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New Interest Groups

New Interest Groups
Although we have about 40 interest groups we are always looking for people to set up and lead new groups.  If the subject you are interested in is not available - what about setting up your own group?
  • You do not have to be an expert to lead a group and help and advice is always available. 
  •  Please contact Ann Keen, Group Co-ordinator, on 07523 503516 to discuss any ideas you have.

Running a Group involves the following:
  • Keeping details of the regular members so that they can be contacted
  • Taking enquiries and giving information to any U3A member that wants to join the group
  • Setting up dates and venues and maybe refreshments
  • Occasionally attend a meeting of Group Leaders
  • Send information/reports to the website and Newsletter as required
  • or you could just organise a rota to do all or some of the above!
New Groups 

Short Courses
Following the success of the short courses we have already run 
(History of the Workhouse and Climate Change) we are hoping to run more of these.
Please contact Ann Keen if you might be willing to run one or have any suggestions for a course you would like to see offered. Ann Keen: 07523 503516 

The next short course is Supporting Brain Health for the over 50s. The course will cover the main aspects of nutrition, physical activity, cognitively engaging activities, social engagement and sleep, that support brain health. 
The course consists of four one hour weekly seminars with time for questions and discussion; Thursday mornings 11-12, October 11th, 18th, 25th, and 1st November. Seminars will be held in room 1 of the Methodist Centre, and there will be a small charge to cover expenses (£1.30 per session). Please email Lindsay Evett  at if you wish to attend. 

Photography Group A new photography group is now up and running - meeting on the 1st Friday of the month in Room 2 of the Methodist Centre 11-12am. It doesn't matter what equipment you use. Only enthusiasm is required!
Please contact Simon on 07714 706114 or email

Suggestions for New Groups looking for leaders:

Ambling 3: Both Ambling groups 1 & 2 are getting very large - limited by the size of tearooms! So there is a need for someone to lead a third group.  It has been suggested that a Saturday or weekend Ambling Group might be popular. The leader will probably be more of a co-ordinator with group members taking turns to plan a walk (and tearoom).

IT for Beginners Group
A help group has now been established and we are hoping to run a short course on 'taking the fear out of facebook'
For IT help contact Rob & Kath Callum 07885 441949

We have also had the following suggestions for groups but we need members who are willing to share their expertise:
  • Country &/or square dancing
  • Countryside and Nature
  • Embroidery 
  • Fine Dining
  • Badminton
  • Walking Netball
  • A revival of the Craft Group
  • Poetry 
  • Play Reading 
  • Science
  • Italian
Could you help with any of these - or do you have any other suggestions??

Groups with Leaders but Needing Members

Intermediate/Advanced Spanish
David Mason would like to start  a group for people with Spanish language skills of at least level B1/B2 on the Common European Framework – roughly A-level standard, although no qualifications would be required or expected.  People who have so far expressed an interest have either lived and worked in Spain or travelled extensively in Spanish-speaking countries, although neither of these would be a condition of membership.  We would anticipate meeting in people’s homes on perhaps a fortnightly basis, although this, as well as format, would be a matter for mutual agreement. If you are interested, please get in touch with 
David Mason on 01949 876635 or

Success Stories
 Groups which started in 2016: 

Explorer Group: This group organises visits to places of interest in the area. No transport is arranged, unlike the excursions organised by the Travel Group. David Sibley is the group co-ordinator but group members will take it in turns to plan different outings. 

Real Ale and Cider Appreciation
John Lewis will be running this group. It will meet on different days, depending on where the meeting is being held - it depends on the days a brewery runs its tours or the date of a beer festival.  Watch for dates of future meetings in the Newsletter or contact John on 01949831530

French for (almost!) Beginners
This group is run by French-Canadian Joanne Collie and meets on the Second & Fourth Tuesdays at 10am in the Old Court House.
Contact Joanne on or 
Board Games Group
Following on from the success of the two Board Games sessions organised through the 'I'd like to have a go at that' Group this has become a regular group, meeting twice monthly (at least through the winter months). 
Sometimes the meetings are held at the Bowls Club and sometimes in Members houses.

If you would be willing to organise this group please contact  Jeff Peters on 01949 875406 or at