Ealing

Groups

NEW GROUPS

We are always on the lookout for possibilities to start new groups and we plan to start up a Beginners Mah Jong group. Alison Browne is interested in getting this going and it will start up using Zoom to run group sessions. Full details can be found on the Mah Jong group page.

Previously there was some interest expressed in 3 other new groups - Antiques, Intermediate French and Pilates. If you would be interested in acting as Convenor for any of these potential new groups, please email the Interest Groups Co-ordinator, Tim Carter, contact him at 020 8579 3729 or speak to him at a Thursday meeting (when these resume).

Do you have the interests, skills and experience to help form any other new Interest Groups? All of our Group Conveners are volunteers, motivated by commitment to a particular area of activity and learning. Will you volunteer to form a new group? If so, please email the Interest Groups Co-ordinator, Tim Carter, contact him at 020 8579 3729 or speak to him at a Thursday meeting.

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CORONAVIRUS Epidemic and advice re Interest Groups

Although most face-to-face Interest Group meetings are CANCELLED for the foreseable future, many of our Groups are continuing online, using Zoom video conferencing.

Groups who are meeting using Zoom (as at 29 October 2020) are as follows:
Art Appreciation 1, Art and Design, Beer Investigation, all of our Book Circle groups, Crafts 1, Family History, Film, French Conversation, History 1 and 2, Italian, Literature, the Music groups, Philosophy, Photography, Psychology, Science, World Religions.
Many of these groups are able to cater for additional members whilst using video conferencing - see the relevant Group page for further info. Information on running Groups using Zoom is shown below.

Some Interest Groups are also holding meetings in the open air (eg. a park) but these type of meetings are restricted to a maximum of 6 people from different families and attendees need to socially distance (2 metres apart).
The National U3A has said that any Group Convenors considering this MUST carry out a Risk Assessment before holding such a meeting, and all members intending to attend need to carry out a personal risk assessment. A Risk Assessment Checklist produced by the National U3A can be used for this purpose.
Before proceeding, Group Convenors may also wish to read the latest advice from the National U3A available on the Running your U3A during COVID-19 page on their website. This also has links to many documents with advice on different aspects of running Groups during the pandemic.

Keeping GROUPS running using VIDEO CONFERENCING

Many Groups which involve discussing or talking on their topic can keep running during the continuing pandemic using Video Conferencing.

To use any Video Conferencing software you need to have a computer (desktop or laptop), tablet or smartphone which has

  • A camera (so you can be seen)
  • A microphone (so you can be heard)
  • Speakers (so you can hear other people)
  • You also need a good wifi signal (or network connection) to make sure your sound and vision are of good quality during a video conference

Most recent laptops will have camera, microphone and speakers, as will tablets or smartphones. If you are using a desktop PC, it will depend on the age of your computer so will need to check your computer to confirm it has the above.

Ealing U3A has adopted Zoom as the software to use for video conferencing and to enable Interest Groups to use this for meetings, we have purchased two Zoom Pro licences. These licences mean that meetings are not restricted to the 40 minutes that the free version of Zoom has. For any Groups not yet using these licences, Convenors who are interested in making use of them should contact Phil Broomsgrove using the Webmaster email.

We have produced some instructions for Group Convenors on how to install and set up Zoom and to Host a Zoom video conference - click on Zoom Guide for Hosts for these.
We have also produced instructions for how to install and set up Zoom if you are only a Participant in a video conference - click on Zoom Guide for Participants for these.

Now that we have some experience in using Zoom we have a number of Tips on the best way to use Zoom and some answers to common questions that have been raised - you can see these in the Zoom Tips and FAQs document.
If you need any further help or advice with Zoom, Colin Lomas can be contacted on 07909 896 541 or Phil Broomsgrove can be contacted by email on the Webmaster email.

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For GENERAL enquiries concerning Interest Groups contact the Interest Groups Co-ordinator, Tim Carter.

