Kenton & District U3A Noticeboard

Tales from the 18th Century - The truth behind 'The Favourite'
Tuesday, February 5th 2 pm at the Bowling Club

Many of you will remember Ruth Herman's interesting series of tales from the 18th Century, based on her own research in the archives. Ruth has agreed to run a special session on Tuesday February 5th at 2pm at the bowling club looking at the truth behind the film: The Favourite. This is a recently released historical period comedy, which addresses the relationship between the Duchess of Marlborough and her younger cousin, vying to be court favourites of Queen Anne.


Wednesday, January 23rd: The Housing Crisis - Causes, Challenges and Solutions by Danny Kaye.

Wednesday, February 27th - A talk on Civil Partnerships by Mark Rimmer, former head registrar at Brent Council

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


Two Quirky London Visits in March

Louise Bennett has arranged two interesting morning visits in March. First, a private tour of Salter's Hall on the afternoon of Thursday March 14th. The Salter's Company has its origins in the salt trade and is one of the City of London livery companies. Cost is £5 each. Second, a private guided tour of London Transport Depot's Poster and Art Collection in Acton Town on the afternoon of March 19th by David Burnell - who gave us the fascinating talk on the museum's collection at our monthly meeting in October last year. Cost £4 each. See Flyer attached for more detailed information.

If you want to come to any of these visits contact Louise Bennett 020 8907 2060, 07758 586813 (email

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

Jennifer Mill's new 11-part course, starting on January 10th, will focus on the Southern Netherlands, England and Spain. Looking first at the close connections between the Netherlands and England via Rubens and Van Dyck. Then weeks 4-6 will focus on some less well-known English artists. Moving on to the strong links between Spain and the Southern Netherlands (which was, at that time, Spanish) and the 17th century Golden Age of Spanish art.
The weekly topics are:
1. Rubens
2. Rubens & friends
3. Van Dyck
4. William Dobson & Samuel Cooper
5. Peter Lely & J M Wright
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 (except February 14th) 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) and Bill Clinton (April 11th).

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

Mill Hill U3A Travel Group is organising a 5-day Trip to Liverpool and Chester, staying at the Novotel in Liverpool centre for four nights. Kenton U3A members are invited to join the trip. For more information CLICK HERE or email Kevin O'Doherty by clicking on the link. Booking deposits must be received by January 31st.


Click here for Revised KU3A DIARY to end of April 2019. This has the dates and times for all groups through to the end of April 2019, where appropriate. Look out for recent changes and additions highlighted in yellow. Board & Card Games - February 5th The session on February 5th has been cancelled (see the truth behind 'The Favourite' above. The next session is 1.30 pm on March 5th at the Bowling Club.

Play Reading Our play reading for Monday January 28th will be One Man, Two Guvnors. In Richard Bean's English version of Goldoni's Italian Comedy, sex, food and money are high on the agenda! 2 pm at the Bowling Club.

Healthy Living Group - February 19th Visit Regular members of this group are going on a free guided tour of the Medicine Now exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, Euston Road at 11:30 am preceded by coffee at 11 am. Further details from Sonia Sassoon ( The March 19th session, with Diana O'Reardon, will discuss stress, relaxation and sleep.

Music Appreciation - All meetings are now held at the Bowling Club. The next date is 2 pm on Thursday February 14th, when Herbie Goldberg will continue his presentation of the exceptional music of Sir Arthur Sullivan, and leading onto his comic operatic colaborations with W S Gilbert.

BRIDGE CLUB Kindly check directly with Normal Levy (020 8904 3906) about the next scheduled session.

Art - Sketching & Watercolour We are pleased that Trixi will continue to lead this group; where members bring their own materials and share tips about the artworks they are creating. The next session is 2 pm on Tuesday, January 22nd.

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

Magic of the Musicals - Extra Date - The next session is a 'bonus session' on January 22nd, then back to the regular schedule on February 5th.

English Literature Bring your copy of Sheridan's 18th Century comedy of manners play, The Rivals, to David Harris's next sessions at the Bowling Clug at 10 am on Tuesday February 12th, then March 12th. Please note that January 22nd is a Magic of the Musicals session, not English Literature.

German English Film Club - What's On? On February 1st the film is Hobson's Choice (David Lean) 2:30 pm at Sara Maier's. Call to let her know (020 8908 0582) you plan to come.

Film Club - What's On The January film is: The Piano (on the 21st at Ruth's). February's films are: 10 Rillington Place (on the 7th at Richard's) and Milk (on the 18th at Ruth's). To confirm you plan to attend: call Ruth Levere on 020 8909 1557 (email or Richard Stanton on 020 8866 2041 (email

What are your Holiday Memories The theme of the next meeting is Holidays. 1000 am at the Bowling Club on February 13th. New members interested in sharing their memories would be especially welcomed. Contact John Collier for details 020 8904 2346 or (

Rambling Group The next walk is on Sunday January 20th to the Olympic Park near Stratford. Diana O'Reardon and Kevin O'Doherty will lead the walk around the venues built for the 2012 Olympics. Meet at 10 am in Preston Road Underground waiting room. Bring water and lunch to eat en route. Cafes on site. For more information about our Rambling Group please email the coordinator, Kevin O'Doherty, by clicking on his name or phoning him on 07958 482843

Museum and Gallery Visits Eva Groszmann is arranging visits on Wednesday January 30th to the Royal Academy to see Klimt/Shiele Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna, plus Bill Viola/Michaelangelo: Life Death Rebirth); Thursday February 21st (visit 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.


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