Chard, Ilminster & District

Groups

Chard, Ilminster and District U3A groups (see list at bottom of this page) offer subjects ranging from practical activities, such as gardening and needlecraft, to study opportunities such as languages, history, etymology, religion, and philosophy. Also available are numerous social and practical activities including table tennis, play reading, lunch club and rambling.

GROUP RESOURCES

The Resource Centre at National Office has a collection of material in many subjects for U3A groups to borrow. These are available for group leaders or individuals.

For further information, e-mail: resource.centre@u3a.org.uk or phone 020 8315 0199 or log into the U3A national website, https://www.u3a.org.uk and follow the Resource Centre link.

Please Note that the information about groups listed on this page is correct at the time of entry. It is the responsibility of individual Group Leaders to contact the web site manager if the times of meetings and locations are changed.

If you would like online help to update your group details on the Beacon System click Group Leader. If you would like practical help do not hesitate to call me on 01460 61615 or email me at cidbeacon@gmail.com. Mo Chilvers, Beacon Co-ordinator.

GROUP NEWS

This page contains news on Groups that are either up and running or where a member is keen to start a group. We do have requests for new groups to be formed but without Group Leaders this is not always possible. If you feel you would like to run a Group then please look at our REQUESTS page. Maybe one of the topics listed there is something you are really keen to share with others. A link to REQUESTS may be found in the header at the top of this page.

Note: Click here to view Public Groups and Public Calendars on our Beacon Site.

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PROPOSED ADDITIONAL SHORT TENNIS GROUP

Due to popular demand, Judy Wilson is planning to start an additional short tennis group, which will run on Wednesday afternoons every week, from 2-4 pm at Broadway Village Hall.

Short tennis is played on a badminton court with normal sized rackets and a soft ball. It is great fun and helps to keep you mobile! We don't take it too seriously, just enjoy playing and the social aspect of the group. There is only one court at the venue, so we play doubles, and the rest of the group are entertained watching the matches and disputing line calls! As not everyone attends every week we need a minimum of 10 members to make the group viable.

No equipment is necessary as it's all provided. Just bring yourself and a drink. There is a weekly £1-£2 fee per person to cover the cost of hiring the hall, depending on numbers. Please let me know if you are interested in joining the group,
email - ianandjudewilson@btinternet.com

Judy Wilson

PROPOSED NEW CRIBBAGE GROUP

There is a Proposed New Cribbage Group and the leader is Jane Hackett.
If you are interested in joining please contact Jane direct on Tel 01460 53624 to arrange the first meeting.
The spaces are limited so book as soon as possible.

PROPOSED NEW "THE WORD GROUP"

A New Group “The Word” is proposed. This group is devoted to discussion about books, magazines, TV, films and theatre and will probably meet in Ilminster. Please contact Val Palmer valalpal@hotmail.co.uk or telephone 01460 57311 if you are interested.

SUNDAY LUNCH CLUB

A new group called the SUNDAY LUNCH CLUB has been formed and the leader is Tricia Proud.

The group is now full but you can be placed on waiting list. So if you are interested in meeting up for a pleasant lunch with friends instead of being at a loose end on Sunday please contact the Group Leaders' Coordinator, Lyn Lowe, for further information on tel. 01460 68629
or email the Group Coordinator's address given on the CONTACT Page.

FAMILY HISTORY GROUP 2

This group has space for 2-3 people. Absolute beginners or people who have done some research but want extra help are welcome to join.

They meet on 2nd Thursday in the month from 10am to 12 noon.

PPlease contact the Group Leaders' Coordinator, Lyn Lowe, for further information on tel. 01460 68629
oor email the Group Coordinator's address given on the CONTACT Page.

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC GROUP

After a short hiatus the Contemporary Music group is up and running again with a few new members. We met on 26th June and listened to a selection of new acquisitions by members. As ever there was an eclectic selection of music on offer. We also decided to carry on with the same format as before but agreed that variations and alternative formats were perfectly acceptable. We don't stick to any particular genre of music, indeed it is variety that makes the meetings interesting.

We decided that future meetings will start at 9.30am and finish at 11.30. Our next meeting will be held on 24th July and will be hosted by one of our new members - Mark Curnock. Due to holiday and other commitments there will be no meetings in August or October so future gatherings will take place on 25th September and 27th November. Themes for these meetings will be decided later.

There is room for one or two new members in the group so if you are interested please give me a ring on 62085. We meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 9.30am (see above).

