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Groups Wish List

U3A Groups
Groups Wish List

The Groups Co-ordinator holds a list of subject groups that people have suggested they would like to join. Whenever sufficient people express an interest in the same topic, a meeting will be convened to arrange times, place and how the group will function.

Current requests are Cribbage; Film; French Improvers; German conversation; Greek; Piano Lessons; Philosophy; Table Tennis; Wine Tasting; Church visits & pub lunches; Cosmology and Solo group but you can also add to the list.

Of course anyone who would like to run a new group will be very welcome - it doesn't have to be on this list!

In either case, get in touch with the Groups Co-ordinator or a committee member. For our current groups see below.....


Co-ordinator Pam Tarr.
Meetings: Weekly on Thursday 11.00am to 1.00pm at St Lawrence Hall.

Since we started our new Art Group in July, our membership has steadily grown to around a dozen very active and interested 'artists' who like to paint, draw and chat. We can still fit in a few more who'd like to meet up weekly on Thursdays from 11am to 1pm (£3 to include refreshments) in St Lawrence Church Hall, Chesterton. It is spacious and light, and has a parking area. Some members have little experience while others have much wider experience. Whatever their level, they enjoy sharing knowledge and the opportunity to create with a group of like minded people.    ^Top  


Bridge Groups:
Co-ordinator Keith Dancer.
Meetings: Twice weekly.

Thursdays 2.00-5.00pm in the Parish Centre. We play Rubber Bridge most weeks, with one Duplicate Bridge session on the last Thursday of each month.

Fridays 2:00-5:00pm in St Lawrence Church Hall. We play Duplicate Bridge each week.

We are a keen group of players with a good standard of Bridge and beginners are encouraged to join in on Thursdays where the atmosphere is more relaxed as well as stimulating and you do not need to bring a partner.

On Friday you are expected to have a partner but those without can usually be paired with someone.

Members are asked to contribute £12.00 every 6 months for Thursday sessions and £16 every 6 months for Friday sessions. This covers the hire of the rooms and refreshments.

New members are welcome to join either session.

Each year a beginner's class is available during the winter months.    ^Top


Computer Users
Co-ordinator Maurice Goodwin
Meetings: First Monday, 2.30pm. Ashcroft Centre
The usual format is to share any problems or difficulties we have experienced over the last month and offer advice and possible solutions - if we have any. In addition we regularly take a look at a particular topic, perhaps demonstrating software that may be new to some.
Do get in touch if you are thinking of joining.   ^Top

Country Dancing

Country Dancing
Co-ordinator Sheila Laycock (Phone 01285 643361)

The country dancing group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, September to December, January to May, from 10.00am-12.00noon in the Ashcroft Room at the Ashcroft Centre.

We are a friendly group with a relaxed attitude to dancing and we welcome new members. Our dances are selected to suit the 'older generation' and are likely to tax the 'grey matter' rather than the agility.
You are welcome to come along to any meeting and watch to see 'if it is for you'.   ^Top

Creative Crafts 1
Co-ordinator Chris Rodgers
Meetings: Fourth Wednesday, 2.00 pm   

Cycling Group

Cycling Group
Co-ordinator Robin Lloyd
Rides: 2nd and 4th Fridays. 10.00 start.   

We plan 2 rides per month, each covering 15-20 miles and with members taking turns to lead. There is usually a cafe stop somewhere along the route. Starting point can vary with the route, being either the Tesco superstore or the Market Place by the church, starting at 10.00 am and finishing about 12.00 - 12.30.

There are several active members but new cyclists are welcome. Please see the contact information in the printed newsletter to be kept to date with details of rides.   ^Top

Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences
Co-ordinator Allan Folliard
Meetings are held on 4th Friday, 10.00am at The Ashcroft Centre.
We are a small group of people interested in understanding more about the world around us.

Recent topics included:
  • The Weather.
  • Coal mining.
  • Limestone scenery.
  • New Zealand.
  • Central Asia from the air.
  • Volcanoes.
Recent Field trips included:
  • Cleeve Common.
  • Cirencester in Stone.

