Meetings & Events

Meet Other Members

If you’d like to meet other members of HGS u3a in a social environment, why not give Sunday Elevenses a try? Join others for coffee (or whatever you fancy) and a chat fortnightly at a local venue. Contact Marion Sipser for details.

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 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.

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: Irving Berlin — The World’s Greatest Songwriter

Irving Berlin’s music acted as a mirror to the 20th century, reflecting societal changes and emotions. His songs marched with soldiers to war, provided hope during tough times, and celebrated the essence of American life through iconic tunes such as White Christmas, Easter Parade, God Bless America, and There’s No Business Like Show Business. Roger Filer’s engaging audio-visual presentation explores Berlin’s dynamic life and the lasting impact of his music on American culture.

Roger Filer: head and shoulders wearing a bow tie.Roger Filer, son of a cinema owner, pursued entertainment from an early age. After qualifying as a chartered accountant and becoming a barrister at Gray’s Inn, he joined Lew Grade’s ATV Group, rising to director at Berman’s & Nathan’s, and eventually Managing Director of Stoll Moss Theatres, which included the West End’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the London Palladium. Now retired, Roger lectures on showbiz and Modern Jewish History.

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Forthcoming Talks

  • 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. 
  • Thursday 18 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

London Regional Events

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