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Ageing in 21st Century Group3     

Meets 3 pm on Wednesdays every fortnight

All Things Have Standing     

Meets 6/10/23,3/11,1/12,2/2,1/3,5/4,3/5,7/6 & 5/7/24
Normally starts 14:30 to 16:00
Details A new Bite Size Discussion Group which will follow a course in human psychology and the ethics of artificial intelligence by Carnegie Council called “All Things Have Standing”. The idea, for those new to this type of learning, is that you watch by yourself the videos relevant to the next meeting and then discuss it in the group at that meeting.

Art in London     

Meets Once per month
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 for more details.

Art: i-Pad Painting & Drawing     

Meets Monday 10:30, every two weeks
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:30
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 Every Monday
Normally starts 14:30 to 17:00
Details We meet weekly, each week with a model. Bring your up own drawing equipment. We each pay a share of the model’s fee.


Meets Two visits per month
Normally starts 09:30 to 16:30
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
Normally starts 10:00 to 11:30
Details We read mainly, but not exclusively, modern German literature with some autobiographical/historical books, then meet to discuss them. 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 Atemschaukel by Herta Müller, Marzahn Mon aAour by Katja Oskamp and Schachnovelle by Stefan Zweig. We now have one space for a new member. If you wish to read our books to consider whether to join - or anyway - the next ones are: 5 June 2023: Die Bagage von Monika Helfer 17 July 2023: Damals, dann und danach von Barbara Honigmann

Book Group - Rethink Economics     

Meets Friday at 10:00, twice a month
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
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
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
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
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:00
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
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:30
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
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:00
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
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:00
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
Normally starts 14:30 to 16:00
Details Reading and discussion of books chosen by members

Book Group 4     

Meets 2nd Monday at 10:00
Normally starts 10:00 to 11:30
Details Reading and discussion of books chosen by members

Book Group 5     

Meets 1st Tuesday at 11:00
Normally starts 11:00 to 12:30
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
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:00
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
Normally starts 15:00 to 16:30
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
Normally starts 14:30 to 16:00
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
Normally starts 11:15 to 12:45
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.


Meets Thursdays at 14:00 variable
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Details Friendly ACOL bridge sessions in the rear area of the pub- usually two to four tables. Chicago scoring.

Chamber Music     

Meets Once per month, varied
Normally starts 00:00 to 13:00
Details A gathering of like minded musicians to form groups and enjoy playing classical chamber music together.


Meets Tue (1st at 1.30pm & 3rd at 1:30pm)
Normally starts 13:30 to 15:30
Details 1st Tuesday Open to all chess players of any standard. 3rd Tuesday Beginners group. We have an excellent coach who advises and helps us to improve. Also open to players of any standard who do not require coaching.

Coffee Mornings     

Meets Once per month, varied
Normally starts 11:00 to 12:30
Details Monthly coffee mornings, which are free of charge, enable members to get to know others who live nearby.

Coffee Mornings hosts     

Meets Once a month normally
Details This group is primarily for the kind 'hosts' of previous member Coffee Mornings

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
Normally starts 14:30 to 17:00
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
Normally starts 10:00 to 11:30
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
Normally starts 14:30 to 16:00
Details A friendly discussion group that meets twice a month to talk about a wide range of current and newsworthy topics. The emphasis is on learning and sharing opinions in an informal way to help our mutual understanding. All opinions are open for discussion. Hybrid meetings: in-person and zoom.

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

Economics for People     

Meets Monday
Normally starts 14:30 to 16:30
Details This discussion group can be attended in person or online on Zoom.

Exploring London     

Meets At least once per month, varied
Normally starts 10:00 to 16:00
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 fortnightly from 06/09/23
Normally starts 16:00 to 17:30
Details The group meets on a Fortnightly basis with the first autumn 2023 meeting on 06 September. We have a programme of films agreed by members. Members watch the films in their own time. An introduction is given by a group member and we then discuss the film at our Zoom sessions. We have now also started to see films again in person, generally once a month, with the programme agreed via our group email.

