Canvey Island

Groups

A full list of our current Groups can be seen at the BOTTOM of this page. To find out if the Group has restarted and if places are available please contact the Group Liaison. You can contact the Liaison by clicking on the Group (Bottom of Page) this will show the Group page. Then you need to click on the "Send a "Message" link. IF YOU DO NOT GET A REPLY FROM THE LIAISON PLEASE CONTACT JAN COLLETT OUR GROUPS COORDINATOR.

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The following groups will NOT re-start unless volunteers come forward to become Liaisons. If no volunteers come forward we will have no other option than to close the groups

  • Ballroom Dancing
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Line Dancing
  • Local Theatre
  • Local History
  • Luncheon Club
  • Mindfulness
  • Darts 2
  • Swimming
  • Ukulele

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New Groups

“A STITCH IN TIME” – SEWING GROUP
Embroidery, Cross Stitch, Patchwork, any form of sewing. Everyone welcome, at any level, tuition given to beginners if required.
Designed to be relaxing, productive and social.
Interested Members please contact Chris Summers

"Nature Ramblers"
Interested Members please contact Chris Summers

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IN ORDER TO BELONG TO ANY OF OUR GROUPS LISTED BELOW YOU MUST BE A FULLY PAID UP MEMBER OF CANVEY ISLAND U3A. PLEASE CONTACT THE RELEVANT GROUP LIAISON FIRST TO FIND OUT AVAILABILITY. PLEASE DO NOT JUST TURN UP AT A GROUP MEETING.

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Groups are the lifeblood of all U3A's and should be the main reason why a U3A exists.

The Self-help Learning Principle

Members form interest groups covering as wide a range of topics and activities as they desire; by the members, for the members.
No qualifications are sought or offered. Learning is for its own sake, with enjoyment being the prime motive, not qualifications or awards.
There is no distinction between the learners and the teachers; they are all U3A members.

STARTING A NEW INTEREST GROUP

Any member can start an Interest Group. If you would like to start or suggest a new group, contact our Groups' Coordinator, Jan Collett. Please include your name and description of your suggested group. A sheet will be put out at the following monthly meeting for interested members to add their name to or you can contact Jan who will add your name to the list. Once there are enough names on a list Jan will help organise a meeting with a view to electing a Group Liaison and getting the group started.

The same would apply if there is a group you would like to join that is full. It's always possible for you to start a second or third group.

If you are interested in a subject, and you are happy to take the register of members attending a meeting, then you are ready to become a Group Liaison and we would love to hear from you. You don't need to teach the group or even know the subject. ALL members should research the subject, share knowledge, and learn from each other. We encourage the formation of interest groups where everyone shares the load. i.e. It is not necessary for one person to organise every meeting of the Group. It can be shared between the members.

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Group Vacancies

There are vacancies in many groups. To find out if there are vacancies in a group that you may be interested in, please visit the group page to contact the relevant Group Liaison via the "Send a Message" link.

If you do not get a reply from a message that you send to a Group Liaison, then please contact the Groups Coordinator.

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Group Members and Groups Calendar

Where Group Liaisons have entered their Group meeting dates on the Beacon system using the “Schedule” option or have asked to have their meeting dates published they will be shown on the Group Meetings Calendar.

All group members please be sure to advise your group liaison in good time if you are unable to attend a pre-arranged group meeting. Please also note that you are not allowed to take friends, family or grandchildren along to Group meetings.

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OUR GROUPS

#AN ALTERNATIVE LIST OF GROUP MEETINGS CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING THE GROUP MEETINGS CALENDAR ON THIS PAGE. THIS IS ONLY ACCURATE IF GROUP LIAISONS HAVE EITHER ENTERED DETAILS THEMSELVES ON BEACON OR HAVE GIVEN Website Admin THE DETAILS SO THAT I CAN ENTER THEM. ALSO PLEASE CHECK THE EVENTS PAGE.

Below is a list of our current Groups with days and times of meetings where appropriate.
Clicking on the group name will take you to the group page, where you will find further information and a "send a message" link to contact the group liaison.

