Minehead & District

Groups

Coronavirus update for existing Groups

There is now guidance to assist Convenors and their group members to assess which of the many technologies available to them suit best. See Technology Choice link on this page.If you would like your group to continue in some way please contact the Convenor - using the usual contact or use the Contacts page.

Members of the Committee have already held informal meetings using 'Zoom' (Video Conferencing Software). This worked well, and any interest groups which are keen to continue will be supported through the process of setting up 'virtual' meetings.

Special Groups have been formed as 'virtual groups'. Examples of this are the Facebook Group (all members can join) and the Whats App Group (all members can join).

To join the Whats App group, email minehead.u3a@gmail.com with your name, membership number, and mobile number. The name you provide will be the name that appears on your posts. Mike Lay is the IT Champion for WhatsApp and will add you as soon as possible. Click on the Whats App link on this page to read an explanatory document. (Please note this is a PDF and therefore has no 'hot links').

The Chairman writes:
Over the coming weeks and months we must all take care of ourselves, but not forget to look out for and help others. We can take the opportunity to create new ways to share and learn. For some groups, maybe using Skype or FaceTime will be the answer – now could be the moment to get to grips with technology that you’ve been putting off! Consider home-based projects by email or post, making us a truly OPEN U3A. Join our Facebook group and use it to chat daily with others.

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In 'normal circumstances'...
The dates and times given are those that usually apply, but may change. If you would like to join a group, please enquire via the Contact page or, if you are a member, use the contact details on pages 7–8 in the monthly newsletter. Do be aware that all groups operate informally and the success of the group is down to all members contributing by supporting the convenor (always a volunteer and strictly an amateur!) In some cases groups meet in member's homes which may limit the number of attendees.

There is always the possibility of forming new groups reflecting new interests – if you'd like to discuss this, please speak to Helen, the Groups Coordinator, use the Contact page or talk to a member of the committee at a coffee morning.

Calendar This January sees a new tool available to all Minehead U3A members – an electronic calendar showing all group meetings in an active view that can be seen on our website – Minehead calendar. And it is not limited to the website – we will be adding it to the Facebook presence, and if wanted, each member can add it to their tablet or smartphone as an app. More on this development soon!

Philosophy. Following a very successful morning at the Beach Hotel in January, it’s looking positive for a new philosophy group. We’re having an inaugural meeting on 11 February, so that will have taken place by the time you read this. Once we’ve agreed when/where we’ll be meeting in future, and how we plan to conduct ourselves, further details will be published here. Incidentally, if anyone else is interested in this subject, please feel free to get in touch with the Convenor by email via Contacts page.

TOWNSEND HOUSE – USE OF MEETING ROOMS

The room hire prices from January 2019 are as follows:

  • Main Room £20
  • Harbour Room £18
  • Upstairs £14

These rates are per session (ie either morning, afternoon or evening). There is also a 'Library' room.

