Benfleet

Special Interest Groups

In the U3A members share their knowledge, skills, experience and enthusiasm to teach themselves and each other without any need for paid teachers. Group members are both learners and teachers.

U3A interest/activity Groups depend on mutual support and the sharing of knowledge. They are formed by members with a common interest suggesting a topic, discussing together what and how they wish to learn, and then deciding on the means to achieve their aims. One of U3A's guiding principles is that learning must be primarily for fun and enjoyment. There are no examinations or qualifications, although Group members are sometimes involved in carrying out research on specific subjects in which they have an interest.

Information on Benfleet U3A’s Groups and their Contacts/Hosts are given to U3A members at every Monthly Meeting. Our Groups Coordinator will also advise where and when each Group meets. Sometimes Groups may be full and will temporarily have a waiting list. New interest/activity Groups may be formed at any time, whenever there is a demand for them, say by two or three members having a common interest.

Not a Member/Wish to join?
To take part in Interest Group Activities you must be a member of the Benfleet U3A [membership of other U3A's does not give automatic access to our activities]. If you are NOT currently a member of the Benfleet U3A you can see details at Annual Membership. To discuss membership and to join please contact our Membership Secretary.

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U3A Interest Group Coordinator Contact

To form a new interest/activity group or if you are interested in joining a group, please contact the Interest Group Coordinators:

Iris MeadInterest Groups Coordinator

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Group News

A new Interest Group is in the process of being formed for Darts - first meeting likely in September. Please contact Iris Mead at Interest Groups Coordinator.

A second 5 mile+ walking group has also been established

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The Benfleet U3A Committee has developed a number of suggestions aiming to help make groups operation easier and more interactive.

Group Organisation
We always refer to ‘Group Leaders’ as running the special interest groups. This implies the ‘leader’ is responsible for ALL aspects of the group activities. Some people find this daunting and it may deter members coming forward to 'lead' groups.

In future, we propose to refer to this person as the GROUP CONTACT i.e. this person will know who is involved in the group, introduce new members and be the focal point for communication and is NOT necessarily the permanent meeting host. Group members should regularly offer to help, host meetings or organise activities. We hope that at least 2 or 3 people will actively help to run each group.

All group members should come forward with activities, study topics and trips, etc. that they wish to do – it’s your group.

Attending
As a courtesy to GROUP CONTACTS or MEETING HOSTS we suggest that group members should advise in good time whether you will be attending the next meeting or trip – both IF attending or NOT attending. Where possible please make sure your GROUP CONTACT or MEETING HOST has your email address as this is by far the easiest way to make contact.

Hosting
When a meeting is hosted by a group member in their home, we suggest a donation of 25p per person towards the cost of refreshments.

Transport suggestion
some groups organise meetings and trips away from home and it’s sensible for members to travel together. Offering money to pay for the trip can be a little awkward. Our suggestion is that passengers could arrange to cover the cost of parking at the venue and/or provide refreshments for the driver. Groups may already have their own arrangements in place, which is fine.

Thank you.

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The Third Age Trust - Group Resources

The Resource Centre at the Third Age Trust National Office has a collection of material available for U3A Groups to borrow, including slides, videos, audio cassettes, CDs and DVDs on many subjects. They are available for both Group Coordinators and individuals. Contact Third Age Trust Resource Centre or telephone 020 8315 0199.