We are currently (Autumn 2015) looking at Continental Drift, Plate Tectonics and different types of rock and how they are formed.    ^Top

Family Tree

Family History
Co-ordinator Alan Stoner
Meetings: Second Monday, 2 to 4pm at the U3A Internet Cafe, Parish Rooms, Gosditch Street.
We meet to discuss, to research, and to help each other, using wifi with our own devices or U3A laptops. If you have any problems or questions, we'll hope to be able to help.    ^Top


French Conversation
Co-ordinator Hazel Kolb
This group meets on the 3rd Wednesday each month at The Waterloo and is for those who already have elementary French, but who would like to be able talk more confidently.
Each month we prepare (homework!) and discuss a topic, or we listen to a French guest, or read a short story or play. We aim to improve our understanding of each other’s French; we question each other; we listen to each other.
It is rather strenuous!  English is permitted over the cup of tea!   ^Top


Garden Group
Co-ordinator Ann Hardie
Group 1 meets 1st Monday at 10.00 am to 12.00

Group 2 meets 1st Monday at 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm    ^Top



Co-ordinator Joan Oakeshott
Meetings are held every Tuesday morning, 10.00 am to 12.00. The members of the group have all learnt German in the past but are pretty rusty but want to revive the language they once knew. We do some limited conversation, watch TV, listen to CDs and use some of the BBC language programmes.    ^Top

German Conversation
Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday afternoon
The group is for people with at least elementary German and who want to be able to speak it more confidently. It can involve preparing a little homework on a particular topic, reading some German text, or asking each other questions and listening to the answers.    ^Top



Weekly Golf
Contact Gordon Wyles on 01453 833841
Every Thursday at Oaksey golf course. 13:30 start in the summer months and 13:00 after the clocks go back for the winter.

Monthly Golf
Fourth Monday morning of each month from April to October. We go to various courses with an optional pub lunch to follow.

Players of all standards are welcome at either or both. All you need are some clubs.    ^Top


Co-ordinator Rosemary Osborne.
Meetings are held each 2nd Monday of the month 10.00 - 12.00 at The Waterloo.
One of the first groups established in Cirencester, its first topic was the 350th anniversary of the Royalist attack on the town.
Normally a subject is chosen for research and discussion. Not surprisingly the Roman occupation features, as does the growth of the town from the Wool Trade. Topics are, however, wide-ranging and include far-away places such as India and China. Most recent discussion has been on the suppression of the monasteries by Henry VIII with its consequent loss of buildings and other treasures.
On occasion, members choose a famous person, building, garden or painting of special interest, among them Wellington and Nelson, the Silk Route and the history of coinage.
There is capacity for several more members so if you are interested, please contact us.   ^Top

History of Art

History of Art/Exploring Art
Co-ordinator Brenda Wilson
Meetings are every 3rd Thursday, 10.00 am to 12.00 at The Ashcroft Centre.

The group meet to consider works of art from the perspective of their historical context. We base our discussions with the who - why - when - where questions about a piece of work or artist, school or movement. We are wide-ranging in our choices and all members contribute something to each month's topic. We make occasional trips to collections and exhibitions and these are often linked to a selected discussion topic. We use texts, slides and a projector in our work and share our varying levels of expertise in preparing contributions.
No previous knowledge of art history is necessary and all contributions are warmly welcomed within the group.   ^Top


Internet Cafe

Internet Cafe
Contact Liz Dancer 01285 770919
Meetings: Every Monday, 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm at Parish Centre, Gosditch Street.

Lift access and Free WiFi.

This operates every Monday from 2p.m. until 4 p.m. including Bank Holidays. It's aim is twofold. We have laptops and Tablets which members can use. Total beginners can be shown how to get to grips with the Internet, spread sheets, Facebook, Skype etc. Members with more technical knowhow are available to support you through the learning process. Alternatively come and meet friends and have a cup of fresh coffee or selection of teas! We charge £1 to cover room hire per visit. If you are an expert or semi-expert and can support the learners you are very welcome. If you are a novice, we are waiting to help.    ^Top


Italian for Beginners
Co-ordinator: Jon Hughes.

Meetings: 2nd & 3rd Fri 10:00-12:00
We are a relatively new group (started in October 2015), for people who want to learn Italian. We are working our way through a BBC course ('Talk Italian'), augmented by group exercises and some internet resources. We meet in each other's houses.

Italian Improvers
Co-ordinator: Maggi Brown.

Meetings: 2nd & 4th Tues 10:00 a.m.   ^Top

Indoor Kurling

Kurling (indoor Curling)
Co-ordinator Kay Nisbet
Meetings: Second Wednesday, 2.00 pm at Watermoor Church Hall

Indoor Kurling. New Age (Indoor) Kurling is a form of the original curling game, but adapted so that it can be played indoors on any smooth, flat surface, such as a sports hall, rather than on ice. Importantly, the game can be played by both able-bodied and disabled people of all ages and it does NOT include vigorous brush sweeping.    ^Top


Co-ordinator Jackie Natt
Meetings: See below.

