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Architecture     

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 have restarted - see calendar for meetups. We are celebrating U3A's 40th birthday in 2022 with a 40 Gallery Challenge - contact artinlondon.iu3a@gmail.com for more details.

Art: i-Pad Painting & Drawing     

Meets Monday 10:30, every two weeks
Details This friendly informal group is hosted by an amateur enthusiast. We are using the Procreate app but are also open to other suggestions. We make our own very varied choice of subject matter resulting in friendly sharing and inspiring activities

Art: Life Drawing     

Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday and 2nd and 4th Wednesday.
Details We meet fortnightly to learn and practise life drawing skills.

BBC Global Philosophers     

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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 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 English or German, choosing the language with which they are most comfortable or pushing themselves a bit. 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 Thursday 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 6 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 large anthologies, including 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 surprised ourselves reading 3 science fiction classics along side 2 from a single contemporary author of mixed heritage, and loving the ride! We also loved reading Joyce Carole Oates' Wild Nights: Stories about the Last Days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James, and Hemingway. Next we're going to read 3 stories from the Persephone Short Stories, Vol 1 (which are all female writers from the 20th century along side short stories by Hemingway. That should be fun!

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 10:30
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 11:15, approximately every 5-6 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 Group-Slow : Common Good     

Meets Every other Tuesday from 18 January to 10 May 2022
Details Concepts of what constitutes the Common Good can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks and were later explored by the great moral philosophers and political thinkers. Is there a contemporary definition that has relevance in today's fiercely meritocratic world? In the next series of the Slow Book Group, we propose to explore the concept of the common good by reading from different sources to understand it from different perspectives. The chapters will be available in electronic form through the iU3A Copyright Licensing Agreement.

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.

Bridge     

Meets Thursdays at 14:00 variable
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     

Meets Tue (1st at 1pm, 2nd at 2pm on Zoom&3rd at 1:30pm)
Details 1st Tuesday Beginners group. We have excellent coaches who advise and help us to improve. 3rd Tuesday Open to all chess players of any standard. Our venue is a very pleasant pub in the Highbury area. We are always in need of players with some experience who will advise our beginners. Zoom meetings on 2nd Tuesday is for early beginners.

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.

Comedy Club     

Meets 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesday in May 2022
Details Members will watch video clips of one comedian of upto 20 minutes together, followed by discussion of upto 40 minutes about the comedian, the comedy and the context. This will be followed by socialising for about an hour in the Blue Room, with drinks at the member's own expense.

Concerts: Classical & Jazz     

Meets Once per month. Variable dates and times.
Details Classical and jazz concerts in a variety of London venues.

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.

Cycling     

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Details A new group that is finding its feet (or perhaps pedals). Some members are experienced cyclists enjoying rides of 20 miles or more and prepared to travel by train to reach. start point. Others have a more local focus, enjoying a gentle cycle with friends on the quieter streets of Islington and nearby boroughs.

Dance - Zumba     

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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 after New Year at the earliest. We have space to accept more members if you would like to join.

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: coursecoordinator.iu3a@gmail.com. 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 a healthy planet     

Meets 2nd and 4th Friday in the month
Details Originating as a book group exploring the wave of new thinking about economics in the wake of the Great Financial Crash of 2007-8, this has become a group exploring the relationship between Economics and a healthy planet. It will still involve a lot of reading but will also include web based materials , lectures and debates. We have to date developed a multifaceted view of the causes of the climate catastrophe and are thinking widely about what a healthy planet requires of the economic policies pursued by This involves exploring concepts from related fields such as history, politics, sociology and energy.

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 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. Since Covid-19 times, we have been watching films online in our own time, then discussing on Zoom at 4pm every Wednesday.

Film - French     

Meets 2nd Monday of the month
Details The group will meet to watch a film in the French language, followed by a discussion in French. Films will be chosen by members, with the intention that they should come from those owned by members.

Film - German     

Meets Last Monday every month
Details Group will meet to watch a German film followed by discussion in German.

Food - World Cuisine     

Meets 1st Tuesday early evening
Details This is an early evening dining group, which normally meets on the first Tuesday of the month. The aim is 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. The sessions are relaxed, varied, and respectful of each person's needs and interests. The tutor has over 40 years of Eutony teaching experience behind her. Freeflow Eutony is suitable for people at all levels of fitness. 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 Int/Adv Conversation     

Meets Thursdays 10.30-12.30, approx. monthly
Details Members of the group meet to practise and improve their French in an informal and friendly atmosphere.

