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Bagels and Bacon

Our 'end of lock-down' Zoom talk!

Wednesday 2 December at 11.00am

Based on his aclaimed book “Bagels and Bacon” ( published by The History Press in 2011) Jeff Rozelaar gives a vivid account of growing up, told with passion and humour.  The captivating anecdotes, both poignant and entertaining, are immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of the East end in the post-war era.
Fern Britton who read the original manuscript described it as “A hugely entertaining book …. A great sudsy wallow in the 1950's.

Jeff was born into Jewish family and raised in an East End bombarded by Hitler's V2s. Fortunate enough to be one of the lucky survivors of the Nazi menace, he was able to play in the streets among the resultant debris with his school mates. Jeff's family consisted of Nancy, the proverbial domineering Jewish mother, his somewhat naive father Henry and sister Bernice. Among the wider family circle were numerous quarrelsome aunts, a trio of Communist cousins and the prolifically fertile grandmother Rebeca who lived in a council flat next to a communal rubbish chute. Most of the family were law-abiding citizens, but a few were collared by officialdom, and one by the infamous Krays.

Zoom details will be emailed to members in good time for the event. If you know anyone else who would like to listen - please ask them to use our contact form.

Fishy Tales

'Fishy Tales' by Kevin Little. Live Zoom presentation 31 Oct 20

If you missed the talk or would like to hear it again please click here for the video.

Meanwhile ......

We are members of the  Thames Valley U3A network  and they organise various events including online 'study days'. You can visit their website at

... including these events

Art vs Photography

details for this event can be found at

... and ...

Ukelele event 2

This is the second Ukelele event - brought back by popular demand! Click on the image for full details.

Membership Renewals

Membership for 20/21 runs from 1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021.

The fee has been reduced to £8 which will be sufficient, when coupled with our reserve, to cover our necessary expenses (insurance, Third Age Trust, newsletter, admin) and still enable us to get back into general action when circumstances allow.

We have set up an electronic renewals process in addition to the paper forms, and details are available here. If anybody needs help or would prefer to be sent a form by post, please contact our Secretary, Linda Patemen,via the website contact page. Please note that it is ESSENTIAL that we have a completed form to ensure we are abiding by all the data protection rules.

Many thanks to all those who have already renewed - much appreciated considering how little we are currently able to offer. However, we are optimistic that things will improve in the not too distand future.

Chair Yoga - regular sessions each Tuesday

This is not a U3A funded event - but is open to anyone. A small donation if you are able. Go to the page for more info

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


Some groups are finding ways to operate a limited agenda using online facilities - coodinators will contact their members if this is possible.

Use the U3A link on the top menu to find out what other suggestions are being put forward. If anyone is able to help establish any activity during the crisis, please contact us via the Contact page under General enquiries.

If you are looking for ideas while at home - try these links

Theatre Online

YouTube Theatre

National Theatre free streaming has now finished but we recommend a look at what's on offer on YouTube!

Try this link

Group Feature: Art Appreciation

Art Appreciation - Henry Moore Salisbury Exhibition

Several members of the U3A Art Appreciation group enjoyed an outing to Salisbury to see an exhibition of sculptures celebrating 800 years of the city's 'Spirit & Endeavour'.

Set in and around the Cathedral, this most interesting exhibition is full of surprises and includes work by younger contemporary artists as well as such familiar names as Henry Moore, Danny Lane, Antony Gormley, Grayson Perry, Elisabeth Frink and Barbara Hepworth.

Well worth a visit!

Group Feature: Art Practical

Art Practical - collageJust before we all needed to stay at home, the Hungerford U3A Art Practical Group took on a self-imposed challenge which they called "The Collage Project".

Firstly a photograph of a local scene was cut into 25 small, match-box size, pieces. Then members took one of these pieces and had to recreate the image thereon as an A4 size water colour painting. They were not shown the whole picture, only seeing the small piece they had taken and did not see progress of "The Collage Project", only the result when all 25 sections had been completed. Most members painted more than one piece.

The resulting Collage , which is a picture of "St. Lawrence Church from the Swing Bridge" is now on public display at The Hub ( Hungerford Library ).


Table tennis groupOver 20 groups are now up and running. Please visit the Groups page to see the latest information. However, in these difficult times not many are able to meet - other than by video link. If you haven't discovered Zoom we suggest you investigate, even if it's only for communicating with friends and family. For a FREE video conferencing App that is easy to use (and safe now that they have fixed some security issues) it is remarkable.

Meanwhile - table tennis out of action again during lockdown! Check the Groups page for more info.

Organised walks are cancelled for the time being.

Barn Dances - with no end in sight to restrictions, this Group has now been permanently shut down. Our thanks to Mike and Rita for all their past efforts.

Group Feature: Motoring Matters

Motoring Matters
The group endeavours to cover all aspects of motoring, classic and modern, with an emphasis on 'during-the-day-during-the-week' activities and outings.  We’ve had several excellent visits, to a French-Italian event at the Prescott Hill Climb, the Oxford Bus & Motors Museum and most recently to the Oxford Mini Plant.  Since April this year we have continued to meet regularly via the internet.

'Motoring Matters Natters' are themed around current motoring topics allowing members to have their say & ask questions of the group. Members are encouraged to share their motoring experiences & expertise, special guest speakers will be invited to present to the group on topical subjects.

Please contact the Convener John Turton for further details.

More Information

There would normally be meetings of the whole U3A from time to time to listen to specific speakers and discuss progress. If you would like to provide any feedback - or offer to help - please use the contact form, we'd love to hear from you. Regret that these opportunies have been suspended.

You can also use the contact form if you need any further information.

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