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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COMMUNICATIONS GROUP

This is a new group which met for the first time in February, 2019. The purpose of this group is to bring together members who are crucial to our U3A communications. The objective would be to support each other and draw on skills and ideas to promote U3A activities.

Initially, this group will meet once a quarter, the next meeting being on
Thursday 30th May at 2pm in Eleos Cafe in Chard.

Please see the group page Communication for further information or please contact
Roy Howells, Tel 01460 76695, email roy.howells@gmail.com

TABLE TENNIS GROUP

This is very popular so we now have three weekly groups which meet on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, all at Tatworth Memorial Hall. The Tuesday group is from 10-12. On Thursdays and Fridays the time is also 10-12 but there is an hour on both days from 9-10 for more advanced players who play to a higher standard.

There are vacancies in the Friday group. The hall is not available on the 2nd Thursday of each month but otherwise we play every week.

CRICKET INDOORS GROUP

Please note that the venue and time for this group has changed. The group now meet at Holyrood School Sports Hall in Chard at the new time of 5pm. The sessions are still on a Wednesday and last for one hour.

There are still a few places left, so if you want to join in contact Jim Lobley at jim.lobley1950@gmail.com. Jim is a Chard & Ilminster member. Please see the Cricket Indoors Page for further information.

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC GROUP

After a six month hiatus last year we are back again with a few new members and some new ideas. At our last meeting which was concerned with cover versions of famous songs, The Wurzels playing 'Ruby Ruby Ruby' (originally by The Kaiser Chiefs) took the prize for novelty.

December was a month off but we will be meeting again on 22nd January to play tracks with the theme of 'Robert'. As suggested by Maureen Edwards, who is hosting the meeting, we are looking for tracks played by someone connected with Robert or any derivatives (eg Rob, Robbie, Bob, Bobbie, Roberta etc), or with something similar in its title or lyrics. It will be interesting to see what people come up with.

We meet on the 4th Tuesday each month at 9.30am until 11.30am. Our aim is to enjoy music which is not defined by the term 'classical'. The music played is hugely varied and reflects the tastes of all our members. We enjoy a touch of nostalgia but also learn to appreciate more modern new music.

At the moment there is a short waiting list since we have a full complement but if you are interested in coming along at some time in the future please give me a ring on 62085.

Bob Inskip

RAMBLING GROUP 2

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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.

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

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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 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 Days
Book Choice
Wednesday a.m.
3rd Wednesday
Wednesday a.m.
3rd Wednesday
Book Club 1
Tuesday p.m.
3rd Tuesday
Tuesday p.m.
3rd Tuesday
Chess
Friday p.m.
2nd and 4th
Friday p.m.
2nd and 4th
Circle Dancing
Friday p.m.
3rd Friday
Friday p.m.
3rd Friday
Communications
 Quarterly
 QuarterlyContemporary Music
Tuesday a.m.
4th Tuesday
Tuesday a.m.
4th Tuesday
Cribbage Group
Monday p.m.
2nd and 4th Monday
Monday p.m.
2nd and 4th Monday
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
French Improvers
Wednesday p.m.
2nd and 4th
Wednesday p.m.
2nd and 4th
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 timeItalian
Friday p.m.
2nd and 4th
Friday p.m.
2nd and 4th
Latin Groups
 2 Groups per Week
 2 Groups per WeekLife, 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
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
Friday a.m.
Weekly
Friday a.m.
Weekly
Table Tennis
Tuesday a.m.
Weekly
Tuesday a.m.
Weekly
The God Group
Friday a.m.
3rd Friday
Friday a.m.
3rd Friday
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   Cribbage Group   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   Cricket Indoors   French Improvers   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)   Table Tennis   The God Group   Chess   Circle Dancing   Italian  
Sunday Sunday Lunch Club