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Group List
Art
 
 Badminton1
Monday p.m.
Weekly
Monday p.m.
Weekly
Badminton2
Thursday p.m.
Weekly
Thursday p.m.
Weekly
Book Club
 Monthly - Variable
 Monthly - Variable
Cancer
 As Required
 As RequiredCard and Board Games
Wednesday p.m.
Monthly - 2nd Week
Wednesday p.m.
Monthly - 2nd Week
Comparative Religion
Tuesday p.m.
Monthly - 2nd Tues
Tuesday p.m.
Monthly - 2nd Tues
Culinary Experience
Monday 
Monthly - 4th Week
Monday 
Monthly - 4th Week
Darts
Wednesday p.m.
Monthly - Last Wednesday
Wednesday p.m.
Monthly - Last Wednesday
Discussion 1
Monday p.m.
Monthly - 2nd Monday at 1400
Monday p.m.
Monthly - 2nd Monday at 1400
Discussion 2
Tuesday a.m.
Monthly - 1st Week
Tuesday a.m.
Monthly - 1st Week
Family History
Tuesday p.m.
Monthly - 1st Tues.
Tuesday p.m.
Monthly - 1st Tues.
Film and Book
Monday 
Monthly - 2nd week
Monday 
Monthly - 2nd week
Flower Arranging
Friday a.m.
Monthly - 2nd Week
Friday a.m.
Monthly - 2nd Week
French 1
Wednesday a.m.
Monthly - Variable
Wednesday a.m.
Monthly - Variable
Garden Visits
 Various
 Various
Gardening
 Monthly - Variable
 Monthly - VariableKeep Fit
Monday p.m.
Evening; term time only
Monday p.m.
Evening; term time only
Knit & Stitch
Tuesday p.m.
Monthly - 2nd Week
Tuesday p.m.
Monthly - 2nd Week
Local Interest
Monday p.m.
Monthly - 1st Week
Monday p.m.
Monthly - 1st Week
London Theatre
 As Required
 As RequiredLunch Group
Friday p.m.
Monthly - 2nd Week
Friday p.m.
Monthly - 2nd Week
Meditation, Relax & Healing
Tuesday a.m.
Weekly
Tuesday a.m.
Weekly
Naval & Military History
Wednesday p.m.
Monthly - 3rd Week
Wednesday p.m.
Monthly - 3rd Week
Outings
 As Advised
 As AdvisedPaper Craft 1
Friday a.m.
Monthly - 1st Week
Friday a.m.
Monthly - 1st Week
Paper Craft 2
Friday a.m.
Monthly - 3rd Week
Friday a.m.
Monthly - 3rd Week
Paper Craft 3
Friday p.m.
Monthly - 1st Week
Friday p.m.
Monthly - 1st Week
Photography
Monday p.m.
Monthly - 3rd Week
Monday p.m.
Monthly - 3rd Week
Sewing/Quilting
 
 
Singing
Thursday 
Monthly - 2nd+3rd Week
Thursday 
Monthly - 2nd+3rd Week
Social History
Thursday p.m.
Monthly - 3rd week
Thursday p.m.
Monthly - 3rd week
Spanish
Friday 
Friday Ten Pin Bowling
Friday a.m.
Monthly - 3rd Week
Friday a.m.
Monthly - 3rd Week
Walking (5 miles+)
Thursday a.m.
Monthly - 4th Week
Thursday a.m.
Monthly - 4th Week
Walking 5 miles+ Group 2
Wednesday a.m.
Monthly - 3rd week
Wednesday a.m.
Monthly - 3rd week
Walking upto 5 Miles
Thursday a.m.
Monthly - 1st Week
Thursday a.m.
Monthly - 1st Week
Wildlife
Thursday a.m.
Monthly - 2nd week
Thursday a.m.
Monthly - 2nd week
Women in History
Friday p.m.
Monthly - 3rd week
Friday p.m.
Monthly - 3rd week
  
Timetable Summary
Day MorningAfternoon / Evening
Monday Badminton1   Discussion 1   Keep Fit   Local Interest   Photography  
TuesdayDiscussion 2   Meditation, Relax & Healing   Comparative Religion   Family History   Knit & Stitch  
WednesdayFrench 1   Walking 5 miles+ Group 2   Card and Board Games   Darts   Naval & Military History  
ThursdayWalking (5 miles+)   Walking upto 5 Miles   Wildlife   Badminton2   Social History  
FridayFlower Arranging   Paper Craft 1   Paper Craft 2   Ten Pin Bowling   Lunch Group   Paper Craft 3   Women in History