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Ageing in 21C: Slow Book Group     

Meets Fortnightly at 4.30pm on Wed. from 6 Oct. - 26Jan.
Details In the format of a ‘Slow Book Group’, we will sample chapters from contemporary writers on the topic of ageing and our ageing society. What are our attitudes to growing older? How do we want to be perceived? How can we take an active role in our health and care as we age? The chapters will be available in electronic form through the iU3A Copyright Licensing Agreement. We may find we want to explore some of the books in greater depth at a later time. We will meet in person on Wednesday 06 October at 4.30pm to get acquainted. Subsequent meetings will on Zoom at 4.30pm on Wednesdays 20 October, 03 November, 17 November, 1 December, 15 December, 12 January, with some members joining individually and others in small groups. The final meeting at 4.30 pm on 26 January will be in person to reflect on what we have learned.


Meets 3rd Thursday at 10:30
Details This group meets to look at local architecture and in doing so we also consider at the history behind the buildings. We are currently meeting and doing our "walks" online, and more recently and within the current Covid restrictions we have started up an in-person walk in the afternoon on the day before the online meeting - contact Nick Coulson for further details

Art in London     

Meets Once or twice per month, varied
Details Visits to exhibitions and galleries - indoor visits are restarting with outdoor socialising where practicable - see calendar for meetups. Ad hoc discussion groups via Zoom - please contact co-ordinator for details of next study groups.

Art: i-Pad Painting & Drawing     

Meets Monday 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 Every Thursday at 14:30
Details We meet weekly to learn and practise life drawing skills.

Art: Painting & Drawing     

Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday at 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     



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 at 10:00, 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 at 10:00, 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 at 14:00, 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 at 10:30
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 1     

Meets 2nd Thursday at 14.00
Details Informal discussion of British, Irish and Commonwealth novels from the 20s to the 60s. Recent reading has included: Molly Keane: Taking Chances Vita Sackville-West: All Passion Spent Graham Greene: Our Man in Havana Alan Paton: Cry, the Beloved Country

Book Group -Mid 20th Century 2     

Meets 2nd Friday at 11:00
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 1     

Meets 4th Monday at 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 Wednesday at 10:30
Details Discussion of a varied selection of books, chosen by members, in a relaxed and friendly environment

Book Group 3     

Meets 2nd Monday at 14:30
Details Reading and discussion of books chosen by members

Book Group 4     

Meets 2nd Monday at 10:00
Details Reading and discussion of books chosen by members

Book Group 5     

Meets 1st Tuesday at 11:00
Details Discussion of a varied selection of books, chosen by members, in a relaxed and friendly environment

Book Group 6     

Meets 1st Wednesday at 10:30
Details Discussion of a varied selection of books, chosen by members, in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Book Group 7     

Meets 3rd Thursday at 15:30
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 Tuesday at 14:30, every 6 weeks
Details Discussion in English of books written in French. We 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 Wednesday at 11:00, approximately every 6 weeks
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.

Book Grp-Slow:Future of Merit     

Meets Every other Tuesday from 14 September - 7 December
Details To explore in some depth the concept of meritocracy. Once taken for granted as a good thing, the concept of meritocracy has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years. The format of the ‘slow book group’ will give us the opportunity to explore these debates in depth, using Michael Sandel’s book ‘The Tyranny of Merit’ to focus discussion. In the final session, an interview with Martin Wooldridge of The Economist will provide a counterview. Please note that a cheaper paperback edition will be released on the 14th of September.


Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday at 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 1st Tues at 1pm. (also 2ndTues at 2p.m. on Zoom)
Details We are a friendly group with beginners at various stages. We have an excellent coach who advises and helps 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. At present we cannot accept new beginner members.

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 Once per month
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.


Meets 2nd Tuesday at 14:30, not currently 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 Monday at 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 Wednesday at 10:00
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 at 14:30
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
Details this group may restart later this Winter, November 2021 at the earliest. We have space to accept more members.

Discovering Islington On Foot     

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

Doing Democracy Differently     

Meets Fortnightly at 4.00pm on Thur. 28 Oct. to 24 Feb.
Details Dissatisfaction with democracy — or the way it is implemented — appears to be growing. This Bite Sized Group of eight sessions will start by looking at whether we feel democracy is failing, and if so, where and how, identifying the causes of the present malaise. It will go on to explore and assess different approaches to improving the way citizens interact with the democratic process; and finish by asking whether we can do anything to change the present system, if we don’t like what we’ve got now. This Group will adopt a blended format with a face-to-face meeting on Thursday 28 October at 4.00pm. The 6 discussions will use Zoom on Thursdays 11 November, 25 November, 09 December, 13 December, 27 December, 10 February at the same time. The final face-to-face meeting will be on the 24th of February at 4.00pm. If you would like to join Pauline, Facilitator of the discussions, in exploring these important and topical issues, please email Vivek at: Discussions will be based on a range of videos and podcasts, which will be sent beforehand by email, on themes including: Democracy — where are we now and where are we heading? Electoral Reform — how much of a say do we really have under our present system? Cleaning up Politics — and public life generally. Wellbeing — its potential as a new focus for democracy. Deliberative Democracy — citizens’ assemblies and climate change. Other Experiments in Democracy, especially at local level.

Economics for People +     


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 Wednesday at 16:00
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 at 4pm every Wednesday.

Film - Current, Reimagined     

Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday at 16:00
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 1st Monday at 14:00
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 10:30 - Group 1 Thursday; Group 2 Friday
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 Friday at 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 Saturday at 10:30
Details Discussions about topical subjects in a French context

French Interm. Conversation 1     

Meets Fortnightly on Tuesdays at 15:30
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


Meets 1st Thursday at 10:00
Details We are having monthly meetings which are mostly outside at the moment.

