Out and About Reports 2018


 Hindu Temple Neasden
Monday 15th January 2018

21 members of “Out and About” together with 6 other U3A members to make up the 27 people to fill the coach.

After a comfortable journey with an excellent driver we arrived at the temple in plenty of time for our booked visit to the temple There was some concern expressed regarding the return time and where we would be lunching. The majority had opted to eat at the Shayona Restaurant and the half a dozen who did not want the vegetarian Indian food were transported by the coach driver to the nearby Ikea store.

As we entered the foyer into the richly carved teak and oak columns and panels with stunning carpets to the floor we were met by a volunteer and taken into a partitioned area of the Haveli prayer hall and introduced to Hinduism and the building of the Temple leading to its opening in1995. An interesting video showed how the marble was bought from Italy and India together with Bulgarian Limestone and then taken to craftsmen in India who were able to undertake the intricate hand carving before every part was labelled and numbered before transporting back to London.Here it was reassembled in just two and a half years.

After further discussion we were taken upstairs to the inner sanctum, under the dome and the ornately carved pillars, to witness the ceremony of the sacred images.

Downstairs again and we had more information and a question and answer session before breaking for lunch. Most of us who went to the Shayona Restaurant enjoyed a delicious buffet whilst others selected a smaller plate.               Prior to returning to the coach we went back into the Temple where we had pre-paid for the Understanding Hinduism exhibition and very informative exhibition Guidebook.

All who attended agreed it had been very worthwhile and some members are planning to return in the summer to spend some time in the gardens.

Skittles Evening
25th January 2018

 30 of us (from Out and About, MOTO and Times Out ) enjoyed  a Skittles evening held at Binfield Club.  This is a fun event which enables members from these 3 social groups who do not normally meet on a regular basis to get together and socialise.   Skittles evenings, Quiz evenings etc.  are organised adhoc by a few BFU3A members of these 3 Groups as and when someone decides to host one. Once you have socialised with a few members, it becomes a lot easier to put names to faces.  There were 5 faces that were new to me at the event which is a good sign that our BFU3A is continuing to thrive. This particular evening was organised by myself and Di. Jones (Co-Ordinator of MOTO1).  These events are getting more popular as this particular event was over subscribed.    This is the first time I have been in a winning team, although I don’t think it was my efforts that made it so. It was a tie finish so we had to have a play off. Marian Cook won the play off for the Blue team.

Natural History Museum
21st February 2018

5 members travel by 702 bus to London It was a longer than usual journey due to roadworks but agreed it was well worth it. On our arrival we spent most of the time in the red zone where there were excellent exhibits on the forces that shaped our planet alongside Volcanoes and Earthquakes.

Visit to the City of London Police Museum
12th March 2018

Thanks to Joan Cooper Who arranged the visit for 10 members to this small but packed museum where a volunteer ex city Police Officer gave an interesting talk before we were free to wander around the exhibits

The City of London Police Museum takes visitors on a unique journey, which includes the last hours of Catherine Eddowes, one of Jack the Ripper’s victims; bomb damage during the Blitz; being at the forefront of technology to counter terrorism and the current work against economic crime and cybercrime.

The City of London Police has been responsible for policing the Square Mile since 1839. Over the course of more than 175 years, the force’s priorities have remained the same: keep the City safe. It is also the UK’s leading police force for fraud and economic crime.

The purpose-built museum is collaboration between the City of London Police and the City of London Corporation’s Guildhall Library, which is situated next to the new museum at Guildhall, the City’s historic headquarters. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded a grant of c.£90,000 towards the development of the museum and associated community engagement.

After lunch some of the group went to the local art gallery and London Roman amphitheatre