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Ageing in the 21st Century     

Meets 4.30 on Wednesday the 20th of January
Details As people who are ageing, our voices are often lost, and our choices restricted. This programme of six fortnightly sessions is aimed at informing us about the discourse driving public policy, public services, and the decisions about our future, when we are less able to make them for ourselves. Can we actively shape our future? We will explore how ageing is represented, and how public policy shapes our choices. For each session, there will be an online presentation, or short document which will give us the starting point for a critical evaluation of the present provision for an ageing population, and lead towards a discussion of what alternative models we might imagine.

Architecture     

Meets 3rd Thursday each month
Details Hope to see you at the monthly meetings. We are currently meeting and doing our "walks" online Nick Coulson

Art in London     

Meets Once or twice per month, varied
Details Visits to exhibitions and galleries (indoor visits are paused in view of latest lockdown restrictions, see calendar for outdoor meetups). Ad hoc discussion groups via Zoom - please contact co-ordinator for details of next study groups.

Art: i-Pad Painting & Drawing     

Meets Mon 10.30 every two weeks
Details This friendly informal group will be hosted by an amateur enthusiast. We will be using the Procreate app but are also open to other suggestions. We will be using our own very varied choice of subject matter resulting in friendly sharing and inspiring activities

Art: Life Drawing     

Meets Thursday 14.30
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Art: Painting & Drawing     

Meets 1st & 3rd Tues 10.00
Details Getting together to paint and draw. We use paint, water colour and acrylic, chalks, charcoal, inks and try a variety of exercises.

BBC Global Philosophers     

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BBC Reith2020 Discussion Group     

Meets Every Tuesday from 19th January 2021 for 5 weeks
Details A short life Discussion Group with an introductory getting to know each other session followed by discussions on the 4 Reith 2020 lectures given by former Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney that explore the relationship between economic value and human values: 1) Why have financial values come to be considered more important than human ones? 2) What lessons have been learnt from the 2008 financial crash? 3) Exploration of the tensions between economic and human values during the pandemic. 4) Proposals on the ways in which the market can be redirected to alleviating climate change.

Birdwatching     

Meets Two visits per month
Details While we have over fifty signed up members, most of our visits we have about 6. So not too many to disturb the birds! We range from complete beginners to a few with some experience of birdwatching. New members are welcome, whatever their level of expertise. Group members share ideas they have for outings, and we do our best to follow up all of them. We try to have one local half day visit and one further afield longer day, per month. The emphasis is very much on getting out and enjoying nature and birds in particular. If you would like to join the group, please sign up on the Groups listing page. Currently due to Covid-19 we are not showing visit details here in Beacon. Look at the web site for latest info.

Book Group - German     

Meets Monday morning at 10am, approx every 6 weeks
Details We read mainly, but not exclusively, modern German literature, then meet to discuss it. Members can speak in either English or German, in whichever language they feel most comfortable. Our first choice of book was "Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharine Blum" by Heinrich Boell. More recently we have read 'Tyll' by Daniel Kehlmann and "Altes Land" by Dörte Hansen.

Book Group - Rethink Economics     

Meets Friday morning twice a month
Details The Great Financial Crash of 2008 unleashed an exciting wave of new thinking about economics and about its relationship with politics and with society. As a result it is becoming clearer again that economics is not a science, it is a contested arena. In this book group we will explore the most interesting of this wave of new thinking, reading books or articles chosen by group members and considering their implications for today’s politics.

Book Group - Science Fiction     

Meets Friday afternoons, every five or six weeks
Details We discuss science fiction novels, novellas and short stories chosen by members. We meet at a member's house in Highbury.

Book Group - Short Stories     

Meets 2nd Monday of each month
Details We meet at the coordinator's house near Old Street roundabout to discuss the 5 short stories (about 70 - 80 pages) that we read during the month. Over the 3 years since we've been meeting our reading has ranged from stories that date as far back as Aesop to contemporary authors. We've made our way through 2 large collections, one of British shorts (Penguin, V2) and one claiming to include the 100 finest shorts from around the world (but it was largely Western). We take occasional detours and have read fairy tales, African shorts, Norse myths and Greek Myths. We're just about to try something new again, reading 3 science fiction classics along side 2 from a single contemporary author of mixed heritage. :)

Book Group -Mid 20th Century 2     

Meets 2nd Friday at 11am
Details Currently devoted to reading British, Irish and Commonwealth works published during the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Recently we have read *Flora Thompson, Lark Rise *R C Sherriff, The Fortnight in September *Patrick Hamilton, Hangover Square