Salve !

The aim is to learn some Latin just for the fun of it and to get to know how the Romans lived.

There are two groups - an Improvers group and a Beginners group.

The Improvers usually meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 10.30am while the Beginners usually meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 10.30am. This can be changed depending on the demands of the group.    ^Top


Literature 1
Group leader Marion Stephenson tel 01285 651073.
The group meets on the 4th Thursday afternoon at 2.15p.m.   ^Top

Literature 3
We meet on the first Wednesday afternoon of each month in one another's homes, though it is not compulsory that you host.
We aim to challenge ourselves by trying many genres and have read classics such as Dante's Inferno, Virgil and Beowolf. We have a liking for literature which is either set against and informs us of history or of current issues in this country and abroad. We tend to fit in the Booker prize winner some time in the year.
If you feel that you would like to join us, please contact liz Dancer on 01285 770919    ^Top

Mah Jong

Mah Jong
Co-ordinator Brenda Lissimore
Meetings: 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 2.30 – 4.30 pm at The Waterloo.   ^Top


Music Group
Co-ordinator Cate Luck (Phone 01285 652789)
Meetings: 4th Wednesday 2:30p.m. downstairs room at the Ashcroft Centre.
Members meet to listen to a wide range of music. It is a chance to share almost two hours every month listening in a very relaxed, friendly and informal environment to programmes of music created by the members.
The music is selected in one of three ways:

  • Each member brings a piece to introduce with a time limit of 10 minutes
  • Individual members create a full programme of music linked by a common theme.
  • One longer work is selected to be played in full with any remaining time given over to members’ choices ^Top

Cinema Music

Musical Cinema
Co-ordinator Malcolm Lewis
We meet on the second Friday of the month at 1.45 till 4.00 except December when we have a social gathering. The Venue is the new Babtist Church, Chesterton Lane. The meeting takes the form of two films being shown that give the members an insight into a genre across a great canvas from Musicals-Opera-Ballet -Biographies of composers and artists from the world of Music.

The equipment has a 10 ft wide screen and is state of the art.

Both groups ('Musical Cinema' and 'Nostalgia and Music') have a large capacity and we welcome new comers to the U3A.

Details from Group Leader Malcolm Lewis 01285 644110   ^Top

Nostalgia and Music

Nostalgia and Music.

Meet the 4th Tuesday of the month at 2.15 to 3.45 at the Parish Centre, Gosditch Street.

It's your chance to go back in time and remember the good old days.

Both groups ('Musical Cinema' and 'Nostalgia and Music') have a large capacity and we welcome new comers to the U3A.

Details from Group Leader Malcolm Lewis 01285 644110   ^Top

Petanque (French boules)
Co-ordinator Brian Cooper
Meetings: Every Monday and Thursday at 10.00 to 12.00 a.m. at St. Michael's Park.   ^Top

Play Reading

Play Reading Group 1
Co-ordinator Penny Wreford
Meetings: 3rd Wednesday, 9.45am – 12.15 pm at The Waterloo   
We read a wide selection of authors' works covering a variety of periods and styles ranging from farce to tragedy. We try to tackle a number of less familiar works as well as the more well-known ones and our sessions frequently prompt some interesting discussions afterwards. We meet at the Waterloo Community Room on the third Wednesday of the month from 9.45 am until 12.15. Unfortunately the group is full at the moment and we have no room for newcomers.    ^Top

Play Reading Group 2
Co-ordinator   Val Faulkner
This is an informal group which meets in the Waterloo Centre on the 1st Wednesday in every month from 9.45am until 12.00. We read a variety of plays to hopefully suit all tastes; everyone has a chance to take a part and make suggestions for new plays for future months. We are an extension of play reading 1 group which was so popular it ran out of spaces for members.

If you are a U3A member and would like to join us, please contact Val Faulkner on 01285 239367 - you will be made very welcome!    ^Top

Poetry Reading
Co-ordinator   Robin Macwhinney
This group does exactly what its name suggests, we read poetry. We meet in the Friends Meting House on Thomas Street, at 2.30pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month, and we would welcome visitors and new members.
The format of the meeting is that we each read aloud a poem on a set theme (either a topic e.g. ‘Spring’ or a specific poet) the reading being followed by general discussion.

Sometimes one member will prepare a short presentation on a favourite poet; these occasions have always been very illuminating.

