Rayleigh

Groups

HOW THE ACTIVITY GROUPS MEET

In common with many other area U3A's, the majority of learning groups meet in homes. This means that of necessity the groups are small, usually around twelve people. 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 to plan how the subject can be enjoyed by all. University of the Third Age 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, CDs and other materials listed in the Sources magazine or in the Group Leaders Pack .

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 meeting 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.

Group List
ANDRE RIEU APPRECIATION
 2nd Tuesday
 2nd TuesdayARCHAEOLOGY
 3rd Wednesday
 3rd Wednesday
ART
 1st Thursday
 1st ThursdayBADMINTON
 Each Tuesday at 5 pm
 Each Tuesday at 5 pm
BIRDWATCHING
 2nd and 4th Tuesday
 2nd and 4th TuesdayBOOK READING 1
 2nd Monday
 2nd Monday
BOOK READING 2
 2nd Friday
 2nd FridayBOOK READING 3
 3rd Friday
 3rd Friday
BOOK READING 4
 4th Monday
 4th MondayBRIDGE
 2nd, 3rd and 4th Friday
 2nd, 3rd and 4th Friday
CANASTA
 4th Monday (Evening)
 4th Monday (Evening)CANASTA 2
 4th Monday (Evening)
 4th Monday (Evening)
CERAMICS
 1st Monday
 1st MondayCONVERSATIONAL FRENCH
 3rd Tuesday
 3rd Tuesday
CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH 2
 1st and 3rd Thursday
 1st and 3rd ThursdayCOOKING
 1st Friday
 1st Friday
CREATIVE WRITING
 4th Thursday
 4th ThursdayCRIB CLUB
 3rd Mon (Evening) & 3rd Weds
 3rd Mon (Evening) & 3rd Weds
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
 1st Tuesday
 1st TuesdayDIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 2
 3rd Wednesday
 3rd Wednesday
FACEBOOK
 
 FAMILY HISTORY 2
 4th Wednesday
 4th Wednesday
FAMILY HISTORY 3
 4th Thursday
 4th ThursdayFLOWER ARRANGING
 3rd Friday
 3rd Friday
FLY FISHING
 2nd Friday
 2nd FridayGARDENING
 4th Friday
 4th Friday
IPAD USER GROUP
 1st Monday and 3rd Wednesday
 1st Monday and 3rd WednesdayJAZZ APPRECIATION
 3rd Thursday
 3rd Thursday
JIGSAW CLUB
 1st Thursday
 1st ThursdayKEEP FIT
 Every Friday
 Every Friday
KNIT & NATTER
 2nd Tuesday and 2nd Thursday
 2nd Tuesday and 2nd ThursdayLIVE CINEMA SCREENINGS
 See Group page for details
 See Group page for details
MEETING FOR ALL MEMBERS FIO
 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 ThursdayPLAY READING
 1st and 3rd Monday
 1st and 3rd Monday
POETRY
 2nd Wednesday
 2nd WednesdayPSYCHOLOGY
 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 Thursday
 3rd ThursdaySUNDAY LUNCH
 4th Sunday
 4th Sunday
TABLE TENNIS
 3rd Wednesday
 3rd WednesdayTABLE TENNIS 2
 1st and 4th Wednesday
 1st and 4th Wednesday
TAI CHI
 1st and 3rd Sunday
 1st and 3rd SundayTENPIN BOWLING
 2nd Monday
 2nd Monday
THEATRE TRIPS
 See Group page for details
 See Group page for detailsVISITING ESSEX CHURCHES 1
 2nd Monday
 2nd Monday
VISITING ESSEX CHURCHES 2
 3rd Monday
 3rd MondayVISITING ESSEX CHURCHES 3
 3rd Monday
 3rd Monday
WALKING GROUP 1
 1st Wednesday
 1st WednesdayWALKING GROUP 2
 4th Friday
 4th Friday
WALKING GROUP 3
 2nd Tuesday
 2nd TuesdayWALKING GROUP 4
 3rd Saturday
 3rd Saturday
WALKING GROUP 5
 2nd Thursday
 2nd ThursdayWINE APPRECIATION
 2nd or 3rd Tuesday (Evening)
 2nd or 3rd Tuesday (Evening)