Book Group -Mid-20th century 1     

Meets 2nd Thursday at 11;30
Details British, Irish and Commonwealth books, currently from the 20s, 30s and 40s. Recent reading has included: *Julia Strachey, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding *P G Wodehouse, Right Ho, Jeeves *Elizabeth Bowen, The House in Paris

Book Group 1     

Meets 4th Mon 10.15
Details Informal reading and discussion of both fiction and non-fiction books chosen by group members. Meets monthly in Highbury on Monday mornings

Book Group 2     

Meets 3rd Wed of month
Details Discussion of a varied selection of books, chosen by members, in a relaxed and friendly environment

Book Group 3     

Meets 2nd Mon 14.30
Details Reading and discussion of books chosen by members

Book Group 4     

Meets 2nd Mon 10.00
Details Reading and discussion of books chosen by members

Book Group 5     

Meets 1st Tues 11.00
Details Discussion of a varied selection of books, chosen by members, in a relaxed and friendly environment

Book Group 6     

Meets Ist Wed - 10.30
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Book Group 7     

Meets 3rd Thurs 3pm
Details In this book group we read a wide selection of books with no particular theme. Each member will have a chance to put forward a book that they think may interest the group. So far this has proved successful and rewarding. We meet every third Thursday each month at 3.30pm In Finsbury Park.

Book Group- French 1     

Meets Tues every 6 weeks 14.30
Details Discussion in English of books written in French. read a wide range of books from classics such as Balzac and Zola to modern novels such as "En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule" by Edouard Louis.

Book Group- French 2     

Meets Mon approximately every 6 weeks 10.30
Details Discussion of books written in French. The discussion is conducted largely in French, although members use English as necessary. The level of French is quite variable, and at present there are no native speakers in the group. The books are mostly contemporary, although we have read a few nineteenth-century classics.

Bridge     

Meets 1st & 3rd Thurs 14.00
Details Friendly bridge sessions - usually two to four tables

Chamber Music     

Meets Once per month, varied
Details A gathering of like minded musicians to form groups and enjoy playing classical chamber music together

Chess for beginners     

Meets Contact coordinator for details of Zoom meetings.
Details We are a friendly group with beginners at various stages. We have excellent coaches who advise and help us to improve. Our venue is a very pleasant pub in the Highbury area. We are in need of players with some experience who will help our beginners learn this intriguing game. We cannot accept any new beginner members at the moment.

Coffee Mornings     

Meets Once per month, varied
Details Monthly coffee mornings, which are free of charge, enable members to get to know others who live near them. Priority is given to members who have not yet attended a coffee morning.

Concerts: Classical & Jazz     

Meets Occasional advice to members about online concerts
Details Classical and jazz concerts in a variety of London venues.

Concerts: Folk & World Music     

Meets Every 4-6 weeks
Details Please note that concert visits are currently suspended. In normal times this group aims for one folk/world concert visit every 4 weeks, to venues such as Kings Place, Union Chapel and Cecil Sharp House as well as larger halls and local informal folk clubs and bars.Concerts normally take place in the evening. Ticket prices for formal concerts are normally in the range £15-£25:clubs/bars charge modest entry fees or request donations. Core interests include English/Scottish/Irish/other Celtic folk, klezmer, gypsy and other traditional music. Concerts may feature well-established names, recent Folk Award nominees or new artistes. Members buy their own tickets and meet up by pre-arrangement with the organiser before the concert.

Crafts     

Meets 2nd Tues 14.30, currently not meeting
Details A self-help group for portable craft - bring along your work, share your expertise and learn from other members

Cryptic Crosswords     

Meets 1st and 3rd Mon 14.30
Details Meet other members and learn how to solve cryptic crossword puzzles and improve your skills

Current Affairs 1     

Meets 2nd and 4th Weds at 10am
Details A discussion group covering a wide range of current affairs. Topics to talk about are decided on the day based primarily on the main stories in the newspapers and other media. It is quite informal and conducted in a way which helps understanding and the sharing of views on what is happening. Holding forth on individual opinions is strongly discouraged and everybody's view is listened to and respected. The atmosphere is very convivial.