French Interm. Conversation 1     

Meets Fortnightly on Tuesdays at 16.00
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.

Gardening     

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).

Green Issues     

Meets First Thursday of the month at 14:30 on Zoom
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

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: http://www.islingtonu3a.org/group-news/IT%20Support.html

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 1st and 3rd Friday at 11:00
Details General conversation in Italian - good conversational ability.

Latin     

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: groups@islingtonu3a.org and we can then forward your contact details.

Mahjong     

Meets 2nd & 4th Thursday at 14:00
Details The mahjong groups meets twice a month and caters for all levels of players. We welcome beginners. We follow a u3a-devised programme and everyone attempts to improve their skill levels in this intriguing Chinese game of tiles.

New Members Tea 16/5     

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New Members Tea 17/5     

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Opera Visits     

Meets Variable, depending on the performance.
Details There are many websites screening free productions on a regular basis. There are live performances and cinema screenings once again. I circulate those frequently and indicate which ones I have a ticket for. Members are welcome to contact me if the day suits and we can meet up before. We are also holding zoom sessions roughly every 6 weeks with presentation and discussion on an operas that are of interest and available on line. There is a chance to chat with others as well.

Petanque     

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.

Philosophy     

Meets 3rd Thursday at 10.30
Details A discussion group looking at central issues in philosophy from an engaged but definitely non-professional viewpoint

Playreading     

Meets Tuesdays every 2nd month -next reading March 8th
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

Poetry writing     

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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.

Refugee Support     

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Repair, Repurpose, Re-use Club     

Meets Monthly on a date agreed by members
Details Our aim is to repair or re-ourpose as much as possible, to re-use either for ourselves or to pass on to others, so we can minimise what we have to recycle or throw away as waste. We will use varied skills, knowledge and experience related to our homes or working lives. An evolving group, we hope to learn from each other and from knowledgeable people in various fields, to start or complete projects or to repair possessions such as furniture, textiles, books, bicycles, home items, equipment. New members are very welcome, whether you have particular practical interest or a general interest. Meeting times, dates and purposes vary, and are confirmed in advance. We meet on Zoom, in members homes, and, if possible, in venues with tools, equipment and/or specialists.

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.

Scrabble     

Meets Alternate Thursdays at 14:00, from 13/01/2022
Details A friendly game of scrabble in each other's homes, stressing enjoyment more than winning. Members will be emailed with dates and locations. No need to stick to any schedule - just come when you're free and in the mood! Why not give us a try?

Spanish Advanced Conversation     

Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday 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

St Alban's visit     

Meets 11th May 2022
Details Whole day outing

Table Tennis     

Meets Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - see details below
Details We now play at 3 different venues, both indoors and outdoors. Tuesdays at 10.00 at Clissold Park, N16 9HJ; (outdoors) Wednesdays at 11.30 at Bounce, Old Street, EC1V 9EY (indoors) but not during December '21 Thursday at 10.30 at Rosemary Gardens N1 3JP (except for monthly meeting dates when the time will be 12 noon). (outdoors) Please inform us if you wish to come to any of these venues.

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 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 - Ambling with Authors     

Meets 2022
Details This group is currently full. This group is intended to be primarily a walking book discussion group. Each walk is designed to take place in the area in which the book is set (eg Clerkenwell in George Gissing's The Nether World). Initially walks/books will be Islington/City of London/Bloomsbury based but we may explore further afield over time. The range of books will be very wide and not necessarily literary. Members are encouraged to take turns to suggest books and research and lead walks. The frequency of walks will be fairly irregular depending on the length of books selected, complexity of walk design and research needed. Walks are restricted to 6-8 people with structured discussion questions to facilitate one to one chats. The length of walks may vary (an example of an easy walk would be Newington Green to Angel for World According to Bob, whilst keen walkers might be tempted by a Pepys themed walk to Greenwich) but generally meetings will be of a similar length to a normal bookgroup - 60 to 90 minutes.

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 a member's residence.

Writing: Creative 2     

Meets Approx every 6 weeks at 2.30
Details A writers' workshop where members can share and discuss ideas, works-in-progress and finished pieces. All types of writing welcome: 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.

Yoga     

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 Also, weather permitting, some outdoor classes in Highbury Fields New term begins on Wednesday 20 April 2022 Please email the co-ordinator, Jeanie Phillips, to join the group or with any questions.