New Groups are indicated by a yellow background

Groups with space for more members to join have a grey background

Groups that are full are indicated by a dark grey background

Group List
A Stitch in Time - Sewing
Friday p.m.
Monthly Smallgains Hall
Friday p.m.
Monthly Smallgains Hall
Art For Beginners
 TBA
 TBA
Badminton
Wednesday p.m.
1st & 3rd Wed of each month
Wednesday p.m.
1st & 3rd Wed of each month
Bird Watching
Tuesday 
2nd Tues every month (Daytime)
Tuesday 
2nd Tues every month (Daytime)
Bobbin Lace
 Various As & When
 Various As & WhenBooks
Monday p.m.
1st Monday of the Month
Monday p.m.
1st Monday of the Month
Bowls - Short Mat
Wednesday p.m.
Every Wednesday 8pm - 10pm
Wednesday p.m.
Every Wednesday 8pm - 10pm
Bridge
 Once a month
 Once a month
Bus Pass Safari
 As & When
 As & WhenCalligraphy
Friday p.m.
Monthly Smallgains Hall 1.30 p
Friday p.m.
Monthly Smallgains Hall 1.30 p
Camera
Friday p.m.
Friday p.m.Cards for Fun
Thursday p.m.
2-4 pm 3rd Thursday of month
Thursday p.m.
2-4 pm 3rd Thursday of month
Cards For Fun 2
Wednesday p.m.
2nd & Last Wed Month
Wednesday p.m.
2nd & Last Wed Month
Cinema
 As & When
 As & When
Craft
 10am one morning a month
 10am one morning a monthCribbage
Wednesday p.m.
Monthly
Wednesday p.m.
Monthly
Crochet
Thursday a.m.
1st Thursday of Month
Thursday a.m.
1st Thursday of Month
Darts
Friday p.m.
Friday Evening 7pm
Friday p.m.
Friday Evening 7pm
Diet & Nutrition
Thursday 
2nd Thurs. Of Month
Thursday 
2nd Thurs. Of Month
Discussion
Tuesday p.m.
3rd Tue each month
Tuesday p.m.
3rd Tue each month
Flower Arranging
Monday p.m.
Monthly 1.30-3.30
Monday p.m.
Monthly 1.30-3.30
Freshwater Fishing
 Monthly As & When
 Monthly As & When
Grow It From Home
Monday 
Virtual Group
Monday 
Virtual Group
Guitar
Thursday a.m.
Fortnightly
Thursday a.m.
Fortnightly
Holiday Spanish
 As & When
 As & WhenMahjong
 TBA
 TBA
Nature Ramblers
Wednesday 
TBA
Wednesday 
TBA
Quiz
 As & When
 As & When
Rummikub
Monday p.m.
1st Monday of the month 7pm
Monday p.m.
1st Monday of the month 7pm
Snooker
Monday p.m.
2nd & 4th Mon@StarrSnooker
Monday p.m.
2nd & 4th Mon@StarrSnooker
Table Tennis
Thursday a.m.
10.30 am Weekly
Thursday a.m.
10.30 am Weekly
Ten Pin Bowling
Wednesday a.m.
Last Wed of Month 11am-1pm
Wednesday a.m.
Last Wed of Month 11am-1pm
Third Age Singers
Tuesday a.m.
10 - 12 am
Tuesday a.m.
10 - 12 am
This & That Chat (Discussion)
Monday p.m.
Last Monday of Month
Monday p.m.
Last Monday of Month
Walking (2-4 miles Plus)
Wednesday a.m.
Various dates & times
Wednesday a.m.
Various dates & times
Walking Cricket
Thursday p.m.
4.30 - 6.00 pm
Thursday p.m.
4.30 - 6.00 pm
Timetable Summary
Day MorningAfternoon
Monday Books   Flower Arranging   Rummikub   Snooker   This & That Chat (Discussion)  
TuesdayThird Age Singers   Discussion  
WednesdayTen Pin Bowling   Walking (2-4 miles Plus)   Badminton   Bowls - Short Mat   Cards For Fun 2   Cribbage  
ThursdayCrochet   Guitar   Table Tennis   Cards for Fun   Walking Cricket  
Friday A Stitch in Time - Sewing   Calligraphy   Camera   Darts