Ashfield U3A Interest Groups

Interest/Study Groups & Programmes

The current proposed interest/study groups are listed below. New members wishing to attend a group should contact the co-ordinator in the first instance. Co-ordinators wishing to make announcements at the U3A main monthly meetings are required to inform the chairman before the day of the meeting.

Anyone wishing to act as a co-ordinator for any group on the list which does not currently have one should contact the Co-ordinators' Liaison who will be glad to offer advice. (See Committee page for current Co-ordinators' Liaison).

Certain groups are designated as Associated groups. These are groups which are either made up of members from multiple U3As and which do not belong to any specific U3A, or whose activities are overseen by a non-U3A person, and are therefore not strictly Ashfield U3A groups.

PHOTOGRAPH: Craft Group Chritmas project - 2017.

Art Ron Britton The group's aim is to provide its members with a full programme of art media, tailored to the needs of its members. New members are always welcome.
The Art Group further details
Badminton Janet Hough The group's aim is to provide its members with an opportunity to play badminton on a weekly basis with other interested U3A members.
The Badminton Group further details
Beading Chris Carr The group's aim is to provide its members with an opportunity to make beading jewellery of all kinds.
The Beading Group further details
Board Games Marian Wilson The aim of the group is to provide a social environment in which members can participate in playing board games with others of a similar disposition.
Board Games Group further details
Book 'A' Sally Hill The aim of the group is 'to encourage members to read books which they might not otherwise choose. Sometimes these will be prescribed reading, with all members reading the same book, but at other times, members will be asked to choose a book within a genre.'
Book Group 'A' further details
Breakfast Geoff Cree Late breakfast meetings are generally held on a bi-monthly basis at 09:30 at varying venues and give members an opportunity to get together and chat about various aspects of the U3A.
The Breakfast Group further details
Bridge Joan Hufton Bridge sessions last for about 2 hours on various Mondays in the month. The game calls for groups of four, so if you register an interest in this group, a firm commitment is called for. Meetings are held in term time only.
The Bridge Group further details
Canasta Geoff Cree New members, whether beginners or experienced, are all welcome.
The Canasta Group further details
Cardcraft Carole Seymour The aim of the group is to learn how to make lovely, hand-crafted greetings cards. All materials and instructions are provided. New members are welcome.
The Cardcraft Group further details
Cinema Club Sylvia Smith The group meets at the home of the co-ordinator, Sylvia Smith, in Skegby to watch more thought-provoking films in the 'World Cinema' genre.
The Cinema Club further details
Classical Music 1 Nona Sheriston The group meets each month to listen to all types of classical music, chosen by each member in turn.
The Classical Music Group 1 further details
Classical Music 2 Ron Walker The group meets each month to listen to all types of classical music, and watch video performances. Members are encouraged to make requests.
The Classical Music Group 2 further details
Craft Pam Annable This group's aim is to give members the opportunity to meet one morning per month to work to a theme on a craft chosen by the members.
The Craft Group further details
Discussion Marian Wilson Members bring along cuttings or articles from newspapers or magazines and say a few words about each, before going on to discuss some or all of the topics.
The Discussion Group further details
Dressmaking Lynne Jackson The group is designed for those who sew or have sewn in the past. It is not suitable for complete beginners as the focus is on fit rather than dressmaking.
The Dressmaking Group further details
Dressmaking 2 Lynne Jackson The group is designed for those who sew or have sewn in the past. It is not suitable for complete beginners as the focus is on fit rather than dressmaking.
Dressmaking Group 2 further details
Dressmaking 3 Lynne Jackson The group is designed for those who sew or have sewn in the past. It is not suitable for complete beginners as the focus is on fit rather than dressmaking.
Dressmaking Group 3 further details
Enjoying Shakespeare Ron Walker The aim is for the group to see live performances, films or theatre relays of Shakespeare’s plays. At the regular meetings we will explore the plays we are seeing, so as to understand and enjoy them as fully as possible.
The Enjoying Shakespeare Group further details
Family History Trish Tootell The group meets to inspire people who are interested in history and support those who wish to follow the footsteps of their ancestors, and those who want to trace local, industrial or social history. It also provides help by suggesting new avenues of research and the opportunity to share experiences.
The Family History Group further details
Friendly Gardeners Marjorie Woollam The Friendly Gardeners' Group aims to share a love of gardening to broaden members' knowledge of plants. This is an opportunity for members to share with others their expertise relating to the subject. As this group is held in people's homes, numbers will be limited. The group meets from March to November.
The Friendly Gardeners' Group further details
Gardening Chris Blaiklock The Gardening Group aims to share a love of gardening and all things garden-related. It provides an opportunity for members to share their own expertise and knowledge of plants and gardening, and to benefit from others.
The Gardening Group further details
Holidays Caroline Rhoades The Holidays Group has now been taken over by Caroline who has arranged a programme of holidays, both at home and abroad.
