Croydon

Interest Groups

Croydon U3A has over 60 interest groups. They are listed at the bottom of this page.

  • New groups are shown with a pale yellow background. Groups which are full and cannot accept new members at present are shown with a grey background. Some groups have their own page. These are shown in blue - click on the link to go to directly to the page.

Non-members

  • Look at the Croydon U3A Activities for the full range of our groups, the venues, the days & times they meet and the contact details. Groups highlighted in blue in the table below have more information. Simply click on the name.

Please note: you will be expected to JOIN Croydon U3A before you reserve a place in a group.

Members Only

  • If you wish to join a group please contact the leader for more details. Their telephone numbers can be found in Croydon U3A Activities which was also included in your latest Bulletin. Some groups will be full but you may ask to be put on their waiting list. We actively encourage people to join as many groups as they wish. If you have difficulties in doing this, or if you have any suggestions as to what new groups we could form, then please let us know by contacting the Groups Co-ordinator to see if we can help.
  • We are always keen for new groups to get started and we will offer potential leaders or convenors all the help we can.
  • If you would like to explore the possibility of starting a group or if you would like to suggest a group that we do not currently have we are always open to new ideas. Send your suggestions to the Groups Co-ordinator and we will see what we can do.

NOTE: The Temporary contact number for MOTO is 07808 723686

Groups previously full now with spaces:

  • Italian Conversation
  • The Writing Group
  • 19th Century History
  • Family History

Groups actively looking for new members

  • International Dining
  • Rubber Bridge is actively seeking members.
  • Garden Design a NEW course started September 4th.
  • A Taste of World Cuisines - NEW group - 1st Tues - Email the contact if you are interested.
  • Backgammon NEW group - 1st Weds 2-4.30pm. Email the contact if you are interested.
  • Croydon Past
  • Mah-Jong - NEW MEMBERS WELCOME
  • Love Gardening - 1st Monday of the month at 10.30am see the page for details.
  • Concert Goers - various days. A programme of visits is being prepared.
  • Mandoline - NEW group - Thursdays pm.
  • Smart Phone and iPad Tuition - see your latest Bulletin for details on how to register for the next course or go to the page and use the email contact.

Next Memory Course - watch your Bulletin.

WHAT HELP DO YOU NEED WITH TECHNOLOGY???
Do you wish you could get more out of your mobile ‘phone? Do you have an iPAD or laptop that you can’t use? Do you wish you could talk to your grandchildren on Facetime? Do you want to have Alexa dial ‘phone numbers when you ask? Do you want your own email address to save on envelopes and stamps?
As part of our Development Plan for 2019, the Committee would like to see if you would like help with technology. Amongst a host of other things, technology can help you keep in contact with your family, find answers to any questions you have by using the internet, know when the next bus is arriving at your bus stop or arrange for your shopping to be delivered.
It might be that you are just frightened to start. It might be that you think it’s too difficult. It might be that you just haven’t had the time. It might be that you think you are too old to learn new skills. It might be that you think the kit is too expensive to buy.
If you can overcome these barriers, there is no limit to what technology can help you with.
I would like to talk to any members who feel they would like help with technology to see if there is any support that the U3A could provide.
Please contact me at any General Meeting (I am usually on registration), call me on 07710 244 601 (leave a message if there is no answer) or email, Joy Ellery

Potential New Groups

  • Would anyone who has some knowledge of German/has previously taught German be prepared to start a new interest group - German for Beginners? Contact Groups Co-ordinator
  • If there is sufficient interest shown - Making Music, Turkish Conversation, Ghanaian Food Tasting.
  • There are other London U3A Groups which our members can apply to join: one topic is Philosophy at Dulwich, Lewisham, Banstead or Sutton.

GROUP LEADERS

  • You can download a register continuation sheet here, you should have been sent a new first page by post.
  • Resource: If you want to know more about our laptop computer, digital projector & DVD player and would like to use it with your group, email the digital projector keeper to make a booking (help will be given to use the projector).
  • English Heritage has a centralised telephone number for educational bookings with a dedicated educational visit customer services team. 0870 333 0606

National U3A Resource Centre

  • Click the U3A link to go to the Third Age Trust website. The website has been updated and is now very user friendly. Group Leaders wishing to borrow materials from the resource centre will need to register first.