Film - French     

Meets 2nd Monday of the month
Normally starts 17:00 to 20:30
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
Normally starts 17:00 to 21:00
Details Group will meet to watch a German film followed by discussion in German.

Food - World Cuisine     

Meets 1st Tuesday early evening
Normally starts 18:30 to 20:30
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 Group 1 Thursday; Group 2 Friday;
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:00
Details Freeflow Eutony helps you develop better balance, fluidity in your movements, easier sitting posture, and strength and stability 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. She is also a fully trained physiotherapist. Freeflow Eutony is suitable for people at all levels of fitness. Classes are small (max 7 people). Freeflow Eutony is about the pleasure of feeling alive in your own body. All newcomers are offered a one to one session before joining the group. For further information and enrolment please contact Therese directly.

French Advanc. Conversation 1     

Meets 2nd & 4th Friday at 10:30
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:00
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
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:00
Details Discussions about topical subjects in a French context

French Int/Adv Conversation     

Meets Thursdays 10.30-12.30, approx. monthly
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:30
Details Members of the group meet to practise and improve their French in an informal and friendly atmosphere. Meetings are in members' homes.

French Interm. Conversation 1     

Meets Fortnightly on Tuesdays at 16.00
Normally starts 16:00 to 17:30
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.

Future of the UK Constitution     

Meets NULL


Meets 1st Thursday at 10:00
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
Details We have a mixture of garden visits, short walks of horticultural interest and a couple of indoor meetings in the winter. We usually meet in the morning on the first Thursday of the month. But sometimes, if this is not possible, we try for the third Thursday.

German Advanced Conversation     

Meets 2nd Thursday
Normally starts 15:00 to 17:00
Details Conversation, work on texts and visits to exhibitions, covering all aspects of German culture (art, literature, society).

German Stammtisch     

Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month, from 16 00 to 17 30
Normally starts 16:00 to 17:30
Details The "Stammtisch" is an opportunity to meet and practise German in a social setting. We meet in a pub to talk about "Gott und die Welt" in German. The format is open; members choose what they want to talk about -- no teacher, set topics, texts or presentations!

History In A Global Context     

Meets 2nd and 4th Monday at 14:30
Normally starts 14:30 to 16:00
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

International Affairs     

Meets 4th Thursday at 14:30
Normally starts 14:30 to 00:00
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 2023 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/Advanced     

Meets 1st and 3rd Friday at 11:00
Normally starts 11:00 to 12:30
Details General conversation in Italian - good conversational ability.


Meets Alternate Wednesdays at 14:00
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:00
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 Every other Thursday at 14:00
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:30
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.

Moralities of Everyday Life     

Meets 7/10/22,4/11,2/12,6/1,3/2,3/3,7/4,5/5,2/6,7/7/23
Normally starts 14:30 to 16:00
Details Why do people disagree about moral issues? Does culture influence moral thought and action? Is it possible to explain kindness and cruelty? If these questions interest you then join us in working through the “The Moralities of Everyday Life” course by the Paul Bloom, Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University. The programme explores the psychological foundations of our moral lives, looks at the big debates in the field of moral psychology and examines a range of topics such as the meaning and origins of morality, the role of religion, compassion and why some of us are conservative and others liberal. We will be using just 10.5 hours of videos from the course over ten meetings to help focus our discussions.

Opera Visits     

Meets Variable, depending on the performance.
Normally starts 19:00 to 22:30
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.


Meets Every Tuesday at 10:30
Normally starts 10:30 to 13:30
Details Friendly games of petanque (also known as boules) If you are a novice or don’t have any boules we can lend you some for a short time


Meets 3rd Thursday at 10.30
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:30
Details A discussion group looking at central issues in philosophy from an engaged but definitely non-professional viewpoint. We hope to facilitate hybrid meetings so that members have the option of participating remotely.


