Rayleigh

Groups

GROUPS MEETING IN 2020

With current restrictions in place, many of our groups are having to find different ways to 'meet' - some groups are meeting online, some when restrictions allow are managing to meet in smaller groups and some, again when allowed, are meeting outside. Everyone is staying positive and being supportive in true u3a spirit!

HOW THE ACTIVITY GROUPS MEET

In common with many other u3a's, the majority of learning groups meet in homes. This means that of necessity the groups are often small. This seems to work for our u3a, proving a more friendly and easier learning atmosphere. There are, of course, some groups that meet in public rooms and halls. This is usually due to large numbers, lack of house space, or equipment needed.

u3as draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership. Each Group has a Group Leader or Leaders who work with the members of the group as a team to plan how the subject can be enjoyed by all. U3a's offer the chance to study over 300 different subjects in such fields as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy, computing, crafts, photography and walking. The National Office can supply DVDs (suspended currently) but if you sign up to Third Age Trust you will find so much info - Subject Advisors, National Programmes and free online resources. .

The variation in groups is enormous, from technical or academic subjects to morning rambles and a pub lunch. The majority of groups have a regular meeting time or venue but this is entirely up to the group members to decide for themselves. Meetings can be far less formal such as the luncheon group whose members choose a pub, restaurant or café they wish to visit each month.

The u3a approach to learning is – learning for pleasure. There is no accreditation or validation and there are no assessments or qualifications to be gained. Group members form friendships, have fun and gain personal satisfaction.

The Group Coordinator will publicise activities at the monthly meetings and via the Newsletter and ask those people who have shown an interest in any new activity to meet together to form a group. If you are interested in an activity and there is no group available, then ask the Group Coordinator for this new subject to be advertised to see how many people come forward and put their names down for that subject.

The current list of activity groups and the normal day they meet each month is shown below.

Please note that dates may vary with some groups so PLEASE ALWAYS CHECK WITH THE GROUP LEADER. You can do this by clicking on the Group below and when the new page opens, click on the bird logo on the right hand of the screen - you can then send an email.

Group List
ARCHAEOLOGY
 3rd Wednesday
 3rd WednesdayART
 1st Thursday
 1st Thursday
BADMINTON
 Every Tuesday
 Every TuesdayBIRDWATCHING
 4th Tuesday
 4th Tuesday
BOOK READING 1
 2nd Monday
 2nd MondayBOOK READING 2
 2nd Friday
 2nd Friday
BOOK READING 3
 3rd Friday
 3rd FridayBOOK READING 4
 4th Monday
 4th Monday
BRIDGE
 2nd, 3rd and 4th Friday
 2nd, 3rd and 4th FridayCANASTA
 4th Monday (Evening)
 4th Monday (Evening)
CANASTA 2
 2nd Monday (Evening)
 2nd Monday (Evening)CERAMICS
 1st Monday
 1st Monday
CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH
 2nd & 3rd Tuesday
 2nd & 3rd TuesdayCONVERSATIONAL FRENCH 2
 1st and 3rd Thursday
 1st and 3rd Thursday
COOKING
 1st Friday
 1st FridayCREATIVE WRITING
 4th Thursday
 4th Thursday
CRIB CLUB
 3rd Mon (Evening)
 3rd Mon (Evening)DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
 1st Tuesday
 1st Tuesday
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 2
 2nd Monday
 2nd MondayFACEBOOK
 
 
FAMILY HISTORY 2
 4th Wednesday
 4th WednesdayFAMILY HISTORY 3
 4th Thursday
 4th Thursday
FLY FISHING
 2nd Friday
 2nd FridayGARDENING
 4th Friday
 4th Friday
JAZZ APPRECIATION
 3rd Thursday
 3rd ThursdayKNIT & NATTER 1
 2nd Tuesday
 2nd Tuesday
KNIT AND NATTER 2
 2nd Thursday
 2nd ThursdayLIVE CINEMA SCREENINGS
 See Group page for details
 See Group page for details
MEETING FOR ALL MEMBERS
 1st Thursday
 1st ThursdayMORE PATCHWORK AND TEA
 2nd Thursday
 2nd Thursday
MUSIC APPRECIATION 1
 4th Wednesday
 4th WednesdayMUSIC APPRECIATION 2
 2nd Wednesday
 2nd Wednesday
PAPERCRAFTS
 3rd Thursday
 3rd ThursdayPATCHWORK & TEA
 3rd Wednesday Afternoon
 3rd Wednesday Afternoon
PATCHWORK AND TEA 3
 4th Thursday
 4th ThursdayPSYCHOLOGY
 4th Thursday
 4th Thursday
REAL ALE
 3rd Wednesday
 3rd WednesdayRUMMIKUB
 4th Thursday
 4th Thursday
SCRABBLE
 2nd Wednesday
 2nd Wednesday SERENDIPITY 1
 2nd Thursday
 2nd Thursday
SERENDIPITY 3
 3rd Wednesday
 3rd WednesdaySERENDIPITY 4
 3rd Thursday
 3rd Thursday
SERENDIPITY 5
 4th Thursday
 4th ThursdaySERENDIPITY 6
 4th Wednesday
 4th Wednesday
STROLLING
 3rd Wednesday (am)
 3rd Wednesday (am)SUNDAY LUNCH
 Last Sunday
 Last Sunday
TABLE TENNIS
 3rd Wednesday
 3rd WednesdayTABLE TENNIS 2
 1st and 4th Wednesday
 1st and 4th Wednesday
TENPIN BOWLING
 2nd Monday
 2nd MondayTHEATRE TRIPS
 See Group page for details
 See Group page for details
VISITING ESSEX CHURCHES 1
 2nd Monday
 2nd MondayVISITING ESSEX CHURCHES 2
 3rd Monday
 3rd Monday
VISITING ESSEX CHURCHES 3
 3rd Monday
 3rd MondayWALKING GROUP 1
 1st Wednesday
 1st Wednesday
WALKING GROUP 2
 Last Friday of month
 Last Friday of monthWALKING GROUP 3
 2nd Tuesday
 2nd Tuesday
WALKING GROUP 4
 3rd Saturday
 3rd SaturdayWALKING GROUP 5
 2nd Thursday
 2nd Thursday
WINE APPRECIATION
 2nd Tuesday (Evening)
 2nd Tuesday (Evening)