Trial Group Page
The grass roots of the U3A is its Special Interest Groups. Convened by the members for the members, anyone can form a group that reflects their special interest. Covering a vast range of subjects, most groups welcome people of all abilities. Whether its picking up an interest that has been neglected or jumping in with both feet and trying something new, take a look at what Beccles U3A has to offer.
If you see something that interests you, click on the link at the bottom of this page to find out more then contact the Convenor by email via the bird on the right.
Arts and Crafts
There is something for everyone here. Drawing and Painting is always a winner as is Art for Fun If soft crafts are your thing, why not try Nimble Fingers and help decorate the Christmas Tree for the annual Beccles competition. If you have a digital camera that you bought in a moment of inspiration but now lies gathering dust in a drawer, the Digital Photography group is for you. No camera? No problem, most of us have cameras on our phones these days.
It is often said we all have a story inside us. Join the Reading Group to explore how the experts do it and join the Creative Writing group to pick up the skills to get your story down on paper.
Card and Board Games
I've heard that the Bridge group can be quite competitive but don't let that put you off. If you've never played before, I'm sure someone will help you. Bring back memories of family card nights playing Canasta and Cribbage or try something more exotic with Mah Jong. Scrabble never goes out of fashion. How many devious words can you come up with?
Dating back to the Doomsday Book, Beccles offers rich pickings for the historian. Delve back in time with Medieval Beccles and trace more recent local history with Beccles 1500-1900. Historic Walks will take you out and about and combine study with some beautiful walks as will Church Explorers.
Tracing one's ancestry offers a very personal journey back into the past. The Family History group will offer advice and support every step of the way.
Do-zee-do your partner in English Country Dancing or channel your inner calm with Yoga. Have you always loved tennis but find the court rather large to cover these days? Short Tennis or Table Tennis are great substitutes and don't rely on the weather. How many of you have a badminton racket tucked away? Well, dig it out, dust it off and have some fun in our Badminton group.
IT, Science and Philosophy
Modern technology can be a bit baffling but there are two groups here to help. If you have a PC, Computer Confidence covers all the basics including emails, producing documents, filing and much more; iPad Users covers similar subject matter but on a ... you've got it, an iPad!
Keep up to date with Science in the News and Current Affair and explore some of the ideas that underpin societies the world over in Philosophy.
Most of our language groups are split into different levels according to ability, but I think most have a beginners group. On offer are French, Italian, Spanish, Modern Greek and Latin.
Music and Fine Art
Enjoy exquisite harmonies with the Madrigal Group, relive your school days in Recorder Playing or enjoy a good old sing song in Singing for Fun. Not musical? Don't worry, the Classical Music Appreciation group covers a vast range of choral, operatic and orchestral composers. For something a little funkier, what about Jazz?
For me, nothing beats Renaissance art but you'll have the chance to enjoy an array of artists working in many different styles and mediums at our Art Appreciation group.
Cycling and Rowing for Fun provide immense pleasure to many of our members, as do our Walking groups including a Dog Walking group where I gather there is always a dog or two spare if you don't have one of your own.
Not got green fingers but want a lovely garden? Join our Gardening group for advice and tips or if growing vegetables excites you find out more about beds available through our Growing Together group. An exciting new group called Saving Young Trees seeks to improve the environment for all of us and you don't need a garden to get involved.
Note to convenors
All the administrative information and forms have now been moved onto Group Convenors Info