Halesworth & District

Interest Groups

Joining an Interest Group is great way to meet like-minded people. U3A Groups are all about sharing ideas and expertise. The majority of our Groups welcome people with all levels of ability whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned pro. There are over 30 Groups to choose from so why not take a look at the list below to see if something interests you?

How do I join a Group?
To join a Group, click on the Group name in the list below and you will be taken to the specific Group page where you will find more information, then click on the "Blue Bird" to send a message to that Group's Coordinator.
If that Group's page doesn't have its own "Blue Bird", then click on the "Blue Bird" on this page which will send a message to the Interest Groups Coordinator. Please include your telephone number in your message and check your spam box if you do not receive an email reply.

Do I have to be a member of Halesworth U3A to join a Group?
Yes. However, you can usually arrange a taster session with the relevant Group Coordinator to see if the Group suits you before you commit yourself.

GROUP MEMBERSHIP means shared participatory learning where the Group uses the strengths and enthusiasms of all its members. The Groups are the life blood of U3A, so if you are able to co-ordinate a Group, or really wish there was a Group on a particular subject, then please let the Interest Groups Coordinator know. Help with organisation and resources can be given. You can send a general message about Groups by clicking on the "Blue Bird" at the top of this page.

GROUP COORDINATORS
Do you wish to send and email to all Halesworth U3A members giving information about your Group?
Please contact the Membership Secretary.
Do you wish to update Group information, add reports of events or include a photo on the website?
Please contact the Website manager.
Do you wish to borrow a video projector, screen, speakers, CD player or DVD player for use by your Group?
Please contact Equipment Manager or to see more information please click on Equipment List.

An Incident Report Form if required can be downloaded, completed and returned to a Committee member such as the Interest Groups Coordinator.

EMAIL POLICY
Group Coordinators please read the Halesworth U3A email policy and email policy addition before contacting members of your Group so you comply with GDPR.

COMPUTING GUIDES
Please click on Computing Guides written by Ravenshead U3A for some helpful information.

WHYPAY? MEETINGS - Whilst operating under Covid-19 restrictions, the French Conversation Interest Group is using WhyPay? This is a telephone based voice system which may be of interest to those who are not comfortable with using computers. It is similar to a conference call facility where users dial into a common "room" and can carry out a shared audio based meeting. If you are interested in using WhyPay? please contact the Interest Groups Coordinator.

GROUP NEWS

LOCAL HISTORY - This brand new Group will be in abeyance until further notice - but is NOT cancelled. Anyone who would like to join this Group when it resumes should send their contact details to the Interest Groups Coordinator via this website.

HANDICRAFTS AND MAKING - Coordinated by a member with extensive experience of handicrafts. Crafts could include Tatting, Crochet, Cathedral Window Patchwork, Table Favours or Hand-made 3D Cards. Please contact the Interest Groups Coordinator to express your interest and find out more.

COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY now has three Groups. Please click on Community Technology for an overview of the three Groups or on ComTech1: Boost Your IT Skills, ComTech2: Physical Computing or ComTech3: Usability for the individual Group pages.

EXPLORING THE NOVEL has two spaces and would welcome new members. They are studying Canadian authors.

NEW GROUP

SHAKESPEARE - Just started with a new coordinator, this Group discusses the plays, but does not involve acting! Currently operating via Zoom conferencing. For more information, please contact the Group Coordinator via the "Blue Bird" on the Shakespeare Group page.

POSSIBLE NEW GROUPS

GENEALOGY - Watch this space for more details or contact the Interest Groups Coordinator to express your interest.

Keep checking this page and the individual group pages for up to date information.

INTEREST GROUPS
Below is a summary of all the interest groups currently being offered by Halesworth U3A. As you will see, some are full (as shown by the Group name being shaded). However we would encourage you to contact the Interest Groups Coordinator via the "Blue Bird" at the top of this page or the relevant Group Convenor via the "Blue Bird" on that Group's own page to express your interest in joining. We will add your name to a waiting list so that a second Group may be able to start when there are sufficient numbers. The following table includes information on Groups' activity during Covid-19 restrictions.

