Cardiff

Canasta

Contact: canasta@cardiffu3a.org.uk

The Group meets at the City URC Church, Windsor Place on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 10:00am to 12:00 noon throughout the year.
Click on the Public Calendar to check details of future meetings.

Canasta is a classic card game of matching, tactics and strategy. It was devised in 1939, spread to the U.S. after the Second World War and then to the rest of the world. The word Canasta comes from the Spanish meaning 'basket' which probably referred to the basket in which the stock and discard piles were held.

  • How many cards make a meld?
  • What is natural Canasta?
  • How many points if you collect all four red threes?
  • What happens when the discard pile is 'frozen'? These and other questions were frequent in the early meetings.

Classic Canasta refers to the rules the group adheres to, having been advised by the National Advisor for Canasta. The group is one of the newer ones - formed after a group of members were thinking of what they could contribute to boost the range of interest groups. The aim was a social group enjoying playing the game with a small amount of challenge!

Having learned to play, members then facilitate the learning for newer players when they need it.
The aim is fun!

New members of the group are taught how to play Canasta and advice shared. They hope that now there is little distinction between learners and experienced players.

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Craft Current Affairs Discussion
Folk Singing French Conversation
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Great Lives History Group
Italian Conversation Literature Through the Ages
Local History Music Appreciation
Outings & Theatre Visits Philosophy and Spirituality
Photography Photography (afternoons)
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Science Group Singing for Pleasure
Spanish Conversation Sunday Lunch
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Thursday Discussion Group Walking Group
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Welsh One-to-One Conversation Writers 2 (A new group in Sept. 2019)
Writers Enjoying Words