U3A East London Newsletter

Newsletter 85, December 2017

Newsletter number 84 should have been the last one for 2017, but a few things have occurred since then that are worthy of note. The final event of the year was a very special talk by Rose Anley about her and Ralph’s trip to the Baltic States this year. Most amazing places with glimpse of her nephew’s wedding in Estonia as a bonus.

The Garden Club has been doing their good deed and have helped in the garden at Breath of Life- more about this in the next issue.

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The Book Club comes in for mention again as they enjoyed an end of year lunch at Golda Hundermark’s home.

Around 80 people attended Sign up day on the 16th November at St Andrews and this turned out to be a most special occasion. Members gathered around the sign up tables like bees around a jam pot and most of the courses will be well supported next year.

Afterwards, David Edwards delivered an outstanding presentation entitled “Joseph’s Monologue”- an imaginary dialogue that Joseph had with the baby Jesus.

This was followed by Carol Keep’s Community Singing Group presenting a number of Christmas Carols- well known and unusual. Nita Laing contributed a poem entitled “The Circle of a Girl’s Arms” The audience was invited to join in a number of the carols. The singing group finished off with the Old Folks version of “My Favourite things”

We did not know that Dave Donkin had a Lancashire accent, but he gave us a splendid rendition of the old Stanley Holloway favourite about Albert and the Lion, followed by a South African version.

The morning was rounded off with a most special and very reasonably priced lunch – Vegetable soup with croutons, individual Beef Wellington (or vegetarian option) with roast vegetables and trifle with a berry sauce. Thanks Mark Kunhardt and Independent Caterers.

Everything took place at St Andrews Croquet Club- so the room proved very versatile.

Your committee has its first meeting of 2018 in January when the Course Programme for February and March will be finalised. This will be on the Website before the end of January.

Once again, we wish you all a blessed Christmas and the hope that 2018 brings Health and Happiness- part of which is your being a member of U3A!

Best Wishes from the Newsletter Team