Kings Norton & District

Groups

The main activity of our U3A takes place within the Interest Groups which vary in both type and size.
At the last count 39 Interest Groups (IGs) had been set up and running.The subjects covered and the frequency of the IG meetings will be determined by the group members. Many of them meet fortnightly or monthly, usually on the same day of the week. However where groups have outings then meeting dates tend to change regularly - so check the Interest Group page or the Events Page for up to date meeting dates and times.

All members of the Kings Norton and District U3A can choose to join one or more Interest Groups free of charge. However non-members cannot join or visit Interest groups unless they first join the U3A.

In the future, U3As may agree to share resources allowing members of our U3A to visit or join IGs of a different U3A. However no such agreement exists with Kings Norton and District U3A and, as a rule, members of other U3As are not allowed to visit any of our IGs. However we have negotiated a reciprocal arrangement with Moseley,Kings Heath and District U3A for specific groups - Circle Dancing and Birdwatching at present, where members from each U3A can join in. As membership of the IGs, settles down the Committee will review the position.

On 25 January 2018, we received our Registration Certificate No 1176838 granted by the Charities Commission. Group leaders who book halls or transport for their Group may find the cost is cheaper if they quote the Charities registration number.

The Interest Groups are coordinated by Beryl Blood, 07957 200 180, and Vicki Hone, 0121 459 4677.

Queries about Interest Groups should be addressed to Group Coordinator or blood.bj@blueyonder.co.uk

Group Leaders

Each Interest Group is headed by a Group Leader who has an interest or expertise in the group's chosen subject. The Leader is responsible for facilitating and coordinating the activities of the group as well as making sure that everyone remains safe. They are also responsible for the costs of running the Group such as room hire, refreshments, travel costs etc.

Click on the Group name to identify the leader. However personal information is not held on the website so to contact any leader about joining a new Interest Group please use the Contact button on each page or contact Beryl Blood on the above link and she will put you in touch.

New Groups

These are formed when a need or interest is identified by members. More information on individual groups and meeting dates will be available as Groups are set up and the website is updated.

Latest news on Interest Groups as follows:

Are you dreaming of a misspent youth? There is interest in Tenpin Bowling and the opportunity of a venue. We are looking for someone who would like to lead a Social Tenpin Bowling Group and if this is you please contact Vicki Hone on 0121 459 4677 or vicki.hone@blueyonder.co.uk.

There are spaces available for Kings Norton members to take part in a Circle Dancing group. It's great fun and you don't need a partner. If you would like
to join please contact Jackie Spearpoint on 0121 439 5824.

A great opportunity to have a Table Tennis Group has arisen. Anyone interested should contact Jenny Snashall on jennifer.snashall@yahoo.co.uk or
0121 444 6225.

A group to explore the issues of climate change and ways of controlling its impact has been started. If you would be interested in joining the Climate Control Group please contact Harriet Martin on harrietmartin@btinternet.com

Sharpen up your wits with a Quiz. We are setting up a Quizzical Group so if you're interested please contact Allan Walmsley on walmsley.allan@gmail.com

Extra Activities

We are often contacted with offers for our members to take part in activities not available in our Interest Groups and those opportunities are listed on the Extras page. Please have a look to see if there is something you would like to do.

