Wellingborough & District

Groups Update

Information for anyone interested in joining one or more of our many and varied groups.

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*** Please always contact the Groups co-ordinator by email, NOT phone, using the link Groups co-ordinator ***

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Please be aware that you must first become a member of the U3A BEFORE attending any group. For details please contact the Membership Secretary via this link: Membership or this phone number: 07842 692499. Current membership fee is £15 per year.
This is to ensure that everyone is covered by insurance in case of any unforeseen/unfortunate situation. Existing members must renew their membership by 1st April or they are not entitled to attend groups or monthly meetings.

If you are interested in joining any of the interest groups, initially contact the group leader (details on the Interest Group Contacts List at the side or bottom of this page). Some of the popular groups may be full but it is worth checking.

Contact our General Groups co-ordinator for general group enquiries.

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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - Update 16/08/2021

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Our groups have been in a state of flux since March 2020, some have been discontinued, some have started through Zoom or other technologies, and others that have been in suspended animation are now thinking about the possibilities of restarting again. Please contact your group leaders - their details will be in the Interest Groups Contact List link on this page - for more information about your groups.

If there are any group leaders who would like changes made to their group page to let group members know what they are doing, please contact the Web Co-ordinator (Sue Burrell) by email.

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GROUPS RESTARTING AND/OR LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS

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NEW UKULELE GROUP – HAPPY STRUMMERS
We meet every Wednesday 10-12 at Knights Court Wellingborough.
Our aim is to play for fun with no ambitions to perform concerts or gigs.
We can accommodate a couple more players who have a basic knowledge of chords, not true beginners.
Overall we live up to our name and are Happy Strummers

NEW PLAY READING GROUP – ALL WELCOME
Unfortunately, the AmDram Group has had to close but some of us are thinking about starting up a new Play Reading Group, beginning in the New Year. The idea is for us to meet up either in-person or on Zoom, or even using both together if we can manage it, and, as it says on the tin, read plays for fun and pleasure, just among ourselves with no intention of ever performing anything publicly, but if people want to bring along their own costumes and props and give their reading with maximum dramatic impact – go for it!
If you are interested in joining such a Group, please contact Helen Grant - details in the Interest Group Contacts link on this page.

Tuesday Tai Chi Group has a few spaces, all abilities and beginners welcome. Please contact the group leader (Christine Gracey) for more information.

Non Fiction Book Group has room for more members. We meet the 3rd Monday of the month at the leader's home in Rushden. The group welcomes members from Rushden and Wellingborough.

We read a variety of History, travel, autobiographies and biographies. We don't plan ahead. Each month we decide what we will be reading. Members need to commit to borrowing or buying a hard copy or reading on kindle. Price is a deciding factor in the choice of book.

Our motto is 'Truth is often strange than fiction'

The Music Appreciation Group has restarted.

As before, we meet at the Old Grammarians Club in Oxford Street between 2pm and 4pm on the 2nd Monday of the month.

There is a charge of £3 per head to cover the cost of room hire. For more details please see the Group page.

New members are always welcome. Please contact the Group leader to ask about joining.

The Crochet Group The Crochet group is looking for new members. It takes place every Tuesday from 10.00 - 12.00. The group is suitable for beginners or the more experienced.

Please contact the group leader for more information about the above groups - their details will be in the Interest Group Contacts link on this page.

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NEW GROUPS

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There is wonderful news about our new Wellingborough and District u3a groups. We have five new groups which have started via Zoom!

The groups are:

Gardening2nd and 4th Wednesday2.00
Crafting with Card2nd and 4th Monday2.30
Needlecraft1st and 3rd Monday2.30
Cookery2nd Tuesday11.00 (There is a waiting list for this group)
CrochetEvery Tuesday10.00 – 12.00 (This is an existing group now planning to meet on Zoom)

If you are interested in joining any of these groups please contact the group leader - their details will be in the Interest Group Contacts link on this page.

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There are several groups that are open to all and these are

Sunday Country Parks Walks
Walking
Ten Pin Bowling
Strollers
Wine and Dine
Snooker/Pool/Darts
Garden Visits

For more information contact the group leader (details on the Interest Group Contacts link at the side or bottom of this page)

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POSSIBLE NEW GROUPS

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If you are interested in a subject that is not currently on our list but are prepared to assist in setting up such a group please contact the Groups Co-Ordinator. The group leader does not necessarily have to be the fount of all knowledge but should be willing to set up and organise the group.

BIRD-WATCHING
We have a member who is interested in starting a bird-watching group. The idea is to visit places of interest, take a walk and see what birds are about. This would be a morning meeting, day of week to be decided - possibly the second Monday of the month.