Group List
Bird Watching
Wednesday a.m.
1st Wed am Full CovidSafe mtgs
Wednesday a.m.
1st Wed am Full CovidSafe mtgs
Bridge
Thursday a.m.
Each Th am Space Active Online
Thursday a.m.
Each Th am Space Active Online
Church Crawlers
Wednesday p.m.
4th Wed pm Apr-Oct On hold
Wednesday p.m.
4th Wed pm Apr-Oct On hold
Community Technology
 See ComTech 1.2.3.
 See ComTech 1.2.3.
ComTech1: Boost Your IT Skills
Friday p.m.
2nd Fri am Space Active online
Friday p.m.
2nd Fri am Space Active online
ComTech2: Physical Computing
Wednesday p.m.
3rd Wed pm Space Active Online
Wednesday p.m.
3rd Wed pm Space Active Online
ComTech3: Usability
 To be arranged
 To be arrangedCountry Dancing Plus
Wednesday p.m.
2/4 Wed pm Spaces On hold
Wednesday p.m.
2/4 Wed pm Spaces On hold
Discussion
Thursday a.m.
1&3Thur am Space Active Online
Thursday a.m.
1&3Thur am Space Active Online
Exploring the Novel
Thursday p.m.
3rd Thu pm Space Active Online
Thursday p.m.
3rd Thu pm Space Active Online
French Conversation
Friday a.m.
1&3Fri am Space WhyPay mtgs
Friday a.m.
1&3Fri am Space WhyPay mtgs
Local History
Tuesday a.m.
CovidSafe walks
Tuesday a.m.
CovidSafe walks
Lunch on Friday
Friday p.m.
3 Fri pm Spaces CovidSafe meal
Friday p.m.
3 Fri pm Spaces CovidSafe meal
Mah-Jong 1
Tuesday p.m.
Full On hold
Tuesday p.m.
Full On hold
Mah-Jong 2
Thursday a.m.
Every Thu am Full On hold
Thursday a.m.
Every Thu am Full On hold
Music Appreciation
Tuesday a.m.
2 Tue am Space On Hold
Tuesday a.m.
2 Tue am Space On Hold
New Members Coffee Hour
Friday a.m.
Last Fri am not Aug On hold
Friday a.m.
Last Fri am not Aug On hold
Play Reading
Monday a.m.
3rd Mon am Full On hold
Monday a.m.
3rd Mon am Full On hold
Portuguese
Friday p.m.
1&3 Fri pm Full. On hold
Friday p.m.
1&3 Fri pm Full. On hold
Reading for Pleasure
Thursday p.m.
1st Thur pm Full
Thursday p.m.
1st Thur pm Full
Real Ale and Local Pubs
Tuesday p.m.
depending on pub times
Tuesday p.m.
depending on pub times
Science Study
Thursday p.m.
4th Thu pm Space Active Online
Thursday p.m.
4th Thu pm Space Active Online
Scrabble
Friday p.m.
1st Fri pm Space Active Online
Friday p.m.
1st Fri pm Space Active Online
Shakespeare
Tuesday p.m.
3rd Tue pm Space Active online
Tuesday p.m.
3rd Tue pm Space Active online
Theatre Discussion
Friday p.m.
Space Active Online
Friday p.m.
Space Active Online
Ukulele
Tuesday a.m.
Each Tue am Full Active Online
Tuesday a.m.
Each Tue am Full Active Online
Vegetarian Cookery
Thursday a.m.
1st Thur am Full
Thursday a.m.
1st Thur am Full
Walking
Thursday a.m.
2 Thu am Space CovidSafe mtgs
Thursday a.m.
2 Thu am Space CovidSafe mtgs
Wine Appreciation
Wednesday p.m.
Active Online every 6 weeks
Wednesday p.m.
Active Online every 6 weeks
World Philosophies
Monday a.m.
2nd Mon am Space Active Online
Monday a.m.
2nd Mon am Space Active Online
Timetable Summary
Day MorningAfternoon / Evening
MondayPlay Reading   World Philosophies    
TuesdayLocal History   Music Appreciation   Ukulele   Mah-Jong 1   Real Ale and Local Pubs   Shakespeare  
WednesdayBird Watching   Church Crawlers   ComTech2: Physical Computing   Country Dancing Plus   Wine Appreciation  
ThursdayBridge   Discussion   Mah-Jong 2   Vegetarian Cookery   Walking   Exploring the Novel   Reading for Pleasure   Science Study  
FridayFrench Conversation   New Members Coffee Hour   ComTech1: Boost Your IT Skills   Lunch on Friday   Portuguese   Scrabble   Theatre Discussion