At present we have over 40 Interest Groups as listed below. Each group has a Convener whose function is to act as administrator or leader in its various activities and meetings. For information about a Specific Group, including how to contact the Convener, click on the GROUP NAME in the BOXED LIST at the BOTTOM of this page.

Groups meet in members homes or at other venues. Largely because of space constraints, there is a limit to the number of members that each group can accommodate. To learn if space is available contact the group Convener. If there is sufficient demand and if a member offers her or himself as Convener a second group can be initiated.

In addition, we also occasionally offer short courses of up to 10 sessions led or tutored by a member or associate. For example, in the last couple of years we have run 3 separate Film Studies courses. If you could offer a course covering some aspect of your expertise or knowledge, please contact the Chairman.

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NEWS FROM THE GROUPS

1. Groups which have closed
Unfortunately, there are 3 Groups which have closed recently - Scrabble & Table Games, Gardening group 1, and Meditation with Music. This has been either due to lack of numbers or the Group Co-ordinators withdrawing from running the group.
If anyone is interested in restarting any of these groups, please email the Interest Groups Co-ordinator, Tim Carter, contact him at 020 8579 3729 or speak to him at a Thursday meeting.

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CLICK on the Group Name BELOW for further information on that Group, including how to contact the CONVENER

Group List
Art and Design
Tuesday p.m.
15.00-17.00, 3rd Tues monthly
Tuesday p.m.
15.00-17.00, 3rd Tues monthly
Art appreciation 1
Wednesday a.m.
10.30, 2nd Wednesday monthly
Wednesday a.m.
10.30, 2nd Wednesday monthly
Art Appreciation 2
Monday p.m.
14.00, 3rd Monday monthly
Monday p.m.
14.00, 3rd Monday monthly
Beer Investigation
Thursday p.m.
Monthly, variable
Thursday p.m.
Monthly, variable
Book circle 1
Monday a.m.
10.00, 4th Monday monthly
Monday a.m.
10.00, 4th Monday monthly
Book Circle 2
Monday a.m.
11.00 2nd Monday monthly
Monday a.m.
11.00 2nd Monday monthly
Book Circle 3
Wednesday a.m.
10.00 2nd Wednesday monthly
Wednesday a.m.
10.00 2nd Wednesday monthly
Book Circle 4
Tuesday a.m.
10.30, 1st Tuesday monthly
Tuesday a.m.
10.30, 1st Tuesday monthly
Book Circle 5
Friday p.m.
14.30, 2nd Friday monthly
Friday p.m.
14.30, 2nd Friday monthly
Bridge 1
Monday p.m.
14.00, Monday weekly
Monday p.m.
14.00, Monday weekly
Bridge 2
Tuesday p.m.
14.00, Tuesday weekly
Tuesday p.m.
14.00, Tuesday weekly
Chess
Monday a.m.
10.00, 2nd Monday monthly
Monday a.m.
10.00, 2nd Monday monthly
Crafts 1
Tuesday a.m.
10.00, 2nd Tuesday monthly
Tuesday a.m.
10.00, 2nd Tuesday monthly
Crafts 2
Monday a.m.
10.00, 4th Monday monthly
Monday a.m.
10.00, 4th Monday monthly
Current affairs
Wednesday a.m.
10.15, 1st Wednesday monthly
Wednesday a.m.
10.15, 1st Wednesday monthly
Exercise
Monday a.m.
09.30-10.30, Monday weekly
Monday a.m.
09.30-10.30, Monday weekly
Family history