Bob Inskip

SHORT WALKS GROUP (Rambling Group 1)

The Ambler Ramblers

The year started well and February saw 17 brave souls walking out from South Petherton going around the
Over Stratton area, before lunch break in the town, on the one fine cold, bright and dry day.
However, it seems to have rained ever since! The March event was deferred, but took place later in the
month, with a small contingent doing a modest jaunt around the north and east side of Bridport before
lunch. April proved to be little better – in fact pretty grim. If it was not falling out of the sky, everywhere was
wet underfoot, so reluctantly the planned foray in the Crewkerne area was cancelled.
As I write, warm sunshine is joyfully streaming through the window and bodes well for an enjoyable May
countryside outing with the bluebells back with us again.
If you would like to join us, it’s Friday 4 May 2018, meeting at 10.00am in the Crowshute Car Park, to share
transport as usual, or give me a call. (01460 220885 or 07718 385700). Email: mike@mgmoore.co.uk
Mike Moore

BOARD GAMES

Di Goldsmith would like to start a Board Games Group. Depending on the size of the group, members would be able to mutually choose a board game to play at the 2 hour session and then do a different one at the following meeting. The plan is to use games that involve strategies in order to keep our little grey cells working! Ones such as Rumikub for instance.

Please contact Di Goldsmith, Tel 01460 65484, if you are at all interested and times,frequency etc can be discussed.

RAMBLING GROUP 2

Hemyock November 2017
In November members were enjoying the late autumn sunshine in the Hemyock area.
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NEWS AND VIEWS

Do you enjoy reading the news and airing your views? Our group does just that, with members bringing along any item of news, serious or trivial, that they have found interesting and would like to be the subject of a brief discussion.

To sample a meeting please contact Clive Robinson on 01460 234719 or email clive@robinson171.plus.com. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 10.00am.

ARCHAEOLOGY TALKS

Archaeology Talks The Archaeology Talks Group is now well established and has proved to be very popular. We still have room for anyone else to join.

The group is aimed at people with an interest in archaeology but does not assume any prior knowledge of the subject.

The range of topics spans from Prehistoric times, Greek, Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Medieval and modern.

If you with to join the group contact me on 01460 394913 or doug.hislopx@talktalk.net for further details.'

POETRY GROUP 1

Mary Coller has 2 places available in her poetry group.
In this group poems are read and discussed so that everyone comprehends all aspects of their meaning so it can, at times be deeply thoughtful. On the other hand it is also a really enjoyable social group.

It is held on the 4th Wednesday of the month in the afternoon.

Please contact Mary on 01460 63461 if you are interested.

POETRY GROUP 2

Do you enjoy reading poetry? Would you like to know more about poets and their work? If so, why not come and meet a friendly and welcoming group who read their own choice of poetry on a theme selected in advance.

Please contact Gillian Macdonald on 01460 64687 if you are interested.

NEEDLECRAFT

A new Needlecraft Group has been formed to replace the Patchwork Quilting Group. This new group is for anyone who likes making things using a needle including knitting, crochet, embroidery, cross stitch and tapestry. The group also visits exhibitions and needle craft shows.

They meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 2.00pm at St Gildas in Chard. The Group Leader is Maggie Darby, Tel 63428

TABLE TENNIS

The two table tennis groups which run on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week are both full at the moment.
If I get any new enquiries they will have to be put on a waiting list with the possibility of starting a third
group if necessary. We now have an hour (9-10) before the Thursday meeting when some members come
to play singles and then stay on for another two hours playing doubles. Everyone who comes says they
haven’t played for 20 years or since school but it soon comes back and we do have a lot of fun. It’s good
exercise too. People think you just stand at the end of the table and hit the ball but it’s a lot more energetic
than that and involves a lot of running about.
Barbara Gault

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The following table lists the days on which group meetings normally take place, and whether they are a morning or afternoon affair. It should be noted that the majority of meetings are monthly rather than weekly.

Groups highlighted in yellow are either new or have a new structure
Groups highlighted in grey/blue are full

