H&F University of the Third Age Announces Programme for 2022

Meetings take place on the second Tuesday of the month

H&F University of the Third Age

The Hammersmith & Fulham University of the Third Age (U3A) has announced its programme of events for the coming year.

The organisation aims to offer a chance for its members to learn, stay active and have fun in later life by being a local social, friendly, low-cost and open to all.

The local group holds its monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of the month, from 10:00am till 12 noon, in St Mary’s Church Hall W14 9BA. The hall is on the corner of Edith/Gliddon Road and Hammersmith Road and has disabled access. It is about 300m north of Barons Court station or from Hammersmith bus station a 9, 10, 27 or 391 going east will take you to the Brook Green stop (second stop) 100m from the hall.

All meetings and activities are subject to Government Guidelines at the time. Until further notice, the U3A is requesting that only triple-vaccinated people should attend. A lateral flow test (if you have access to a test) should be taken prior to the meeting which must be negative.
People should only attend if they do not have any Covid-19 symptoms or if they are feeling unwell (even after a negative test).

Masks must be worn unless exempt and you are advised to dress warmly as the hall will be well ventilated.

There will be no refreshments served to reduce mixing and mask removal and chairs will be more spaced out than usual.

Attendance is free for members. Visitors are welcome for a donation of £2.50 which will be refunded to those joining on the day.

The meetings begin with an update from the Chair, current news from Group Conveners and any other items of interest. In the final part, there will be an invited speaker talking on a range of interesting topics, usually supported by audio-visual equipment.


Tuesday February 8th - David Websdale "CERN: The Early Universal Questions the Large Hadron Collider Might Answer"
The talk will cover the origins of dark and ordinary mass in the galaxies, why one outweighs the other and how can we be here at all? A level of physics is not needed to follow the talk!

Tues March 8th - Andrew Warde "Docklands on the North Bank: Transformation of the Lower Thames"
The talk will be a virtual walk to discover the old London Docks, built when ships could only navigate using sails.

Tuesday April 12th - Kathleen Sherrit "Post-WW2 Combat Rules for Women"
The Royal Navy was the first service to allow women combat roles but the last to use the same rank, titles and uniform insignia as men. The talk will cover the background to this.

Tuesday May 10th - Ian Keable "The Art of Deception: The Link Between Magic and Art"
The talk covers how magicians have appeared in art over the centuries whether in satirical prints or cartoons (with vivid examples).

Tuesday June 14th - Bernard Blockett "The Heritage of Gilbert and Sullivan"
The talk will cover G&S's historical background with an overview of the works and their place in our theatrical culture (with examples).

Tuesday July 12th - "London's Air Ambulance Charity"
The speaker will outline the charity's work to date with examples of the many instances where lives and livings have been saved by their prompt attendance at an accident.

Tuesday August 9th - Geoff Lambert "My Canal Mania"
The speaker has walked almost 4,000 miles along canals and railway routes, created a business plan to rebuild the Buckingham canal as well as volunteering as a bricklayer/dry stone wall builder on canals.

Tuesday September 13th - Showcase Morning

Tuesday October 11th - Anthony Poulton-Smith "What is a Scientific Term?"
What is it and how many do we use every day? How many are understood and what was their original meaning? The speaker will endeavour to answer these and other questions.

Tuesday November 8th - Dr James Taylor "Picture Postcards 18040-1950"
Artist-drawn postcards were the most popular art form from the Edwardian era to the outbreak of WW2. The talk will cover the popular subjects, styles and the reasons why their popularity waned.

Tuesday December 13th - Christmas Party

The annual membership fee for U3A of £20 covers free admission to monthly meetings, access to all Groups and newsletters/diaries by email. You will also receive 4 copies of the magazine "Third Age Matters" in the post. The membership year runs from April to March but if you join before April you enjoy a bonus period with no fee due until April the following year.

Membership also gives access to National and London Region U3A summer schools, study days, 'Shared Learning' Projects and other events.

Details about how to join are on the H&F U3A’s website.

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January 24, 2022

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