History & Humanities

Carers’ Café – NEW

A supportive group for carers . We meet either in a café, garden centre, or other local venues. To enable us to spend time in convivial surroundings away from the stresses and strains of our situations.

Next date: 10 October; 7 November; 5 December

Start Date in Autumn: Contact Leader

Location: Various local venues

Frequency: Monthly



No more clutter – how to clear your space & free your life

Clothes hanging neatly in wardrobe

Leader: Daphne Berkovi

Clutter are things that you no longer use or love; it’s too much stuff for the space you live in. We will work through the process of decluttering in a supportive way, using  the guidance of an expert publication. Moving through the various stages to reach our final destination to be clutter free, forever.

  • Next date: Thursday 17 October; Thursday 21 November- 7.30pm
  • Frequency: Once a month, day varies
  • Location: Member’s home by rotation – full – waiting list

History of London

Tower of London

Leader: Eleanor Levy

This is the leader’s specialism. Two separate monthly groups started in the Autumn term.

Starting with the successful Roman invasion of Britain in 43 CE and the subsequent founding of London on the banks of the Thames. There will be a talk at each meeting and members will be encouraged to make site visits between meetings.  Members can contribute to the meetings.

  • Start date: 03 September 2019
  • When: Tuesday afternoon 2.00 – 4 pm
  • Location:  Member’s home NW11
  • Frequency: Fortnightly, first (History 1) and third (History 2) Tuesday of the month
  • Number of places: 10

Middlesex Programme

Lifespan Psychology

Facilitator: Daphne Berkovi

Middlesex University London logoThis is a new series of short modules created for HGS U3A by the Psychology Department at Middlesex University.  The first “taster” module entitled Family history and the search for identity, was delivered on 19 February by Professor Antonia Bifulco, Professor of Lifespan Psychology, Head of Department.  We are most grateful to Middlesex University for the commitment in providing this first lecture series. A further series of lectures is planned in 2020.

Middlesex University Mentors

Leader: Lisa Woolfson

As part of our reciprocal arrangements with Middlesex University, our members will be offering second/final year students employability guidance through a formalised mentoring programme.  Full training will be given to those HGS U3A members who wish to share their career experience.

Details are shown on the Middlesex University tab.

Please contact Lisa Woolfson if you wish to join the group.

Psychology — An Introduction

Leader: Chris Salter

Each time we meet, we begin with information on the day’s topic, followed by activities — not measuring each other’s abilities, and concluding with an overview of summaries of very recent research. Note new location.

Over a year, we cover:

  1. The history of psychology, types of research, & ethics
  2. Topics such as memory, communication, behaviour, and so on
  3. Development from babyhood to now
  4. The main branches of applied psychology
  • Start date: 11 September 2019
  • When: Wednesday 10 am – 11.15 am
  • Location: Leader’s Home, Temple Fortune NW11
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Number of places: 12

Public Speaking

Leader: Marilyn Lehrer

Do you ever have to give a talk or make a speech in public and does the prospect terrify you? Is your first reaction ‘How can I stand up in front of all those people? How do I say what I want to say without drying up?’

This six-week course is designed to help you overcome natural nervousness and acquire the basic skills of speaking confidently and effectively. Some preparation is necessary for each session. Marilyn Lehrer has a teaching diploma from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has been running courses in public speaking and effective communication for many years.

  • Start date: Contact Leader
  • When: Tuesday 10 am – 11.30 am
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW11 6NP
  • Frequency: Weekly

Number of places: 8

Radio 4 Fan Club

Facilitator: Eleanor Levy

If you are an avid BBC Radio 4 listener, or would like to become one, we are starting a new discussion group.

  • Start date: 2 September 2019
  • When: First Monday each month 2.30 – 4.00pm
  • Location: Member’s homes, starting in NW11
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places: 10

Talking Travel

Leader: Jack Berkovi (interim)

Planning an exploratory trip or holiday or visited exotic places? A new group for those who enjoy travelling and are looking for new places to discover and explore. Hear from people who have been there and done it.  The group shares knowledge, experiences and anecdotes, and agrees the theme for each meeting.   Please note that this group won’t be arranging travel.

  • Start date: Monday16 September 2019
  • When: Mondays, 7.30 – 8.38
  • Location: Members’ homes
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places: 12

The Climate Emergency (There is No Planet B*)

Leader: Catherine Budgett-Meakin

A new group about climate change and the environment.   It will use the book *There is No Planet B by Mike Berners Lee, and members will select a chapter to study.

  • Planning session: Thursday 5 September 2019
  • First meeting: 7 November
  • When: Thursday 2.00 – 4.00 pm
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Location: Members’ homes
  • Number of places: 10
  • Contact Eleanor Levy if interested in joining.