Meets Tuesdays every 2nd month
Normally starts 13:00 to 17:00
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
Normally starts 11:00 to 12:30
Details Members read published poetry, from any period, on a theme chosen by the group, followed by discussion

Positive Psychology     

Meets 28/9, 12/10, 26/10, 9/11, 23/11/22
Normally starts 14:30 to 16:00
Details Positive Psychology: this new group will start with short introductions to 5 related topics using an exercise to demonstrate the technique and some feedback. The aim is to use some light fun ice breaker stuff to get people thinking and talking about these 5 topics: 1) Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) 2) The NLP Eye Cues - Building Rapport with Others. 3) Managing internal stress 4) Understanding Thinking Styles 5) NLP and Aphantasia – having no ‘Mind’s Eye’. The Group Coordinator is Frances Coombes, who has run Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) coaching and Rational Emotional Behavioural Thinking (REBT) courses in positive psychologies and wellbeing at Mary Ward Centre in Queen Square and City Lit Adult Education Centre in Holborn. She has written books and articles on NLP coaching and motivation strategies.

Pub lunches     

Meets Once or twice a month, varied
Normally starts 12:30 to 14:30
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.


Meets Tuesday, 11 15 5 - 26 Sept, 10 Oct-12 Dec 2023
Details The Group coordinator, Jan Durbridge, says: I am a certified instructor in Long White Cloud QiGong. QiGong is an ancient practice used to build health, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote longevity and vitality. It combines slow graceful movements with mental concentration and breathing techniques. It can be practised both standing or sitting, so it is a suitable form of exercise even for people with limited mobility, or recovering from illness.

Refugee Support     

Meets Wednesdays
Normally starts 10:30 to 00:00
Details United by a concern for the plight of refugees, our group’s efforts centre on helping those who have fled war and persecution to learn English, which is essential in rebuilding their lives. We work with local organisations providing assistance including the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants, Speak Street, and the East London team of Care4Calais UK. Group members are invited to join in-person on Wednesdays at the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants (ICRM) anytime between 10.30 am and 2.30 pm and in 30-minute online sessions at 11 am and 4 pm, also on Wednesdays. At the centre, members can participate in group activities like choir and dance, as well as helping clients with reading, speaking, filling in forms, serving lunch etc. Professional staff are on hand to assist clients and volunteers. Online volunteers assist ICRM teachers in classes and are invited to prepare simple mini TED talks of 3-5 minutes on topics of interest including art, history, nature, music etc to present. The aim is to share both cultural and practical information to help refugees improve their language skills. NEWS: some opportunities for volunteering one-on-one on Tuesdays from 12.45 to 2.30 pm are available at Christ Church. Contact me if you are interested.

Renewers event Feb 2023     

Meets Renewers lunch, 16th February, 12 - 2 30
Details The event will be held at the LIFT centre, 45 White Lion Street, Islington. It is open to all members who have renewed after their first year of membership, and will provide the opportunity to meet others and find out what’s going on, and what opportunities there are to get involved

Science Interests and Issues     

Meets 2nd Monday of each month 14:30
Normally starts 14:30 to 16:00
Details A group which discusses current science and technology and the issues it raises for society, and which visits places of scientific interest.


Meets Usually alternate Thursdays, 2pm-4pm
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Details A friendly game of scrabble in each other's homes, stressing enjoyment more than winning. Members will be contacted 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
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
Details Topical conversation in Spanish

Spanish Intermed. Conversation     

Meets Every Monday at 10:30
Normally starts 14:30 to 15:30
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

State of the UK Constitution#2     

Meets Fridays at 2:30pm on 21/4, 19/5, 16/6, 21/7/2023
Normally starts 14:30 to 16:00
Details The focus of the second series is on Democracy using the key events of the project called 'Democracy in the UK after Brexit' by University College London's Constitution Unit.

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) 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.

