Interest Groups

Interest groups are the core of the u3a activity. They meet from weekly, fortnightly or monthly in members’ homes , outdoors or communal rooms depending largely on the size of the group.

Each group has a convenor,  who is not necessarily an expert in that area but is the organiser for the group. The groups are listed on the right under a number of headings. Click on one of these to see the interest groups in that area. Before you are a member you will only be able to get details of the convenor  through the group coordinator Vivienne Strayton ( You can attend a group once before joining to see whether it works for you. Alternatively a full list of groups can be downloaded here: Groups List – April 2021

Groups can meet as often as they like, but typically it will on a regular day, either weekly, fortnightly, or monthly. There may be a small fee to cover the cost of refreshments and perhaps something to cover the cost of a hired hall.

There are generally no paid speakers, the members themselves will take the meetings. In the case of a study group this may involve the person taking the meeting preparing a talk or demonstration, or perhaps showing a video, and imparting their knowledge or skills to the group. It’s a self-help situation – you learn together.

To find a group, click on one of the areas of interest in the right hand column or one of the direct links below.

Aerobics Art appreciation Bird watching Book group Bridge Bus and walk Calligraphy Canasta Chess Computers-advanced Computer beginners Crime and Thrillers Crochet/Knitting Current affairs Family History Film club French Gardening German Golf History Italian Lace making Latin  Mahjong Maths Music appreciation Non-fiction reading Outings Painting/Drawing Play reading/Drama Pudding club Poetry

Rummikub  Singing for fun Socialising Solo Spanish Tablets/Smartphones Tai Chi Theatre trips  Walking Wine-tasting

Group Activity List – Master

Under ‘normal’ circumstances we use a number of public rooms for groups as well as private houses. To see a map of these places, please click here. Click on any of the markers to show the name of the venues there. Currently many groups are meeting using Zoom.