Chiswell Green

Groups and Group Information

As more and more of our groups return to meeting in person I am sure our members would like to say a great BIG thank you to all our Group Organisers who have done so much to keep Chiswell Green u3a alive and well in spite of everything that Covid has thrown at us.

Some of our outdoor groups were able to continue to meet much of the time. Other groups took to Zoom meetings with great success and many other organisers kept in touch with their group members who carried on with relevant activities, news and pictures of which we were able to see in the newsletter and on the website.

We have more than 40 interest groups to choose from and if you are keen to join any of these please send an email, via the ‘bird icon’ on the Interest Group page. If spaces are not immediately available, you can always go on the waiting list. If there is a lot of demand for a particular interest group, it may be possible to start a Group 2.

As far as we know, Tai Chi, Pins & Needles, Photography 1, History, Family History (2), Quiz, Ballroom Dancing, Thank You For The Music, Spanish (not Beginners) and Cycling all have a few spaces. These are all successful, sociable groups and you would be made very welcome. Any message left via this website will be sent directly to that group organiser (use the 'bird' icon at the side of the group page). Contact Ann Traynor if there is no Organiser.

We are actively looking for new Interest Group Organisers for the following:. Art, Gardening, Zumba Gold, Keep Fit, and our Walking group. Although the Keep Fit group is a joint group with the VCV, we would like someone to be the organiser for our part of this group.

Play Reading now has a new Interest Group Organiser (thank you Sue). If you would like to join this group, please see the Play Reading group page for details.

Tenpin Bowling also now has a new Group Organiser (thank you Marilyn) and will be starting very soon. As soon as details are available, we will update the website.

Unfortunately, our Family History (1), Canasta, Chair Exercise, Creative Writing, Jewellery Making, Joy of Film, Spanish (Beginners) and Wish You Were Here groups have all disbanded.

If you are interested in starting up any a new group, please contact Pam Whitfield, who is looking after our NEW groups via this website. Suggestions for new groups are always welcome, especially if accompanied by an offer to run them!
Being a group Organiser is not as daunting as you may think and can be great fun - it is also a good way to get to know more of your fellow Chiswell Green u3a members.

Meanwhile existing organisers why not let us know what you have planned for your group? Please email Pauline via this website so that she can mention it an up and coming newsletter.

I am sure many more organisers have been giving real support and it would be great to hear from members of those groups to give their organiser a mention in the newsletter. Contact Ann Traynor, Interest Groups’ Co-ordinator via this website.

All our Chiswell Green Interest Groups enable their members to develop and share knowledge, new skills and experiences, exchanging ideas and values in an enjoyable and sociable manner.
The u3a ethos is:- "Learn, Laugh, Live."

Please support our Interest Group Organiser(s), after all they are volunteers and without them groups would not run. You could perhaps offer to organise a trip or collect the money from members (keeping a very simple record of this) - please don't leave everything to them.

You must be a member of Chiswell Green u3a to take part in any groups or activities run by CG.
Please always wear, or have with you, your CG Membership card and an up to date emergency contact card. An emergency contact card can be obtained from Garry Snoad or the membership desk at our monthly meetings and should be kept with your CG membership card, preferably in a lanyard which can be purchased from the membership desk.

As members of the u3a we are all volunteers in whatever tasks we undertake. No-one was furloughed but that has not stopped so many of the Group Organisers (and the Committee) from carrying on “working” during the 'lockdown' period.
Speaking from personal experience of the groups to which I belong it is heart warming to receive an email with helpful information or simply with news of how others in the group are carrying on with their interests.

"Learn, Laugh, Live."

Group List
ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES (1)
Friday a.m.
Monthly (4th Friday)
Friday a.m.
Monthly (4th Friday)
ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES (2)
Thursday a.m.
Monthly (4th Thursday)
Thursday a.m.
Monthly (4th Thursday)
ART (incl. Calligraphy)
Wednesday p.m.
New Organiser needed
Wednesday p.m.
New Organiser needed
ART APPRECIATION
Friday a.m.
Monthly (2nd Friday)
Friday a.m.
Monthly (2nd Friday)
BADMINTON (CG/VCV Joint group)
 Weekly, Alternate Fri's & Thur
 Weekly, Alternate Fri's & ThurBALLROOM DANCING
Friday a.m.
2nd and 4th Friday of month
Friday a.m.
2nd and 4th Friday of month
BIRD WATCHING
Thursday a.m.
Monthly
Thursday a.m.
Monthly
BOOK DISCUSSION
Wednesday p.m.
Monthly
Wednesday p.m.
Monthly
BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE
Friday p.m.
Monthly (1st & 3rd Friday)
Friday p.m.
Monthly (1st & 3rd Friday)
BUS PASS
 Dates/times/venues vary
 Dates/times/venues vary
CINEMA TRIPS
Monday p.m.
Monthly (3rd Monday)
Monday p.m.
Monthly (3rd Monday)
CYCLING
Monday 
Monthly (April-October)
Monday 
Monthly (April-October)
FAMILY HISTORY
Wednesday p.m.
Monthly (3rd Wednesday)
Wednesday p.m.
Monthly (3rd Wednesday)
FLOWER ARRANGING
Monday p.m.
Monthly (1st Monday)
Monday p.m.
Monthly (1st Monday)
FOLK DANCING
 