German Advanced Conversation     

Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday at 10:30
Details Conversation, work on texts and visits to exhibitions, covering all aspects of German culture (art, literature, society).

German Interm. Conversation     

Meets Alternate Tuesdays at 11:00
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 at 14:30
Details This group will discuss contemporary issues that confront our modern lives such as climate change, waste, recycling, aspects of food production,reducing plastics use and renewable fuels. The programme of topics will be determined by the members of the group. The scope will be broad to encompass 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. Outside speakers often contribute to our knowledge base and we look forward to resuming outside visits when we can.

History In A Global Context     

Meets 2nd and 4th Monday at 14:00
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 Tuesday every other month at 14:00
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.

I-Pad Users     

Meets 2nd Monday at 15:30
Details Shared learning among group members on the use of Apple iPads

International Affairs     

Meets 4th Thursday at 14:30
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:

Italian Intermediate Conv.     

Meets 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Friday at 11:00
Details This group concerns Italian Intermediate conversation (Zoom platforms). Meetings are on the first, second, and third Friday of each month. The 2nd Friday is dedicated to Italian Grammar.

Italian Intermediate/Advanced     

Meets 3rd Friday at 11:00
Details General conversation in Italian - good conversational ability.


Meets Alternate Wednesdays at 14:00
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: and we can then forward your contact details.


Meets 2nd & 4th Thursday at 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.

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     


New Members Tea 16 Sep 21     

Meets 16 September 2021
Details Megan's at the Sorting Office, Esther Anne Place, N1

New Members Tea 7 September 21     

Meets 7 September 2021
Details Megan's at the Sorting Office

New Members' Tea 25 August 21     

Meets 25 August 2021
Details Mosaic Garden Paradiso, Junction Road, N19

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).


Meets Every Tuesday at 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.


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


Meets Tuesdays every 2nd month -next reading Sept. 14th
Details Readings begin at 1.00pm prompt. Everyone will have a pre-assigned part which they will have read, as well as the entire play, and have worked out how to perform their character. Usual break halfway through. All members will give a short introduction to their part before we begin. We are an informal group of theatre lovers who enjoy reading plays together, making them come alive, often generating much laughter, through the characters we create. Readings take place every two months, normally on the second Tuesday; sometimes we have another reading on the fourth Tuesday, depending on numbers. We want everyone to feel comfortable in the group, and ‘on the same page’ (literally!), to make sure we have a successful and fun reading. So we have come up with some criteria that we ask each member to abide by: Bring your own copy of the play, as sharing is tricky. We will advise you which edition to buy or borrow. It is really important that we all read from the same edition as the text can vary considerably in different editions. Do read the play at least once beforehand; this is really critical! Think about your character, their interactions, etc., and how best you can bring these out in the reading. Selection and casting the play is quite a long and complex process, so when you are given a part, please do turn up for the reading, or give as much notice as you possibly can, excepting emergencies, of course. And finally, do stay until the end! We always try to have a postreading discussion, needing all of us there to contribute; it’s usually very enlightening and great fun! Looking forward to seeing you!

Poetry Appreciation     

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

Politics: Moral Foundations     

Meets 2.30pm on Third Friday of the month till July 2022
Details Join just the discussions on Zoom after watching the relevant video lectures from a course called Moral Foundations of Politics. The central question that this course tries to answer is: What makes a government legitimate? The course compares the five traditions of political philosophy (Utilitarianism, Marxism, Social Contract Theory, Anti-Enlightenment and Democratic) to do this. In addition to exploring theoretical differences among the five traditions, considerable attention is devoted to the practical implications of their competing arguments. Members are encouraged to come to the meetings with a question or specific point that you would like to discuss.

Politics:Letters on Liberty     

Meets 2.30pm on First Friday of the month
Details The group will read in advance a short essay which can be downloaded online free of charge or purchased at a small price then discuss it at the meetings. Members are encouraged to come to the meetings with a question or specific point that you would like to discuss.

Power&Politics in Todays World     

Meets 10.30AM on Third Friday of the month
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.

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.

Science Interests and Issues     

Meets 2nd Monday 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.


Meets AlternateThursdays at 14:00 - paused till 16/09/20
Details A friendly game of scrabble. Members will be emailed with actual dates and locations.

Singing - Cooperative     

Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 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 Advanced Conversation     

Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday at 10:00
Details Topical conversation in Spanish

Spanish Intermed. Conversation     

Meets Every Monday at 10:30
Details Intermediate level. Need to be fluent enough to hold a social conversation and participate. NB: this group will be having a break between mid July through to September

Table Tennis     

Meets Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - see details below
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. The days, times and places of the meetings are: Tuesdays at 10.00 at Clissold Park, N16 9HJ; Wednesdays at 10.00 at Arundel Square N7 8AS; Thursday at 10.30 at Rosemary Gardens N1 3JP (except for monthly meeting dates when the time will be 12 noon). 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



Walking with a camera     

Meets 1st Mon at 11:30 FtoF & 1st Tue at 15:00 on Zoom
Details This is a group of members interested in walking and taking photos as they go. It was intended to develop photography skills through talking on walks, but during Covid we walk alone and share photos on WhatsApp. Every month members chose their favourite photo and the three most popular are posted on our website. We hope to resume group walks soon. 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 at 14:30
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 at 14:30
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.


Meets Wednesdays at 12:00
Details Classes for mixed abilities run by a trained BWY instructor. Zoom and some In-Person classes at the Walter Sickert Hall Wednesdays 12-1pm/1.15pm New term begins on Wednesday 1 September 2021 Please email the co-ordinator, Jeanie Phillips, to join the group or with any questions.