Bishop's Cleeve

How do we do that?

We currently hold a monthly Open Meeting on the 3rd Monday of the calendar month in the Large Hall at Woodmancote Village Hall (2.00pm for 2.15pm, admission free), which is regularly attended by approximately one third of our membership and at which we have a visiting guest speaker.

We have recently had talks on topics as varied as the History of the Teddy Bear; Being a Chef at the Savoy Hotel; and Cheltenham’s Festival History, given by Edward Gillespie, the former MD of Cheltenham Racecourse and Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.

However, it’s the subject (or interest) groups that are really at the heart of what the U3A is all about. Each October we hold a Showcase Meeting (instead of a normal Open Meeting), at which the various subject groups promote themselves. It gives the opportunity to any new (or indeed existing) members to talk to the subject group leaders about their subject. If you are interested in joining a group and there are spaces in the group, you can join. Alternatively, you can attend a group session as a “taster”, to see if it is suitable for you.

Where the groups are at full capacity, you can add your name to a waiting list, with a reasonable expectation of joining the group. Subject to the above, members can join as many groups as they wish and many of our members belong to several groups – it all depends on your range of interests and what time you have available. The Group Leader is simply a member who sometimes volunteers to coordinate the group’s programme of meetings, with no more knowledge of (or skill in) the subject than others in the group, but who is supported by one of the committee members entitled the Groups Coordinator. We are always interested in starting up new groups and you may well have a particular interest or skill which would encourage others to join you.