Group List
Archaeology Talks
Tuesday a.m.
2nd Tuesday
Tuesday a.m.
2nd Tuesday
Art
Wednesday p.m.
1st Wednesday
Wednesday p.m.
1st Wednesday
Art Appreciation
Tuesday a.m.
1st Tuesday
Tuesday a.m.
1st Tuesday
Astrology
Thursday p.m.
1st Thursday
Thursday p.m.
1st Thursday
Badminton - First Racquets
Friday a.m.
Weekly
Friday a.m.
Weekly
Badminton - Rusty Racquets
Tuesday a.m.
Weekly
Tuesday a.m.
Weekly
Beginners' Bridge
 Various Days
 Various DaysBook Choice
Wednesday a.m.
3rd Wednesday
Wednesday a.m.
3rd Wednesday
Book Club 1
Tuesday p.m.
3rd Tuesday
Tuesday p.m.
3rd Tuesday
Circle Dancing
Friday p.m.
3rd Friday
Friday p.m.
3rd Friday
Contemporary Music
Tuesday a.m.
4th Tuesday
Tuesday a.m.
4th Tuesday
Cricket Indoors
Wednesday p.m.
Wednesday p.m.
Cryptic Crosswords
Wednesday 
Weekly
Wednesday 
Weekly
Discussion
Monday p.m.
1st Monday
Monday p.m.
1st Monday
Etymology 1
Monday a.m.
2nd Monday
Monday a.m.
2nd Monday
Etymology 2
Wednesday a.m.
1st Wednesday
Wednesday a.m.
1st Wednesday
Family History 1
Tuesday p.m.
1st Tuesday
Tuesday p.m.
1st Tuesday
Family History 2
Thursday a.m.
2nd Thursday
Thursday a.m.
2nd Thursday
French Conversation
Wednesday a.m.
3rd Wednesday
Wednesday a.m.
3rd Wednesday
Gardening 1
Monday a.m.
2nd Monday
Monday a.m.
2nd Monday
Gardening 2
Monday a.m.
4th Monday
Monday a.m.
4th Monday
German - Basic Conversation
Wednesday p.m.
Fortnightly
Wednesday p.m.
Fortnightly
History (1)
Tuesday a.m.
3rd Tuesday
Tuesday a.m.
3rd Tuesday
Holidays
 Any time
 Any time
Italian
Friday p.m.
Every Friday
Friday p.m.
Every Friday
Latin Groups
 2 Groups per Week
 2 Groups per Week
Life, Universe & Everything
Monday a.m.
4th Monday (not Aug & Dec)
Monday a.m.
4th Monday (not Aug & Dec)
Lunch Club
Tuesday p.m.
2nd Tuesday
Tuesday p.m.
2nd Tuesday
Mosaic Craft
Tuesday p.m.
Fortnightly
Tuesday p.m.
Fortnightly
Music Appreciation
Wednesday a.m.
2nd Wednesday
Wednesday a.m.
2nd Wednesday
Natural History
Thursday 
4th Thursday
Thursday 
4th Thursday
Needlecraft
Wednesday p.m.
2nd Wednesday
Wednesday p.m.
2nd Wednesday
News and Views
Wednesday a.m.
2nd Wednesday
Wednesday a.m.
2nd Wednesday
Past Times
Thursday p.m.
3rd Thursday
Thursday p.m.
3rd Thursday
Play Reading
Wednesday p.m.
1st Wednesday
Wednesday p.m.
1st Wednesday
Poetry 1
Wednesday p.m.
4th Wednesday
Wednesday p.m.
4th Wednesday
Poetry for Pleasure
Wednesday p.m.
3rd Wednesday
Wednesday p.m.
3rd Wednesday
Rambling (1)
Friday a.m.
1st Friday
Friday a.m.
1st Friday
Rambling (2)
Friday a.m.
3rd Friday
Friday a.m.
3rd Friday
Reading for pleasure
Wednesday p.m.
Last Wed in month
Wednesday p.m.
Last Wed in month
Religious Writing
Friday a.m.
3rd Friday
Friday a.m.
3rd Friday
Scrabble
Tuesday p.m.
4th Tuesday
Tuesday p.m.
4th Tuesday
Scrabble 2
Wednesday p.m.
1st Wed
Wednesday p.m.
1st Wed
Short Tennis Group
 Various Days
 Various Days
Spanish
Wednesday p.m.
2nd Wednesday
Wednesday p.m.
2nd Wednesday
Spanish Conversation
Wednesday p.m.
4th Wednesday
Wednesday p.m.
4th Wednesday
Sunday Lunch Club
Sunday p.m.
Sunday p.m.Table Tennis
Thursday a.m.
Weekly
Thursday a.m.
Weekly
Table Tennis
Tuesday a.m.
Weekly
Tuesday a.m.
Weekly
Wine Appreciation Group
Thursday p.m.
1st Thursday
Thursday p.m.
1st Thursday
World Affairs
Monday a.m.
Second Monday
Monday a.m.
Second Monday
Writing for Pleasure
Monday p.m.
1st Monday
Monday p.m.
1st Monday
Timetable Summary
Day MorningAfternoon / Evening
MondayEtymology 1   Gardening 1   Gardening 2   Life, Universe & Everything   World Affairs   Discussion   Writing for Pleasure  
TuesdayArchaeology Talks   Art Appreciation   Badminton - Rusty Racquets   Contemporary Music   History (1)   Table Tennis   Book Club 1   Family History 1   Lunch Club   Mosaic Craft   Scrabble  
WednesdayBook Choice   Etymology 2   French Conversation   Music Appreciation   News and Views   Art   Cricket Indoors   German - Basic Conversation   Needlecraft   Play Reading   Poetry 1   Poetry for Pleasure   Reading for pleasure   Scrabble 2   Spanish   Spanish Conversation  
ThursdayFamily History 2   Table Tennis   Astrology   Past Times   Wine Appreciation Group  
FridayBadminton - First Racquets   Rambling (1)   Rambling (2)   Religious Writing   Circle Dancing   Italian  
Sunday Sunday Lunch Club