Brackley & District

Interest Groups

Some Groups are meeting via Zoom (Posted 25/11/2020)
Although our groups are not able to meet in person at the moment some of our groups are meeting online via Zoom. The following groups are using the u3a Brackley Zoom Licence:

Book Club1st Monday of each month 11.00hrs for 2 hours
Poetry 13rd Monday of each month 10.30hrs for 2 hours
Italian1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month 10.30hrs for 2 hours
Traditional Dancing3rd Tuesday of each month 14.30hrs for 2 hours
Singing for FunEvery Wednesday 19.30hrs for 2 hours
Family History2nd Thursday of each month 10.00hrs for 2 hours

If any other groups would like to avail themselves of uninterrupted Zoom meetings please get in touch with Ian by email (
The groups meeting via Zoom currently are indicated with a 'Z' in the table below.

Coronavirus Update from the Group Co-ordinator, Ian Nixon (Posted 13/08/2020)
Hopefully you are all well and keeping in touch with at least one other member of U3A. (if not, please let me know)
U3A Head Office are still advising no resumption of meetings indoors due to our age group.
Outdoor meetings of 6 can take place after a risk assessment has been carried out and sent to the committee for approval.
(see AdviceForRestartingInterestGroups070820 )
Looking on the positive side, we have a few vacancies for Group Convenors. The Groups are Walking, Science & Technology, Theatre and Sunday Outings.
We already have volunteers to start up new Groups for Cinema, Victorian Literature and Beginners Spanish.
Please contact me if you are interested, so that plans can be put in place for when we resume activities.

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Coronavirus (Posted 17/03/2020)
In view of the recommendations from the Government the Committee has decided to cancel all Group Meetings until further notice. This supersedes any information in the Calendar, Group and Events webpages.

For any further information contact our Groups Co-ordinator, Ian Nixon

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You can join as many interest groups as you find time for!
Each Group is self-sufficient and independent and if costs are involved in renting rooms then those members pay a small amount each to cover the costs.

In the Group List below click on the Group Name to go to a separate page for that Group, where you can click on the icon in the top right corner to Send a Message to the Leader (Convenor) of that Group.

New groups are shown with a "N" . Groups which cannot accept new members at present but have a waiting list are shown with a "W".

If there are other topics not covered, why not start your own group? There is help available to get you going. If you would like to run a Group or make suggestions about existing or new Groups, Ian Nixon, our Groups Co-ordinator will be pleased to hear from you. To send an email click on the bird icon link at the top right side on this page.

Photographs of recent group events can be seen on the individual group page, as well as in the Gallery.

Group List (last updated February 2020)

GroupDay/s per MonthTimeVenueConvenor
ArtVarious2.00 – 4.00pmConvenor's HomeJean Teague
Afternoon Tea & ChatConvenor to notifyAs emailConvenor to notifyAnna Coates & Pauline Cammidge
Book Club (Z)1st Monday11.00am -13.00via ZoomBarbara Saunders
Bridge IntermediateWeekly - Monday9.45-12 noonBrackley Football ClubColin Gillies
Coffee Morning1st & 3rd Mondays11,00 – 12.00Brackley Antique CellarPam Lynch
Contract Bridge (W)Weekly - Friday10.00am for 10.15 startBrackley LibraryTricia Smith
Canasta4th Tuesday2.00pmSt Peter's Church HallHilary Isherwood
Cinema Group (N)Convenor to notifyVariousVariousAlison Simmonds
Craft2nd Monday1.00 - 4.30pmMethodist ChurchCarol Platt & Norma Lees
Digital Photography3rd Tuesday2.00 – 4.00pmSt Peter's Church HallStephen Pope
Family History (Z)2nd Thursday10.00 - 12.00via ZoomGraham Irvine
Italian (Z)1st and 3rd Tues10.30 - 12.30via ZoomPeter Kidger
Lace Making2nd & 4th Tuesdays2.00 - 4.30pmLibraryLindsay Freeman
Maths4Fun1st Wednesday10.00 – 12.00Convenor’s HomeKen Smith
Music Appreciation (W)2nd Friday10amMembers’ homesNorman Dutton
National TrustConvenor to notifyVariousVariousAndrew Goodchild
Poetry (W,Z)3rd Monday10.30 - 12.30via ZoomTim East & Carolyn Hunter
Poetry 21st Thursday10.00 - 12 noonBrackley Library (tbc)Frank Arnold
QuizSee Website2-4pmSt Peter's Church HallKaren Gees & Marie Starkey
RussianConvenor to notifyAs advisedEvenleyBob Murray
Science & TechIn abeyance
Scrabble4th Thursday2.00 – 4.30pmSt Peters AnnexeWendy Manley
Shakespeare (W)2nd Tuesday2.30 – 4.30pmSt Peter’s Church HallJoanna Byles
Singing for Fun (Z)Wednesdays - as advised19.30 - 21.30via ZoomRuth Harris
SpanishIn abeyanceSocial meetings only Martin Lucas
Sunday Lunch1st Sunday12.30pmConvenor to notifyRuth Harris
Sunday Lunch 2 (W)4th Sundayusually midday Convenors to adviseConvenors to notifyChristine Coleman & Barbara Hoye
Sunday Outings (W)In abeyance
Table Tennis for Fun (W)Weekly - Monday1.30 - 3.30pmLeisure CentreJohn Rayment
Table Tennis 2Weekly - Tuesday1.30 – 3.30pmLeisure CentreJohn Moore
Theatre & OutingsIn abeyance
Traditional Dance (Z)3rd Tues14.30 - 16:30via ZoomJohn Weaver
UkuleleConvenor to notify2.00 pmMember’s homesDavid Watts
WalkingIn abeyance

Click on Brackley U3A Calendar to find our Calendar of regular meetings including dates and times.

In addition to the regular activities listed here you will also find (on our Group pages), groups which have meetings arranged in a more ad-hoc manner.

Please note that due to a quirk of Google Calendar mishandling daylight saving time changes within the display of embedded calendar some users get incorrect times until after the clocks change. Consequently the embedded calendar has been suspended for the time being. As an alternative click on Brackley U3A Calendar and choose the Agenda tab to get an equivalent display of the Calendar of Activities