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Covid-19 Pandemic and advice re Interest Groups

Although most face-to-face Interest Group meetings were cancelled during the pandemic, many of our Groups were able to continue online, using Zoom video conferencing.

Since the relaxation of any Covid restrictions, some Groups have now started to meet again in person. Many of these have been meeting outdoors and some Groups have restarted meeting indoors in well-ventilated rooms. We have been able to make arrangements with three venues to make use of rooms on their premises to hold Group meetings; these are:

  • The Kings Arms pub, 55 The Grove, Ealing W5 5DX - phone 020 8567 0606. In Central Ealing (behind the Shopping Centre), this has a back room which is available - which has WiFi - and a small number of tables outside, on a fairly quiet road.
  • The Forester pub, 2 Leighton Road, Northfields, W13 9EP - phone 020 8567 1654. Just off Northfields Avenue, on the E2 and E3 bus routes and approx a 10- to 15-min walk from Northfields (Piccadilly) and West Ealing (TFL/GWR) stations. This has a function room (upstairs) that could seat up to 30 people, a private bar downstairs that could seat up to 15 people - both have WiFi - plus a large number of covered tables in the pub garden.
  • Hanwell Library, Cherington Rd, Hanwell W7 3HL - close to Church Road/Greenford Avenue and Uxbridge Road, many buses within a 5-minute walk and a 10-minute walk from Hanwell (TFL/GWR) station; Library open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturdays only. The Library has 2 spaces, a Meeting room, seating up to 15, available any reasonable time (when it’s not being used by others), and the Main Library space which is available when the library isn’t open including evenings. Both areas have WiFi available. For further information on the Library, please email the Interest Groups Co-ordinator, Tim Carter or contact him at 020 8579 3729.

Groups who have resumed face-to-face meetings (as at October 2021) are as follows:
Beer Investigation; Book Circles 1, 2, 4 and 5; Family History (who have had their first 'hybrid' meeting); Film; Italian; Mah Jong (who are meeting separately both face-to-face and on Zoom); the Music groups.

Groups continuing to meet over Zoom (for the time being) are
Art Appreciation 1, Art and Design, Book Circle 3, Crafts 1, French Conversation, Gardening, History 1 and 2, Literature, Mah Jong (also meeting face-to-face), Philosophy, Photography, Poetry, 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 can be found on the Zoom Instructions page; see under Links on the rhs of this page.

The National U3A has said that any Group Convenors considering any sort of face-to-face meeting SHOULD carry out a Risk Assessment before holding such a meeting, and all members intending to attend need to carry out a personal risk assessment. Our Interest Groups Co-ordinator recently circulated an example Risk Assessment to all Group Convenors that they may wish to use in producing the assessment for their Group.
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 at present
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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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NEW GROUPS

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 or contact him at 020 8579 3729. Tim may also be available at a Thursday meeting, now these have resumed.

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 or contact him at 020 8579 3729. Tim may also be available at a Thursday meeting, now these have resumed.

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NEWS FROM THE GROUPS

1. Groups not running at present
Some Groups are NOT RUNNING at present, as the Convenor(s) are no longer able to run them. These are Current Affairs, History 3, the Wednesday Rambling group. We are looking for new Convenors to get these Groups restarted.

Unfortunately, there are also some Groups which have closed in the last 18 months - Art Appreciation 2, Scrabble & Table Games, Gardening group 1, and Meditation with Music. This has been either due to lack of numbers or the Group Convenor(s) withdrawing from running the group.

If anyone is interested in restarting any of these groups, please email the Interest Groups Co-ordinator, Tim Carter or contact him at 020 8579 3729. Tim may also be available at a Thursday meeting, now these have resumed.

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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
 NO LONGER RUNNING
 NO LONGER RUNNINGBeer Investigation
Thursday p.m.
Monthly, variable
Thursday p.m.
Monthly, variable
Book Circle 1
Monday a.m.
10:30, 4th Monday monthly
Monday a.m.
10:30, 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.
10.45, 1st Tuesday monthly
Tuesday a.m.
10.45, 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.
NOT CURRENTLY RUNNING
Wednesday a.m.
NOT CURRENTLY RUNNING
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
 NO LONGER RUNNING
 NO LONGER 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.
NOT CURRENTLY RUNNING
Wednesday a.m.
NOT CURRENTLY RUNNING
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
Monday p.m.
20:00 & Wed 17:00 - weekly
Monday p.m.
20:00 & Wed 17:00 - weekly
Meditation with music
 NO LONGER RUNNING
 NO LONGER 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 
NOT CURRENTLY RUNNING
Wednesday 
NOT CURRENTLY RUNNING
Science
Friday p.m.
14.00, last Friday monthly
Friday p.m.
14.00, last Friday monthly
Spanish Conversation
Wednesday a.m.
4th Wednesday monthly
Wednesday a.m.
4th Wednesday monthly
Table Tennis
Saturday a.m.
10:00am weekly
Saturday a.m.
10:00am weekly
Theatre 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   Bridge 1   Italian   Mah Jong  
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   Philosophy  
Thursday Beer Investigation  
FridayFamily history   Film   French conversation   Gardening 2   Literature   Music 2   Book Circle 5   Photography   Science  
SaturdayTable Tennis    
Sunday Luncheon club - Sundays