CALLIGRAPHY

TABLE SKITTLES

WALKING FOOTBALL
Is there anybody interested in joining a walking football group? (Post lockdown) If you are please contact Julie, Groups Co-ordinator.

If you are interested in receiving more details for any of the above, please contact the Groups Co-ordinator (Julie) by email

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GROUPS AT WEEKENDS

We currently have three groups that run on a Sunday, and it has been proposed that more members may be interested in joining (or even running!) groups that would be active at weekends.

A suggestion has recently been put forward regarding the possibility of a group meeting up at the weekends, once a month, to play Table Skittles in a pub.

If you think this is a good idea and would like to take part, please contact the Groups Co-ordinator via this link or the "Contact" section of the website.

If anybody has any suggestions for another weekend group contact the Groups Co-ordinator.

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Group List
Art & Painting Group
Thursday a.m.
Every week
Thursday a.m.
Every week
Art Appreciation
Thursday a.m.
10.30 week 1
Thursday a.m.
10.30 week 1
Badminton
Tuesday a.m.
11.30am -1.00pm weekly
Tuesday a.m.
11.30am -1.00pm weekly
Beadwork & Chatter Group 1
Friday a.m.
1st Friday 9.30am-12noon
Friday a.m.
1st Friday 9.30am-12noon
Beadwork & Chatter Group 2
Tuesday p.m.
1st Tuesday 1.30-4.00pm
Tuesday p.m.
1st Tuesday 1.30-4.00pm
Beadwork & Chatter Group 3
Thursday p.m.
1st Thursday 1.30-4.00pm
Thursday p.m.
1st Thursday 1.30-4.00pm
Beadwork & Chatter Group 4
Friday p.m.
1st Friday 1.30- 3.30
Friday p.m.
1st Friday 1.30- 3.30
Board Games
Tuesday p.m.
3rd Tuesday 2.00 - 4.00pm
Tuesday p.m.
3rd Tuesday 2.00 - 4.00pm
Book Group
Wednesday p.m.
Week 2 2-4
Wednesday p.m.
Week 2 2-4
Bowls (May - Sept)
Wednesday a.m.
Weekly 9.45 - 11.45
Wednesday a.m.
Weekly 9.45 - 11.45
Bridge (Social)
Tuesday p.m.
Weeks 2 & 4 2.00-4.00
Tuesday p.m.
Weeks 2 & 4 2.00-4.00
Bridge for Improvers
Thursday p.m.
Weekly 2.00 - 4.30
Thursday p.m.
Weekly 2.00 - 4.30
Brunch Group
Wednesday p.m.
1st Wednesday 12- 2pm
Wednesday p.m.
1st Wednesday 12- 2pm
Card Making
Friday p.m.
2nd week 2.00-4.00
Friday p.m.
2nd week 2.00-4.00
Churches and Villages
Thursday p.m.
2nd Thursday 2.00-4.00
Thursday p.m.
2nd Thursday 2.00-4.00
Cookery
Tuesday a.m.
2nd Tuesday 11.00am by Zoom
Tuesday a.m.
2nd Tuesday 11.00am by Zoom
Country Park Walks
Sunday a.m.
1st Sunday 10.30am
Sunday a.m.
1st Sunday 10.30am
Crafting with Card
Monday p.m.
Weeks 2 & 4 2.30pm by Zoom
Monday p.m.
Weeks 2 & 4 2.30pm by Zoom
Creative Writing
Wednesday p.m.
Week 3 2.00-4.00
Wednesday p.m.
Week 3 2.00-4.00
Cribbage
Tuesday p.m.
2-4pm Week 1
Tuesday p.m.
2-4pm Week 1
Crochet
Tuesday a.m.
10.00-12.00 Every week by Zoom
Tuesday a.m.
10.00-12.00 Every week by Zoom
Dancing (Country)
Monday p.m.
1st & 3rd Mondays 4.10 to 5.10
Monday p.m.
1st & 3rd Mondays 4.10 to 5.10
Family History 1
Tuesday p.m.
1st Tuesday 2.00-4.00
Tuesday p.m.
1st Tuesday 2.00-4.00
French Cinema
 Varies on availabilty
 Varies on availabilty
French Conversation
Wednesday p.m.
Week 4 2.00-4.00
Wednesday p.m.
Week 4 2.00-4.00
French Intermediate
Thursday p.m.
1st, 3rd & 5th weeks 2-4
Thursday p.m.
1st, 3rd & 5th weeks 2-4
Garden Visits
 Varies - check web site