Current Affairs 2     

Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday 2.30pm
Details A wide-ranging current affairs discussion group covering a mix of topics agreed in advance, with occasional background reading, as well as topics chosen on the day. The emphasis is on learning and the sharing of views rather than argument and the assertion of individual opinions. Meetings via Zoom until further notice.

Dance visits     

Meets Varied
Details Enjoy dance with iU3A (from the comfort of your seat!). The core programming of this new group will be the opportunity to enjoy dance via a live cinema relay at the comfortable Barbican cinema, in the company of iU3A friends. Additional live performances at a local theatre can be added if the group agrees. Members will be responsible for buying their own tickets and there’ll be the opportunity to meet beforehand and in the intervals. Group discussions can be arranged if there’s demand and there are volunteers to facilitate them!

Dancing - Scottish     

Meets 1st Tuesday of the Month October to June 7 - 9 pm
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Discovering Islington On Foot     

Meets 2nd or 3rd Wed
Details Get to know the nooks and crannies of Islington and neighbouring boroughs through a one / one and a half hour walk

Economics for People +     

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Exploring London     

Meets At least once per month, varied
Details Explore your city with walks and visits to places of interest in or near London, with at least one 'day trip' a year!

Film - Classic & World     

Meets Weekly Zoom on Wednesday at 4 pm
Details A group which used to meet in Islington at the Old Fire Station to watch and discuss classic & world films. During Covid-19 times, we watch films online in our own time, then discuss on Zoom.

Film - Current, Reimagined     

Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays
Details Zoom meetings at 4pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month to discuss a film that we’ve viewed beforehand at home.

Film - Spanish     

Meets Ist Monday
Details This group will be of equal interest to iU3A members with no knowledge of the Spanish language as those learning Spanish, as all films will be subtitled in English. There will be 10 screenings between October and July, usually on the first Monday of the month, at the Old Fire Station in Mayton Street. The films will be drawn from several countries in Latin America as well as Spain, and will cover a wide range of genres. There will be an opportunity for members who have DVDs in Spanish to have them included in the programme. Plenty of time will be allowed for a group discussion at the end, to ensure we get the most out of each film.

Food - World Cuisine     

Meets 1st Tuesday early evening
Details This will be an early evening dining group, which will normally meet on the first Tuesday of the month. The aim will be to explore world cuisine by meeting in a small group to eat in local restaurants in Islington and beyond. Members will need to join the group first, then there will be a monthly first come, first served signing up process to a maximum of around eight members per event.

Freeflow Eutony     

Meets Group 1 Thur, Group 2 Fri
Details Freeflow Eutony is about the pleasure of feeling alive in your own body. It helps you develop better balance, fluidity in your movements, easier sitting posture, and strength and lightness in your step. It is suitable for people at all levels of fitness. While coronavirus is with us, we will meet on zoom, and the sessions will only last ½ an hour. All you'll need is a calm room and a chair. Lying on the floor is optional. These zoom sessions are only open to those who have had at least 8 “live” sessions before. For further information and enrolment please contact Therese directly.

French Advanc. Conversation 1     

Meets 2nd & 4th Fri 10.30
Details Discussions about topical subjects in a French context, introduced and led by a native French speaker

French Advanc. Conversation 2     

Meets 2nd & 4th Sat 10.30
Details Discussions about topical subjects in a French context

French Interm. Conversation 1     

Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday 3pm - 4.30pm, now fortnightly
Details Discussion in French on topics chosen by the group; presentations on eg events, news, films, plays, books etc. Practice in asking and answering questions. Currently held via zoom, fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons, depending on the coordinator's and members' availability. The group re-started on Tuesday 6 October 2020; 3.30pm until 5.00pm

Gardening     

Meets normally first Thursday of the month
Details We are having very small open air get togethers on the first Thursday of the month

German Advanced Conversation     

Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday
Details Conversation, work on texts and visits to exhibitions, covering all aspects of German culture (art, literature, society).

German Interm. Conversation     

Meets alternate Tuesdays
Details We are a small, welcoming group of people who are generally interested in German art, culture and society. We talk in German about a wide range of topics informally over a cup of coffee. Topics are chosen by the group and may include discussing political events, a film, an exhibition or a poem. Depending on members’ suggestions, we may also read a short newspaper article or meet at a gallery or a German-related event offered elsewhere in London. The group is supported by the co-ordinator who is a native speaker and an experienced professional. Do get in touch with us if you would like to practise your German in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere and your language ability is at intermediate level or above.

