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The next meeting is on Wednesday October 23rd- Jim Moher on Walter Citrine, Baron of Wembley.


Wednesday, November 27th - John Smerin on How Sound Came to the Cinema
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.

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.

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

MUSEUM AND GALLERY VISITS - Eva Groszmann is arranging a visit to an exhibition on Wednesday 13th November. 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. There will not be any classes during October but it resumes on Tuesday, 12th November at 2 pm at the Bowling Club.

English Literature - Jane Austen Films While David Harris is away we will be pausing our study of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. However, we will be showing films on the Tuesday mornings of October 29th and November 26th (NB the 26th replaces the original planned screening date of 12th November). The 29th October film is the 1940 black & white version of Pride & Prejudice starring Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson. The 26th November film is Jane Austen's Persuasion with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds (BBC 1995).The films will start promptly at 10 am in the Bowling Club. David starts up again with Pride and Prejudice on Tuesday 10th December.

History Discussion - Canals Following a good attendance at the first meeting, the next session will be held at the bowling club on Wednesday October 23rd at 1:30pm (not October 9th at 2:30pm). Jean Hossain will lead a discussion on the development of canals and railways during the industrial revolution. Members are encouraged to contribute their own knowledge and experience.

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 - Ernest Hemingway The next meeting of Zsuzsanna Messing's bi-monthly group will be at 2pm on Thursday October 31st at Rochelle Shapiro's house in Woodhill Crescent, Kenton. The author to be discussed will be Ernest Hemingway - an American novelist and short-story writer who won the 1954 Nobel Literature Prize. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature. The subsequent meeting will be on December 19th. New members welcome, including one-off Hemingway fans.

Please contact Zsuzsanna for Rochelle's address and let her know which of Ernest's works you plan to read - or 020 8205 8040.

Current Affairs in Depth - Colonisation of Africa - This new monthly discussion group considers specific topics in depth that sit behind the news headlines. The subject for the next meeting on Tuesday October 29th will be The British Colonisation of Africa and the Effect it had. Come along to learn more and share your own knowledge, perhaps about Britain's colonisation of some particular countries and views on the subject. 2 pm in the Bowling Club.
The topic on November 26th will be the influence 20th century Irish politics has had on the present British scene.
Please contact Rosemary if you plan to attend -

Music Appreciation - English Composers Herbie Goldberg will continue his exploration of English composers with the life and works of William Hurlstone at his next session at 2 pm on Thursday, November 14th at the Bowling Club. Hurlstone was a composer who died young, before his full potential could be realised but whose teacher considered him the most talented of his pupils, above Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst.

Cookery - what's on the menu? In November there will be just one cookery session, on Thursday, November 21st and the topic will be mince. A two-course lunch is usually cooked during the morning.

Healthy Living At the Tuesday November 19th meeting the group will discuss bones, muscles and joints. Bring along any press cuttings, articles, etc. to help the discussion. 10am at the bowling club.

Speaking in public 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 November 8th, come prepared to introduce the rest of the group to someone, either a friend or member of your family. Describe them, their hobbies, jobs, foibles, why you have picked them..... It doesn't necessarily have to be someone you like!

Rambling Group - where to next Sunday November 17th - North Isle of Dogs - This will include a visit to the Crossrail Roof Garden as well as Dockmasters House; West India Quay Warehouses; Museum of London Docklands; Floating Footbridge; Cabot Square; Canada Square; Billingsgate Fish Market. Meet at 10am 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? On Monday 28th October we'll be reading Wedding of the Year" - a comedy by Norman Robbins. Be our guests ... Invitations not needed! 2 pm at the Bowling Club.

Film Club - What's On The film to be shown at Ruth's house at 2 pm on Monday October 21st will be Evita. On Thursday 7th November, Richard will be screening a film at his house. Please contact him for details. Ruth's next film on Monday 18th November will be the James Cagney gangster movie White Heat

Foreign Film Club - Buena Vista Social Club The next film will be Buena Vista Social Club at 2.30pm on Friday November 1st at the Wembley home of Sara & Jo Maier. The film is a 1999 documentary film about the music of Cuba. Please let Sara know if you intend to come (020 8908 5892)

What are your memories? - Pets On Wednesday November 13th at 10am at the bowling club, the group will share personal memories of old films and radio programmes. 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.



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

Interest group coordinators: Louise Bennett and Peter Rummer - email