Special interest groups are motivated by one or more individuals who want to join with other U3A members to share the experience and pleasure they take in a subject or activity. There is no fee for participation.
These groups are autonomous and make their own plans and arrangements. They must be self-supporting and any expenses incurred are borne by the group members and not by the central budget of the local U3A.
It is beneficial to have one or two Coordinators as the first point of contact for the group members but in some cases individuals take it in turn to organise a session or event.
Activities are ongoing throughout the year and members are invited to attend an annual meeting (usually September), when existing groups review what they have been doing and for members to bring forward ideas that hopefully will develop into new groups.
If you want to book a place on one of these groups then in the first instance email Ruth Harris-Small on firstname.lastname@example.org confirming that you are a member and saying which group(s) you are interested in joining or use the link to the group application form to express your interest in joining one of the groups
Some groups are full and have parallel groups that are open, some are new and seeking members.
APP ART APPRECIATION
Group 1 - FULL
Group 2 - FULL
Members join with others for gallery or related visits. The original group started in 2011. There may be times when both groups share an external visit when numbers are not restricted.
DAS - DEAL ARTISTS AND SKETCHERS
Meets on 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month at 2pm. Trinity Church, Union Road, Deal. We are an untutored group, with occasional tutoring, and suggested themes for meetings, but the main structure evolves around people with a common interest coming together. £2 per meeting, including tea/coffee
BK1 BOOK CLUB 1
We meet on the first Monday of each month and take it in turns to choose a book and host the meeting. We have read and discussed novels ranging from Rose Tremaine to David Nicholls and from Margaret Attwood to Iain Banks
BK2 BOOK CLUB 2
An informal Book Club meeting every six weeks, held in Deal. The book for discussion is chosen by the host and can be of any genre - fiction, non-fiction, biography etc. We meet on a Wednesday afternoon
BK3 BOOK CLUB 3
We meet monthly on Friday mornings in Walmer, and take turns to choose the books.
CAN - CANASTA
A well-established popular group meeting once a month on a Saturday afternoon at 2pm in St Margaret's. New members welcome
Led by experienced players, the group in Dover is open to learners, beginners and players; playing in pairs or fours. Crib boards and cards provided.
ESW - EASY SHORT WALKS
Meets for short walks at an easy pace, no stiles
ENS - ENGLISH SCRABBLE
The group meets at the Coordinators home in St Margaret’s once a month for a friendly game and is OPEN to anyone who loves playing with words. Every 4th Thursday at 7pm
FH - FAMILY HISTORY
A group of enthusiasts wanting to explore their family history. Takes place fortnightly in Deal on a Friday morning.
FG - FILMGOERS
We attend films occasionally, usually in Deal or Sandwich
FC - FRENCH CONVERSATION
Meets in Deal, fortnightly, on Thursday mornings
FRS1 FRENCH SCRABBLE FOR FUN
Based in Deal, with places for a couple more members. 1st Monday afternoon of the month.
FRS2 - FRENCH SCRABBLE 2
If you enjoy board games or "jeux de société" as they are known in France - do come and join us to play scrabble with a French flavour. Sessions are held weekly, either in Shepherdswell or Deal, in participants' homes. A couple of places currently available.
GV1 - GARDEN VISITS 1 FULL
GV2 - GARDEN VISITS 2 FULL
Both groups regularly organise trips to gardens county wide
LC - LUNCH CLUB
Meets regularly on the FIRST Thursday and Friday of alternate months from October through to August. Lunching at a variety of venues recommended by members and close to Deal and Sandwich. All current and new members are assured of a warm welcome.
MC - MUSIC APPRECIATION
This group will share their love of music, listening and discussing quality CDs
MH - MAHJONG
Mahjong is a compelling game for four people. It is played to British Mahjong Association rules which are closely linked to the game of rummy. Friday mornings
NH - NATURAL HISTORY
Visits to local nature reserves to study the fauna and flora
OP1 & OP2 - OPERA
These groups view and discusses DVDs featuring top productions and international stars. They sometimes attend together live relays from The Royal Opera House and the Metropolitan Opera that are scheduled for local cinemas throughout the autumn and winter.
Group 1 - Full
Group 2 - in Dover - is open to new members
PD - POLITICAL DISCUSSION GROUP
A monthly group to discuss modern politics. Meets in members' homes
PG - PRACTICAL GARDENING
We meet monthly in members gardens to discuss everyday gardening issues with an expert on hand to answer queries
SNC - SHARING NEEDLECRAFTS
This group will enjoy sharing ideas, skills and experience whilst working on your own project, sewing, embroidery, patchwork, knitting, crochet etc. Open to new members. Meeting monthly on Monday mornings
RUM - RUMMIKUB
Meeting monthly in Deal on Tuesday afternoons. Beginners and experienced players welcome.
RUS - RUSSIAN SCRABBLE
Meets in members homes, fortnightly, on Tuesday evenings
TT - TABLE TENNIS
A group meeting at Tides in Deal, sharing the cost of the table
WFP- WALKING FOR PLEASURE
Another group that attracts a lot of members who meet once a month on the morning of the third Tuesday for a walk of about 2 to 3 hours. Details of each walk are provided by e-mail a few days in advance. Members are asked to lead a walk occasionally to spread the work load amongst the group.
WHA - WALKING WITH HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE
A series of 6 walks around Deal and Walmer based on a map produced by Falneur Guides, printed 2008
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