Green Issues     

Meets First Thursday in the Month (Virtual)
Details This group will discuss contemporary issues that confront our modern lives such as recycling and plastics and non-fossil fuels. The programme of topics will be determined by the members of the group. The scope will be broad to provide for suggestions and perspectives from group members about their particular interests. Some basic introductory material will be distributed prior to each meeting to encourage participation at the meetings. There is the possibility of having speakers or experts from local green groups and of visiting establishments such as the local recycling centre.

History In A Global Context     

Meets 2nd and 4th Monday of the month
Details The Group chooses a period in history and researches what happened at that time across the world. We each choose a subject that takes our fancy, read around it, and then talk about it. Our new period is 1700-1815, and talks can be as short as 15 minutes or take the whole session

History: Local     

Meets 3rd Tues every other month
Details The group's interest is in discovering and researching local history - Islington and adjoining boroughs. It is a discussion group where individual interests can be shared and joint projects taken forward.

Humanism     

Meets 1600 every Tuesday from 10/11/20 to 15/12/20
Details Introducing Humanism: Non-religious Approaches to Life WEEK 1: HUMANISM AND THE HUMAN BEING WEEK 2: UNDERSTANDING REALITY WEEK 3: MAKING LIFE MEANINGFUL WEEK 4: BEING GOOD WEEK 5: HUMANISM IN PRACTICE: A BETTER WORLD? WEEK 6: WHAT IS HUMANISM?

I-Pad Users     

Meets 2nd Mon
Details Shared learning among group members on the use of Apple iPads

International Affairs     

Meets 4th Thursday 2.30
Details If you like discussing international contemporary events in a lively and informative atmosphere, the International Affairs group provides a great way of doing so. In turn one member in each month provides a very short paper on a chosen topic and then it is discussed in the group. There are definitely no experts/outside speakers and so all the discussion is entirely self generated. We all want to be better informed so it is all about dialogue not argument. For 2019/20 topics will be primarily centred on a range of issues facing the world at a time of great uncertainly in the international arena. Recent topics have included China/Japan, globalisation, the rise of populism, India and China in Africa. During the current Lockdown we are meeting using Zoom.

IT Support     

Meets Continuous
Details This Group has many forms of operation. See the webpage for more details: http://www.islingtonu3a.org/group-news/IT%20Support.html

Italian Intermediate Conv.     

Meets 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM
Details This group concerns Italian Intermediate conversation (Zoom platforms).

Italian Intermediate/Advanced     

Meets Fri 11.00 to be notified once or twice a month
Details General conversation in Italian - good conversational ability.

Latin     

Meets Alternate Weds
Details Crouch End and District U3A have invited members from iU3A to join their Latin group. The group is for both beginners and those who already know some Latin. The aim is to have fun, though scholars are welcome too. Please contact: groups@islingtonu3a.org and we can then forward your contact details.

Mahjong     

Meets 2nd & 4th Thurs 14.00
Details The mahjong groups meets twice a month and caters for all levels of players. People whom have not played but wanting to learn should contact the organiser directly regarding lessons. Our style is Western and we will score but this is something you can pick up as you go along. If you have any questions please email me.

Meditation     

Meets Mons 10-11am for 8 weekly sessions. Starts Jan 11
Details Meditation on the Natural Breath An 8 week on-line course Further information on the Iu3A Meditation Webpage. Please email the Coordinator, Jeanie Phillips, if you are interested in joining this group. yoga.iu3a@gmail.com

Meditation 2. Second course.     

Meets Thursdays 3:30-4:30 for 8 weeks starting 15 April
Details Prana Samyama Meditation on the Natural Breath An 8 week on-line course on consecutive Thursdays.15 April-3 June 3.30-4.30pm Further information on the Iu3A Meditation Webpage. Please email the Coordinator, Jeanie Phillips, if you are interested in joining this group.

MOTO (Members On Their Own)     

Meets Various, including weekends
Details A social group with a difference. Members are putting a positive spin on living without spouses or partners and want to participate in and organise interesting events, outings and activities with people in the same situation. Some of the activities may well take place at those times when other people are involved with family, ie on Sundays and other holidays. So far we have had 2 meetings on a Sunday lunchtime in restaurants to discuss how to develop a distinctive set of activities. We expect members to volunteer to organise visits and experiences that may appeal to varying numbers of other members of the group, from just going to a one-off talk with one or two others, to arranging a group holiday abroad – it’s up to us. Ideas and invitations will be posted via Beacon to members and signing up for particular dates will mostly be necessary. Sub groups may form. Could be revolutionary. Regular meetings open to the whole group are certainly important but whether it’s a coffee morning or a sunny picnic is not yet clear.