Group List
Architecture
Tuesday p.m.
Tuesday p.m.Art History and Appreciation
Thursday p.m.
Thursday p.m.
Barn and Country Dancing
Monday p.m.
Monday p.m.Bird Watching
 Meets Monthly
 Meets Monthly
Book Club(Friday)
Friday p.m.
1st Friday in month
Friday p.m.
1st Friday in month
Book Club(Monday)
Monday p.m.
2nd Monday of month
Monday p.m.
2nd Monday of month
Bridge for Improving Players
Friday p.m.
2nd and 4th Fridays
Friday p.m.
2nd and 4th Fridays
Chess
Tuesday p.m.
3rd Tues in week
Tuesday p.m.
3rd Tues in week
Circle Dancing
Friday p.m.
2nd, 4th and 5th Fridays
Friday p.m.
2nd, 4th and 5th Fridays
Climate Control
Wednesday p.m.
Meets 13 March 2019
Wednesday p.m.
Meets 13 March 2019
Creative Craft
Thursday p.m.
1st and 3rd Thursdays
Thursday p.m.
1st and 3rd Thursdays
Creative Writing
Thursday a.m.
2nd and 4th in the month
Thursday a.m.
2nd and 4th in the month
Exploring World Faiths
Thursday a.m.
Thursday a.m.Family History
Tuesday p.m.
Monthly on 4th Tuesday
Tuesday p.m.
Monthly on 4th Tuesday
Flower arranging
Wednesday p.m.
3rd in Month
Wednesday p.m.
3rd in Month
French Conversation
Wednesday a.m.
2nd and 4th Wednesday in the m
Wednesday a.m.
2nd and 4th Wednesday in the m
Garden Visits
 2nd Wednesday in Month
 2nd Wednesday in MonthGerman Conversation
Wednesday p.m.
1st and 3rd Wednesday
Wednesday p.m.
1st and 3rd Wednesday
History
Tuesday p.m.
2nd tuesday
Tuesday p.m.
2nd tuesday
History of Philosophy
Tuesday a.m.
2nd Tuesday
Tuesday a.m.
2nd Tuesday
Keyboard Playing
Tuesday p.m.
Weekly
Tuesday p.m.
Weekly
Knitting and Crochet
Thursday p.m.
1st and 3rd Thursday in month
Thursday p.m.
1st and 3rd Thursday in month
Local history
Tuesday p.m.
Tuesday p.m.Lunch Outings
Friday 
Friday 
Mobile Phonery
Monday p.m.
3rd Monday in the Month
Monday p.m.
3rd Monday in the Month
Museum Visits
Thursday a.m.
Meets monthly
Thursday a.m.
Meets monthly
Music Appreciation
Monday p.m.
1st and 3rd Mondays
Monday p.m.
1st and 3rd Mondays
Painting and Drawing
Thursday p.m.
1st and 3rd in month
Thursday p.m.
1st and 3rd in month
Photography
Monday p.m.
3rd Monday in month
Monday p.m.
3rd Monday in month
Play Reading
Monday p.m.
2nd Monday in month
Monday p.m.
2nd Monday in month
Quizzical
Monday p.m.
3rd Monday in month
Monday p.m.
3rd Monday in month
Real Ale
 Events as advertised
 Events as advertised
Sewing and Textiles
Tuesday a.m.
2nd and 4th in the month
Tuesday a.m.
2nd and 4th in the month
Table tennis
Thursday p.m.
2nd and 4th Thursdays
Thursday p.m.
2nd and 4th Thursdays
Theatre and Cinema
 At least monthly
 At least monthlyTravel
 As required
 As required
Walking - Over 5m
Thursday a.m.
2nd and 4th Thursdays
Thursday a.m.
2nd and 4th Thursdays
Walking 3-5m
Tuesday a.m.
Twice per month
Tuesday a.m.
Twice per month
Woodworking
Monday p.m.
Monday p.m.  
Timetable Summary
Day MorningAfternoon / Evening
Monday Barn and Country Dancing   Book Club(Monday)   Mobile Phonery   Music Appreciation   Photography   Play Reading   Quizzical   Woodworking  
TuesdayHistory of Philosophy   Sewing and Textiles   Walking 3-5m   Architecture   Chess   Family History   History   Keyboard Playing   Local history  
WednesdayFrench Conversation   Climate Control   Flower arranging   German Conversation  
ThursdayCreative Writing   Exploring World Faiths   Museum Visits   Walking - Over 5m   Art History and Appreciation   Creative Craft   Knitting and Crochet   Painting and Drawing   Table tennis  
Friday Book Club(Friday)   Bridge for Improving Players   Circle Dancing