Re-reading the above, I realise that I have made the group sound rather boring, but I can assure you that our debates have sometimes proved to be very lively! We certainly do not always agree.   ^Top

Pub Lunch Group

Meetings: Third Wednesday, 12.00 noon. Location varies

This is a group for walkers who also enjoy a good pub lunch. Members meet at a pub for lunch and then, perhaps in smaller groups, do a gentle walk around the area. During the walk there is opportunity for socialising with others with similar interests such as natural history, photography etc.   ^Top

Co-ordinator Pauline Phillips.
Meetings: Second Monday at 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm at the St Lawrence Hall.

The meetings take the form of general support, discussion and displaying current projects. Help will be given to new and less experienced quilters, whilst it is also an opportunity for sharing amongst the more confident quilters.   ^Top

Radio Group

Radio Group
Co-ordinator Carole Boydell.
Meetings: Ad hoc.

The U3A Radio Group meets each month to record a programme, broadcast monthly on Corinium Radio, our local community radio station. We meet on an ad hoc basis during the preceding month to plan each programme and record interviews with U3A members with an interesting story to tell.

Training is offered in interviewing and developing the technical skills to make and broadcast a programme.

Spaces are available for anyone else wishing to join a Group.

Click hereto listen to a recent broadcast.    ^Top

Rail Buffers Group

Rail Buffers Group
Co-ordinator Tim Cambray.
Meetings: Ad hoc.

A group for those who are in any way interested in railways. We go on railway journeys and visits mainly in the March to October period and have talks mainly in the winter. Meetings are are not held regularly, but more on an ad hoc basis both as to time and venue.

Activities will include outings to preserved railways, places of railway interest (e.g. museums), trips to places of particular interest from a railway architectural/historical point of view and trips on the national railway network. Indoor activities will include talks given by members or by people with an interest in railways or railway history and planning future trips.    ^Top

Recorder Group
Co-ordinator Peter Stephenson. Phone 01285 651073
Meetings: Second Wednesday at 11.00 am and 4th Monday at 2.30 p.m. If you can read music and used to play a recorder, or wish to do so, please join us to make music together.   ^Top

Scaninavian group

Scandinavian Group
Co-ordinator Nigel and Janet Wardell.

We meet on one Tuesday per month, in each other's houses.

This group started in May 2017. At each meeting, one or two members describe an aspect of Scandinavia: travel, language, music, food, film, art, mythology, traditions, culture, history; which we then discuss, talking about our own experiences. We intend to explore aspects of Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and possibly Iceland, Finland and the Faeroes too. Group activities could also include: watching Scandinavian films, looking at Viking and later history, tasting typical food, observing main celebrations and learning some useful language - we are open to suggestions.

Spaces are available for anyone else with interest in Scandinavia, who wish to join the Group.    ^Top

Science and Technology
Co-ordinator Brian Wells
We meet once a month, on the second Tuesday of the month, at 10.30 in the St Lawrence Hall. (Doors open at 10.00 am for coffee). We generally have a speaker giving an illustrated talk, followed by a (hopefully) informed discussion. The group started at the end of 2012, and to give you the flavour of the subjects, here are some that we have dealt with since then: Small Electric Motors, Wind Turbines, Graphene, the Autonomous Car, 3-D Printing, Military Vehicles, Composite Materials, Fracking, Batteries, Lasers and Nuclear Power. Other subjects coming up soon include Genetics and Artificial Intelligence.

Also, we occasionally go visiting, and recently we've been to the Armoury at Shrivenham College and the Aircraft Scrapyard at Kemble.

All are welcome at the meetings - no need to book ahead: no qualifications needed, except an interest in how things work.    ^Top

Singing for Fun
Co-ordinators Joy Carter and Sue Poulton
Meetings: Third Thursday of the month, 2.00 pm at the Watermoor Church Hall, 2 - 3.30 pm.   ^Top


Spanish Intermediate
Co-ordinator  Maureen Folliard.
This small group meets each Monday from 10.00am - 12.00 and is for people who already have some knowledge of Spanish. We work together to make language learning fun by using lots of different activities. These include watching Spanish DVDs and TV programmes, playing language games, listening to CDs and podcasts, using Internet resources and talking and reading in contexts relevant for people visiting Spanish speaking countries. We also use an intermediate level textbook.
If you are interested in joining our group, please contact me.    ^Top

Spanish Improvers
Co-ordinators  Sally & Vedant Wood.
Meetings: 2nd and 4th Mondays 2-4pm.
This is for people with some knowledge of Spanish. We use different methods of learning to accommodate people with a range of ability. Sessions are relaxed and we try to make learning fun and help each other.    ^Top

Supper Club

Supper Group
Co-ordinators Rachel Ward and Jane Rushen
Meetings: We meet on the 15th of the month, usually at 7 p.m.
The Supper Group is a great way to meet new people and catch up with old friends, whilst enjoying an evening with food, wine and conversation.
Each group of diners consists of 6 to 8 people - singles and couples. People take it in turn to host the supper at their home, and the members are rearranged each month to provide a mix of hosts and guests.