Holidays Group further details
Horticulture Forum Lynne Jackson The Horticulture Forum Group is aimed at those who are actively gardening with a desire to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of plants and horticulture.
The Horticulture Forum Group further details
International Dining Julia Porter & Georganne Barlow With an outing each month to various restaurants in the area, the aim of the group is to give members the opportunity to taste the cuisine of other cultures which they might not have otherwise chosen. The group meets in the evening, at times to suit the venues chosen.
The International Dining Group further details
Investments [ASSOCIATED] Jill Pullan This group, set up in 2006, was a cross-U3A incentive to fulfil a need when the Golden Group became full.
The Platinum Investment Group further details
Kurling Carol Mumford Kurling is a version of the original sport of curling, giving members the opportunity to play the game on a flat surface not involving ice.
The Kurling Group further details
Lunch Carol Chamberlain The lunch group meets monthly at various venues to socialise over a varied cuisine to be determined by its members on a rota basis.
The Lunch Group further details
Mah Jong Jacquie Chapman The group meets twice each month to play Mah Jong - new and experienced players welcome.
The Mah Jong Group further details
Miscellany Sue Taylor This group has been set up to explore venues, attractions and activities which may not be covered by other groups.
The Miscellany Group further details
Movement to Music Pam Sapey The group meets on the first Thursday each month.
The Movement to Music Group further details
National Trust Visits Trish Tootell The group was primarily formed to provide visits to National Trust establishments by coach, either for National Trust members or non-members. Entrance fee is not included, as many U3A members are also National Trust members who have free entrance to all properties. Non-members will need to pay for themselves although a group rate will be negotiated.
The National Trust Visits Group further details
Pickleball Chris Chamberlain Pickleball is an upcoming sport, giving members the opportunity to play the game at a local venue.
The Pickleball Group further details
Poetry Hilary Newenham & Robin Tyne This group meets once a month to read poetry, either from text books brought by members or written by members. The sessions are held at Teversal Scout Hut, £1 per session includes tea & biscuits.
The Poetry Group further details
Practical Philosophy 1 John Barsby The group meets to discuss all aspects of practical philosophy. The sessions are held at the co-ordinator's home, so no other costs are involved.
The Philosophy Group 1 further details
Practical Philosophy 2 John Barsby The group meets to discuss all aspects of practical philosophy. The sessions are held at the co-ordinator's home, so no other costs are involved.
The Philosophy Group 2 further details
Pudding Club Brenda Paul This group meets once a month to create and compare two puddings. The sessions are normally held at members' homes. The Pudding Club Group further details
Railway Geoff Cree The aim of the group is to bring together members who have a mutual interest in railways. The levels of interest vary and range from merely travelling on trains (preferably steam hauled) to a study of railway history and trainspotting.
The Railway Group further details
Scrabble Margaret Nunn The Scrabble Group was formed to cater for those with an interest in the game, in order to play on a regular basis.
The Scrabble Group further details
Singing for Fun Carol Chamberlain As its name implies, the group meets in order to sing together purely for fun. You don't need to be a good singer, (though it helps if you are) - just to have the enthusiasm to sing.
The 'Singing for Fun' Group further details
Sugarcraft/Cake Decorating Stella Daft The group is experienced and new members would be expected at least to have attempted some projects before joining, although some help could be available for novices.
The Sugarcraft & Cake Decorating Group further details
Sunday Lunch Group Jean Wass The sunday lunch group meets monthly to socialise over a varied menu at local venues.
The Sunday Lunch Group further details
Theatre Visits Barbara Ives A programme of visits has been arranged by the co-ordinator.
The Theatre Visits Group further details
Threads and Fibres Susan Day The aim of the group is to introduce members to a new textile craft every 3 months, sharing their expertise with a short project which can be completed over this time and inbetween, so that they can produce a finished item.
The Threads and Fibres Group further details
Ukulele Geoff Tootell The aim of the group is to promote an interest in learning to play the ukulele The co-ordinator is an accomplished musician who has played in a group for a number of years.
The Ukulele Group further details
Walking 'A' David Porter & Hugh Symonds Moderate walks of 7 - 9 miles. Please arrive by 9:50 a.m., with a packed lunch and a drink. Walkers share cars to reach the starting point of the walk. Members are encouraged to volunteer to lead walks.
Walking Group 'A' further details
Walking 'B' Liz Edwards Short walks of 3-5 miles.
Walking Group 'B' further details
Walking 'C' Sue Taylor The 'Strollers' walking group offers walks between one and a half and two and a half miles.
Walking Group 'C' further details
Walking 'D' David Wilson The 'Six-Milers' walking group offers walks between 5.5 and 6.5 miles.
Walking Group 'D' further details
Wine Appreciation Geoff Cree Development of members' knowledge and enjoyment of wine through formal and informal tastings of wines, by specified groups or grape varieties. The evenings have an informal and friendly, sociable structure and are rotated around the homes of members.
The Wine Appreciation Group further details


