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.

  • Continuing using Skype
  • Location: Various local venues
  • Frequency: Monthly


Coping Strategies during the Coronavirus

Leader: Pauline Drizen

Pauline is a psychologist and cognitive behavioural therapist. The format of each session will be as follows:

  • Introductory talk about difficulties and concerns related to Coronavirus
  • After the introductory talk and psychoeducation about the issues, each session will then open up to members to discuss their issues and how they are coping

Sessions will be conducted using Zoom

  • Start date: 28 April 2020
  • When: Tuesday 8.00–9.00 pm
  • Frequency: Fortnightly

Crime Club—Cause Célèbre

Facilitator: Daphne Berkovi

Goddess of Justice

Do you have a special interest in real life crime?

Our group will be looking at and analysing famous crimes; visiting the Royal Courts of Justice and inviting barristers in criminal law and other professionals to talk to the group. Looking at the history of criminal law.

To get the most out of this group, you might want to consider taking the free online course The Modern Judiciary: Who They Are, What They Do and Why it Matters. The course has been put together by James Lee of the Law School at Kings College, London.

  • Meeting online through Zoom
  • When: Sunday 10.30 – 11.30 am (12.00 pm when there are talks)
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Talk on Sunday 12 July by Robert Reiner on Criminology – book here


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

Leader: Daphne Berkovi

Mobile shredding van
The decluttering group called in a specialist company to shred sensitive documents and hard drives

Clutter are things that you no longer use or love; it’s too much stuff for the space you live in. We  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.

  • Continuing using Zoom
  • Next meeting: Wednesday 24 June 7.30 pm
  • Frequency: Monthly

Genealogy: Who Do You Think You Are? – NEW

Leader: Louise Mason

Word cloud relating to ancestor research

Louise is a very experienced genealogist and will instruct  members how to find out about their find ancestors. They can then bring back their findings and she will instruct them further.

  • Sessions conducted via Skype
  • Start date: 23 April 2020
  • When: Thursday 2.00 – 4.00 pm
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Number of places: 12

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.

  • Currently paused

Middlesex Programme

Facilitator: Daphne Berkovi

A further series of lectures in conjunction with Middlesex University is planned in 2020. Details will be posted here once the plans are finalized.

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. Further details

Psychology — 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
    • Currently paused, but leader has sent out PowerPoint notes to members

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.

    • Currently paused

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.

    • Currently paused, but considering continuing through Skype or email

Join Talking Travel or inquire about the group