New Members Tea 16 Feb 21     

Meets Tuesday 16 February 2021
Details Virtual new members meet-up for joiners since January 2020 who have not yet attended a new member event.

New Members Tea 4 Feb 21 (1)     

Meets Thursday 4 Feb 2021
Details New member zoom meet-up for joiners since January 2020 who have not yet attended a new member event.

Opera Visits     

Meets Variable, depending on the performance.
Details Visits to shows are not possible but there are many websites screening free productions on a daily basis. I circulate the most easily accessible on a regular basis and am happy to talk newcomers through any IT problems in logging onto sites. We are now holding zoom sessions roughly every 6 weeks with presentation and discussion on 2 operas screened on opera vision website. There is a chance to chat with others as well. (Visits to operas both live and screened, and talks on upcoming productions from group members. Pre performance meet up at local cafe before-hand for chat and catch up).

Petanque     

Meets Every Tues 10.30
Details Friendly games of petanque (also known as boules) From time to time we also arrange games with other groups on other days but this is not compulsory.

Philosophy     

Meets 1st Fri 10.30
Details A discussion group looking at central issues in philosophy from an engaged but definitely non-professional viewpoint

Playreading     

Meets 2nd Tues 10.15am and 4th Tues 2pm, every 2 months
Details Reading plays selected by members of the group

Poetry Appreciation     

Meets 1st & 3rd Mon 11am
Details Members read published poetry, from any period, on a theme chosen by the group, followed by discussion

Power and Politics - Group 1     

Meets 3rd Friday
Details This new way of learning for iU3A uses a Massive Open Online Course called “Power and Politics in Today’s World” by Professor Ian Shapiro of Yale University. This ranges from the euphoria that accompanied the collapse of communism in the late 1980s to the politics of fear and resentment that has overtaken much of the world since 2016, focusing on how did we get from there to here, what comes next and what could lead us to better politics? Members watch one video lecture at home, and then meet once a month to discuss it.

Power and Politics - Group 2     

Meets 3rd Friday 2.30 p.m.
Details This new way of learning for iU3A uses a Massive Open Online Course called “Power and Politics in Today’s World” by Professor Ian Shapiro of Yale University. This ranges from the euphoria that accompanied the collapse of communism in the late 1980s to the politics of fear and resentment that has overtaken much of the world since 2016, focusing on how did we get from there to here, what comes next and what could lead us to better politics? Members watch two video lectures at home, and then meet once a month to discuss them.

Pub lunches     

Meets Once or twice a month, varied
Details Lunches are at pubs in the Islington Area. We welcome suggestions as to new venues, bearing in mind transportation issues. We are not limited in numbers and we welcome new members. Just email me for details. In the circumstances of Corvid-19, we are experimenting with various "virtual" formats.

Rethinking Fairness     

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Rising China & Africa's...Oil     

Meets Monday fortnightly at 4:30
Details This course considers how Africa can get the most out of the natural resources that it produces. It uses the lens of oil production to assess the impact of the rise of China on Africa's development.

Science Interests and Issues     

Meets 2nd Mon of each month 14.30
Details A group which discusses current science and technology and the issues it raises for society, and which visits places of scientific interest.

Scrabble     

Meets Paused during lockdown; then alternateThursdays
Details A friendly game of scrabble. Members will be emailed with actual dates and locations.

Singing - Cooperative     

Meets 2nd & 4th Wed 10.30
Details Co-operative singing is a group of people who enjoy singing and who come together to share with each other the kind of music they enjoy and to try new things.

Spanish Advanc. Conversation     

Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday 10am
Details Topical conversation in Spanish

Spanish Interm. Conversation     

Meets 2nd Friday 2:30pm
Details Intermediate level. Need to be fluent enough to hold a social conversation and participate.