 FRENCH (Intermediate)
Wednesday p.m.
Fortnightly
Wednesday p.m.
Fortnightly
GARDEN VISITS
 Dates / Venues vary
 Dates / Venues varyGARDENING
 New Organiser needed
 New Organiser needed
GOLF (CG/VCV Joint group)
Monday p.m.
Fortnightly
Monday p.m.
Fortnightly
GRUMPY OLD WOMEN
Tuesday a.m.
Monthly (2nd Tuesday)
Tuesday a.m.
Monthly (2nd Tuesday)
GUITAR
Friday p.m.
Monthly (last Friday of month)
Friday p.m.
Monthly (last Friday of month)
HISTORY
Friday a.m.
Monthly (1st Friday)
Friday a.m.
Monthly (1st Friday)
KEEP FIT (CG Organiser needed)
Monday a.m.
Weekly (CG/VCV Joint Group)
Monday a.m.
Weekly (CG/VCV Joint Group)
LOCAL EVENTS
 Venues/times will vary
 Venues/times will vary
LONDON WALKS (Group 1)
Tuesday 
Bi-monthly
Tuesday 
Bi-monthly
LONDON WALKS 2
Thursday a.m.
Bi-monthly
Thursday a.m.
Bi-monthly
LONDON WALKS 3
Thursday p.m.
bi-monthly
Thursday p.m.
bi-monthly
LUNCH
Tuesday 
Monthly (2nd Tuesday)
Tuesday 
Monthly (2nd Tuesday)
PAPER CRAFTS (1)
Wednesday a.m.
Monthly (3rd Wednesday)
Wednesday a.m.
Monthly (3rd Wednesday)
PAPERCRAFTS (2)
Tuesday p.m.
Monthly (4th Tuesday)
Tuesday p.m.
Monthly (4th Tuesday)
PHOTOGRAPHY (1)
Thursday a.m.
3rd/4th Thursday every month
Thursday a.m.
3rd/4th Thursday every month
PHOTOGRAPHY (2)
Thursday a.m.
Monthly (4th Thursday)
Thursday a.m.
Monthly (4th Thursday)
PINS and NEEDLES
Wednesday a.m.
Monthly (2nd Wednesday)
Wednesday a.m.
Monthly (2nd Wednesday)
PLAY READING
Wednesday p.m.
Monthly (2nd Wednesday)
Wednesday p.m.
Monthly (2nd Wednesday)
QUIZ
Monday p.m.
Monthly (3rd Monday)
Monday p.m.
Monthly (3rd Monday)
SAILING (May to Oct)
Wednesday p.m.
Alternates with Tuesday
Wednesday p.m.
Alternates with Tuesday
SAILING (May-October)
Tuesday p.m.
2nd Tuesday & 4th Wednesday
Tuesday p.m.
2nd Tuesday & 4th Wednesday
SCRABBLE/WORD GAMES
Thursday p.m.
Weekly
Thursday p.m.
Weekly
SINGING FOR FUN
Friday p.m.
Alternate Fridays
Friday p.m.
Alternate Fridays
SPANISH (Pre-Intermediate)
Tuesday p.m.
Weekly
Tuesday p.m.
Weekly
SPANISH (Intermediate)
Thursday p.m.
Weekly
Thursday p.m.
Weekly
SPANISH (Upper Intermediate)
Monday a.m.
Weekly
Monday a.m.
Weekly
TABLE TENNIS
Thursday a.m.
Monthly (3rd Thursday)
Thursday a.m.
Monthly (3rd Thursday)
TAI CHI
Tuesday a.m.
2nd & 4th Tuesday
Tuesday a.m.
2nd & 4th Tuesday
TEN PIN BOWLING
 Organiser found (details soon)
 Organiser found (details soon)THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC
 Monthly
 Monthly
WALKING
 New Organiser needed
 New Organiser neededWINGS and WHEELS
Wednesday 
Every other month
Wednesday 
Every other month
YOGA 1
Monday a.m.
Weekly
Monday a.m.
Weekly
YOGA 2
Monday a.m.
Weekly
Monday a.m.
Weekly
ZUMBA GOLD
 New Organiser needed
 New Organiser needed  
Timetable Summary
Day MorningAfternoon
MondayKEEP FIT (CG Organiser needed)   SPANISH (Upper Intermediate)   YOGA 1   YOGA 2   CINEMA TRIPS   FLOWER ARRANGING   GOLF (CG/VCV Joint group)   QUIZ  
TuesdayGRUMPY OLD WOMEN   TAI CHI   PAPERCRAFTS (2)   SAILING (May-October)   SPANISH (Pre-Intermediate)  
WednesdayPAPER CRAFTS (1)   PINS and NEEDLES   ART (incl. Calligraphy)   BOOK DISCUSSION   FAMILY HISTORY   FRENCH (Intermediate)   PLAY READING   SAILING (May to Oct)  
ThursdayANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES (2)   BIRD WATCHING   LONDON WALKS 2   PHOTOGRAPHY (1)   PHOTOGRAPHY (2)   TABLE TENNIS   LONDON WALKS 3   SCRABBLE/WORD GAMES   SPANISH (Intermediate)  
FridayANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES (1)   ART APPRECIATION   BALLROOM DANCING   HISTORY   BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE   GUITAR   SINGING FOR FUN