 Varies - check web siteGardening
Monday a.m.
Week 1 10.00 -12.00
Monday a.m.
Week 1 10.00 -12.00
Gardening (Zoom)
Wednesday p.m.
Weeks 2 & 4 2.00pm by Zoom
Wednesday p.m.
Weeks 2 & 4 2.00pm by Zoom
German 1
Monday p.m.
Weeks 1 & 3 2.00-4.00
Monday p.m.
Weeks 1 & 3 2.00-4.00
German 2
Monday p.m.
Weeks 2 & 4 2.00-4.00
Monday p.m.
Weeks 2 & 4 2.00-4.00
Happy Strummers (Ukulele)
Wednesday a.m.
Every week
Wednesday a.m.
Every week
Living History
Thursday p.m.
4th Thursday 2.00-4.00 by Zoom
Thursday p.m.
4th Thursday 2.00-4.00 by Zoom
Local History 2
Tuesday p.m.
4th Tuesday 2.00-4.00
Tuesday p.m.
4th Tuesday 2.00-4.00
Music Appreciation
Monday p.m.
Week 2 2.00-4.00
Monday p.m.
Week 2 2.00-4.00
Needlecraft
Monday p.m.
Weeks 1 & 3 2.30pm by Zoom
Monday p.m.
Weeks 1 & 3 2.30pm by Zoom
Non-fiction Book Group
Monday p.m.
3rd Monday 2.15-4.00pm
Monday p.m.
3rd Monday 2.15-4.00pm
Outings
 See web site page
 See web site page
Parchment Craft
Tuesday a.m.
1st & 2nd Weeks 10.0
Tuesday a.m.
1st & 2nd Weeks 10.0
Poetry Appreciation
Wednesday a.m.
Last Wednesday of month
Wednesday a.m.
Last Wednesday of month
Quiz Group
Thursday p.m.
3rd Week 2.00-4.00
Thursday p.m.
3rd Week 2.00-4.00
Singing for Fun (W/boro)
Monday p.m.
Weeks 2 and 4 2.00-4.00
Monday p.m.
Weeks 2 and 4 2.00-4.00
Snooker/Pool/Darts
Tuesday 
1st Tuesday from 10.00 -5.00
Tuesday 
1st Tuesday from 10.00 -5.00
Social History
Wednesday a.m.
Week 4 10.00-12.00
Wednesday a.m.
Week 4 10.00-12.00
Stitching
Thursday p.m.
2nd Week 2.00-4.00
Thursday p.m.
2nd Week 2.00-4.00
Strollers
Tuesday a.m.
Week 2
Tuesday a.m.
Week 2
Sunday Lunch
Sunday p.m.
Week 4 (normally)
Sunday p.m.
Week 4 (normally)
T@3
Sunday p.m.
2nd Sunday 3.00
Sunday p.m.
2nd Sunday 3.00
Table Tennis
Friday a.m.
Weekly
Friday a.m.
Weekly
Table Tennis 2
Wednesday p.m.
1.45pm - 3.15pm weekly
Wednesday p.m.
1.45pm - 3.15pm weekly
Tai Chi
Monday a.m.
10.30 - 11.30
Monday a.m.
10.30 - 11.30
Tai Chi
Tuesday a.m.
10.30 - 11.30
Tuesday a.m.
10.30 - 11.30
Ten Pin Bowling
Thursday a.m.
11am 1st and 3rd
Thursday a.m.
11am 1st and 3rd
Theology
Monday a.m.
4th week 10.00-12.00
Monday a.m.
4th week 10.00-12.00
Uku3a
Friday a.m.
10.00-12.00 Weekly
Friday a.m.
10.00-12.00 Weekly
Walking
Friday a.m.
Week 1
Friday a.m.
Week 1
Website Training/Practise
 
 Wine and Dine
Wednesday p.m.
Wednesday p.m.
Timetable Summary
Day MorningAfternoon
MondayGardening   Tai Chi   Theology   Crafting with Card   Dancing (Country)   German 1   German 2   Music Appreciation   Needlecraft   Non-fiction Book Group   Singing for Fun (W/boro)  
TuesdayBadminton   Cookery   Crochet   Parchment Craft   Strollers   Tai Chi   Beadwork & Chatter Group 2   Board Games   Bridge (Social)   Cribbage   Family History 1   Local History 2  
WednesdayBowls (May - Sept)   Happy Strummers (Ukulele)   Poetry Appreciation   Social History   Book Group   Brunch Group   Creative Writing   French Conversation   Gardening (Zoom)   Table Tennis 2   Wine and Dine  
ThursdayArt & Painting Group   Art Appreciation   Ten Pin Bowling   Beadwork & Chatter Group 3   Bridge for Improvers   Churches and Villages   French Intermediate   Living History   Quiz Group   Stitching  
FridayBeadwork & Chatter Group 1   Table Tennis   Uku3a   Walking   Beadwork & Chatter Group 4   Card Making  
SundayCountry Park Walks   Sunday Lunch   T@3