Table Tennis     

Meets Tues 11.30 Zoom. Outside also
Details We played very successfully, until the first lockdown, at a commercial venue in Old Street. Since then a number of our players have been valiantly playing outdoors at 3 different venues. Others players have been meeting on Zoom for a friendly conversation. Lesley Alt

Theatre - Fringe     

Meets 3/4 weekday evenings a month
Details London has more fringe theatres than any other city in the world and Islington has many of them. The fringe theatre group goes to a wide range of fringe plays often but not only in Islington and nearby venues. For example the Kings Head, Old Red Lion, Park, Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Southwark Playhouse, Soho, Arcola. We have a wide range of tastes from the classic to the very modern, drama, comedy and cabaret. Because we try to visit three or four times a month there is always plenty of choice. Notice of planned visits is sent out to group members regularly with play details and notice of when we are going. The group is very informal. Each member buys their own ticket, between £12 - £25, which is incredibly good value, and just turns up at the theatre. All visits are in the evening and we meet in the bar about half an hour or so before curtain (if there is one) up. We also meet monthly for a morning coffee in the Park Theatre cafe and have a chat about anything we like that is vaguely related to the theatre.

Theatre visits     

Meets Once a month - varied
Details Theatre visits followed by a chat over a cup/glass of something in a nearby cafe. We also meet periodically in a pub/cafe in Islington to discuss the plays we have seen in more detail

Volunteers     

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Walking with a camera     

Meets To be agreed
Details This is a new group, prompted by the recent Monthly Meeting talk on the history of photography, in which the speaker noted that many U3As have a popular group of this kind. If you are interested in walking/strolling with others, initially around Islington, come and join us.

Walks - Leisurely     

Meets Once a month on varying days of the week
Details This group will offer a monthly walk (on different days of the week) of up to three miles. The pace will be leisurely, with pauses along the way.

Walks - Longer     

Meets Varied
Details The Longer Walks group has a programme of walks normally of between 8 to 14 miles, usually with options to shorten the walk. Walks are over a full day with a break for lunch.

Walks - Nordic     

Meets Twice a month, on varying days
Details Nordic Walking is a specific technique for walking with poles that is far more effective in burning calories and whole body toning than walking alone. Members will need to have attended the training sessions, or be experienced Nordic Walkers, and have their own Nordic walking poles. Hiking poles are not suitable. Waterproof trainers are the best footwear; walking boots are not flexible enough. All walks will be in London Parks and accessible by public transport. There will be two walks a month, of varying lengths depending on location and will accommodate the needs of people wanting shorter and longer walks. They will all start with a warm up and end with a cool down.

Walks - Shorter     

Meets Twice a month on varying days of the week
Details The Shorter Walks Group has half-day morning walks of about 5 miles twice a month. Walks include a coffee break and usually end with an optional lunch. Each walk is advertised on the iU3A website in advance, with links to a sign-up form and details. Additional popup walks occur from time to time. Details are emailed to members about a week in advance.

Wine Appreciation     

Meets Once a month
Details The group will meet in members’ houses. There will be a theme selected by the group members (in advance), eg Loire wines. There will be a sign-up for each session with the limit set at the first 10. The person bringing a bottle will be expected to have researched the provenance and present to the Group. Nibbles will be provided by hosts. There will be a charge of £10 per head per session attended. This will cover the cost of wine & food for the evening with any surplus carried forward toward a group outing. Held early in an evening.

Writing: Creative 1     

Meets Monthly - Tuesdays or Wednesdays
Details The group is for writers who are engaged in or interested in working on longer pieces of writing, are happy to take turns in sharing their work and are willing to spend time listening to the work of others and offering constructive criticism. Members are free to choose their own genre, for example fiction, memoir, political writing. The group meets every four weeks usually on a Tuesday or Wednesday, as agreed by the members, in an accessible café in Islington.

Writing: Creative 2     

Meets 2nd Tuesday 2:30 pm
Details WHAT: A writers' workshop where members can share and discuss ideas, works-in-progress and finished pieces. Both experienced writers and beginners are welcome, as are all types of writing: e.g. fiction, memoir, poetry, other nonfiction, of any length. Members share issues that arise in their writing, discuss challenges and successes, read their work and listen to that of others, providing feedback and encouragement..

Writing: Memoir     

Meets Last Wednesday of the month.
Details explore and practise the writing of memoirs, autobiographies, biographies, family or group histories, etc., a form of writing which perhaps appeals more to us as we grow older and begin to reflect on our lives and times and those of our families or associates. We would meet monthly, or as often as is practical, to provide a forum to discuss such writing and to listen to and provide feedback on contributions from members of the group.

Yoga     

Meets Wednesdays
Details Classes for mixed abilities run by a trained BWY instructor. Zoom Yoga meetings Wednesdays 12-1pm/1.15pm Please email the co-ordinator to join the group or with any questions