Friday a.m.
10.00, last Friday monthly
Friday a.m.
10.00, last Friday monthly
Film
Friday a.m.
10.30, 3rd Friday monthly
Friday a.m.
10.30, 3rd Friday monthly
French conversation
Friday a.m.
10 a.m., 1st Friday monthly
Friday a.m.
10 a.m., 1st Friday monthly
Gardening 1
 NOT CURRENTLY RUNNING
 NOT CURRENTLY RUNNING
Gardening 2
Friday a.m.
10.30, 4th Friday monthly
Friday a.m.
10.30, 4th Friday monthly
History 1
Monday a.m.
10:30, 3rd Monday monthly
Monday a.m.
10:30, 3rd Monday monthly
History 2
Tuesday a.m.
10.00, 3rd Tuesday monthly
Tuesday a.m.
10.00, 3rd Tuesday monthly
History 3
Wednesday a.m.
10.30, 3rd Wednesday monthly
Wednesday a.m.
10.30, 3rd Wednesday monthly
Italian
Monday p.m.
17.00, 1st Monday monthly
Monday p.m.
17.00, 1st Monday monthly
Jazz & Blues Appreciation
 Variable days, times & places
 Variable days, times & places
Literature
Friday a.m.
10.30, 3rd Friday monthly
Friday a.m.
10.30, 3rd Friday monthly
London revisited
Wednesday 
Last Wednesday monthly
Wednesday 
Last Wednesday monthly
Luncheon club - Sundays
Sunday p.m.
3rd Sunday monthly
Sunday p.m.
3rd Sunday monthly
Luncheon club - Wednesdays
Wednesday p.m.
1st Wednesday monthly
Wednesday p.m.
1st Wednesday monthly
Mah Jong - Beginners
Wednesday p.m.
17:00, Wednesday weekly
Wednesday p.m.
17:00, Wednesday weekly
Meditation with music
 NOT CURRENTLY RUNNING
 NOT CURRENTLY RUNNING
Music 1
Wednesday a.m.
10.30, 1st Wednesday monthly
Wednesday a.m.
10.30, 1st Wednesday monthly
Music 2
Friday a.m.
10.30, 1st Friday monthly
Friday a.m.
10.30, 1st Friday monthly
Philosophy
Wednesday p.m.
14.00, 3rd Wednesday monthly
Wednesday p.m.
14.00, 3rd Wednesday monthly
Photography
Friday p.m.
14.00, 2nd Friday two-monthly
Friday p.m.
14.00, 2nd Friday two-monthly
Poetry
Wednesday a.m.
10.30, 4th Wednesday monthly
Wednesday a.m.
10.30, 4th Wednesday monthly
Psychology
Tuesday p.m.
14.00-16.00, 2nd Tues monthly
Tuesday p.m.
14.00-16.00, 2nd Tues monthly
Rambling 1 - Saturday
Saturday 
Saturday monthly
Saturday 
Saturday monthly
Rambling 2 - Wednesday
Wednesday 
Wednesday monthly
Wednesday 
Wednesday monthly
Science
Friday p.m.
13.00, last Friday monthly
Friday p.m.
13.00, last Friday monthly
Spanish Conversation
Wednesday a.m.
4th Wednesday monthly
Wednesday a.m.
4th Wednesday monthly
Table Tennis
 10.00, Tues & Weds, weekly
 10.00, Tues & Weds, weeklyTheatre Outings
 Variable dates
 Variable dates
World religions
Tuesday p.m.
13.00, 1st Tuesday monthly
Tuesday p.m.
13.00, 1st Tuesday monthly
  
Timetable Summary
Day MorningAfternoon
MondayBook circle 1   Book Circle 2   Chess   Crafts 2   Exercise   History 1   Art Appreciation 2   Bridge 1   Italian  
TuesdayBook Circle 4   Crafts 1   History 2   Art and Design   Bridge 2   Psychology   World religions  
WednesdayArt appreciation 1   Book Circle 3   Current affairs   History 3   Music 1   Poetry   Spanish Conversation   Luncheon club - Wednesdays   Mah Jong - Beginners   Philosophy  
Thursday Beer Investigation  
FridayFamily history   Film   French conversation   Gardening 2   Literature   Music 2   Book Circle 5   Photography   Science  
Sunday Luncheon club - Sundays