Eastleigh District

Groups

Groups Information

We welcome you to join our Groups for study, fitness, well-being and leisure activities!

We have around 200 members at Eastleigh District u3a and 33 Groups. More groups are forming on a regular basis and we are keen to welcome new members to join us to inspire new groups.

Groups are formed when a number of members with a common interest get together and decide how they would like to organise and manage their group. Some arrange visits to interesting gardens, houses, and local places of interest, others to exhibitions in museums and galleries, while many attend theatres to discover, share and enjoy a wide range of drama and musical theatre. Other groups get together for lunches, whilst others read and review books or may work creatively on improving photography skills. And many of us look forward to Mah Jong, Table Tennis and Wine Appreciation. Nothing is laid down, you can have a Group for any subject you like!

Meetings may take place weekly, fortnightly or monthly, depending on the subject and members' preferences. Groups are self-funded and therefore some activities may incur a small charge eg. hire of hall, materials etc. We ask 50p for Refreshments when meeting in a member's house. A contribution is made towards petrol when cars are shared.

The u3a is all about sharing your skills, experience and knowledge with others. Group members contribute to the group in various ways; by providing a venue, bringing teas, coffee and biscuits, leading discussions or demonstrating a skill or being the point of contact for the group.

The Group Leader does not necessarily have expertise which means that everyone in the group contributes to the learning experience by bringing books or videos, looking up a topic online or using libraries. You will meet lots of people, make new friends and keeping your mind active is always good. So come along and learn together!

In recent surveys we found that 90% of our members attend one or more of our groups and around 30% of members are volunteering their time, skill and knowledge. And we hope to maintain this vibrancy and commitment for many years! Thank you to all our members who contribute so much to Eastleigh District u3a!

We offer a free taster on a ‘try before you buy!’ basis for potential new members. It’s a great opportunity to join in the activities of these groups, so come along and try us out, it’s lots of fun!

Would you like to start a group for your favourite activity or hobby?

For example we do not at present have a Learn French group or a Flower Arranging workshop, how about a Dance group!
The list is vast, but there’s always room for more. Groups may be run on a short term basis or a few months or are ongoing for years! New members are welcomed to come up with some new ideas for us to occupy our time.

Our Group Coordinator Mary can help you set up the group, and give you all the guidance and help you need to enjoy facilitating a group to add to our wide range of activities.
For more information either have a chat with Mary at the open meetings or send her a message by clicking the blue bird in the right hand column. >>>.

Don't be afraid that, if you suggest a particular Group, you will be expected to lead it, or even to be an expert on the subject. Of course, if you are an expert, or even an expert enthusiast, that's great! Once set up, you could simply be the 'Contact' for the Group if you like. It's all about sharing knowledge, enthusiasm and experience really..

Please be aware that members participating in the activities of any Group do so at their own risk.Please also respect our no smoking policy when meeting in members homes.

As you can see, we have a wide range of Groups catering for all tastes, these include:-

To find out more about any of our current Groups click on its name in the table below. Group members wishing to obtain further details of any group activities should contact the Group Leader/Co-ordinator whose details can be found in the New Members Booklet and in the latest news Bulletin.

Group List
1. Dates For your Diary
 See group page
 See group pageBand Stand Book Club
Wednesday a.m.
4th Wednesday of the month
Wednesday a.m.
4th Wednesday of the month
Born Again Bikers in the Park
Wednesday a.m.
2nd Weds at 11am and 4th Weds
Wednesday a.m.
2nd Weds at 11am and 4th Weds
Bridge for Beginners/Improvers
 Various
 Various
Canasta
Monday a.m.
3rd Monday of each month
Monday a.m.
3rd Monday of each month
Creative Crafters
Friday p.m.
2pm, 4th Friday each month
Friday p.m.
2pm, 4th Friday each month
Current Affairs
Thursday p.m.
1st Thursday of each month
Thursday p.m.
1st Thursday of each month
Gardening
Wednesday a.m.
2nd Wednesday of each month
Wednesday a.m.
2nd Wednesday of each month
Genealogy Group
Thursday a.m.
2nd Thursday of each Month
Thursday a.m.
2nd Thursday of each Month
Happy Strollers
Tuesday a.m.
3rd Tues of the month
Tuesday a.m.
3rd Tues of the month
Holidays
 
 Kurling Group
Tuesday p.m.
2nd Tuesday of each month
Tuesday p.m.
2nd Tuesday of each month
Local History
Monday p.m.
The first Monday of each month
Monday p.m.
The first Monday of each month
Luncheon Club
 see group entry for dates
 see group entry for dates
Mah-Jong
Monday a.m.
1st Monday of each month
Monday a.m.
1st Monday of each month
On the Water
 Various days
 Various days
Photography Group
Thursday p.m.
4th Thursday of each month
Thursday p.m.
4th Thursday of each month
Ping Pong
Thursday a.m.
1st Thursday of each month
Thursday a.m.
1st Thursday of each month
Play reading
Friday p.m.
4th Friday monthly, 2pm
Friday p.m.
4th Friday monthly, 2pm
Poetry Group
Friday a.m.
1st Friday of the month at 10:
Friday a.m.
1st Friday of the month at 10:
Poker for fun
Tuesday p.m.
Fortnightly on Tues at 1.30pm
Tuesday p.m.
Fortnightly on Tues at 1.30pm
Pub Cribbage Pack
Tuesday p.m.
1st Tuesday of the month
Tuesday p.m.
1st Tuesday of the month
Rummikub Number
Thursday p.m.
2pm,2nd Thursday of each month
Thursday p.m.
2pm,2nd Thursday of each month
Rummikub WORD
Tuesday p.m.
4th Tuesday of each Month
Tuesday p.m.
4th Tuesday of each Month
Saturday-Out-And-About
Saturday 
2nd Saturday in each month
Saturday 
2nd Saturday in each month
Scrabble
Thursday p.m.
3rd Thursday of each month
Thursday p.m.
3rd Thursday of each month
Skittles
 Various dates
 Various datesSnooker
Tuesday a.m.
4th Tues monthly10am-12noon
Tuesday a.m.
4th Tues monthly10am-12noon
Snooker
Tuesday a.m.
10am 4th Tuesday in the month
Tuesday a.m.
10am 4th Tuesday in the month
Sunday Lunch Club
Sunday p.m.
The last Sunday in the month
Sunday p.m.
The last Sunday in the month
Super Sleuths!
 Various dates
 Various datesTheatre
 Theatre trips on various dates
 Theatre trips on various dates
Wine Appreciation
Wednesday p.m.
4th Wednesday of the month
Wednesday p.m.
4th Wednesday of the month
  
Timetable Summary
Day MorningAfternoon
MondayCanasta   Mah-Jong   Local History  
TuesdayHappy Strollers   Snooker   Snooker   Kurling Group   Poker for fun   Pub Cribbage Pack   Rummikub WORD  
WednesdayBand Stand Book Club   Born Again Bikers in the Park   Gardening   Wine Appreciation  
ThursdayGenealogy Group   Ping Pong   Current Affairs   Photography Group   Rummikub Number   Scrabble  
FridayPoetry Group   Creative Crafters   Play reading  
Sunday Sunday Lunch Club  

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