Online Courses

  • For those who would prefer to study on their own look at the online courses available to all U3A members at Future Learn and MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses).
  • The Virtual U3A is another facility we can use which is particularly useful for members who have mobility concerns or are too busy during the day and would like to join virtual groups which can be accessed in the evenings and weekends. Please click on the link to go to the site or read more about it in the News page.
Group List
Adv & Internat Dining 1
Sunday p.m.
3rd Sunday, midday
Sunday p.m.
3rd Sunday, midday
Architecture
Thursday a.m.
3rd Thursday
Thursday a.m.
3rd Thursday
Art - Apprec/Masterpieces
Friday p.m.
4th Friday
Friday p.m.
4th Friday
Backgammon
Wednesday p.m.
1st Weds
Wednesday p.m.
1st Weds
Badminton, spaces
Thursday p.m.
weekly
Thursday p.m.
weekly
Blues & Jazz Appreciation
 
 
Chair Yoga
Wednesday p.m.
1st & 3rd
Wednesday p.m.
1st & 3rd
China
Tuesday a.m.
3rd Tuesday
Tuesday a.m.
3rd Tuesday
Concert Goers
 Varies
 VariesCreative Writing
Tuesday p.m.
4th Tuesday
Tuesday p.m.
4th Tuesday
Cross Stitch & Knit & Natter
Monday a.m.
2nd & 4th Mon
Monday a.m.
2nd & 4th Mon
Croydon Past
 
