerusalem" amongst many other works. He will continue to explore the works of other British composers in the next few months. All meetings are now held at the Bowling Club.

Art - Sketching & Watercolour This group involves members bringing their own materials to produce their own artwork in socialbe company and share tips about the artworks they are creating. The next session is 2 pm Tuesday, February 26th.

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 - The Rivals David Harris plans to finish our study of Sheridan's play The Rivals at his next session at the Bowling Club at 1000 on February 26th. On March 12th there will be a DVD screening of the Bristol Old Vic performing the play, starting at 9.45 am and costing £1 each. Looking ahead, we'll be moving on to the Romantic Poets. David will be taking us through some of the work of William Blake and William Wordsworth, to be followed in due course by Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron and John Keats.

German English Film Club - What's On? The Friday film on 1st March at 2:30 pm at Sara Maier's is "Margery & Gladys." The Friday March 15th film will be "The Life of Brian" Monty Python Call to let Sara know (020 8908 0582) that you plan to come.

Film Club - What's On - Details about the film to be shown at 2 pm on Thursday 7th March at Richard's are available from Richard. For more information about future showings, pleasecontact Ruth Levere on 020 8909 155 or or Richard Stanton on 020 8866 2041 or

What are your Holiday Memories At the next meeting the group is going to continue sharing their personal memories about holidays and move on to discussing customs and sayings. 1000 am at the Bowling Club on March 13th. New members interested in sharing their memories would be especially welcomed. Contact John Collier for details 020 8904 2346 or (

Rambling Group - where to next? The next walk is on Sunday, March 17th at the Rickmansworth Aquaderome. This was one of our summer walks in 2016. Come and explore the lakes of Rickmansworth Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve. The lakes are a result of gravel extraction and naturally filled with water from local springs and the River Colne and are home to a variety of wildlife and plants. Paths are wide and on a level gradient. Meet at 10:00 am in Preston Road Underground waiting room. There is a free car park at the Aquadrome so, if coming by car, meet at the cafe at 10:30 am.

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

Museum and Gallery Visits - Eva Groszmann is arranging visits on Thursday 7th March (originally 21st February - moved date to incorporate an added interesting exhibition) to the Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner; and March 27th (Tate Modern's Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory exhibition).
Further details from Eva - 020 8907 5691 or

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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The Bowling Club is naturally concerned about security and has asked that KU3A groups using the club are reminded of the following: Please remove the wedge from the front door when your group has arrived. When leaving, the last person out needs to make sure that the door has fully closed and locked. You also need to ensure that all the lights are switched off in the hall and kitchen, the kitchen water heater is off, all windows are closed, all radiators are switched off. If you have moved chairs and tables for your meeting these need to be put back.

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.




To be held in the Main Hall,Old Town Hall, 213 Haverstock Hill, NW3 4QP 23rd-25th April 2019




23rd, 24th and 25th JULY 2019

St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ
(Easy access: 5 minutes from Blackfriars underground station)


Choose from 28 different talks, 4 workshops, and 6 guided walks around the City of London

There is a wide range of topics taken from the themes of Art,Current Affairs, History, Literature, Music, Science and Travel
This year we have also selected ‘Celebration of the Sea’ as a general theme

Programme and applications are available via the Events page of the London Region website: and through individual U3As
You can book online or use a postal application form

Non-residential: Attendance can be for one, two or three days and the cost is £38 per day
Refreshments and a cold buffet lunch are included
If you have any queries, please contact Chris Feldman or Tel: 020 8449 4847


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