Meetings & Events

Monthly Talks

Our Monthly Talks are offered to members of HGS u3a. Non-members are invited to join us for a free taster session. Members can bring a carer at no charge. There is a ramp and accessible toilet.

They take place at the HGS Free Church, North Square, NW11 7AG on the third Thursday of each month during our term times. Doors open at 2.30 pm providing an opportunity to chat with your neighbours before the event starts. There will also be time for socialising after the talk.

Thursday 14 March: Peter Popham — Ghandi vs Churchill: Triumph and Disaster at the end of the Raj.

In the midst of Stalin and Hitler’s atrocities, a quiet Indian, defying Churchill, peacefully liberated India from the British Empire’s grasp without resorting to violence. How did Gandhi accomplish this, and what does his legacy mean today? Explore these questions inspired by Peter Popham’s “India Be Damned,” a novel narrating India’s independence and partition through the eyes of foreign correspondents, with Mahatma Gandhi at its core.

Peter Popham in a suit, sitting at a desk with a copy of his book.Peter Popham, a foreign correspondent with experience in Tokyo, Delhi, and Rome, reported from over thirty countries. Reissued in 2021, his first book, “Tokyo – the City at the End of the World,” sets the stage for his career. Known for his bestseller “The Lady and the Peacock” on Burma, Popham’s fiction work, “India Be Damned,” elegantly blends fact and fiction.

To help with organisation and catering, please register for this talk using the following form.

From May, we are experimenting with holding the talks on different days of the week to enable members who aren’t able to get away on Thursday afternoons to enjoy these talks as well.

  • Monday 20 May: Roger Filer — Irving Berlin, the world’s greatest songwriter.
  • Tuesday 18 June: Daniel Snowman — ‘Just Passing Through’. Former producer at Radio 4.  Historian, opera buff.  Talking about his latest book which is a memoir covering his long and active life. 
  • Wednesday 17 July: Ruth Leon — a writer, producer, and broadcaster specialising in the performing arts. 

Recordings of Some Previous Talks

Professor Lynne Cox of Oriel College Oxford gave a talk on Preparing for Ageing Well in September 2022. Her talk was a terrific review of what we can do now to live a healthier life in old age and fascinating research on possible future medical interventions. Click this link to view a recording which covers the talk (apart from the opening couple of minutes).

You can also watch a recording of the October 2022 talk, when local author Amanda Weinberg spoke about her historical novel Tears of Monterini based on true events during Mussolini’s fascist era.

The talk in November 2022 was given by Anne-Marie O’Connor, who discussed the fascinating saga behind Klimt’s famous painting of the Lady in Gold. Click here to view the recording.

Previous Editions of In Conversation

Annual General Meeting on 3 August 2023

At the 2023 AGM of HGS u3a, Chair Richard Abramson and Treasurer Simon Freeman presented the Trustees’ Annual Report and Financial Accounts for the financial year ending 31 May 2023.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Richard Abramson stood down as Chair and trustee after two successful years during which the membership increased to more than 600. He handed over to Carole Spiers, who spoke of her desire to grow u3a within the local community.

Also standing down as trustees were Eleanor Levy and the u3a’s Secretary, Mayah Weinberg. Mayah was re-elected. Also elected as trustees were Carole Spiers and Simon Freeman, both of whom had been co-opted during the previous year, and Richard Gold.

Draft minutes of the AGM will be posted on this website in due course.

London Regional Events

For details of events organized by the London Region of u3as, just click the link below:

https://u3asites.org.uk/london-region/events