This is how it works:- The host provides the main course, tea or coffee and perhaps a welcome drink with some nibbles.
Other members bring a starter or dessert as their contribution to the meal.
If there are more than 6 members participating, then the others provide cheese and biscuits.
Everyone brings along wine and / or soft drinks to be shared at the table.

The aim is to enjoy the evening, and not spend all day in the kitchen! Sometimes in the summer or around Christmas, we hold "all comers" bring-and-share outdoor suppers, lunches or barbeques.    ^Top

Tai Chi

Co-ordinator Tom Kolb
Meetings: First Tuesday 10.25am at the Watermoor Hall
TAI-CHI is a chinese system of co-ordinated gentle exercise particularly suitable for promoting health in older people. It is not stressful or violent, and improves mental as well as physical health.
In our class, we go through a series of gentle exercise known as Quigong to improve strength of the muscles and mobility of the joints. We then do standing meditation exercises to promote stamina.
The main part of the session is devoted to true Tai-Chi which is the system of gentle co-ordinated movements that you see performed by Chinese in many situations.
Finally, we cool down with some exercises taken from chinese medicine to promote longevity.    ^Top

Theatre Group

Theatre Group
Co-ordinator   Penelope Wreford
Around 9 or 10 visits a year are offered to theatres in Malvern, Bristol, Bath. Oxford, et. We look for good quality drama and comedy productions with the emphasis on straight plays rather than musicals, ballet or opera. Travel is by coach from Cirencester.   ^Top

Ukulele Group

Co-ordinators Pauline Phillips and Andrew McKechnie.
Meetings: 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 2.30pm-4pm
Interested in playing the Ukulele? This is your opportunity! The group is open to beginners and to more experienced players, all you need is enthusiasm and a ukulele. If the group is very popular we will look for a bigger room as our aim is to eventually widen the group to include other instruments.    ^Top

Walking Group 2

Walking Group
Co-ordinator Marion Carruthers.
Meet new friends, keep active and enjoy the lovely Cotswold countryside with Walking Group 1. The group meets on the 1st Friday of each month for a walk of about 5 miles, followed by a Pub Lunch. Walks are usually within a 15 mile radius of Cirencester and we meet at the rear of Cirencester Rugby Club at 9.20am in order to share cars as much as possible. New members will be made very welcome. You need to be reasonably fit, have walking boots and waterproofs, bring your walking pole if you use one, and a drink for the mid-morning break. Information on current walks, and how to reserve a place on a walk, can be found in the Cirencester U3A Newsletter. Members take turns to lead walks and arrange the lunchtime venue throughout the year. Meals and snacks are pre-ordered at the pub before the start of the walk. Occasionally the number of walkers may be restricted by the catering facilities of a pub. If a walk is oversubscribed, anyone failing to get a place will get priority booking on the next walk. Hope you will join us.

Short Walk Group
Co-ordinator Frank Lindsley
Tel: 01285 656174
Mob: 07563548260
We are a friendly, chatty group who take gentle walks of 2 to 3 miles, enjoying conversation and taking in the countryside around us. We try to find circular walks, generally flat and starting and ending at a pub or café for lunch.
We meet at the Cirencester Rugby Club Car Park at 10.15 on the last Friday of every month.

Walking Netball

Walking Netball
Meets every Thursday at 10:00 for an hour's game.
Venues: Fentons in South Cerney, except for 1st Thurs at the Cirencester Leisure Centre.
Walking Netball is a women's activity. Even at walking speed, it is an exhilarating and competitive game, and lots of fun. The group often enjoy some well-earned refreshment afterwards.

Writing for Fun

Writing for Fun
Co-ordinator Elaine Harris.
Meetings: Second Wednesday of each month at 2.30 - 4.00pm
This is a relaxed and friendly group. At each meeting the next title is chosen, by mutual consent. Members read their work in turn and then there is general discussion, followed by the essential cup of tea.    ^Top


Co-ordinator Susanna.
Meetings: Tuesday 10.30 am. Weekly at Siddington Hall.
More details to follow.    ^Top





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