Meetings & Events

Topical Talks

Topical Talks are normally held every month on a Thursday between 3 pm and 4.30 pm at Alyth. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available at a donation of £1 from 3 pm, and the talk begins around 3.20 pm. Non-members are welcome to attend a single talk, but if you would like to attend subsequent talks, you must become a member of HGS U3A.

Our next Topical Talk is on Thursday 27 September 2018, when we will have the pleasure of welcoming Julia Pascal, playwright, theatre director and producer. Her talk is entitled “The Secret Listeners” . How performances were made around a secret of British History. Nazi Generals were housed in apparent luxury in Trent Park and other country houses in the UK. Their conversations, unbeknown to them, were being bugged by German and Austrian refugees as part of the war effort. Pascal Theatre Company assembled teams of young people to investigate the texts that had recently been revealed, to make a living history from them in the very same building where they were housed. An archive, film and book were made from this buried history.

Please register using the following form:

Upcoming Topical Talks

  • 25 October : Dr Maria Takayanagi, Joint Project Manager and Co-curator, Vote 100 Voice and Vote Exhibition
  • 29 November: Alan Dein, oral historian and BBC Radio presenter

Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon –

Wednesday 3 October – 3pm

To mark the centenary of the First World War, our U3A have been invited to a free talk about the First World War flying ace Captain Albert Ball. There will also be an opportunity of a free tour of the First World War in the Air Exhibition at the RAF Museum.

Please book using the form below:

Royal Academy of Music – Tour of the Museum

Monday 22 October – 11:30

Following on from the very successful tour organised earlier this year, the Museum at the  RAM have agreed to repeat a second tour for us. Only 20 places are available.

To ensure a place please complete the booking form below:


Payments other than for membership fees

Some of our activities and events require payment in advance by either BACS or personal cheque and these should be prepared as follows:

BACS: Account Name: HGSU3A; Sort Code 40-20-16 A/c number 82212358. Use your surname and phone number as the reference.

Cheques: Make payable to HGSU3A and write your name and address on the back.  Please post to our Assistant Treasurer, Tony Frank, 10 St George’s Road, London, NW11 0LR.

MOTO (Members on their Own)

Many U3As have established a MOTO — a group specifically for members who are on their own. The main purpose is to enable members who live on their own to meet and socialize with others in the same situation, usually at weekends.

HGS U3A has set up a MOTO. This is a self-supporting group whose members decide for themselves how they want to arrange their activities.

If you’re a member of HGS U3A, live on your own, and are interested in joining/starting a MOTO, please fill in the following form.

As the number of members grows, additional MOTO groups will be formed. This is common practice among U3As.

Participation in Museum Research

Rachel Hutchinson, a doctoral researcher at the University of Westminster, is conducting research into what makes a visit to a museum or gallery memorable. You can help by completing an online questionnaire, which should take 10–20 minutes to complete.

London & National Events

Members of HGS U3A are also entitled to participate in events organized by the London Region of U3As and in national events of the Third Age Trust. Visit the Events page of the London Region website for details of what’s coming up in London.

Shared Learning Projects

Shared learning projects provide U3A members with the opportunity to engage in research or some other enterprise with a range of other organizations. London U3As have recently been involved in projects with the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, the London Wetland Centre, King’s College, and the Royal Philatelic Society, among others. The London U3A website has more information.