Bromsgrove

Groups

Interest Groups are informal and friendly as the social element is very important. Some Interest Groups will meet in a member's home while other Groups meet at various venues for indoor/outside activities. (Note, at present face to face meetings are not possible, and most groups are meeting virtually, e.g using Zoom)

The following activity groups are currently available.

Please click on the Group Link that you are interested in to find out more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I join groups but not go to the open meetings?

Yes. Some of our members do this. However, as well as offering interesting and varied talks, the open meetings give us an opportunity to keep members informed of developments such as new groups starting up, and to make announcements about future events. The meetings also offer an opportunity to socialise and meet other members. (This has been left in to give an idea of normal procedures when life returns to normal)

Can I join more than one group?

Yes, as many as you like.

Where do the teachers come from?

A basic principle of the U3A is that of ‘shared learning’. The people who run groups are U3A members themselves and they volunteer to lead a group. Not all groups require an ‘expert’ to lead them. In many cases the group leader is simply a member who volunteers to coordinate the group’s programme of meetings, and claims no more knowledge or skill than the average group member. It’s worth mentioning that joining the U3A doesn’t mean that you will be expected to be a group leader, however we hope that you might consider that role in time.

Who decides which groups are offered?

The members themselves. Our U3A has a Groups Co-ordinator, with the job of providing help in setting up groups, finding suitable locations, and so on. But the committee doesn’t decide which groups will be offered. All groups come about as a result of members expressing an interest in a particular subject.

If I join groups, will there be 'homework'?

You will never be forced to do anything. Whether you do things between meetings depends on the type of group, and the time that you are able to give to it. For instance, if you join a foreign language group it makes sense to practise what has been covered in the group meeting. The group leader may in fact suggest some 'homework', and obviously you will learn more quickly if you find the time to do it. Other groups, such as literature groups, involve doing some private reading and bringing your opinions to discuss at the next meeting. Still other groups may involve members being advised to do some background exploration of a subject in advance of a talk or discussion to be held later. In some groups the members take turns to give a presentation or host a session. But such presentations or sessions are always voluntary, and you certainly won’t be pressurised into giving one if you don’t feel able to.

What if members of a group have widely differing abilities or knowledge?

It depends on the subject. In some cases this does not matter at all (those with knowledge share it with those who haven’t), but in other cases this can be relevant. The Group Leader can give advice on whether the group is suitable for you, given your existing knowledge.

Where are the group meetings held?

In a variety of places. Small groups often hold their meetings in houses, sometimes the home of the group leader, sometimes the homes of group members on a rotational basis. Bigger groups often use a hired hall. If so, members contribute to the hire cost. Much depends on the resources needed. A large group may require special facilities and this will limit the range of suitable locations. Members often share transport, and those without a car will often be able to get a lift with another member.

How do I join a group?

It’s best first of all to have a word with the relevant group leader. He or she will explain how the group operates, such as confirming when and where the group meets, how the meetings are organised, and what the current programme of meetings involves. You should be able to assess whether the group in question seems to fit the bill for you.

What if I’m not sure if a group is for me?

You will be more than welcome to attend a group session a couple of times, to see if it is suitable.

What if there isn’t a group that caters for my special interest?

We are always on the lookout for potential new groups, and it’s possible that your interest is shared by others. The first step is to contact the Groups Co-ordinator or committee to find out if the subject or activity has already been suggested by others. Usually the next step is to put out feelers at a monthly meeting. If sufficient people express an interest, it’s a short step to getting the new group off the ground. The Groups Co-ordinator will advise on suitable times and places to hold your meetings, and there’s also some start-up money available if resources are needed. Putting forward an idea for a new group doesn’t necessarily mean that you will have to be the group leader: someone else may be willing to do this.

What if the group I want to join is full?

This can happen. Some groups are very popular. But there is often a way round the problem. Sometimes a group splits into two, with each sub-group meeting at a different time. Or maybe two groups are formed with slightly different aims or skills, e.g. a beginners’ group and a more advanced group. In some cases the problem is solved simply by moving to a more spacious location. However, in a few cases it’s possible that a waiting list will have to be formed.

If you have any other questions related to either joining a group or starting up a new group, please click on the send a message icon to discuss with the groups Co-ordinator.

Group List
Book Group - Classics
Monday p.m.
Monday p.m.Book Group - Mixed Genres
Monday p.m.
Monday p.m.
Book Group Modern Literature
Monday p.m.
Monday p.m.Bowls (Rink)
Friday a.m.
Friday a.m.
Canvas and Wool
Wednesday p.m.
Wednesday p.m.Card Making
Monday p.m.
Monday p.m.
Embroidery
Tuesday p.m.
Tuesday p.m.Exploring Art - Group 1
Monday p.m.
Monday p.m.
Exploring Art - Group 2
Tuesday p.m.
Tuesday p.m.Exploring Music
Thursday p.m.
Thursday p.m.
Francophiles
Wednesday p.m.
Wednesday p.m.French Conversation
Tuesday p.m.
Tuesday p.m.
Geology
Wednesday a.m.
Wednesday a.m.Gourmet Dining
Wednesday p.m.
Wednesday p.m.
History Group
Monday p.m.
Monday p.m.Looking at Churches
Thursday p.m.
Thursday p.m.
Looking at Local History
Wednesday p.m.
Wednesday p.m.Mobile Phone Busters
Monday p.m.
Monday p.m.
Philosophy Matters
Friday a.m.
Friday a.m.Photography
Wednesday p.m.
Wednesday p.m.
Play Reading
Thursday p.m.
Thursday p.m.Poetry
Tuesday p.m.
Tuesday p.m.
Pub Lunches
Thursday p.m.
Thursday p.m.Rambling
Thursday a.m.
Thursday a.m.
Recorder for Intermediates
Tuesday p.m.
Tuesday p.m.Recorder Playing
Thursday a.m.
Thursday a.m.
Religions of the World
Tuesday a.m.
Tuesday a.m.Science Group
Monday p.m.
Monday p.m.
Scrabble Group 1
Thursday p.m.
Thursday p.m.Scrabble Group 2
Thursday p.m.
Thursday p.m.
Shakespeare - Group 1
Friday a.m.
Friday a.m.Shakespeare - Group 2
Wednesday p.m.
Wednesday p.m.
Singing for Pleasure
Monday p.m.
Monday p.m.Snooker
Wednesday p.m.
Wednesday p.m.
UKULELE – STRUM & SING
Tuesday p.m.
Tuesday p.m.  
Timetable Summary
Day MorningAfternoon
Monday Book Group - Classics   Book Group - Mixed Genres   Book Group Modern Literature   Card Making   Exploring Art - Group 1   History Group   Mobile Phone Busters   Science Group   Singing for Pleasure  
TuesdayReligions of the World   Embroidery   Exploring Art - Group 2   French Conversation   Poetry   Recorder for Intermediates   UKULELE – STRUM & SING  
WednesdayGeology   Canvas and Wool   Francophiles   Gourmet Dining   Looking at Local History   Photography   Shakespeare - Group 2   Snooker  
ThursdayRambling   Recorder Playing   Exploring Music   Looking at Churches   Play Reading   Pub Lunches   Scrabble Group 1   Scrabble Group 2  
FridayBowls (Rink)   Philosophy Matters   Shakespeare - Group 1