Interest Groups

Interest groups are the core of the U3A activity. They meet from weekly to monthly in members’ homes 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 coordinators, Leah Thompson on 01628 522409 or Vivienne Strayton on 07752 454009. But you can attend a group once before joining to see whether it works for you.

Groups are run by members, and usually meet in members’ homes. 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 (around 50p) 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 in the right hand column or one of the direct links below.

Aerobics Art appreciation Bird watching Board games Book group Bridge Bus and walk Calligraphy Chess Computers Cookery Crochet/Knitting Current affairs Ecosystems Film club French Gardening German Golf History Italian Lace making Latin Local history Mahjong Maths Music appreciation Outings Painting/Drawing Photography Play reading/Drama Pudding club Rummikub Socialising Solo Spanish Tablets/Smartphones Theatre trips Ukelele Walking Wine-tasting

Weekly/monthly schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Weekly 10 French 1
14 French 2
11 Aerobics 2.30 Tablets 14 French 3 10 Bridge
10 Computer begin
10.30 Maths
1st week 10 Walking 1
14 Spanish 1
10 Walking 2
14 Italian
9.45 Latin
10 Bus & walk
10.20 Board games
14 Pudding Club
9.30 Painting 1 2 Play reading
2nd week 17.30 Ukelele 10 Lacemaking
14.30 Curr Affairs
15 Photography
19.30 Spanish 2
9.30 Painting 2
13 Computer
19.30 Intermed. Spanish
10 Golf
2 Play reading
3rd week 10 Walking 1
10 Chess
10.30 Socialising
2 Spanish 1
2 Rummikub 1
2.30 Music apprec
11 Walking 2
1.30 Calligraphy
2 Italian
2.30 Crochet
9.45 Latin
Bird watching
1 Art appreciation
9.30 Painting 1
14 Local History
7.30 Wine Tasting
2 Rummikub 2
4th week 10 Cookery
5.30 Ukelele
14 Monthly Meeting Gardening visits
7.30 Spanish 2
9.30 Painting 2
10 Cookery
1.30 Book group
7.30 Inter. Spanish