 
Current Affairs
Thursday p.m.
2nd Thursday
Thursday p.m.
2nd Thursday
Dance Exercise
Monday a.m.
1st & 3rd
Monday a.m.
1st & 3rd
Early Medieval History
Tuesday p.m.
1st Tuesday
Tuesday p.m.
1st Tuesday
English Novel
Wednesday p.m.
3rd Wednesday
Wednesday p.m.
3rd Wednesday
Family History
Wednesday p.m.
4th Wed
Wednesday p.m.
4th Wed
French beginners conversation
Monday a.m.
weekly, 10-11
Monday a.m.
weekly, 10-11
French, Adv conversation
Monday a.m.
2nd and 4th Mon
Monday a.m.
2nd and 4th Mon
French-Life, Lang & Literature
Tuesday p.m.
1st & 3rd Tuesday
Tuesday p.m.
1st & 3rd Tuesday
Friday Walks, (Ramblers LW)
Friday a.m.
Weekly
Friday a.m.
Weekly
Garden Design
Wednesday a.m.
Fortnightly
Wednesday a.m.
Fortnightly
Garden Visits 2019
 Varies
 VariesGerman, Conversation
Tuesday a.m.
1st & 3rd Tuesday
Tuesday a.m.
1st & 3rd Tuesday
Handicrafts
Tuesday p.m.
1st & 3rd Tues
Tuesday p.m.
1st & 3rd Tues
Historical Visits
Thursday a.m.
4th Thursday
Thursday a.m.
4th Thursday
History 4
Wednesday p.m.
3rd a.m, 4th p.m
Wednesday p.m.
3rd a.m, 4th p.m
History of London 1
Tuesday a.m.
1st & 3rd Tuesday
Tuesday a.m.
1st & 3rd Tuesday
History of London 2
Tuesday p.m.
2nd a.m., 4th p.m.
Tuesday p.m.
2nd a.m., 4th p.m.
History of London 3
Wednesday p.m.
1st p.m, 3rd a.m
Wednesday p.m.
1st p.m, 3rd a.m
History, Local
Friday p.m.
2nd Friday
Friday p.m.
2nd Friday
History, World post 1815
Wednesday p.m.
1st Wednesday
Wednesday p.m.
1st Wednesday
International Dance
Wednesday a.m.
1st & 3rd Weds
Wednesday a.m.
1st & 3rd Weds
Italian Conversation Mxtd Abil
Thursday p.m.
fortnightly
Thursday p.m.
fortnightly
Italian, conversation
Friday p.m.
4th Friday, 2.30
Friday p.m.
4th Friday, 2.30
Latin, intermediate
Monday a.m.
Weekly
Monday a.m.
Weekly
Line Dance
Friday a.m.
Weekly
Friday a.m.
Weekly
London Explorers 1 Apr-Nov
Monday a.m.
2nd Monday
Monday a.m.
2nd Monday
London Explorers 2 Apr-Nov
Thursday a.m.
1st Thursday
Thursday a.m.
1st Thursday
Looking at London, S Croydon
Monday p.m.
1st Monday
Monday p.m.
1st Monday
Love Gardening
Monday a.m.
1st Monday
Monday a.m.
1st Monday
Mah-Jong
Friday p.m.
fortnightly
Friday p.m.
fortnightly
Mandoline
Thursday p.m.
weekly
Thursday p.m.
weekly
Maths Group
Monday p.m.
1st Monday
Monday p.m.
1st Monday
MOTO (members on their own)
 Varies
 VariesPainting & Drawing
Monday p.m.
Weekly
Monday p.m.
Weekly
Painting for Pleasure
Thursday a.m.
Weekly
Thursday a.m.
Weekly
Philosophy
 At other London U3As
 At other London U3As
Play Reading, Croydon
Monday p.m.
1st & 3rd Monday
Monday p.m.
1st & 3rd Monday
Play Reading, Selsdon, spaces
Monday p.m.
1st Monday
Monday p.m.
1st Monday
Poetry for Pleasure
Tuesday p.m.
1st Tuesday
Tuesday p.m.
1st Tuesday
Rubber Bridge
Tuesday p.m.
Weekly
Tuesday p.m.
Weekly
Russian, Intermediate
Wednesday a.m.
1st & 3rd Weds
Wednesday a.m.
1st & 3rd Weds
Science & Technology
Tuesday p.m.
2nd Tuesday
Tuesday p.m.
2nd Tuesday
Scrabble (Croydon)
Thursday a.m.
3rd Thursday
Thursday a.m.
3rd Thursday
Scrabble (Social)
Thursday a.m.
1st & 3rd Thursday
Thursday a.m.
1st & 3rd Thursday
Share a Good Read, spaces
Monday p.m.
2nd Mon
Monday p.m.
2nd Mon
Shorter Walks
Thursday a.m.
2nd & 4th Thursday
Thursday a.m.
2nd & 4th Thursday
Singing for Pleasure
Wednesday a.m.
2nd & 4th Wednesday
Wednesday a.m.
2nd & 4th Wednesday
Smart Phone and iPad Tuition
Tuesday 
6 week course -to book
Tuesday 
6 week course -to book
Spanish Beginners Conversation
Monday a.m.
weekly, 11-12
Monday a.m.
weekly, 11-12
Table Tennis
Friday p.m.
Weekly
Friday p.m.
Weekly
Taste of World Cuisines
Tuesday 
1st Tues lunchtime
Tuesday 
1st Tues lunchtime
Theatre Goers
Wednesday p.m.
4th Weds or Thurs
Wednesday p.m.
4th Weds or Thurs
Wildflowers
Monday a.m.
2nd Monday, Apr -Oct
Monday a.m.
2nd Monday, Apr -Oct
Wine Tasting
Friday p.m.
1st Friday
Friday p.m.
1st Friday
Timetable Summary
Day MorningAfternoon / Evening
MondayCross Stitch & Knit & Natter   Dance Exercise   French beginners conversation   French, Adv conversation   Latin, intermediate   London Explorers 1 Apr-Nov   Love Gardening   Spanish Beginners Conversation   Wildflowers   Looking at London, S Croydon   Maths Group   Painting & Drawing   Play Reading, Croydon   Play Reading, Selsdon, spaces   Share a Good Read, spaces  
TuesdayChina   German, Conversation   History of London 1   Creative Writing   Early Medieval History   French-Life, Lang & Literature   Handicrafts   History of London 2   Poetry for Pleasure   Rubber Bridge   Science & Technology  
WednesdayGarden Design   International Dance   Russian, Intermediate   Singing for Pleasure   Backgammon   Chair Yoga   English Novel   Family History   History 4   History of London 3   History, World post 1815   Theatre Goers  
ThursdayArchitecture   Historical Visits   London Explorers 2 Apr-Nov   Painting for Pleasure   Scrabble (Croydon)   Scrabble (Social)   Shorter Walks   Badminton, spaces   Current Affairs   Italian Conversation Mxtd Abil   Mandoline  
FridayFriday Walks, (Ramblers LW)   Line Dance   Art - Apprec/Masterpieces   History, Local   Italian, conversation   Mah-Jong   Table Tennis   Wine Tasting  
Sunday Adv & Internat Dining 1