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 Interest 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 Facilitator. 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 Interest 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 Facilitator 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.

INTEREST GROUP COORDINATORS

A comprehensive Handbook for all Interest Group Coordinators is provided here: Interest Groups Coordinators Handbook.

Do you wish to send an 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 Oct 2021.

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

POLICIES
Interest Group Coordinators should be familiar with all Halesworth U3A Policies. These can be found under the Policies section of the Governance page.

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

WHYPAY? - the French Conversation Interest Group is again 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 Facilitator.

GROUP NEWS

LOCAL HISTORY - This new Group is currently deciding on a suitable meeting venue. Anyone who would like to join this Group when it resumes should send their contact details to the Interest Group Coordinator via the Blue Bird on the Local History Group page.

EXPLORING THE NOVEL would welcome new members. For 2022 they will be looking at new novelists. Please contact the Interest Group Coordinator via the Blue Bird on the Exploring the Novel Group page for further details of the 2022 programme.

POSSIBLE NEW GROUPS

  • Are you interested in Canasta?
  • Are you interested in learning the Recorder?
  • Are you interested in Reading Music?
  • Are you interested in Photography (including on mobile phones and tablets)?
  • Are you interested in Indoor/Carpet Bowls?
  • Are you interested in Pool/Darts/Snooker?
  • Are you interested in the Appreciation of Art?
  • Are you interested in the Thai Cookery?
  • Are you interested in Military History? Fred Fisher is interested in starting a Military History Group and says ‚Äúthere are about 60 active Military History groups around the country, covering a wide range of topics. Is there any interest in forming such a group in the Halesworth U3A? Topics would be decided by members but could be the Napoleonic wars, the US civil war, WW1, WW2 or earlier or later periods (eg the Crusades, The Roman Empire, the Korean War)". Contact the Interest Groups Facilitator to express an interest.

If you are interested in any of these possible new groups, please contact the Interest Groups Facilitator stating which group interests you.

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 Facilitator via the Blue Bird at the top of this page or the relevant Interest Group Coordinator 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
Appreciating Architecture
Friday p.m.
3rd Friday pm Restart Feb
Friday p.m.
3rd Friday pm Restart Feb
Bird Watching
Wednesday a.m.
1st Wed am Waiting list Active
Wednesday a.m.
1st Wed am Waiting list Active
Bridge
Thursday p.m.
Thu pm the Cut
Thursday p.m.
Thu pm the Cut
Church Crawlers
Wednesday p.m.
4th Wed pm Apr-Oct Active
Wednesday p.m.
4th Wed pm Apr-Oct Active
Community Technology
Wednesday p.m.
3rd Wed pm Space Active Online
Wednesday p.m.
3rd Wed pm Space Active Online
Country Dancing Plus
Monday p.m.
2/4 Mon pm Restarts in Autumn
Monday p.m.
2/4 Mon pm Restarts in Autumn
Discussion
Wednesday a.m.
3rd Wed am Space
Wednesday a.m.
3rd Wed am Space
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&3 Fri am Space Active
Friday a.m.
1&3 Fri am Space Active
French Literature
Wednesday 
1 Wed Alt Months Space Active
Wednesday 
1 Wed Alt Months Space Active
Genealogy
Tuesday p.m.
1 Tue 2pm Restarts in Autumn
Tuesday p.m.
1 Tue 2pm Restarts in Autumn
Guitar
Wednesday p.m.
2nd Wed evening, Spaces
Wednesday p.m.
2nd Wed evening, Spaces
Handicraft
Monday p.m.
3rd Mon, Spaces, Active
Monday p.m.
3rd Mon, Spaces, Active
Jazz
Tuesday a.m.
3rd Tues at 10.30 am from 20/9
Tuesday a.m.
3rd Tues at 10.30 am from 20/9
Local History
Monday a.m.
4th Mon am Museum Study Room
Monday a.m.
4th Mon am Museum Study Room
Lunch on Friday
Friday p.m.
3rd Fri pm Space Active
Friday p.m.
3rd Fri pm Space Active
Mah-Jong 1
Tuesday p.m.
Full On hold
Tuesday p.m.
Full On hold
Mah-Jong 2
Thursday a.m.
Every Thu am
Thursday a.m.
Every Thu am
Music Appreciation
Tuesday a.m.
2nd Tue am Space
Tuesday a.m.
2nd Tue am Space
New Members Coffee Hour
Friday a.m.
Last Fri am not Aug Active
Friday a.m.
Last Fri am not Aug Active
New Reading for Pleasure
Thursday p.m.
1st Thur pm. Full
Thursday p.m.
1st Thur pm. Full
Philosophy
Monday a.m.
2nd Mon am Space Active Online
Monday a.m.
2nd Mon am Space Active Online
Play Reading
Monday a.m.
3rd Mon am Full
Monday a.m.
3rd Mon am Full
Real Ale and Local Pubs
Thursday p.m.
First Thur of month, Active
Thursday p.m.
First Thur of month, Active
Science Study
Thursday p.m.
4th Thu pm Space Active
Thursday p.m.
4th Thu pm Space Active
Scrabble
Wednesday p.m.
2nd Wed pm Space Active
Wednesday p.m.
2nd Wed pm Space Active
Shakespeare
Tuesday p.m.
3rd Tue pm Space Active
Tuesday p.m.
3rd Tue pm Space Active
Shorter Walks
Friday a.m.
3rd Fri 11 am from 18/3/22
Friday a.m.
3rd Fri 11 am from 18/3/22
Spanish
Tuesday p.m.
Tuesday p.m.Table Tennis
Wednesday p.m.
Every Wed, 3.30 to 5pm
Wednesday p.m.
Every Wed, 3.30 to 5pm
Theatre Discussion
Friday p.m.
Full Active Online
Friday p.m.
Full Active Online
Ukulele
Tuesday a.m.
Every Tues 10 am to 12
Tuesday a.m.
Every Tues 10 am to 12
Vegetarian Cookery
Thursday a.m.
1st Thur am Full On Hold
Thursday a.m.
1st Thur am Full On Hold
Walking
Thursday a.m.
2nd Thu am Space Active
Thursday a.m.
2nd Thu am Space Active
Wine Appreciation
Wednesday p.m.
Active. Full - see group page
Wednesday p.m.
Active. Full - see group page
  
Timetable Summary
Day MorningAfternoon
MondayLocal History   Philosophy   Play Reading   Country Dancing Plus   Handicraft  
TuesdayJazz   Music Appreciation   Ukulele   Genealogy   Mah-Jong 1   Shakespeare   Spanish  
WednesdayBird Watching   Discussion   Church Crawlers   Community Technology   Guitar   Scrabble   Table Tennis   Wine Appreciation  
ThursdayMah-Jong 2   Vegetarian Cookery   Walking   Bridge   Exploring the Novel   New Reading for Pleasure   Real Ale and Local Pubs   Science Study  
FridayFrench Conversation   New Members Coffee Hour   Shorter Walks   Appreciating Architecture   Lunch on Friday   Theatre Discussion