New Interest Groups and

Short Courses

New Interest Groups

Although we now have over thirty groups we are always looking for people to set up and lead new ones. If the subject you are interested in is not available, what about setting up your own group? You do not have to be an expert to lead a group and help and advice is always available. Please contact Veronica Perry, 01949 875231, to discuss any ideas you have.

Running a group involves the following:

  • Keeping details of the regular members so that they can be contacted

  • Taking enquiries and giving information to any u3a member that wants to join the group

  • Setting up dates and venues and maybe refreshments or delegating these duties

  • Keep members informed of what is involved in any activities and any risks/hazards involved. Group Leaders should refer to this form - Risk assessments for Interest Group activities

  • Occasionally attend a meeting of Group Leaders

  • Send information/reports to the website and Newsletter as required ...

  • ... or you could just organise a rota to do all or some of the above!

Short Courses

We recently enjoyed a three week mini-course The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989 and its impact on communism in Eastern Europe. It was conducted by our very own Bingham u3a member and German Studies specialist, Professor Marianne Howarth, and illustrated the path towards the Wall’s construction in August 1961, its impact on daily life in Berlin and East-West relationships, and the events leading to its unexpected and dramatic opening. Less than a year later came German reunification – and new challenges. We were privileged to have Marianne's knowledge and expertise in our midst and everyone attending appreciated finding out some more detail of a period which we all lived through. Thank you, Marianne.

Following the success of this short course and others we have already run: (History of the Workhouse, Brain Health and Climate Change ) we are hoping to run more of these. Please contact Lindsay Evett (01949 851115 or if you might be willing to run one or have any suggestions for a course you would like to see offered.

Proposed new Groups

Craft Group - Beryl Kemp is interested in starting a Craft Group so please get in touch with her on 01949 839728 with ideas or to show your interest.

We have also had the following suggestions for groups but we need members who are willing to share their expertise:

  • Country and/or square dancing

  • Countryside and Nature

  • Embroidery

  • Fine Dining

  • Walking Netball

  • Poetry

  • Play Reading

Could you help with any of these - or do you have any other suggestions?