Tai Chi 4     

Meets 4th,11th,18th Oct,1st,8th,15th,22nd,29thNov 2023
Normally starts 15:00 to 16:00
Details Gentle tai chi with an experienced and qualified practitioner

Tensions in Political Thought3     

Meets 26/9/23 and fortnightly on Tuesdays till 5/12/23
Normally starts 16:00 to 17:30
Details This Group will discuss the videos from an online course called "Narrative Economics", which can be found at The course proposes a simple concept: we need to incorporate the contagion of narratives into our economic theory. The Group will discuss the how and why certain stories go viral and how viral narratives shape public beliefs and influence our decision making.

Theatre - Fringe     

Meets Twice a month weekday evenings
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 visit twice 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 and sometimes afterwards depending on when the play ends. We also occasionally meet 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 Normally once a month
Normally starts 14:30 to 17:00
Details Theatre visits followed by a chat over a cup/glass of something in a nearby cafe.


Meets NULL
Details By joining this 'group' you are registering that you are willing to help in some way to the running of iU3A. This can be in a big way with a regular basis, or a simpler smaller occasional way. We will occasionally contact you to then see if you would be willing to help at a particular event or in a particular way. Thanks for registering!

Walking With A Camera     

Meets 1st Mon at 11:30 FtoF
Normally starts 11:00 to 13:00
Details This is a group of members interested in walking and taking photos as they go. It is intended to develop photography skills through chatting on walks, sharing photos and tips via WhatsApp and some face to face meet ups. Every month one member chooses a theme for the photos to be taken/shared and another member chooses their three favourite photos at the end of the month. These are then posted on the U3A website. Group walks are arranged for the 1st Monday of the month. If you are interested in walking/strolling with others and sharing your photos, do come and join us.

Walks - Amblers     

Meets Monthly
Details A new walking group with walks up to about 5 miles in length fitting between the Shorter Walks group and the Leisurely Walks group, currently focusing on the Capital Ring.

Walks - Leisurely     

Meets Once a month on varying days of the week
Normally starts 10:30 to 15:30
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
Normally starts 09:30 to 18:00
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
Normally starts 10:00 to 13:00
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, or picnic. Each walk is advertised with details on the iU3A website in advance. A sign-up form is emailed to members a week in advance of each walk date. Additional walks at a gentler pace occur from time to time.

Wine Appreciation     

Meets Once a month
Normally starts 18:00 to 20:00
Details Each group will meet in members house. For WA1 there will be a theme selected by the group members (in advance), eg Loire wines. For WA2 the Coordinator will select and provide the wines. There will be a sign-up for each session with the limit set at the first 10. For WA1 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 2     

Meets Approx every 6 weeks at 2.30
Normally starts 14:30 to 16:30
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: Memoirs     

Meets Last Wednesday in the month at 14:30
Normally starts 14:30 to 16:30
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
Normally starts 12:00 to 13:15
Details Classes for mixed abilities run by a trained BWY instructor and 2 other yoga teachers. In-Person weekly term time classes at the Walter Sickert Community Centre, Canonbury Crescent,N1 2FB. Wednesdays 12-1pm/1.15p. Also, weather permitting, some outdoor classes in Highbury Fields New term begins September 6 2023 ends November 29. No class on Oct 18 Please email the co-ordinator, Jeanie Phillips, to join the group or with any questions.There is no waiting list.

Yoga Group # 2     

Meets Thursday 11.30-12.30
Normally starts 11:30 to 12:30
Details I’m Andrea, a 61 year old yoga teacher, formerly a primary school teacher for many years here in Islington. I teach a hatha style yoga, based on gently stretching, leading to a smooth flow and ending with a blissful relaxation. My classes are suitable for all abilities as I always offer modifications for those who need it as well as deeper poses and extensions to those who like to challenge themselves. My strength as an older yoga teacher is that I fully understand how daily aches and pains as an older person can impact on our health, flexibility and balance. My classes will help you! I will be teaching a block of 7 yoga classes at the Walter Sickert Community Centre on Thursdays 11.30-12.30 on the following dates: 4/11/18 May 2023 1/8/15/22 June 2023