Group List
Alexander Technique
Wednesday a.m.
10 am fortnightly
Wednesday a.m.
10 am fortnightly
Allotment
Thursday a.m.
10.30 am 2nd & 4th Thursday
Thursday a.m.
10.30 am 2nd & 4th Thursday
Beekeeping
 Days and venues vary
 Days and venues varyBirdwatching
 Dates and times vary
 Dates and times vary
Book Group 1
Wednesday a.m.
10 am 1st Wednesday
Wednesday a.m.
10 am 1st Wednesday
Book Group 2
Wednesday a.m.
10 am 2nd Wednesday
Wednesday a.m.
10 am 2nd Wednesday
Book Group 3
Thursday p.m.
2.30 pm 3rd Thursday
Thursday p.m.
2.30 pm 3rd Thursday
Book Group 4
Tuesday p.m.
3rd Tuesday, venues may vary
Tuesday p.m.
3rd Tuesday, venues may vary
Book Group 5
Monday p.m.
2.30 pm 2nd Monday
Monday p.m.
2.30 pm 2nd Monday
Book Group 6
Thursday p.m.
3rd Thursday
Thursday p.m.
3rd Thursday
Bowed Psaltery
 Contact convenor for times
 Contact convenor for timesChess
Wednesday a.m.
10 am 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesday
Wednesday a.m.
10 am 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesday
Classical Music 1
Wednesday p.m.
2 pm 3rd Wednesday
Wednesday p.m.
2 pm 3rd Wednesday
Classical Music 2
Monday p.m.
2 pm 1st Monday
Monday p.m.
2 pm 1st Monday
Computer Confidence
Tuesday p.m.
2 pm 2nd Tuesday
Tuesday p.m.
2 pm 2nd Tuesday
Creative Writing 1
Monday p.m.
2 pm 2nd Monday
Monday p.m.
2 pm 2nd Monday
Creative writing 2
Thursday 
1st Thursday
Thursday 
1st Thursday
Creative Writing 3
Monday p.m.
4th Monday of month
Monday p.m.
4th Monday of month
Croquet
Friday a.m.
10 am every Friday, Carhampton
Friday a.m.
10 am every Friday, Carhampton
Discussion Group
Monday a.m.
10.30 am 3rd Monday
Monday a.m.
10.30 am 3rd Monday
Economics Issues
Monday p.m.
2.30 pm 2nd Monday
Monday p.m.
2.30 pm 2nd Monday
French Conversation
Tuesday a.m.
10.15 am 4th Tuesday
Tuesday a.m.
10.15 am 4th Tuesday
General History
Monday p.m.
2 pm 3rd Monday
Monday p.m.
2 pm 3rd Monday
Geology
Tuesday p.m.
4th Tuesday
Tuesday p.m.
4th Tuesday
German Conversation
Thursday a.m.
10.30 am 4th Thursday
Thursday a.m.
10.30 am 4th Thursday
German Study Group
Thursday a.m.
10.30 am 2nd Thursday
Thursday a.m.
10.30 am 2nd Thursday
Italian Conversation
Monday a.m.
10 am Mondays, Owl's Roost
Monday a.m.
10 am Mondays, Owl's Roost
Jazz Appreciation
Monday p.m.
2 pm 1st Monday
Monday p.m.
2 pm 1st Monday
Literature
Tuesday p.m.
2.30 pm 2nd Tuesday
Tuesday p.m.
2.30 pm 2nd Tuesday
Local History 1
Friday p.m.
2 pm 3rd Friday
Friday p.m.
2 pm 3rd Friday
Local History 2
Thursday a.m.
1st Thursday
Thursday a.m.
1st Thursday
Luncheon Club
Wednesday p.m.
12–12.15 2nd Wednesday
Wednesday p.m.
12–12.15 2nd Wednesday
Mah Jong
Friday p.m.
2.30 pm 2nd & 4th Fridays
Friday p.m.
2.30 pm 2nd & 4th Fridays
Mah Jong Washford
Monday p.m.
1st and 3rd Mondays
Monday p.m.
1st and 3rd Mondays
Meditation
Wednesday a.m.
Fortnightly
Wednesday a.m.
Fortnightly
Nature Amblers
Wednesday a.m.
4th Wednesday
Wednesday a.m.
4th Wednesday
Painting
Monday a.m.
10.30 am 1st & 3rd Mondays
Monday a.m.
10.30 am 1st & 3rd Mondays
Philosophy
 Virtual only at this time
 Virtual only at this time
Photography
Tuesday a.m.
10 am 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
Tuesday a.m.
10 am 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
Play Reading
Thursday p.m.
2 pm 2nd Thursday
Thursday p.m.
2 pm 2nd Thursday
Poetry 1
Tuesday p.m.
2 pm 4th Tuesday
Tuesday p.m.
2 pm 4th Tuesday
Poetry 2
Tuesday p.m.
2 pm 4th Tuesday
Tuesday p.m.
2 pm 4th Tuesday
Science
Wednesday p.m.
2 pm 1st Wednesday
Wednesday p.m.
2 pm 1st Wednesday
Scrabble
Wednesday p.m.
2 pm 3rd Wednesday
Wednesday p.m.
2 pm 3rd Wednesday
Tap Dance
Tuesday p.m.
2–4 pm 3rd Tuesday
Tuesday p.m.
2–4 pm 3rd Tuesday
Ukulele 1
Tuesday p.m.
2 pm alternate Tuesdays
Tuesday p.m.
2 pm alternate Tuesdays
Ukulele 2
Wednesday p.m.
2 pm Wednesdays, Carhampton
Wednesday p.m.
2 pm Wednesdays, Carhampton
  
Timetable Summary
Day MorningAfternoon / Evening
MondayDiscussion Group   Italian Conversation   Painting   Book Group 5   Classical Music 2   Creative Writing 1   Creative Writing 3   Economics Issues   General History   Jazz Appreciation   Mah Jong Washford  
TuesdayFrench Conversation   Photography   Book Group 4   Computer Confidence   Geology   Literature   Poetry 1   Poetry 2   Tap Dance   Ukulele 1  
WednesdayAlexander Technique   Book Group 1   Book Group 2   Chess   Meditation   Nature Amblers   Classical Music 1   Luncheon Club   Science   Scrabble   Ukulele 2  
ThursdayAllotment   German Conversation   German Study Group   Local History 2   Book Group 3   Book Group 6   Play Reading  
FridayCroquet   Local History 1   Mah Jong