Below is a by no means exhaustive list of groups which are run by other U3As up and down the country. It is intended to inspire members to co-ordinate a group of their own. If you see something which you feel you could contribute to, why not take the plunge and give it a go? There is plenty of help and advice available to get you started. Remember, all it needs to make it happen is one person who is willing to co-ordinate and two or three like-minded individuals and you've got a group! Areas which may already be catered for by Ashfield U3A Groups are shown below in red.

Ancient History
Armchair Art
Armchair Travel
Art History
Ballroom Dancing
Barn Dancing
Bird Watching
Board Games
British Constitution
Cakemaking & Decorating
Camcorder Group
Church History
Classical Music
Classical Studies
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Country Dancing
Country Walks
Creative Sculpture
Creative Stitching
Crown Green Bowling
Cryptic Crosswords
Current Affairs
Design & Technology
Digital Imaging
Digital Photography
Earth Sciences
English for Pleasure
Environmental Issues
European Union
Exercise on Chairs
Family History
Film Study
Film, Television & Radio
Flora & Fauna
Flower Arranging
Folk Dancing
Garden Visits
Glories of Hollywood
Greek Studies
Handbell Ringing
Health, Fitness & Leisure
History of Religions
Horse Riding
International Dining
Irish Dance
Japanese Culture
Jazz & Blues
Jewellery Making
Jigsaw Puzzles
Keep Fit
Latin & the Romans
Line Dancing
Lip Reading & Signing
Local History
Lunch Group
Malt Whisky Appreciation
Mathematical Puzzles
Military History
Morris Dancing
Movement to Music
National Trust
Natural History
Oil Painting
Parchment Craft
Patchwork & Quilting
Philharmonic Concerts
Philosophical Discussion
Play Reading
Pudding Club
Real Ales
Roman History
Rug Craft
Rural Studies
Scottish Dancing
Silk Painting
Social History
Social Psychology
Social Sciences
Square Dancing
Sustainability & Recycling
Table Tennis
T'ai Chi
Tap Dancing
Ten Pin Bowling
Theoretical Physics
Today's World
Veneering & Furniture Restoration
Video Making & Editing
Water Aerobics
Wealth & Poverty
Weather Watching
Wild Flowers
Wine Appreciation
Wood Carving
Wood Turning
Writing for Pleasure & Profit

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